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by gatorman
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security Explanatory Websites/Resources
Replies: 6
Views: 810

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: 4954

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: 810

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: 178
Views: 23964

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: 4954

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: 178
Views: 23964

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: 5199

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: 5199

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: 773

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: 2157

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: 8419

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: 85
Views: 9474

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: 962

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: 962

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: 3247

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: 2713

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: 5001

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: 14726

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 3581

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 1667

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: 4955

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: 4955

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: 4955

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: 2234

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: 4955

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...
by gatorman
Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil & Vinegar
Replies: 52
Views: 4955

Re: Oil & Vinegar

I didn't put it in my original post, but I also like anchovy paste in mine. It comes in a tube. When I use it I usually squeeze out 1 to 2 inches of paste and whisk it in along with the other ingredients. The idea may sound unappealing, but tastes great.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil & Vinegar
Replies: 52
Views: 4955

Re: Oil & Vinegar

Make your own, its cheaper, tastes better, and you'll know exactly what's in it. I prefer a vinegarette made with Dijon mustard. Start with a couple of tablespoons of wine vinegar, two teaspoons of dijon mustard, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of black pepper , a teaspoon of oregano and a tablespoon...
by gatorman
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Father / Son Deep Sea Fishing Trip
Replies: 21
Views: 1747

Re: Father / Son Deep Sea Fishing Trip

If you want sailfish or marlin, Costa Rica or Panama might be better choices. For grouper, dorado, wahoo and snapper, Destin is good. For tarpon or bonefish, Islamorada. For trout and redfish, Crystal River. All that said, look at a fishing calendar, some months are much better than others.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! I can't afford to eat on my South Beach vacation
Replies: 60
Views: 5751

Re: Help! I can't afford to eat on my South Beach vacation

midareff wrote:Yes, South Beach eatery's are extremely expensive and rarely worth the cost. Joe's Stone Crab is more expensive than that and should be experienced at least once in a lifetime if not annually.


+1 Joe's is worth the money. Verrrry pricey, but worth it. I go with annually.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! I can't afford to eat on my South Beach vacation
Replies: 60
Views: 5751

Re: Help! I can't afford to eat on my South Beach vacation

If you have a car, drive over to Key Biscayne. There's a good Cuban place on the right just after you get off the bridge, not expensive. http://www.yelp.com/biz/oasis-cafe-key-biscayne?osq=Cuban+Food For breakfast, try the Original Pancake House, Miami, not fancy, but a good breakfast. Here's a map:...
by gatorman
Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest an infrared temperture gun
Replies: 21
Views: 1942

Re: Suggest an infrared temperture gun

I bought mine at Harbor Freight, I think it was about $30. That was some time ago. They are currently on sale for $36.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsea ... hermometer

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by gatorman
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age do you guys plan to retire?
Replies: 143
Views: 10390

Re: What age do you guys plan to retire?

Don't intend to retire ever. I like what I'm doing and I intend to work as long as I can. I may cut back a bit at some point.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not clearing snow from driveway
Replies: 81
Views: 6650

Re: Not clearing snow from driveway

dolphinsaremammals wrote:
AZAttorney11 wrote:Life is too short to live in a place with snow.


Image


Where did you find that photo of my brother?
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 185
Views: 14726

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I just finished John Scalzi's book, Redshirts which is an interesting take on the alternate reality threads theme. I don't want to tell you too much about the book, don't want to give away the plot, but I will tell you I found it to be an entertaining read and up to Mr. Scalzi's usual high standards...
by gatorman
Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming music on demand
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Streaming music on demand

I bought a Grace digital tuner to hook into my stereo. At first I didn't like it because it was very difficult to use. But after I downloaded the i phone app for it, it really became quite versatile and I have no problems recommending it. The receiver costs $150-200 depending on the model you purcha...
by gatorman
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 13217

Re: Food of the Fifties

My mom was a real fan of Mexican food and one of her best dishes was beef enchiladas. She would start with a roast, rub it with salt, pepper garlic powder and cumin, sear it on both sides and then cook it in her pressure cooker until it was falling apart tender. After it cooled down a bit, she'd shr...
by gatorman
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Truths About Stop Losses
Replies: 14
Views: 1583

Truths About Stop Losses

I found this blog post: http://www.quant-investing.com/blogs/general/2015/02/16/truths-about-stop-losses-that-nobody-wants-to-believe And thought you might find it thought provoking. The author started out as a non-believer in the efficacy of stop losses, but after reading the papers cited in his bl...
by gatorman
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 13217

Re: Food of the Fifties

Leeraar wrote:Gatorman,

Would you like to come by this spring when I tap the maples across the street?

I make a gallon or so of maple syrup every few years.

L.


I would love to see how that is done. How many gallons of sap are required to make a gallon of syrup?
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 13217

Re: Food of the Fifties

Jane and Michael Stern had some great cookbooks for this kind of food--I have both A Taste of America and Square Meals . In both of them, I go back and forth between "I must make this now!" and "People ate that?" I used to have a copy of Square Meals , but I haven't seen it for ...
by gatorman
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food of the Fifties
Replies: 216
Views: 13217

Re: Food of the Fifties

I was in my favorite breakfast restaurant this morning and I got into a discussion with the owner on pancake batter. They have the best pancakes I've ever had, and I've eaten a few pancakes in my day. I ventured that her pancake batter had sour cream as an ingredient and she told me they use flour, ...
by gatorman
Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preparing for 2 months incommunicado
Replies: 144
Views: 8543

Re: Preparing for 2 months incommunicado

I asked my friend Arthur Dent, who is a very experienced traveler, what one piece of advice he could offer and he said to tell you "Don't forget your towel!"
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's day
Replies: 87
Views: 5448

Re: Recommend a movie for a lonely Boglehead on Valentine's

Four Weddings and a Funeral
-gatorman

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