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Re: John Hussman, smart guy, should you listen to his foreca

Hussman provides very good commentary weekly on the economy and economics....over my head at times (most of the time?) but his thoughts on the Fed and QE have been very interesting and educational. Stock picking has not been good this cycle. In fact it has been in the dumpster. Gotta wonder factor Q...
by MP173
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Hussman, smart guy, should you listen to his forecasts
Replies: 31
Views: 3042

Re: Your thoughts on farmland values

Gr8tobeoutdoors: Can you provide a link or at least a title for the TV program regarding backlog on grain shipments out of North Dakota? There was a recent NYT article which was filled with shoddy journalism on this topic. BTW, BNSF and CP carloadings are up year to date over 2013. I am not sure wha...
by MP173
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:56 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Your thoughts on farmland values
Replies: 29
Views: 2407

Re: Mortgages and financial freedom

With a variable income it has been my philosophy to reduce personal fixed costs as much as possible. So twice I have paid off the mortgage (different houses). A great idea is to balance the extra payments with your cash reserves and funding other investments and use extra free cash flow to payoff de...
by MP173
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mortgages and financial freedom
Replies: 111
Views: 6686

Re: Garden 2014 - late summer report

The local garden center has romaine lettuce and brocolli. Purchased 4 of each and hoping for fall production.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014 - late summer report
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Re: Garden 2014 - late summer report

Was up in Maine first week of July....great weather, but it was cool. I sliced the potatoes thin (1/8" or so) and tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and and little Montreal seasoning then roasted in the oven at 400 for 75 minutes. They came out somewhat like potato chips and were eagerly and en...
by MP173
Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014 - late summer report
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Re: Creating new income stream

It is not rocket science or brain surgery ... or is it?

Ed
by MP173
Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creating new income stream
Replies: 5
Views: 1217

Garden 2014 - late summer report

The tomatoes just didnt happen here in NW Indiana. Too cool, too wet, and too late. We are now getting the hot humid weather, but the tomatoes are pretty much past. I actually purchased some yesterday to supplement our meager crop for the tomato sauce we made yesterday. Ditto for peppers. The plants...
by MP173
Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014 - late summer report
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Re: Favorite guitarist...

Jon Herrington is not a well know guitarist, but the guy can flat out play. He has a few CDs and is based out of New York. He is been the "Steely Dan" guitarist since 2000 and handles arrangements for the band. We saw them last weekend and I really enjoyed his chops. While Steely Dan is we...
by MP173
Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 207
Views: 21109

Re: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?

Railroad geek here....I have a modest collection of paper stuff including timetables and Official Guides of the Railways. In the 1950s these Guides were 1500 pages and listed all railroads and their schedules. Prices on these have dropped dramatically on Ebay. I paid $50 for good 1940s Guides a few ...
by MP173
Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it me, or are "collectibles" worthless in 2014?
Replies: 79
Views: 6013

Re: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps

Back in 1995, IIRC, the price was about $15,000 per share and I considered purchasing a share, but didnt. The issue at the time for me was Mr. Buffett's age and how long would he remain involved. Big mistake! Oh well, I read quite a bit on him and his style of investing and sort of mirrored his inve...
by MP173
Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps
Replies: 42
Views: 2689

Re: Chosing which company to analyze?

Perhaps the best book I have read on individual company investing is "The Five rules for Successful Stock Investing" by Pat Dorsey. Dorsey was a Morningstar Director of Stock Analysis before leaving a few years ago. Dorsey gives advise on what to look for in successful companies. He even p...
by MP173
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chosing which company to analyze?
Replies: 25
Views: 1227

Re: Rather be Home, Rather be at Work

I have the perfect solution.

Outside sales with my office in my home. About 2x week I am on the road seeing customers and then take care of paperwork, etc at home. I generally begin checking email around 6am and am much more productive at home than at the "office".

Ed
by MP173
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rather be Home, Rather be at Work
Replies: 30
Views: 3855

Re: Gardening 2014 mid summer update

I am not complaining about the cooler weather this summer, but it does create some gardening challenges. [OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek] I have a few peppers but the plants are really small...no growth. Banana peppers are ok, but few peppers growing. Potatoes have been good, carrots excellent...
by MP173
Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2014 mid summer update
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Gardening 2014 mid summer update

It doesnt look like the tomatoes will yield much this year, nor the peppers unless the weather turns hot pretty soon. Here in NW Indiana we are in the middle of a cool summer and while the warm weather vegetables are not doing so well, the cool weather plants have done quite well. Any suggestions fo...
by MP173
Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2014 mid summer update
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Do any boggleheads invest in individual companies?

AMX, ADM, AMP, BOBE, CNI, KO, EMR, XOM, EFX, JNJ, HNI, MCD, MSFT, PAYX, PFE, PG, RITE, WAG. Might be a couple more.

I let the dividends roll. Last purchase was in 2011 with JNJ. Before that a few hundred shares of MSFT and EMR in 2008.

ed
by MP173
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do any boggleheads invest in individual companies?
Replies: 95
Views: 5766

Re: Riding the Rails--my Amtrak trip

Buyer beware regarding Amtrak travel these days. Amtrak runs on the freight railroad's tracks and the freight traffic is nearing all time highs. There simply is a capacity issue with railroads these days. Particular route with issues are the Empire Builder across the Northern Tier from Chicago to Se...
by MP173
Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding the Rails--my Amtrak trip
Replies: 78
Views: 9177

Re: Smokers [for cooking]

I use my Weber 22.5" grill for smoking small amounts. It does tend to speed the process up a little faster than I would prefer, but the Weber smoker is a pain to clean. Thus, it is used for "big jobs". It does a great job and I am happy with the quality, only the cleanup is an issue. ed
by MP173
Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smokers [for cooking]
Replies: 47
Views: 4623

Oil Royalty LP

Anyone here invest in Oil Royalty Limited Partnerships?

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Oil Royalty LP
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I tried to read "Capital in the 21st Century" by Pikanty but failed to get past chapter 4.

I tried...honest I did. I will leave it to the policy and economic wonks.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3277
Views: 1116888

Re: Poll: Dave Ramsey - Harmful or helpful?

Net positive.

Like others, I agree with his assessment of debt and his poor advise on investing.

He motivated me years ago.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Dave Ramsey - Harmful or helpful?
Replies: 65
Views: 5266

Re: Leasing mineral rights for oil exploration

I would love to have 20%. My father signed a lease back in 1967 and the mineral rights were so watered down that he had next to nothing. Fortunately he had good advise and received an override. The mineral rights in Illinois seemed to be on the 1/8 level. The final agreement dad signed resulted in a...
by MP173
Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leasing mineral rights for oil exploration
Replies: 14
Views: 1039

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly.

Dark as always, but great to the end.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3277
Views: 1116888

Re: "Vanguard Retirement Nest Egg Calculator"

That is certainly handy.

Thanks for the link.

ed
by MP173
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard Retirement Nest Egg Calculator"
Replies: 13
Views: 2539

Re: chicken marinade recipes

Triggerfish:

I used your recipe with paprika, lime juice, etc. and liked it. Not a strong over powering flavor, but very good.

Thanks,

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: chicken marinade recipes
Replies: 32
Views: 1909

Re: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]

Milano:

Your route looks a lot more intesting than mine (NW Indiana)!

Are you able to ride year round?

I can only go April - late Oct.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]
Replies: 71
Views: 5436

Re: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]

I am in the low tech grouping here (similar to 123). My ride is a 20 year old Trek 380 MB. Big, old, and slow sorta like me. My wife has quit trying to move me onto a road bike. I like my ride. My workouts are typically 15 to 20 miles...60 minutes to 80 minutes. I do not do long ride. My goal is 4x ...
by MP173
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]
Replies: 71
Views: 5436

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Fields of Prey by John Sandford.

It didnt have the snap, crackle, pop of past Lucas Davenport novels. It was ok, but nothing special.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3277
Views: 1116888

Re: chicken marinade recipes

Some great suggestions here, which I will try next time out.

Simple for me...marinate the chix breasts in Italian dressing and add Italian seasoning. My wife is much more created.

ed
by MP173
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: chicken marinade recipes
Replies: 32
Views: 1909

Re: Sports scholarship

bigred:

I agree with you that it is a great discipline and forces one to learn time management. It can be done, obviously, but it is not for everyone.

Agree with your assessment with parental involvement. Either the kid wants to do it or not.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Sports scholarship
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Garden 2014

Little update here. This morning I harvested a large head of cauliflower, but looking on the internet, it was probably harvested a bit early. Does anyone here have luck with secondary shoots for cauliflower (similar to brocolli)? Speaking of which, I also picked a large center crown of brocoli and s...
by MP173
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4523

Re: Sports scholarship

My son just completed his freshman year on full athletic scholarship and will not return to the school and is done with organized athletics. He still loves the game he played, but not as a full time job with full time college....that is what it amounts to these days. I played back in the day (70s) a...
by MP173
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re: Sports scholarship
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I am 475 pages into Natchez Burning by Greg Isles...really a great novel. I have always liked Isles. His look at the deep south is quite a view. Here is what Stephen King has to say about the book: "I defy you to start it and find a wayto put it down, as long as it is (nearly 800 pages), I wish...
by MP173
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3277
Views: 1116888

Re: Favorite guitarist...

Ok, I am still reading the Allman Brothers book and it is now year 2000...Dickey Betts is gone. Derek Trucks and Warren Hayes are in. Just watched a 2003 Beacon Theater show on YouTube and those two just blew me away. Trucks is amazing. He wastes no movement either on the fretboard or on the stage. ...
by MP173
Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 207
Views: 21109

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

One Way Out, The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul.

Pretty good look at a great band.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3277
Views: 1116888

Re: Garden 2014

Here is my update: Our original planting of spinach (Mar 31st) is gone and we are now eating our second planting (Apr 10). Also eating lettuce both leaf and romaine outer leaves. Radishes are just about gone. A new item for us this year was broccoli raab. The regular broccoli is probably about a wee...
by MP173
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4523

Re: Favorite guitarist...

I am currently reading "One Way Out, The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band" by Alan Paul.

Duane Allman and Dickey Betts were pretty good.

The book states that Clapton was simply in awe of Duane and vise versa.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 207
Views: 21109

Re: How do you make your money?

I am in sales - variable income. My wife is an education adviser for a state university. Other income sources: Farm income Mineral rights income Dividends - stocks (yes, these are increasing yearly) Dividends - bond funds (in retirement accounts) Rental property was sold 1.5 years ago...I wasnt cut ...
by MP173
Wed May 28, 2014 11:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you make your money?
Replies: 97
Views: 13142

Re: 1 Year Bogleheadiversary - Before and After Picture

sounds like you have a plan!
by MP173
Wed May 28, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1 Year Bogleheadiversary - Before and After Picture
Replies: 70
Views: 9491

Re: Cash in Safe Deposit Box..??

I think it is a good idea to have a little cash available. To each their own ideas.

Ed
by MP173
Wed May 28, 2014 10:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash in Safe Deposit Box..??
Replies: 60
Views: 3786

Re: Going Offroad ["play money" investing]

bfg: I invest in individual stocks and have done so for 20 years now. I do not consider it "play" money, but truly believed at that time that I could purchase stocks which would outperform the market. Then, I changed philosophy slightly to not only include the outperformers, but also compa...
by MP173
Tue May 20, 2014 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Going Offroad ["play money" investing]
Replies: 73
Views: 4423

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Price of Silence" by William D. Cohan which covers in great detail the Duke Lacrosse situation from 2006. I do not believe the author interviewed many people due to ongoing litigation (players and coaches vs Duke) but used available public information. This is a huge volume of 600 pag...
by MP173
Tue May 20, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3277
Views: 1116888

Re: Parking options in Downtown Chicago

Where are you staying? We stay at the W on July 4th (in the past) and do not use valet parking. There are garages a couple of blocks away which are "reasonable".

Enjoy the fireworks.

Ed
by MP173
Tue May 20, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parking options in Downtown Chicago
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: Garden 2014

Tonights dinner is a salad from spinach and lettuce harvested this afternoon. FRESH! Economically, we do ok with the gardening. The availability of the vegetables and herbs is outstanding...walk out to the garden and walk in with produce. The quality of the produce is much better, particularly when ...
by MP173
Mon May 19, 2014 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4523

Garden 2014

After a brutal winter, spring has arrived here in NW Indiana and most of my garden has been planted. Still to be planted are pepper plants and spaghetti squash. I am also spacing out pole beans...will plant a few more in about 2-3 weeks. Last night we used spinach, lettuce, asparagus, and herbs for ...
by MP173
Wed May 14, 2014 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garden 2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4523

Re: Cars for tall people

I am 6'7", as is one of my sons and the other is taller. My wife is 5'11". We can all fit in Chevy Equanox SUV. My sons sit in the back seat and while it isn't great, they do have room. For me the headroom was critical. This vehicle works well for me. I went from a Jeep to Equanox and gas ...
by MP173
Mon May 12, 2014 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cars for tall people
Replies: 35
Views: 2508

Re: If you have ACA health insurance, what is your experien

For our family (employer based health insurance), the premium for the plan would have tripled (yes 3x) for 2014. The alternative was a HSA with high deductibles. We chose the HSA/high deductibles as a one year test. Not complaining, just stating the facts. My beliefs are that we will have to take a ...
by MP173
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you have ACA health insurance, what is your experience?
Replies: 222
Views: 16474

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

Here is the weekly report. We had a few days of 50 - 75 degree highs with great sun and a nice rain yesterday. I now have 20 asparagus shoots showing (10 crowns). One crown has 7 shoots, several have no shoots. Garlic is growing like a weed. There are days which the plants grow nearly an inch. Ditto...
by MP173
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2152

Re: [Eating] Fish

Recently went to a good old fashioned Friday fish dinner in a church basement....outstanding! My wife will occasionally make stuffed trout and she also likes salmon (I don't). In fact we had it Easter ( I had bacon and sausage) for brunch. Recently had walleye at a bar. No one replied to my freshwat...
by MP173
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Eating] Fish
Replies: 113
Views: 9729

Re: Guitar purchase problem: Fender strat mfg warranty?

Is the Fender guitar their "Squire" model? I had one for years and loved it. The cost 13 years ago was $300.00 including a 10w amp. It was a great starter electric, actually a little better than a starter. Unfortunately it was stolen. I have had very good luck with Guitar Center. Retail sa...
by MP173
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar purchase problem: Fender strat mfg warranty?
Replies: 25
Views: 1898
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