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by westcoast
Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 12693

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

Renting a car and doing a road trip through Scotland. We stayed at B%Bs everynight, only had reservations our first night and last night there. Best vacation ever.
by westcoast
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Retire?
Replies: 262
Views: 23371

Re: Where to Retire?

Pacific Northwest sounds like is out for you. Earthquakes, wildfires, rain and more rain. Very cold in the east part during the winter. Taxes are very high and are going up next year too. Riots in the major cities and seem not to end, crime is going up a lot also. Good luck in you quest.
by westcoast
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Traeger Pellet Grill - Super Excited!
Replies: 38
Views: 3113

Re: New Traeger Pellet Grill - Super Excited!

Had mine since 2003 and it’s still working fine. Sanded and repainted the outside once along with replaced the fan. I keep the cover on it and it stays on the patio all year. Weather here is cold and rainy in the winter. Follow the recipes in the cook book that comes with the traeger and you won’t g...
by westcoast
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Landlords: How are you doing this year?
Replies: 159
Views: 19994

Re: Landlords: How are you doing this year?

We just sold 6 we owned in a partnership with four other couples. Still own one of our own. So far all rents have come in on time.
by westcoast
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal tax refund is late
Replies: 102
Views: 4245

Re: Federal tax refund is late

We e-filed May 5th. We received our state refund two weeks later. We have still not received our federal refund. Through the IRS website they show they have received and are processing our return. I called them last wednesday and was told to wait another three weeks for the refund.
by westcoast
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 11
Views: 1474

Re: Trip to Puerto Vallarta

Thanks for the additional ideas. We plan on going to the Botanical garden. The Casa Noble Tequila and Original Cigar Factory sound great. Thanks for the suggestions, part of the reason for going is our 46th wedding anniversary which actually isn’t until April. The timing just worked out to go in Mar...
by westcoast
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 11
Views: 1474

Re: Trip to Puerto Vallarta

Thanks for information I'll check it out.

Thank you
by westcoast
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 11
Views: 1474

Trip to Puerto Vallarta

Looking at trip to Puerto Vallarta Mexico next month for ten days. We have been there before on a cruise which only gave us six hours in the city. So really didn’t have time to explore the city and surrounding area. We are in our mid sixties in good shape and like the outdoors and I prefer golf to l...
by westcoast
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Sell a Wyland Painting on My Bathroom Wall?
Replies: 88
Views: 9974

Re: How to Sell a Wyland Painting on My Bathroom Wall?

Depending on what is on the backside of the bathroom wall, you could first remove the dry wall from the backside. This would give you a look at where the studs are before trying to remove the painting from the front side. Then go to painting side of wall measure the size of the painting you want and...
by westcoast
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 954
Views: 178914

Re: Boglehead Beer

I enjoy Crux Fermentation Project Half Hitch IPA, very smooth and a great taste. Its fairly expensive $6 for a 10 ounce glass at a tap house. A few others Barley Brown IPAs they have several all very good. Also from Block 15 Brewing Monster Cookies IPA and Melvin Brewings 2x4 DIPA.
by westcoast
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise to China, Japan and South Korea— ship tours or booking private tours
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: Cruise to China, Japan and South Korea— ship tours or booking private tours

Thank you for all the replies and insight for our cruise. We have decided to take the ships tours on this cruise for the piece of mind. Again thanks for the information.
by westcoast
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise to China, Japan and South Korea— ship tours or booking private tours
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Cruise to China, Japan and South Korea— ship tours or booking private tours

We are leaving on a cruise this February trying to decide if we should us the ships tours or use soon private vendors. Anyone have experience with private vendors there as to the quality of the tour making sure they return to the ship on time.
by westcoast
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What shelf liquor and your favorite cocktails?
Replies: 45
Views: 3697

Re: What shelf liquor and your favorite cocktails?

Jameson 18 year old
Jameson castmates IPA edition
Macallen 12 year old (on hand for guests not my favorite)
Tanqueray Gin
by westcoast
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 856
Views: 62831

Re: John Bogle is dead at 89

Rest in Peace, truly a great human being.
by westcoast
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross-country trip via Amtrak
Replies: 58
Views: 7171

Re: Cross-country trip via Amtrak

Did that several years ago from New York City to Portland Oregon. I booked standard seat to Chicago and it was very comfortable and sleep very well in it. The negative part was the bathroom, very dirty all the time. I had a sleeping compartment from Chicago to Portland it was great. Very comfortable...
by westcoast
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: "MegaMillions and Powerball jackpots combined are now $1B" - Good investment?
Replies: 55
Views: 3375

Re: "MegaMillions and Powerball jackpots combined are now $1B" - Good investment?

Why so serious, it’s entertainment go buy the tickets. This thread inspired me to go buy $20 in lottery tickets as I drink $20 worth of microbrew beer.
by westcoast
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: "MegaMillions and Powerball jackpots combined are now $1B" - Good investment?
Replies: 55
Views: 3375

Re: "MegaMillions and Powerball jackpots combined are now $1B" - Good investment?

Why so serious, it’s entertainment go buy the tickets. This thread inspired me to go buy $20 in lottery tickets as I drink $20 worth of microbrew beer.
by westcoast
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon

We had a great trip to the Steens Mountain very beautiful country. The roads were paved most of the way to French Glen and plenty of gas there. The road from French Gle up to the top of the mountain was dirt with lot ants of dust. We have Honda CR-V so wasn’t any problem on any of the roads. A sedan...
by westcoast
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 375
Views: 25236

Re: What are your property taxes?

$6100 last year, roughly $21 per thousand of assessed value. Assessed value increases each year by 3 per cent any new bond measures passed by the voters also increase our property taxes without increasing the assessed value of our property. The rate per thousand increases. Large income tax and no sa...
by westcoast
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon

Thank you for the suggestions, we very much looking forward to the trip. Probably stay in Burns and take the trip around to Fields and up to Frenchglen. The Travel Oregon site was a great help, thanks.
by westcoast
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Trip to the Steens Mountains in Oregon

We are planning a trip to the Steens Mountains in the beginning of July and wondering if anyone on the forum has been there before. Looking for ideas on places to stay with moderate prices and the availability of gas as it looks pretty sparse on a map. thank you for any insight.
by westcoast
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1199
Views: 193767

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

We bought ours in July 2017 not knowing about the oil dilution problem. After about 500 miles the oil pressure gauge stayed on indicating the pressure was to high. After taking it to the dealer they kept it for three days trying to figure out what was wrong. They called Honda Tech and changed the &q...
by westcoast
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physical cash
Replies: 121
Views: 10548

Re: Physical cash

a thousand in the house twenty to forty in the wallet.
by westcoast
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 157
Views: 14252

Re: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]

I was part of many hiring teams and never thought about looking to see if anyone we were interviewing was wear a wedding ring. I took mine off because of safety issues while working , it went back on after work.
by westcoast
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital alarm clock suggestions?
Replies: 38
Views: 4520

Re: Digital alarm clock suggestions?

I use an Echo dot (alexa) which sits in a ihome iavsi bedside speaker. It is the size of my old alarm clock and works great. It has large numbers which can be dimmed to very bright to completely off. To set the alarm just tell alexa the time and your all set. If you don't want to look at the clock j...
by westcoast
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]
Replies: 280
Views: 25252

Re: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]

2006 Lexus es330 for long trips. 2017 Honda CR-V el for daily driving.
by westcoast
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Want to Buy a Horrible, Expensive Car
Replies: 155
Views: 14613

Re: I Want to Buy a Horrible, Expensive Car

No don’t buy it. Complete waste of money, buy a new Honda Pilot or CRV.
by westcoast
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Statefarm Auto Insurance goes up every 6 months without reason?
Replies: 50
Views: 8318

Re: Statefarm Auto Insurance goes up every 6 months without reason?

Age 66 have had State Farm insurance since I could drive (16), we also have a 2017 Honda CR-V exl. Premium is 340 every six months. Also have a Lexus insured with them as well as rental property, home insurance, medical and an umbrella policy through them. After asking my agent for the policy face s...
by westcoast
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation
Replies: 95
Views: 15011

Re: A meal with friends yields a financial revelation

Great post TimeLord, I understand what your saying. That’s a great feeling to realize about the road you travelled an where you are today. Congratulations.
by westcoast
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I keep the new iPad I bought or return it?
Replies: 51
Views: 5108

Re: Should I keep the new iPad I bought or return it?

DW and I each have one, we use them everyday mostly to read an surf the web. When they are out dated we will get the next upgrade. Can’t imagine not having one. We also have an iMac and two I phones. I would keep the one you bought.
by westcoast
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Caught by speed camera
Replies: 49
Views: 6239

Re: Caught by speed camera

Where I am from the only person responsible for the ticket is the person who was driving the vehicle. The cameras take a picture of the driver, front license plate and the rear plate also. We only have cameras for running traffic lights not for speeding in my state. The program is out sourced to a p...
by westcoast
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Becoming a Landlord: My Experiences
Replies: 179
Views: 42915

Re: Becoming a Landlord: My Experiences

We have had rental units for twenty years in a partnership with three other couples an have not had any real problems. We have a real estate company manage the property's for us. They take eight percent of the rents and handle everything from maintaining the properties, evictions, backgrounding tena...
by westcoast
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 3405
Views: 571797

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

8.04 per cent. 60/40
by westcoast
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DUI lawyer - need advice
Replies: 85
Views: 10993

Re: DUI lawyer - need advice

It depends on the state you are in. In my great state of Oregon first offense is diversion which any attorney can handle. So take option one. Any second offense spend the money for option two.
by westcoast
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 23622

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

About 30 minutes or 20 miles on a good day with back roads to Mt Angle Oregon the sweetest an nicest small town on the planet. Settled by German and Swiss immigrants in the late 1800 and open to all. Stay and enjoy the October fest which begins the second week of September for the best time of your ...
by westcoast
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?
Replies: 259
Views: 23622

Re: How far would you travel to see The Eclipse?

Luckily out my backyard this time,will be awesome.
by westcoast
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6250
Views: 1422920

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw The Mummy today starring Tom Cruise , did not enjoy it very much. They made a zombie out of it and tried to add a little humor it wasn't for me.
by westcoast
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy a vehicle cash or finance?
Replies: 58
Views: 6156

Re: Buy a vehicle cash or finance?

The Honda CR V, is a good alternative. Has lots of room for baby seats and everything you need for the kids for near the same price. I don't think they have 0 percent financing..
by westcoast
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: emerald ash borer disaster
Replies: 35
Views: 3301

Re: emerald ash borer disaster

Suggest to the HoA they get Filbert trees (hazelnut), grow fairly fast offer good shade and produce some great tasting nuts.
by westcoast
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon personal Trip
Replies: 25
Views: 3757

Re: Oregon personal Trip

A week doesn't seem long enough so I wouldn't spend much time in Portland. Check out the north coast line starting in Astoria. Spend a few days their sight seeing, fishing or hiking. Head south on hwy 101 to Cannon Beach and Pacific City for a couple days an enjoy the scenery. Head back to Portland ...
by westcoast
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do You Take Your Credit Card Receipts?
Replies: 85
Views: 10875

Re: Do You Take Your Credit Card Receipts?

We always take a receipt for everything. They go in a box below my desk and stay there for several months till the box (garbage can) is full then into the shedder. I several credit card but use one for just about everything and carry little cash. I pay the credit off every few days making sure onlin...
by westcoast
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Six pack for barbecue?
Replies: 77
Views: 7879

Re: Six pack for barbecue?

Bring one growler of Crux Half Hitch IPA and a six pack of bottled bud light.
by westcoast
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Low-earners- What is your profession?
Replies: 371
Views: 57399

Re: Low-earners- What is your profession?

Career same as yours, DW an author grossed about same as me but really after expensive was less. We lived, invested about 10 of my salary ( max ever made retired in 2003) was $76000.. we saved And invested DW income and used it for expensive vacations and college for or kids. Kids did great and are ...
by westcoast
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social security: restricted application and spousal benefits
Replies: 6
Views: 1443

Re: Social security: restricted application and spousal benefits

I applied online recently. The online form will have you input all the information they need to determine your eligibility. Toward the end of the form once you have entered information about marriage it lets you know if you are eligible for a spousal Benifit. If your eligible, then the form has a bo...
by westcoast
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When do you plan to die?
Replies: 164
Views: 18084

Re: When do you plan to die?

I'm playing golf tomorrow if I wake up. Planned retirement for DW and I till 90 for her as she is a few years younger.
by westcoast
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to minimize increases for apartment rent?
Replies: 18
Views: 2166

Re: How to minimize increases for apartment rent?

You could look at what the cost the landlord would need to spend in fixing or replacing things in your apartment if you move out. Such as carpeting, painting, and replacing counters etc. A rent increase of around five hundred dollars a year may not be worth it to the landlord if you stay in the apar...
by westcoast
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6250
Views: 1422920

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw Intruder on netflix last week, great movie and Steven Buckingham was great as usual. Very good movie if you like suspense.