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by gatorman
Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Re: Ant Control

I left out a bowl last night with some juice from the fruit salad I'd eaten to see if I could attract them. No ants this morning, so maybe we've turned the corner, or maybe they just aren't cantaloupe fans. I moved my baits to the area around my stove, an area I hadn't hit before. I didn't notice an...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Re: Ant Control

I thought I was pretty much rid of them until I left out a bowl I'd used for some chicken salad overnight on my tv table. The next morning the bowl was covered with ants. I should have known better, as it was tarragon chicken salad. Who could resist? Anyway, I put out three Terro baits and they've b...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What about the Ford Edge? [Revised for 2015 model]
Replies: 90
Views: 8462

Re: What about the Ford Edge? [Revised for 2015 model]

My daughter bought one. At about 65K miles the transmission had to be replaced. Soon thereafter we were caravanning down I-75 for a short vacation to Sarasota and she experienced more problems. When we got back she traded it in on a Toyota SUV. The Toyota has been trouble free.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for Maine Vacation
Replies: 41
Views: 3325

Re: Ideas for Maine Vacation

Hey gatorman. Did you already make your trip to Maine? If so what did you do and how was it. If not, when are you going? It was great. We rented a huge house near Kennebunkport, had all our kids and their spouses with us, as well as my mom and my middle daughter's in-laws from Australia. We cooked ...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Re: Ant Control

Well, I just killed one on my laptop screen as I was reviewing the replies, so they're not ALL gone, but at least they are much reduced. Terro is a good product. Thanks for all the recommendations!
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Re: Ant Control

I'm somewhat surprised. Only 24 hours since I put out the baits, and there are no ants! Perhaps they are all over at my next door neighbor's place eating the Terro baits I gave him.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Re: Ant Control

3 Terro ant baits now deployed. BWAHAHAHAHA. . . .

We have an end unit, so I got some for my next door neighbor as well. Defense in depth.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Re: Ant Control

Thanks for the Terro recommendations. I like it that the active ingredient is borax, unlikely to be toxic to humans.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 67
Views: 6089

Ant Control

We recently sold our house and purchased a townhome. We love it except for one thing. Since the rainy season started we've been invaded by tiny black ants, millions of 'em (that's hyperbole, but there's a lot of them). They are everywhere, on the counters, the tables, the appliances, inside the dish...
by gatorman
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [What if Vanguard files for bankruptcy?]
Replies: 22
Views: 3189

Re: Vanguard Ceases Operations, Files for Bankruptcy Protection

I don't know if Vanguard has the policy you mention, but if you are worried about it, instead of holding mutual funds, look into holding etfs. Many are treated identically to stocks for tax purposes, although there are some important exceptions. Here is a link to a guide which summarizes etf taxatio...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Risk Quandary
Replies: 29
Views: 2504

Re: The Risk Quandary

I bookmarked this awhile ago, thought it worth saving:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-0 ... asure-risk
I hope you find it helpful.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse ETFs
Replies: 44
Views: 2821

Re: Inverse ETFs

Just another caution in regard to inverse etfs. Some of them are very thinly traded. So, getting out of a position at the last quoted price can be problematic. If you are going to use them, and I'm not suggesting you should, make sure you check out the average daily volume before you purchase and ta...
by gatorman
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse ETFs
Replies: 44
Views: 2821

Re: Inverse ETFs

As one who has actually traded these puppies, I would merely note that frequent trading does result in frequent commissions, but often little else. Unless you have a lot of spare (and settled) cash in a tax-deferred SEP-IRA trading account, and are willing to bet sums which could easily buy a new c...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse ETFs
Replies: 44
Views: 2821

Re: Inverse ETFs

I use inverse etfs a lot in my trading account and find them to be quite useful. But Nisiprius is right about holding them long term. Since inverse etfs don't actually hold the securities, but instead hold futures contracts, the cost of rolling the futures contacts over as they expire is a drag on r...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 193
Views: 25799

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Thanks for the update, Norbert! I appreciate your prompt response1
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 193
Views: 25799

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- One of my short positions, ACI, did a one for ten reverse split. Please make the appropriate adjustment to keep everything in line. Great call - down by 50% this week. At this rate, they'll need another reverse split pretty soon! Thanks! I think it's lost roughly 93.5% of its value since t...
by gatorman
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 193
Views: 25799

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- One of my short positions, ACI, did a one for ten reverse split. Please make the appropriate adjustment to keep everything in line.
Regards,
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Explanatory Websites/Resources
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: Social Security Explanatory Websites/Resources

Thanks for all the responses, much appreciated!
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for gas grill
Replies: 63
Views: 5112

Re: Recommendations for gas grill

I had a Weber Spirit that worked relatively well for me, although the igniter did malfunction about 6 months after I bought it. I just used a grill lighter from that point forward and didn't have any further trouble. Soon thereafter, I got more into the whole grilling thing and eventually got bitte...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Explanatory Websites/Resources
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Social Security Explanatory Websites/Resources

I'm 63, wife is 62 and we're starting to think about retiring. I'm looking for some good resources which explain the various options one has in regard to social security benefits. I found a website, maximizemysocialsecurity.com, which I intend to use, but I'd like to get a better background on the t...
by gatorman
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 193
Views: 25799

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- Just a heads up. On 7/28/15 one of my short positions, ACI, is going to do a one for ten reverse split. That should have the effect of raising the price tenfold, so you will need to do another adjustment to reflect an increase in the purchase price by a factor of 10 and a reduction in the n...
by gatorman
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for gas grill
Replies: 63
Views: 5112

Re: Recommendations for gas grill

The Amazing Ribs website has reviews of lots of grills. Here's a link: http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipment_reviews_ratings/equipment-reviews?field_manufacturer_target_id=All&field_prod_function_tid[]=1&field_fuel_tid[]=2 The Weber grills are generally highly rated: http://amazingribs.com/bb...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 193
Views: 25799

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Hi Norbert- One of my long side stocks (PTRY) was acquired by another firm and the software is treating that as a total loss. Doesn't seem right, or realistic, to me. It ought to substitute in the cash out price. The close on 1/5/15 was $36.74. The cash out price was $36.75, so I made $.01 per share...
by gatorman
Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5631

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

What to do with the surplus? We have a lot garden full of fruit trees and shrubs. We spend a lot time pruning, thinning, spraying, and timing the peak harvest. We offer the excess to our friends who never come by to harvest. So we drop off the fruit and they don't seem to be very appreciative. :con...
by gatorman
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015 pt 2
Replies: 48
Views: 5631

Re: Gardening 2015 pt 2

After many hours of internet research and much reading of gardening books, late last March, I planted potatoes in a container by starting them near the bottom of the container. I used small purple gourmet potatoes I purchased for a premium price at a local artisan garden center and lovingly placed m...
by gatorman
Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is The Bowflex PR1000 Useful?
Replies: 12
Views: 804

Re: Is The Bowflex PR1000 Useful?

I have the Bowflex Ultimate machine, and recently have been using it every third day (i.e., workout, skip 2 days, workout again). I think it is good, but not quite as good as free weights. That said, I value the convenience and the ability to lift without a spotter. As pointed out, the key to an eff...
by gatorman
Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camera Experts Wanted
Replies: 36
Views: 2256

Re: Camera Experts Wanted

This Nikon superzoom isn't the latest/greatest, but the price is in your range and the extreme zoom capability would allow you to zero in on architectural details: https://www.google.com/shopping/product/12734301136325644154?q=refurb nikon superzoom&biw=1280&bih=553&dpr=1.25&psj=1&am...
by gatorman
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?
Replies: 105
Views: 8829

Re: Best "All Around Lens" for Nikon DSLRs?

The 18-200 VRII is probably your best bet. If you wanted to go a little faster, the 35-70 f/2.8 is a great lens and is available at a reasonable price on ebay. But you will lose everything below 35mm and beyond 70mm (52.5-105mm 35mm equivalent). Also, it is quite heavy for its size and does not have...
by gatorman
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The cost of walking el Camino de Santiago
Replies: 91
Views: 10011

Re: The cost of walking el Camino de Santiago

That sounds like a really interesting trip! Would you be willing to share a few observations of your experiences along the way?
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu May 28, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good e-mail manager?
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: Good e-mail manager?

Thank you for your responses. I'll give Thunderbird a try.
-gatorman
by gatorman
Wed May 27, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good e-mail manager?
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Good e-mail manager?

My old computer had Outlook on it, the new one does not. I'm looking for a free or low cost e-mail manager to replace Outlook. I'd like to be able to download my e-mails from my e-mail provider and save them on my computer. Any suggestions?
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepping a house for sale: What are the priorities?
Replies: 33
Views: 3310

Re: Prepping a house for sale: What are the priorities?

About a year before we put our house on the market, we hired a spray service to fertilize and spray the lawn for bugs on a regular basis. When it came time to sell, our lawn was the best looking lawn in the neighborhood and our house had lots of "curb appeal." You might want to try that as...
by gatorman
Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to take to Scotland.
Replies: 33
Views: 2909

Re: Gifts to take to Scotland.

Thank you for all your input. I guess my main concern is the weight of all the gifts we think we would like to give to the all the families. We live in SF and I'm not sure how sourdough bread would hold up. I remember my folks going to China about 25 years ago to visit their old village and brought...
by gatorman
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help
Replies: 52
Views: 5118

Re: Kitchen upgrade - granite selection help

We had granite in our last house, no problems whatsoever with stains. We got granite in our new house, a slightly lighter shade, stains like crazy. Both were sealed. If I had it to do over, I'd probably buy quartz.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 185
Views: 15201

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I haven't read the thread, but in case anyone in interested in some old Science Fiction, that is available free if you Google for it, as it is now out of copyright, I'd like to suggest "A Voyage to Arcturus" . The following is the first paragraph of the Wikipedia description. A Voyage to ...
by gatorman
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

Pretty much what I would write for a summary. There's a $3K Makerbot Replicator at work, and let me tell you, there's a lot of fiddling that goes into the machine. Yes, we end up with usable parts, but they're mostly prototypes, minor brackets, holders, or boxes. They take a very long time to print...
by gatorman
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

I use a Maker Bot (known here as the Maker Not) and a uPrint SE Plus all the time as part of my job. My first step after I have a concept and a drawing is to create a prototype for fit/form/function. Some materials can be strengthened by "painting" in superglue if you need tensile strengt...
by gatorman
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

Aptenodytes wrote:You might find this Scott Hanselman post illuminating. I believe he has posted updates on the topic too, which you can search for.


Thanks for posting that, very informative!
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

I use a Maker Bot (known here as the Maker Not) and a uPrint SE Plus all the time as part of my job. My first step after I have a concept and a drawing is to create a prototype for fit/form/function. Some materials can be strengthened by "painting" in superglue if you need tensile strengt...
by gatorman
Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

I use a Maker Bot (known here as the Maker Not) and a uPrint SE Plus all the time as part of my job. My first step after I have a concept and a drawing is to create a prototype for fit/form/function. Some materials can be strengthened by "painting" in superglue if you need tensile strengt...
by gatorman
Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

Thanks, I'm going to use it to make a plug from which I'll pull a mold. The mold will be used to make carbon fiber parts for a business I'm in. Right now we make the molds from plugs we build up by hand. That takes awhile, and I thought the 3D printer might cut down on the time required to make a p...
by gatorman
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home workouts and motivation
Replies: 60
Views: 3687

Re: Home workouts and motivation

In the same boat & looking for motivation while my pre-diabetic condition gets worse.. I don't enjoy playing sports or running or any physical activities, so "do what you enjoy" advice does not help me. Whatever I do, I will need to go a bit out of my way, go outside my comfort zone, ...
by gatorman
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

My local tech-shop (a really nice place and excellent idea) has 3 quite nice 3-d printers, cad software + workstations, instruction & encouragement for those wanting to learn about it. I think spending the $$ for lessons if available locally would be a good idea for most people before committin...
by gatorman
Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 3 D Printing

What are you looking to use it for exactly? Is it just a learning thing or will the parts serve a function? I have used a 3d printer a lot and the news stories are overhyped. They are cool and make neat little parts but it takes a while to get going and the parts are still either rough or not that ...
by gatorman
Sun Mar 08, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 D Printing
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

3 D Printing

Anybody tried this? I'm thinking about getting one. In addition to the printer, my reading indicates I need some 3D cad software to design my parts and some printer software to generate a file the printer can use. Right now, I'm thinking about buying a Gigabot printer because it will print at the si...
by gatorman
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil & Vinegar
Replies: 52
Views: 5096

Re: Oil & Vinegar

I would stick with olive oil, and make my own dressing if desired. For me, where I buy the olive oil is a concern. Olive oil has a number of fatty acid components, but oleic acid is the primary monounsaturate. Therefore, although it does not rabidly go rancid it should come in a dark bottle minimiz...
by gatorman
Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil & Vinegar
Replies: 52
Views: 5096

Re: Oil & Vinegar

I'm surprised by all the recommendations to make your own, which sounds complicated to me (I note that most of the recipes posted in this thread contain several ingredients I don't currently have on hand). I often don't feel that I have time in the evenings to pull vegetables out of my refrigerator...
by gatorman
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil & Vinegar
Replies: 52
Views: 5096

Re: Oil & Vinegar

While you're at it, consider making your own croutons, they will taste a lot better than the ones you buy at the store.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions on living in Jacksonville FL?
Replies: 19
Views: 2291

Re: Opinions on living in Jacksonville FL?

Traffic on I-95 is crazy all day and well into the evening. So, don't pick an area where a daily commute on I-95 would be required. Mayo is outside the main part of the city. The surrounding area is nice and it would only be a couple of miles over to the beach. There seem to be lots of nice subdivis...
by gatorman
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil & Vinegar
Replies: 52
Views: 5096

Re: Oil & Vinegar

+1 Newman's Own Just for fun I looked up the ingredients: Ingredients: Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Water, Balsamic Vinegar, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Garlic, Spice, Onion, Red Bell Pepper, Xanthan Gum, Paprika (For Color) Serv. Size 2 Tbsp: Sodium 29...

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