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  • Consistency of Similac Organic vs Similac Early Advance Shield?

    Since our son's birth, we've used 2 boxes of Similac Early Advance Shield formula which was smooth and milky when mixed with water. Our son seems to like this formula but we wanted to try a box of the Similac Organic formula. When mixed, we saw that the milk was "chalky" and bits clung to the side of the bottle. Our son still drank it with no complaints. Is that the normal consistency for the Organic formula?

    1 AnswerNewborn & Baby1 decade ago
  • Delisted stock no longer being traded...claiming it worthless and abandoning it?

    I own shares in a stock that was delisted about a month ago and hasn't had any trading activity for several months now. The value of the shares were .08 cents when the stock was delisted. I have 1500 shares. Etrade suggested that I claim them as worthless and abandon them...giving me no rights to them if they are miraculously re-surrected.

    If I abandon them, I would have about $16K in losses. Can I claim the standard $3K capital loss for this year and carry over the remaining $13K losses into the next few years like a regular capital loss?

    3 AnswersInvesting1 decade ago
  • Rear projection television displays a ghost image.?

    My 42" Mitsubishi rear projection television is about 10 years old now and it's starting to have a ghost image when I'm watching it. At first it was on and off, but now, it's there almost every day. It's mostly a yellow image. Does this mean the rear projectors are on their way out? I doubt it's worth repairing....is it just time to ditch the rear projection and look for a new LCD tv?

    1 AnswerTVs1 decade ago
  • Circuit breaker tripped and no electricity to 1/2 my apartment...?

    I had my bathrooms remodeled about 1 1/2 years ago. The contractor installed GFCI outlets in both bathrooms. The outlet in the guest bath is the main source while one of the outlets in the master bath is connected serially from the guest BR. A second outlet was added to the master bath so now it has 2 outlets where previously, there was only one but I believe that is powered by a different line.

    Just last week, I had plugged in a laptop to the outlet in the guest BR and walked away for a sec. I heard a pop and checked to see if everything was alright and the laptop seemed to be fine and the light switch was still working. Later that day, I tried turning on the lights in the BR and they wouldn't come on. I also noticed that the hallway lights wouldn't turn on either. One of the outlets in my master BR was also out too. I went to the main circuit breaker box and saw that one of the breakers had tripped so I tried resetting it. But it would not reset.

    I called in a maintenance person to check to see what was wrong and he assumed it was something plugged in that was causing it to trip so we unplugged everything that was attached to this line and still nothing worked. He also tried replacing one of the switches believing that was causing the breaker to trip but that didn't work either. At this point, he recommended I get an electrician to check to see what was causing the outage. I called an experienced contractor who works alot in my building and he checked it out. He said it was because I had GFCI outlets in both bathrooms which was causing the circuit breaker to trip. He said I only needed one GFCI outlet in the guest BR because that was the main outlet. (I'm assuming the one GFCI outlet in the master BR that still has power is running on another line...not connected serially to the line that's having problems.) He said the other other outlet in the master BR should be a normal outlet. My question was, why would it work for 1 1/2 years and just now cause a problem? I'm a little handy and would like to try and fix the problem myself but does the suggestion of the 2nd contractor make any sense? Should I replace the first GFCI outlet and the other one with a normal one just to make sure it's not one of them that's causing the circuit to trip?.

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs1 decade ago
  • Citizenship status of my future child?

    I am a US citizen. My wife is a New Zealand citizen. We are planning to move to Singapore for work while my wife is pregnant. If she has our child in Singapore, what nationality will my child have? Will he/she have triple citizenship? Is he/she automatically a Singaporean and possibly a US and/or NZ citizen if he/she applies for citizenship in either country at the age of 18?

    3 AnswersImmigration1 decade ago
  • Offset capital gains from sale of rental property with stock market losses?

    My parents are retired and they own a 2nd property that has appreciated quite a bit (over $200K). Is it possible to offset some of the capital gains from selling this property with capital losses from stock trading? Is a capital gain/loss considered the same no matter what source it comes from?

    If you have any links to online articles that explain this process, please include. Thanks!

    4 AnswersUnited States1 decade ago
  • Considering relocating to Austin, TX for work...some general info about Austin?

    I'm considering relocating from the East Coast for a 1-year contract and was wondering what I should expect from Austin, TX. I see that the weather out there is already in the 90's-100's. Is it going to get even hotter in July/August? Are there any rainy seasons? Are there good choices in restaurants and a decent mix of activities to do...shopping, museums, shows & parks/lakes? How much should I expect to pay for rent in a decent area...within a 30 minute drive of the Downtown area. Any other info would be greatly appreciated.

    3 AnswersAustin1 decade ago
  • What happens to a baby's waste while still in the mother's womb?

    Just curious...what happens to a baby's pee and poop while it is still in the mother's womb? Is it somehow excreted with the mother's waste or is it somehow re-absorbed into the mother's body? Wouldn't there be a lot of bodily waste accumulated for 9 months?

    9 AnswersPregnancy1 decade ago
  • Is it normal for a doctor's office to charge copay for the return visit?

    I know it's normal for the doc to charge a copay for the first visit but say you had blood drawn for tests and it takes like 2 weeks to process. When he calls you in to discuss the results, is he supposed to charge you again for coming in to discuss the results?

    I've been to doctors who do this all the time. My wife has too. After her initial visit and she's already left the office, she would call in to ask a question about what they discussed but they would say the doctor is too busy to speak to her on the phone and ask her to make an appointment to come in. When she goes in, they would charge her the copay up front just to speak with the doctor. Does that sound right?

    But then my wife goes to an OB/GYN who does not charge the copay when he calls her in to discuss her test results from the previous visit. He's the nicest guy and his office is not always filled with patients. We'll stick with him for a long time.

    It sounds to me that some docs are trying to pull in as much money as they can by charging a copay every time you step foot into their office.

    1 AnswerOther - Health1 decade ago
  • Adding last job on resume after being "let go" by bad manager?

    My wife worked as a 1099 contractor for 2 months at a company. She was let go because she didn't get along with the manager. She didn't want to lie to customers for him and he yelled at her in front of a bunch of people...pretty much saying she couldn't follow orders and her job was to do whatever he told her to do. (He's adequately demonstrated bad management skills for the 2 months she's worked there). A week later, she was let go because "upper management" didn't think it was going to work out with her.

    Now that she's applying for other jobs, should she put this job on her resume? She doesn't have any other recent experience (more than 1 year ago). If another employer asks for references, they'll probably call this manager and I know legally, he's not supposed to say anything other than what her responsibilities were and that she worked there but knowing how he is, I'm sure he would bad-mouth her and sabotage her chances of finding a new job. He's that petty and would hold a grudge.

    6 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment1 decade ago
  • Tie color that will make an impression?

    I am going on an interview wearing a black suit and a white shirt. What color tie would stand out?

    6 AnswersFashion & Accessories1 decade ago
  • Putting folder back in start menu...?

    I accidentally went into my Start -> All Programs menu and dragged and dropped one of the sub-menus onto my desktop. Now the sub-menu is a folder on my screen. How do I put it back into my Start menu?

    2 AnswersOther - Computers1 decade ago
  • Would you prefer a larger flawless Gemesis diamond or a so-so smaller natural diamond?

    I saw a show on tv that shows how a Gemesis diamond is made. It's a real diamond but the process is sped up with the use of technology. They're about 1/4 the price of a naturally formed diamond but it's still a diamond nonetheless. Do women care if it is an engineered diamond or still prefer the diamonds that have questionable background?...i.e. blood diamonds

    4 AnswersFashion & Accessories1 decade ago
  • Dog(s) keep peeing on the stairwell...?

    I live in an apartment complex and some lazy tenants will bring their dogs as far as the outside stairwell leading to the parking garage and their dog(s) will pee in a corner right where you enter the parking garage. I pass a fresh puddle almost every day. It makes the area smell of urine and it's a hazard for young children. There is a separate dog walk area for dog owners but I guess that is just too much work for some people. I plan on complaining to the building management about this but until then, is there a way I can make this corner less appealing to the dogs? Can I ground up some mothballs and sprinkle it in that area? Will it harm the dogs if they snort the mothball grindings?

    2 AnswersDogs1 decade ago
  • Financially secure at the moment?

    Here are the facts....

    - Recently married

    - We have about $40K (combined) in our savings account

    - We have a fixed 6% mortgage on a condo with $85K remaining

    - I have $80K in the stock market

    - I have about $365K in 401K

    - $500/month pension when I retire

    - I have a $500K life insurance policy with my wife as the beneficiary.

    - Our monthly net income is about $6500

    - The only debt we carry is the mortgage and monthly maintenance which comes out to about $2400/month

    - monthly insurance/utilities/food/gas/entertainment/etc.. = ~$2000

    Is this a healthy financial situation for a young 30-ish couple?

    2 AnswersPersonal Finance1 decade ago
  • Is there an import tax to the US for edible bird's nest from Asia?

    My parents-in-law are planning on bringing over some edible bird's nest when they visit us from China next week. Does it need to be declared to U.S. Customs and is it a banned item since it technically comes from an animal? I don't want the US Customs to confiscate it because it's expensive stuff.

    4 AnswersEthnic Cuisine1 decade ago
  • Wife doesn't want to lose her identity when she has a baby...?

    For all you mothers out there, did you lose your "identity" when you had your kid(s)? My wife is not pregnant yet but she is so afraid of becoming a housewife where her life will be all about the baby and taking care of the house while I bring home the bacon. She wants to still be able to go to work to earn an income, help with the bills and spend money on herself and the baby and not always be dependent on me for spending money. She would rather hire a nanny to watch the baby and live her life + baby. Is this being a little selfish? Is she ready for a baby? I would think a mother would want to be there every waking minute to raise her child. Do all future mothers go through this anxiety? Am I just too old-school in my thinking?

    8 AnswersOther - Pregnancy & Parenting1 decade ago
  • Wedding procession for a small party?

    I have a small wedding party and was wondering what order I should use for the wedding procession. There will only be a MOH and a BM. I'd like to incorporate my parents and her parents in the procession as well. We are not affiliated with any religion so we don't need to follow any set traditions.

    3 AnswersWeddings1 decade ago