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by Nicolas
Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 162343

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Theory of Everything , bio of Stephen Hawking. It was good. Birdman , Best Picture 2014. I'm watching it right now and not really liking it. Whiplash , scary good. Keys to the Castle , documentary on BBC about an old couple having to sell their Scottish castle after restoring and living in it 5...
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parent caught up in forex (vietnamese dong) scam... What should I do?
Replies: 44
Views: 5376

Re: Parent caught up in forex (vietnamese dong) scam... What should I do?

TradingPlaces wrote:I have a few comments:


5. You can involve the police under the senior's exploitation possibility,



The OP's mother "is in her late 50's" -- that's not senior.
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where do you keep/park your emergency fund?
Replies: 53
Views: 5555

Re: Where do you keep/park your emergency fund?

Synchrony Bank for me: currently 1.10% per annum. I had to make the switch with the impending closure of GE Interest Plus. It's a good move though as I now enjoy FDIC insurance whereas before, I didn't.
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parent caught up in forex (vietnamese dong) scam... What should I do?
Replies: 44
Views: 5376

Re: Parent caught up in forex (vietnamese dong) scam... What should I do?

The thumbprint is a nice touch. Has anyone here ever had a legitimate transaction that required a fingerprint? Mike Yes, I was asked to leave a thumbprint on the back of a check I wrote to a store in Minneapolis in 1975, even though the amount of the check was only $15 or so. I remember being taken...
by Nicolas
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: El Paso into Juarez - Day trip w/ family - Safe and practical?
Replies: 32
Views: 2779

Re: El Paso into Juarez - Day trip w/ family - Safe and practical?

For several years Ciudad Juarez had the highest homicide rate per capita in the world. There has apparently been some progress although I too would not consider taking my wife and kids on an afternoon walk there. I've read several articles which commented on the reduction in homicides, yet comparin...
by Nicolas
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scotland / Ireland Castles?
Replies: 29
Views: 2737

Re: Scotland / Ireland Castles?

Urquhart castle on the shore of Loch Ness is fun though partly a ruin. And who knows, you might see the monster. We were there in 2011. There is an entrance fee.
by Nicolas
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with bill received for prior homeowner
Replies: 41
Views: 3718

Re: What to do with bill received for prior homeowner

Write return to sender, address unknown on it. Bonus points for an Elvis curled lip. You young 'uns, never mind. I was singing that song in my mind too when I first read that post. ...No such number, no such zone... I still receive mail for my former owner once in a while and it's been more than tw...
by Nicolas
Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?
Replies: 89
Views: 7547

Re: Are you going to shop on Prime Day?

I do plan to look around that day to see what's being offered, though I don't really need or desperately want anything, and I have no strategies.
by Nicolas
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What 2008/09 has done to me
Replies: 158
Views: 18814

Re: What 2008/09 has done to me

I was laid off once , back in the day from a job paying $2.25/hour with zero benefits, none, and as I recall it didn't affect me much. I was single and still living at home, so basically no expenses. I'm making a bit more than that now and after many years with my current employer I'm wishing for a ...
by Nicolas
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What antivirus software?
Replies: 47
Views: 3136

Re: What antivirus software?

I've been using the free version of Avast! for something like three or four years now and never had a problem. It's warned of potential infections and malicious websites I was about to enter, etc. I'm happy with them and can't complain about the price.
by Nicolas
Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BullionDirect.com suspends operations. Looks like another implosion/scam
Replies: 67
Views: 6215

Re: BullionDirect.com suspends operations. Looks like another implosion/scam

Pantsmachine, Where do you keep your gold? Keeping it at my house, or anywhere really, would make me very nervous. Have you ever seen the movie In Cold Blood? Also there's a story (which might be apocryphal) that when WC Fields was on the vaudeville circuit he demanded to be paid only in gold bullio...
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How did you start?
Replies: 35
Views: 3570

Re: How did you start?

Wall $treet Week, with Louis Rukeyser, my favorite TV program. What a guy.
by Nicolas
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age did you become debt free and what opportunities did it create?
Replies: 95
Views: 9204

Re: What age did you become debt free and what opportunities did it create?

I became totally debt-free and have remained so since. Never again will I be a debtor. It enabled me to max out both of our Roth IRAs and my 401K every year since, which I couldn't do previously. And it has afforded me great peace of mind.
by Nicolas
Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Presses: Glass Carafes vs. Stainless Steel Presses
Replies: 16
Views: 2134

Re: French Presses: Glass Carafes vs. Stainless Steel Presses

I was all set to order a stainless steel french press so as to avoid the all-too-frequent glass breakage problem at my house when I came upon an interesting review at Amazon (see link). According to this reviewer (not me or anyone I know) the stainless steel innards rub against the stainless steel w...
by Nicolas
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to dispose tube TV in Pennsylvania. Township won't pick up.
Replies: 37
Views: 3236

Re: Need to dispose tube TV in Pennsylvania. Township won't pick up.

I took a 25" TV I'd bought in 1995 to Goodwill about three years ago when I moved. They took it. They also took an old 17" computer monitor. The Goodwills in my area stopped taking them a year or so ago. Before that they were selling them in their stores for around $1.50 for big working c...
by Nicolas
Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to dispose tube TV in Pennsylvania. Township won't pick up.
Replies: 37
Views: 3236

Re: Need to dispose tube TV in Pennsylvania. Township won't pick up.

Rent a trailer and take it the once-a-year event.
by Nicolas
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 year old car
Replies: 27
Views: 3249

Re: 10 year old car

Don't do it, it would be a waste of money. I drive a 19 year old Toyota beater and all I do is change the oil. I don't even wash it.
by Nicolas
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convince me not to buy Porsche
Replies: 190
Views: 15790

Re: Convince me not to buy Porsche

If I were you I'd try to forget about it. Don't do it, it won't be worth it in the end. The desire will pass with time. You're better off investing the money for the long run.
by Nicolas
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Beautiful Nature Destinations
Replies: 50
Views: 6438

Re: Most Beautiful Nature Destinations

Olympus Mons -- on Mars. It's supposed to be one of the most stunning locations in the solar system. I didn't say I could get there but I'd like to visit it.
http://www.universetoday.com/14849/olym ... s-on-mars/
by Nicolas
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unclaimed property
Replies: 16
Views: 1770

Re: Unclaimed property

I found four unclaimed properties in the name of my late father-in-law totaling some $2200. I filed for them a week or so ago on behalf of his widow.
by Nicolas
Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stanley Kubrick's 2001 a space odyssey
Replies: 75
Views: 9601

Re: Stanley Kubrick's 2001 a space odyssey

The most memorable scene in this movie for me was when the ape hurls the bone-weapon upward and it becomes a space ship in the next instant. This, to me, was absolutely electrifying. I saw the film on its initial release on a huge screen, the kind that don't exist anymore. Kubrick was a renowned per...
by Nicolas
Fri May 29, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 86
Views: 9744

Re: I found a new coffee.

i'vew been buying from RedBirdCoffee.com for yrs- their espresso blends are good, priced reasonably & free priority mail shipping is important for us in Hawaii. Though many swear by roasting their own, i'm told green beans can't be shipped into Hawaii due to state restrictions. This is probably...
by Nicolas
Tue May 26, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement -- Renewal by Andersen?
Replies: 31
Views: 2992

Re: Window replacement -- Renewal by Andersen?

Our house was built in 1990-1991. We replaced most of our big windows with Renewal by Andersen when the federal tax credits were offered as part of the economic recovery during the great recession. Then a couple of years later we had them come back and replace the patio door. I don't remember any ha...
by Nicolas
Tue May 26, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Once in a life time trip.
Replies: 121
Views: 7532

Re: Once in a life time trip.

I think that 8 yo is too young to appreciate the trip of a lifetime (unless the trip of a lifetime is for you). They will tire easily and not be able to appreciate local cuisine what they are experiencing. If the trip is for them do Orlando. If it is for you, they will be happy as long as the food ...
by Nicolas
Tue May 26, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Once in a life time trip.
Replies: 121
Views: 7532

Re: Once in a life time trip.

Camping in Yellowstone National Park. At eight years of age, this is something they'll never forget. (Thank you President Grant!) Also a lot lighter on the pocketbook than some of the other suggestions.
by Nicolas
Sun May 17, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 different Cree LED Daylight 60W equivelent bulb options
Replies: 26
Views: 2674

Re: 2 different Cree LED Daylight 60W equivelent bulb options

Here's one for $4.97 from home depot http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cree-60W-Equivalent-Soft-White-2700K-A19-Dimmable-LED-Light-Bulb-BA19-08027OMF-12DE26-2U100/204592770?N=5yc1vZbol#customer_reviews Looks like the diff is the 2700k vs the 5000k which I guess is a difference in color temperatures.. what...
by Nicolas
Sun May 17, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 162343

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A Man For All Seasons. Best Picture 1967. Recommended.
by Nicolas
Wed May 13, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Copper tub and sinks
Replies: 9
Views: 936

Re: Copper tub and sinks

Wouldn't you want to keep the heat in the tub? Copper conducts thermal energy very easily, that's why they make pots and pans out of it. It seems you'd lose the heat from your water pretty quickly, though I admit I've never bathed in one -- a copper tub that is, so I don't have any personal experien...
by Nicolas
Wed May 13, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Philosophies of frugality.
Replies: 64
Views: 7422

Re: Philosophies of frugality.

Yes the small things (like coffee) can add up. But I think a better route is to concentrate on the big buckets. The 3 biggest expenditures most people have are taxes, home, and cars, in that order. As for taxes, contribute to tax privileged retirement accounts, get whatever match is offered. There ...
by Nicolas
Sun May 10, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Philosophies of frugality.
Replies: 64
Views: 7422

Re: Philosophies of frugality.

I like good coffee. Hence, I do not skip on good coffee. Coffee is a nice example. I've been doing blind taste tests with several different brands lately. Walmart coffee is about $3 a pound. It really does taste terrible, even when I don't know that that's what I'm drinking. 8 O'Clock coffee is abo...
by Nicolas
Wed May 06, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Easy careers to last me to retirement?
Replies: 141
Views: 17730

Re: What job to get to coast to Retirement at age 59 1/2?

Isn't this a repeat of your post from ten months ago?
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=142453
by Nicolas
Mon May 04, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida Vacation
Replies: 28
Views: 1949

Re: Florida Vacation

Sanibel island -- for the shells.
by Nicolas
Fri May 01, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Maui
Replies: 20
Views: 1823

Re: Things to do in Maui

Nothing could be finah than to be in Lahaina in the morning.
by Nicolas
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 895
Views: 160382

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Something Like An Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed film director. Was it written from multiple, conflicting, points of view? :happy Ha -- very good -- you refer to Rashomon ! Actually he did recognize that he couldn't produce an unbiased autobiography, in fact he said it was impossibl...
by Nicolas
Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roasting green coffee beans at home
Replies: 10
Views: 1062

Re: Roasting green coffee beans at home

I've been a coffee fan for years. Always looking for the best way to brew my morning cup of coffee. I settled on a french press. Through trial and error, I like the fullness of a french roast. I was wondering if I can improve the experience with roasting my own beans. Need help in selecting the mos...
by Nicolas
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 895
Views: 160382

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Something Like An Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed film director.
by Nicolas
Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how to deal with it [regret over past investing choices]
Replies: 74
Views: 6934

Re: regret and depression...how to deal with it

I lost a million when I was in my 50s!, during the 2000 crash and I don't regret a bit. It was a learning experience and wrote a book about it and just finished another because of the 403(b) experience, by making mistakes all along And doing some things right too. Only a few bogleheads came out of ...
by Nicolas
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Favorite Boglehead Avatar?
Replies: 89
Views: 6833

Re: Favorite Boglehead Avatar?

For some reason, TwoByFour's avatar makes me chuckle about 50% of the time and creeps me out the other 50% of the time. But it's always eye-catching and I think it's probably what I look like hunched over at my desk all day, so I vote for that one: http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/download/file.php?...
by Nicolas
Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cable cord - how did you do it?
Replies: 110
Views: 10969

Re: Cutting the cable cord - how did you do it?

Some time ago my wife and I cut the cord and bought an antenna and a Tivo with a lifetime subscription (life of the Tivo). So far the Tivo hasn't failed us, and it's been five years. (And if it ever does fail it will likely be the hard drive and I know of a place that sells replacement preloaded har...
by Nicolas
Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: GE stock up 11% on Friday.
Replies: 19
Views: 2402

Re: GE stock up 11% on Friday.

GE stock soared 11% Friday to close at the highest level since Sept. 8, 2008. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ges-stock-snaps-out-of-its-15-year-slump-2015-04-10 I bought General Electric in 2008 and made the mistake of purchasing it within an IRA and thereby lost the advantage of TLH. Currently G...
by Nicolas
Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Optum Bank HSA using Admiral shares on Vanguard funds
Replies: 14
Views: 1723

Re: Optum Bank HSA using Admiral shares on Vanguard funds

Huzzah! I'm already invested with Optum Bank for my HSA -- 100% in NAESX. My employer picks up my fees. But after retirement I'll be responsible for the fees.
by Nicolas
Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard sets record funds inflow, has $3.1 trillion assets
Replies: 39
Views: 3027

Re: Vanguard sets record funds inflow, has $3.1 trillion ass

Can someone help me wrap my brain around what 3 trillion looks like :happy Certainly, glad to do it. The weight of 3 trillion atoms of gold is 3 x 10^12 x 197 x 1/(6.02 x 10^23) = 0.00000000098 grams = 0.000000000032 Troy ounces, worth $0.000000037. Wow, that's so little ! I wouldn't have imagined ...
by Nicolas
Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 17744

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

I'm currently watching Rickover: The Birth Of Nuclear Power which I recorded to my DVR a week or so ago from PBS. Admiral Rickover was an amazing guy and an inspiration. I never knew anything about him prior to this.
http://www.manifoldproductions.com/Admi ... rfilm.html
by Nicolas
Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What price are you planning to pay for your next car?
Replies: 91
Views: 7709

Re: What price are you planning to pay for your next car?

Whatever a used Subaru Outback costs in 2020.
by Nicolas
Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 237
Views: 26682

Re: What do you splurge on?

* Legos (constructing buildings is a good stress reliever for me). Funny you should mention Lego. I have been considering reactivating my childhood passion, adding Lego to my splurge list. I just spent hours at my parents' house reconstructing my 70s-era kits, with the help of online sites, for the...
by Nicolas
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Where is the Munchkin Man?
Replies: 19
Views: 5526

Re: Where is the Munchkin Man?

The Munchkin Man seems to have disappeared again.

The Munchkin Man last logged on exactly 1-1/3 years ago.

I hope all is well with the Munchkin Man!
by Nicolas
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Prices ($1.99) in North Texas
Replies: 45
Views: 3265

Re: Gas Prices ($1.99) in North Texas

Still too expensive. Wake me when it gets to 25 cents. That's what it was when I started driving.

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