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

oyster.com

"You cannot return a bad vacation"

Their logo says it all!

A travel/hotel review site.
by Mrxyz
Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads.org equivalents for other areas of life?
Replies: 69
Views: 6709

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

Update. Thanks to everyone's advice and recommendations. Just got back. Wonderful trip. Best advice was - Car is a liability!! Yes, did not take car, took train and bus - Metra and Pace respectively, Loved it. Really saved me time and money and the headache of driving and trying to find parking. Met...
by Mrxyz
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

Re: Reading comprehension books/materials recommendations

Sorry about the 'duplicate'. I did ask something similar a few months ago, with just a few responses.
http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=143117
by Mrxyz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading comprehension books/materials recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Reading comprehension books/materials recommendations

Ged wrote:Try home schooling resources. Some curricula there get great results.


Yes but which company or material is good or recommended - preferably without too much religious bias.
by Mrxyz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading comprehension books/materials recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Reading comprehension books/materials recommendations

Hi all, Do you have any suggestions/recommendations for reading comprehension books/materials for grades 2nd, 4th and 7th (my kids)? I am very dissatisfied by what their public school does in terms of teaching. Private school is an option, though expensive and not what we are looking at unless we ru...
by Mrxyz
Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading comprehension books/materials recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 396

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

Unofficially, rush hour is basically any time you are driving (especially if you're in a hurry), excluding late night to early morning. Normal working hours for most in Chicago are the same in as they are elsewhere in the lower 48 states, so rush hour isn't significantly different. However, because...
by Mrxyz
Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

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

You mentioned you'll be visiting Chicago beginning October 14th. The good news: You'll miss the road closings & congestion associated with the Chicago Marathon, which is this coming weekend. The potential "bad" news: If you're still here on the Sunday (10/19), the Bears have a home ga...
by Mrxyz
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

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

For Museum of Science & Industry (MSI), plan on driving to/from that location. Consider taking a drive on Lake Shore Drive from MSI north to, say, Montrose Avenue (4400 North). Really nice drive with a great view of downtown and the lake. Avoid Lake Shore Drive during rush hour, though. Another...
by Mrxyz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

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 Lived near Christ hospital in Oak lawn around 20 years ago.............no parking issues there...... I wil...
by Mrxyz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

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

field museum navy pier cab it in museum district go to top of willis tower or john hancock building for a nice view nike store is cool there Might be a little cold for Navy Pier soon. Not really. On Navy Pier, you have the Children's Museum, the Stained Glass Museum, and a number f restaurants, all...
by Mrxyz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?

Hi all, I am taking my kids to Chicago for around 4 to 5 days in the coming weeks and wonder what recommendations you may have. Kids are 7 - 13 years in age. I have plans for buying the City pass ( http://www.citypass.com/chicago ) and going to the many locations offered. I will have a car to drive ...
by Mrxyz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip to Chicago with kids- what to do/recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 2597

Re: Should I (physician) get an MBA?

I work with several physicians/surgeons and hospital administrators in the C suite across several hospitals. I think that most physicians are excellent at being physicians, but are not necessarily good administrators. An advanced degree can help - but more importantly is the tolerance of meetings, ...
by Mrxyz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I (physician) get an MBA?
Replies: 31
Views: 3605

Re: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?

Axle replacement is not a big deal, I would get the van repaired rather than buying a new vehicle just because of that. My '97 Accord driver side CV split earlier this year and I replaced it myself with a new axle that cost < $60. Unfortunately this week I saw the passenger side axle has the same s...
by Mrxyz
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?

Hi I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey LX leather, with 150G miles- single owner(us), working fine. I was told last week that the inner CV boots are leaking a 'lot of grease' and strongly recommend replacing both front axles and passenger-side axle seal. Cost to repair at dealer was around $950 and at Midas...
by Mrxyz
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Re: Vanguard order placement to execution

@Mrxyz - Look into automatic investment. It'll give you more free time during the end of the week. :D I could do that, but I am not always sure of how much money I will have to move to the taxable from my bank account every month. But, its certainly possible to put a baseline minimum automatically ...
by Mrxyz
Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard order placement to execution
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Vanguard order placement to execution

Thanks for the replies. I have been 'faithfully' (too strong a word but..) adding money to taxable stocks over the years, usually at least monthly. For whatever reason, I have been buying the funds on Thursdays/ Fridays, (perhaps because I have more free time during end of week). It seems the stock ...
by Mrxyz
Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:07 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard order placement to execution
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Vanguard order placement to execution

Sorry about the confusion, but I meant eletronic bank transfer and not ETF. I have edited my post. Thanks
by Mrxyz
Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard order placement to execution
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Vanguard order placement to execution

Hi all,

So once I place an order to buy Vanguard funds, using Electronic bank transfer thru my bank, how much time before it gets executed and which price does it buy the funds at?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard order placement to execution
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Best nose hair trimmer (is this okay to ask?)

I think you are supposed to be plucking these hairs whenever you are out in the car and stopped at a stop light. At least that's what I see all the time. LOL, That is hilarious but true! But that will not be me!! I have a Wahl beard trimmer that has multiple head attachments. One is a nose/ear hair...
by Mrxyz
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nose hair trimmer (is this okay to ask?)
Replies: 36
Views: 2830

Best nose hair trimmer (is this okay to ask?)

Hi
Is this okay to ask?? Perhaps yes, if the hair clipper are discussed then why not nose hair trimmers..........

Anyway, I have bought many different brands- though mainly cheap ones, and they break sooner than later.
Any recommendations on what is really good??
Thanks for reading and responding!!
by Mrxyz
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nose hair trimmer (is this okay to ask?)
Replies: 36
Views: 2830

Re: Theater seating for basement projection TV

There are sellers who used to post on AVS forum that had good reputations. One guy's name was Roman and was NJ based. Also, I believe Berkline's used to do a demo day once a year where they sold off demo stock at big discounts. I am not as active at AVS as I used to be, so I am not fully current. I...
by Mrxyz
Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theater seating for basement projection TV
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Re: Flood proofing a basement

http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/digests/bsd-103-understanding-basements

Have you looked at this site - lots of information which may be helpful.
by Mrxyz
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flood proofing a basement
Replies: 24
Views: 1889

Re: Theater seating for basement projection TV

Thanks for the response.
anyone has experience buying from online theater seating stores?
by Mrxyz
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theater seating for basement projection TV
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Theater seating for basement projection TV

Hi

Any experiences/ suggestions/ advice on how/ where/ what to buy for theater seating for basement projection TV room?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theater seating for basement projection TV
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Re: So how long will I live? How long do I plan for?

YES! I am still here.....

Frankly the amount of information provided to me was/is overwhelming. The gist for me is basically to plan for more. But great replies and lots of additional information which I am very grateful for.

Thanks!!
by Mrxyz
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: So how long will I live? How long do I plan for?
Replies: 55
Views: 4490

Home work books/materials/worksheets

Any suggestions for best homework books - (where to buy them?), worksheets etc for school kids? Looking for 2nd to 6th grade levels. Does anyone like online sites offering the same? This is comparable in part to what is offered by kumon/ sylvan learning center.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home work books/materials/worksheets
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Best CC for (new) purchases

If possible, do not settle for 1% cashback or for cards requiring annual fees. https://www.fidelity.com/cash-management/american-express-cards I use the rewards card above that gives 2% flat for everything, all year round, no questions, no limits, no minimums. regards, Ashutosh The BOA card has no ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best CC for (new) purchases
Replies: 43
Views: 30570

Best CC for (new) purchases

Hi all,
I am buying furniture and home theater in the next month costing around $20,000. I currently have BOA 1-2-3 card which pays 1% back on purchases. What new CC should I get to get better cash back and/or discount?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best CC for (new) purchases
Replies: 43
Views: 30570

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

How about the world's oldest marathoner! Also a 'late runner' and even a 'late walker as a child'!! http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/09/sport/fauja-singh-marathon-oldest/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauja_Singh http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/Fauja-Singh/fauja-singh-runner
by Mrxyz
Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 350
Views: 46661

Re: Counterfit Bitcoins

Counterfit or Counterfeit - both are wrong! :happy

Or was the thread title intentional!!
by Mrxyz
Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Counterfit Bitcoins
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

Although it does not include pull-ups, here is a short workout that doesn't call for much equipment: The Scientific 7-Minute Workout ( high-intensity circuit training using body weight as resistance ) http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zEBGZdvr6UQ/Uw5-106RqcI/AAAAAAAAA7U/TI9aZLouDUM/s1600/workout.jpg Those ...
by Mrxyz
Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 350
Views: 46661

Re: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)

Look up runnersworld.org website and their shoe finder option. Plug in some numbers like age, gender, injuries, and you get some pretty good recommendations including Editor's choice. Also look up their Summer, 2014 recommendations etc.
by Mrxyz
Fri May 30, 2014 4:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: running shoes for a severe overpronator(flatfoot)
Replies: 45
Views: 3150

Re: Pursuing your calling in life at what cost?

We are a 33 year old couple (no kids) with $2.3M in net worth, no debt. My wife and I are both in jobs that we are good at but don't see it as our calling in life. For my wife, it's various forms of art and my income/our net worth has put us in a position where she is going to leave her job in the ...
by Mrxyz
Wed May 28, 2014 3:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pursuing your calling in life at what cost?
Replies: 58
Views: 4682

Re: cost indoor sliding door

Sounds like an expensive bid. But you need more details on the cost break up. Doors by themselves cost x $, labor of y $ etc. Also are the doors solid wood or hollow? Are the slides anything other than rollers and tracks? Are there locks on the doors? Is there any teardown to be done? Look up houzz ...
by Mrxyz
Sun May 25, 2014 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost indoor sliding door
Replies: 11
Views: 697

Re: Masonite Siding

Go to the manufacturer's website and put in your zip code and a list of approved contractors will show up. Use multiple bids/ quotes. Make sure they give you details like are they going to remove all the masonite or just the damaged ones? Will they wrap the house ie. Tyvek? - you should. Are they ad...
by Mrxyz
Fri May 23, 2014 12:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonite Siding
Replies: 26
Views: 2282

Re: Masonite Siding

Hi, I would avoid masonite siding homes. I had a similar brand siding on my house- almost 80% damaged over 'time' as it was just pressed wood which became unpressed and split open etc etc. No money left in the class action lawsuit for us! So had to take down what was damaged, house wrap followed by ...
by Mrxyz
Thu May 22, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonite Siding
Replies: 26
Views: 2282

Re: Paying for a date

How about he cooks at his place and invites her over? That way no one pays............at least not money!
by Mrxyz
Mon May 19, 2014 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying [on] a date
Replies: 73
Views: 3265

Re: Real money v/s nominal money - Retirement amount questio

The easiest way is to do everything in today's dollars. If you think you want to retire on $100K per year in today's dollars, you need 25x to 33x that in today's dollars at retirement. Instead of picking a nominal portfolio return like 6%, apply a real return of perhaps 3%. Take your current retire...
by Mrxyz
Mon May 19, 2014 11:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real money v/s nominal money - Retirement amount question
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Real money v/s nominal money - Retirement amount question

Hi, So following my ISP, I hope to have enough money for my retirement years from now. I have hoped for $2 -$2.5M as the number to attain prior to retirement. But there is the question of inflation which I presume, affects this number. Which I think is the difference between real v/s nominal amount....
by Mrxyz
Mon May 19, 2014 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real money v/s nominal money - Retirement amount question
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Going Offroad ["play money" investing]

If you really want to 'play', have you considered donating money to a worthy cause of your choice?? The returns are (almost always) positive!!
by Mrxyz
Sun May 18, 2014 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Going Offroad ["play money" investing]
Replies: 73
Views: 4531

Re: 2.5 mil to 10 mil - are we on track

It is shorthand. There are some simple realities - anyone who truly knew what the market will do is going to end up richer than God in a very short time, and almost certainly not by telling others how, or by taking their money. Since many of the respected names here do one or both, they are not cer...
by Mrxyz
Mon May 12, 2014 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2.5 mil to 10 mil - are we on track
Replies: 91
Views: 9610

Projects/Kits for 12 yr old son

Hi I have helped my son with many small projects, some of them incomplete or unsuccessful over the years. I wonder if anyone has suggestions/recommendations for sites for projects. Sites I have used are like adafruit and instructable. For example; we are currently making a small portable USB charger...
by Mrxyz
Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Projects/Kits for 12 yr old son
Replies: 15
Views: 2771

Re: Best tires for Honda Odyssey EX-L 2011?

While I generally like Michelins, I was underwhelmed with the stock tires on my wife's 2011 Odyssey Touring (Michelin Primacy MXV4); this tire's forte seemed to be straight-line dry handling. It also wore out fairly quickly which I suspect to be partly due to the weight of the vehicle. Did a lot of...
by Mrxyz
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:57 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best tires for Honda Odyssey EX-L 2011?
Replies: 16
Views: 2640

Best tires for Honda Odyssey EX-L 2011?

Hi

I need new tires for Honda Odyssey 2011 and have looked at tiresdirect, tirerack, sears, walmart and Ody forums for information. Any bogleheads with recommendations? Suggestions on where to buy them?

Thanks
by Mrxyz
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best tires for Honda Odyssey EX-L 2011?
Replies: 16
Views: 2640

Re: First Trip to India

Take OTC meds with you - motrin, tylenol,imodium - for diarrhea esp ETEC. Drink only bottled water I would be pretty cautious about eating street foods unless you are sure its cooked AND stored properly Don't forget typhoid vaccination and malaria prophylaxis keep copies of passport in multiple loca...
by Mrxyz
Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Trip to India
Replies: 49
Views: 14608

Re: And suddenly, I'm done...

And now comes a difficult time --- not doing anything - not listening to noise - not following the market - not listening to others asking you to invest in stuff etc....... Fairly boring but difficult to stay on course and follow your ISP.
by Mrxyz
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: And suddenly, I'm done...
Replies: 24
Views: 5129

Re: those with basements

I may have to disagree with placing moisture barriers. And there are plenty of articles to back this up including buildingscience.com. It is important to resolve moisture issue first as the barrier simply keeps/ stores moisture on one side of the barrier and does nothing to resolve it.
by Mrxyz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: those with basements
Replies: 17
Views: 2243

Re: Anyone overbalance like the Finance Buff?

I don't understand this as much as I would like to...... But what is the difference between overbalancing and market timing? Maybe better rationale to do it? It is not market timing if you have 'good' reasons to do it or you place those 'good' reasons in your ISP to justify it.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone overbalance like the Finance Buff?
Replies: 33
Views: 2630

Re: those with basements

Yes, there should be your local county and/ or city codes to follow.
Use something like Tyroc as a subfloor and look up http://www.buildingscience.com/ website ( http://www.buildingscience.com/document ... -basements) which explains more about insulation and basements.
by Mrxyz
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: those with basements
Replies: 17
Views: 2243
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