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by camden
Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Doc changing last name
Replies: 23
Views: 3702

Re: Doc changing last name

Obviously, a personal decision, but I would advise just keeping the original surname for professional use. Many physicians do that, and it makes everything simpler.
by camden
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?
Replies: 73
Views: 6243

Re: Do you hate your vehicle infotainment system?

Reading the discussion here, I reflect on my late grandfather ( born in 1892), who all his life refused to have a RADIO in any of his cars because he felt that listening to it distracted you to much from focusing on driving...... He would have quite a time adjusting to the concept of today's infotai...
by camden
Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Voyageurs National Park Vacation
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: Voyageurs National Park Vacation

Don't know about bear spray, but be sure to bring mosquito spray.
by camden
Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerns about upcoming Greece visit.
Replies: 26
Views: 3161

Re: Concerns about upcoming Greece visit.

In terms of statistical likelihood, the biggest problem a traveler faces in a country undergoing unusual economic difficulty is that your transportation and hotel stays may be impacted by strikes, especially in the major cities.
by camden
Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help/advice with Europe trip (France+/-Greece)
Replies: 22
Views: 1644

Re: Help/advice with Europe trip (France+/-Greece)

Although Greece is an interesting country to visit (Santorini in particular), I cast another vote for concentrating on France. I would spend half of your time in Paris, which is so rich with sights and things to do that twice that amount of time would not be too much, and the other half in areas eas...
by camden
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Did you learn anything from 2008?
Replies: 105
Views: 10075

Re: Did you learn anything from 2008?

I learned three things: Fortunately, my nerves are good enough to hold tight and stay the course at a time when others are panicking. Unfortunately, my nerves are not good enough to start getting aggressive and buying as others are panicking. At times like that, the less financial news you watch on ...
by camden
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Orleans Destinations
Replies: 21
Views: 1742

Re: New Orleans Destinations

Congratulations on choosing the best time of year to visit New Orleans. Last weekend in April and the first weekend in May is the Jazzfest, but you probably already know that. Great, if you can tolerate crowds. World War II museum is a must. Most impressive, even if you are not a history buff, but i...
by camden
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearse as daily driver?
Replies: 58
Views: 5030

Re: Hearse as daily driver?

All I can think of is the movie Harold and Maude..........
by camden
Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tourists in Manhattan
Replies: 53
Views: 5612

Re: Tourists in Manhattan

My last trip (October 2012), I stayed at the Hotel Metro on 35th St. in midtown; nice, excellent location, and reasonably priced by Manhattan standards.
by camden
Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trust questions
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Trust questions

I received an inheritance a few years back which, as stipulated in my parent's wills, came to me in the form of a trust titled "(my name) Descendants' Trust". I am the trustee, and there is no secondary trustee. I have no children. Although a reasonably savvy investor of the boglehead type...
by camden
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Samsung Strikes Again .. Ad Injection
Replies: 17
Views: 649

Re: Careful what you say around your Samsung Smart TV!

I am completely in sympathy with the gist of telemark's post. One of the massive frustrations of being a 21st century consumer is that frequently you cannot purchase what you really want; the technology you desire is coupled with technology you have no interest in, are never going to use, gets in th...
by camden
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I put a Credit Freeze on my accounts?
Replies: 32
Views: 3408

Re: Should I put a Credit Freeze on my accounts?

I am in a similar position, and did a credit freeze with all three agencies several months ago. Think it is a wise precaution, and worth the minor inconvenience of having to request a temporary "unfreezing" if you should need to do so for some reason in the future. I have been told and rea...
by camden
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Timing of small ship cruise to Nantucket
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Timing of small ship cruise to Nantucket

Planning to take a small ship (100 passenger) 8 day cruise which includes stops at Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island. I am completely flexible as to the timing; the cruises are available from mid May through mid September. Anyone with experience in visiting this area have advice as to w...
by camden
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you drive, and why?
Replies: 249
Views: 27378

Re: What do you drive, and why?

2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe.

It looks great. It is lots of fun to drive. It provides, to steal a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, my "last chance to be a boy".
by camden
Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to see in Istanbul
Replies: 35
Views: 2567

Re: What to see in Istanbul

Another vote for the Basilca Cisterns; don't miss. To each is own, but you couldn't drag me back to the Grand Bazar; I'd spend all my time in Istanbul elsewhere.
by camden
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hedge fund loses 99.8% of all funds, $100m down to $200k.
Replies: 59
Views: 7443

Re: Hedge fund loses 99.8% of all funds, $100m down to $200k

Every time one of these hedge fund stories comes out, it reinforces my sense of astonishment that anyone invests their money in them.
by camden
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone here been to the Super Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 2792

Re: anyone here been to the Super Bowl?

I went to a Cowboys-Dolphins Super Bowl in New Orleans in the early 70's, but my experience will offer no insight, except to show how markedly things have changed since then. The game then was far, far less of an "event" than it has become. As the most glaring of many possible examples of ...
by camden
Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare Newbie
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Re: Medicare Newbie

Be aware that the monthly premium for part B is dependent on your income level in the most recent income tax year prior to your signing up for Medicare. Depending on that income level, you may be required to pay more than the basic $104/month. A lot more. Like up to 3x as much.
by camden
Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is $50 oil really the norm?
Replies: 41
Views: 3827

Re: Is $50 oil really the norm?

I do not consider myself to have the requisite knowledge of the oil industry to venture an opinion on the question. I can observe, however, that over the four decades that I have been purchasing gas, the price of oil has been extremely volatile, subject to wide and rapid swings often influenced by u...
by camden
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Older Brother is a New MD
Replies: 24
Views: 3436

Re: Older Brother is a New MD

The one thing I'm certain of is that he should not consider his current financial state as in any way as being "in a pickle". The vast majority of the residents coming through our program over the last 15 years or so would consider a debt load of $80,000 as being enviable.
by camden
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Price of Oil Dropping Good or Bad?
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: Price of Oil Dropping Good or Bad?

Seems like any major change in the economic picture has its downside. The state of Louisiana gets a substantial portion of its annual revenue from taxes levied on oil refined within the state, and the tax is pegged to the price of oil; so the current severe drop in oil prices is set to result in a m...
by camden
Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to teach young kids to be frugal?
Replies: 65
Views: 4994

Re: How to teach young kids to be frugal?

One of my colleagues at work did this, while his kids were grade school age. He had boxes in his home office for each of them, and periodically he would place their cash allowances in their respective boxes. They were free to get the cash at any time, and spend it (or not) as they wished. When it ca...
by camden
Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation in France
Replies: 96
Views: 13658

Re: Vacation in France

You earned this vacation. It's not like you are irresponsibly going deep into debt to finance it. Loosen up a little, go, and enjoy yourself. Go.
by camden
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about Berlin :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 3925

Re: Tell me about Berlin :-)

Two things I would recommend seeing that not on the usual list of "must sees" are the Kathe Kollwitz museum and the Olympic stadium, home to the 1936 Olympics. Be sure to take a walk in the Tiergarten as well.
by camden
Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Tourism - recent article
Replies: 21
Views: 2232

Re: Medical Tourism - recent article

Before replying, I would like to make it clear that what I am about to say is anecdotal and certainly not a scientific, statistically significant sample, and that I am equally aware that high quality medicine can certainly be found outside the U.S. I would be extremely careful. At the medical center...
by camden
Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I pay off my sisters student loans?
Replies: 49
Views: 4260

Re: Should I pay off my sisters student loans?

Unless there is something about your sister regarding her stability/judgement that you have not disclosed, I would pay it off for her.

Then I would tell her that if the situation ever arises where she has the chance to do the same for someone she cares about, pass it on.
by camden
Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Southwest Airlines Engulfing, Reversal Candle Signals Downsi
Replies: 55
Views: 4451

Re: Southwest Airlines Engulfing, Reversal Candle Signals Do

Can you burn an engulfing reversal candle at both ends?
by camden
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Touring Spain
Replies: 13
Views: 953

Re: Touring Spain

Andalusia is fascinating, but consider the time of year before making a choice of where in Spain to concentrate on. Summers in Andulusia hot; I was there the last week of September, and it was pretty uncomfortable during the day ( did not stop me from having a good time, but be aware, especially wit...
by camden
Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy
Replies: 229
Views: 13955

Re: A 'really good book' you did NOT enjoy

Another vote for Moby Dick. Of all of the classics I have read, both assigned in literature courses and read for pleasure, that was about the only one I truly detested.
by camden
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for thanking a doctor
Replies: 75
Views: 6540

Re: Ideas for thanking a doctor

The next time you are enjoying a vacation or a gathering with your family, send your MD a picture with a note saying something along the order of "thanks for the part you play in keeping me healthy to enjoy this". I guarantee that will have an impact, and be greatly appreciated. Expression...
by camden
Mon May 26, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Market fluctuation in late 2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3780

Re: Market fluctuation in late 2008

It was no fun at all for anyone who already had a significant investment portfolio. For me, the worst months were Sept/Oct 2008, when it seemed that the entire financial system was on the edge of collapse. By the time the bottom came in March 2009, I had quit paying daily attention to it. I managed ...
by camden
Sun May 25, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 64 YROld Romance Rekindles:Upsets Daughters
Replies: 19
Views: 1905

Re: 64 YROld Romance Rekindles:Upsets Daughters

DD needs to sit on the sidelines on this one and let her father live his life and enjoy himself. Absent any concrete evidence that Sam is being manipulated in some very practical, damaging way, let it be.
by camden
Thu May 22, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White collar crime book recommendations?
Replies: 21
Views: 1276

Re: White collar crime book recommendations?

I found "The Wizard of Lies", about the Bernie Madoff scam and aftermath, to be a riveting read.
by camden
Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone been to Budapest?
Replies: 31
Views: 6245

Re: Anyone been to Budapest?

Matthias church, Fisherman's bastion, Heroes square. The building housing the Hungarian parliament will make you think you are in London. A portion of the metro I rode has been in continuous operation since 1896, and boasted that it was the first subway in the world.

A fascinating city. Enjoy.
by camden
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Farm or Allstate
Replies: 26
Views: 2489

Re: State Farm or Allstate

Living in the New Orleans era in the aftermath of Katrina, I had a rare perspective on insurance companies, as nearly everyone had a claim, some big and some small, to file with their carrier. I personally had State Farm, and had no complaint with how they handled my small claim. As one might expect...
by camden
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Direct TV?
Replies: 42
Views: 6564

Re: Direct TV?

Judging from the above replies, the reliability of Directv reception must vary considerably depending on where you live. A few years ago, I moved to an area not served by cable, and have used Directv since. Works fine as long as the weather is decent, but ever time it rains more than a light drizzle...
by camden
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feed the birds?
Replies: 84
Views: 7695

Anyone feed the birds?

Since moving out in the country a few years ago, my wife and I have enjoyed watching the birds coming to an outside bird feeder. Through trial and error, we found that the wild bird food which does the best job of attracting a variety of birds, including colorful woodpeckers, cardinals, jays, etc. i...
by camden
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Class action law suits
Replies: 30
Views: 2899

Re: Class action law suits

I have received notices ten times or so over the years regarding these. Once I ultimately received a check for $1700 in a case regarding alleged wrongdoing by a financial services company where I had an investment in one of their mutual funds. in all other instances, the ultimate result was a trivia...
by camden
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mom just lent 40k to a friend w/o a contract
Replies: 61
Views: 7423

Re: Mom just lent 40k to a friend w/o a contract

Get an attorney for advice as to how to protect her rights as much as possible. Then you, and she, should mentally assume that this money is lost, irrevocably, and that you will never see it again. If this assumption should prove, happily, to be wrong, so much the better. But don't count on it. And,...
by camden
Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New used to me mid life fun car
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Re: New used to me mid life fun car

Had a convertible ('76 MG) which I bought new when I was in my mid '20s. Had it as my primary car for seven years, then kept it as a fun car for 20 more, in the garage with the top down, driven on nice days. Unfortunately, where I now live, the number of days where it is really enjoyable ----not too...
by camden
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension troubles....
Replies: 16
Views: 2189

Re: Pension troubles....

I, for one, appreciate what people like you do, and do not in the least begrudge what you make. The reasons you cite are why. Good luck with your pension. Perhaps in the event it will work out better than the worst case scenarios you have no doubt been considering.
by camden
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: future tenant wants to start a day care
Replies: 23
Views: 2277

Re: future tenant wants to start a day care

If I learned that I was legally compelled to rent to a tenant who planned to run a day care, I would sell the property in question as fast as possible, and I would be done with being a landlord for all time.
by camden
Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: France - Paris / Nice - Must do List
Replies: 92
Views: 5065

Re: France - Paris / Nice - Must do List

So many great things to do and see in Paris, many of which have already been mentioned, but one I would strongly recommend that has not is Sainte-Chapelle, close to Notre Dame. A gem of a mini-cathedral, with magnificent stained glass. Do not know if it still happens, but when I visited a dozen year...
by camden
Sun May 12, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Academics vs Private Practice (Physician)
Replies: 20
Views: 2958

Re: Academics vs Private Practice (Physician)

One consideration would be a hybrid practice on the Mayo Clinic/Cleveland clinic model, where you can have a combination of clinical practice and resident teaching without (at least in most instances) the intense research and publication demands of a tenure track academic position. Whatever you choo...
by camden
Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Town of Bath, England (UK)
Replies: 16
Views: 1420

Re: Town of Bath, England (UK)

Agree with other replies. Interesting town, lots to see, well worth a day.
by camden
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CC autopay (debit) vs bank bill pay
Replies: 44
Views: 2674

Re: CC autopay (debit) vs bank bill pay

I pay nearly all bills electronically, but I prefer to initiate the transaction myself each month, verifying the charge and then authorizing the payment from my checking account. Takes very little time. I have always been uncomfortable with automatic debits, especially for bills like credit cards wh...
by camden
Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Month-long visits to American cities
Replies: 52
Views: 4789

Re: Month-long visits to American cities

Interesting idea. I would suggest considering New Orleans as an alternative to Atlanta. Come anytime between November and May, except the couple of weeks before Mardi Gras. April is the single best month to visit.
by camden
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: On Line Banks and Trusts
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: On Line Banks and Trusts

As of a couple of years ago, when I Investigated this same issue, Ally allowed trust accounts for CDs.
by camden
Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car are you driving?
Replies: 278
Views: 22303

Re: What kind of car are you driving?

2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe. An act of rebellion against growing old.
by camden
Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise ...Uncertain
Replies: 34
Views: 3288

Re: Cruise ...Uncertain

I have been on some excellent small ship river cruises, which eliminate the seasickness problem. They are, however, very expensive.

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