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by TimDex
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

E.C. Williams has just put his fourth book in the Westerly Gales series, Assault on Zanzibar, on amazon, kindle version.

Good series. Post-apocalyptic wars at sea by cultures regaining the the art and science of seafaring. If you like C.S. Forester's series, I think you will like this.
by TimDex
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Luxury" Vinyl vs Laminate flooring?
Replies: 35
Views: 2577

Re: "Luxury" Vinyl vs Laminate flooring?

I watch a lot of home shows on hgtv as entertainment and I never fail to be stunned at how demanding people are now about home furnishings. I date myself of course but I remember when installing armstrong's solarian sheet vinyl was high class stuff. So I've gone to a local furniture store as well as...
by TimDex
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen knife set. Good quality - Recommendations
Replies: 55
Views: 4383

Re: Kitchen knife set. Good quality - Recommendations

Before spending money on knives, first learn to sharpen a knife. I'm very serious. My niece sold cutco cutlery for a while. They have a spiel, but the real secret to their demos is that their knives are sharp while practically all their customers have very dull knives. Your wife doesn't like Chicago...
by TimDex
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Little P**S Ants
Replies: 59
Views: 8336

Re: Little P**S Ants

I deal with those on the internet all the time, and have never been able to get rid of them...

Tim
by TimDex
Mon May 15, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your tea ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2338

Re: Where do you get your tea ?

Just wanted to add the marktwendell website.. m Also, if you are using loose tea, I've found most modern teapots are designed for teabags. If you want one with a sieve at the bottom of the spout, go on eBay and look for a hall teapot, New York or Boston style, or an English made vintage pot, such as...
by TimDex
Mon May 15, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your tea ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2338

Re: Where do you get your tea ?

Mark T. Wendell in the Boston area. Excellent service and teas. I particularly like their China yunnan and my wife likes their Formosa oolong. Tim
by TimDex
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Started the "Tony Underwood" trilogy by George Walden. First book in the series is A State of Fear. Excellent British based spy/thriller. Good writing, interesting plot. Most current thrillers bore me. This one didn't. An excellent review is here: m Tim Edited to add...the pen name is Jose...
by TimDex
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 45 yr old Newbie starting late in the game. Please Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 2166

Re: 45 yr old Newbie starting late in the game. Please Help!

There isn't any need to split your money among so many funds. The funds offered in the NC state plan by Black Rock Advisers seem to be the ones you want. Go simply with the large cap index, bond index and international index fund from black rock for a simple three fund index plan. These are very low...
by TimDex
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 225th anniversary lady liberty coin
Replies: 16
Views: 2130

Re: 225th anniversary lady liberty coin

If you want a beautiful gold coin, try the $20 double eagle designed by Augustus saint-gaudens. Exquisite. A small amount of gold and silver coins is worth keeping, not as an investment...cost of trading is way too high...but as a hedge against catastrophe. Tim
by TimDex
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver.... I dislike most modern fiction, sticking to nonfiction, particularly histories. This book is wonderful, set about 15 years plus in the future, as our wonderful country has undergone internet catastrophe, an economic collapse, Latino invasion, and political upheaval...
by TimDex
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.
Replies: 72
Views: 7187

Re: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.

I've tried a lot of teas over the past several decades, and eventually ended up with China yunnan from mark t Wendell in the Boston area as my favorite. Black tea with a slightly spicy scent, lovely flavor. Wendell has a nice on line catalog and good customer service. Never slipped up on my orders. ...
by TimDex
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is it hard to find >3 year old cheddar nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 4146

Re: Why is it hard to find >3 year old cheddar nowadays?

Well if you want to pay $180 for a ten pound hunk of three year old cheddar here's the Baldersons place in Canada. Actually I think I might! Love good cheddar like homer loves donuts. Tim

http://baldersonvillagecheese.com/balde ... ritage.php
by TimDex
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Annuity for 28 Year Old Hippie
Replies: 41
Views: 5483

Re: Annuity for 28 Year Old Hippie

Spendthrift trust. Find a local bank with a trust department and ask them about it. Tim
by TimDex
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Blacklisted by History," by M. Stanton Evans, a reassessment of Joe McCarthy. I will simply say that if you've ever used the term McCarthyite as an epithet, you should consider reading this book. Will not be to everyone's taste, I know. Tim
by TimDex
Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett. Available in kindle format. Very well written history of two ships' crews, wrecked on Auckland Islands, south of New Zealand, in the mid 19th century. Fascinating bit of history, and a heck of a story of how one crew succeeded ...
by TimDex
Tue May 24, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Reading several British mysteries by Peter Grainger. Well done police procedurals. I believe they are privately published on Amazon kindle, for about three or four bucks each. Well written, and compared to the far fetched drivel I've just been reading by name authors, worth double the price. If you'...
by TimDex
Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tip on an older HP Printer
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: Tip on an older HP Printer

I'm still operating an HP Laserjet 1320 that I bought maybe 13-14 years ago. Black and white, never fails. Second the,opinion on buying used. A friend who works on small computer systems installations says newer printers are garbage and never sell a functioning older hp. Tim
by TimDex
Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uncomfortable gift situations
Replies: 27
Views: 3675

Re: Uncomfortable gift situations

This is why our family has a no gift agreement, also. I do give Amazon ecards to my much younger niece and nephew ... We have no children of our own, they are like kids to me, and they know better than I do what they want or need. But for the adults we have a Christmas Day dinner together that is ju...
by TimDex
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

VT...thanks for the Gavin Lyall recommendation. Just started secret servant, very good, well written. Also have started something entirely different... A book to carry me through a long winter and into spring most likely: Republics, Ancient and Modern, by Paul A. Rahe, a professor at Hillsdale. An e...
by TimDex
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2835

Re: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations

Second the idea of military blankets. However, reenactors etc have driven up the cost of American army blankets and Swiss army blankets are out of sight. Be sure to avoid Rothko type military "style" blankets which are garbage. I got about a half dozen Dutch AABE military blankets off eBay...
by TimDex
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2835

Re: Warm and Quality Blanket Recommendations

Look for a used wool blanket on eBay. Pick a quality brand that's in really good shape. It will likely be a bargain because wool blankets are not as popular now as comforters etc. Brands such as kenmore, van wyk, orrlaskan, American woolen mills, etc are excellent. I've bought about a dozen. Hudsons...
by TimDex
Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Mr. Piper and His Cubs, by Devon Francis, 1973. A history of the founder of the Piper Cub company by a Fortune magazine writer. Very well done, very readable, one of the best business histories I have read in a long time. Never flew an airplane, but my first flight was in an old piper in the mid fif...
by TimDex
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Cider & a Flick
Replies: 30
Views: 3451

Re: Hard Cider & a Flick

Try to find some local hard cider brands. There are a lot of small producers turning out a good cider. We have a lot in NY because the state relaxed the regs on orchards producing their own if they use their own apples. I've also tried one from I think Michigan, JM Scrumpy, which was,outstanding. Th...
by TimDex
Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Two recommendations. Ian Toll's Pacific Crucible is a very well written history of the Pacific war. I think I finally understood what the battle of coral sea was about, and how the code breakers at Pearl Harbor worked to set up the victory at midway. Marc Morris has written some wonderful works on m...
by TimDex
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

In terms of mystery series, I've found the C.J. Box series about a Wyoming game warden to be pretty well written. Tim
by TimDex
Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "An Officer and a Spy: A Novel" by Robert Harris, a writer of some pretty decent thrillers. It concerns the Dreyfus Affair, which tore France apart in the late 19th century. Well written, and sticks very close to the actual history. Makes the culture war, as it were, in Franc...
by TimDex
Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying electric shaver
Replies: 34
Views: 5266

Re: Thinking of buying electric shaver

Electric shavers seem to be very individual choices. Has anyone who used an older Remington micro screen, purchased at wal mart, found a satisfactory replacement? The newer Remington at Walmt is pretty lousy...at least for me. They cheapened it up. My old one has a dying battery. Tried the Panasonic...
by TimDex
Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Wedgwood,The First Tycoon....by Brian Dolan. Excellent book, how Wedgwood rose from an apprentice potter. Fascinating man, tremendous energy, experimental chemist, member of the middle class dissenters circles which included Joseph priestly. Much about the intellectual ferment in England in late 18t...
by TimDex
Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrel nemesis
Replies: 60
Views: 9170

Re: Squirrel nemesis

CCI makes a Quiet 22 that has almost no sound but will punch through a couple sheets of aluminum flashing. Won't cycle a semiauto. I haven't shopped for ammo in a long time. Is the great 22 LR drought over? Tim
by TimDex
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Squirrel nemesis
Replies: 60
Views: 9170

Re: Squirrel nemesis

Cat. All purpose solution to squirrels, rabbits, mice.
by TimDex
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My grandparents need their hodgepodge of investments sorted out
Replies: 14
Views: 2286

Re: My grandparents need their hodgepodge of investments sorted out

Is what they're doing all that bad? My mother invested for 60 years in a portfolio of 50 percent dividend stocks and 50 percent government notes. She didn't end up living on nine lives. I do believe that indexed investing makes sense but you may be contributing to their increased anxiety level by te...
by TimDex
Wed Jun 03, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sometimes you go through a drought, and then get a deluge. Three books I've read or am reading, which are exceptional, are: Roads Taken, the great Jewish migrations to the new world and the peddlers who forged the way, by Hasnia R. Diner.....excellent book, many personal anecdotes, a bit much of wha...
by TimDex
Sun May 31, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Solar panel forum
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: Solar panel forum

Solarpaneltalk.com by far

Read the stickies.

Tim
by TimDex
Tue May 26, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement -- Renewal by Andersen?
Replies: 31
Views: 5493

Re: Window replacement -- Renewal by Andersen?

When I built new used only Anderson windows, and am not too happy...that's 15 years ago.

Have replaced numerous windows with pella triple pane and am very pleased. Did it through lowes. Worried that a big box store would not have good installers but the job was done right.

Tim
by TimDex
Fri May 08, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 1929 was a great year to buy stocks
Replies: 92
Views: 7011

Re: 1929 was a great year to buy stocks

What is usually forgotten about the "great time to buy stock" is the reason why stocks were so cheap. No one, or very few to say the least, had the cash money. Bank accounts were frozen or had collapsed along with savings. See the book by Joseph Roth about living In the Great Depression. I...
by TimDex
Sat May 02, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System
Replies: 53
Views: 9370

Re: Powerwall: The Arrival of Home Battery Backup System

Quite a few threads discussing this at solarpaneltalk.com. Personally, I think most splashy media introductions like this one should be regarded with skepticism. Tim
by TimDex
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished the first five books in The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Druon....fans of both medieval history and the game of thrones might be interested. Comes with an intro by George rr martin. It concerns 14th century France. The first five books aware on kindle. The last two in the series ar...
by TimDex
Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla to start making Batteries for Home Solar
Replies: 61
Views: 6107

Re: Tesla to start making Batteries for Home Solar

Batteries are the downfall of home solar systems. They are extremely expensive to obtain a power company equivalent energy source. I would recommend anyone Interested in home solar systems and battery backups visit solarpaneltalk.com and study the various stickies. There are a bunch of electrical en...
by TimDex
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Diehards
Replies: 24
Views: 4293

Re: Any Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Diehards

Why not the tax managed balanced fund, with 50 percent index and 50 percent muni bond fund?

Tim
by TimDex
Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2587
Views: 817813

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Currently reading "A Great and Terrible king" by Marc Morris, about Edward I and the "Forging of England." An excellent read...wonderful historian. I got it because of "The Norman Conquest" by the same author which I highly recommend. I could call the latter a game of t...
by TimDex
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity Donor Advised Fund
Replies: 50
Views: 5845

Re: Fidelity Donor Advised Fund

My problem with these funds is what happens to the money after I die? I get to specify (request) how the money gets allocated during my lifetime, but once I pass on, can I have left a directive on allocating money to charities? My understanding is, no, and that the director of the DAF then will dona...
by TimDex
Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Local Bogleheads Groups [Looking for Central NY Chapter]
Replies: 8
Views: 1082

Re: Local Bogleheads Groups [Looking for Central NY Chapter]

Not to my knowledge. When bogleheads groups were first formed, some years ago, about four of us met at the now defunct borders bookstore at the carousel mall. No meetings since then. Tim
by TimDex
Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Creating new income stream
Replies: 5
Views: 1464

Creating new income stream

The "don't buy stuff" idea has been in the inter tubes news lately. Ann althouse has a nice take on it. She notes that when her sons were in college, she created a new income steam for herself by not buying stuff. http://althouse.blogspot.com/2014/08/dont-buy-anything.html Tim
by TimDex
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do Super wealthy have access to different investing vehicles
Replies: 76
Views: 8376

Re: Do Super wealthy have access to different investing vehi

While I am very happy with what I do have, if I had a sufficient sum I would own my own index fund, with one share, a very large share price, and an expense ratio infinitely close to nonexistent.

Tim
by TimDex
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?
Replies: 40
Views: 3016

Re: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?

I've been down this road too many times debating gun confiscation and control with advocates who pretend to be unbiased and are simply trolling. Your list is extremely biased and the supposedly non biased sources are institutions dominated by left wing ideologues. Try reading people like Gary kleck ...
by TimDex
Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?
Replies: 40
Views: 3016

Re: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?

What jumps out to me in your list is the number of committed antigun activists. This is not a list of properly conducted research, but a list of politically motivated hit jobs. D. Hemenway as a impartial analyst? Please....

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by TimDex
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?
Replies: 40
Views: 3016

Re: Pepper Spray the Best Option for Personal Protection?

The medical site you link to requires registration. Generally, any public health commentary on gun use age tends to be very skewed. There are a lot more defensive gun uses each year than the media would have you believe. See pretty much any research by Gary Kleck. That said, I would consider having ...
by TimDex
Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody who bought a Kindle go back to regular books?
Replies: 74
Views: 6566

Re: Anybody who bought a Kindle go back to regular books?

I've used a kindle for several years and like it better than physical books. However, for military histories and the like with lots of maps, a regular book from the library is much better. Maps and photos in kindle format just aren't handled right. I think publishers are designing for regular books ...
by TimDex
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garlic anyone?
Replies: 51
Views: 6127

Re: Garlic anyone?

A little ot, but it is really easy to grow garlic. I live on canadian border, plant in fall when leaves turn, mulch with straw. I put in about 150 plants last fall (using garlic cloves from previous harvest). Even in the suburbs, you could put in a patch. tim
by TimDex
Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Router Recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 4667

Re: WiFi Router Recommendations?

I recently installed an apple airport express and was a little surprised at how easy it was. Five minutes and done. Wifi is worth it if you have multiple items like kindles, tablets plus a computer. I still have my old printer (an HP 1320 which does have a usb port) hooked up to the computer. It may...