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by lightheir
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Re: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)

You might want to look at ixl.com. It’s an online subscription program which emphasizes practice. They offer programs in several subjects (each subject area requires a separate subscription) but their math offering is the most thorough, in my opinion. I’m a 5th grade teacher (and have also taught 6...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Re: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)

abqguy wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:11 am I have found this to be a great site for math practice, through 6th grade: https://www.k5learning.com/free-math-worksheets
That's a good start, thanks!
by lightheir
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Re: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)

I’m just imagining a world where my 6th grader would beg me to do 50 math problems. Oh one could dream. On another note be sure to spend time outside and give the brain a rest. You don’t need to run a marathon every day to get better at running a marathon. Same goes for the mind. I was shocked/surp...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Re: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)

Fine suggestions here already, but I'd add: ask the teacher, who might have suggestions and/or extra materials for your daughter that might dovetail well with the curriculum she's learning. Ha. Not going to call out my school, but honestly, the math instruction is pretty lacking. Even my mother in ...
by lightheir
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Re: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)

My daughter is frustrated with the lack of drilling in math in her school. Yes, she is! Her school tries to teach with minimal examples, but anyone who's done a lot of math well knows that unless you're very gifted, you just have to practice - a lot, with a lot of questions. It's frustrating for he...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Need a good 5th-6th grade math DRILLING book (with LOTS of problems)

My daughter is frustrated with the lack of drilling in math in her school. Yes, she is! Her school tries to teach with minimal examples, but anyone who's done a lot of math well knows that unless you're very gifted, you just have to practice - a lot, with a lot of questions. It's frustrating for her...
by lightheir
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Toothbrush Replacement Recommendations?
Replies: 46
Views: 3020

Re: Electric Toothbrush Replacement Recommendations?

https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Toothbrush-Rechargeable-Optional-Fairywill/dp/B06VWD8NY3/ref=sr_1_4?crid=LL0W3YCIYS1X&dchild=1&keywords=electric+toothbrush&qid=1618641262&sprefix=electric+tooth%2Caps%2C381&sr=8-4 Does anyone know why so many people recommend and like this one? I...
by lightheir
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you move for better weather? Did you regret it?
Replies: 188
Views: 19360

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

Realities of moving to a place with significantly nicer climate - Significantly higher COL in most situations More people density and traffic I've lived in both wintery and now ideal-Norcal weather conditions, and while Norcal is undoubtedly the weather champion of the two, I'd be lying to say that ...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you do with well worn clothing?
Replies: 39
Views: 3243

Re: What do you do with well worn clothing?

Salvation Army dropoff location... Dropoff boxes for other charities available as well. These places typically don't want well worn clothing - only gently worn clothing. If it's worn through or ratty - trash is the place it goes. THe vast majority of these places actually go even further; if it has...
by lightheir
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you competitive? If so, how do you compete as you get older?
Replies: 46
Views: 3002

Re: Are you competitive? If so, how do you compete as you get older?

I'm very competitive, I think in a good way, meaning I've learned to really have fun pushing and competing against my own limits as well as enjoying other slightly-better competitors to push me forward and show me the way, but not having the competition destroy the camaderie or enjoyment of the spor...
by lightheir
Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Password Protection Method?
Replies: 15
Views: 1370

Re: Best Password Protection Method?

Keepass for financial 'can't fail' passwords. I favor this method for these critical passwords as you can keep the password file local, so it can't be hacked or easily left open on your non-home computer. The tradeoff is that you will likely have to limit your use of those financial websites to your...
by lightheir
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, cords keep dying
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, cords keep dying

You can try the Wyze outdoor wireless set. It's far from perfect, probably isn't 'fast' enough at motion detection for a really robust security system, but it's inexpensive and works for what it is.
by lightheir
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High spenders what do you spend on?
Replies: 255
Views: 25382

Re: High spenders what do you spend on?

Not typically big spender here but I just dropped $7k+ on a bicycle :shock:

To be fair, the 'other' bike I was looking at was $12k!
by lightheir
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 1099-DIV** - you will get TWO for 2019 if you upgraded to BROKERAGE
Replies: 8
Views: 1477

Re: Vanguard 1099-DIV** - you will get TWO for 2019 if you upgraded to BROKERAGE

I have a question regarding these 'two' 1099-DIVs - do they have to be filed as separate forms each in Turbotax, or is the data overlapping and thus only the latest dated one has to be entered? In mine, the information on both does not seem to overlap, so I'm thinking file them both as separate 1099...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?
Replies: 259
Views: 19445

Re: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?

For American literature I'm partial to Huckleberry Finn, The American Trilogy by John Dos Passos, Invisible Man, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I recently re-read Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird. Hate to say it, but Huck finn was dated and completely terrible. I do understand that at the tim...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the BEST thing you spent money on?
Replies: 242
Views: 24094

Re: What is the BEST thing you spent money on?

Home/house in Norcal. Was insanely and frightening expensive when my wife and I bought it. It nearly doubled in value in a mere 2 years, and is close to triple now less than a decade later so a good financial move, but far more more importantlyit has been a great home and location for our lives and ...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling or Trading in an Old Computer
Replies: 27
Views: 2189

Re: Selling or Trading in an Old Computer

If the "old computer" were a PC then I'd advocate for destroying the hard drive and recycling PC carcass. But that Mac is certainly worth $500. Follow the online guides for wiping the drive and installing a fresh copy of the OS. It will be easy to sell. And yes the cost is 'exorbitant', b...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

Capablanca (world champion 1921-1927) said that the fastest way to learn chess is to start with endgames, then middlegame tactics and positional play, and openings last. Studying (not memorizing by rote) openings is useful, but was traditionally over-emphasized in the US. A prominent Russian grandm...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Re: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

This is starting to get a little crazy. 1. You replaced a corroded handle and flapper. Problem was the corroded handle was holding the flapper open. Flapper was good. 2. Everything works now but it is too light to the touch. 3. You only changed 2 parts. This shouldn't be too difficult. 4. Put the o...
by lightheir
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Re: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

This has got to have been fixed by now. Nope! Still not fixed! I'm pretty sure I have the right flapper ball - it's a Kohler and matches the other identical toilet in my house. Wish I could guarantee the handle is the same, but I can't. It looks the same, but I'm not sure. Will probably try adding ...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 07, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

Capablanca (world champion 1921-1927) said that the fastest way to learn chess is to start with endgames, then middlegame tactics and positional play, and openings last. Studying (not memorizing by rote) openings is useful, but was traditionally over-emphasized in the US. A prominent Russian grandm...
by lightheir
Sun Mar 07, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

Capablanca (world champion 1921-1927) said that the fastest way to learn chess is to start with endgames, then middlegame tactics and positional play, and openings last. Studying (not memorizing by rote) openings is useful, but was traditionally over-emphasized in the US. A prominent Russian grandm...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Re: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

The handle pulls a chain which activates the flapper, right? I think the thing that is "too light" is the flapper activation, not the handle. I have no suggestion on how to fix, but the solution is probably not in the handle or chain, but the flapper mechanism. Perhaps that's water pressu...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Re: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

You said "The flapper chain does have a float on it so it's the right amount of water flush.". Did your old one have this float? Is this float making it easier to raise the flapper so the handle effort is less? If that's the case, try putting your old flapper back being the corroded handl...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Re: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

Tie a small shampoo bottle to the correct end of the lever that the toilet flush handle is attached to. Or be more clever: Tie a small shampoo bottle filled with water and air to the same place. Use nylon thread or dental floss that will not rust. There: All the parts for the fix should already be ...
by lightheir
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!
Replies: 26
Views: 1846

Help me fix my toilet flush handle - it's too LIGHT!

I know this is a financial forum for the most part but I can't find a straight answer to my problem anywhere, so I'm hoping some knowledgable folks here can help out. My toilet flush handle got corroded a month ago and was thus staying in the 'flushed' position, and thus the flapper was stuck open a...
by lightheir
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wi-Fi TV - complexity and savings
Replies: 65
Views: 5413

Re: Wi-Fi TV - complexity and savings

Wifi TVs. like ROku work great. Just make sure you have a decent signal in that area of the house. If not, get a Google wifi and it'll take care of it. I can heartily recommend smart wifi TVs. All the benefits, none the drawbacks. There is one major drawback: Having to scroll through each app to fi...
by lightheir
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

One of my gripes about the series (which I overall enjoyed, BTW) was its exaggeration of BH's accomplishments. The chess rating system if applied honestly is pretty accurate and repeatable -- there is no way that BH plays for a while in the basement with the janitor and then beats a player rated 21...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

Another aspect is that I have to stop worrying about my scores / ranking. I get disheartened when I see my score drop, but have to realize that I'm learning and it's not a competition - at least at this point of the game. Relax, chill, and instead focus on understanding what went wrong. Just a head...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

I got seriously back into chess when I started to teach my children a few years back. Lots of great suggestions above on how to improve your play, and add me as a +1 for puzzles as the easiest way to quickly go from beginner to novice. However, I must say that one of the biggest turnoffs of chess i...
by lightheir
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Let's play chess
Replies: 151
Views: 12024

Re: Let's play chess

Until recently, I haven't had time to focus on chess. I've restarted my efforts by working through the lichess.org practice lessons and some puzzles. I very quickly realized that I wasn't seeing the board - there were too many obvious blunders. Also, going through lessons wasn't enough. I needed a ...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation needed for a Keyboard and Mouse
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: Recommendation needed for a Keyboard and Mouse

Just my n=1 : I HATE the Apple Magic mouse. Looks amazing, but it's the freaking loudest mouse I've ever used. CLICK CLICK CLICK!!! The tactile feel of the clicks can also be annoying if it's not your style. Some people love it, but I can't stand it. It's still sitting in my desktop drawer, and I bu...
by lightheir
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer memory lane
Replies: 43
Views: 1517

Re: Computer memory lane

As crazy expensive as they were at the time, they offered a huge ROI if one could leverage PC skills into a tech job. Even if you didn't go explicitly into tech, it is absolutely true that if you were fortunate enough to be able to afford such computers back then and use them extensively (like I di...
by lightheir
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription
Replies: 71
Views: 6468

Re: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Seriously, why is everyone so tied to MS Office? I have the opposite question. Other than the fact that it's free and syncs with the cloud, why does anyone prefer Google sheets or doc to office 2007? I'll bite. - Top of class security. Google is amongst the least-hacked of cloud providers - Free - ...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription
Replies: 71
Views: 6468

Re: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Seriously, why is everyone so tied to MS Office? It's almost like clinging to AOL Mail which requires a monthly fee, compared to the vastly superior Gmail. Just switch to Google office, which can do pretty much everything MS Office can, and better when it comes to collaborative documents, is future...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription
Replies: 71
Views: 6468

Re: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Seriously, why is everyone so tied to MS Office? It's almost like clinging to AOL Mail which requires a monthly fee, compared to the vastly superior Gmail. Just switch to Google office, which can do pretty much everything MS Office can, and better when it comes to collaborative documents, is future...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription
Replies: 71
Views: 6468

Re: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Seriously, why is everyone so tied to MS Office? It's almost like clinging to AOL Mail which requires a monthly fee, compared to the vastly superior Gmail. Just switch to Google office, which can do pretty much everything MS Office can, and better when it comes to collaborative documents, is future...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pianists - Digital Piano or Keyboard recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 2008

Re: Pianists - Digital Piano or Keyboard recommendation

Dear all, my 6 year old has shown an interest in playing the old, simple keyboards we have in our house and we would like to get her something better before we start her in formal piano lessons this summer. We don't want to go full-out yet and get an actual grand piano; we want to see if her intere...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription
Replies: 71
Views: 6468

Re: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Seriously, why is everyone so tied to MS Office? It's almost like clinging to AOL Mail which requires a monthly fee, compared to the vastly superior Gmail. Just switch to Google office, which can do pretty much everything MS Office can, and better when it comes to collaborative documents, is future-...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription
Replies: 71
Views: 6468

Re: New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Seriously, why is everyone so tied to MS Office? It's almost like clinging to AOL Mail which requires a monthly fee, compared to the vastly superior Gmail. Just switch to Google office, which can do pretty much everything MS Office can, and better when it comes to collaborative documents, is future-...
by lightheir
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how much do you budget car repairs/home repairs for?
Replies: 37
Views: 4727

Re: how much do you budget car repairs/home repairs for?

Close to $3000/yr on home, including supplies, but not including large multithousand dollar one-time items (like installing HVAC) and excluding recurring like gardening and home cleaning

CLose to $2000/yr on 2 cars.
by lightheir
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I buy a new tesla?
Replies: 116
Views: 7146

Re: Can I buy a new tesla?

Hello all, I am 35 years old ... Income is 350 to 400 and is very reliable. What do you think? Lol - this is what's nuts about this forum. How many 35 year olds make 400?! Enough with the humble brag. Although only 1.2 mil net worth sounds a little thin ;-) I'm not even joking when I suspect that o...
by lightheir
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I buy a new tesla?
Replies: 116
Views: 7146

Re: Can I buy a new tesla?

If you're going to post a question like this as in "can I afford a blah blah blah?" on an open forum you should know you'll get answers in the range of "no way" to "hell yes". I agree with some of the other answers, the OP already knows the answer to his question. Howe...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8169

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

I agree it is a game changer. I will also beg to differ that it is ONLY for rural folks. At tried-and-tested 75mbp speeds, they will outperform quite a few small metro internet options, and frankly, $100 is not a big price to pay for that type of internet, particularly if you plan on using it for wo...
by lightheir
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stationary Bike Program for Weight Loss
Replies: 50
Views: 3116

Re: Stationary Bike Program for Weight Loss

I def agree that for weight loss controlling eating habits is more effective than exercise with bad eating habits. Still, it would be incorrect to conclude that 'well, you just don't need to exercise.' Exercise brings tons of non-weight related benefits for quality of life, and not just physical , b...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DO I renew Microsoft office 360 again?
Replies: 25
Views: 2057

Re: DO I renew Microsoft office 360 again?

Just again as an n=1 for Google drive/docs, it is literally built for multiplatform. Meaning that you can work on docs seamlessly on multiple computers, Apple, PC, linux, whatever, as long as it has a modern web browser. I do this all the time interfacing between Macs at home and PCs at work, and An...
by lightheir
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DO I renew Microsoft office 360 again?
Replies: 25
Views: 2057

Re: DO I renew Microsoft office 360 again?

You're retired, so you likely don't need 'perfect' translation of your powerpoints and office files. Google drive will open and edit most/all of them excellently 'for free', no need to stick to Office. As well, once they're in Google, you never have to pay for it ever again. I'm not even retired and...
by lightheir
Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work
Replies: 40
Views: 2804

Re: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work

OP here. My comcast home internet just went down again. Almost certainly not a easy-fix issue like 'router reset' or 'replug cables' as I checked it all this morning, and when it came back briefly for 3 hours, we had touched nothing on hardware/software side and there was no blinking 'internet' ligh...
by lightheir
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work
Replies: 40
Views: 2804

Re: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work

HawkeyePierce wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:55 am If you're in Silicon Valley you should look into Sonic.net.
Well, so much for my alleged 'good internet access' despite living in the heart of Silicon valley.

Sonic.net is unavailable as well for my address
by lightheir
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work
Replies: 40
Views: 2804

Re: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work

Ack! I live in freaking silicon valley but I just checked and Fios Verizon Home Internet services 'are not available at your address'. (Meaning neither 5G home or wired home via Verizon is available.)

Bummer, I was going to seriously consider it. Maybe later if it appears down the road for me.