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by Petrocelli
Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Bogleheads Los Angeles meetings
Replies: 11
Views: 900

Re: Boogleheads Los Angeles meetings

I would be interesting in attending. I will bring my watch for viewing.
by Petrocelli
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 945
Views: 196731

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

I saw this article and, of course, immediately thought of the Bogleheads.
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by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10624

Re: Best albums of 2015

Just finished listening to Alabama's Shakes's album "Sound and Color" that was released earlier today (see my post above). An out of the world experience. You'll have to listen for yourself. I'm going to add a quote from the Rolling Stone review: And if you have any feel for rock or soul,...
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you drive, and why?
Replies: 249
Views: 26796

Re: What do you drive, and why?

I always drive the cheapest Mercedes 4 door. I drive alot for business (about 17,000-19,000 miles a year), and like a comfortable car that is quiet and rides smoothly. It also has enough pep to pass all those Priuses and Volts that want to do 70 mph in the fast lane. (Sometimes one tries not to let ...
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 891
Views: 159719

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

JW Nearly Retired wrote:
Petrocelli wrote:I just finished All the Light We Cannot See, which is the best fiction book I have read in years.

I can 2nd this. Really a good one.


I know two other people who have read it and agree it is one of the best books they have ever read. This book is a masterpiece. Great story and well-written.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just don't like Keira Knightley and fear she'll ruin the movie. Does she? She doesn't ruin the movie. In fact, I think she enhances it. But I think she's very easy on the eyes, which is a good thing. As a warning, I understand the movie has a number of historical inaccuracies. It is a movie, not ...
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10624

Re: Best albums of 2015

metacritic wrote:I like the Kendrick Lamar album but so far not as well as Mad City.


I have that album, but have not listened to it in great detail. I will give it a critical listen and report back.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10624

Re: Best albums of 2015

Just out of curiosity might someone who wasn't taken with earlier Sufjan Stevens albums like this new one? I liked Michigan fine (though didn't love it) but found Illinoise fey. I like the Kendrick Lamar album but so far not as well as Mad City. I liked Illinoise , and liked Seven Swans . But I thi...
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10624

Re: Best albums of 2015

If you are a country rock fan, you should enjoy Dwight Yoakam's new album, Second Hand Heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6xWgbb58go
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10624

Re: Best albums of 2015

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by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does your family know about your net worth (ball park)?
Replies: 98
Views: 12219

Re: Does your family know about your net worth (ball park)?

I am partner in a law firm, so I think they have a ballpark guess that it's higher than average.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 891
Views: 159719

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

frugalguy wrote:
Van wrote:THE LOST CITY OF Z.

Fascinating account of the exploits in the Amazon of the British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett and those that followed him.


Excellent book. Hard to put down.


This has been on my short list of books to read. I will move it up to the top. Thanks for the recommendations.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 891
Views: 159719

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson. It is a beautifully written story and I highly recommend it. I just started the author's next novel, Gilead, which won the Pulizer Prize.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I recommend The Imitation Game highly. I saw it last night. Well deserving of a Best Picture nomination.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 891
Views: 159719

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Beatleness", which is supposed to be some sort of sociological study of Beatlemania. It was terrible. I only made it about 1/3 of the way through. Thank goodness I got it as a Kindle Deal of the Day for $1.99.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 18
Views: 1887

Re: Best artificial plants?

Petrocelli got me interested in exploring buying a couple of silk plants but the ndi site is way out of my league...they must have gold-filled leaves to be so expensive! I think it is actually less expensive than a real plant. The plants I have cost about $200, but that includes the pot. Also, beca...
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Favorite Boglehead Avatar?
Replies: 89
Views: 6831

Re: Favorite Boglehead Avatar?

Mine.

It is my favorite baseball card from my favorite baseball player as a kid.
by Petrocelli
Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools
Replies: 304
Views: 19644

Re: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools

I went to an Ivy League school, which means I am really a total bad ass when I have to fill in circles with a number 2 pencil. But I have a $7,000 watch, a country club membership, a Mercedes and A $3,000,000 house. If you want to an Ivy League school, you'd have swell stuff too. Maybe. Technically...
by Petrocelli
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools
Replies: 304
Views: 19644

Re: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools

4) This being a state university, there was no grade inflation, and again the constant attempts to flunk people out. I never knew that at private schools, grade inflation is rampant and they don't try to fail you out. Later on, when I worked with people from Ivys and Stanford, I found myself saying...
by Petrocelli
Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools
Replies: 304
Views: 19644

Re: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools

I went to an Ivy League school, which means I am really a total bad ass when I have to fill in circles with a number 2 pencil. But I have a $7,000 watch, a country club membership, a Mercedes and A $3,000,000 house. If you want to an Ivy League school, you'd have swell stuff too. Maybe. Technically...
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools
Replies: 304
Views: 19644

Re: Cost of College & Weighing the Merits of Top Schools

I went to an Ivy League school, which means I am really a total bad ass when I have to fill in circles with a number 2 pencil. But I have a $7,000 watch, a country club membership, a Mercedes and A $3,000,000 house. If you want to an Ivy League school, you'd have swell stuff too. Maybe.
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Real Point of Active Investing"
Replies: 10
Views: 1824

Re: "The Real Point of Active Investing"

The real point of active investing is to make money, and it's not as hard as most around heer claim. Just buy low-cost, low-turnover Vanguard actively managed funds. Back in 2004, there was a thread on the old Diehard forum in which a poster was convinced to sell Primecap for TSM. This led to a 5 ye...
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 945
Views: 196731

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

jginseattle wrote:My dream watch is a Patek Philippe Calatrava.



Great watch. The good news is that only about $13,000 stands between you and your dream.
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best artificial plants?
Replies: 18
Views: 1887

Re: Best artificial plants?

After having fake plants in my office for two months, I can reliably report that no one has figured out they are not real, unless I tell them.
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 945
Views: 196731

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

With all the talk about the Apple watch, I found this article interesting: http://www.businessinsider.com/im-going-to-buy-an-apple-watch--in-3-years-2015-4 One quote from the article relevant to this thead: "The two brands that reliably avoid depreciation are Rolex and Patek Philippe (there are...
by Petrocelli
Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in So Cal
Replies: 52
Views: 4963

Re: Beach vacation in So Cal

Santa Monica has restaurants of all price ranges. But, for those interested, it has some world class restaurants. World class? You mean the King's Head? That's worldly. At any rate, every city claims to have world-class restaurants, whatever that means. I should note that the closest In-N-Out to Sa...
by Petrocelli
Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in So Cal
Replies: 52
Views: 4963

Re: Beach vacation in So Cal

I have no interest in 'high end" restaurants which may be why prefer smaller beach towns, such as San Clemente. Santa Monica has restaurants of all price ranges. But, for those interested, it has some world class restaurants. If you're not interested, you can find many reasonably priced restau...
by Petrocelli
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Over the winter watched all 5 seasons the HBO series The Wire . In true Boglehead fashion I rented the DVD's from the library. "The Wire" is probably the best and most realistic show I have ever seen. Check it out and enjoy. Agree. One of three great TV dramas: The Wire, The Sopranos, and...
by Petrocelli
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in So Cal
Replies: 52
Views: 4963

Re: Beach vacation in So Cal

I am not willing to turn this into a long-drawn out debate, but I find it mind-boggling that anyone would think San Diego Beaches are anywhere close to Santa Monica/Venice. Certainly San Diego beaches are ok if you can't afford to be in Santa Monica, but for anyone to say S.D. is better makes me th...
by Petrocelli
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in So Cal
Replies: 52
Views: 4963

Re: Beach vacation in So Cal

LadyGeek wrote:I removed a comment and replies regarding the encounter of homeless folks in the grassy areas at the beach. The replies were derailing the thread, so I removed the entire exchange.


Thank you!
by Petrocelli
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 891
Views: 159719

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Petrocelli wrote:
I am reading The Martian. I am about 15% into it. The jury is still out. So far, it's good, not great



This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Ever. It had the most unrealistic and stilted dialogue ever. It also had the most exclamation points I have ever seen in a book.
by Petrocelli
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I was forced to rewatch Titanic last night, because my daughter got to pick a movie. It's maybe the most overrated movie ever. All special effects and bad screenwriting. Here's the plot: A really rich, good looking guy gets his fiance' -- Kate Winslett -- the biggest diamond in the world. he then ta...
by Petrocelli
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Robert Altman's The Player this morning (for perhaps the 10th time). One of the best films ever made about Hollywood. Also, it probably has the most A-List celebrity cameos in the history of film. When The Player first came out I really liked it and recommended it to a friend. A few weeks...
by Petrocelli
Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach vacation in So Cal
Replies: 52
Views: 4963

Re: Beach vacation in So Cal

I think it really depends on if you want to see Los Angeles. If you do, bit the bullet and get a hotel in Santa Monica. That will give you access to Malibu, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. You can probably get a hotel slightly inland for $350 a night, but I don't think you will stay on the beach. You w...
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Haliburton vs. Exxon as a buy and hold
Replies: 40
Views: 3846

Re: Haliburton vs. Exxon as a buy and hold

I'd go with Exxon -- Lower beta, higher yield, and bigger market cap.
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle says: "Active mutual funds could disappear:
Replies: 28
Views: 3855

Re: Active mutual funds and Las Vegas gamblers

Bogleheads: In my opinion, active mutual funds will disappear when gamblers stop going to Las Vegas. Best wishes. Taylor That will happen right after the best seller, "What Happened To The Brokers' Yachts?", goes paperback. Buying funds like Healthcare, Windsor II and Primecap cannot be a...
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

stoptothink wrote:[quote="Petrocelli"
True story: Tom and Rita's son Chet is a friend of my son.


Don't know if I'd admit that. Chester is apparently (I've never met him) an "interesting" young man - I'm sure you've heard about his recent squabble with Howard Stern.[/quote]

I am well aware of his problems. There but for the grace of God....
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I afford a $1M house?
Replies: 82
Views: 10634

Re: Can I afford a $1M house?

A house represents consumption rather than investment. A house is where you spend a heck of a lot of time. As for the consumption part, if you are going to consume something, it's not a bad thing. As for an investment, it would cost me about twice my mortgage payment to rent this house. And you can...
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I also watch Tom Hanks, John Candy in Rita Wilson (Tom's wife) in Volunteers . It has been on HBO. I think it is one of the most underrated comedies ever. It's also interesting to watch Hanks before he got really famous. True story: Tom and Rita's son Chet is a friend of my son. When they were littl...
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I watched Robert Altman's The Player this morning (for perhaps the 10th time). One of the best films ever made about Hollywood. Also, it probably has the most A-List celebrity cameos in the history of film.
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

abuss368 wrote:Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington on Netflix. Excellent!


I haven't seen it, but I highly recommend the original.
by Petrocelli
Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1005
Views: 161797

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Birdman.

A very challenging film. Well directed and well-acted. Although it is off-beat. I liked it and am going to watch it again this week. I feel like it deserves a second viewinng to get all the nuances.
by Petrocelli
Sat Apr 04, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle says: "Active mutual funds could disappear:
Replies: 28
Views: 3855

Re: Bogle says: "Active mutual funds could disappear:

Back in 2004, there was a thread on the old Diehard forum in which a poster was convinced to sell Primecap for TSM. This led to a 5 year "bet" on March 4, 2004 in which I "bet" that Primecap would beat TSM. It did. In fact, assuming $100,000 was invested in both funds, today the ...
by Petrocelli
Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle says: "Active mutual funds could disappear:
Replies: 28
Views: 3855

Re: Bogle says: "Active mutual funds could disappear:

Didn't Vanguard start a bunch of actively managed funds when John Bogle was running Vanguard?
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Vanguard Momentum Trading Blog
Replies: 23
Views: 2693

Re: My Vanguard Momentum Trading Blog

Shhh! You shouldn't have mentioned "momentum," darn it. This anomaly was only discovered in 1937 so it hasn't had a chance to be overgrazed yet, but now that you've gone and blurted it out to the whole world, soon everyone will be doing it and it will quit working. Don't worry. Only about...
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My Vanguard Momentum Trading Blog
Replies: 23
Views: 2693

Re: My Vanguard Momentum Trading Blog

The Target 2025 Fund is at .99% of the portfolio. This means the momentum portfolio's funds outperformed T2025 by a statistically insignificant amount. More data is needed to draw any conclusions.

http://vanguardmomentuminvestor.weebly.com/vanguard-momentum-investing/category/all
by Petrocelli
Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10624

Re: Best albums of 2015

I have listened to several dozen releases and "Carrie & Lowell" by Sufjan Stevens is the best of the year by a considerable margin. It is a simply brilliant meditation on perseverance in the face of abandonment and loss. I think it is his finest achievement. wow, that's saying a LOT a...
by Petrocelli
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Should a true BH visit this forum regularly?
Replies: 32
Views: 3399

Re: Should a true BH visit this forum regularly?

I'm just here to discuss music, movies and watches.
by Petrocelli
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 891
Views: 159719

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

In the Kingdom of Ice The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. This is an exciting piece of history previously unknown to me. Never give up. Never despair. Nil desperandum. That's one off the best books I read last year. I also recommend Blood and Thunder by Hampto...
by Petrocelli
Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Smartest Financial Move You Ever Made
Replies: 139
Views: 15010

Re: Smartest Financial Move You Ever Made

Another one: Moving my company's 401(k) plan to Vanguard.

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