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by MP173
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2618
Views: 693230

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: 4839

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: 43
Views: 3554

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 ...
by MP173
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2278
Views: 665847

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished the 700 page "Mississippi Blood" by Greg Isles. This is the third in the trilogy dealing with black and white families in Natchez Ms and the violence involved in the 1960s thru a KKK splinter group called the Double Eagles and the effects of that hatred decades later. These t...
by MP173
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Improving my Math Skills
Replies: 27
Views: 3034

Re: Improving my Math Skills

This will probably not get you to the next level in your career, but will help understand math better....purchase an old slide rule and learn to use it.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 3554

Re: Gardening 2017

I now have 9 asparagus shoots growing...four sprouted this afternoon (yes, I check frequently).

Planted 36 seed potatoes this weekend. Also Bloomsdale spinach, buttercrunch lettuce, and sprouting onions.

Spring is coming on quickly now.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2278
Views: 665847

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Walking the Perfect Square" by Reed Farrel Coleman. This is a very good mystery novel involving a missing college student to a politically connected New Yorker. A recently disable and retired NYC cop, Mo Prager, finds out much more than was originally indicated. This spanned two short per...
by MP173
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 3554

Re: Gardening 2017

Much further than Ofallon....actually about 120 miles east of StL near Olney. Not much excitement there growing up, which in retrospect was not a bad thing. Used to listen to Harry and Jack on KMOX back in the Lou Brock/Bob Gibson/Bill White/Tim McCarver era. Back to gardening...looking at planting ...
by MP173
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Designing Your Life
Replies: 82
Views: 9019

Re: Designing Your Life

Victoria: Thanks for all of your conversation on this topic. I have mentioned it to three people, two of which indicated they will be viewing the lecture. I plan on going to the library for the book, if it will be a "reference book" for my life, then I will purchase it. So, will you be sha...
by MP173
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 3554

Re: Gardening 2017

Mel's mix consists of (as he recommended): 1 part compost 1 part Peet Moss (bagged dry stuff) 1 part Vermiculite I have a friend who is a Master Gardener (an Indiana program thru Purdue University...the agricultural school of the state) who invested heavily in his raised beds three years ago and swe...
by MP173
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Designing Your Life
Replies: 82
Views: 9019

Re: Designing Your Life

Outstanding video...thanks for the link and the great discussion.

Now, to the blank sheet of paper and ideas...

Ed
by MP173
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 3554

Gardening 2017

It is that time again here in NW Indiana. My back is sore but my spirits are soaring...helped a family friend put in two raised gardens yesterday and starting to prep and plant. Today I noticed we have our first two asparagus shoots, both popped up overnight. This is right in line with historic appe...
by MP173
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone taken a mid-career sabbatical?
Replies: 38
Views: 4963

Re: Anyone taken a mid-career sabbatical?

No, I have been employed for nearly 40 years (two companies) everyday except for one week after college graduation. I did take a 30 minute nap this afternoon and consider that my mid day sabbatical. If: A. I needed a break from career (I dont) B. Could afford it Then I would have absolutely no probl...
by MP173
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?
Replies: 29
Views: 2391

Re: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?

Over the weekend I planted seeds (indoors) for leeks. In the past I have planted leek seeds directly in the soil and have had good luck, am going to do both this year. Also planted sugar snap peas (outdoors) and radishes. My broccoli and cauliflower seedlings are up and beginning to bend towards the...
by MP173
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you purposely spend with companies in your investment portfolio?
Replies: 42
Views: 2369

Re: Do you purposely spend with companies in your investment portfolio?

Walgreens - yes Proctor and Gamble - yes pharma companies (Pfizer and J&J - out of my control) McDonalds - yes...for coffee only. Microsoft - yes Exxon Mobil - probably as they no doubt are refining off brand gasoline purchased. Bob Evans - no Coca Cola - gave up Diet Coke 18 months ago American...
by MP173
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2618
Views: 693230

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Billions" on Showtime. We binged watched 7 episodes of Season 1 over the weekend.

Great show on Hedge Funds and US Attorney and the chess game played.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?
Replies: 29
Views: 2391

Re: Vegetable Gardening - seeds vs seedlings?

My long rambling reply seems to have disappeared, so if suddenly it appears that is the reason. I planted cauliflower and broccoli seeds last week indoors and they have sprouted. I agree with another poster....they tend to be "leggy" and i have mixed success with my indoor seedlings. The g...
by MP173
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amish furniture maker recommendation
Replies: 35
Views: 12120

Re: Amish furniture maker recommendation

We had a custom made bedroom set made and delivered by Das Holz Haus in Arthur Il. We went down there in the fall for an open house of several shops and had a great time....and ended up buying the set. The dressers were custom sized (larger drawers). It was delivered a month ago by a Mennonite gentl...
by MP173
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2618
Views: 693230

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 2247

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: 2247

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: 3245

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 6180

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: 1219

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: 3147

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: 1219

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: 3385

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: 1219

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: 4447

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 4210

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 851

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: 851

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: 851

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: 2618
Views: 693230

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: 7013

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 2154

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: 1018

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: 2992

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 2278
Views: 665847

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: 77
Views: 8791

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: 9276

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: 1822

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

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