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by MP173
Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished Lisa Scottoline's "Every Fifteen Minutes". This was my first of her novels and I compare her favorably with early Harlan Coban. This book was a real page turner, but I think she had one too many twists in it. Anyway, I am ready to read more of her books. Any suggestions? Also...
by MP173
Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Chicago - Where should I live? (2 options)
Replies: 36
Views: 2687

Re: Moving to Chicago - Where should I live? (2 options)

My son rented a 1 room studio about 5 years ago for $1000 month and parking was another $150. No doubt prices have bumped up. He moved to a cheaper apartment but it was pretty much a dump. Both were in Lakeview area. He is now in Ukrainian Village @ $1500 per month with a roommate. You can probably ...
by MP173
Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4059

Re: Gardening 2016

Quick update and a question. Cold weather has returned here to NW Indiana. Peas are coming up (barely) as is a couple of spinach plants. My seedlings in the house seem to be doing fine. Question...what should be done to foster growth with the seedlings. Some are now a couple of inches tall. In the p...
by MP173
Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz. It seems people either love or hate the replacement writer. Yes, Steig Larson created a great series and Lisbon was a great charactor to battle all that is wrong in the world. I thought Lagercrantz did a very good job of fo...
by MP173
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4059

Re: Gardening 2016

Location: Northwest Indiana. Snow total was about 1 inch Friday night/Saturday morning but the snow melted and forecast is for temps in 50s and lows above freezing for the next 10 days or so. Sunday - I planted spinach and lettuce in my recycling bins (cover with window). Also planted a small row of...
by MP173
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Bungo: I found "Purity" to be one of the finest novels I have ever read. It hit a spot with me. Just finished "Cause of Death" by Patricia Cornwell....not one of her best Dr. Kay Scarpetta novels. RIP Pat Conroy. I read 4 of his books..."The Great Santini, "Lords of Dis...
by MP173
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4059

Re: Gardening 2016

Wolf: Thanks for suggestion on the sugar snap peas. Here in NW Indiana, the 15" snowfall has melted this weekend. I will plant the peas tomorrow and see what happens. Also, soon I will start my recycling bin spinach. Using city supplied recycling bins which are about 18" x 24" and abo...
by MP173
Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4059

Gardening 2016

Hard to believe with yesterday's 12-14" snowstorm that it is time to turn attention to gardening, but one can always dream. The seed catalogs have arrived and the garden shows are popping up like spring flowers and spring is less than a month away. A couple of questions: 1. What are you doing t...
by MP173
Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Finished "Purity" last night and consider it one of the finest novels I have read. This book provided me with that sadness when one reads the final page and comes to the realization that it is over. Well written, a bit long, and it does ramble but Franzen covers a lot of time and history (...
by MP173
Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have really enjoyed the first two Robert Galbraith novels and look forward to the third. The "Travis McGee" novels by John McDonald were absolutely a joy to read back in the 80s. "Talk" by Michael Smercomish was an interesting fictional look at the right wing Tea Party talk rad...
by MP173
Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee maker
Replies: 28
Views: 2368

Re: Coffee maker

Thanks for all of the replies...I just got around to reading as the holiday season really kept me away from this forum. Vinegar was run thru the utensil twice with no real effect. Checked the water softener and it was out of salt....might have been the issue. Also noticing we put 12 cups in and only...
by MP173
Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1559
Views: 318305

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Not a movie, but the wife and I have been watching "Blacklist" and are almost done with season 2. Great series.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Big Short
Replies: 153
Views: 17001

Re: The Big Short

Great book (as are all of Michael Lewis writings) and look forward to the movie.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Robert Crais has a new one "The Promise" which combines Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, and Officer James Scott and his trusty partner Maggie (K9). Pretty good book.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee maker
Replies: 28
Views: 2368

Coffee maker

We have been having bad luck with coffee makers in 2015. The tendency is for the machines to get slower and slower (in brewing the coffee) and we have gone thru 3 this year. We grind the coffee and then wait and wait and wait. This morning was 25 minutes. Any suggestions for a top quality machine? N...
by MP173
Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work Part-Time or Fully Retire?
Replies: 63
Views: 6388

Re: Work Part-Time or Fully Retire?

I think it comes down to what others have discussed here PLUS your ability to return to another job if after a period of time you choose to. 1. You are burned out and need to recharge. 2. You appear to be financially secure...at least at this point in time. But a little more planning should help. 3....
by MP173
Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "Tripwire" by Lee Child. One of the earlier Reacher books.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a telescope as a gift
Replies: 13
Views: 1168

Re: Purchasing a telescope as a gift

Wow...Ed Ting has some serious toys! I havent test driven any of the $150 or less scopes, so I will retract my endorsement. My first scope was a $20 Sears back in the late 60's and I had lots of fun with it. The Meade ETX90 is now about $390 and it gives me great views. I would hope their 80mm or 60...
by MP173
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing a telescope as a gift
Replies: 13
Views: 1168

Re: Purchasing a telescope as a gift

I disagree with the assessment that scope under $150 are junk. Buy a Celestron, Meade, or Orion and you will get pretty good quality. DO NOT go for high power. It will be disappointing. DO NOT buy department store stuff. I have a 90mm (3.5" Mak) that is a patio table model and have used it for ...
by MP173
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes" by Lawrence Block. Block reminds me of John McDonald, whom I read back in the 70s and 80s. McDonald had the Travis McGee series. This is a similar type of book about a PI in Florida who struggles with demons and meets his fantasy woman. On a more serious ...
by MP173
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Changes to Social Security
Replies: 465
Views: 42755

Re: Social Security File / suspend

Just found it....thanks.

Kinda embarrassing that I wasnt aware of this.

Thanks,

Ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Changes to Social Security
Replies: 465
Views: 42755

Social Security File / suspend

[Thread merged into here, see below (next page). --admin LadyGeek] Has File and Suspend been suspended? Info I received over the weekend indicates the Budget deal eliminated it for "most" couples. I have been away from the forum for awhile but couldnt find anything discussed about it...is...
by MP173
Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Astronomy telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Re: Astronomy telescope

Tom: You make great points. I have never been disappointd with my 90mm (3.5") ETX...except when the clouds move in. Each time it provides me with a high level of satisfaction and I could probably use it exclusively for years. My feelings are that if a new one will be purchased it should be able...
by MP173
Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New sofa recommendation : Sofa that lasts long
Replies: 24
Views: 2868

Re: New sofa recommendation : Sofa that lasts long

Flexsteel. They have been a customer of mine for 22 years. I returned the favor and purchased furniture from them. So far: 2 sofas in 1993 - in use until 2009 then I gave away. 2 leather sofas in 2003 - still look great 2 occasional chairs 2006 - great usage then gave to my 280 pound adult son 1 rec...
by MP173
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Astronomy telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Re: Astronomy telescope

Yeah, I am starting to get aperature fever. I was thinking of a 5" Mak, but now am looking at a 8" Celestron Schmidt. With the 3.5" the investment to a 5" simply would not yield that much more effect....so why not 8"? How do the scopes with single fork mount work? Is the sta...
by MP173
Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Astronomy telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Re: Astronomy telescope

Mud: Thanks for the comment on the thread. I am still writing every night and now up to 35 full years plus 2015. Recording daily events must be in my dna as I also have "star journals" which are descriptions and drawings of what I observe with the 90mm ETX. The portability factor of the ET...
by MP173
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Astronomy telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Re: Astronomy telescope

Yes, the 90mm is limited. I admit that, but part of the challenge for me is finding the objects and being able to describe or sketch what I am seeing. Obviously I do not "see" nearly as much as with a large scope...or do I? Probably not as many stars or detail on a single object, but the c...
by MP173
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Astronomy telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Astronomy telescope

My DW feels I need a new telescope. My current scope is an 17 year old Meade ETX90. It has no electronics and all viewing is done by charts and star hopping. I find this is an interesting method of finding and viewing objects. I am not sold on needing a new scope, but will no doubt find it very nice...
by MP173
Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Creative Ideas for Retirement Living
Replies: 30
Views: 4477

Re: Creative Ideas for Retirement Living

This summer while at the YMCA of the Rockies, we talked to a retiree who works at the facility during the summer. She worked part time and received food and lodging in return. I do not believe she is paid, but her part time work consisted of about 25 hours per week which then gave her quite a bit of...
by MP173
Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Looking for some new blood regarding mystery novels....hopefully involving a series. I have read most (if not all) of the following: Michael Connoly, John Connoly, James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block, Lee Child, Harlan Coban, Robert Crais, Nelson DeMille, John Dunning, Greg Isle, Jonathan Kellerman, Joh...
by MP173
Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reduce/Reuse, but no Recycle
Replies: 56
Views: 4442

Re: Reduce/Reuse, but no Recycle

goodlifer: How far did you walk to the store? It must have been hours for the milk to go bad. We have moved to cars which approach 30mph, grow our vegetables in spring - fall, take boxes/bags when grocery shopping, recycle all paper, glass, and packaging and I drink tap water ( full disclosure...my ...
by MP173
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Catch Me by Lisa Gardener...it was better than the previous novel by her.

Will read another by her.

Ed
by MP173
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Good idea to payoff mortgage at age (40)?
Replies: 24
Views: 2953

Re: Good idea to payoff mortgage at age (40)?

I vote with the extra payments monthly. I did this by added $100.00 per month to my mortgage payment (in your case increase it to $1900, then $2000 the following month, then $2100, etc.). Bump it up slowly and you will not miss the cash. Great idea also on keeping the $250k and using your personal f...
by MP173
Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Robert Galbraith's "The Cuckoo's Calling".

Interesting private detective "whodunit" set in London. Some of the language was challenging, but I picked it up pretty quickly. The first in a series....looking forward to the next one.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"October 1964" by David Halberstam. One of my favorite non fiction authors who took a very detailed look at the 1964 World Series between NY Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals. Halberstam had previously written "Summer of '49" which examined the world in 1949 thru the lens of baseba...
by MP173
Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: McDonald's has good coffee: McDonalds has Senior Coffee
Replies: 92
Views: 9362

Re: McDonald's has good coffee: McDonalds has Senior Coffee

Young lady behind the counter gave me the "Senior Coffee" today. I asked..."is it that obvious?" She just smiled.

MCD coffee is fine in my estimation. Also eat their parfay for $1.

Other than that...love the stock, neutral on the food.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car in chicago
Replies: 17
Views: 1261

Re: Buying a car in chicago

If it is not very often to go to clients, then use public transportation and UBER.

My son is in Chicago and he does have a car, but uses UBER frequently.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your best time-savers?
Replies: 108
Views: 12940

Re: What are your best time-savers?

Meal management works quite well for us. With just two of us we will typically make a meal on Monday and Tuesday nights then double back on leftovers Wednesday and Thursday. Or if we cook a meal on Wednesday then Thursday is super leftover night. BTW, we are both very good cooks, so the leftovers ar...
by MP173
Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Office Tax Deduction
Replies: 35
Views: 2105

Re: Home Office Tax Deduction

I work at home....never taken the home office deduction. It has been said this is a red flag for IRS audit.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity one-on-one financial guidance consultations
Replies: 12
Views: 1224

Re: Fidelity one-on-one financial guidance consultations

Fidelity reps that come in for the retirement meetings (one on one) have been knowledgeable. Granted, it is a repeat of quite a bit here, but for us (wife and I) it is worth the hour. Plus, it gets DW involved in the personal finances - retirement a little more.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for the Bogleheads Millionaires
Replies: 355
Views: 48709

Re: Question for the Bogleheads Millionaires

A couple of points which I do not end up sending me to the principals office: 1. Netflix has a great series called "Narcos" which in 10 shows addresses the life of Escobar. 2. Two middle aged women from Compton, Ca last night put on quite a show on the biggest stage in tennis...they have d...
by MP173
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life lessons: Making loans to friends. Insights? Revelations?
Replies: 191
Views: 19135

Re: Life lessons: Making loans to friends. Insights? Revelations?

Twenty years ago my SIL was in a mess and I ended up loaning her $10k. My wife stepped out of the situation she let me handle it and I felt pressured to loan the $$$. SIL made 2 payments of $200 then nothing. A few years later, the SIL started showing up in the summer (she was a teacher) and would a...
by MP173
Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Bone Farm by Patricia Cornwell. Kinda like her series of novels on Dr. Kay Scarpetta the Medical Examiner.

Next up is a new author for me - Linwood Barclay's - Broken Promise.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Post - seeking wisdom on job (long, sorry)
Replies: 36
Views: 4682

Re: First Post - seeking wisdom on job (long, sorry)

This is an amazing forum with loads of talented people willing to share their knowledge. OP...glad to hear things are working well for you. The longer I work (now in my 38th year), the more it becomes obvious the biggest challenge of any career is managing the people around you. The projects typical...
by MP173
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacations this Year?
Replies: 28
Views: 1341

Re: Vacations this Year?

We had a great vacation to Colorado (from NW Indiana) and back by car. Granted the 1000 miles to Colorado were a little boring, but we use that alone time in the car to have great conversations, planning, and listen to Dr. Laura on Sirius radio. Once we were in Colorado, it was one outstanding view ...
by MP173
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement with a pension
Replies: 38
Views: 4825

Re: Early retirement with a pension

Bless you for being a law enforcement officer in today's world. Cannot image doing that job.

Big pension at that young age is amazing. Make sure the state's finances are in order.

Tough choice for you.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 1531
Views: 336837

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Finished two recently:

"Trapping" by Jim Spencer...a nice reference book on trapping (muskrats, raccoons, mink, fox, etc).

"Led Zeppelin on Led Zeppelin" by Hank Bordowitz...a collections of interviews of the members of band from 1960s thru 2012.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: Gardening 2015

Two weeks ago I planted spinach with 38 day maturity and lettuce with 55 day. Also planted carrots. This is the first year I have seriously done any fall planting. The spinach is doing quite well with over 80 plants up and growing. The lettuce is not doing so well, with just a few plants. The carrot...
by MP173
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 1559
Views: 318305

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Not a movie, but we have started watching "Ray Donovan" on SHO. Pretty good series.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle suggestions for Tall?
Replies: 50
Views: 4811

Re: Vehicle suggestions for Tall?

6'7" and wife is 5'11". She drives a Subaru Outback and I drive ChevyEquanox. We have a grandchild and have a child seat in rear of Outback. Plenty of head room and leg room for me when I drive Outback....when she drives I cannot push back all the way due to childseat. We have not had chil...

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