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by oragne lovre
Sun May 03, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: Tesla X

With the arrival of Powerwall which I plan to install, I need to look at the whole installation again. Wouldn't it take 7 Powerwalls to charge a 70D? I didn't know about it. Why so? Because the 70D has a 70kWh battery, and the larger capacity Powerwall is 10kWh. otoh, I think it would be cool if I ...
by oragne lovre
Fri May 01, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: Tesla X

TomatoTomahto wrote:
oragne lovre wrote:With the arrival of Powerwall which I plan to install, I need to look at the whole installation again.

Wouldn't it take 7 Powerwalls to charge a 70D?


I didn't know about it. Why so?
by oragne lovre
Fri May 01, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: Tesla X

With the arrival of Powerwall which I plan to install, I need to look at the whole installation again.
by oragne lovre
Fri May 01, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System
Replies: 53
Views: 4950

Re: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System

Some back of the envelope calculations here: I own a plug in electric vehicle and have a time of use rate plan with PG&E. I do not have solar. Peak cost is ~$0.30/kWh. Non peak cost is ~$0.10/kWh. Displacing 10kWh every day from peak to non peak would save me $2 a day or $730 a year. The paybac...
by oragne lovre
Fri May 01, 2015 2:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System
Replies: 53
Views: 4950

Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System

I've for a while waited for an affordable, small home backup battery that can store power generated by my solar panels. It seems the solution has just arrived tonight http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/01/tesla-powerwall-battery/ Since I'm with Solar City, I plan to contact it to see which type of Powe...
by oragne lovre
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 679
Views: 87981

Re: Tesla S

As for dual chargers----they only benefit you when you want to charge >40 amps, except for at Superchargers where single and dual chargers charge at the same speed. So the only circumstances where you might benefit from a dual charger, assuming you don't have a HPWC at home, would be when you are o...
by oragne lovre
Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Spendy spouse
Replies: 110
Views: 10683

Re: Spendy spouse

I actually feel very strongly that a lot of the Boglehead advice on these consumer forums is dogmatically singleminded to the point of equating savings/thrift with being ethically good. If we followed BH-advice only, we would never live in high COL areas, drive nicer than econobox cars, and take on...
by oragne lovre
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best touristy places to live in the world?
Replies: 36
Views: 4584

Re: Best touristy places to live in the world?

ThankYouJack wrote:
Sents wrote:I like islands so perhaps Hawaii


I lived next to Waikiki Beach for a bit. One fun thing is you could often tell tourists based on their complexion:

Pale: just got of the plane
Lobster Red: Vacation almost over
Unrecognizable from when someone arrived: da kine


Kauai
by oragne lovre
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How many of you invest in individual stocks?
Replies: 70
Views: 5268

Re: How many of you invest in individual stocks?

I do have ONE share Tesla for fun. P.S. Anyone who takes financials risks for fun, or for the thrill, or for entertainment needs at least to consider how much fun they are getting per dollar spent and whether they wouldn't get more fun per dollar in some other way. (I tend to think that the word &qu...
by oragne lovre
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bernanke's Blog: why are interest rates so low?
Replies: 52
Views: 7137

Re: Bernanke's Blog: why are interest rates so low?

I've just learned a new compound word: equilibrium rate.
Thanks for the link.
by oragne lovre
Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: Tesla X

My first question is how to find a competent electrician/installer who knows how to install a garage-based charging station? It looks like you need a 50 AMP 240v plug then you just hang the charger on the wall and plug it in which should be easy for any semi-competent electrician providing your gar...
by oragne lovre
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Re: Tesla X

My first question is how to find a competent electrician/installer who knows how to install a garage-based charging station? It looks like you need a 50 AMP 240v plug then you just hang the charger on the wall and plug it in which should be easy for any semi-competent electrician providing your gar...
by oragne lovre
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla X
Replies: 23
Views: 2973

Tesla X

Since it looks assuring that Tesla would be able to deliver the X in the 3rd quarter of this year, I start this thread for X-embracing Bogleheads to discuss about concerns surrounding the X. My first question is how to find a competent electrician/installer who knows how to install a garage-based ch...
by oragne lovre
Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla Motors Stock
Replies: 253
Views: 25850

Re: Tesla Motors Stock

I've decided to set aside some " fun money " to play with an individual stock, specifically Tesla Motors. Can anybody tell me what is the best place in terms of investment fee and cost to buy some Tesla shares? . I just want to do something fun to celebrate my achievement of financial goa...
by oragne lovre
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does your CPA/Tax Person help with reducing your taxes?
Replies: 66
Views: 6001

Re: Does your CPA/Tax Person help with reducing your taxes?

Aren't competent CPAs, just like decent physicians, obligated to ask their customers appropriate questions to understand their needs so that the CPAs will be able to give best and most suitable advice?
by oragne lovre
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla Motors Stock
Replies: 253
Views: 25850

Re: Tesla Motors Stock

I agree with you that a bet on electric cars that are competitive in an undistorted market is a bet on battery technology, but as far as I know Tesla doesn't hold game-changing patents on battery technology. Isn't it true that Musk, Tesla CEO, is working along with Panasonic to build a gigafactory ...
by oragne lovre
Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:22 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead degree status
Replies: 52
Views: 5610

Re: Boglehead degree status

I recommend the addition of SIMPLE DUMMY level and I'd definitely take it in a heartbeat.
by oragne lovre
Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Taylor Larimore Honored
Replies: 59
Views: 5868

Re: Taylor Larimore Honored

Congratulations!
Many thanks for your invaluable contribution to this forum!
by oragne lovre
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick-Pockets
Replies: 63
Views: 5628

Re: Pick-Pockets

Plenty of tries, but luckily, no actual success (by would-be pickpockets) Paris Gare du Nord - a mother pushing a stroller veered suddenly and accused me of tripping up her child's stroller while another man bumped into me from behind. It was fairly obvious, so I told them - in French - that I woul...
by oragne lovre
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 679
Views: 87981

Re: Tesla S

Well, I'd need awd, and then might as well go for the 85kw. So that, first came out in 2014? And used in three years will be what approximately? A new S85D (AWD) is $86K before FED/state credit/rebates. You have to get the 85kWh battery if you desire AWD, but you probably already knew that. Used 3 ...
by oragne lovre
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pick-Pockets
Replies: 63
Views: 5628

Re: Pick-Pockets

What do you guys do to prevent pocket pickers? Money belt? Money belts are OK, but here are a few suggestions: 1) Best thing I've ever bought is underwear with pockets. Good quality stuff can be purchased from Scottevest - if offers two pockets and is synthetic, so it dries quickly if you pack ligh...
by oragne lovre
Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 679
Views: 87981

Re: Tesla S

Are auto insurance costs more or less for the S from other similarly priced vehicles? No difference in my experience, State Farm rates for our Model S now with 27K miles basically same as our Lexus LS 460. From my standpoint they should actually be less expensive since personal injury claims are hi...
by oragne lovre
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla Motors Stock
Replies: 253
Views: 25850

Re: Tesla Motors Stock

Tesla has said it might deliver 20,000 to 25,000 cars this year--not all of them in the U.S. For comparison purposes, here are the 2012 U.S. sales totals for the top luxury brands: Audi: 139,310 BMW: 281,460 Cadillac: 149,782 Lexus: 132,741 Mercedes-Benz: 274,134 And remember that Tesla only sells ...
by oragne lovre
Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:28 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla Motors Stock
Replies: 253
Views: 25850

Re: Tesla Motors Stock

Tesla has said it might deliver 20,000 to 25,000 cars this year--not all of them in the U.S. For comparison purposes, here are the 2012 U.S. sales totals for the top luxury brands: Audi: 139,310 BMW: 281,460 Cadillac: 149,782 Lexus: 132,741 Mercedes-Benz: 274,134 And remember that Tesla only sells ...
by oragne lovre
Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 679
Views: 87981

Re: Tesla S

An electric car would only save me significant money if I also sprung for solar panels, or if gas prices go through the roof. Though I doubt gas prices will remain this low for long, at the current price of ~$2.70/gallon and $0.27-0.31 per marginal kWh, an electric car wouldn't save me squat if cha...
by oragne lovre
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 3211

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

I have a fitbit charge that is water-resistant, not water-proof. Has anyone ever swum with a fitbit?
by oragne lovre
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 3211

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

Petrocelli wrote:Our 40 Boglehead members have walked 3,795 miles in January so far. Wow!


Watch out for those Bogleheads who run marathons, wearing their fitbits. They skew the result.
by oragne lovre
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is a safe car worth?
Replies: 170
Views: 9636

Re: How much is a safe car worth?

What you could do to increase your safety by a bigger amount than any car decision is to let your wife drive, or, better still, let her mother or your mother drive. Men 21-25 have three times the fatality rate as women the same age and women 21-25 have twice the fatality rate of women 61-65! Here's...
by oragne lovre
Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Semi-annual Furnace/AC Inspection
Replies: 17
Views: 1333

Re: Semi-annual Furnace/AC Inspection

Since I've so far received different comments, I guess the frequency of inspection may also depend on how often we use our furnaces/ACs. That I live in Southern California makes semi-annual inspection necessary?
by oragne lovre
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Semi-annual Furnace/AC Inspection
Replies: 17
Views: 1333

Semi-annual Furnace/AC Inspection

I just had a new programmable Honeywell thermostat installed to reduce cost of energy bill. Having installed the thermostat, the heating/cooling guy also recommended semi-annual inspection of my furnace and AC. His reason was routine inspection would help detect early issues with furnace/AC, thus he...
by oragne lovre
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Boglehead Fitbit group
Replies: 33
Views: 3211

Re: Boglehead Fitbit group

I a got a fitbit several days ago as an unexpected gift. It didn't work even though it was brand-new!?! Called fitbit and got a replacement, which is seemingly working so far. Am still learning its features. Am going to join the group soon.
by oragne lovre
Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 113
Views: 7749

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

Before the thread is locked, could anyone please explain how the paper is actionable ? What is main point of the paper for non physicists or non financial experts like me ? Thank you. I can try, ObGyn, to explain how this knowledge has been "actionable" for me (and why I chose this subfor...
by oragne lovre
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 113
Views: 7749

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

I'm hooked after reading only the first 3 pages. I'll complete the article soon.
Thanks a lot.
by oragne lovre
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?
Replies: 318
Views: 40518

Re: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?

Really confused by people who think having no mortgage means no debt. So you don't have any more house insurance payments or property tax payments? As others have mentioned, property taxes/insurance are carrying or operational costs. Also, there is no interest inherent in those charges although in ...
by oragne lovre
Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?
Replies: 318
Views: 40518

Re: Anyone regret paying off mortgage early?

saladdin wrote:Really confused by people who think having no mortgage means no debt. So you don't have any more house insurance payments or property tax payments?


Why do home insurance and property tax mean debt?
by oragne lovre
Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Principles of Boglehead Philosophy
Replies: 68
Views: 4054

Re: Poll: Principles of Boglehead Philosopy

For the life of me, I have never understood how "living below your means" became so ingrained in an investing philosophy. Don't get me wrong, saving is extremely important. But once you save enough, isn't the goal to have fun with all that money you saved? You can't take it with you. &quo...
by oragne lovre
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Principles of Boglehead Philosophy
Replies: 68
Views: 4054

Re: Poll: Principles of Boglehead Philosopy

For the life of me, I have never understood how "living below your means" became so ingrained in an investing philosophy. Don't get me wrong, saving is extremely important. But once you save enough, isn't the goal to have fun with all that money you saved? You can't take it with you. &quo...
by oragne lovre
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "When you've won the game, stop playing"
Replies: 83
Views: 9078

Re: "When you've won the game, stop playing"

FelixTheCat wrote:
Van wrote:The quote ascribed to Warren Buffet is priceless.

Agreed


Agreed too.

"To make money they didn't need, they risked what they did have and did need."
by oragne lovre
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?
Replies: 173
Views: 17522

Re: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?

A bit of insight to current spending as requested... I have no doubt our spending is well in excess of $200k per year. $200 dinners. $100 wine. At a whim. I never pissed away money on "things". Any "things" I have ever bought I expected to make money. Examples: real estate: 3 ba...
by oragne lovre
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An Excellent Article about 4% Withdrawal Rule
Replies: 10
Views: 3342

Re: An Excellent Article about 4% Withdrawal Rule

That article is a not-too subtle plug for low cost funds (which Vanguard happens to have). It does not discuss the myriad issues with using such a rule of thumb, most importantly, is it even valid in this era of lower returns? Withdrawal rate (or strategy if one is not using a constant-dollar schem...
by oragne lovre
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An Excellent Article about 4% Withdrawal Rule
Replies: 10
Views: 3342

An Excellent Article about 4% Withdrawal Rule

I've found following article, which is well written in regard with 4% withdrawal rule, very helpful and wish to share with other bogleheads.

http://vanguardblog.com/2014/11/07/the- ... ars-later/
by oragne lovre
Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you drive, and why?
Replies: 249
Views: 24994

Re: What do you drive, and why?

stan1 wrote:I'm glad to see so many folks fessing up about their fun toys!


I've always considered my car as a tool, not toy. But now I have a second thought: Why not a tool/toy combo? :)
by oragne lovre
Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2015 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 556
Views: 21392

Re: 2015 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION

It has to be 2015 :happy
by oragne lovre
Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you drive, and why?
Replies: 249
Views: 24994

Re: What do you drive, and why?

I'm driving a 1997 Toyota Camry that has logged on about 270,000 miles. I keep it because: 1. It has never left me stranded on freeways 2. It costs only approximately $120 a year for annual maintenance 3. It gives me a peace of mind, e.g. I feel comfortable to park it next to other beaten-down cars ...
by oragne lovre
Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Orange County - new to the area
Replies: 17
Views: 1476

Re: Orange County - new to the area

Irvine, just like other places, is not a perfect place for everyone since we have different needs and tastes. It is, however, one of the safest cities in the US for years http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fbi-ranks-irvine-safest-big-us-city-10th-year-20141111-story.html 1. Irvine is more e...
by oragne lovre
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 16897

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

For those who like to run or are just curious about long-distance running, check out "The Spirit of Marathon" and "Desert Runners." These are well made documentaries.
by oragne lovre
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1279
Views: 248883

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Why is it, that, on every forum, the longest running threads are always titled: - US stocks in freefall, - discuss the recent volatility in stock markets, - what's up with stocks going down. Because pre-cortex area needs support to suppress the amygdala. And surprizingly, these threads are started:...
by oragne lovre
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1279
Views: 248883

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Dow down 99.99? Relax, Santa Claus Rally is just around the corner !!! Maybe the Santa Claus rally isn't real. Maybe it's just something our parents made up to make us want to hold stocks in December. :shock: Santa Claus is just around the corner and probably going to give well-behaved buy-and-hold...
by oragne lovre
Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 1279
Views: 248883

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

A "freefall" around the period when funds pay dividend is not a bad thing. For those who re-invest their dividend, their money may get them a bit more equity.
by oragne lovre
Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Why Retirement at 65 is a Fairy Tale"
Replies: 117
Views: 12532

Re: "Why Retirement at 65 is a Fairy Tale"

What is the main purpose of these "research" papers? (1) Do they want to warn those people who did not save that they cannot retire at 65? Maybe too late. (2) Do they want to warn the government and the society that many people will not retire comfortably at 65? So we may see employment p...

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