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Re: How Not to Retire

Yep, thanks for linking this very inciteful article that is making the rounds of the web nowadays. This guy has a talent for writing, so why isn't he working and writing more, and getting paid to do so? I will guess it's because he makes enough money to support his lifestyle. Sure, that is not the ...
by dgdevil
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:16 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Not to Retire
Replies: 67
Views: 6897

Re: Advise Needed: Unique Situation At workplace

HR is not your friend.
by dgdevil
Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Needed: Unique Situation At workplace
Replies: 28
Views: 3845

Re: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?

@denovo. Ahh, great minds. We could sell the concept to Jimmy Kimmel.
by dgdevil
Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?
Replies: 52
Views: 3147

Re: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?

You send a parody response - family photo dressed up as homeless or prisoners, and brags like "Johnny got a good-behavior release from jail and is adjusting well on parole" and "Jane got knocked up, we hope to determine paternity after it is delivered" and "My stocks all tan...
by dgdevil
Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?
Replies: 52
Views: 3147

Re: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?

I used to send lots of cards, but never got any in return. So no more.

Despite being an atheist, I do like to say ¨Merry Christmas¨ to people, store clerks, etc. What the hell, right? They seem shocked to hear that word. Secularization is out of control.
by dgdevil
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is mailing Holiday Cards this year?
Replies: 52
Views: 3147

Re: 36 y.o. New at investing, am I in too much debt?

medinme wrote: It's really easy to spend $20K+ on a wedding if you want all the bells and whistles. Especially if you have friends that are photographers


No one is cheaper than I, but time after time I hear that this is the one aspect of the wedding where you should pay a professional.
by dgdevil
Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:58 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 36 y.o. New at investing, am I in too much debt?
Replies: 63
Views: 4850

Re: 36 y.o. New at investing, am I in too much debt?

I can have the credit cards paid off pretty quick (less than 3 months) Well, it may not be all doom and gloom if you can do this. I was skating on thin ice for a year or two after I bought my house. As for taking out a loan to cover wedding expenses, I would drop that idea. Actually, I would drop t...
by dgdevil
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 36 y.o. New at investing, am I in too much debt?
Replies: 63
Views: 4850

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

It's all about health - mental and physical - as the young men's invincibility cloak begins to lose its strength. Fun things in your 20s and 30s, like (occasional) eating and drinking to excess, start to have consequences. As stated above, vision might slip and aches + pains might mount -- though th...
by dgdevil
Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 100
Views: 12834

Re: Uber Car and the real cost of driving

The NYT discussed Uber's impact on Los Angeles drivers in an article last week. Seems a lot of New Yorkers in LA, who don't have cars, are loving Uber. How Uber is changing night life in Los Angeles : http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/fashion/how-uber-is-changing-night-life-in-los-angeles.html?_r=0 ...
by dgdevil
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:48 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Car and the real cost of driving
Replies: 32
Views: 2770

Re: Donating Your Body to Medical School, etc.

The "Stiff" author has written a ton of fascinating books in a similar vein. If you're fascinated by bowel movements, she's your lady. Think I'll stick with organ donation only. I'm not THAT charitably minded.
by dgdevil
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donating Your Body to Medical School, etc.
Replies: 44
Views: 4346

Re: Australia and New Zealand

I like the contrast between first-class flying and staying in hostels. Yes, Australia and NZ will be grim in June/July - but not in a Northern hemisphere way. No need to pack your fur coats. Anyway, not much you can do about it. Tahiti/Bora Bora for 5 days? Well, admittedly, I've never been. But thi...
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 47
Views: 4270

Re: WSJ discount?

Wait until Thanksgiving Friday. You may get another chance to start all over again.
by dgdevil
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WSJ discount?
Replies: 13
Views: 1228

Re: Buying Salmon Online

Friends don't let friends buy farmed fish. Here is a place right here in my hometown. http://www.northwest-seafood.com/ I also thought this was the case, but was surprised to see salmon farms proliferating in New Zealand - admittedly a drive from Alaska - and this is considered the freshest, health...
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Salmon Online
Replies: 20
Views: 1736

Re: fleeced by an adviser, is there a recourse?

A few weeks ago he was invited by his broker to attend a very exclusive meeting and have his picture taken with 2 ex-Presidents! He showed me the photo and all I could think was how can such very smart people be fooled by this. How much did this firm have to pay 2 ex-Presidents and where does that ...
by dgdevil
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: fleeced by an adviser, is there a recourse?
Replies: 104
Views: 9001

Re: fleeced by an adviser, is there a recourse?

The price of an education. You got off lightly. Forget it, move on.
by dgdevil
Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: fleeced by an adviser, is there a recourse?
Replies: 104
Views: 9001

Re: Should I use 50k Delta miles for a $600 flight?

Yeah, good call. Better book now. I mean, right NOW! Bon voyage.
by dgdevil
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I use 50k Delta miles for a $600 flight?
Replies: 73
Views: 4579

Re: Should I use 50k Delta miles for a $600 flight?

$600 is fairly pricey for your itinerary, though it is the holidays so maybe that's the going rate among all carriers. Maybe you have limited flexibility, so these questions are moot: Are you locked in with Delta? Did you broaden your search terms to nearby airports (e.g. BUR)? Different dates? 1-st...
by dgdevil
Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I use 50k Delta miles for a $600 flight?
Replies: 73
Views: 4579

Re: Do you regret buying your home?

In a single family house where you have sufficient spacing between the houses, the only thing common is the fence. Obviously it is great to have good and friendly neighbors. How bad can it be otherwise? Check out last week's episode of Modern Family : http://abc.go.com/shows/modern-family/episode-g...
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you regret buying your home?
Replies: 82
Views: 6949

Re: Auto rental Insurance in a foreign country

So here is my question: Did I [pay] unnecessarily? Does my visa card cover the car? Yes, evidently. Like the instructions say, just decline and you are covered. It's a nice freebie included with the card, and has saved me a ton of money over the years. Most business Visa and Mastercards + AmEx gold...
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto rental Insurance in a foreign country
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Athens and London, what to do and where to stay?

Bath is do-able as a full day trip, and you can get an organized bus tour to Stonehenge from there. Book in advance, though. A Windsor Castle excursion is also recommended. I prefer the British Library over the British Museum - original manuscripts, Beatle lyrics, etc. There is another thread somewh...
by dgdevil
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Athens and London, what to do and where to stay?
Replies: 36
Views: 2050

Re: Dubai trip

Sounds excessive. Hotel-arranged transport is always a scam. Just call the hotel now and ask how much a taxi normally costs, or maybe someone mentioned it on the TA hotel review. PS looks like about USD 27 via taxi (as of 2011) per this random google search: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g295...
by dgdevil
Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dubai trip
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: Dubai trip

I went there on a mileage run a few years ago, and was pleasantly surprised. Dubai is described as Singapore meets Vegas - which is my idea of exponential hell. But it's actually pretty cool. You have enough time to grab a rental car - very easy but get GPS, pop over to Abu Dhabi for a quick look (n...
by dgdevil
Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dubai trip
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: Do you regret buying your home?

Definitely had some regrets at the time, although continuing to rent was out of the question. Undisclosed maintenance issues and dealings with contractors. I was 27 and clueless, a lamb to the slaughter. But that was 18 years ago and the house is long paid off. I am in a great street with quiet neig...
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you regret buying your home?
Replies: 82
Views: 6949

Re: Mr. Market turns on Amazon

AMZN accounts for a sizable part of some mutual funds, and 6% of XLY. I recall some fund managers at T. Rowe Price admitted that AMZN was a drag on their half-year results.
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Mr. Market turns on Amazon
Replies: 42
Views: 4483

Re: TSA [is it a hassle to opt out of scanning?]

Odd how people who proudly extol a minimalist, no-hassle style of investing have no qualms about making extraordinary, time-consuming, frankly bizarre demands at the airport. Just walk through the metal detector. The least-unpleasant 2 seconds of your flying experience.
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA [is it a hassle to opt out of scanning?]
Replies: 42
Views: 2253

Re: TSA

You'll be fine. They may or may not have the Joe 90 machine anyway. The patdown - which many undergo if they keep failing the metal detector - is no biggie. Take the salami out of your front pocket. My only complaint is that you're not allowed near your hand luggage, shoes, belt, etc, so they sit fo...
by dgdevil
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TSA [is it a hassle to opt out of scanning?]
Replies: 42
Views: 2253

Re: US Chip & Signature --> Chip & PIN 2020

It's shocking how far USA is so far behind the rest of the world in basic tech. I get stronger Wifi in Ho Chi Minh City than in California; the whole of Tel Aviv is a free wifi zone; whole African countries pay for goods by swiping their cell phones. Chip and pin will be ancient, fuddy-dud stuff by ...
by dgdevil
Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Chip & Signature --> Chip & PIN 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1360

Re: Car Rental Return Frustration in Spain

Returning a rental car is always an experience. I hear ya. And then there's the issue of trying to find a gas station near the airport, except there's none to be found, or it's on the other side of the multi-lane road dotted with "no u-turn" signs. And your plane is about to leave ... Aaaa...
by dgdevil
Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Rental Return Frustration in Spain
Replies: 17
Views: 1561

Re: Health care tilt

Do you think the railroads saw nationalization coming before WWI? Airport security before 9/11? We aren't even talking about a black swan when just looking at the US history let alone what has happened in other developed nations. Terrible examples atop your paranoid fears. Railway nationalization o...
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:56 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Health care tilt
Replies: 77
Views: 4018

Re: Health care tilt

Sure but all it takes is the nationalization of the industry (and its profits) to turn it on its head. Probably shouldn't scare you away from working in it but should make you think twice about putting all your financial eggs in that same basket. Nationalization of the industry?! C'mon. Now we're g...
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Health care tilt
Replies: 77
Views: 4018

Re: Health care tilt

An acquaintance of mine had "robotic" prostate surgery. The robot was actually a computer-controlled micromanipulator. Actually, it's a great argument for a healthcare tilt. The machine did not make itself. A company did, and its share price is probably through the roof. "Healthcare&...
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Health care tilt
Replies: 77
Views: 4018

Re: Sharebuilder, large account bonus - Good funds to use?

I'm as lazy as the next guy but if someone says "I'll give you $600 to do a few activities on the computer" I'm going to do it because I spend a lot more effort participating in this forum in almost any given day than I would in doing a transfer for a bonus. I see you and raise you on the...
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sharebuilder, large account bonus - Good funds to use?
Replies: 29
Views: 1141

Re: Sharebuilder, large account bonus - Good funds to use?

I was tempted, but was ultimately too lazy. Still, Sharebuilder has great customer service, a friendly web site, low $6.95 brokerage trades. So I use them for my etf and stock purchases in taxable. And I opened a Roth IRA there this year to get the $50 bonus, which may not have been smart.
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Sharebuilder, large account bonus - Good funds to use?
Replies: 29
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

As for my travel plans to Europe over Christmas, I am hoping that prices come down a bit because of the current lack of appetite of people for flying. While I know that it is irrational, I still wonder what I would do if I would be seated next to a person that would have flu-like symptoms on a plan...
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6418

Re: "I've had it" at work - how often

Lynette wrote:
I run meetings we have twice a week. We have colleagues in Asia who join us.


I hope you're not making the Asian folks wait up until 10 p.m. or get up at 4 a.m. for your benefit.
by dgdevil
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "I've had it" at work - how often
Replies: 151
Views: 12636

Re: Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis?

Croc's Specialist, recommended by my foot doctor, about $30 on Amazon. Probably better as a ¨house shoe" given society attitudes to Crocs on adults. But calf muscle stretching is really the best solution.
by dgdevil
Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis?
Replies: 47
Views: 2430

Re: Has Anyone Found Great Travel/Vacation Deals Due To Ebol

Keep an eye on deals to countries in the vicinity, Senegal, Morocco, etc. They are bound to suffer collateral damage and that's a pity in Senegal's case especially. Turkish Airlines is always great value, though you'd need to connect in IST, which isn't the worst thing that could befall you. Deals, ...
by dgdevil
Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Anyone Found Great Travel/Vacation Deals Due To Ebola
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Re: "I've had it" at work - how often

51 years of age / 25 years tenure / Lead Engineer / The world's largest company in its sector / I've thought about quitting every day for the last 5 years; literally every single day. Some days every hour from the time the alarm clock rings to the time I go to bed. That's awful. Sorry to read. Time...
by dgdevil
Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "I've had it" at work - how often
Replies: 151
Views: 12636

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

We booked a trip to spend the Thanksgiving week in Panama. I am not concerned about Ebola per se. However, if any passenger on the plans has remotely linked to Ebola, they may close my school since I am teaching at a university. For this reason, I am really seriously considering cancelling my trip ...
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6418

Re: want to live foreign country

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by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: want to live foreign country
Replies: 10
Views: 1368

Re: Anyone cancelling travel plans?

Thanks everyone! we are going to pick up a supply of wipes, hand sanitizer, and limit bathroom use to our cabin for starters. And...if the bottom falls out between now and Nov. 29, we will stay home. You should do that as a matter of course, Ebola or not. Cruise ships are gnarly, and the average cl...
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone cancelling travel plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 6418

Re: Health care tilt

hoops777 wrote:If I had a friend who works for Apple should I go ask him about the future market returns of the tech sector?


If my friend ran Apple, yes.
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Health care tilt
Replies: 77
Views: 4018

Re: Australia and New Zealand

Watty wrote:I happen to be heading off to New Zealand for three weeks this weekend and there will more than enough to fill up that time. The attraction on the north and south Island are so different that in some ways it will be like going to two destinations.


@Watty - how was it?
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 47
Views: 4270

Re: Health care tilt

I am heavily into healthcare, but avoided VHT in favor of PRHSX and various ETF slice-dice options. I agree with you, BUT aren't you already 100% exposed to healthcare just by being a doctor? If your business and the healthcare sector go down (for some strange reason) then you are hit by a double wh...
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Health care tilt
Replies: 77
Views: 4018

Re: If those airline passengers get sick- airline stocks wil

Airline stocks have tumbled (and recovered). You may want to look at XTN as a good defensive ETF. Beyond that, planes - and the people (and pets) who fly in them - are already filthy.
by dgdevil
Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:12 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If those airline passengers get sick- airline stocks will
Replies: 22
Views: 1763

Re: Mega bus vacation with toddlers.

Oh, what the hell? Take Greyhound. I hear great things about the extended stop in Buffalo at 2:30 am.

Meanwhile, seems you might be a contender for this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=129477
by dgdevil
Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mega bus vacation with toddlers.
Replies: 27
Views: 2070

Re: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?

The big drop is likely mostly over for the moment. (you can tell by the decreasing length of the candle tails combined with a change in slope for most of the indicators and reduced volume) A consolidation pattern is definitely looking probable. Until we see more of the pattern, there isn't much pre...
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?
Replies: 461
Views: 34350

Re: Airline carry on limits

I hate going to an airport at 6:30 in the morning but we had a notice from my company that early morning flights usually were not cancelled. Same reason doctors are usually on schedule with their 8am appointments. We have started taking the crack of dawn flights but we often stay overnight the nigh...
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3274

Re: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?

Let's see how far today's drop goes. AS a young investor this is finally some great news. I will be increasing my contributions in my Roth 403b and Roth IRA. I would never want to wish any harm on people's jobs/homes...but I do love seeing stocks in free fall. :sharebeer I hate statements like this...
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:41 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Headed for a 300+ point loss today?
Replies: 461
Views: 34350

Re: Airline carry on limits

The airlines don't stop anyone from bringing any size baggage on. It's ridiculous and causes significant delays in boarding and offloading. So, my point is, you won't have any issue bringing it on. I tend to agree. I have flown a couple times in the last three months. I sometimes wonder if the whol...
by dgdevil
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline carry on limits
Replies: 59
Views: 3274
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