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by MP173
Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Post - seeking wisdom on job (long, sorry)
Replies: 36
Views: 4505

Re: First Post - seeking wisdom on job (long, sorry)

This is an amazing forum with loads of talented people willing to share their knowledge. OP...glad to hear things are working well for you. The longer I work (now in my 38th year), the more it becomes obvious the biggest challenge of any career is managing the people around you. The projects typical...
by MP173
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacations this Year?
Replies: 28
Views: 1083

Re: Vacations this Year?

We had a great vacation to Colorado (from NW Indiana) and back by car. Granted the 1000 miles to Colorado were a little boring, but we use that alone time in the car to have great conversations, planning, and listen to Dr. Laura on Sirius radio. Once we were in Colorado, it was one outstanding view ...
by MP173
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement with a pension
Replies: 38
Views: 4480

Re: Early retirement with a pension

Bless you for being a law enforcement officer in today's world. Cannot image doing that job.

Big pension at that young age is amazing. Make sure the state's finances are in order.

Tough choice for you.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Finished two recently:

"Trapping" by Jim Spencer...a nice reference book on trapping (muskrats, raccoons, mink, fox, etc).

"Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin" by Hank Bordowitz...a collections of interviews of the members of band from 1960s thru 2012.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Re: Gardening 2015

Two weeks ago I planted spinach with 38 day maturity and lettuce with 55 day. Also planted carrots. This is the first year I have seriously done any fall planting. The spinach is doing quite well with over 80 plants up and growing. The lettuce is not doing so well, with just a few plants. The carrot...
by MP173
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1049
Views: 176427

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Not a movie, but we have started watching "Ray Donovan" on SHO. Pretty good series.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle suggestions for Tall?
Replies: 50
Views: 4068

Re: Vehicle suggestions for Tall?

6'7" and wife is 5'11". She drives a Subaru Outback and I drive ChevyEquanox. We have a grandchild and have a child seat in rear of Outback. Plenty of head room and leg room for me when I drive Outback....when she drives I cannot push back all the way due to childseat. We have not had chil...
by MP173
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Re: Gardening 2015

Great idea...

I picked two spaghetti squash last night that are still green. Hopefully will ripen off the vine.

Meanwhile, my pole beans are producing nicely and are being left alone.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-Retirees: Scared about retirement?
Replies: 45
Views: 4990

Re: Non-Retirees: Scared about retirement?

cricket....what are you going to do with the rest of the time?

For me it is a real issue. That is why I think a part time (hopefully in my current career) would be great.

ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-Retirees: Scared about retirement?
Replies: 45
Views: 4990

Re: Non-Retirees: Scared about retirement?

Our neighbor was forced into retirement August 1st. I asked him last weekend how it was going and he replied "awful, I am miserable." That is my issue with retirement. At this time, my job/career takes up 40-45 hours per week, perhaps more...what will I do with this massive amount of time....
by MP173
Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Re: Gardening 2015

Perhaps they do believe the spaghetti squash are watermelons! Didnt even think of that, but it is about the same size as a small watermelon. I have mixed feelings. We have plenty and are very blessed, but my wife really wants acouple of spaghetti squash. She makes a great dish with them. Plus all th...
by MP173
Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking advice in a hostile office now
Replies: 43
Views: 8379

Re: Seeking advice in a hostile office now

I cannot quite grasp exactly what the OP's job is. It seems sales related, but he/she doesnt come out and state that. If it is a sales position, then your "job performance" is generally your sales revenue and profitability. Ask yourself...what are your weaknesses and what could be improvin...
by MP173
Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Re: Gardening 2015

I seriously doubt these are animals. The squash are nearly football sized and weight a few pounds. There are also complete plants of other gardeners which have been pulled out (celery and eggplant). This is on church property and we have mixed feelings. It is frustrating to lose vegetables, but if s...
by MP173
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Circle Tour
Replies: 28
Views: 1830

Re: Colorado Circle Tour

Good point Katie....there is so much to do there, we barely scratched the surface on our trip. Remember while the map shows fairly short distances, the routes are usually longer and much slower than 65mph midwestern roads. We had a couple of very slow routes. You might want to leave a day or two ope...
by MP173
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1194

Gardening 2015

The gardens are producing pretty well. A couple of questions: 1. The asparagus plants are turning brown. Is that normal at this time of year? Should anything be done? 2. At a community garden we are having theft problems. Our spaghetti squash is being picked prior to being ripe. We are now down to 4...
by MP173
Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Circle Tour
Replies: 28
Views: 1830

Re: Colorado Circle Tour

My wife and I did the Colorado circle this summer...with excellent results. We stayed 2 nights at YMCA of the rockies in Estes Park and would agree with b4real about staying there. It was the best accomodations of our trip. We rented a small cabin and it was outstanding. Two bedrooms and a small kit...
by MP173
Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much is too much?
Replies: 42
Views: 5589

Re: How much is too much?

This might sound strange, but has anyone had emotional difficulty with drawing down on their retirement funding? As strange as this might sound, we have been in "accumulation stage" for nearly 40 years. It hit me this week that when it is actually time to stop the accumulation and begin th...
by MP173
Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [lifehacker article] How to buy Happiness
Replies: 8
Views: 2462

Re: [lifehacker article] How to buy Happiness

Depends on who one is talking to at the bus stop! I recently upgraded my bike. For years the bike shop and my wife had been trying to have me upgrade and I resisted. The first ride out on the new machine told me this was a worthy expenditure. BTW, it wasnt a $4000 bike....not even close. Regarding b...
by MP173
Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I crazy? Quitting my job.
Replies: 95
Views: 13735

Re: Am I crazy? Quitting my job.

I am not sure about your insurance situation, but I would remain under your current plan until your child is born. "armed guards" (?)...I would get my family out of there as soon as possible. The difficult thing will be weighting the need for insurance (if currently provided by employer) v...
by MP173
Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What Did You Do In The 2008/2009 Stock Market Crash?
Replies: 51
Views: 3654

Re: What Did You Do In The 2008/2009 Stock Market Crash?

I write a daily dairy but it is mostly personal stuff that occurred that day. A separate dairy was started on Oct 9, 2008 which was not written daily but added to when I felt like it. My interest is peaked and I will read that this afternoon. I took advantage of the situation to attempt to learn as ...
by MP173
Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished Lee Child's "61 Hours". Perhaps his best Jack Reacher book? How did he escape from that inferno?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upcoming trip to Deer Isle (Stonington), Maine
Replies: 12
Views: 1204

Re: Upcoming trip to Deer Isle (Stonington), Maine

You are going to have a great time in Stonington. Last year my wife and I took a trip on the J&E Riggins out of Rockland. It left on Monday morning and returned on Thursday morning. We anchored one night just south of Stonington and had a lobster meal on an uninhabited island just southeast of S...
by MP173
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's Your Definition of "Success", Investing or Otherwise?
Replies: 16
Views: 1621

Re: What's Your Definition of "Success", Investing or Otherwise?

For me success is the delicate balance of what you MUST do and what you would LIKE to do.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Suspect" by Robert Crais which is different than his past novels which feature Joe Pike and Elvis Cole. An LA policeman who was gunned down and recovered (but lost his partner) is now in the K9 department and is matched up with a German Shepherd who was gunned down in Afgh...
by MP173
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV advice
Replies: 119
Views: 8767

Re: SUV advice

We have two SUV types: Wife has a Subaru Outback with about 8000 miles. While it is early in the game, we like it. We took it to Colorado in July for a vacation and had 30mpg until we reached the mountains. It handled really well. One small complaint it the radio interface. I drive an Chevy Equanox....
by MP173
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's Your Monthly Food/Groceries Spending? My is through the roof?
Replies: 201
Views: 13911

Re: What's Your Monthly Food/Groceries Spending? My is through the roof?

Great discussion. Makes me glad to have the 800 sq ft of garden we have. Not sure if it is organic or not (probably not if I dont know), but the vegetables are fresh. There is nothing quite like walking out to the garden for salad ingredients or freshly dug potatoes. Our food bill drops dramatically...
by MP173
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Conflicting news reports on trucking's look on economy
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: Conflicting news reports on trucking's look on economy

Not really a contradiction. The trucking industry has had a shortage of drivers for years due to many factors including the requirement to have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). To pass a CDL, one must pass a drug test. With many of today's young people moving from alcohol to weed for recreational...
by MP173
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)
Replies: 76
Views: 4139

Re: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)

I am purchasing the FWD Equanox and many thanks to all who have contributed. We do have the Subaru Outback so we should be well prepared. Reasons for the FWD: 1. Availability and price. $2500 less than AWD. 2. Snow tire option. My tire center (who also does mechanical work on our vehicles) gave an e...
by MP173
Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Easy lunch brownbag ideas
Replies: 32
Views: 3219

Re: Easy lunch brownbag ideas

I eat lunch at home about 4 times per week so "packing" a lunch is not important but here are some ideas: 1. Leftovers. Use your dinners as a basis for your lunches. For instance today I had a grilled chix sandwitch based on dinner a few nights ago. I always grill extra. There are also ext...
by MP173
Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)
Replies: 76
Views: 4139

Re: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)

Thanks again for all input. I have never had a problem stopping in the winter. My secret...put the transmission into neutral when I sense there is slippery conditions and I am needing to stop. Taking the car out of drive is a dramatic method to stop quickly, safely, and without sliding. I would appr...
by MP173
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "Golem of Hollywood" by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman (father & son). I like Jonathan's books very much, he is on my top five author list ... his Alex Delaware series is excellent. This took awhile for me to warm up to and in fact 100 pages in (of 548 pages) I just about r...
by MP173
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)
Replies: 76
Views: 4139

Re: FWD vs AWD

Lotta replies in 30 minutes....keep the comments rolling in.

Leaning toward AWD based on past experience and comments.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)
Replies: 76
Views: 4139

FWD vs AWD (Vehicle)

Time to consider a new vehicle. My current Equanox has AWD and I am considering a FWD. Comments would be appreciated on what can be expected. I live in a snow belt with 50 - 80 inches of snow being normal with lake effect snow frequently. When we get blasted...I tend not to drive. It has been probab...
by MP173
Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Greatest money lesson movie
Replies: 71
Views: 7110

Re: Greatest money lesson movie

"OTher People's Money"

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military career or Top MBA
Replies: 37
Views: 3863

Re: Military career or Top MBA

I am not military nor do I have family or friends...but "A Bright Shining Lie" as mentioned by Valuethinker is an incredible book. In fact it ranks as one of my favorite books (in the top 5). Fascinating discussion. Best of luck to you and your family. My only advise is keep the wife invol...
by MP173
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker
Replies: 53
Views: 3596

Re: Recommend a magazine with good writing like the New Yorker

I concur with the suggestion on National Review. Actually the nationalreview online is excellent daily summary of news from the conservative point of view. It is well written...recall its founder was William F. Buckley. The first few pages of NR are worth the price alone. Just for balance, I also go...
by MP173
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

My seed garlic last fall was rather small and it produced rather small garlic. My plan this year is to use some of the larger garlic, but purchase from a garlic producer for some really good stuff. I did plant the "on sale" plants...about 75 onion transplants, 4 kolorabi, 4 cauliflower, an...
by MP173
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why did you take SS at FRA instead of delaying until 70?
Replies: 69
Views: 8084

Re: Why did you take SS at FRA instead of delaying until 70?

My plan is to take SS at age 70, working as long as possible and using SS as longevity insurance rather than as a retirement income stream. This plan is written in pencil and thus can be changed based on current situations. My wife plans on retiring at age 62 and we will assess her situation at that...
by MP173
Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

We are going to store the onions and garlic for winter use. I also take extra into our church. People take it home and leave a goodwill offering for the foodbank.

I also take extra into work where it is always appreciated.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

Thanks Hongkonger.

My thoughts are it is too late/too early for onion transplants....however this has been cool and wet so far, so why not give it a whirl.

Probably need to plant the cauliflower rather than hold for a month as they need to get in soil.

Thanks,
Ed
by MP173
Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

I purchased a flat of vegetable plants yesterday for $10. Although it is "late" I am going to attempt onions. There were probably 30 to a small container and the plants were about 6 inches tall. Never planted these before, it has always been onion sets. Has anyone had any experience with m...
by MP173
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are the more expensive bikes worth paying for?
Replies: 78
Views: 4479

Re: Are the more expensive bikes worth paying for?

I have recently made the conversion from a Trek 380 which was about 20 years old to the Trek 7.2. For years I fought the advice to upgrade. The Trek 380 was heavy and slow, but it worked for me. My wife insisted and I agreed to look at a new bike for my 60th birthday. We looked at Trek 7.2 and 7.3. ...
by MP173
Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

gatorman: Whilst you are not Mr. Potato, you are Mr. Storyman. That was well written. Some folks do the container method, I just buy a seed potatos and cut them into sections with 2 eyes and plant in a community garden. There is a large pile of city supplied compost and twice I will carry buckets of...
by MP173
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 955
Views: 189926

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Radiant Angel by Nelson Deville. John Corry must have eliminated all Muslim terrorist threats as he now turns his attention towards the Russians. Not as good as his past books, but not bad. Also finished "Fire and Rain...The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and...
by MP173
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

I must admit that my garlic situation is not the best. A couple of years ago I planted garlic and then replanted some last year. I then took cloves last fall and planted those. So, I have no idea of what kind has been planted. The previous 2 plantings were spring and resulted in small cloves. I pull...
by MP173
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Vacation suggestions
Replies: 53
Views: 5110

Re: Colorado Vacation suggestions

The view from Pikes Peak must have been spectacular. How cold was it up there?

It got down to 40 degrees last week in Leadville when we were there. Average July low is 37 degrees.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Totally Stressed. Husband lost job.
Replies: 46
Views: 10650

Re: Totally Stressed. Husband lost job.

I recall your post. Congratulations for your survival skills!

A serious discussion with the great boss would no doubt go a long ways with him/her. Take care of yourself and your family.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5627

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

Garden report: We have had cool wet conditions and it has positively and negetively affected various vegetables. Our lettuce is still hanging on. Hope to have another week before it bolts. Tomato plants are huge, but not many fruits. Cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower all did well. Pepper plan...
by MP173
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Vacation suggestions
Replies: 53
Views: 5110

Re: Colorado Vacation suggestions

22twain: Amazing to run into a fellow train nerd on this site instead of trains.com. The Bailey Yard observation was well worth it, particularly since I had stopped in 1978 and have photos from the same location 37 years apart. As much as the Bailey yard was entertaining, the Royal Gorge ride was do...
by MP173
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Vacation suggestions
Replies: 53
Views: 5110

Re: Colorado Vacation suggestions

We would like to thank everyone for the suggestions. It was truly a great vacation. My wife was very impressed with my planning abilities...I shared the credit with this forum and a couple of guide books. We toured Bailey Yard in North Platte...well worth the $7 admission for train nerds or transpor...

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