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by MP173
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Basketball Hoop
Replies: 11
Views: 738

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: 2685

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 8173

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: 8708

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: 1611

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 2889

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: 5490

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: 2089
Views: 511302

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: 3687

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 1829

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: 2089
Views: 511302

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: 3674

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: 10177

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: 1162

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: 2089
Views: 511302

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 465

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: 4643

Re: Where to move

Flagstaff, Az.
by MP173
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Warren Zevon, Desperado of Los Angeles by George Plasketes.

A complex and at times troubled singer songwriter.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

John Feinstein - The Legends Club. Feinstein is an excellent author of sports related books. He burst on the scene in the late 80s with the year long look at Bob Knight and the IU champions. This is a look at three ACC basketball coaches - Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, and Jim Valvano. Excellent book...
by MP173
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8173

Re: Gardening 2016

Thanks for the advice on the snow peas. We will do that in the future. I did have luck last fall with the snap peas. Not a huge harvest but did produce. I did pull five garlic plants last night, skinned the cloves (pulled leaves which removed the outer layer from the garlic) and have them drying out...
by MP173
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8173

Re: Gardening 2016

Ok, here is the latest update including an interesting tale from the garden. First the story...last year we had spaghetti squash and I saved seeds, planting the seeds inside in April. The two seeds germinated and after a month were transplanted to the garden. The plants grew, but seemed to have a sl...
by MP173
Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished a great book - "The Grail Guitar" by Chris Adams. The author is a folk rock musician in 1973 and steps into a guitar shop in London and purchases a used Fender Telecaster. It is a right handed model with left handed tuners. When he asks the store manager about the tuners he i...
by MP173
Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will - Remarried with Troubled Kids
Replies: 37
Views: 5176

Re: Will - Remarried with Troubled Kids

Woodstock:

Currently addressing similar issue, although none of our adults have any issues. We have appointment with lawyer next week. Meanwhile, I am reading "Estate Planning for Blended Families".

Ed
by MP173
Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for ready-to-eat Costco meals?
Replies: 28
Views: 4832

Re: Recommendations for ready-to-eat Costco meals?

I second the hot dog and pop special.

Bring a few of those home with a bag of chips...see if "serious boyfriend" has a sense of humor.

ed
by MP173
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8173

Re: Gardening 2016

How is everyone's garden so far this summer? We havent updated this in awhile. Location: NW Indiana. Spinach and Sugar Snap peas are past. I am beginning to harvest onions with much larger onions this year from onion plants rather than onion sets. Learned a valuable lesson and will use the plants in...
by MP173
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bicycle recommendations
Replies: 72
Views: 4922

Re: bicycle recommendations

I have a Trek 7.2 and have been very happy. It replaced a 20 year old Trek 380 and my performance improved dramatically as the 7.2 is lighter and much better bike. The cost was about $500 with accessories. I ride 20 miles about 4x a week from April thru October. I am 60 years old and am 6'7" - ...
by MP173
Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: found a good lure for bream and small bass
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

Re: found a good lure for bream and small bass

I assume you are discussing bluegill. I simply use beemoths on a #10 hook.

Going fishing this weekend with my son for Fathers Day...first time out in a few years.

Ed
by MP173
Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

One of my favorite mystery writers is John Dunning. Dunning has a small series (4-5 books) called the Bookman series in which a former Denver cop is involved in buying/selling of rare books. Dunning's passion for books is evident in this series. I just finished "The Sign of the Book" which...
by MP173
Mon May 30, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished James Lee Burke - "Light of the World". Burke is just an outstanding author. His novels always have a few interesting philosophical gems. " Age if a clever thief. It takes a little from you every day, so you're not aware of your loss until it's irreversible." Anothe...
by MP173
Mon May 30, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2089
Views: 511302

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I also liked "The Big Short" and how the technical details were explained...something about watching a woman in a bubble bath explain financial engineering that holds my attention. Financial bubbles bad...bath bubbles good. This weekend we watched two movies: "True Story" is abou...
by MP173
Tue May 17, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8173

Re: Gardening 2016

My asparagus doesnt seem to be producing as well as I would have thought. It has been unseasonably cold, but the past week there have only been about two stalks per day break thru the ground (10 crowns). Any suggestions? Should I be concerned? I did apply Dr. Earth last week. Other than that, the &q...
by MP173
Mon May 16, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I go to NHL Western Conference Finals game?
Replies: 36
Views: 2990

Re: Should I go to NHL Western Conference Finals game?

Glad you went and had a great time. Your Blues knocked our Hawks out early...unfamiliar territory for us. The good news for me is it has freed up about 10 extra hours per week for me.) Do you have a Blues sweater (jersey)? Need one if you go to another game. $150 is very reasonable price for that se...
by MP173
Tue May 10, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coffee maker
Replies: 38
Views: 4000

Re: Coffee maker

Original poster here....

We ended up purchasing a Bunn Coffee Maker. Best one we have had so far. It takes about 3 minutes to brew an entire pot of coffee.

Ed
by MP173
Fri May 06, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8173

Re: Gardening 2016

Guns will take care of those "problems"....also fencing.

FWIW, I built "Fort Potato" last year which features a 7 foot fence. No issues.

Ed
by MP173
Thu May 05, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 8173

Re: Gardening 2016

It has been about 5 weeks since the last discussion. Here in northwest Indiana the weather has been cold and cloudy. I might have a small amount of spinach next week. Also have had 4 small harvests of asparagus, but the stalks are coming on strong...I counted 29 stalks up this evening. I also plante...
by MP173
Thu May 05, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Two recent books: Matthew Klein - "Switchback" about a Silicon Valley hedge fund operator who's fund melts down and his wife commits suicide. Not very good. Howard Lewis - "Derailed by Bankruptcy" A memior by the primary lawyer for the Reading Railroad bankruptcy administrator an...
by MP173
Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 3235

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: 76
Views: 8173

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: 2008
Views: 517257

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: 76
Views: 8173

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...

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