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Re: All-inclusive resort vacation for $2K??

We love Cancun area. We usually book via cheapcaribbean.com Very reasonable. Soup to nuts. Stayed last time Valentin Imperial Maya 5 nights airfare all inclusive approx 3400 (even less if you don't want to insure yourself with trip cancellation for 'any reason') Also, May is trending toward lower fa...
by ripete
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All-inclusive resort vacation for $2K??
Replies: 16
Views: 1665

Re: Social Security benefits question

Once again, the knowledge base displayed on these boards is staggering.
by ripete
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security benefits question
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: Social Security benefits question

Thank you so very much for explaining this to me. Much appreciated. What, though, are 'bend points' and could you possibly explain why those zeroes could be advantageous?
by ripete
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security benefits question
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Social Security benefits question

I read today that Social Security uses a 35 year period of your highest working income to determine what your benefits will be. Two part question: If you work less than 35 years, do they only consider the number of years you worked, i.e. 28 years, OR do they add in 7 years at zero dollars per year t...
by ripete
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Social Security benefits question
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: Options for the medical grad but no residency

Wow. Awful lot of comments here, and I may be repeating someone else's. I can understand completely, as your wife is a new mom, herdesire to not do a residency at this time. I can only say(I'm the husband), that mom may always find something that will preclude her from making a total commitment to s...
by ripete
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Options for the medical grad but no residency
Replies: 95
Views: 7150

Re: Time for a new car?

Firstly, you need a new car. Congratulations, you got a lot of mileage out of a car that's 14 years old! It's time! It's time! Now, as far as the choice to buy or lease, here are my thoughts, based on personal experience. I had a Sentra, drove it 108,500 miles, stick shift, had it for about 9 years,...
by ripete
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car?
Replies: 26
Views: 1263

Re: Filling in a backyard pool/input wanted on cost-benefit

When we moved into our house (over 20 years ago), it was a fixer upper. One of the more disgusting parts of the house was a totally deteriorated backyard, which was really completely made up of a pool. The deck was broken and deteriorated, and the pool water itself was dirt brown with summer type li...
by ripete
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filling in a backyard pool/input wanted on cost-benefit
Replies: 22
Views: 1536

Re: Can't install Adobe Flash Player

Been there, done that. They uninstalled the latest verson of IE 11 and reinstalled earlier versions. They uninstalled and re-intalled adobe flash player. We ran the gamut. Just use google chrome. This must be something in IE 11 that corrupts the registry key and can't be corrected.
by ripete
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't install Adobe Flash Player
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: PenFed Visa card for Gas program changing, now with a fe

No, I'm at 3%, but I have none of the other products listed.
by ripete
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed Visa card for Gas program changing, now with a fee.
Replies: 115
Views: 9935

Re: Can't install Adobe Flash Player

Had the same exact problem. Have McAfee Techmaster. They spent hours with me trying to correct the problem, even sending up to one of their 'senior techs'. Bottom line. I was told they would have to restore the computer to factory presets. I declined. P.S. This problem is only with internet explorer...
by ripete
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't install Adobe Flash Player
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

Ron, right there with you bro. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" Maybe not the funniest ever, but it's right up there. But there are so, so many funny movies, from so many genres. Dr. Strangelove , M*A*S*H, Bananas(lots of Woody Allen movies), National Lampoon's Animal House, The Odd Coupl...
by ripete
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 201
Views: 10539

Re: road noise in your car

A lot of it has to do with the road surface. There is a highway near home that has had (to date) one side repaved with tar. The other side is (I believe) a concrete surface. Driving on the tar side is heaven whereas driving on the other side requires you turn up the volume on the radio. Tires can he...
by ripete
Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: road noise in your car
Replies: 27
Views: 1959

Re: It Was A Very Good Year

Thanks for the link to that youtube recording studio of Sinatra. How good was that! First time I heard that song, I was younger than the title, now, older than Frank was when he recorded it. Gives you pause. Gives you pause.
by ripete
Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: It Was A Very Good Year
Replies: 15
Views: 3033

Re: What kind of Life Insurance do I need at age 57,please h

Firstly, I agree with the posted answer already give. To elaborate, however, let's think this through a bit. The purpose of life insurance should be to provide for your loved ones should you have an untimely demise. That being said, the number I've heard quoted is 7 times yearly income. This, howeve...
by ripete
Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What kind of Life Insurance do I need at age 57,please help
Replies: 10
Views: 969

Re: Opinions on NML disability insurance - Feedback apprecia

As a fellow physician, be careful that your disability specifies your own subspecialty. You are a pediatrician. You don't want them to say that you may not be able to function as a pediatrician, but you can function, for example, as a radiologist. "Physician" in and of itself, is too broad...
by ripete
Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opinions on NML disability insurance - Feedback appreciated
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Questions regarding larger portfolios

To echo the comment already posted. You have already won the game. It's time to step away from the table. You could place it in US Treasuries, in bank deposits, and gold, and also buy a really big mattress. Congratulations on your success. I think if you're in the low to mid 8 figures, you shouldn't...
by ripete
Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions regarding larger portfolios
Replies: 10
Views: 1395

Re: 45 and wondering if I should stop investing altogether?

Forgive me. I haven't read all the posts here, so I may be repeating others' advice. Firstly, it sounds as if you are simply a bit burned out by day trading. Getting up at the wee hours on a consistent basis is no way to run your life. It's not good for you, nor for you wife and children, in the lon...
by ripete
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 45 and wondering if I should stop investing altogether?
Replies: 67
Views: 7739

Re: Applying to Medical School

I have to echo a lot of the sentiment here. I know of people who have gone to state schools and have done quite well. On the other hand, I know of some who have gone to the 'best' schools and haven't fared as well. Of course, I do agree with the sentiment expressed on this thread that if you have th...
by ripete
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Applying to Medical School
Replies: 34
Views: 2415

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