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Re: Kissimmee, FL

Here are some ideas: Take an airboat tour: http://happytravels.com/wild-florida-airboat-rides-and-wildlife-park-in-kissimmee/ Ride a zip line: http://www.gatorland.com/ If you are willing to drive some, the Kennedy Space Center Tour is worth seeing. If you go, get one of the upgraded tours which inc...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [visiting] Kissimmee, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Australia and New Zealand

I've been twice. Both are amazing, but New Zealand is by far the most scenic. If you like wine, the Marlborough district at the North end of the South Island is worth visiting. You'd need to stay in Blenheim, accommodations are fairly limited as I remember. There's a ferry from Auckland which would ...
by gatorman
Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 34
Views: 2601

Re: Tour travelling by bus

Mrs. gatorman and I did a couple of Caravan tours, one of New England and one of Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. I think a lot of your satisfaction with the tour will depend on the quality of the guide assigned to your bus. The first one was great because the guide was really knowledgeable, had over 700 p...
by gatorman
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tour travelling by bus
Replies: 36
Views: 1947

Re: wine recommendations for this meal?

this would go well with the ribeyes:

http://www.tahbilk.com.au/Category/tahb ... cab-shiraz

It depends on where you live though. Might be difficult to find.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wine recommendations for this meal?
Replies: 22
Views: 1632

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

rkhusky wrote:I've also enjoyed reading the Well World books by Jack Chalker, as well as the Pip and Flinx books by Alan Dean Foster and also his Icerigger trilogy.


I just finished the Icerigger trilogy, very enjoyable.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Re: Proper Way To Wear Suspenders

If you just bought yourself a pair of overalls, you wouldn't have to worry about it, the suspenders are sown right in. Your co-workers might even admire you for making a bold fashion statement.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proper Way To Wear Suspenders
Replies: 29
Views: 1895

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Towards the end of his career, RAH's novels got very long, very meandering, explicitly sexual, and very weird. Turned out, he had a tumor that was blocking the flow of blood to his brain (really!) and after it was removed, his fiction (and, reportedly, his personality) really changed again. Wow! Th...
by gatorman
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Heinlein certainly wrestled with censorship of his works (many of us would argue to their benefit-- old man Heinlein on sex was not, generally, an uplifting read). Some of Stross' novels also have some sex, especially it would seem Saturn's Children: Stross's robopervy tribute to the late late Hein...
by gatorman
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

You said Asimov is just "OK" ? I have the same problem reading modern SciFi which seems more attuned to Science Fantasy. I loved "Evolution" by Baxter. Lately I just read compilations of short Science Fiction. I didn't say "just ok", I said "ok," which means ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

Thanks for all the good suggestions, there are plenty to keep my leisure hours occupied for awhile. I read Old Man's War last night and thoroughly enjoyed it, very Heinleinesque.
Thanks again,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Good Modern Science Fiction

I'm looking for some recommendations. When I was younger I liked Heinlein and A.E. Van Vogt. I wasn't much of a Bradbury fan and found reading Arthur C. Clarke to be tedious. I liked Asimov ok and liked the first few Dune books. I haven't read a lot of modern science fiction, but my daughter gave me...
by gatorman
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Wayfaring on CAPE's Edge

Interesting bogpost on the use of CAPE to make 10 yr. forward return projections. Even going back to the turn of the last century, the author claims there is not enough data to do so with any confidence. Here is the link: http://statisticalideas.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/wayfaring-on-capes-edge.html ga...
by gatorman
Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wayfaring on CAPE's Edge
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: Role of Non-Vanguard Index funds in your portfolio

Earlier today, I was looking at an etf list on my broker's website (not Schwab) and saw that many Schwab etfs have costs comparable or lower (at least insofar as management fees are concerned, didn't check tracking error) than Vanguard's. So, at least preliminarily, I see no reason one couldn't subs...
by gatorman
Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Role of Non-Vanguard Index funds in your portfolio
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns

Although I agree investment firms may not have their client's best interests in mind, I don't see anything misleading about this particular article. That's the tricky thing abut GS predictions, I'm of the opinion some are legit and some are designed to get people to act in a way that will benefit G...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:42 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns
Replies: 20
Views: 2821

Re: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns

cfs wrote:Sell signal.

GS predicting that stocks will be the place to be vs. bonds for the next few years sounds like a sell signal to me.


^^^^^^This!!!! But see my post immediately following for a more serious take on GS.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:26 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Goldman-Sachs: bonds to 4%, 6% stock returns
Replies: 20
Views: 2821

How Many Finance Gurus Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

From the Graham Investors website:

http://www.grahaminvestor.com/2014/02/1 ... ight-bulb/

A tongue in cheek message in favor of doing it yourself.

gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Many Finance Gurus Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Wiki Links

[Thread merged into here --admin LadyGeek]

Hi- Just wanted to let you know the links to the simba spreadsheet and Norbert's link to index universe in the Wiki need to be updated.
Regards,
gatorman
by gatorman
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:59 am
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Suggestions for the Wiki
Replies: 271
Views: 101486

Re: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?

I use ESET Smart Security.
by gatorman
Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you use to protect yourself on the web?
Replies: 12
Views: 1007

Re: Carrara Marble - Large Orange Stain

Perhaps a marble/granite supplier could take a few thousandths off the top and remove the stain. I'd call around to see if that is feasible.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carrara Marble - Large Orange Stain
Replies: 13
Views: 1332

Re: Shiller on Lofty Market Elevations

Erhan wrote:Below data is till April 2014. The markets have just reverted to mean...

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Erhan- Could you give us some explanation of the vertical scale of the graph you posted?
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Shiller on Lofty Market Elevations
Replies: 55
Views: 5129

Re: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.

I actively invest a small portion of my portfolio and split between indexing and individual dividend growth stocks for the rest. The portion I actively invest always causes me a small degree of stress because I have to be constantly watching it to see if it is time to sell. If I didn't do so well at...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:58 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Poll] How I Feel When I Think about Investing, etc.
Replies: 36
Views: 2385

Re: When did you downsize?

Crimsontide wrote:
gatorman wrote:We had both moms living with us.


You are a saint :happy


I'm not a saint, they however were a blessing.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3286

Re: How to value house with unwanted tennis court

The thickness of the slab will play a large factor (thicker = more labor to remove and more disposal costs) in the price of removal. I can't imagine it costing over 10K, as demo labor (even under license/insured person) is relatively cheap compared with construction. You're underestimating the size...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to value house with unwanted tennis court
Replies: 24
Views: 2160

Re: When did you downsize?

We had both moms living with us. They've both passed now and the kids are grown and on their own and so we are in the process of downsizing. I estimate savings of ~$3500 per month as a result. I was surprised when I ran the numbers to see how much we could cut our housing cost by moving to a townhom...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When did you downsize?
Replies: 35
Views: 3286

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. Also, The Birdcage.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 15051

Re: Pressure Cookers?

We had one when I was a kid. My mom made many dishes I haven't had for years, chicken and dumplings, pot roast (I've had pot roast, but not her recipe) and stuffed cabbage are a few I remember. Thanks for posting, you brought back a lot of memories! I may buy one yet!
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pressure Cookers?
Replies: 46
Views: 3352

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

1562, off 22%.
gatorman
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 536
Views: 13902

Re: Best Short Joke

This is pretty old-

"I want to die like my grandfather died, peacefully, in his sleep- not screaming and swearing like all those passengers in his car."
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Short Joke
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: Best Short Joke

I saw this earlier today on another investing forum in an OT discussion of numerology:

Why is 6 afraid of 7?



Because 7 8 9.
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Short Joke
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Best Short Joke

I collect them, and I haven't heard many good ones lately, but my daughter did post this on Facebook the other day- "If I make you breakfast in bed, just say 'Thank you!' Don't be pestering me with silly questions like, 'How did I get in your house?'" Got any good ones I can add to my coll...
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Short Joke
Replies: 12
Views: 1037

Re: Indirect grilling (now a total fan)

Sam's Club has the Vision grille (direct competitor to Big Green egg) on end of season sale right now for about $400. That's a great buy. Check your local store for availability This ^^^^^^ I bought one at the beginning of the season to replace my ancient Big Green Egg. It does a great job and is q...
by gatorman
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indirect grilling (now a total fan)
Replies: 13
Views: 1948

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2437

Re: Robin Williams

He was a comic genius, no, strike that, not just a comic genius, his performances in Patch Adams and Good Will Hunting prove he was a genius in all aspects of acting. It is tragic he didn't find help when he needed it. I am praying for his family.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robin Williams
Replies: 42
Views: 4644

Re: Better Luck on that Tri-Tip

Yes, friends and neighbors, all those suggestions (see my prior thread) paid off. A more-aggressive searing, a tad less on the time over in-direct grill, less-aggressive tenting, all paid off. As the wife noted, "yummy". Glad to hear it. if you can cook tri-tip and get it right, you can p...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better Luck on that Tri-Tip
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Re: Best Garden Composter

I appreciate all the responses. I'm inclined to buy a rotating composter in order to get the pile off the ground so it won't become an attractive nuisance to fire ants, which are everywhere in Florida. The author of Square Foot Gardening says that there are two varieties of microorganisms which can ...
by gatorman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: Best Garden Composter

I've done composting around the US. It is critical to know what part of the US you are in. Composting in the Midwest is trivial. A pile anyplace will compost. Not so in the south and west. It takes a completely different approach. I've used the tumblers, fancy bins, piles dumped in a wire cylinder ...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: Potato Barrel

vankleef wrote:Selecting the best varietal for the purpose is important. Check out this comprehensive list, it even suggests types well suited for barrels.

http://www.curzio.com/N/PotatoCatalog.htm

Thanks, that's a great resource. I've added it as a bookmark for future reference.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Best Garden Composter

I've tried several different ways and for me by far and away the fastest and easiest method was the tumbling variety. It's very efficient, takes up little space and also eliminates rodents. I have had the one from Costco ($90) for several years and it has held up nicely. The tumbling variety seems ...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

Cody wrote:gatorman, thanks. Great link.

Seems like it may be best to "stay the course" too on my philosophy of adaptable withdrawal rate, waiting as long as I can to take social security, limit risk as much as I can, and pray.

best,
cody

Ditto,
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:11 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2437

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:10 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2437

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2437

Re: Potato Barrel

Many years ago our compost pile sprouted potatoes "spontaneously." They were great. Our compost is now in a closed container so I expect this won't happen again. We do plant potatoes in our vege garden, which benefits from that compost, and they are great, too. ("Spontaneously" ...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Best Garden Composter

I need a composter for my patio garden. It seems they come in two main varieties, bins and ones that spin. If you have experience with either type, and a opinion as to which works better, please let me have your thoughts. Amazon lists over 300 with 4 star ratings or better, so there does not appear ...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Garden Composter
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement

You, and also me being of similar age and situation are in trouble! There is an excellent paper with a graph that so closely relates PE10 and 10 year S&P 500 returns, that it is scary. Check for yourself at http://greenbackd.com/2010/06/15/mebane-faber-on-shiller-pe10-ratio/ John Hussman tracks...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Understanding implications of Shiller CAPE on retirement
Replies: 27
Views: 2437

Re: Potato Barrel

Many years ago our compost pile sprouted potatoes "spontaneously." They were great. Our compost is now in a closed container so I expect this won't happen again. We do plant potatoes in our vege garden, which benefits from that compost, and they are great, too. ("Spontaneously" ...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Potato Barrel

There's a recent sci-fi book called the Martian about an astronaut stranded on Mars. He subsists off potatoes for close to a year because they are so easy to grow! on Mars! Well actually, inside a space station... I like 'em, but I think after a year of nothing but potatoes, I'd probably be willing...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Potato Barrel

My neighbor is delighted with the results he gets from a section of corrugated black pipe, perhaps 18 inches in diameter and 30 inches in height. He sits it on the ground, uses old clay dirt in the lower section of the pipe then adds composted material above that to perhaps a foot below the end. Ti...
by gatorman
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Potato Barrel

One of the prominent bloggers around here (Pacific Northwest) has tried many different potato techniques designed to produce huge yields an not much beats the compost pile or just planting them in the ground at a proper depth. I'd do that if I had the room, but I'm very space limited, so I was look...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potato Barrel
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Dividend Strategy Ain't For Everyone

Qualified dividends are taxed at fifteen percent max. I think this might be 20% for those in the top tax bracket. The rate could actually be as high as 23.8% as of 2014. Of course, that's still better than the 39.6% ordinary income rate in that bracket! I think the rates are as follows: Long-term g...
by gatorman
Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dividend Strategy Ain't For Everyone
Replies: 149
Views: 11313
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