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by ondarvr
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Offering position to candidate interviewed 7 months ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1119

Re: Offering position to candidate interviewed 7 months ago

This happened to me, I was turned down for another candidate, that was short lived and they contacted me, I didn't return the call. A couple years later I was laid off in a buyout, they called me again and I took the job. Worked there for 15 years until the next buyout. I should have returned the ca...
by ondarvr
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?
Replies: 168
Views: 16397

Re: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?

Anybody move to the drier part of Washington like Yakima or Spokane? What do you think of the weather? Nice weather overall in Eastern Washington. Occasional extremes but dry heat and sun all summer. Worst part is the wind. I couldn't take it. I moved from Seattle to near Spokane a few years ago, h...
by ondarvr
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: walking shoes with wide toes?
Replies: 48
Views: 2908

Re: walking shoes with wide toes?

I have a wide foot and narrow heel, finding walking shoes and hiking boots can be tricky. I just spent a week looking for trail shoes (not a boot, I have those), I wanted light, comfy, and durable. I tried on many shoes, sometimes it was much more than an hour of trying on shoes in a store. Just bec...
by ondarvr
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 4 wheel drive vehicle
Replies: 70
Views: 5438

Re: Best 4 wheel drive vehicle

This is getting crazy with some of these suggestions. Budget is important, what do you plan to spend? You don't need a jeep or any other specialized off road vehicle for managing beach fishing, any decent AWD or 4WD will work. Jeeps are expensive and live on the reputation and the romanticized illus...
by ondarvr
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Choice for a Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 2683

Re: Shoe Choice for a Walker

by ondarvr
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Choice for a Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 2683

Re: Shoe Choice for a Walker

Ping Pong wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:36 am
Shoe Choice for a Walker
Most people around here just use tennis balls cut in half.
And wild colors can really cause an uproar back at the home.
by ondarvr
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor living space/patio recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 2810

Re: Outdoor living space/patio recommendations?

I've done couple similar projects in the last 15 years. I love a covered area when walking out of the house, it makes it usable all year, even with socks or bare feet in the winter. I can go out no matter what the weather is like and enjoy it. If you have a hot tub, put it near the house so it's eas...
by ondarvr
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Choice for a Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 2683

Re: Shoe Choice for a Walker

People are recommending hiking boots for walking on streets and flat ground, they aren't a good option for that. The market is flooded with walking/running shoe options now, but availability can be a problem. I've spent many hours trying on different shoes in the last few weeks for a similar purpose...
by ondarvr
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1399

Re: Career Advice

I've done both, there's no good answer. I've taken the position and the travel and hassle were almost impossible to handle. The stress on the family was high too. Then we were bought out and I was (we all were) out of a job as soon as the new owners thought they had squeezed everything out of us. Th...
by ondarvr
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Elderly Parent in Assisted Living - Too Late for Trust or not?
Replies: 20
Views: 1653

Re: Elderly Parent in Assisted Living - Too Late for Trust or not?

Yes, consult with an elder law attorney, I am having a trust set up as I type this. The cost is about $5,500 for mine, I consider it cheap compared to the cost of not having one in place when the time comes that it may be needed. It's a complicated path to set up the correct plan, and each situation...
by ondarvr
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will building material costs return to Earth? Bonus (?): Deck Material Selection
Replies: 25
Views: 3159

Re: Will building material costs return to Earth? Bonus (?): Deck Material Selection

I'm a fan of composite decking, I've had both, I hate how wood ages and needs attention, then replacing. Also had the splinter problems for myself and kids. We avoided using the deck(s) for this reason. The old composite decking products had some problems, but even the lower grade current stuff hold...
by ondarvr
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2021 Sunglasses Thread 😎
Replies: 62
Views: 4681

Re: 2021 Sunglasses Thread 😎

There was a time I spent good money on sunglasses, that ended quite a few years ago. I bought dozens looking for the exact right fit, clarity and protection, now a buy a particular $19.95 model from Walmart. It's 90% or better of what my custom ordered glass lensed models that always ended up disapp...
by ondarvr
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend nightly for hotels (leisure/vacation)?
Replies: 213
Views: 12794

Re: How much do you spend nightly for hotels (leisure/vacation)?

I travel for a living, mostly stay at IHG properties because they are everywhere, and have greatly expanded their brands. I have over a million points with IHG so I can stay anywhere for free, hard to get motivated to spend $300 a night when you can have even better options for nothing. I have point...
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Purifier
Replies: 37
Views: 2337

Re: Air Purifier

We are in a region that can get nasty smoke from fires a long distance away, and I got tired of looking for good affordable stand alone filters that would actually cover the square footage of a typical house. You typically needed several, they're expensive for what they are, and filters aren't cheap...
by ondarvr
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CA to WA move tax question
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: CA to WA move tax question

I live in WA and WFH, some work in our lab, plus travel, Corp headquarters are in CA. I moved from near Seattle to the eastern side of the state to get out of the higher taxes, congested roads, escalating housing cost, rain and clouds, etc. Pre covid I was in CA every month, with all the restriction...
by ondarvr
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: space heaters
Replies: 35
Views: 3071

Re: space heaters

I used to use the oil filled units, safe, quiet, cheap, but not necessarily low in cost to use. Switched to mini splits and packed up all the oil filled units and stored them in the shop. Mini splits offer heating down to zero and below, plus cooling in the summer, all at a much lower price to run t...
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18525

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

I live in a remote area that's as about as close to off the grid as you can get and still have electricity. I buy the cheap LED motion sensing solar lights for outside use. They hang outside on a nail, not screwed to the wall, from looking you can't tell the difference. When the power goes out you j...
by ondarvr
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8152

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

Wanted to find if any of you guys have the starlink internet or signed up for it. I am kind excited that its new and all that but can't justify the price. Hardware $499.00 Service $99.00 /mo Shipping & Handling $50.00 Tax $56.28 Due Today $99.00 =================== Total $700 first month and af...
by ondarvr
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot Tub
Replies: 40
Views: 6811

Re: Hot Tub

I was in the pool and spa business for a little over 20 years, swore I would never have one. Now I do. I picked up one of the cheapo inflatable models for $150 on a closeout sale just to see if we would use one. It lasted through almost 2 years of high use, we enjoyed it a great deal. This made me d...
by ondarvr
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for replacing 8 years old Whirlpool Fridge
Replies: 43
Views: 3479

Re: Recommendations for replacing 8 years old Whirlpool Fridge

I stopped fixing the water and ice dispenser in the old fridge and bought a counter top ice maker for $100. My wife uses ice many times per day, this option worked great. I purposely excluded through the door ice and water in my list of possible refrigerators. The water and ice options in that whirl...
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8152

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

That is the price offered now.
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8152

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

As I understand it, the $99/mo is only for the beta program period. Who knows what it will cost after that. And after putting $500 into equipment and mounting a satellite dish.... That part is known, and already discussed. I must have missed it. Even in re-reading the posts. I keep seeing $99 or $1...
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for replacing 8 years old Whirlpool Fridge
Replies: 43
Views: 3479

Re: Recommendations for replacing 8 years old Whirlpool Fridge

I bought that exact Whirlpool fridge at Costco 4 months ago. So far it's light years better than the GE side by side it replaced. No more ice maker problems, plus you still have ice and water, just not the problematic version. It's quite, and with the same amount of food in it, it only looks half fu...
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8152

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

michaeljc70 wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:34 pm As I understand it, the $99/mo is only for the beta program period. Who knows what it will cost after that. And after putting $500 into equipment and mounting a satellite dish....
That part is known, and already discussed.
by ondarvr
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8152

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

Signed up yesterday, my 2mbps down and .5 up is brutal. Very rural, no cell phone signal at home. This will save us so much money as we can dump direct tv and our phone/dsl. Rural internet is poor, and getting worse as frontier went bankrupt and was bought out no way they were spending $$ to put in...
by ondarvr
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8152

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

I'm in a rural location and waiting for notification that it's available for me. I'm on the list. Satellite is our only option here, it's miserable, 2-4 up and .2 down is common. Connecting and disconnecting every 10 seconds is a frequent occurrence too. I'd be happy to pay the upfront cost. We don'...
by ondarvr
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camping Stove - Upgrade?
Replies: 32
Views: 1778

Re: Camping Stove - Upgrade?

How do you plan to camp and/or use the stove?

Feeding just you, or a hungry family?

I only use propane now, while white gas works, propane is just so simple and easy. And it's not like you're going through all that much fuel.
by ondarvr
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: buying acreage ... rural land -- any experiences ?
Replies: 12
Views: 976

Re: buying acreage ... rural land -- any experiences ?

In our area there were owners of vacant land that had the rules changed without their input. New regulations were put in place that limited the area of the property you could clear or develop, also new wetland designations and limits were put in effect. In some cases the property values dropped to a...
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car out of state
Replies: 10
Views: 863

Re: Buying a car out of state

States frequently require more than just an address, many times they want to see a power bill, tax statement, or something similar if your current ID doesn't show you as living there. I drive all over the Western US in my company car, what I'm driving may have WA, OR, or CA plates. I never even thin...
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any suggestions for best 65" TV under $1000?
Replies: 48
Views: 3174

Re: any suggestions for best 65" TV under $1000?

My 65" (highly rated) Vizio has terrible sound, I had to buy a sound bar the same week because it was so bad. I bought a cheap and on sale 50" Samsung for "my" room and the sound is good enough that I haven't even bothered to set up my 7.1 system. I'm not saying the sound is grea...
by ondarvr
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Am I thinking about this wrong?
Replies: 23
Views: 1816

Re: Am I thinking about this wrong?

I'll throw this in. My wife and I were on track to have a very comfortable retirement, then life got in the way. My wife was hospitalized for months due to a serious infection, we had a major flood and I lost my job all at the same time. My wife is now disabled with huge medical bills, I got another...
by ondarvr
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Intern'l Living's 2021 retirement countries
Replies: 18
Views: 1643

Re: Intern'l Living's 2021 retirement countries

I'd consider it, but you can normally find a place in the US to retire for a lower, or similar overall cost than the typical overseas location if that's the goal. I researched it extensively, then visited some locations, the great location can turn into just another place to live, only with more has...
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 401k admin fees
Replies: 23
Views: 1608

Re: 401k admin fees

Total is 1%
Not good, but with a match and generous contribution amounts it's better than other options.
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

I did almost the same thing to buy my current first retirement localtion, (second actually, the first one was destroyed). Drove the entire west coast and inland about three states. Took every backroad and exit to investigate every option. No real-estate agents, as you said, far too slow. Agents just...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

We've moved to Phoenix this year for one main reason. We were tired of winter. We left most of our family behind, and that may prove to be a bad choice. We do have one set of friends and one sister/brother-in-law in the area, so we do have some people. But we hated winter; we're done with winter. A...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Priority of investing versus pay off of mortgage debt
Replies: 38
Views: 3384

Re: Priority of investing versus pay off of mortgage debt

Banks typically have high fees on any type of retirement account, employer plans can have $$ match and lower fees. They also allow much higher contributions. Check to see if your employer has a Roth option. A great deal of "life" can happen between your age and retirement, if you sell betw...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

People seem to think your first location in retirement will be the only choice you have. I moved to where I want to live for the next decade or more while I'm very healthy and active. This doesn't mean that it has to be my final destination. I plan to move when and where needed for my abilities at ...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

Sanibel has a totally different feel than the surrounding area, hard to explain. Quiet clean, well kept, close to the water wherever you are, slower pace, etc.
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

People seem to think your first location in retirement will be the only choice you have. I moved to where I want to live for the next decade or more while I'm very healthy and active. This doesn't mean that it has to be my final destination. I plan to move when and where needed for my abilities at t...
by ondarvr
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

I travel for work a great deal, so I've experienced most of the country. I lived near Seattle, but closer to the mountains, so we received much more rain. I moved to escape the rain. I moved to a very remote area several miles down a dirt road on the water a short ways from Spokane WA. Housing was ...
by ondarvr
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you choose a location to retire?
Replies: 113
Views: 10332

Re: How did you choose a location to retire?

I travel for work a great deal, so I've experienced most of the country. I lived near Seattle, but closer to the mountains, so we received much more rain. I moved to escape the rain. I moved to a very remote area several miles down a dirt road on the water a short ways from Spokane WA. Housing was h...
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgage payoff question
Replies: 37
Views: 2900

Re: Mortgage payoff question

I paid mine off early and continued investing with at least the same amount of the payment every month. Its a bit different now because I look for every way to include as much as possible every month. Watching the amount grow rapidly motivates me to invest even more. And knowing that its paid off ma...
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone still waiting on 2019 (paper) federal tax return in 2021?
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: Anyone still waiting on 2019 (paper) federal tax return in 2021?

I had to pay another $7000 in Aug (extension filed) which was an over payment, sent the check and waited for a small refund check. Took note of when it was cashed. Heard nothing until I got a notice in December threatening legal action and confiscation if I didn't pay. After several hours on the pho...
by ondarvr
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Losing a job in your 50's...
Replies: 674
Views: 103362

Re: Losing a job in your 50's...

Even with good planning things can go sideways. My wife and I had good paying jobs and we saved enough to be FI before I turned 65. Started late, I had to change to a different carrier at 40 to make it happen. My wife went back to school at 40 to become an RN. Just before I turned 59 my wife got sep...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC Replacement - Bay Area
Replies: 35
Views: 2005

Re: HVAC Replacement - Bay Area

I'm absolutely no expert, but I'm also a recent new home owner (Seattle). Our place came with a mitsubishi heat pump with 2 mini-splits. After using the system for a full year I am amazed by how effectively, cheaply and quietly it heats and cools our home. Heat pump technology has (apparently) impr...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC Replacement - Bay Area
Replies: 35
Views: 2005

Re: HVAC Replacement - Bay Area

Review the other current threads on this subject, there are many possible options.
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual fuel set-up (heat pump/propane)..being proactive
Replies: 34
Views: 1327

Re: Dual fuel set-up (heat pump/propane)..being proactive

Our first house (built in 2002) was about 1800 sq ft open concept on full electric with heat pump in the same geographic area. We were living paycheck to paycheck/poor and I vividly remember one particularly cold winter power bill over $800! The heat pump/back up heating wouldn’t hardly get the hou...
by ondarvr
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building a Beach House: Construction Considerations?
Replies: 49
Views: 3244

Re: Building a Beach House: Construction Considerations?

I love this thread. I've lived on the water my entire life and at 65 I've still got many years to go before the extra work involved in living on the water becomes more than I want to put up with. 5 years ago I almost moved to FL, waterfront was about the only option. I researched everything I could ...
by ondarvr
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual fuel set-up (heat pump/propane)..being proactive
Replies: 34
Views: 1327

Re: Dual fuel set-up (heat pump/propane)..being proactive

Mini splits will work well at even much colder temps, and are far more efficient than the typical heat pump/central air system. The problem is since they are fairly new in the US the installation cost is insanely high, DIY it's cheap though. The mini splits would do the job easily without propane ba...
by ondarvr
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Glasses/Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: Reading Glasses/Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Walmart multi pack, cheap with many styles of frames so you can find that looks good enough, and fits well.