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by Lynette
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18206

Re: Gardening 2020

Zone 6 Michigan. It is snowing today! I ordered some bare root strawberries from Amazon. They took two weeks to arrive and look rather sad. I stuck them in my fridge and will try to plant them in a container later in the week when the warmer weather returns. I correctly guessed that there would be v...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get N95 masks? Seriously
Replies: 61
Views: 5346

Re: How to get N95 masks? Seriously

I ordered 10 x N95 masks on Amazon at the end of March but I think they are fake as the Chinese equivalent is KN95. There is no guarantee but I think that some of the masks that I ordered on Amazon from vendors in China may ship earlier than the published date. I have been looking up the tracking nu...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 58309

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

This morning I went during the senior hour to Meijers in Michigan and I was able to get one package for my neighbor. Then I went to a new market that Meijer has opened and their did not seem to be any restriction.
by Lynette
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I did not think of Walmart. I ordered a few from Etsy.com - supposedly from a sewer in the U.K. It has shipped but still no sign of it. On Amazon a bandana has been delayed by about 3 weeks. Ones similar to the one from Walmart are less expensive but the official arrival date is mid May to June. I ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I have three masks R95 masks that I bought for painting and gardening. But I am saving them for when I really need to go out. Three sets of masks I ordered on Amazon are coming from China. I have been given the tracking number of one. It is interesting to try to trace their route from China to the ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 80843

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I can't find any info specific to healthy older adults. I can't find a breakdown that isolates out the healthy older adults. This is the best I can find: "As a result, considerable uncertainty about the true nature of risk remains. What is clear, however, is that older adults have less robust ...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 80843

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Perhaps you missed my point, which wshang seemed to get. I believe it is universally true that once you start lumping people into categories you run the risk of ignoring those who don't fit the mold you've created. Although categorization may be convenient, it's a bit more difficult to keep an open...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 80843

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Perhaps you missed my point, which wshang seemed to get. I believe it is universally true that once you start lumping people into categories you run the risk of ignoring those who don't fit the mold you've created. Although categorization may be convenient, it's a bit more difficult to keep an open...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Any update on where everyone is purchasing masks? Just read an article on how certain fabrics really don't do particularly well in keeping particles in or out and I have little confidence in my mask making abilities. Checked Alibaba and it is pricy. Walmart and Amazon. https://www.walmart.com/searc...
by Lynette
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 80843

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Perhaps you missed my point, which wshang seemed to get. I believe it is universally true that once you start lumping people into categories you run the risk of ignoring those who don't fit the mold you've created. Although categorization may be convenient, it's a bit more difficult to keep an open...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 80843

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

There is also the impact of the BCG vaccine. In former USSR, BCG vaccine was mandatory. So get a few small former USSR Republics, and then compare those to some Eastern or Central European countries. CFR is like 3-5 times bigger for Eastern / Central European countries vs USSR Republics. I was born...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Any update on where everyone is purchasing masks? Just read an article on how certain fabrics really don't do particularly well in keeping particles in or out and I have little confidence in my mask making abilities. Checked Alibaba and it is pricy. Walmart and Amazon. https://www.walmart.com/searc...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?
Replies: 271
Views: 18402

Re: What will you do first, once COVID pandemic is over?

I hope to get on with the life I had planned - volunteering to complete certification to become a Master Gardener but now everything has been cancelled. I did the theoretical part to become a Master Gardener last fall. I was looking forward to volunteer activities to learn more. One of the projects ...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18206

Re: Gardening 2020

I have had success helping my corn pollinate. When you notice the pollen starting to fall from the tassels, go out and gently shake the corn stalks. This causes the pollen to distribute. You might want to wear a cloth mask when you do this, I end up in a coughing fit from the pollen overload. I gro...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18206

Re: Gardening 2020

There's no need to rip up your lawn. See: stop ripping up your lawn to grow veggies Hi Lady Geek, I was being facetious as I do not think my fussy city would approve. I live in an area where little houses like mine have been torn down for +1million dollar McMansions. Having a perfect lawn is a requ...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18206

Re: Gardening 2020

Maybe I should rip up my front lawn and plant beans, tomatoes and sweet corn there. My city is fussy but I can claim it is my patriotic duty. Lawn services are not allowed to operate in my state during the stay-at-home order. Not sure if you were being facetious but corn needs to be grown in fairly...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18206

Re: Gardening 2020

Meanwhile up in the epicenter of the pandemic grocery delivery is hard to come by My brother in fly over country says, Can't you order delivery 2-3 days ahead? No, dear, peapod's slots are booked solid for the two weeks they have them, amazon/whole foods has zero slots available. I have stuff ready...
by Lynette
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18206

Re: Gardening 2020

Zone 6. I planted some beans, beets and radishes outside - likely too soon. This morning I went out to water them and it looked as if the soil in the containers had been disturbed. It was probably the bloody squirrels. This is my first year planting seeds inside and I learning many things I am doing...
by Lynette
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why not go EE bonds (instead of bond funds)?
Replies: 177
Views: 14461

Re: Why not go EE bonds (instead of bond funds)?

Bought these over the years (I bonds too when their fixed rates were higher). Given ER is essentially a 20 yr bond, plan to buy 20 years before you need to redeem. Personally would not buy once in your 50s or older, but in 30s/40s as some portion of your bond allocation, why not ? Any shorter time ...
by Lynette
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 1653
Views: 80843

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

India is now hoarding hydroxychloroquine, they may not ship what was already ordered and promised to the US. Something must be useful with this drug even doctors are hoarding it. India banned all exports of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug .... Exports of the drug and its formulations are prohibi...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Fortunately I fired my lawn service last year but still have to figure out how to use my new Ego lawnmower, blower and weed wacker. The grass is starting to grow and I am wondering how 80% of the people in my area are going to cope without their lawn service. We will have to begin cutting the grass...
by Lynette
Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I was wondering if lawn service is regarded as an essential service in states that have stay-at-home orders? If it is not regarded as an essential service, how are you going to cut your lawn? In Michigan lawn service is not regarded as an essential service. The governor's stay-at-home order expires ...
by Lynette
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

My excuse is that I am 74 years old and petrified. I was a basket case picking up those groceries and my brain was foggy. I suggest you get some help from your neighbors. I know all my neighbors and I have been in text message contact with them. If they need any help at all, then I can provide it. ...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I also have a half mask version but I already feel an idiot wearing my R95 paint mask. I do not think I could bring myself to wear the half mask version in public. I have found certain stores are not crowded at 6:00 or 7 in the morning. The bigger risk is not looking like an idiot. The bigger risk ...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Thanks - only about $9.00 - I ordered it from Amazon.
by Lynette
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I also have a half mask version but I already feel an idiot wearing my R95 paint mask. I do not think I could bring myself to wear the half mask version in public. I have found certain stores are not crowded at 6:00 or 7 in the morning. The bigger risk is not looking like an idiot. The bigger risk ...
by Lynette
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I also have a half mask version but I already feel an idiot wearing my R95 paint mask. I do not think I could bring myself to wear the half mask version in public. I have found certain stores are not crowded at 6:00 or 7 in the morning.
by Lynette
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

On the subject of masks, how about the eyes? This morning I wore a R95 mask I have for painting when I went shopping. I also took some painting googles and nitrile gloves. Maybe I wore the R95 mask incorrectly but it only covered my nose and mouth. Unfortunately I had to learn how the eyes are conne...
by Lynette
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMDs May Not Be Required for 2020
Replies: 142
Views: 10229

Re: IRS Suspends RMD

Bit of mess being too quick! In January I took QCDs, RMDs and had tax withheld. I do not want to reverse the RMDs. I did this early to simplify my taxes. Oh well. I think you are missing a key point. You took your QCDs and RMDs when the valuation was still high, so you withdrew a lot fewer shares t...
by Lynette
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMDs May Not Be Required for 2020
Replies: 142
Views: 10229

Re: IRS Suspends RMD

Bit of mess being too quick! In January I took QCDs, RMDs and had tax withheld. I do not want to reverse the RMDs. I did this early to simplify my taxes. Oh well. I think you are missing a key point. You took your QCDs and RMDs when the valuation was still high, so you withdrew a lot fewer shares t...
by Lynette
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 58309

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

https://www.instok.org/ Let's you check store inventory for essentials near your location. Thank you, Thank you. I found from the website that a Target Store less that a mile from my house had some toilet paper. I went there at 7:00 this morning. There was virtually no one there and everyone kept t...
by Lynette
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

NO Clorox/rubbing alcohol/wipes of any kind, that we already knew about. RM My local supermarket also ran out of Clorox. I always wake up early in the morning so I went to Home Depot at 6:00 a.m. There were very few people there. I bought two bottles of Clorox - one for me and one for my neighbor.
by Lynette
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

ResearchMed wrote: Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:22 pm NO Clorox/rubbing alcohol/wipes of any kind, that we already knew about.
RM
My local supermarket also ran out of Clorox. I always wake up early in the morning so I went to Home Depot. I bought two bottles of Clorox - one for me and one for my neighbor.
by Lynette
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 200895

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

This is another story about how Covid - 19 spreads. There was a story in the New York Times about a party with about 50 guests that was held on March 5. One of the guests was a 40-year old business man from Johannesburg, South Africa. Several of the guests felt ill but they could not get tests. The ...
by Lynette
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 329
Views: 25419

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

My own unverified opinion is that bleach kills nasty germs and viruses. I mix this with a cleaner I got from Dollar Tree store and spray it on surfaces and then wipe it down with paper Towels. I could not find bleach at my local grocery store so I decided to go to Home Depot at 6:00 a.m. this morni...
by Lynette
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leaky kitchen sink in middle of Pandemic
Replies: 39
Views: 2475

Re: Leaky kitchen sink in middle of Pandemic

Incidentally my local supermarket ran out of Clorox bleach. I went to my local Home Depot at 6:00 a.m. They had some.
by Lynette
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: RMDs May Not Be Required for 2020
Replies: 142
Views: 10229

Re: IRS Suspends RMD

Bit of mess being too quick! In January I took QCDs, RMDs and had tax withheld. I do not want to reverse the RMDs. I did this early to simplify my taxes. Oh well.
by Lynette
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts for limited use?
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts for limited use?

Thank you all - I guess I will simply wing it for the first class. One of the reasons I am not keen to practice sending a zoom message from one or my computers to another to practice is that I do not want to register with with my primary email. Maybe I will give it a try with a secondary email addre...
by Lynette
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts for limited use?
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts for limited use?

I was wondering whether most people use Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts for video calls and how proficient one should be if one only uses limited features of the program? Recently I completed a program to become a Master Gardener Volunteer through our local University. I am keen to learn more and enr...
by Lynette
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the grocery store or using a delivery service? Which?
Replies: 329
Views: 25419

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

My own unverified opinion is that bleach kills nasty germs and viruses. I mix this with a cleaner I got from Dollar Tree store and spray it on surfaces and then wipe it down with paper Towels. I could not find bleach at my local grocery store so I decided to go to Home Depot at 6:00 a.m. this mornin...
by Lynette
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Masks (medical or N95) availability

In the past I did some painting and recently I took a gardening course that taught us it was mandatory to handle pesticides with all the necessary gear. I do not intend to handle anything more noxious that Round up but I ordered one of these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00079FOK0/ref=ppx_yo_d...
by Lynette
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I am confused about the restrictions that Cuomo has placed on New Yorkers over the age of 70. From what I understand they cannot go out at all - even grocery shopping. Something else I read indicated that +70 year old people could go out if they wore masks. There have been rumors that Michigan migh...
by Lynette
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I am confused about the restrictions that Cuomo has placed on New Yorkers over the age of 70. From what I understand they cannot go out at all - even grocery shopping. Something else I read indicated that +70 year old people could go out if they wore masks. There have been rumors that Michigan might...
by Lynette
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1800
Views: 152753

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I appreciate the recognition. This is the profession I chose and love. It's concerning and challenging but also rewarding. Indeed, thanks for the work you do. I also appreciate the work of the people who restock the grocery stores, delivery people, garbage collectors and others who do essential ser...
by Lynette
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 58309

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

I got a email from my friend in Australia. The police have been assigned to supermarkets to quell panic and protect staff after the Prime Minister told Australians to stop clearing toilet paper and other items. I also read about a fight that erupted in a toilet paper aisle in Johannesburg, South Afr...
by Lynette
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 200895

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

I do not know if it has been mentioned but Trump and Trudeau are closing the US/Canadian border to non-essential traffic. I live in Michigan and there is an enormous amount of commercial traffic between the two countries.
by Lynette
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your AA, given your age ? and this crisis ?
Replies: 184
Views: 12893

Re: What is your AA, given your age ? and this crisis ?

Age 76. I am or was 60/40 before the present crisis. As I am not traveling at the moment I can comfortably live off of my pensions and social security. This gives me a great sense of freedom as my assets are only for emergency care - if needed. If I did not have pensions, I think I would have bough...
by Lynette
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your AA, given your age ? and this crisis ?
Replies: 184
Views: 12893

Re: What is your AA, given your age ? and this crisis ?

Age 76. I am or was 60/40 before the present crisis. I will re-evaluate some time. Simplicity is the key. I worked till I was 73 so that my pensions would grow but I also was able to indulge my passion of traveling by going overseas four or five time a year. Now I am retired, I am happy to be taking...
by Lynette
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the gym ...
Replies: 210
Views: 12944

Re: Are you still going to the gym ...

The Michigan governor has ordered all gyms, fitness centers and indoor sporting facilities to close through March. I had a Personal trainer twice a week and did not want to cancel as it is her livelihood. She just called to let me know. I have a fancy bike in family room - so I guess life will have ...
by Lynette
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you still going to the gym ...
Replies: 210
Views: 12944

Re: Are you still going to the gym ...

I go to my gym at 6:00 a.m. I think it was likely a store before. It has high ceilings, a pool, tennis courts and exercise equipment. It is relatively expensive and well managed. They have increased the cleaning staff and we have to clean equipment before and after use. I do not go to group classes ...