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Re: Inherited farmland: Should we sell or keep?

I inherited my farmland from parents 20 years ago and have held on to it. It gives a nice diversification to my portfolio and provides income. You might want to check into the mineral rights situation and if there is a possibility of oil/natural gas in the future. That is a wildcard worth checking i...
by MP173
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inherited farmland: Should we sell or keep?
Replies: 40
Views: 3021

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

There was an article in the local paper regarding asparagus production....it is very slow this year. My count this morning was 16 shoots.

IT is cold...we had a few snow flurries this morning. Will the cold weather DELAY asparagus or REDUCE production?

Thanks,

Ed
by MP173
Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

Thanks...everything I have read about asparagus indicates the need for weed control in order for the plants to draw nutrients from the soil. Thus, I would consider any adjacent "plants" as weeds. I talked to my local resident gardening mentor yesterday and he indicated that onions would no...
by MP173
Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Take it to the Limit" by Marc Eliot. This book, written in 1998, is an indepth look at the band The Eagles, tracing their Southern California roots (four musicians from Mi, Tx, Ne, and Mn who moved to LA) and the development of the LA sound. The four eventually tour as Linda Ronstadt's ba...
by MP173
Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 657
Views: 92366

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

Thanks for the suggestion Jonathan. Unfortunately the cow (manure) is already out of the barn and the beds are in place. I will see how it works this year. I do have a little more construction to do (for a spinach/lettuce/carrot) bed and will probably go in your direction. Also, does anyone know how...
by MP173
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Fidelity balanced funds

I am looking for a Fidelity fund similar to the Vanguard Wellington fund.

Any suggestions?

Ed
by MP173
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity balanced funds
Replies: 4
Views: 753

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

Built a fort around the raised beds with fencing (7 ft tall). The raised beds will not keep out the critters, but hopefully the fenced fort will except for the really ambitious deer.

Going to plant peas and onions today or tomorrow. Perhaps a few brocoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "Wanted Man" by Lee Child.

Before that - Six Years by Harlan Coban

Before that - Montana by Gwen Florio....picked up her "Dakota" book today at the library.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 657
Views: 92366

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

Been using our daily coffee grinds on the compost pile. Also egg shells. Last couple of years I have had pepper plants and pole beans grow out of the pile. Last year I kept adding poles and the beans grew to about 10 ft...and were pretty good to eat. BTW, my first asparagus sprout appeared yesterday...
by MP173
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Gardening 2015 pt 2

The weekend was spent constructing raised beds for the enclosed backyard garden, named "Fort Garden". Hopefully this will keep the critters out. Purchased "garden mix" from a local nursery and it consisted of topsoil, sand (not much) and manure. I was told the manure was "cu...
by MP173
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1471

Re: How to find the true value of a stock

Is it possible to determine the true value of a stock until you have experienced the complete cycle of purchasing, holding and selling? Just about everything else is pure speculation, isnt it? For example, back in 2011 I was watching JNJ (Johnson and Johnson) closely and decided if it dropped into t...
by MP173
Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to find the true value of a stock
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

401k - Should I stay or should I go?

It is my understanding at age 59.5 one can transfer out of a 401k plan. Perhaps there are other avenues before 59.5 in which one can do so, but I am of the age which allows me to do so without extra effort. What are the advantages and benefits of moving existing funds from the 401k into an IRA? Disa...
by MP173
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:38 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 401k - Should I stay or should I go?
Replies: 4
Views: 610

Re: Gardening 2015

Livesoft:

That looks great.

Just had a coworker ask me about container gardening. It is that time of the year.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 2551

Re: Gardening 2015

Just a little update. My seedlings are growing quite well. Temp is actually up into 50s today with sunshine and I will put the boxes outside for awhile. The kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage seeds grew pretty well and are about 2 inches tall. I couple of romaine lettuce seedlings are up, but ...
by MP173
Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 2551

Re: College funding

They reside in Indiana and while I am not privy to their financial situation, they both have very good paying jobs, my guess is they will be on track in 18 years for their daughter not to be eligible for financial aid.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: College funding
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

College funding

We have a one year old granddaughter and the parents are asking me how to save for college. Just to get things straight, they are not asking for financial help (tho that might be a gift down the road), but are wanting to know the best avenue for investing. With my two sons years ago, I set up a UGTM...
by MP173
Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: College funding
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Gardening 2015

I agree with the square foot gardening website. It is a very valuable resource. We have graduated from a 4 x 8 raised garden 5 years ago to gardens in 3 locations (church community garden and parks dept), including the new monstrocity in the back yard. Regarding inside lights, does one need a specia...
by MP173
Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 2551

Gardening 2015

Yes, it is only March and after 3 days of sun and warmth, the temps are back in the 30s with big winds here in NW Indiana. But, the warm weather did get me excited about gardening. I had planted about 150 garlic buds last fall and was pleasantly surprized to find about 90 are growing. Previously I h...
by MP173
Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 2551

Re: Home workouts and motivation

I have two seasonal workout routines: 1. Fall/winter - trips to the YMCA about 4-5x weekly with 50 minutes on the stationery bike. Every other trip I will do pushups, crunches, and a series of resistance band exercizes...usually for about 15 - 20 minutes. Target heart rate for bike is 140 max and di...
by MP173
Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home workouts and motivation
Replies: 60
Views: 3097

Re: Adult Music Lessons

Lessons, unless you are a natural musician, will allow you to grow and become a better musician. A good teacher is well worth the investment. I am 59 yr old and currently have a 1x week group lesson with 2 others about my age. It is a blast and the teacher (also our age) is not only an outstanding g...
by MP173
Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult Music Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 2241

Re: stress management tips?

I am going to jump in with everyone else. Find an exercise routine which will work with your schedule and your lifestyle....sweat like hell! It has helped me thru some very stressful parts of my life and the benefits far outweigh the time investment. This in turn will lead to improvement in other as...
by MP173
Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: stress management tips?
Replies: 19
Views: 1773

Re: Has anyone used Costco car buying service?

We just picked up our new 2015 Subaru Outback last week. The pricing was lower than Costco. My theory is dealers do not make much $$$ on a new car sale, but make their $$$ on warranty, financing referrals, and ultimately on service. The dealers make $$$ on used car sales where there is not as much a...
by MP173
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has anyone used Costco car buying service?
Replies: 30
Views: 3123

Re: I survived my initial performance improvement mtg. Now w

Never been thru a PiP and i do not work for a big corporation (but we are owned by one, so perhaps these proceedures will follow). So, even tho I cannot offer advise on the world of corporate culture, I can offer this simple rule. I call it the Sunday night rule. How do you feel on Sunday night? Are...
by MP173
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I survived my initial performance improvement mtg. Now what?
Replies: 33
Views: 4659

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Inside Man last night.

Twelve Years a Slave today.

ed
by MP173
Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 774
Views: 104514

Foodsaver use

We picked a Foodsaver today at Costco....the $59 unit instead of the $150 unit. My wife is happily saving food as I write this. What are your experiences with these units? Any tips for use? Do we need to use the Foodsaver bags and rolls with the unit? Can we possibly use regular freezer bags (say Zi...
by MP173
Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Foodsaver use
Replies: 27
Views: 1708

Re: Commission sales or salary?

Probably a pretty good sales gig for him. Used cars do not have the internet information that new cars have. Thus, it is easier to make margin. When the economy turns south and car sales tank will be difficult. However, if he is smart he will live off of a portion of his income and bank the rest. St...
by MP173
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Commission sales or salary?
Replies: 15
Views: 1352

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Recently completed books: "All That Remains" Patricia Cornwell....my first reading of her books and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to a large inventory of books of her to read. "Cries of the Lost" by Chris Knopf - another new author for me and pretty good mystery. This was the sec...
by MP173
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 657
Views: 92366

Re: Music / Song Help

Powderfinger by Neil Young is a great story and easily played.

Estimated Profit by Greatful Dead.

Big Log - Robert Plant

ed
by MP173
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music / Song Help
Replies: 52
Views: 2466

Re: Extended car warranty - worth it?

Thanks for suggestions and advise.

I will not purchase this product. I have never purchased an extended warranty on any product other than Iphones for my sons (they tend to damage those).

My thoughts were that typically vehicles begin to see repairs after about 150,000 miles.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended car warranty - worth it?
Replies: 30
Views: 2060

Extended car warranty - worth it?

Received a call from a company called Solace regarding extended warranty covering another 3 years/100,000. Currently the Chevy Equinox is at 112,000 miles. I have never purchased a warranty either from outside source or dealer. What are your experiences? Is this something worth considering? Cost is ...
by MP173
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extended car warranty - worth it?
Replies: 30
Views: 2060

Mental games

Anyone have recommendations for "mental game" in order to improve memory and other mental functions?

I took a test drive at Luminosity.com. Has anyone here used it and what are your thoughts?

Are there any other such websites that are free?
Ed
by MP173
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mental games
Replies: 32
Views: 2687

Re: Food of the Fifties

Just made "corn bread pie" from the railroad dining car cookbook. OUTSTANDING.

Ed
by MP173
Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11906

Re: Food of the Fifties

I have memories not only of 60's type cooking, but also cultural cooking. Having grown up in a rural part of Southern Illinois we had food that was very much of that era and locale. One item not mentioned in this thread is "Fried Chicken"....twice a week usually Sunday and Wednesday in an ...
by MP173
Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 11906

Re: Approaching 50...What to expect?

I am 59.5 and starting the downhill slide to 60. It doesnt really bother me, but probably will in a few months. The thing I noticed about turning 50 was about 2 weeks after the surprise party little aches and pains started showing up. Seriously...and these seldom went away. I am very healthy, but th...
by MP173
Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Approaching 50...What to expect?
Replies: 108
Views: 10602

Re: Tomahawk Steak

Kinda like my meat done....not well done, but at least medium. It was outstanding at 150.

I go 145 with beef tenderloin and have never had a complaint.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tomahawk Steak
Replies: 29
Views: 3544

Re: Telescopes?

The Questar is a good answer, but a little pricy. In 1998 I purchased a Meade ETX90...a 90 mm Maksutov for about $450. It was a $600.00 scope which I purchased with a coupon from a major retailer. Today the scope is still on the market an priced at $450.00 with discounted price to $350 - $400. It ha...
by MP173
Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Telescopes?
Replies: 21
Views: 1404

Re: What age did you become financially independent of paren

Probably age 21 would be the date. I graduated from college at that age and never asked for nor received financial aid. The car I drove had been purchased by my parents, but I paid all expenses. Sometime around that age, I also took out health insurance on myself. I also paid for my last semester of...
by MP173
Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What age did you become financially independent of parents?
Replies: 68
Views: 4922

Tomahawk Steak

In preparation for WS Linus, the wife and I shopped heavily on Friday and the local store had "Tomahawk Steaks" on display. I had seen these around Christmas holiday season. [off-topic comment deleted by admin alex] we did purchase one and I grilled it...seared it for 5 minutes per side on...
by MP173
Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tomahawk Steak
Replies: 29
Views: 3544

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: 774
Views: 104514

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: 8361

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: 4795

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: 657
Views: 92366

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: 3705

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: 128
Views: 15830

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: 657
Views: 92366

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: 2135

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: 122
Views: 10847

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: 6045

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: 4609

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: 657
Views: 92366
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