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by Ricola
Sat May 16, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Recently finished:

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Terrific if you like legal courtroom dramas. I am starting Burden of Proof another of his books now.

Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
Author is good at describing emotional and mental states.
by Ricola
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri ETF book on BOSCH TV Series
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Rick Ferri ETF book on BOSCH TV Series

Funny! Obviously not "product placement" because in product placement the product is always positioned to as to catch your attention--if it's a beer the character is always holding the can so that the logo is toward the camera. What I find interesting is that many times the props on filmi...
by Ricola
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri ETF book on BOSCH TV Series
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Rick Ferri ETF book on BOSCH TV Series

Bosch is a new TV series being show on Amazon Prime streaming. It is based on the Harry Bosch detective novels by author Michael Connolly.
by Ricola
Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rick Ferri ETF book on BOSCH TV Series
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Rick Ferri ETF book on BOSCH TV Series

Anyone else notice Rick Ferri's ETF Book on Harry Bosch's bookshelf on the Bosch TV Series, Season 1 Episode 10? Congratulations Rick! :D
by Ricola
Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Recently finished: Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, by Kevin Mitnick The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History, By Amy Reading The Contortionist's Handbook, by Craig Clevenger Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis Now reading: The Gods of G...
by Ricola
Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent Care Centers - When should they be used?
Replies: 45
Views: 4620

Re: Urgent Care Centers - When should they be used?

Well I may be having to use them more now that my family practice doctor of over 10 years just announced he is going Concierge (MDVIP). Wants $1800 per person per year just be on his patient list. So $1,800 x 4 = $7,200 yr plus $14,400 yr medical insurance and your ups to $21,600 per year before eve...
by Ricola
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 990
Views: 158161

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Most recently was Gone Girl. I want to read the book now. Next movie is The Drop.
by Ricola
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automobile protectants
Replies: 15
Views: 1098

Re: Automobile protectants

Seems like with all used car purchases from any type dealer they are only giving one key. Why is that? Typically new cars are sold with 2 key (smart type) and at least 1 valet key. Even valet keys are computerized and expensive, though not as much as ones that remote lock, etc. If you lose your one ...
by Ricola
Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reducing Costs for Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Replies: 10
Views: 1329

Reducing Costs for Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Like to hear how others have reduced their costs for internet service. Now that we are in the digital age, access to the internet is a required utility. There are few selections for service and the dominate companies appear monopolistic with few if any regulations that favor the public. My ISP raise...
by Ricola
Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This was my first time reading Stuart Wood and I know there are some fans on this board. Unfortunately I had to stop reading Severe Clear (Stone Barrington). It was just too unrealistic and over-the-top to me. Reminded me of those old television mini-series, I couldn't take one more word.
by Ricola
Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dividends and Market Slides
Replies: 55
Views: 4112

Re: Dividends and Market Slides

People have to realize that the 2008-2009 financial crisis was a once in a lifetime event Are you sure? Well, I am 55 years old and I hadn't seen anything like it before. I don't know about anyone else but I was really, really scared. Agree, I will always remember the morning when I was sitting in ...
by Ricola
Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dividends and Market Slides
Replies: 55
Views: 4112

Re: Dividends and Market Slides

I like getting the dividends in cash. :mrgreen:

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by Ricola
Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Here is my current list of upcoming reads: 1. The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe Paperback – January 2, 2008 by Lynne McTaggart 2. Severe Clear (Stone Barrington) Paperback – April 2, 2013 by Stuart Woods 3. Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks...
by Ricola
Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 990
Views: 158161

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just watched Predestination, a real mind-bender.
by Ricola
Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 220
Views: 23585

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

Yea but they switched from coke to Pepsi so the hotdog deal isn't the same any more Frankly with Costco you can find great deals, ok deals, and bad ones all the time. Problem is that normally you go in looking for x but y which u don't need is a great deal. I prefer Pepsi to Coke, so the hotdog dea...
by Ricola
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?
Replies: 39
Views: 3911

Re: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?

Not likely. I got lazy last year because I have a Civic that is messy to change to change oil and I took the car to the oil changer joint. They said that I had a leak because of found oil. I ignored their comment. I watched the ground under the car for several days and found no oil. I recently self...
by Ricola
Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just completed:

Ford County by John Grisham
Thoroughly enjoyable, what a great story teller John Grisham is.

How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
A revealing look into how a successful company operates in the digital era.
by Ricola
Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The TSP's Low Expenses vs. Vanguard
Replies: 40
Views: 4398

Re: The TSP's Low Expenses vs. Vanguard

What is the process for transferring IRAs or other 401Ks to TSP? I have a couple at Wells Fargo that are all BND and might do better in the G fund. Wells will probably hit me with their exit fees. :) The TSP is a 401k type plan for federal employees. You can't transfer money there unless you are a ...
by Ricola
Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The TSP's Low Expenses vs. Vanguard
Replies: 40
Views: 4398

Re: The TSP's Low Expenses vs. Vanguard

What is the process for transferring IRAs or other 401Ks to TSP? I have a couple at Wells Fargo that are all BND and might do better in the G fund. Wells will probably hit me with their exit fees. :)
by Ricola
Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Done with Honda, not sure what next car should be?
Replies: 77
Views: 8721

Re: Done with Honda, not sure what next car should be?

Personally I would not blame any particular brand. From what I have heard the problem is systemic to our economic system, and corporate/political agendas. Look at the length and severity of the GM ignition switch cover-up. Nobody wanted to take responsibility for their actions. GM is one of the lead...
by Ricola
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Better than I thought it would be.
by Ricola
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New tires, where to buy
Replies: 36
Views: 3387

Re: New tires, where to buy

Have purchased all of tires at Costco for many years. Only problem is that they will recommend the need for alignment, but don't offer that service.
by Ricola
Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buffett Has 100% Equities in his Pensions Funds
Replies: 39
Views: 3169

Re: Buffett Has 100% Equities in his Pensions Funds

Offhand that sounds irresponsible to me. Taking such high risk with employee's retirement does not seem right, and like other companies, he will rely on the government to bale him out if it doesn't go in his favor. Don't think I would feel very good being in his retirement plan in 2008.
by Ricola
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Estimating Future Investment Returns — On a Napkin
Replies: 79
Views: 6795

Re: Estimating Future Investment Returns — On a Napkin

Tod,
Thanks for "Estimating Future Investment Returns - On a Napkin", a Keeper!
by Ricola
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 878
Views: 156711

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Fear Index by Robert Harris
Personal by Lee Child
A Colder War by Charles Cumming

Enjoyed these last three. :)
by Ricola
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Roosevelts, PBS special
Replies: 104
Views: 9528

Re: The Roosevelts, PBS special

A wonderful way to learn history. :D
by Ricola
Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Two Fund real Lazy Portfolio?
Replies: 37
Views: 5342

Re: Two Fund real Lazy Portfolio?

The need for U.S. investors to have an international allocation is very popular advice, and has pretty much become the standard that has been established by the recognized finance authorities. Many people have bought into it, and will fervently insist that everybody else must do it as well. If you ...
by Ricola
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Windows 8.1 Sleep Issue

Have you checked your power settings. I have a similar machine. I never put it into sleep mode, it does this automatically after sitting idle for the time stated in power settings. Also, after going from 8.0 to 8.1 I had some power issues and got better after changing power settings from Dell to MS ...
by Ricola
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Eat For Snacks? [for exercise-induced hunger]
Replies: 129
Views: 9690

Re: What Do You Eat For Snacks?

Dry roasted pistachios, dry roasted peanuts, dry roasted or raw almonds.
by Ricola
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 108
Views: 19982

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

How would you rate Carsdirect no haggle purchase where they even deliver the car to your door, against the techniques described in this thread? Personally I am tired of the car buying games. With our autocentric society, cars now days are just a required appliance. I don't have to go through all of...
by Ricola
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 108
Views: 19982

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

How would you rate Carsdirect no haggle purchase where they even deliver the car to your door, against the techniques described in this thread? Personally I am tired of the car buying games. With our autocentric society, cars now days are just a required appliance. I don't have to go through all of ...
by Ricola
Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver

This is the first of his novels that I am reading. Also just received the movie The Bone Collector which is the same novel character. I'll give it whirl.
by Ricola
Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman

A behinds the scenes look at the hidden arms trade business.
by Ricola
Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who sells fresh coffee that is not as strong as Starbucks?
Replies: 50
Views: 2952

Re: Who sells fresh coffee that is not as strong as Starbuck

Dennys has always had great coffee, they even have a light or dark version now. McDonalds is good, good taste but not too strong. Guess you could check the grams of caffeine. I believe McDonalds small cup is about 95 g vs Starbucks maybe 300.
by Ricola
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products
Replies: 49
Views: 5333

Re: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products

I prefer McDonalds, coffee is good and sausage egg mcmuffin is always fresh.
by Ricola
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey still defending 12% and still angry at "nerds"
Replies: 194
Views: 26081

Re: Dave Ramsey still defending 12% and still angry at "nerd

Who is Dave Ramsey :?: No, please don't tell me.
by Ricola
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need for International Investing ?
Replies: 56
Views: 3559

Re: Need for International Investing ?

Hi Tomd37, I am 50 years old and have never invested in a separate international fund, I started investing at 30. There was a time a few years ago I questioned my decision on not holding international and asked the question on these boards, and some very intelligent people made a good case for it, ...
by Ricola
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Most Hated Brokerage Firm? [or one that you love]
Replies: 95
Views: 11822

Re: Most Hated Brokerage Firm?

I hated Charles Schwab brokerage service for a time. Many years ago they were the self service low cost brokerage. I use them and even had a profession account with them. I thought they were the best and was happy with their service, support, statements, and ease of use. Then they had new VP that wa...
by Ricola
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sources for Discovering Dishwasher Quality
Replies: 36
Views: 2659

Re: Sources for Discovering Dishwasher Quality

Whirlpool has been good to me. Replaced most GE items with Whirlpool. I like to talk to the installers and repair persons. They told me GE was good for repair business and they thought Whirlpool the best. Our Whirlpool dishwasher takes a beating and keeps on doing a good job. Using Cascade brand det...
by Ricola
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

Enjoyable journey into understanding the life of Kim Philby.
by Ricola
Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies by Henry Jacoby
also
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M Gates

Both very good
by Ricola
Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Real wages in Stockholm 1540-1900
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Real wages in Stockholm 1540-1900

In the U.S., believe the trend is well documented that labor has suffered/sacrificed to the benefit of productivity and capital, think...Occupy Wall Street. Can only hope this doesn't turn into a calamity. :|
by Ricola
Sat May 31, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why have Treasury Bonds been such good diversifiers lately?
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Why have Treasury Bonds been such good diversifiers late

Appears at least for the last 10 years that the combination of VTI/TLT beat VTI/BND. But for the next 10 years the opposite could be true.
by Ricola
Tue May 27, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you dress for work travel?
Replies: 21
Views: 2004

Re: How do you dress for work travel?

So say to avoid synthetics and rubber materials as they will melt easily with heat, best to wear a leather jacket and leather shoes.
by Ricola
Tue May 27, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What would be considered the best Boglehead car?
Replies: 43
Views: 4755

Re: What would be considered the best Boglehead car?

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea, drives 1993 Volvo 240. http://blog.cargurus.com/2012/05/04/if-you-were-the-richest-person-in-the-world-what-would-you-drive We still have our 1992 Volvo that my teenager uses. Unfortunately Volvo does not make these anymore, they are built like tanks and will probabl...
by Ricola
Tue May 27, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle - International Bonds
Replies: 57
Views: 3501

Re: Jack Bogle - International Bonds

I always pay attention when Jack Bogle speaks. What did he mean by "they have hedging costs"?
by Ricola
Mon May 26, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition) Jordan Belfort When I saw the movie I thought it had to be over-the-top, but after researching a little realized the real story is even more true and outrageous. While reading I can understand how Tony Chong (of Cheech and Chong), Jordan Belfort's priso...
by Ricola
Mon May 26, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Blocking posters
Replies: 19
Views: 1684

Re: Blocking posters

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You Bad... Bro? :)
by Ricola
Sat May 17, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Mary Poppins , by P. L. Travers. I have the odd idea that I might have read some of her other Mary Poppins books, but not the first one. Wonderful. Yes, of course it was triggered by watching "Saving Mr. Banks" a couple of months ago; wonderful movie and not only found Hanks' portrayal of...
by Ricola
Sat May 17, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1311937

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Now reading: The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil Did you know that a simple rock has trillions of atoms with moving electrons. And those atoms are arranged randomly, and if they could be organized and used as a computer, that computer would be equal to the computin...

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