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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 9:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 69
Views: 6710

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 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 69
Views: 6710

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 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

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 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

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 12:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planting garlic
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

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 11:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping prepare family financially if earner dies early
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

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 9:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on getting out [of job]
Replies: 37
Views: 5048

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 9:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car at St. Louis Airport
Replies: 11
Views: 636

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 6:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

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 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fleetwood Mac tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

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 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

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 11:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fleetwood Mac tour
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

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 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Pretty good...

I hope the movie is as good.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 136
Views: 9793

Re: Please help - When to take Social Security

Do you enjoy working?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please help - When to take Social Security
Replies: 14
Views: 1553

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

Pull ups tend to lead to shoulder pain, so I dont do them. For September I biked 18 times, 11 of which were 18 miles and 7 were 15 miles...300 miles. My bike is a Trek 380, not built for speed, but it provides a good workout. My average speed is 15mph and I closely monitor heart rate. On about half ...
by MP173
Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 350
Views: 46662

Re: Buy Local

The local Ace Hardware store is much better than the big box home improvement stores. Very helpful and the store is about 1/50th the size of Home Depot or Menards. The employees are outstanding. How do they stay in business? They have leveraged their real estate by adding self storage and have cellu...
by MP173
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Local
Replies: 29
Views: 2411

Re: Starting a railroad career

I am not employed by the railroad, but I am a railfan. To get an understanding of what is involved as an employee, visit trains.com and go to the forum. Lots of discussion there from experienced railroaders. In fact there is one now from a young man in his 30s who is looking at a career change. In t...
by MP173
Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting a railroad career
Replies: 11
Views: 1645

Re: favorite brand name products

Ecco shoes are great.

I am somewhat addicted to Diet Coke. I have a 12 ounce can daily at 4pm as my happy hour drink, but am finding it difficult to finish it. The taste is acidic to me...but I still drink it.

Hudsonville Ice Cream is very good. It is a Michigan/NW Indiana brand.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: favorite brand name products
Replies: 58
Views: 3011

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

Did the iron skillet steaks tonight, but didnt see the post about heating the plates in the oven along with the skillet. Steaks turned out very good. I used a little olive oil along with Kosher salt and black pepper. Next time....probably do without the olive oil. We were out rummaging around yester...
by MP173
Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 107
Views: 9557

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

My wife uses our Wagner 1891 model 10 inch nearly every Sunday morning for a fritatta. She uses whatever fresh vegetables we have. I have great memories of my mom and dad using this iron skillet back home. Cornbread was a common use, as was sausage gravy. I played college basketball while attending ...
by MP173
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 107
Views: 9557

Re: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value

Update on the 2006 Jeep Commander which I wrote about a year ago.... My son is now living at home and drives it around town. Pretty lousy gas mileage. Last winter during the constant snowstorms we endured, it was outstanding. The car has been paid for the past 5 years and is inexpensive to drive, ot...
by MP173
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Jeep enthusiasts? They seem to retain their value
Replies: 25
Views: 2711

Re: When did you feel "Out of the Woods"?

I am not sure if I ever had that "ah ha" moment when the woods cleared and I was in pasture. It has been a journey. When I was your age, my wife and I faced similar challenges, but both of us were young, had our health and our first son was en route. She had a career with good earning pote...
by MP173
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:10 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When did you feel "Out of the Woods"?
Replies: 42
Views: 5454

Re: Moshe Milevsky's Life Annuities Monograph

I read thru most of the first 1/3 of the collection and found it informative. By the time the formulas arrived, my eyes started glazing over. Still, it was well worth reading and expanded my knowledge of this product. Cyberbob: Does Wade Pfau suggest a balanced approach until retirement and then con...
by MP173
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moshe Milevsky's Life Annuities Monograph
Replies: 21
Views: 2424

Re: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?

Location, location, location. While we are not retired, one of the keys to retirement IMHO is the location you live in. Are you in NYC or SF or Boston? Yes, then $1m would not be very much to live on. Other parts of the country can provide very good standard of living at a fraction. For us, the two ...
by MP173
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Really Need a Million Bucks?
Replies: 50
Views: 3717

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

"The Frackers" by Gregory Zuckerman. "The outrageous inside story of the new billionaire wildcatters." Just started it but it is a look at the folks behind the new energy explosion in the United States....George Mitchell who was the pioneer of horizontal drilling, Aubrey McClendo...
by MP173
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1200383

Re: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]

We are in NW Indiana, just across the border from Chicago and I am in Chicago area 2-3x per week. Here are a few tips... 1. Jewell prices are thru the roof. Marianos are not bad, but you do pay for some of the glitter. They do have service where they will cook certain meats for you while there. 2. T...
by MP173
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: We have a grocery problem... [Household budget]
Replies: 158
Views: 10921

Re: Retiree Next Door

For us, the key will be to eliminate as many fixed costs as possible. No mortgage, no car payments, etc.

A reduction in work related costs will also help. If one has a goal of extensive travel and expensive lifestyle, then the assets are going to have to be available.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retiree Next Door
Replies: 26
Views: 4479

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I hit the wall and really didnt read during July and August, instead investing a couple hours daily on guitar. Currently I am reading Michael Connelly's "The Gods of Guilt" a Mickey Haller book. Normally I am not that intrigued by the Lincoln Lawyer series, but this one is outstanding. Con...
by MP173
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1200383

Re: Individual Stocks

I own 19 companies. I do not own individual stocks, I own companies. That is my attitude. While I am not privy to all the details of their operations, finances, and have only met a few of the senior managers, I consider myself "owner". Companies are reviewed frequently. One of my companies...
by MP173
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Individual Stocks
Replies: 46
Views: 3312

Re: POLL: What was the first stock you ever bought?

I purchased 100 shares of a company called Overnite Transportation in 1983 for $29 per share and sold a couple years later at $40 to put a down payment on a larger house. The next purchase was 100 shares of Illinois Central Railroad in 1994. It merged with Canadian National Railroad (CNI). The 100 s...
by MP173
Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: POLL: What was the first stock you ever bought?
Replies: 74
Views: 2938

Re: Subaru Blues

We were in Vermont this summer and Subarus were everywhere. When asked an owner told us due to the mountains and snow. There are no mountains in NW Indiana, but snow is plentiful, so we are seriously considering an Outback or Forester for my wife. She commutes 30 miles daily and babies her cars. She...
by MP173
Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Blues
Replies: 87
Views: 8226

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: 76
Views: 8253

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: 2497

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: 7093

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: 806

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: 806

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: 1245

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: 806

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: 21286

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: 6541

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: 2820

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: 1248

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: 3957

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: 641

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: 641

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: 6000

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: 10523

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: 4786
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