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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: 4457

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: 545

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: 3098
Views: 994825

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: 5060

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: 1008

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: 3098
Views: 994825

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: 2372

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: 1762

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: 5108

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: 5108

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: 3098
Views: 994825

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: 1762

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: 758

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: 4426

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: 758

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: 3098
Views: 994825

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: 187
Views: 18882

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: 3098
Views: 994825

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: 4426

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: 187
Views: 18882

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: 12730

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: 62
Views: 7082

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: 52
Views: 2915

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: 4352

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: 3098
Views: 994825

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: 593

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: 4426

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: 4426

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: 2394

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: 16183

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: 2125

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: 9309

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: 1835

Re: Map pinning

Finally got the hang of it. The Google Map does allow for the entry of locations which can be "pinned". The map is secure to my account and I can share it with others. This should work quite well.

Thanks for the help.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Map pinning
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: Map pinning

sperry:

This is EXACTLY what I am looking for. I am in Google Maps and sort of figuring it out. No big deal, but my issue was privacy and you have answered that.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Map pinning
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Map pinning

This seems like a fairly simple issue. I want to have a map, such as Google Maps, Bing , etc. in which I can enter addresses for a project. The project will be nationwide in scope and the purpose of this would be to have a geographic database of addresses on map form. This would be strickly for my a...
by MP173
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Map pinning
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

I should have planted the garlic last fall, but didn't. Let's see how it does, even with the late start. Nothing lost if it doesn't.

We had about 1 inch of snow overnight, it will be interesting to see how it affects the asparagus.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

Thanks for the advise. Will take it easy on production this year. Anyone here grow garlic? I planted about 50 cloves this weekend. The garlic had been harvested last year but not used as the bulbs were quite small. This spring there were green sprouts growing from the cloves (were hung in the garage...
by MP173
Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Dilemma about legal action for injured child

Call an attorney. Protect yourself and your daughter.

It wasn't her fault.
by MP173
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dilemma about legal action for injured child
Replies: 17
Views: 2200

Re: Need Ear Bud Recommendation

I use the ear buds on my mobile phone for hands free since I am driving quite a bit. Skull Candy have a good product, but I typically buy what is relatively inexpensive. A pair will usually last about 3 months for me as the usage is daily and in a number of environmental conditions. Often, I will da...
by MP173
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Ear Bud Recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 5687

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

Yesterday (April 13th) I noticed the first 2 spears popping thru. I was ecstatic. Nothing more this morning. We are expecting cold (20s) and snow today/tonight/tomorrow so not sure how that will effect the bed. Should I cover the bed? Also, just to make sure I did things correctly, the old stems wer...
by MP173
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Best place to shop for Office Furniture

I stumbled on to a very large used office furniture company in Chicago. Massive. Perhaps your city has such a company.

These companies go into corporations and purchase used furniture when there is upgrades or facility closings.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to shop for Office Furniture
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: reading advice for an ambitious woman in her early 20s?

"The Fifties" by David Halberstam.

While it will not give her personal finance advise, it will tell her what life was like when her mom was born.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: reading advice for an ambitious woman in her early 20s?
Replies: 32
Views: 2786

Re: Tree stump removal

Wait until a tree service company is in your neighborhood doing work at a neighbor's. Approach the crew and ask if they want to remove the stump. The foreman will usually do it for "coffee" money ($25 or $50). It will only take a few minutes and the boys will have lunch. This has worked fo...
by MP173
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree stump removal
Replies: 25
Views: 2023

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

I purchased 10 crowns last year from my local garden center....cost was less than $10.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

Do some research on asparagus first. One does need to wait a couple of years prior to harvesting. One will purchase "crowns" and plant them fairly deep by trenching and then covering with compost over a month or so. Not sure if planting in a raised bed area with other plants is a good idea...
by MP173
Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

I snipped the dead stalks today and added a little fertilizer (Dr. Earth).

Also today, I started the process of hot box spinach. I used 4 recycling bins (provided by our city) and filled 3/4 with compost and placed windows over to warm the compost. Tomorrow, I will plant the spinach.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

I have the plants in a fenced in area in our backyard due to rabbits and deer. There isn't much room for expansion, but I could eliminate other items as the years go by. We are really looking forward to harvesting and eating this as it is one of our favorites. Just looked outside and it was snowing ...
by MP173
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Re: Gardening - asparagus in particular

Thanks for the link. That was informative. Looks like it was a good thing not to cut the stalks last fall.

ed
by MP173
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125

Gardening - asparagus in particular

The calendar says March is nearly over, but it sure doesn't feel like it here in NW Indiana. I planted asparagus crowns last year. These were marketed to be 2nd year crowns (meaning harvesting this year). I did not cut back on the stalks last fall. Should I do so this spring? From the 10 crowns I ha...
by MP173
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening - asparagus in particular
Replies: 25
Views: 2125
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