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by JupiterJones
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al
Replies: 98
Views: 6121

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al

I cannot believe it. Forecast now shows clear and sunny in Nashville on Monday. Actually NOAA projection for Nashville at 1pm is for 30% sky cover. This is per their forecast outlook updated as of 7:30C this morning. It still should be sunny, but I'd expect scattered clouds. It's projected to be a ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is $9000 too much for a sectional sofa ?
Replies: 123
Views: 6408

Re: Is $9000 too much for a sectional sofa ?

I think all sectional sofas should be at least $9,000, if only to discourage people from buying them. :D But, like most things, whether they be cars or watches or vacations, tastes vary. We all derive value differently. What's "too much" for me might be a bargain for you. In the end, my rule of thum...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your Movie Collection?
Replies: 41
Views: 2736

Re: Your Movie Collection?

These days having a DVD is pointless since everything can now be streamed. Not everything. Not even close. Some movies are out on DVD before they're available for streaming. Others never wind up on streaming in the first place. Still others are on streaming for a period of time, then get unceremoni...
by JupiterJones
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al
Replies: 98
Views: 6121

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al

We will simply fly to a small airport Monday morning before the start, probably the KY Dam State Park airport. Destination may change depending on weather. We plan to pack chairs and refreshment, picnic on the airport grounds, and then depart for home afterwards. That way we will not be on the road...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought a different car and my old bike rack no longer works. How should I transport my bike moving forward?
Replies: 67
Views: 2853

Re: I bought a different car and my old bike rack no longer works. How should I transport my bike moving forward?

A folding bike is fine, but not a great choice for many recreational riders because of the smaller wheel circumference. I'm not so sure about that, given that many people successfully do long bike tours on folding bikes. Bromptons seem particularly popular in that regard: m m m m Moreover, not all ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The age old debate 30 vs 15 [year mortgage rate]
Replies: 41
Views: 4707

Re: The age old debate 30 vs 15 [year mortgage rate]

I am 90% certain we will move before the 5 year mark, but my conservative side steers me away from adjustable rate instruments. I can afford the payment on a 15 and also a 30. I'm in the "always have a plan B" school myself. No matter how certain you are that you will move within five yea...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Android Tablet Transfer
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: Android Tablet Transfer

Yeah, as you mentioned, if you're mainly using Google's ecosystem, you don't have to transfer anything. All your mail, contacts, calendar stuff, etc., will sync with the mail and calendar apps on the new device (once you sign in). All your apps will still be found in the Play store in the "My A...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance
Replies: 70
Views: 6850

Re: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance

stan1 wrote:I bought a pair from Warby Parker last year and will probably do so again.


Another vote for Warby Parker.

The OP didn't really define the criteria for "best place", but if it means reasonable prices for fashionable designs, WP fits the bill.
by JupiterJones
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Amazon Prime worth it?
Replies: 128
Views: 8854

Re: Is Amazon Prime worth it?

For a long time I considered Amazon Prime to be "a tax on the impatient". And really, if you're just in it for the faster free shipping, it still is. But I gave it a trial run during the holidays last year and found that I liked it a lot. I cancelled the trial before they started charging,...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al
Replies: 98
Views: 6121

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al

We will simply fly to a small airport Monday morning before the start, probably the KY Dam State Park airport. Sounds like a great idea! (But it got me wondering... if, for example, an IFR pilot wasn't current on his/her night flying, could they legally carry passengers during an eclipse? It would ...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why not Schwab instead of Vanguard?
Replies: 68
Views: 4640

Re: Why not Schwab instead of Vanguard?

I have money at both Schwab and Vanguard and they're both fine. But if I had to pick one, I'd pick Vanguard. Why? Their corporate structure: m Basically, Vanguard is owned and operated by the mutual funds themselves. When you buy a share of a Vanguard fund you are, essentially, a shareholder in Vang...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al
Replies: 98
Views: 6121

Re: Where to View Total Eclipse? - Kansas City / Nashville et al

I'm in Nashville, and we were planning to drive 25 miles or so out to a cousin's house outside of Gallatin, smack underneath the path.

But now you guys have me wondering about how bad the traffic will be, and whether or not it might be worth just staying in town. Hmmm... :annoyed
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need Advice on Credit Card Debt
Replies: 38
Views: 1995

Re: Need Advice on Credit Card Debt

It's safe to say, I hate credit cards. Understandable. But I wouldn't blame the credit card. It didn't do anything wrong. The thing to "hate" here is the behavior of buying things that you don't have the money for. Once you kick that to the curb--and it sounds like you have--credit cards ...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recommendation for Good Book on Personal Financial Planning?
Replies: 15
Views: 1953

Re: Recommendation for Good Book on Personal Financial Planning?

A third vote for "Personal Finance for Dummies" . Eric Tyson's other "Dummies" books are great too, but this one is the one to start with. I'll also recommend Mike Piper's books . I don't think he covers budgeting, insurance, etc, but his books on investing, taxes, etc., are wond...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?
Replies: 18
Views: 1687

Re: Sonoma/Napa or Banff for anniversary?

I've been to both, but unfortunately didn't have much time to do any hiking or skiing in Banff. Bit of a missed opportunity, it sounds like. So I can only say that A) Banff was gorgeous and B) we both really enjoyed Napa/Sonoma. I guess you'll just have to do one for your 25th wedding anniversary, t...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought a different car and my old bike rack no longer works. How should I transport my bike moving forward?
Replies: 67
Views: 2853

Re: I bought a different car and my old bike rack no longer works. How should I transport my bike moving forward?

Depending on how far away the trail is, you could always just ride your bike to it in the first place.

In fact, I recently read a blog post by someone who had the same idea:

Oh the Irony of Driving Cars to Ride Bikes
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 17535

Re: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress

Ok...in reality I'm going to force myself to rest my hand. I can practice open strings and work on smooth bow technique for awhile. It needs work anyway. Boring though. Perhaps, but crucial. Waaaaay better to take some time off now than to have to take years (or forever) off later due to overdoing ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need Advice on Credit Card Debt
Replies: 38
Views: 1995

Re: Need Advice on Credit Card Debt

You need to figure out how to get "gazelle intense" on this thing or it will hang with you for a long time. Too long. I agree wholeheartedly. The OP is in a debt emergency . The way out is to throw as much money as possible at it, as quickly as possible. Trying to juggle 0% interest rate ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $500 month - invest, car fund, debt?
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: $500 month - invest, car fund, debt?

I'd probably go with the car sinking fund.

Or, if you think you won't need to buy a car for several years, maybe split it up: Half in the sinking fund and half as extra principle on the rental.
by JupiterJones
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PMI - Why So Much Hate? [Private Mortgage Insurance]
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

Re: PMI - Why So Much Hate?

On top of which, if you don't have 20% to put as down payment, IMHO you probably haven't saved enough yet and/or are buying too much house. Viewed in that light, PMI is especially insulting. You're basically paying extra for the "privilege" of making a questionable financial move in the fi...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scripters/Coders - Wanting to Learn
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: Scripters/Coders - Wanting to Learn

Another vote for Python.

There are some good free MOOCs on Coursera, etc., that can help you learn it.
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 3768

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Trailer to pull kids? Possibly the single most valuable consumer product (from a quality of life standpoint) I ever purchased. Then there are cargo bikes and Dutch-style "bakfiets" to consider. I love the way this new US bakfiet company is marketing their product: Less about getting exerc...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Artist Son - 10 years old
Replies: 17
Views: 2379

Re: Artist Son - 10 years old

I'll second Etsy. That's pretty much what the site was originally made for--people selling their handmade crafts. If someone is in the market for that sort of thing, that's probably where they'll go to try to find it.
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 3768

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Yes, first of all, most of the things that people say you "must have" you really don't. You need a bike, two legs, and a destination. (Actually, maybe just the first two.) Everything else is basically gravy. That said, there are certain things that are nice and that might even rise to the ...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 17535

Re: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress

investingdad wrote:she thought being able to make that jump was a sign of real progress.


It is! Being able to play along with an outside reference--whether it's a metronome, a recording, another violinist, or a whole ensemble--is a crucial part of musicianship.

Congrats. :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR
Replies: 26
Views: 2162

Re: Possible Relocation to Portland, OR

Traffic in Portland can be horrible if you're driving a car.

On a bike, it's smooooooth sailing. 8-)
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying estimated taxes
Replies: 31
Views: 3889

Re: Paying estimated taxes

Question 1. is it OK for all four ET payments in one year to Not be all equal? Of course. After all, a lot of people who pay estimated tax have, by the very nature of their jobs (independent contractors, small business owners, etc.), extremely variable income. They will typically have their payment...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drum sets
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: Drum sets

Agree with the above post that it's tough to "wear out" a drum set, unless it's one of those cheapies from the Sears Catalog or something. You might be able to get away with some new heads and a bottle of cymbal polish. But if you do want to upgrade to a better kit overall, in addition to ...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is a "sleeve"?
Replies: 34
Views: 3221

Re: What is a "sleeve"?

kate1234 wrote:My friend's financial advisor is encouraging her to go with an "end sleeve" and to avoid index funds at all costs :D [pun intended]

What is an "end sleeve"? I don't find anything on the wiki about it.


The financial advisor must've just been making an off-the-cuff remark.
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress
Replies: 162
Views: 17535

Re: Learning an instrument as an adult? Six Months Progress

three most important things to remember when learning to play a musical instrument are: 1. practice slowly, 2. practice slowly, and 3. practice slowly. This ^ I often joke to my students that I'm going to get a big, light-up sign made to hang up in the room where I teach, that I can turn on with a ...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net worth - thanks to this site
Replies: 15
Views: 3614

Re: Net worth - thanks to this site

Nice job! Keep up the Bogleheadian work! :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slide rule anyone?
Replies: 88
Views: 7839

Re: Slide rule anyone?

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the E6-B yet. http://images.mypilotstore.com/products/523.jpg This was (still is!) basically a circular slide rule, optimized for all sorts of aviation calculations. As late as the early 2000's, when I got my pilot's certificate, I was expected to have one and know...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone feel like talking "R"
Replies: 40
Views: 8834

Re: Anyone feel like talking "R"

Does anyone have an opinion on the advantages/disadvantages of R versus EXCEL? The most compelling thing I have read in blogs is that R source code is reproducible meaning (I think) that the same code can be run on a variety of different data sets. And R shows the data and analysis separately which...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Questions for DieHards after reading "The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing"
Replies: 41
Views: 3951

Re: Questions for DieHards after reading "The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing"

I don't plan on having any big emergencies (of course) so... Just to point out the obvious, if you do have any "emergencies" that you are planning on, those would A) not actually be emergencies, of course, and B) be saved up for separately, once your genuine emergency fund is complete. Fo...
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon personal Trip
Replies: 25
Views: 2039

Re: Oregon personal Trip

GerryL wrote:No one here says "the 101." It's just "one-oh-one."


Actually, when I pronounce it I call it "the five" because I just assume it's in binary. 8-)
by JupiterJones
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oregon personal Trip
Replies: 25
Views: 2039

Re: Oregon personal Trip

My wife and I took a similar trip a couple of years ago. Here was our itinerary, which might give you some ideas for your own trip: ⋅ Flew into PDX. Picked up rental car and drove a short distance to the McMenamin's Kennedy School Hotel --a former elementary school that has been converted ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Car Should I Buy My Daughter as a Graduation Present
Replies: 150
Views: 9502

Re: Any BHs Had Experience With the Honda Fit?

I half expected to get into the office this morning and see my notifications lit up with a dozen people telling me I went off the deep end... If you did, I'm going there with you because I agree totally. The thinking that you have to buy a big, heavy car not because you actually need the room or ut...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Amazon
Replies: 76
Views: 5562

Re: Alternatives to Amazon

This fixed the problem initially - guess I should get another made that specifically calls out Amazon Flex... I found this one on Amazon. Doesn't mention a specific carrier, but it's actually not a bad-looking sign: m https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81Azur%2BTxVL._SY500_.jpg
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
Replies: 103
Views: 11155

Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

My Whole Foods is a 20-minute walk away. Mine's close too. I usually ride my bike, in fact. It's great being able to "park" right by the front door. (And the fact that I have to carry my groceries home in a rear basket puts a nice upper limit on how much I can buy!) I have the Amazon Prim...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Amazon
Replies: 76
Views: 5562

Re: Alternatives to Amazon

Jeez, these are people just trying to make a buck. I've never had any problems with them (they're usually faster than the regular shipping companies, actually). I don't ever get a good look at them, but I doubt they're any scarier-looking than me. Could they be "scoping out" your house whi...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander vs. Pilot
Replies: 30
Views: 3281

Re: Highlander vs. Pilot

Alexa9 wrote:Narrowed it down to the Highlander and the Pilot.


So I guess you could say "in the end, there can be only one"! :D

Sorry. Highlander reference.

I'll show myself out...
by JupiterJones
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boglehead Board Game!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2446

Re: Boglehead Board Game!!

How to play:

  1. Each player then takes turns rolling the dice and writing down the total
  2. The average roll value is calculated
  3. All players then move their game pieces equally by this amount.
by JupiterJones
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 2025

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

I'm not quite sure if you'd call it a biography, but I loved Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, particularly the details about Marconi. The book interleaves the story of Marconi with the story of the Crippen murder case. Oh yeah, good call. I've been a fan of Larson's starting with The Devil in the Whit...
by JupiterJones
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse In Apartment
Replies: 39
Views: 4148

Re: Mouse In Apartment

If you don't want to deal with the grossness (and potential for incomplete kills, etc.) of old-fashioned snap traps, consider getting an electronic trap. I've had success with this one: m More expensive, but you can use the same one over and over again. A light blinks when a mouse has been zapped, t...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 2025

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

Yeah, pretty much anything by David McCullough or Walter Isaacson is going to be a good 'un. I'll add some memoirs/autobiographies... Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman and What Do You Care What Other People Think by physicist/bongoist Richard Feynman Failure is Not an Option by Gemini & Apollo-e...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this
Replies: 45
Views: 3385

Re: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this

Since they are going to play anyway, should I break down and buy their raffle tickets? The cost is insignificant. But deep down, I think it sends the wrong message. If I were you, I would not buy the tickets. Not so much because it might send the wrong message, but on the general principle that one...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do you guys do on the side?
Replies: 165
Views: 24201

Re: What do you guys do on the side?

I teach private music lessons on the side and occasionally do a few other music-related jobs (arranging, gigs, etc.) Not a huge amount of money (especially after SE taxes), but nothing to sneeze at either. Plus I enjoy doing it, which makes the profits mostly gravy anyway. (When I was younger, thing...
by JupiterJones
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Math help - home prices
Replies: 13
Views: 1134

Re: Math help - home prices

simplesimon wrote:I can't imagine this being considered a great investment [..]

What am I missing?


Nothing. My understanding is that home prices tend to keep up with inflation over the longterm, but not much more than that. As an "investment", they've always been pretty mediocre.
by JupiterJones
Wed May 17, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?
Replies: 56
Views: 4669

Re: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?

Nearly A Moose wrote:Paris is an extremely walkable city. You can literally walk for miles.


Ain't that the truth! I've only been to Paris once, and it was many years ago, but one of my chief memories is how much my feet hurt afterward. :D
by JupiterJones
Wed May 17, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Mini Milestone 100K
Replies: 19
Views: 1790

Re: Mini Milestone 100K

Awesome! Congrats! :sharebeer