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Re: How do you wash your car?

Poll results are rather startling. So far, overwhelming majority of those who voted say they rarely/never get car washed. Seems strange to me that bogleheads would be so, er, irresponsible, regarding such an expensive item. :shock: Washing the car doesn't make any difference to the lifespan of the ...
by hicabob
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you wash your car?
Replies: 104
Views: 3955

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

African Safari companies are supposedly having a tough spell and they operate far from the Ebola outbreak area. I expect good deals are to be had if that's your cup of tea.
by hicabob
Sun Oct 19, 2014 4:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Anyone Found Great Travel/Vacation Deals Due To Ebola
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Re: Attorney Hourly Rates?

My last data point was $300/hour for a small (2-person office) fairly competent attorney specializing in small biz and real estate in urban CA.
by hicabob
Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Attorney Hourly Rates?
Replies: 41
Views: 2953

Re: Weird problem with a bank website: Chrome or Win8 (I thi

Chrome browser had a recent auto-update (couple weeks ago?) which broke it (super slow on some aspects) on my computer. Internet explorer still worked properly so that is a good test to try. It ended up that turning hardware accel off in the chrome tools advanced menu fixed it. I do have an older Nv...
by hicabob
Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weird problem with a bank website: Chrome or Win8 (I think)
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Kindle HDX or iPad Air?

There is a good price on refurbed airs at the apple store today

http://slickdeals.net/f/7266938-apple-i ... e-shipping
by hicabob
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle HDX or iPad Air?
Replies: 17
Views: 1369

Re: Borescope for inspecting dryer vents and AC ducts

semperlux wrote:is there directional control on these boroscopes? If not, how do you get it to maneurver a turn in the duct work?


Cable tied to an old "fish tape" worked for me.
by hicabob
Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Borescope for inspecting dryer vents and AC ducts
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: Borescope for inspecting dryer vents and AC ducts

The cheap chinese units from amazon work surprisingly well http://www.amazon.com/Waterproof-Borescope-Endoscope-Inspection-Camera/dp/B007T9CTBI/ref=sr_1_federatedaps0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413152939&sr=8-3&keywords=borescope they aren't the same as a multi-thousand dollar unit but for 17 bucks ...
by hicabob
Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Borescope for inspecting dryer vents and AC ducts
Replies: 9
Views: 1309

Re: Things that you will not spend money on and most people

Recreational drugs. Every every noticed how much people spend on caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol? Also don't waste money on pets. I had a long reponse to this and my ipad froze. Essentially, I have been surpised in the last year or so to find out the amount of well-to-do adult professionals that sp...
by hicabob
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things that you will not spend money on and most people do?
Replies: 78
Views: 3995

Re: Things that you will not spend money on and most people

plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, landscapers and the like. As an engineer type, I regard such projects as a personal challenge and spend ridiculous amounts of time ... but I accumulate cool tools and learn stuff.
by hicabob
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things that you will not spend money on and most people do?
Replies: 78
Views: 3995

Re: cutting coax or something

regular cable coax (rg-59 or rg-6) cuts very easily with a pair of diagonal cutters assuming you are of normal strength. Perhaps it's something else?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coaxial_cable
by hicabob
Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cutting coax or something
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: is a 1920 x 1200 monitor worth it?

The 4k monitors are getting reasonable and give a whopping 3840x2160 pixels! Of course your display card and driver needs to be able to handle it. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-28-Inch-Definition-Monitor-U28D590D/dp/B00IEZGWI2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1412360385&sr=1-1&ke...
by hicabob
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is a 1920 x 1200 monitor worth it?
Replies: 15
Views: 832

Re: Changing a flight date

If you had bought tickets directly from the airline, any change fees would probably be just as high. One can look at their web site and see. The change fee is the same, but unlike the Orbitz policy (2 years ago ), the airline will let you buy another ticket at a price that shows up on a search. In ...
by hicabob
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1556

Re: Trying to understand Uber and similar "ride sharing" ser

An Uber ride didn't work out so well for this fellow a couple days ago in SF http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Victim-of-alleged-Uber-hammer-attack-may-lose-eye-5792092.php but probably one of those random things. Since the rides appear more "documented" than generic cabs I suppose it ...
by hicabob
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to understand Uber and similar "ride sharing" service
Replies: 54
Views: 3707

Re: Changing a flight date

Orbitz is atrocious for changing fares after the grace period(or was when I used them up until a couple years ago). They charge the change fee then make you buy a new ticket at a much higher price than that listed on a search. I found it cheaper to throw the ticket away and eat the cost. This is why...
by hicabob
Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Changing a flight date
Replies: 24
Views: 1556

Re: Road Scholar: Your experience?

I think they are going for the quite educated and relatively wealthy demographic. I was looking at the Laos/Vietnam tours and while not cheap, it seemed interesting - Not sure if I'd be posh enough though, although having the cash would probably suffice.
by hicabob
Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road Scholar: Your experience?
Replies: 26
Views: 2761

Re: Why Aren't Waterbeds Popular Anymore?

ClevrChico wrote:The decline is correlated with conversion van sales.


I was thinking about how classic some of those conversion vans were just the other day - I have never seen one with a waterbed though - a waterbed is a lot of weight - 2000 lbs I bet?
by hicabob
Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Aren't Waterbeds Popular Anymore?
Replies: 13
Views: 1429

Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats cooked in a digital rice cooker on slow cooker setting. Easy, delicious, healthy - takes 25 minutes though.
by hicabob
Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oatmeal suggestions
Replies: 107
Views: 5373

Re: Will Bill Gross beat the Total Bond Market Index?

I looked up the fund he apparently will be taking over at Janus, JUCDX, and it has almost 2% Expenses so that will make beating total bond challenging.

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=JUCDX+Profile
by hicabob
Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:02 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Will Bill Gross beat the Total Bond Market Index?
Replies: 57
Views: 5904

Re: deleting my posts on bogleheads.org

Just curious. Do you really think anything really disappears from the internet? Think NSA and Facebook, in either order. Even after you die, your internet tracks will live on. Indeed, and I think it should live on. The waybackmachine has been useful for me in the past ... http://archive.org/web/
by hicabob
Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:56 am
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: deleting my posts on bogleheads.org
Replies: 25
Views: 4866

Re: What is the smallest monitor one can buy?

TV studios have little monitors all over the place. This place has pro level stuff Some have an hdmi input option although just about all facilities use sdi nowadays http://www.markertek.com/Digital-Video-Production/Video-Monitors/LCD-Video-Reference-Monitors/Delvcam-Monitor-Systems/DELV-SDI-7.xhtml...
by hicabob
Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the smallest monitor one can buy?
Replies: 13
Views: 1087

Re: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?

It's a weird exercise imo - I much prefer ellipticals, bikes + treadmills but some people like the rowers. A good way to see if you like them might be to get a free trial at the local gym (most will give you a week - check their websites) and try the various cardio machines. You may even find you li...
by hicabob
Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor rowing machine - worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 3554

Re: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!

Workaholic wrote:I have two hobbies- traveling and motorcycles. Both hobbies are fairly expensive and time consuming.



Hobbies are great - borrowing to fund those hobbies - not so great, at least it's not very bogleheady.
by hicabob
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to achieve a balance between "saving" and "living"?!
Replies: 64
Views: 6665

Re: AliBaba

Looking at their website is quite interesting - it helped me get some appreciation of what it's about.
After you look at something for a while "sell offers" start to come to the webpage - very competitive pricing as you would expect

http://www.alibaba.com/
by hicabob
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AliBaba
Replies: 128
Views: 8467

Re: Any downside to this Photovoltaic deal?

Hawaii varies from maybe 65F to maybe 85F during the year - there's very little cooling/heating load compared to VA.
Lucky for them considering the cost of energy there.
by hicabob
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any downside to this Photovoltaic deal?
Replies: 19
Views: 1107

Re: Key to happiness in retirement

“I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
― Henry David Thoreau
by hicabob
Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Key to happiness in retirement
Replies: 36
Views: 3750

Re: Any FRANCHISE owners here?

Never owned one but I used to rent a building next door to a building rented by a person who owned (10) BK franchises. He used that facility for his personal semi-retired mechanic to work on and store his race cars and hot rods. Very nice cars. That owner did not work the grill but I expect he had a...
by hicabob
Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:14 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any FRANCHISE owners here?
Replies: 30
Views: 3315

Re: Stove - repair or replace

It's probably very hard to beat the reliability of the old pilot light, disadvantage being it's an energy intensive process . More modern electrical ignitors are probably worth getting fixed if you like the appliance.
by hicabob
Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stove - repair or replace
Replies: 9
Views: 582

Re: Could you sleep with all your money in Berkshire Hathawa

Having a few % of my net worth in brk over the years I have done well and appreciate what Mr Buffet has done for his shareholders. I have not sold yet but am thinking about it - actuarial worries being predominant. Having a few percent is one thing but "all your money" is a bird of a diffe...
by hicabob
Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:27 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Could you sleep with all your money in Berkshire Hathaway?
Replies: 49
Views: 3944

Re: Why COULDN'T we just retire on Social Security?

Apparently 26% of US retirees do just that, which would seem to bode well for the future solvency of SS.
by hicabob
Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why COULDN'T we just retire on Social Security?
Replies: 66
Views: 6055

Re: What are the benefits of a good credit score?

Some landlords check the applicants credit score. I have been told it has a good correlation with a tenants propensity to pay rent.
by hicabob
Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are the benefits of a good credit score?
Replies: 16
Views: 1272

Re: Kaiser vs Blue Shield

I had Kaiser a few years ago and now have BCBS. I miss Kaiser - it's a much better way to deliver health care imo.
by hicabob
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Kaiser vs Blue Shield
Replies: 83
Views: 5778

Re: Mississippi wins!

rec7 wrote:Now the question is which cheap state has the best weather? Maybe WV?


or NC? - but that is getting a tad on the pricey side.
by hicabob
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mississippi wins!
Replies: 14
Views: 1882

Mississippi wins!

by hicabob
Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mississippi wins!
Replies: 14
Views: 1882

Re: Is a big war coming ???

VictoriaF wrote:Several wars are happening right now.

Victoria

Indeed - it surprises many people how many armed conflicts are currently ongoing. Unfortunately that seems to be the way of the world. Here's a summary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_on ... _conflicts
by hicabob
Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:09 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is a big war coming ???
Replies: 37
Views: 3987

Re: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps

Let’s see if I get this right: to get a “dividend” from BRK you have to sell some. So, you've got to find a buyer who thinks BRK will appreciate—based on what? Based on the prospective buyer’s belief that someone else will take it off his hands at a higher price. The common shareholder has absolute...
by hicabob
Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps
Replies: 42
Views: 2816

Re: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products

I really realize how much preservatives play a part in food preservation when we get bagels locally at work. They are purchased on a Thursday and will grow mold over the weekend if not refrigerated. Apparently corn syrup helps preservation a lot too which is why US sliced bread is so sweet. Visitor...
by hicabob
Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products
Replies: 49
Views: 4707

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

Ged wrote:Mercedes bought Chrysler who bought American Motors.

That sort of stuff sticks. Get a Lexus.

Daimler paid 36 billion and sold it a few years later for 7 billion. Not a very good investment for the Germans. Now Chrysler is a Fiat subsidiary.
by hicabob
Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4615

Re: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps

a's vs b's is pretty much 6 of one, half dozen of the other. I think you can always convert A's to B's too without a taxable event occuring. A's are good for "bragging rights" though, much like a Rolex or Maserati :twisted: .
by hicabob
Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps
Replies: 42
Views: 2816

Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps

Mr Buffet has had a nice comeback recently. At $199,949 each BRKA has by far the highest price per share of any public company.
by hicabob
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Berkshire Hathaway A's about to hit $200k/pps
Replies: 42
Views: 2816

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

I was test driving a Mercedes C250's with my daughter last weekend - very nice car, easy to drive, safe, not too big and quick - lease return w/ warranty left are available for low 20's. CLA too new, unproven? We were looking at lease returns. I have not seen any lease return CLA's yet - too new I ...
by hicabob
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4615

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

I was test driving a Mercedes C250's with my daughter last weekend - very nice car, easy to drive, safe, not too big and quick - lease return w/ warranty left are available for low 20's.
by hicabob
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4615

Re: How you, I, and everyone got the top 1% all wrong - Atla

Of course - but the higher echelons do tend to have quite a turnover. Best is to have "enough" and not to be jelly of others wealth.
by hicabob
Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How you, I, and everyone got the top 1% all wrong - Atlantic
Replies: 4
Views: 1700

Re: A financial “guru” for world travelers?

Of course anyone with a "secret system" that actually worked would keep it secret and promptly become the next multi-billionaire instead of hustling "learn to daytrade" lessons.
by hicabob
Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:25 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A financial “guru” for world travelers?
Replies: 18
Views: 2058

Re: Robin Williams

Sad - definitely a defining comedian for the generation. Bi-polar can be brutal but is often associated with the talent.
by hicabob
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robin Williams
Replies: 42
Views: 4754

Re: Which 4 door with 250+ hp

G37's are very nice - a lease return with some warranty left is not a bad way to go

http://www.unitedimports.co/used-invent ... rice=clear
by hicabob
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which 4 door with 250+ hp
Replies: 104
Views: 8341

Re: Attitudes toward inheritances.

It's fun to show older relatives firecalc and let them see how much of their nest-egg they can be safely spending and then encourage them to do so.
by hicabob
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attitudes toward inheritances.
Replies: 113
Views: 11200

propane prices super-low

Just got the propane tank filled up for $2.03/gallon in CA central coast area. It must be the lowest for 10 years or so.
by hicabob
Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: propane prices super-low
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: How old are you?

tennisplyr wrote:Good chart for those worried about living too long for their money....guess what it ain't gonna happen. Making it to 90-95?? Enjoy your life now :happy


Unlikely yes - but for us men, if we do - look at all the available age-similar women, Giggity !
by hicabob
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:39 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 82
Views: 8089

Re: How old are you?

Those 51-55's appear to be slacking off when they are at an age they should be bogleheading to the max.
by hicabob
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 82
Views: 8089
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