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by Pigeon
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york
Replies: 53
Views: 3306

Re: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york

Also in upstate NY, with lots of snow. I can’t speak to those specific vehicles, but my most recent car is a Forester after a lifetime of front wheel drive cars with good snow tires in winter. Having AWD is much, much better. I would not go back. Even if you don’t have to drive in the snow most of t...
by Pigeon
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air fryers
Replies: 26
Views: 3342

Re: Air fryers

Cuisinart TOA-60 Air fryer/toaster oven. We use it a lot for chicken thighs, pork tenderloin and fish. Faster, tastier and juicier than conventional oven cooking. It’s good for steak and kabobs if I don’t feel like grilling. I replaced a standard toaster so as not to take too much more counter space...
by Pigeon
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning up aunt's URBAN condo
Replies: 34
Views: 2454

Re: Cleaning up aunt's URBAN condo

To counter the previous post, you may find that folks who do estate sales may not be interested or may be more trouble than it’s worth. I’ve had to liquidate homes for a couple elderly relatives. These weren’t rich people, but were pretty well off. It ended up making the most sense just to have the ...
by Pigeon
Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 461
Views: 36281

Re: So what are you cooking

We got one of those kits for growing mushrooms indoors and the first flush of blue oysters were ready. We grilled filet steaks and served with a mixture of the oysters and regular button mushrooms sautéed in butter and white wine.
by Pigeon
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom
Replies: 160
Views: 8967

Re: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom

I bought a Forester about 18 months ago. The visibility out the back was much better than the other CUVs I looked at. Seating is a little higher than the Crosstrek as I recall. I got the additional safety features and they are nice. She needs to look at the cars and see what fits.
by Pigeon
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 336
Views: 39689

Re: What have you baked recently?

I baked a King Cake for the first time, a few days past Mardi Gras but close enough. I usually don’t like having to roll dough but this wasn’t bad. Fresh out of plastic babies, so I stuck in a gummy bear instead. It was delicious and looked festive.
by Pigeon
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads Cell Phone?
Replies: 78
Views: 5417

Re: Bogleheads Cell Phone?

I need Verizon coverage. My family all have Moto G series phones and like them a lot for the price.
by Pigeon
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving $ on my coffee habit
Replies: 95
Views: 6076

Re: Saving $ on my coffee habit

I use a Melita cone pour over. I buy a variety of different brands, Starbucks, Peet's, Death Wish, some of the single origin bean from Aldi which are surprisingly decent. I think I am getting a few months of Atlas beans for Christmas. I like a variety. I had a blade grinder and was gifted a nice bur...
by Pigeon
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing Moldy Books
Replies: 20
Views: 1593

Re: Storing Moldy Books

Another librarian here, responsible for collections of a large academic library. I would contact NEDCC https://www.nedcc.org/book-conservation/about
by Pigeon
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you getting your s/o for the holidays?
Replies: 123
Views: 9270

Re: What are you getting your s/o for the holidays?

My wife got a new (to her) car this fall, so I'm going to get her a set of Husky floor liners. Along the same lines, DH's new Forester is arriving Friday after his car was totaled by a kid who was probably texting. I'm ordering his festive Weather Tech floor liners. I'll probably also get him some ...
by Pigeon
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-Alcoholic Beer/Wine/Mock Cocktails
Replies: 37
Views: 2532

Re: Non-Alcoholic Beer/Wine/Mock Cocktails

I don't drink anymore, but like the occasional O'Douls. There are better brands but they are not stocked too many places where I live.
by Pigeon
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What charity are you donating to this Christmas season?
Replies: 145
Views: 6291

Re: What charity are you donating to this Christmas season?

Regional food bank
Planned Parenthood
Partners in Health
Local animal shelter
by Pigeon
Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4 or Subaru Forrester
Replies: 48
Views: 3921

Re: Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4 or Subaru Forrester

I agree that they are all good choices. I got a 2019 Forrester the summer before last. I liked all three, but the much better visibility in the Forrester sold me. I like the car a great deal. Dh got rear ended last week and his car was totaled. He's been quietly lusting after my car since I let him ...
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Nice" furniture recommendations
Replies: 114
Views: 11215

Re: "Nice" furniture recommendations

As others have said, you can't look at the fact that your parents had Ethan Allen (or wherever) furniture that held up forever and expect that you will have the same results with new pieces you buy now. Most companies simply don't use the same manufacturing techniques or materials that they did deca...
by Pigeon
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Provider Refuses To Do Any Insurance LegWork?
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: Medical Provider Refuses To Do Any Insurance LegWork?

I would find a different provider. All of mine do. I have seen a few offices that won't, but I wouldn't go there. My sister takes a perverse pride in the fact that her dr.'s office won't do any insurance claiming and she somehow thinks that means he's a better doctor. She also complains about the am...
by Pigeon
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2756
Views: 274474

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

I'm watching the Kominsky Method on Netflix. It's about an aging acting teacher and his friend and agent as they deal with some of the difficulties of getting older. Really great show and cast. Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Nancy Travis. Well written and darkly funny.
by Pigeon
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart+ service ($98/year = free delivery w/ $35+ order). Thoughts?
Replies: 122
Views: 8865

Re: Walmart+ service ($98/year = free delivery w/ $35+ order). Thoughts?

I see zero appeal to this. Walmart is dreadful in every way. I'm not a huge fan of Amazon but the streaming included in Prime is alone worth the cost.
by Pigeon
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way to Watch British Mystery Shows
Replies: 96
Views: 9207

Re: Best Way to Watch British Mystery Shows

I've found my tribe.

PBS Passport is weird. What you have access to depends on where you live. As far as I can tell, there's no way to determine that until you have subscribed via donation.
by Pigeon
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rice Cooker
Replies: 86
Views: 8891

Re: Rice Cooker

I'll be the voice of dissent. I've been making rice in a Revereware saucepan with a lid that fits well for decades. I've never had a problem or understood what the issue people have with making rice might be. One of my adult dd's has a Japanese friend who has been living with us for 6 months. DD was...
by Pigeon
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Long legged BHers for SUV or Car advice
Replies: 49
Views: 2931

Re: Calling all Long legged BHers for car advice

I have to hide the extra key for the Subaru Forester from my partner who also has a 37 inch inseam. He kind of gave me a lot of crap (in jest) for buying a nicer-than-we-usually-buy new car last year. He finds it extremely comfortable to drive and I wouldn't be surprised if I don't get an opportunit...
by Pigeon
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: your retirement vs. your parents
Replies: 20
Views: 2418

Re: Retirees: your retirement vs. your parents

Both my parents and my ILs had large families, but good salaries and were extremely frugal and smart about money. They sent all their kids to college, and had good retirement savings. My parents planned on the assumption that my dad would die fairly young and my mom would live to old age, based on t...
by Pigeon
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 336
Views: 39689

Re: What have you baked recently?

I made Pane Bianco from the KAF website.
https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipe ... nco-recipe

Delicious and so pretty! I used about half basil half dill for the filling as I have tons of dill.
by Pigeon
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for kid's face masks?
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Recommendation for kid's face masks?

The Target near me is selling ones for kids. I bought the same type but for adults and they are fine, and pretty inexpensive.
by Pigeon
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else love this new working from home thing?
Replies: 89
Views: 6625

Re: Anyone else love this new working from home thing?

I love it. Zoom meetings are odd, but I find they tend to be shorter and fewer. I do miss socializing with a handful of people, but we do zoom lunch every few weeks. If I never saw some of them again it would be too soon.
by Pigeon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee bean grinder
Replies: 65
Views: 4112

Re: Coffee bean grinder

Get a cheap blade grinder. If the experience and quality is worth upgrading, you'll know. If not, a blade grinder is also good for grinding herbs & spices, making small batches of rice or oatmeal flour, or converting granulated sugar to icing sugar. But save your money unless you really want to...
by Pigeon
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elementary school in Fall - choose Virtual or In-person
Replies: 120
Views: 8944

Re: Elementary school in Fall - choose Virtual or In-person

Virtual, it's not the better educational experience, but it's better than spreading this deadly disease.
by Pigeon
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what is best decision financially regarding 2 used cars?
Replies: 23
Views: 1617

Re: what is best decision financially regarding 2 used cars?

You have gotten your money's worth out of the Sonata and it needs some work. It's probably not much of an upgrade for your father and unless you really think he'd want it, he's probably at a point where your parents don't need 2 cars. No point in wasting money keeping it. Enjoy your Camry.
by Pigeon
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feminine Beauty Products - best bang for your buck?
Replies: 36
Views: 3796

Re: Feminine Beauty Products - best bang for your buck?

I'd second the Aveeno recommendation for facial cleanser and a dermatologist for acne. For wrinkles, the most important thing is sunscreen, either alone or in your foundation.
by Pigeon
Sat May 30, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple
Replies: 88
Views: 6088

Re: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple

I bought a 2019 Forester and also looked at the RAV4. Both are great choices. The visibility was considerably better for me in the Subaru. I do love Toyotas. But I couldn't be happier with the Subaru. I turn the stop start thing off. You get used to doing it routinely when you start the car. Having ...
by Pigeon
Thu May 07, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones
Replies: 34
Views: 1750

Re: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones

Another vote for the Moto G series, we have 4 of them in my family.
by Pigeon
Wed May 06, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime Membership Question [Considering to drop membership]
Replies: 136
Views: 10675

Re: Amazon Prime Membership Question

The delays I've have been on things that are either third party or give an "in stock" future date that I haven't paid enough attention to. But during this crisis with businesses and employees suffering, I am not going to get my knickers in a twist over something so minor. I stream a lot of...
by Pigeon
Tue May 05, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: terro ant treatment
Replies: 34
Views: 1974

Re: terro ant treatment

We've always had good luck with Terro for sweet eating ants. Last year we had an invasion of ants that went after wet cat food and as we had a sick, very elderly cat, the food needed to be down all the time. The ants didn't look terribly different from the sweet eating ants, but they wouldn't go nea...
by Pigeon
Mon May 04, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?
Replies: 19
Views: 1635

Re: weather in middle NY state vs central NJ - personal experiences?

I lived for seven years in Cranford and Edison, NJ and have a sibling who lives near Morristown. I live in the Capital District. It's a little colder in Upstate NY, but not much. My sibling loves NJ, and told me before we moved about how much milder the winters were and how lovely the spring season ...
by Pigeon
Sun May 03, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All gift cards orders on cardcash.com declined?
Replies: 14
Views: 1687

Re: All gift cards orders on cardcash.com declined?

Call your credit card company. There is one gas station near me that invariably triggers a fraud alert on one of my credit cards. The credit card company would remove the block, but for some reason no one can explain it will happen again the next time.
by Pigeon
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1567
Views: 93731

Re: What are you listening to now

iceport wrote: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:45 am A wonderful John Prine tribute. Two hours of music from John himself plus lots of tasteful covers.

See complete setlist here: https://archive.org/details/ootw-2020-04-25
I've been playing John Prine all day.
by Pigeon
Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homemade Salad Dressing
Replies: 51
Views: 3309

Re: Homemade Salad Dressing

Plum sauce and hoisin are different things.

I make my own sometimes, the typical vinaigrette. If I am making an Asian inspired salad, I add soy sauce, ginger and a touch of sugar.

Mostly I use Newman's Own dressings.
by Pigeon
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand Mixer
Replies: 59
Views: 3071

Re: Stand Mixer

I'll bump a question I threw out a few posts ago. Has anyone purchased a stand mixer attachment they thought was worth it? I would imagine that depends largely on what you want to make. We had a sausage grinder and a pasta extruder. Dh bought the mixer and attachments but doesn't cook all that much...
by Pigeon
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 461
Views: 36281

Re: So what are you cooking

Tonight was roasted salmon, cauliflower and baked potatoes.
by Pigeon
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 461
Views: 36281

Re: So what are you cooking

German night. Sauerbraten, Spätzle, red cabbage, carrots. The sauerbraten takes three days to marinate, so it's a project.
by Pigeon
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 336
Views: 39689

Re: What have you baked recently?

I made a pan of overnight cinnamon rolls that's sitting in the fridge for tomorrow.

I'm not much on name brands, but KAF is worth spending more money for.
by Pigeon
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand Mixer
Replies: 59
Views: 3071

Re: Stand Mixer

I can't imagine not having a Kitchen Aid. I originally was given a bunch of accessories too, but don't use them. I've had to replace the paddle beater and dough hook because the coating was peeling off after 20 years. Mine is a lift model. Love it.
by Pigeon
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 329
Views: 25366

Re: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?

I went yesterday during early morning 60+/medical condition hour. Some of the local stores that did curbside have suspended it because their staff are so slammed or have dates that are weeks out. No paper products, almost no chicken (other than huge 15 lb sacks of fresh chicken tenders that I have n...
by Pigeon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Incoming College Freshmen 2020 - New Reality
Replies: 24
Views: 2031

Re: Incoming College Freshmen 2020 - New Reality

It's too early to predict what the fall might bring. As the parent of a couple of college kids and someone who works at a university, there are a few things I'd think about. Health services on college campuses tend to be less than optimal. I wouldn't want my kid in a college that is too far away fro...
by Pigeon
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 461
Views: 36281

Re: So what are you cooking

My college aged daughters are home and one of them bakes with me. We've baked English muffins, oatmeal bread, the world's best brownies and an a raspberry almond Bundt cake. Since the lockdown I've made grilled pork tenderloin, spaghetti and meat sauce, lasagna with some of the extra sauce, Canal Ho...
by Pigeon
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Help high school student choose college career]
Replies: 171
Views: 2012

Re: Master of biology degree

Get a BS in Biology. Then get a Masters Degree in a PA/Physicians Assistant program. Same 6 years but an interesting occupation with starting salary about $75,000 to $80,000 and median national salary $108,000. Plus a very health job market To get into PA school you need excellent grades, and the r...
by Pigeon
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help/Advice with Decluttering
Replies: 37
Views: 2929

Re: Help/Advice with Decluttering

I would focus on considering myself fortunate to have found an interested buyer for these. Collecting stuff is much less appealing to younger people, and many "collectible" things have declined significantly in value. I try to keep in mind some examples from my own life. My parents were pr...
by Pigeon
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How big of a car do you need for a kid and his/her stuff?
Replies: 66
Views: 3748

Re: How big of a car do you need for a kid and his/her stuff?

I raised 2 kids with a Corolla and a Camry. We had a fairly large dog as well. It was fine. We did veto the cello or the tuba because the school district wouldn't let the kids take them on the bus, but my kid's bet friend was a cellist and we managed to give her a ride to orchestra practice fairly o...
by Pigeon
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended biology/life science related majors and careers?
Replies: 51
Views: 3620

Re: Recommended biology/life science related majors and careers?

Medical illustrator, given her interests. RIT, for example, has a program. My sister has her own business contracting mostly with pharmaceutical/biotech companies and has more business than she can handle.
by Pigeon
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I crazy to consider quitting my job?
Replies: 128
Views: 14461

Re: Am I crazy to consider quitting my job?

I don't think anyone can answer that except you. If I were you I would absolutely not quit. I've been happily married for decades, but I would never be dependent on a spouse for support, and I wouldn't take myself out of the workplace barring winning the lottery for several million. I've seen too ma...
by Pigeon
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Outback engine stop/start
Replies: 125
Views: 12671

Re: Subaru Outback engine stop/start

I have it in my 2019 Forester. It's a simple press of a button to turn it off, and I usually do. If you forget to do it when you start the car, you can still hit the button at any time to disable it. The amount of gasoline it saves in incredibly tiny, and it's quite jarring when the car starts back ...