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Re: Donate or Sell AV Receiver

stan1 wrote:Or give it to a friend who will appreciate it.


That's what I did when I last upgraded. :sharebeer
by Blues
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donate or Sell AV Receiver
Replies: 11
Views: 877

Re: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?

Used it as an opportunity to harvest losses in various funds scattered across a handful of top fund families and consolidate the proceeds within just a few offerings from Vanguard. This resulted in a capital loss we could carry forward and use for several years while simplifying and streamlining the...
by Blues
Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:35 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?
Replies: 79
Views: 6241

Re: New Amica discounts available

discounts not available in NC either The only thing I get here in western NC is a small ($25 or $28) check in the mail each year about a month after the umbrella policy renews. Still, when I switched over from Geico and Travelers to Amica I literally saved hundreds per year. I haven't checked recen...
by Blues
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Amica discounts available
Replies: 26
Views: 2813

Re: Windows XP

I've relegated my old XP rig to (almost entirely) offline tasks. A Chromebook has worked wonderfully (for my needs) for online and most any uses that I have for a computer anymore. Since the XP is still connected to my laser printer I will send an occasional email with an attachment that way when I ...
by Blues
Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows XP
Replies: 64
Views: 3788

Re: What tax software do you use and why

First year or two with TurboTax. TaxAct (desktop) for about the last ten years. This year I'm going to give the online version of TaxAct a go for the first time (and save myself a Bogleheadish ten bucks in doing so). I've found TaxAct to be very intuitive to use for both my federal and state returns.
by Blues
Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What tax software do you use and why
Replies: 54
Views: 2716

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Zone Of Interest" by Martin Amis.

Despite its unpleasant subject it's the first work by Amis that I've (nearly, at this point) completed.
(I had less success with "London Fields" and "Lionel Asbo: State Of England".)
by Blues
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30274

Re: Exercise Posts

I had an original Bullworker that I used faithfully back in my teens. (Alas, I never became an astronaut or pro football player. Maybe, since law enforcement is often referred to as the "bulls", it was responsible for my having chosen that career path.) I don't personally think isometric e...
by Blues
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exercise Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 2501

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Kill Artist" by Daniel Silva.
by Blues
Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 254
Views: 30274

Re: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?

I took a motorcycle trip with the missus through that area (Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Monument Valley etc.) about 15 years ago and stayed at the NPS lodges within both Zion and Bryce Canyon. Both facilities were excellent and convenient at the time . (I ...
by Blues
Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Arches-Bryce-Zion road trip: Where to stay?
Replies: 16
Views: 1209

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "The Unlikely Spy" by Daniel Silva.

Now reading "Paris Trout" by Pete Dexter.
by Blues
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Ged wrote:
Blues wrote:“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” - Sun Tzu
"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson


"No plan survives contact with the enemy." - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder


So true. :sharebeer
by Blues
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

VT, "Harry's Game" is one that resonated strongly with me as well. I remember being disappointed by some other books read subsequently which I had hoped would match its power and sense of authenticity.
by Blues
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Fields Of Fire" by James Webb. A very powerful novel about Vietnam in the vein of "Matterhorn" but published some 30 years earlier. Highly recommended. The summer of 1990 I read 3 war related books: Goodbye Darkness by William Manchester (Pacific War) Despatches by Michael Herr...
by Blues
Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Fields Of Fire" by James Webb. A very powerful novel about Vietnam in the vein of "Matterhorn" but published some 30 years earlier.

Highly recommended.
by Blues
Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: TV show recommendations?

A great show available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video is the British series "Prime Suspect" with Helen Mirren. As a retired fed myself, I'd have to say that this was one of the best police dramas I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. Right up there with the best, such as "The Wire...
by Blues
Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 304
Views: 143984

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

As a computer security professional, I find the mobile OSes to be inferior to the desktop OSes when it comes to baseline security features. So I don't use my phone for anything I would consider to be a "high security" connection. At my house, all financial transactions happen from a speci...
by Blues
Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 2189

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just restarted Underworld by Don DeLillo. I think this is my third attempt over the past 15 years or so. The prologue (1951 Giants vs. Dodgers shot heard 'round the world) is as great as ever. Let's see if I can maintain the momentum this time. I finished it a year or two back after one earlier abo...
by Blues
Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Watchman" by Robert Crais. I like Crais. Always wondered who would win in a fair fight between Jack Reacher and Joe Pike. When Tom Cruise was miscast as Reacher, I don't worry about it any more. Reacher wouldn't last long. Depends on who is cast as Pike. If only Wally Cox or Arnold S...
by Blues
Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: Savings Bond Wizard

If you are trying to add amounts over $5,000 the app won't accept them. I break up $10,000 bond purchases into two $5,000 purchases with the appropriate date. That has been the only issue I can recall having when entering new purchases on behalf of myself and my spouse. Thank you. That should solve...
by Blues
Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson. Fiction about the experiences of a young man in recent times in North Korea. A work of fiction but based on a good amount of research by the author. An interesting and enjoyable read. Definitely a different sort of read. I did, however, enjoy it (for the mos...
by Blues
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: Possibly leaving federal service, what to do with TSP?

I'd keep the TSP account open for a variety of reasons which include the G Fund, low costs and special features (and tax handling it receives in some states). YMMV.
by Blues
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:24 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Possibly leaving federal service, what to do with TSP?
Replies: 22
Views: 2066

Re: Savings Bond Wizard

If you are trying to add amounts over $5,000 the app won't accept them. I break up $10,000 bond purchases into two $5,000 purchases with the appropriate date. That has been the only issue I can recall having when entering new purchases on behalf of myself and my spouse.
by Blues
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:20 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

KCjoe wrote:No Country for Old Men

Cormac McCarthy


One of my favorite authors.
by Blues
Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Thanks for letting me know, Chaz. :beer
by Blues
Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Have begun reading Robert Galbraith's (J.K. Rowling) "The Cuckoo's Calling".

(Have never read Rowling previously but was interested by the reviews regarding her latest, "The Silkworm" and decided to start with the first in the series. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint.)
by Blues
Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

ruralavalon wrote:
Blues wrote:I've read the Philbrick, Ellis and McCullough books listed and they're all excellent.

By the way ruralavalon, did you ever check out "The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey?


I did, have a copy on my Kindle but haven't gotten to it yet.


Hope you enjoy it. :beer
by Blues
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I've read the Philbrick, Ellis and McCullough books listed and they're all excellent.

By the way ruralavalon, did you ever check out "The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey?
by Blues
Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Son by Jo Nesbo. It's not a Harry Hole novel but a stand alone. Still set in Norway, mainly Oslo. There's another policeman. I'm half way through and enjoying it as I have his other books. There's a different translator for this one. I read that one a few weeks ago. A decent enough story (with ...
by Blues
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair" by Joel Dicker. Eh...not much there to justify the hype it's received in my view. Nearly finished with "An Army At Dawn", volume one of the "Liberation Trilogy" by Rick Atkinson. An excellent rendering of the str...
by Blues
Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair" by Joel Dicker. Eh...not much there to justify the hype it's received in my view. Nearly finished with "An Army At Dawn", volume one of the "Liberation Trilogy" by Rick Atkinson. An excellent rendering of the stra...
by Blues
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Bunker Hill" by Nathaniel Philbrick is worth a read (as are many of his other books).

http://www.amazon.com/Bunker-Hill-City- ... 0670025445
by Blues
Sat May 31, 2014 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Cop Hater," by "Ed McBain" (Evan Hunter). First of the 87th Precinct novels. Never read it before. I've maybe read 1/2 of them, they're all good, but unlike truly great "roman flueves" (Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series) they are not something you want to read o...
by Blues
Fri May 23, 2014 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: "The Guns of Last Light"

Bogleheads: A short time ago my closest sailing friends each autographed and gave me the recently published, The Guns of Last Light, written by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Atkinson. I have read several books about WWII (which killed over 50 MILLION human beings). This account of the war in...
by Blues
Tue May 20, 2014 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Painter" by Peter Heller (author of "The Dog Stars").
by Blues
Mon May 19, 2014 7:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Riders of the Purple Sage , by Zane Grey. Its 1871 on the southern border of Utah, a story of rustlers, ranchers, stampeding herds of cattle, stolen horses, and gun fights. And don't forget "romance". (As I recall, it's been a while, the sequel(s) is (are) reasonably good as well.) What a...
by Blues
Wed May 14, 2014 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Tell No One by Harlan Coben. Good book but also a pretty good movie. For some reason it was made in France but still good. I borrowed it from my local library. I just finished that one a few days back. Thought it was okay (it was only my second by the author) but enjoyed "Caught" more. No...
by Blues
Wed May 14, 2014 9:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Riders of the Purple Sage , by Zane Grey. Its 1871 on the southern border of Utah, a story of rustlers, ranchers, stampeding herds of cattle, stolen horses, and gun fights. And don't forget "romance". (As I recall, it's been a while, the sequel(s) is (are) reasonably good as well.) Speaki...
by Blues
Wed May 14, 2014 9:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: TSP password enhanced today

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Updated with a significantly stronger password. :beer
by Blues
Wed May 14, 2014 7:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TSP password enhanced today
Replies: 15
Views: 1644

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"English Creek" by Ivan Doig.
by Blues
Sun May 11, 2014 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Tell No One" by Harlan Coben.
by Blues
Fri May 09, 2014 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I enjoyed reading "Blue Highways" many years ago. It inspired several of our cross-country motorcycle journeys during the 90's and early 2000's.
by Blues
Sun May 04, 2014 7:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: Are I Bonds a part of your portfolio?

I view the money set aside in I-Bonds as funds available for that eventual rainy day...new roof, new vehicle, etc.

They may not be a sexy investment instrument but they do have a place in one's portfolio imho. That said, they are not an essential part of our portfolio.
by Blues
Thu May 01, 2014 8:06 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are I Bonds a part of your portfolio?
Replies: 53
Views: 4275

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Death Without Company" by Craig Johnson
by Blues
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Gonna have a look at "The Cold Dish" by Craig Johnson.
by Blues
Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

chaz wrote:
Blues wrote:Had this one laying around so am trying on "Caught" by Harlan Coben. (My first by this author.)

Coben is a very good author.


Hope so. I was underwhelmed with "Suspect" by Crais. I thought the writing and character development very one dimensional and cookie cutter.
by Blues
Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Had this one laying around so am trying on "Caught" by Harlan Coben. (My first by this author.)
by Blues
Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The History of King Philip's War , by Benjamin Church. Interesting. There is a depression in Talcott Mt. near Simsbury CT that I've heard locals refer to as "King Phillips Cave", because he was reputed to have used it as a retreat. You may find "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick...
by Blues
Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

chaz wrote:
Blues wrote:"Suspect" by Robert Crais.

An excellent author.


A new one to me. I wanted to find something in the genre (after finishing the Garfield biography) and got hooked by the canine connection. Certainly a fast read. I'm halfway through after a couple of hours.
by Blues
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Suspect" by Robert Crais.
by Blues
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"Destiny Of The Republic" by Candice Millard. A biographical account of the life and assassination of James A. Garfield.
by Blues
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1230917
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