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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched Philamenia last night on Showtime...absolutely a great movie.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 462
Views: 54106

Re: Where do you shop for groceries?

Grocery shopping: 1. Local independent (owned by a very large cooperative .... Central Grocers in Chicago area). Bag it yourself, very price competitive vs Costco. 2. Costco...once per month to keep my marriage running smoothly (she loves it). 3. Aldi about 1x month for certain items. 4. Our garden ...
by MP173
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you shop for groceries?
Replies: 97
Views: 8005

Re: boglehead workout

My wife's program: Walk 4 x per week with neighborhood girlfriends, about 5 miles per day. Winter is an issue with this program due to snow, ice, cold. I gave her a FitBit monitoring program for Christmas. My program: YMCA - Stationary bike 4-5 x per week for 51 minutes, followed by pushups, crunche...
by MP173
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: boglehead workout
Replies: 39
Views: 4507

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

jbd: What is the name of the used book store in Wicker Park. Going to be in the area tomorrow. Since the last report... "Deadline" John Sandford. Virgil Flowers investigates the theft of dogs in rural Minnesota and while there a meth operation is discovered and the local School Board is in...
by MP173
Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 436
Views: 56483

Re: Post your 2015 New Year's Resolutions ITT

No NY resolutions, but I do incorporate each year a list of reasonable goals for the upcoming year.

This time of year is a great time to plan ahead. New calendar, new notebook, fresh start.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Post your 2015 New Year's Resolutions ITT
Replies: 38
Views: 3497

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Not sure if this will qualify, but I always found the NHL 24/7 series leading up to the Winter Classic to be an outstanding 4 part series, looking into the lives of two NHL teams.

This is a great list....great idea to the OP.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 109
Views: 12649

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Since my last posting: "Before I go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson...not a bad mystery. "Twilight of the Great Trains" by Fred Frailey. An excellent look at private rail passenger service in the 1960's before Amtrak. An excellent look at the operations of several railroads passenger op...
by MP173
Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 436
Views: 56483

Re: Hobbies + Free Time

I think you should find some interesting things to do with your spare time. Seriously, that is a wide pallet of interests. How many of these your active "hobbies"? My lists of interests includes: Playing guitar with weekly lessons. An interest in railroads, both current and historical. Fin...
by MP173
Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:00 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hobbies + Free Time
Replies: 11
Views: 1922

Re: Why don't YOU follow Buffett's advice?

I have followed WB's advice on several holdings, including index fund (actually SPY ETF), short term bonds (but also have long term IBonds). My asset allocation isnt nearly as sharp as his advise. My holdings also include a number of the same Berkshire Hathaway holdings such as Coca Cola, American E...
by MP173
Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why don't YOU follow Buffett's advice?
Replies: 114
Views: 8864

Re: Your Favorite Cookbook?

I use very few cookbooks these days, but the ones I pull are Becky Crocker which I use for the meatloaf recipe and Famous Dave's for all things good in the summer. The Pioneer Woman puts out some good stuff and I typically pull her recipes off of the web. In fact, when I am cooking something and am ...
by MP173
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Favorite Cookbook?
Replies: 68
Views: 5665

Re: Why did you quit your job?

Only 2 jobs in my 37 year adult life. I left in 1990 after 13 years when it was obvious the frustration level with that employer was not going away...along with low pay. One of the best decisions in my life....not the best decision, but definately in the top 5, perhaps top3. My former employer just ...
by MP173
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why did you quit your job?
Replies: 37
Views: 4424

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

My last trip to the library yielded: Unstoppable - Ralph Nader which discusses left and right joining together to stop corporations from running America. Burgler on the Prowl - Lawrence Block....Bernie gets involved in a murder of a Russian bad guy who killed Latvians. Perhaps Block's weakest book.....
by MP173
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 436
Views: 56483

Re: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?

Several years ago we were in St. Louis and went to a neighborhood place on The Hill (Italian District). It was recommended to us. Just a nice neighborhood place. Midway thru the meal, we both looked at each other and said "this is the best meal ever". We picked up a cookbook, unfortunately...
by MP173
Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best meal you've had at a restaurant?
Replies: 88
Views: 6944

Re: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?

It was an interesting time as I have been intrigued by the financial markets and followed things closely. I recall writing quite a bit about the events but am not sure where that notebook is. I had made a decision in 2005 to pay off my mortgage and was using quite a bit of my personal free cash flow...
by MP173
Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you handle the 2008 bear market ?
Replies: 79
Views: 7212

Re: Favorite nonfiction books

A few of my favorites by category: Music - Alan Paul - One Way Out - Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Politics - Robert Caro - The Passage of Power (LBJ) Sports - John Feinstein....just about anything he wrote, but specifically The Last Amatuers Investing/Finance - Michael Lewis - The Big ...
by MP173
Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite nonfiction books
Replies: 117
Views: 10323

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two movies this weekend:

Gone Girl....as good as the book, perhaps a little better.

August: Osage County...I loved it. A very dark, depressing, train wreck.

ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 462
Views: 54106

Re: Extreme Generosity / Limiting Net Worth

I will be very careful here as it would be a shame to violate BH laws and talk about something off topic. Yesterday (Sunday) I went to a weekly gathering in which a lecture was given discussing the talents people have and the responsibility we have to utilize these talents. The lecturer referenced a...
by MP173
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extreme Generosity / Limiting Net Worth
Replies: 113
Views: 22467

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "Taken" by Robert Crais.

As usual, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike find themselves in a tough situation...this time involving human traffic trade.

Entertaining as always.

Ed
by MP173
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 436
Views: 56483

Re: basic vs diluted shares

Thanks for explanation. I like the concept of stock repurchases, as therietically I could become a major shareholder of a company (only in theory) if enough shares were purchased. Practically speaking, I have always felt it was a method of masking the compensation of executives and that bothers me. ...
by MP173
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: basic vs diluted shares
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC

What is worth owning today?

Are you absolutely 100% certain of that?

Ed
by MP173
Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:43 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC
Replies: 56
Views: 5180

Re: Real estate as my "million dollar idea"

buddy: I grew up in Southern Illinois and there are very reasonably priced properties (usually very old, but structurally sound). Knowing a little about Southern Indiana (went to school there), there is probably a decent supply of these types of houses. My guess is you are not in one of the larger t...
by MP173
Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real estate as my "million dollar idea"
Replies: 78
Views: 7932

Re: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC

Railroads are asset intensive. They own their own right of ways (tracks) and adjacent property instead of paying user fees such as truckers do. For the most part a doubling of volume will lead to a higher return (than double). They are squeezing more into the tube of toothpaste, so to speak. Where t...
by MP173
Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC
Replies: 56
Views: 5180

Re: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC

HomerJ: Not saying NSC will grow at 20% per year forever. Not even saying it will grow 20% over the next 20 years. I dont know. What I am saying is CNI, which I do own has outperformed the S&P by a wide margin over the period I have owned it. I do not expect CNI to 3X the S&P over the next 2...
by MP173
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC
Replies: 56
Views: 5180

basic vs diluted shares

What is the difference between the number of "basic shares" and "diluted shares" on a company's income statement? Looking at my holdings and attempting to determine how efficient these companies are at returning earnings back to owners. Most are repurchasing their shares, but I a...
by MP173
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: basic vs diluted shares
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC

inbox: I would suggest you read the daily blog RNB Energy. Really good stuff. Lower crude prices will reduce CBR, but the pipelines are coming on and that will effect volumes as well. There will still be oil moving by rail as there are locations which makes sense to ship by rail. Lower fuel prices f...
by MP173
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC
Replies: 56
Views: 5180

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I have heard it said that the 40's are a very good decade overall for people. By then your career should have stabilized. You still have youth on your side, but wisdom is beginning to aggregate. Relationships should be cementing and with that perhaps children. Housing should be a factor. Now, that b...
by MP173
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 103
Views: 19843

Re: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC

riptide: I felt the same way about Illinois Central Railroad. While none of my family members worked for IC, the railroad line ran thru our town and I would always watch the trains and developed into a "railfan". So, I purchased 100 shares in 1994 and then it was purchased by CN in 1998 an...
by MP173
Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:59 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC
Replies: 56
Views: 5180

Re: Garden questions - the final call

Yeah, good advise.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden questions - the final call
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC

The idea of purchasing one share, framing it, then buying the DRP is sound. Also, buy a hat and watch the NS on the Chesterton, In webcam at the railstream.biz website. I have it on constantly and am amazed by the volume NS is running into and out of Chicago. NS is a great company in a very hot indu...
by MP173
Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Thinking about buying an individual stock NSC
Replies: 56
Views: 5180

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Two recent movies at home:

1. The Departed....Jack Nicholson would make anything great. He made this movie superb.
2. Two Guns....Denzel Washington would make anything great. He made this movie great.



Ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 462
Views: 54106

Garden questions - the final call

Finished up the gardening this weekend by digging sweet potatoes and celery root. A few questions: 1. Sweet potatoes (my first year) are creased and opened. My wife says we cannot use these...is she correct? I obviously left them in the ground too long. Some are as hard as a rock. 2. Asparagus (we h...
by MP173
Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden questions - the final call
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: Aggressive Mortgage Paydown

Nicely done...it is a great feeling to pay down a mortgage and then a great feeling when you no longer have payments.

Interestingly, I seem to forget about the "great feelings" until someone like you brings up the question again.

Ed
by MP173
Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aggressive Mortgage Paydown
Replies: 47
Views: 6303

Re: What individual stock?

I do not have a single choice, but own a number of very good performing companies. If I were limited to one company, the question would be which of the blue-est of blue chip companies has the absolute best opportunity for continued growth in the next 20 years, narrowing the choices down to about 15 ...
by MP173
Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:17 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What individual stock?
Replies: 20
Views: 1479

Re: Planning to Retire at 55

Financially you seem to be ok.

What would you do with your free time? Are you prepared for that?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Planning to Retire at 55
Replies: 22
Views: 3533

Core bond holding?

My bond holdings have been primarily: I bonds purchased in 2000-2002 Vanguard GNMA bond fund Vanguard Long term and intermediate term tax free munis I have no intention of cashing in the I bonds and am satisfied with the tax free munis, but the holdings of GNMA is under review. Should I consider cha...
by MP173
Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Core bond holding?
Replies: 4
Views: 645

2015 Suburu Outback

We are seriously considering the new Outback. There was a thread a few months ago on this vehicle. Any comments from the owners of the new Outback? Our environment....considerable snow (lake effect can be considerable), Midwest flat land, 15 mile commute one way to work plus weekend trips, etc. Will...
by MP173
Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2015 Suburu Outback
Replies: 52
Views: 5850

Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Steel cut oats and we make enough for several days and then use the radar range to warm them each morning.

I add a couple of spoons of low fat vanilla yogart after warming.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oatmeal suggestions
Replies: 147
Views: 13401

Re: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?

hockeyfutures is a great website with lots of analysis of young talent and the prospects for all teams, plus a review of juniors and European talent. The site is just packed with great info. However, the best aspect of the site for me is the vast forum board with specific sites for all teams, plus o...
by MP173
Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 70
Views: 8173

Re: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?

For discussion of hockey - hockeyfutures.com

For discussion of railroading - trains.com

Stock market - seekingalpha.com

Ed
by MP173
Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 70
Views: 8173

Re: Planting garlic

zaplunken: Thanks for the great advise. I have planted about 90 cloves this weekend and am planning on another 50 or so. My issue is garlic stock. My cloves are somewhat small, but these were planted in March. I am going to use what I have ... there are a couple of larger cloves which I will use. Th...
by MP173
Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: Planting garlic

Thanks...I am using garlic which I grew this year. I planted it in March and the bulbs were small. A local garlic producer informed me to plant in the fall for larger bulbs. Ok...it got down to -15 degrees last winter, with about 85 inches of snow. I will consult with the Purdue University extention...
by MP173
Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Planting garlic

Anyone here have suggestions for planting garlic?

We had a hard frost this week...hopefully it is not too late.

Will the garlic grow this fall, or come up next spring?

About how deep should it be planted?

Any suggestions are welcomed.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: Helping prepare family financially if earner dies early

I went thru this 15 years ago when my wife was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2000. At the time I had a 5 year old and 14 year old. My suggestion is that you go to a fee based financial planner and utilize their services. The planner will request all information including your benefits at ...
by MP173
Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping prepare family financially if earner dies early
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Thoughts on getting out [of job]

Nothing is worth putting your health at risk, but... 1. Three adult children with either college or living at home expenses can be a drain. We have 1 such adult and I cannot image 3. It might be a great idea to sit them down at Thanksgiving and chat. 2 Our goal is to be debt free at retirement. The ...
by MP173
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on getting out [of job]
Replies: 37
Views: 5267

Re: Renting a car at St. Louis Airport

There is a great light rail service from the airport to downtown.
by MP173
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car at St. Louis Airport
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendatio

I drove past Bloomer Chocolate today...all I could do to keep going. Didnt know about the exit to Lower Wacker Drive from the parking garage. Tom Skilling, channel 9 WGN is the best weather on TV. Careful carrying the valuables....this summer there were a few flash attacks downtown. I had Italian Be...
by MP173
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 3508

Re: Fleetwood Mac tour

It was really a great show. Lots of youtube videos from the shows to give you an idea of performance. Someone in Minneapolis posted every song. Not the best audio, but the video was pretty good for an amateur. From our seats (4th row from top) it was still worth it.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fleetwood Mac tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

Re: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendatio

Are you staying downtown? If so, I would park and then use public transportation/walk. Parking downtown will probably be in the neighborhood of $40 per day.

What time of year are you going?

Ed
by MP173
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 3508

Fleetwood Mac tour

Anyone going to see Fleetwood Mac? We saw them in Chicago on Friday night. Big show. Christine McVie has rejoined the group and she adds that third dimension. This was our first time seeing them...we would return. Tickets are thru the roof. We paid $110 for nose bleed. Word is the average price is $...
by MP173
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fleetwood Mac tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

Re: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendatio

Great replies from all above. The museum campus will give you a full day, if not more. Not sure if you have bike riding children, but you might consider renting the DIVY bikes and going north or south along the lake on the walking/biking path. Gotta get a hot dog, pizza, or Italian Beef. You might c...
by MP173
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 3508
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