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by heartwood
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?
Replies: 254
Views: 18672

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

Grey Man series, by Mark Greaney. You won't regret it. As I noted in the What Book are You Currently Reading thread "I've moved on to Mark Greaney's Relentless, the 10th novel in the Gray Man series. As usual in the series, an over the top James Bond type story. "Over the top James Bond&q...
by heartwood
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I need a checkwriting fund - help
Replies: 7
Views: 851

Re: I need a checkwriting fund - help

How about the plain Federal Money Market fund? I've got check writing on my Vanguard Fed MM. Some caveats: 1. paper checks only 2. no billpay checking; no autopay 3. can only push/pull from the Vanguard side 4. no ability to push/pull from outside 5. can do direct deposit We only keep Vanguard chec...
by heartwood
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1566
Views: 93647

Re: What are you listening to now

iceport wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:24 pm
heartwood wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 am Today's starts with Norah Jones "Jesus, Etc"
Is that the version she did with Puss N Boots? I have that one and love it!
Spotify lists it as on The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition 2011, just to Norah Jones.
by heartwood
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1566
Views: 93647

Re: What are you listening to now

Spotify's Discover Weekly. Updated every Monday.

Today's starts with Norah Jones "Jesus, Etc"

Lots more, this time, that I enjoy.
by heartwood
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 461
Views: 36277

Re: So what are you cooking

Is this cooking? We've discovered Jersey Mike's, a franchise sub shop that's now everywhere. Great subs. After eating a few I remembered we owned a Cuisinart Griddler that hadn't been used in 10+ years. So I'm now ordering Italian subs w/o oil and doing them as paninis. AMEX has a current offer thro...
by heartwood
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Every Vow you Break by Peter Swanson. Not recommended at all. I almost quit at the half way point but saw I only had about a hundred pages to go and soldiered. A mistake, it got worse in the same and new ways. I've moved on to Mark Greaney's Relentless, the 10th novel in the Gray Man series. As usua...
by heartwood
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Men's Flip Flops?
Replies: 53
Views: 3613

Re: Comfortable Men's Flip Flops?

Try Olukai. You can get them at REI or Nordstroms. They have arches unlike most flip flops so my feet don’t tire as quickly as flat flip flops. I’m female but I know males who own the same flip flop and swear by them. Olukai are my go-to flip flops. Good arch support, comfortable, and they look nic...
by heartwood
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I usually use electronic bank transfers to send money
Replies: 20
Views: 1384

Re: I usually use electronic bank transfers to send money

When I send money from Vanguard to Bank of America or the reverse I use electronic bank transfers (ACH). But I've heard wiring money is free and faster. So should I switch to wiring? What do you use? Vanguard wire transfers are free, at least for me. My experience is that BOA charges to receive a w...
by heartwood
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gift Tax form 709
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Gift Tax form 709

I'm having difficulty understanding the logic of filing the return for gifts over 15K. Since there is an 11,000+ exemption, my filing for a couple of 100K gifts seems ridiculous since I'll never get close to the max. How can IRS possibly track this? What is penalty? The instructions for filing 709 ...
by heartwood
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6558
Views: 1450746

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched "Tina" last night, HBO's documentary on Tina Turner. Very nicely done. Saw it on HBO Max. https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/tina Just watched this and loved Tina and her amazing voice, dancing and moves. Disappointingly it's 90+% talking (yes, it's a documentary), a lot not by her...
by heartwood
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Vanguard account blocked or site down?
Replies: 21
Views: 1661

Re: My Vanguard account blocked or site down?

Anyone else having problems accessing their Vanguard account? My problem started yesterday when the app wouldn't let me complete a transaction. Today I can't get into my account through the app nor online. Might be the app. I had a continuing problem with the app this week for mobile check deposit....
by heartwood
Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6558
Views: 1450746

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Godzilla v. Kong on HBO Max. Also apparently in theaters.

Not recommended. Joe Morgenstern the movie reviewer for the WSJ ends his review "Oh, for the magical days of men in rubber gorilla suits."

P.S. We did not make it anywhere near the end. YMMV.
by heartwood
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1842
Views: 273906

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

I'm seeing the lightning bolt on the 3 credit cards I added to Fidelity BillPay. I'm still seeing the message for eBills not available, but I've heard that may take a billing cycle to be enabled. Here's Fidelity's description of ebills: https://www.fidelity.com/cash-management/bill-pay/ebills#:~:te...
by heartwood
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1842
Views: 273906

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

I've looked at the Fidelity site and also googled w/o success. I can EFT funds from my BOA checking to a 3rd party account at a different bank. Can I do the same from Fidelity? With routing and account numbers, can I EFT from my Fidelity account to someone else at BOA? Online, w/o calling? No, you ...
by heartwood
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife needs hearing aids, cost concerns
Replies: 51
Views: 4032

Re: Wife needs hearing aids, cost concerns

Yesterday's WSJ had an article on how things may change soon for mild to moderate hearing loss: https://www.wsj.com/articles/hearing-aids-iphone-apps-and-new-tech-mean-more-ways-to-deal-with-hearing-lossbut-same-old-anxiety-11616850000?mod=searchresults_pos8&page=1 In part: "There should be...
by heartwood
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 497
Views: 88381

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

... I should also mention that Book 6 of the Murderbot Diaries, Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells, is still on-track for release on April 27, 2021. Probably too late to reserve it as a library e-book if you haven't already done so. I did a couple of months ago. I'm #10 on 1 copy. I looked again if...
by heartwood
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm enjoying working my way through the Slough House series of spy novels by Mick Herron. I'd never heard of him before a month or so ago. Then the latest book in the series, Joe Country, was either recommended somewhere or popped up on a best seller list. I saw that there are eight in the series, ...
by heartwood
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get "back in stock" notification for unavailable products?
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: How to get "back in stock" notification for unavailable products?

I have no answer for ebay, but for amazon I use camel, camel, camel. It will send you an alert when your item hits a threshold price. For out of stock items I set the threshold high, even 2x the usual price. I then get a notice when it's below that, i.e., back in stock.
by heartwood
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon.

It's the 1st (1992) of her now many, many Commissario Guido Brunetti crime novels set in Venice. Wikipedia says 30! The latest just out this month.

I've heard of her for years but never read anything by her. I'm half way into it and finding it surprisingly good!
by heartwood
Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time To Renew Subscription for Vanguard Adviser Newsletter
Replies: 8
Views: 985

Re: Time To Renew Subscription for Vanguard Adviser Newsletter

It's time to renew my subscription and I am trying to find out if anyone has any "secret discount codes" out there they used recently to obtain a deal better than $114/yr. for a subscription. Last deal I got in Nov. 2018 was 30 months for $199. Looking for something in that neighborhood. ...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor thermometer recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: Indoor thermometer recommendations?

Hi BH's: Does anyone have an accurate indoor thermometer recommendation? I have 2 thermometers but they differ by over 3 degrees so I don't know which one is correct. One is an LL Bean travel alarm clock and the other thermometer is from Amazon (Peakeep brand.) I am not looking for a fancy weather ...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor thermometer recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: Indoor thermometer recommendations?

Hi BH's: Does anyone have an accurate indoor thermometer recommendation? I have 2 thermometers but they differ by over 3 degrees so I don't know which one is correct. One is an LL Bean travel alarm clock and the other thermometer is from Amazon (Peakeep brand.) I am not looking for a fancy weather ...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2753
Views: 274211

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

WandaVision (Disney+): Only 2 episodes out so far. It's a cross between Marvel and Twin Peaks, so might not be everyone's cup of tea. ... After reading many recommendations for WandaVision I tried it last night. Perhaps as some say, it hooks you after awhile. Definitely not my cup of tea based on p...
by heartwood
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021
Replies: 109
Views: 7367

REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021

Guess this is a PSA. I got an email from United Airlines today reminding me that I'll need REAL ID starting Oct 1, 2021 if I want to fly, or a passport or a few other IDs. United provides a link to my state REAL ID site that says I can schedule an appointment to bring in my documents (all of which I...
by heartwood
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...
Replies: 42
Views: 3953

Re: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...

just tried to schedule an interview. I can get an in person interview on Wednesday (day after tomorrow) at the airport. Basically 45 min each way, park, wait, interview, etc. So at least 3 hrs. There are no available Zoom interviews at all, going into 2023, in any time zone I checked. Guess they wa...
by heartwood
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Citi Visa annual reward; Executive Member annual reward redemptions
Replies: 49
Views: 8618

Re: Costco Citi Visa annual reward; Executive Member annual reward redemptions

We haven't been in a Costco store since March 2020 because of covid concerns. We have no intention of entering one anytime soon. Today I got an email notifying me that my Costco Citi Visa Annual Reward certificate would be sent with my February statement. On the second sentence I'm a little puzzled...
by heartwood
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1566
Views: 93647

Re: What are you listening to now

eddot98 wrote: Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:30 pm Son Seals
https://www.alligator.com/artists/Son-Seals/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WROTwLx-aw8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgZW4Icm1Rw

Less than 30,000 views each, what a shame. Love his guitar style and voice.
Thank you! I enjoyed that.
by heartwood
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 452
Views: 33150

Re: [On-going Scams - Post them here]

I get almost daily texts with links in them. 99% contain the name Doja. I ignore and block them all. In the last couple of months I'm also getting calls to my landline purporting to be from a Dr's office confirming an appointment, always in someone else's name. They all go to voicemail. We answer no...
by heartwood
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2753
Views: 274211

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

Nate Bargatze The Tennessee Kid on Netflix A stand-up comic I had not heard of. Luckily I gave it more than the first three minutes. One of the more talented guys I've watched in a long time. Funny, clean. Laugh out loud for my wife and me. If you watch it, stay tuned for the closing credits which ...
by heartwood
Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Citi Visa annual reward; Executive Member annual reward redemptions
Replies: 49
Views: 8618

Re: Costco Citi Visa annual reward; Executive Member annual reward redemptions

Update: I made my first visit to a warehouse in over a year today. Wow, great to be back. No problem getting cash for my Costco Citi Visa annual reward, except, at least in my warehouse, you must go to the checkout cashier. They would not cash it at Customer Service as in past years. I tried to get ...
by heartwood
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Win by Harlan Coben. I finished it it a day or so. The title character is the recurring Win of several of Coben's Myron Bolitar novels. It's darker than the Boiltar books, much more complicated too. Win is super rich. He keeps reminding you of the perqs of wealth, including an app available only if ...
by heartwood
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2753
Views: 274211

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

Nate Bargatze The Tennessee Kid on Netflix A stand-up comic I had not heard of. Luckily I gave it more than the first three minutes. One of the more talented guys I've watched in a long time. Funny, clean. Laugh out loud for my wife and me. If you watch it, stay tuned for the closing credits which h...
by heartwood
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric shaver
Replies: 33
Views: 2391

Re: Electric shaver

I've got the Braun 7 and a Panasonic. I've tried Norelco and others. I like the Braun much better. I've had Braun both with and w/o the cleaning station. I prefer w/o. I do most of my shaves in the shower so it cleans there. As long as the battery pack is good, consider buying a replacement cutter b...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Happy Pi Day! (And what pie?)
Replies: 36
Views: 2129

Re: Happy Pi Day! (And what pie?)

I expect to get a discounted pizza later, at a place that was promoting a "Pi day special" ... but a slice of Blueberry Sour Cream Pie, with a cup of coffee would certainly hit the spot ;) A pizza has a radius z and thickness a. Its volume is pizza (or pi*z*z*a) Some other groaners are he...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 1051
Views: 47757

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

I'm a casual watcher. This past year we've had flocks of american robins. up to 30 or even 50 birds. I chuckled after I googled "what do you call a flock of robins" and got several suggestions: around of robins; a worm of robins http://bodysoulandspirit.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-worm-of-robin...
by heartwood
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I quickly finished Klara and the Sun: A novel: Kazuo Ishiguro. Now I have to figure out if I liked it and what it might signify. He's the Remains of the Day and Never Let me Go author. I've moved on to Later by Stephen King. So far about a boy who sees dead people, and more. King seldom disappoints ...
by heartwood
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deposit a check without endorsing it in the back?
Replies: 31
Views: 3734

Re: How to deposit a check without endorsing it in the back?

Just a caution, esp if you plan to use mobile check deposit, here's my experience at Fidelity: I logged onto our joint account via my phone and used mobile deposit on a business check made out to my wife. It showed as accepted, then was reversed the next day. I called and discussed it with Fido. The...
by heartwood
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 452
Views: 33150

Re: [On-going Scams - Post them here]

Scam by text. I am getting these messages periodically. I am not Sue, not clicking those links. Amazon: Congratulations Sue, you came 2nd in February's Amazon Apple Watch raffle! Click this link to set delivery: t1fmt.info/XybVup9XYg Another one Amazon - the planned delivery date of your parcel 1z6...
by heartwood
Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Finished "Bad Blood" by John Carreyrou today half way through "The Burial Hour" by Jeffrey Deaver What did you think of Bad Blood? would you recommend it? Yes, fascinating detail. I was familiar with the broad scope of the fraud but the story and detail are gripping. Well worth ...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1842
Views: 273906

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

I logged onto our joint account via my phone and used mobile deposit on a business check made out to my wife. It showed as accepted, then was reversed the next day. I called and discussed it with Fido. They considered the check a rhird-party item since it was in my wife's name and I was logged on a...
by heartwood
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2753
Views: 274211

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

The dialect coach Erik Singer.YouTube ‘Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1KP4ztKK0A episode 1 ~21 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsE_8j5RL3k episode 2 ~14 minutes as the NYT reviewed this 2 episode mini series: "The dialect coach Erik Singer h...
by heartwood
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dark web alert: compromised email address
Replies: 2
Views: 517

dark web alert: compromised email address

Looking for some validation. In various places I see alerts that have variations of "dark web alert: compromised email address" or "compromised PW". The first is an example from Capital One Creditwise. If I click on it I get, in part, "What can I do now? You should reset the...
by heartwood
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity as a one stop shop
Replies: 1842
Views: 273906

Re: Fidelity as a one stop shop

Not spot on to alerts, but for joint CMA accounts we learned that it depends who has logged on. I logged onto our joint account via my phone and used mobile deposit on a business check made out to my wife. It showed as accepted, then was reversed the next day. I called and discussed it with Fido. Th...
by heartwood
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Power Couple by Alex Berenson. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BZXSMKD/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 He's the author of the John Wells series of books. This one is not part of that series. I'm 20% into it and like it. She's an FBI agent, he seems to be a NSA analyst. On vacation in...
by heartwood
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323737

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I finished The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I enjoyed it. Some surprises at the end that I should have seen coming, at least in part. I then spent all of 25 minutes reading Buy a Bullet, a short story by Gregg Hurwitz. He writes the Orphan X novels. This short story and another by him that I ...
by heartwood
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...
Replies: 42
Views: 3953

Re: Global Entry Interview conditional approval (365 day clock)...

just tried to schedule an interview. I can get an in person interview on Wednesday (day after tomorrow) at the airport. Basically 45 min each way, park, wait, interview, etc. So at least 3 hrs. There are no available Zoom interviews at all, going into 2023, in any time zone I checked. Guess they wan...
by heartwood
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Postmarks on Envelopes
Replies: 38
Views: 3446

Re: USPS Postmarks on Envelopes

We pay for daycare and preschool with Bank of America bill pay checks that are sent through the mail and that's been a hot mess. Those checks are constantly late and so far everyone has been patient about it, but I guess we'll have to start hand delivering them. That's not trivial with COVID since ...
by heartwood
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6558
Views: 1450746

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" on Netflix - 5/5 + 1000 I loved it. Just like I loved Jojo Rabbit. Taika Waititi is a wonderful director. Next up is to see his "Boy" and "What We Do In The Shadows". Watched it last night. One of the more enjoyable movies in many months. Wi...
by heartwood
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Postmarks on Envelopes
Replies: 38
Views: 3446

Re: USPS Postmarks on Envelopes

Has anyone else noted the absence of USPS postmarks on envelopes these days. I see most of the mail I receive these days is what I call presorted and there is no indication of when it was mailed. Therefore I cannot determine how long it takes to reach me. Still waiting on two Valentine cards mailed...
by heartwood
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1566
Views: 93647

Re: What are you listening to now

Another new album out today, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Way Down in the Rust Bucket (Live). A live show recorded in the late 1990s.