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by MP173
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 797992

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished two of Lawrence Block's "Chip Harrison" early novels - "No Score" and "Chip Harrison Scores Again". Block is one of my favorite authors, his Matthew Scudder, Keller (the killer), and Bernie Rhodenbarr series are outstanding...reminding me so much of John McDonald's Travis McGee serie...
by MP173
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]
Replies: 147
Views: 7367

Re: Is it worth it? [demanding jobs vs time with family]

I have read the OP and several comments and skimmed thru the rest. True story... In 1998 my wife and I were both working high stress jobs, hers more so than mine, but my income was 2x hers. With 2 sons we were spending a ton on nanny, meals out, and other "quality of life" events. She was working 60...
by MP173
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of hotel do you get on business travel?
Replies: 45
Views: 3125

Re: What kind of hotel do you get on business travel?

I pay my own for business travel and try to stay at Comfort Inn/Choice.

A close second is Drury Inns (Midwest), but those are about 30% higher.

Any suggestions for lowering rates? When it is your own dime, you pay attention.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: One more year [to retire]
Replies: 23
Views: 2503

Re: One more year [to retire]

Here is my question for nomad and the other early retires....what do you do for health care? I am 62 years old and my 61 DW took early retirement this summer. Part of the package was 4 years of a contribution to HSA to bridge the gap to medicare. Seeing the positives to her from the ER, I am beginni...
by MP173
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2257

Re: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels

Watched Season 1, ep 5 thru 8 last night.

We are hooked.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opinions Needed - Are We Good?
Replies: 32
Views: 2612

Re: Opinions Needed - Are We Good?

Ok, so you have your finances in order at this time. You have a platform in which you can start calling your own shots. Why not find something else? Ask yourself what it is about your careers that you do not enjoy and then move in a direction which addresses those concerns. Obviously, the two of you...
by MP173
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2257

Re: Harry Bosch:the Amazon Series vs the novels

Watched four episodes tonight. Really good show.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harry Bosch: the Amazon Series vs the novels
Replies: 47
Views: 2257

Re: Harry Bosch:the Amazon Series vs the novels

Harry is one of my favorite charactors in novels.

Thanks for the tip for Amazon.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston to Maine road trip
Replies: 64
Views: 3714

Re: Boston to Maine road trip

We just arrived home yesterday from the great American vacation (gAv) in which we drove from Indiana to Maine and back. The highlight was 4 nights on a schooner out of Rockland, Me. Absolutely amazing with the best food I have had. Sleeping accomodations are a bit tight, but the scenery was outstand...
by MP173
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 797992

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Hue, 1968 by Mark Bowden Previously indicated i was reading this and just finished it. I would rate it up there with "A Bright Shining Lie" by Neil Sheehan. Yes, it is that good. Instead of following one man, John Paul Vann, Bowden interviewed numerous people and visited archives both in U...
by MP173
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any widower with young kids thinking about retirement?
Replies: 17
Views: 1904

Re: Any widower with young kids thinking about retirement?

Sorry to hear of your loss. I went thru a similar situation 17 years ago with 14 and 5 year old sons. Fortunately I had a very flexible job and my employer was extremely sympathetic to my situation and we were able to work out a situation which resulted in me working at home, eliminating travel, and...
by MP173
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 797992

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am about 80 pages into "Hue, 1968", Mark Bowden's book on the Tet Offensive battle in 1968. This occurred during my early teen years and the isolation of my world (small rural community) and the lack of instant communications kept me from awareness of much of the Viet Nam era. Bowden, so...
by MP173
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 797992

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Sting Like a Bee, Muhammad Ali vs. United States" by Leigh Montville. This is a look at a very narrow part of "The Greatest" life, warts and all. It details the five years of Ali's refusal to report to the military when drafted. That is about all it covers. We are provided littl...
by MP173
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home canner
Replies: 14
Views: 1168

Re: Home canner

Tomatoes would definately be on the list. We have about 15 plants and the fruits are coming on strong. Should be a big crop.

I have a difficult time imaging canned stews, meats, etc, but it is a common practice.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home canner
Replies: 14
Views: 1168

Re: Home canner

OP back...my wife has invested an hour watching a utube video and gathered quite a bit of info. Also, I purchased a book published by Ball Corp a couple of years ago which seems to be an excellent guide. We will probably start with a boiling method canner (non pressure) as that seems a good route to...
by MP173
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home canner
Replies: 14
Views: 1168

Home canner

The DW retired a month ago and has decided it is time to can certain fruits and vegetables, particularly since we are gardening quite a bit. Currently we freeze corn and green beans. Neither of us have experience with this...any suggestions? Also, can you recommend a good pressure cooker/canner for ...
by MP173
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Middle age job blues
Replies: 86
Views: 8813

Re: Middle age job blues

Why not make a change in your career, while keeping your foot in the career?

Are there available positions in consulting or even sales? With the financial resources and backing you have, you can take a lateral move.

Good luck.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming goggles
Replies: 29
Views: 2123

Re: swimming goggles

I used to swim about 1 mile a day five days per week....not any more as I transferred to bike. I also wear glasses and my eye doc sold me a pair of goggles which were not prescription, but were powered lens and gave me near perfect vision while swimming. Not sure if those are available now or not. N...
by MP173
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slide rule anyone?
Replies: 88
Views: 7846

Re: Slide rule anyone?

OP here. This summer I picked up a book entitled " Practical Mathematics" (Hobbs, McKinney & Dalzell) published by American Technical Society. The book carries this subtitle on the Title page "Presenting the Principles of Arithmetic, Equations, Formulas, Mensuration, Graphs, and L...
by MP173
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?
Replies: 17
Views: 1544

Re: Is the new Chevy Equinox any good?

Engine issues with my 2012 Equinox, which I have discussed recently AND most importantly GM's refusal to do anything about it, after sending me a letter stating there was an issue. I will not go into detail, as it has been discussed, but they did have issues with pistons/rings, etc which caused oil ...
by MP173
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
Replies: 103
Views: 11175

Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

Supermarket industry is changing radically...and quickly. Here in Indiana, two medium sized independents are gone....Marsh in Central Indiana and Stracks/Ultra/Town and Country in NW Indiana. A large co-op owned by independents in Chicago (Central Grocers - Centrella brand) is bankrupt and closed. T...
by MP173
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House in Indy (Carmel Indiana)
Replies: 10
Views: 1140

Re: Buying a House in Indy (Carmel Indiana)

Just get used to round abouts. Last time I heard there are nearly 100 in town.

Most Indiana cities dream of growing up to be Carmel. Lots of development, but it seems to be under control...somewhat.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tell me a stock you like better than Google/Alphabet Right Now and Why
Replies: 101
Views: 8074

Re: Tell me a stock you like better than Google/Alphabet Right Now and Why

I own about 17 individual stocks (started adding in 1995) and my last purchase was in about 2011 with JNJ. There is nothing I see now that interests me as a buyer. I am a holder and dividend re-investor of all of my holdings...but nothing on the radar for now. My equity holdings, other than index, a...
by MP173
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2017
Replies: 51
Views: 5195

Re: Gardening 2017

I am watering the gardens about every other day now as we are in the middle of a dry, hot spell here in NW Indiana. First planting of spinach has bolted, just about ready for 2nd batch. Asparagus is about done. Starting to let it go to seed. Lettuce is strong. Planted heat resistant this AM. Broccol...
by MP173
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Thriller Authors and Why
Replies: 54
Views: 9022

Re: Favorite Thriller Authors and Why

I agree with many of SoDakJeff's listings. Here are some of my favorites: Dennis LeHane - early works John Sandford - about 25 books...all great Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer - also about 25 books Lawrence Block - perhaps my favorite. He has several series....all outstanding and ...
by MP173
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book - The New Retirementality
Replies: 26
Views: 3571

Re: Book - The New Retirementality

The book has allowed me to discover that my career is a critical component of my life and in a good way. I enjoy many aspects of my vocation including: the independence, the value I bring to my customers, the relationships both inside the company and my customers, the income, and the mentoring aspec...
by MP173
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 2029

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

Two come to mind quickly: Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" which dealt with LBJ and his life with the Kennedys and then his ascention to Presidency with the assassination of JFK in Nov, 1963. His ability to get things done in Washington was legendary and Caro does a great job. Cant wai...
by MP173
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car engine dispute
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Re: Car engine dispute

finite:

I like your reply...add oil and kindly escalate. I really do not like legal pursuit unless there is a compelling reason to. This probably isnt.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book - The New Retirementality
Replies: 26
Views: 3571

Book - The New Retirementality

I will place this thread in "Personal Consumer Issues" since it is a book and deals with "consuming" one's life. The book "The New Retirementality" addresses moving from "vocation to vacation" and what exactly are you going to do with an extra 40 + hours per w...
by MP173
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirement Plan Check, 2 Years out.
Replies: 25
Views: 3708

Re: Early Retirement Plan Check, 2 Years out.

illinidave: What are you going to do with your time? I look at that being the big issue. I am just finishing the book "The New Retirementality" by Mitch Anthony and I will start a new thread on this book. The book has caused me to take a serious look at my station in life, particularly sin...
by MP173
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car engine dispute
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Re: Car engine dispute

NHRATA01: Thanks for the advise and added info. Anything else I should be aware of? I have been satisfied with the Equinox overall. Not a great car, but solid value for the price...and it fits my size. One more question...what can expect (final mileage) out of this particular (2012) model? At 154,00...
by MP173
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car engine dispute
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Re: Car engine dispute

The miles per year are trending less. I put considerable miles on the vehicle early and it is now used by my son for college. The last two years has seen 40,000 - about 20k per year.

Just checked the engine oil....still full after 800 miles since the last change.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car engine dispute
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Re: Car engine dispute

Thanks for replies. The recommendation is DEX oil and that is what has been used. I understand that older engines CAN burn more oil. However, it was burning oil at 110,000 at a high rate. The fact that GM knew they had a problem but didnt notify me until 19 months after notifying the dealers is a bi...
by MP173
Wed May 31, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car engine dispute
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Car engine dispute

I have a 2012 Equinox with over 150,000 miles. A letter was received indicating there was a piston / ring issue and the car might experience excessive oil consumption and the warrenty was extended to 120,000 miles. At the 110,000 mile mark, the oil consumption issue was noted by Chevy dealer with th...
by MP173
Tue May 30, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Not Another Payoff The Mortgage Thread....
Replies: 38
Views: 4358

Re: Not Another Payoff The Mortgage Thread....

I think you are agonizing over this too much. You have an ideal situation: 1. Low interest rate. 2. Reduced term by 50%. 3. Reduced Payment by refinancing. 4. You are generating personal free cash flow. Congratulations! I think to completely use the chunk of money saved in a short period of time to ...
by MP173
Mon May 29, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Not Another Payoff The Mortgage Thread....
Replies: 38
Views: 4358

Re: Not Another Payoff The Mortgage Thread....

You reduced your term from 30 years to 15 years....and reduced your monthly payment. Thus, you have already moved in the right direction. I have paid off two mortgages early - different methods. The first I used personal free cash flow to aggressively make additional payments. I added $100 per month...
by MP173
Sat May 27, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 797992

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "The Undoing Project" by Michael Lewis. Ok...I struggled with this book. I kept waiting for the Michael Lewis to kick in. It did at the end, but quite frankly I referred to this book (to my wife) as the "nap book". After reading 5 pages, I would put the book down an...
by MP173
Tue May 23, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fortune 500 Financial Analyst vs CFP
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Fortune 500 Financial Analyst vs CFP

I neither work for a F500 company, have an MBA, nor work as a CFP, but have a few ideas (both pro and con): 1. Entering a family business can be a challenge. I am in sales and the family businesses which are successful AND are still cordial within the family are companies which I admire. Be very car...
by MP173
Mon May 15, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Regret early retirement/downsizing
Replies: 230
Views: 38932

Re: Regret early retirement/downsizing

Great topic. My wife is 9 working days from taking the early retirement and she (and I ) are very happy. I will keep working for a few years. With her retirement pending (great offer of early retirement, the exit is huge), it has me questioning both her and myself about life in retirement. She has n...
by MP173
Wed May 10, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Buffet - The Wrath of Ebit
Replies: 32
Views: 4423

Re: Buffet - The Wrath of Ebit

For public companies it is about EPS. For private companies it is all about cash flow and how the debt can be serviced. The numbers are there in financial reports, all one must do is look and analyze. I agree with the earlier comments about FCF being the important number in a financial report. It ba...
by MP173
Mon May 08, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sprouting at home and organic broccoli seeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 986

Re: sprouting at home and organic broccoli seeds?

Johnnys Seeds in Maine has a great selection of seeds. I purchase transplants locally, but do purchase seeds for other items (carrots, eggplant, pole beans, spinach, lettuce, etc) from Johnnys.

Ed
by MP173
Sun May 07, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2865
Views: 842383

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Fences" last night. We really enjoyed it....very emotional and moving.

Of course it doesnt hurt that Denzel Washington is in it.

I put it up there with Forest Gump as my all time favorites.

Ed
by MP173
Thu May 04, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon shipment "stuck" at UPS distribution
Replies: 22
Views: 2497

Re: Amazon shipment "stuck" at UPS distribution

US Postal Service is subcontracting deliveries of UPS and Amazon shipments. That creates another layer of handling of parcels.
Amazon is planning on expanding it's logistics footprint in a huge way, just not there yet.

Ed
by MP173
Tue May 02, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ameriprise Investment Suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: Ameriprise Investment Suggestions

I love Ameriprise, as an owner and not as a customer.

Since it has spun off from American Express it has returned 13.1% per year vs 7.2% for SPY.

Kinda like McDonalds, love the stock but not a customer.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2524
Views: 797992

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Behind Her Eyes" by Sarah Pinborough.

It wasnt quite as good for me as the hype.
ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2865
Views: 842383

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Finished "Better Call Saul" season 2 last night.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2865
Views: 842383

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Started "Better Call Saul" season 2 last night and burned 4 episodes. Not really a movie, but entertaining.

ed
by MP173
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did I make a good decision to retire July 2017 instead of July 2018?
Replies: 56
Views: 5438

Re: Did I make a good decision to retire July 2017 instead of July 2018?

If you are set on the early retirement, then do it. My question would be what are you going to do with all of that time (as others have mentioned above), but that is me. My wife is taking ER in June and she is fine with filling her time. Personally, I would go crazy, but that is me. If you are looki...
by MP173
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2017
Replies: 51
Views: 5195

Re: Gardening 2017

Planting onions today...about a week later than usual. Last year I purchased bundles of onion plants and these grew much better than the onion "sets". Yesterday I purchased four bundles (each contains probably 20-30 plants)...Vidalia, Spanish White, Texas sweet, and purple. Also purchased ...