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by MP173
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2413
Views: 607436

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched "Bridge of Spys". Excellent look at the cold war and the Gary Powers saga. Lots of interesting comparisons of late 1950s to today... Building a wall, "all lives matter", civil liberties, homeland security, etc. Tom Hanks was great as always, as was the actor who played th...
by MP173
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Gone Baby Gone" by Dennis Lehane.

Outstanding book. I had seen the movie. This is much more detailed.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement offer
Replies: 9
Views: 2185

Re: Early retirement offer

Thanks for all replies. A few more comments. She is still a few years away from Medicare. The yearly payments for health insurance are not really a HSA but into a similar type of system. It will roll over year to year, but at the end of the program, the balance melts away....back to university. I di...
by MP173
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement offer
Replies: 9
Views: 2185

Early retirement offer

My wife has been offered an early retirement option with her employer (state university). She meets the requirements for age and years of service. She has been contemplating leaving on her own, so this is basically a bonus. There are a couple of key factors: 1. Monetary settlement. 2. Health Savings...
by MP173
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal finance help for those below/near poverty line
Replies: 27
Views: 3142

Re: Personal finance help for those below/near poverty line

I would suggest establishing a "community garden" project. Many community parks or churches or other non profits have grounds which could be used. Not a source for free or reduced services, but it does provide food and a sense of accomplishment (if you can keep the critters and 2 legged cr...
by MP173
Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

quant: I am a Franzen fan, having read 3 of his novels. The last one "Purity" is very, very good. I recommend it, particularly if you enjoyed "Corrections". Currently reading two: "The Science of Selling" by David Hoffeld. After 27 years in sales, it is interesting to r...
by MP173
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reached a milestone: $500K in Retirement Accounts
Replies: 44
Views: 5816

Re: Reached a milestone: $500K in Retirement Accounts

Congrats to OP and others with similar stories.

So, without getting too political and shutting this down...what brought you to this country? How is it different from your native land?

I believe these are important stories to hear...for all of those mired in doom and gloom.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: storm/screen door
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: storm/screen door

So around $800 - $1000 installed is a fair price for a quality door, such as Larson?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone: Are Apple Maps as good as Google Maps?
Replies: 30
Views: 2815

Re: iPhone: Are Apple Maps as good as Google Maps?

I find the Google Maps directions and congestion information is very accurate. The estimated time for driving/arrival is almost within afew minutes, even on all day trips.

No comment on AppleMaps as I do not own their product.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: storm/screen door
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: storm/screen door

We are looking at both the removable and the slide down types. The slide down type only has 50% screen.

Larson Door...pretty good quality from what I can tell.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Full time to part time.
Replies: 41
Views: 3061

Re: Full time to part time.

Wow big decision. Congradulations on the retirement and college funds. You are in an exceptional situation. You did not specify the amount of "other savings", nor your situation with housing. Do you have a mortgage? How much/how many years left? Are you paying that down? If I were going to...
by MP173
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: storm/screen door
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

storm/screen door

Any ideas of the cost for a high quality storm/screen door for material and installation?

We have no such door and thus cannot have a breeze during summer months. We are looking at one which would have both glass and screen (removal).

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru + Mazda
Replies: 44
Views: 4232

Re: Subaru + Mazda

We purchased a '15 Outback. One thing to consider is it took about 6 weeks to arrive. There were none available on the car lot. It is my wife's car and she really likes it.

On the downside, the transmission just went out on it (23,000 miles). It took 10 days to replace.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Blues:

I strongly recommend this, but also realize my feelings are swimming against the current of most reviews read.

I do not recall too much of Updike's Rabbit books (read them decades ago) but the foundations are similar....

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "All Joe Knight" by Kevin Morris. This has very mixed reviews. It is not a very politically correct book as it deals with a very damaged middle aged man (orphaned before age 1, raised by an aunt who dies while he is a teen, not a high regard for women, makes a large sum of $$...
by MP173
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Landlord for first time - tips and things to know?
Replies: 42
Views: 3952

Re: Landlord for first time - tips and things to know?

Being a landlord wasnt for me. I was too nice. I was lucky in that the first tenant paid promptly and if he couldnt he would communicate it to me and pay as soon as possible. The second tenant made me realize being a landlord/property owner was not in my dna. I quickly sold the property and have nev...
by MP173
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished two more mysteries: Dennis LeHane's - "A Drink Before the War" - two private investigators in Boston (the same two as in Gone Baby Gone) are looking for a woman who disappears from a job with a powerful politician...and allegedly took sensitive political info. David Levien - ...
by MP173
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any TRX users?
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: Any TRX users?

Thanks to all for the input.

I need to locate a spot in the house to use it. Not decided on the Y classes yet ($50 for 7 weeks).

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jan 03, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any TRX users?
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: Any TRX users?

Thanks....I do not need max power at age 61, but it seems as if it will fit the bill.

I mix the cardio (bike) with some other stuff.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any TRX users?
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Any TRX users?

I received a TRX suspension training system for holiday but have yet to attempt it. Couple of questions... 1. The local Y has classes. Suggestions as to whether or not the classes should be taken or should I dive in? 2. How effective of a workout is it? Currently I do stationary bike, pushups, situp...
by MP173
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2413
Views: 607436

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

The Martian.

Apollo 13 meets Gravity. Pretty good movie.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fountain Pens - Do you use one?
Replies: 104
Views: 6528

Re: Fountain Pens - Do you use one?

At this time I do not have a fountain pen, but will certainly pick one up at a garage/estate sale next time. What I am using and collecting these days are old mechanical pencils with advertisements,particularly those of local companies here in NW Indiana or railroads. I have two favorites which are ...
by MP173
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Passenger" by Lisa Lutz.

Half way thru it...very good.

A woman goes thru identities as she is escaping from something...just what is it?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eclipse viewing
Replies: 34
Views: 1969

Re: Eclipse viewing

Carbondale, Il is the hot spot from what I have read.

I have farmland about 80 miles north of Carbondale and am tentatively planning on setting up camp. I am not much of a solar fan, instead using a 90mm Mak for night observations, but this is too good of an opportunity to pass on.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Basketball Hoop
Replies: 11
Views: 824

Re: Buying a Basketball Hoop

There is nothing quite like the sound of a basketball bouncing in a neighborhood. It is a magnet to bring kids out of their houses. My son is now in college (playing college ball) and the basketball goal has now turned into a trellis for a vine and a robin nest (on the rear). It has been a great add...
by MP173
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to buy a vehicle - New vs Used Math Sanity Check
Replies: 24
Views: 2886

Re: Time to buy a vehicle - New vs Used Math Sanity Check

Even tho the interest rate is low, you might want to consider throwing extra on the monthly payment to melt away the finance term. I finance 3 years and pay extra and eliminate the debt payment after 18 months.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished Stephen White's "Critical Condition". His charactor - Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist in Bolder, Colorado - similar to the Jonathan Kellerman series.

Not bad, I will read more of his series.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

My problem is that I have "caught up" with my favorite authors...Michael Connelly, John Sandford, James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Johathan Kellerman and several others. I must await new books as I have read all. The series books are appealing to me. Currently reading Stephen White's "...
by MP173
Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is back...pushed out of LAPD and doing double duty as a P.I. and helping a small town police department.

Perhaps my favorite Bosch series book yet.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8453

Re: Gardening 2016

Here is an update for this year in the garden. We finally received a frost this weekend (freeze) which killed off the bell pepper plants. I picked about 40 peppers yesterday and pulled all the pepper plants. Amazing...peppers in November (NW Indiana). I am still eating lettuce and spinach, in fact a...
by MP173
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Just don't panic
Replies: 61
Views: 9034

Re: Just don't panic

Was there an election?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theo Epstein to the Cubs?
Replies: 13
Views: 1747

Re: Theo Epstein to the Cubs?

Theo will never need to purchase another drink in a Chicago bar.

At the beginning of the Theo era, my son resided close to Wrigley and would roll down to a game and pickup a tix for $5 (outside the stadium). Lousy baseball, but a great way to spend an evening.

Those days are over.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "Heaven and Hell, My Life in the Eagles, 1974 - 2002" by Don Felder. This book gives great insight to the popular band, from the guitarist who was fired in 2002 and didnt go away quietly. Excellent look at his life and the in fighting of a great group. Henley and Frey were ...
by MP173
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Guy Novel by Michael Ryan. I really enjoyed it. The year is 1996 and Robert Wilder is en route to his wedding. He never makes it, as he stops by a bank to cash a check and gets involved with a bank teller...rather quickly. A month later he has literally been around the word attempting to stop Osama ...
by MP173
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best fitness tracker?
Replies: 34
Views: 3133

Re: best fitness tracker?

Fitbit - very inaccurate heart rate monitor. It seems ok for awhile, but when I ramp up the intensity, the HR seems to drop. Now, it is stuck on 114 at all times. Cannot say I am very satisfied with the product. Very expensive and the HRM is unreliable. I wear a Polar HRM (chest) now when biking. I ...
by MP173
Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can You Rely on Dividends for Income?
Replies: 43
Views: 5621

Re: Can You Rely on Dividends for Income?

What does a company do with earnings? 1. Reinvest in their company (growth). 2. Buy other companies. 3. Return the earnings to the owners (dividends or purchase of company stock). 4. Return to employees in the form of much higher incomes. 5. Make charitable donations. There are probably more answers...
by MP173
Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2413
Views: 607436

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Gone Baby Gone...pretty good movie.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago Food/Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 60
Views: 4024

Re: Chicago Food/Restaurant Recommendations

I have been in sales in Chicago for 26 years and the following are very good "value" locations. Italian - La Scarola at 721 W. Grand Avenue is our favorite for dinner. Great Italian food. The outside does not look like much, but inside it takes on quite a personality. $20-25 per person plu...
by MP173
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "The Burgler Who Counted Spoons" by Lawrence Block. Gentleman Burgler Bernie Rhodenbarr is back in action. Great author...I relish reading any of his books. Now reading "Man on the Run, Paul McCartney in the 1970s" by Tom Doyle. Very good look at McCartney's life ...
by MP173
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upcoming Road Trip Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1913

Re: Upcoming Road Trip Restaurant Recommendations

Last night we watched DD&D.

Guy was at a place in Mt. Airy, Pa called Geechee Girl. We both fell in love with it. The North African Chicken looked amazing.

Not sure if that is in your area or not, but I would definately check this out.

ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2413
Views: 607436

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched episode 7 of "The Night Of" last night.

Not as good as season 1 of "True Detective" but a very good series.

Yes, it is NOT a movie, but it sort of is.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vacation ideas - October
Replies: 42
Views: 3862

Re: vacation ideas - October

A trip along the Mississippi might be in order... Dubuque is a very pretty town. A drive over on US 20 and then up the river thru LaCrosse to Mpls/StP. would give you plenty of fall colors and panoramic vistas overlooking the river. You could plan it around a drive and then stay a few days in the Tw...
by MP173
Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 142
Views: 11028

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

Waffle House, if south of Mason Dixon line.

North of MD line...whatever is convenient.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: negatives came out blue
Replies: 6
Views: 1195

Re: negatives came out blue

It might be the film.

I had taken slides back in 1979 and had them scanned by a photo lab along with others slides. The photos I REALLY wanted had a blue hue while others came back perfect. I recall reading something years ago about certain Kodak color films losing certain color integrity.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2413
Views: 607436

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Not exactly a movie but a series on HBO - "The Night Of". Pretty good.

ed
by MP173
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2134
Views: 581127

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight, the founder of Blue Ribbon Sports which later became Nike. It is his memoir of the history of the company. Right now I am in 1976. The company is experiencing doubling of sales yearly and experiencing severe cash flow problems (an ongoing problem since day 1). Ed
by MP173
Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 401k vs IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 492

401k vs IRA

What are the advantages of moving a 401k account to an individual IRA? It is understood that one will have larger fund selection but are there other advantages? Particularly, are the RMDs different? Also are there differences to be considered for estate matters? Anything else would be appreciated. Ed
by MP173
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to move
Replies: 54
Views: 4870

Re: Where to move

Flagstaff, Az.

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