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by Blues
Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Samaritan by Richard Price. Once again Price demonstrates his, (dare I say unique?), ear for language and dialogue as well as the rhythm of the street.
by Blues
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1745
Views: 389865

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Spotlight: As others have stated, excellent. Well cast, well directed and kept you engaged.

Room: Good, important theme, but a bit laborious. (Though I don't know that it was the kind of film where the pace could properly have been quickened.)
by Blues
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?
Replies: 145
Views: 11489

Re: What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?

What did you learn from the post-Brexit bloodbath?


Nothing. I took no action and made no changes to our portfolio or investment plan.
by Blues
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Dracula is very well written and, as you say, quite evocative. The descriptions of his crawling out the castle window and down the wall is permanently etched in my mind along with some of the orgies of ecstatic "feeding". Like you, something I was hesitant to read at the time thinking I wo...
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've been reading "Matterhorn", a book about Vietnam. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a marine during the war and based the book on his actual experiences there. It's a great read if you want to get a feel for what the day-to-day life of a soldier in combat during Vietnam was really like....
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've been reading "Matterhorn", a book about Vietnam. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a marine during the war and based the book on his actual experiences there. It's a great read if you want to get a feel for what the day-to-day life of a soldier in combat during Vietnam was really like....
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sea of Glory , by Nathaniel Philbrick. This is biography of Charles Wilkes and a history of the 6 ship scientific and survey expedition which he led to Antarctica, the South Pacific islands and the Pacific Northwest in 1838-42. Wilkes was a horrible sailor and a miserable leader, the voyage ended i...
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

VT, I am simply cautioning him on making a comment about how far we've come if he hasn't reached the end of the book which I assume you are familiar with. It may change his opinion on that matter. I, like you, also enjoyed the Wolfe book. In fact all three in that series depicting his early to adult...
by Blues
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I've been reading "Matterhorn", a book about Vietnam. The author, Karl Marlantes, was a marine during the war and based the book on his actual experiences there. It's a great read if you want to get a feel for what the day-to-day life of a soldier in combat during Vietnam was really like....
by Blues
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What four faces would you put on the Mount Rushmore of Investing
Replies: 47
Views: 3404

Re: What four faces would you put on the Mount Rushmore of Investing

I'm going to make my Mt. Rushmore a personal homage to those gentlemen who have most positively influenced my own investing perspective and consequent results...

Bogle
Swedroe
Bernstein
Larrimore


YMMV...there are many roads to South Dakota. :wink:

:sharebeer
by Blues
Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Houellebecq is an interesting writer. I've read "Particles" as well as a few additional titles. Some more engaging than others but always provocative.
by Blues
Tue May 31, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 4800

Re: What was your first investment?

Mutual Shares run by Michael Price back in 1985.

(Prior to 1985, (outside of passbook savings and the like), I dabbled in occasional stock picking and found it wasn't my cup of tea.)
by Blues
Mon May 30, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Valiant Amibition by Nathaniel Philbrick. (A wonderful writer worth looking into for those who haven't picked up any of his fine histories.)
by Blues
Wed May 25, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 38539

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Ice-9, If your credit is already frozen, there is nothing a credit monitoring company can monitor except for non-credit related items such as sex offenders in your neighborhood. That's my understanding. I believe one had the opportunity to temporarily suspend the freeze to allow them access after w...
by Blues
Wed May 25, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 38539

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

Like you, the only alert I've received from them thus far was in regard to a sex offender somewhere in the general vicinity.

Also, like you, I believe that freezing my credit was the best option.

And so it goes... (To throw in a little nod to Vonnegut.)
by Blues
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?
Replies: 115
Views: 7589

Re: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?

bottlecap wrote:I like both, but tend to prefer Bourbon of late. I like a good Rye as well.

Elijah Craig is a good relatively inexpensive recommendation for bourbon.
JT


I strongly second that recommendation.
by Blues
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?
Replies: 115
Views: 7589

Re: So, are Bogleheads Bourbon or Scotch drinkers?

I don't drink either one often but when I do...it's (nowadays) a nice single malt. For years before that I always preferred good bourbon.

Since I've acquired the taste for single malt I now often find bourbon to be too sweet.

:beer
by Blues
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?
Replies: 400
Views: 72266

Re: "Vanguard converting mutual fund accounts to brokerage?

I might have missed it in this thread, but what is the benefit to Vanguard for starting these conversions? Why are they doing this? Whenever I'm told that something will benefit me, I always wonder about the other side . I was offered the "opportunity" to switch from CSRS, (the old, defin...
by Blues
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why have more than 20% in bonds?
Replies: 37
Views: 4029

Re: Why have more than 20% in bonds?

rgs92 wrote:I would sure be cautious now, and certainly not stray from staying the course by upping my equity allocation.


I think that is wise advice, especially for those (newer) investors who may be more susceptible to the siren's song of market "trends". :beer
by Blues
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why have more than 20% in bonds?
Replies: 37
Views: 4029

Re: Why have more than 20% in bonds?

so why do people in retirement have 40-70% in bonds? It is their "Sleep Well" Point. :happy Pretty much. It is easy to look at say more than 20-25% bonds does nothing to help with portfolio survival. It is a lot different to be living it . +1 :happy You hit the nail on the head Bullseye. ...
by Blues
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirees - What triggered you to retire?
Replies: 96
Views: 10882

Re: Early Retirees - What triggered you to retire?

I was pretty disgusted with the way my agency and the federal law enforcement effort in general was being administered, and since I qualified for a pension based upon age and length of service I decided to get off the (not so) merry go round. Put my papers in at age 50. I've never regretted that dec...
by Blues
Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 38539

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

More good news about the IRS IP PIN program: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/irs-suspends-insecure-get-ip-pin-feature/ :oops: Cheers from one Krebs reader to another! From reading the article and the comments it seems that credit freeze provides protection from this scenario. Victoria I would t...
by Blues
Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS IP PIN Received Today but for Tax Year 2014?
Replies: 36
Views: 4129

Re: IRS IP PIN Received Today but for Tax Year 2014?

The IRS IP PIN program has been suspended... https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/irs-suspends-insecure-get-ip-pin-feature/ :oops: "... temporarily suspending the Identity Protection PIN tool on IRS.gov" Sounds like the program itself is still in effect, with just the online tool not avail...
by Blues
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS "GET IP PIN" (Online) Program Suspended
Replies: 0
Views: 454

IRS "GET IP PIN" (Online) Program Suspended

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/irs-suspends-insecure-get-ip-pin-feature/ :oops: I had planned on obtaining one earlier this year but when the website wasn't available by the time I had all my necessary documents I filed without it. Glad I did so in hindsight. (Though the letter I received from ...
by Blues
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OPM breach and credit freeze
Replies: 296
Views: 38539

Re: OPM breach and credit freeze

More good news about the IRS IP PIN program:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/irs ... n-feature/

:oops:
by Blues
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick. A compelling read thus far.
by Blues
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo
Replies: 46
Views: 3822

Re: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo

Blues..glad you & the OP have things worked out. Lot to be said for simplicity...it always seems once you get to a solution..it's simple. Getting there is usually the complicated part. Thanks. I'm just happy for the opportunity to give a little back to this community which has provided me with ...
by Blues
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo
Replies: 46
Views: 3822

Re: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo

Here is a $22 solution that is very simple to use. It is not audiophile quality but the stream that you are pursuing is probably compressed anyway. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I59VBH4/ref=AmazonBasics_HQP_3P?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo&pf_rd_r=1S4Z56YE2WGYMJJ05YSS...
by Blues
Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo
Replies: 46
Views: 3822

Re: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo

I had originally used a "bluetooth dongle" to stream audio to my (at least 15 year old) Onkyo receiver but was unimpressed with both the quality of the sound as well as the connection reliability... This is one of those, "you get what you pay for" & "it depends" th...
by Blues
Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo
Replies: 46
Views: 3822

Re: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo

All the options the other posters presented are expensive and/or overcomplicated. For $35, just get a Chromecast audio (or regular Chromecast), plug it into your receiver, and use your phone (or laptop via Chrome browser) to stream your radio station to the receiver/stereo. You can even buy a separ...
by Blues
Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo
Replies: 46
Views: 3822

Re: Streaming Internet to Home Stereo

Just to reinforce the excellent advice given by retiredjg, I have a similar setup and it works great. I had originally used a "bluetooth dongle" to stream audio to my (at least 15 year old) Onkyo receiver but was unimpressed with both the quality of the sound as well as the connection reli...
by Blues
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is John Bogle's best book?
Replies: 25
Views: 3007

Re: What is John Bogle's best book?

Another vote for: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

Simple and to the point.
by Blues
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]
Replies: 126
Views: 6543

Re: What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]

2016 Toyota 4Runner "Trail Edition Premium" with KDSS (because having reliable 4WD and ground clearance matters around here).
by Blues
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Currently reading "These Thousand Hills" by A.B. Guthrie Jr. having just revisited three others in his masterful series from the 50's, "The Big Sky", "The Way West" and "Fair Land, Fair Land". ("The Way West" won the Pulitzer in 1951.) They rarely wr...
by Blues
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: where to get 3% real with the least amount of risk?
Replies: 56
Views: 6649

Re: where to get 3% real with the least amount of risk?

I suspect an intermediate-term bond fund is probably good enough, but you could add in 20% total US stock market to give it an extra kick. Sounds a lot like the underlying strategy of VASIX, Vanguard Life Strategy Income Fund, if one doesn't mind the international exposure baked into it. https://pe...
by Blues
Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: What percentage of your expenses are covered by SS and/or pensions
Replies: 84
Views: 6336

Re: Retirees: What percentage of your expenses are covered by SS and/or pensions

Over 100%. We are fortunate enough to be able to save a portion of our monthly income toward the purchase of "big ticket" items such as the new vehicle we bought just last week.
by Blues
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age did you retire
Replies: 84
Views: 7548

Re: What age did you retire

I had just turned 51.
by Blues
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Treasury Direct is a waste of time
Replies: 57
Views: 6746

Re: Treasury Direct is a waste of time

I got fed up with TD myself and cashed out our I Bonds on New Year's Day. (Processed nice and quick, thank you.)

I used some of that money to buy a new truck so it wasn't a total loss. :sharebeer
by Blues
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxact breached as well - just saw an article in wsj
Replies: 35
Views: 4099

Re: Taxact breached as well - just saw an article in wsj

Well, hopefully it's the same rascals that breached OPM. They probably just wanted to double check the data. :oops:

Personally, I wouldn't abandon TaxAct at this juncture.
by Blues
Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are Bogleheads Buying I-Bonds 2016?
Replies: 80
Views: 11498

Re: Are Bogleheads Buying I-Bonds 2016?

@Blues, That's becoming my view also. Even finding out how much I have in the account is a PITA. Did you wait for any penalties to time out, or was the penalty immaterial? I honestly didn't care about the penalties. I would track the value of the I Bonds with the "Savings Bond Wizard" fro...
by Blues
Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 429
Views: 175738

Re: TV show recommendations?

Currently splitting non-sports related TV between the final three episodes of "Foyle's War" and "Making A Murderer" on Netflix. I must say, as a retired federal law enforcement officer, that "Making A Murderer" is pretty compelling stuff. I am frequently astounded and d...
by Blues
Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Are Bogleheads Buying I-Bonds 2016?
Replies: 80
Views: 11498

Re: Are Bogleheads Buying I-Bonds 2016?

No. We're done with them. I've been on the fence about I Bonds the past few years because: 1. The Treasury Direct website is a pain. As I log in so rarely, (usually only to make our yearly purchases), I invariably have to log out of the separate account I use to manage our finances in order to obtai...
by Blues
Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 429
Views: 175738

Re: TV show recommendations?

MNGopher wrote:I might be biased being from Minnesota, but I think Fargo is the best show since Breaking Bad. Ya, you bet, for suure.


What's that then? :)

I agree. The missus and I are really bummed that the new season just ended.

Long live the "Butcher Of Luverne"! :sharebeer
by Blues
Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A little about Larry S
Replies: 51
Views: 7693

Re: A little about Larry S

Great pic. I remember all the hoopla when they opened an Alexander's on Queens Blvd. years ago.
by Blues
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A little about Larry S
Replies: 51
Views: 7693

Re: A little about Larry S

Blues You just did "repay" me Best wishes Larry Somehow I knew that would be your reply. You are too kind. The comfort we take with both our financial plan and current circumstances is in no small part due to your making the concept of risk (and the need, ability and willingness to take o...
by Blues
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A little about Larry S
Replies: 51
Views: 7693

Re: A little about Larry S

Another Brooklyn ---> moved to Queens boy here.

I (like many others) owe Larry a debt for an education I'll never be able to repay. :beer
by Blues
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need indoor "orthotic" shoes/slippers
Replies: 27
Views: 1474

Re: Need indoor "orthotic" shoes/slippers

I personally went with the Merrell "Encore Bypass" which has both good arch support as well as superior cushioning: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004J2PB9A/ref=twister_B005O65HJ4 (I use them as my indoor slippers as well as for quick runs outside and around the property.) I am also a proponent...
by Blues
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS IP PIN: Pros & Cons?
Replies: 17
Views: 2078

Re: IRS IP PIN: Pros & Cons?

As I understand the system once the IRS has flagged your SSN as one with fraudulent activity all returns e-filed or mailed must contain the assigned PIN or they will be rejected. That is not my understanding per the letter rec'd from the IRS in connection with submitting the initial request for an ...
by Blues
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1718
Views: 403332

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Confession" by Olen Steinhauer

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