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by denismurf
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm halfway through The Mauritius Command, volume 4 of a series of historical novels by Patrick O'Brian based on the naval conflicts between Great Britain and various coalitions at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. The heroes are Jack Aubrey, a rising officer in the navy, and ...
by denismurf
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Another plug for Arrival, even though there were too many unnecessary implausibilities for my taste by the end.

Even so, the suspense, the acting and special effects carried the day.

Best viewed in a theater.
by denismurf
Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Citigold minimum increasing to $200,000
Replies: 39
Views: 8882

Re: Citigold minimum increasing to $200,000

Did anyone mention that Citibank has free ATM's at most 7-11 stores in WA and maybe elsewhere, unless that free policy has changed recently? Also, I've had much better customer service at Citi branches in Florida (where I don't live) than in US bank branches in WA, where I do live. Until recently I ...
by denismurf
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: apartment problems
Replies: 17
Views: 1882

Re: apartment problems

OP again.
The landlords are nice people. I suspect their own expectations of how many problems would plague a new building were unrealistic.

Despite how I sound, I also recognize that I have to lighten up a little.
by denismurf
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Sully just to watch Tom Hanks and was not disappointed. Because of Hanks, the movie was fantastic, even if not quite factual.
by denismurf
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IRS calling?
Replies: 7
Views: 872

IRS calling?

Last 2 weeks I got 3 recorded calls purporting to be from IRS telling me to phone them because of pending lawsuit. The phone numbers the recordings told me to call were : 805-722-1462 and 323-434-2156. The calls were obvious fakes. Anybody else get such calls? Anybody here from IRS recognize these n...
by denismurf
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: apartment problems
Replies: 17
Views: 1882

Re: apartment problems

OP here, in WA state. Maybe I was spoiled. After some 40 years of headaches as a homeowner, I decided to switch to renting apartments. This is the 4th one, brand new and the most expensive. All the others had shortcomings, but everything essential worked or got fixed. All had manuals to accompany ap...
by denismurf
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: apartment problems
Replies: 17
Views: 1882

apartment problems

A couple of weeks ago I moved into a brand new apartment building, expecting everything to be in perfect shape since new. But, the toilets don't deliver enough water after flushing. Some electrical outlets are dead. A built in ceiling light fixture doesn't work. Some manuals for appliances are missi...
by denismurf
Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone bought a home with Redfin?
Replies: 35
Views: 4728

Re: Has anyone bought a home with Redfin?

[/quote]BTW, if you think you will just call the seller's agents yourself and save the commission, it doesn't really work that way. Also, they prefer working with other agents and many won't take you seriously.[/quote] In my most recent experience, if you phone the seller's agent and tell them you a...
by denismurf
Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

theunknowntech wrote:Marguerite, a luminously great French film now on disk. IMO it makes the most intensely moving use of Mozart's Figaro since the original. It's also quite funny.


Is this the same movie as Marguerite et Julien?
by denismurf
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Florence Foster Jenkins:

Part comedy and part drama, so succeeds in neither. You might like this if you are really, really infatuated with Meryl Streep. Otherwise, probably not.
by denismurf
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

Fascinating for an old ex-Catholic like me. Jesus, the zealot, is a lot more cool than the version I learned about in grade school.
by denismurf
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do around Vegas during Winter?
Replies: 21
Views: 1822

Re: What to do around Vegas during Winter?

I make it a point to visit Red Rock Canyon every time I travel to or through Vegas, regardless of the season. It's close, free, and a total break from the casino scene, which is the only reason I go to Vegas at all.
by denismurf
Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

A senior residence I was visiting recently showed 4 For Texas in its rec room. It's kind of a pre-spaghetti western starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ursala Andress and Anita Eckberg.

Possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.
by denismurf
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How long does TreasuryDirect take to convert paper I bonds?
Replies: 50
Views: 9256

Re: How long does TreasuryDirect take to convert paper I bonds?

Exactly one month ago, I mailed Treasury a form requesting them to replace some paper I bonds I lost with new ones in electronic form. I already have a Treasury Direct account. Yesterday a Treasury employee phoned me, asked a few questions, and will mail me an extra form that needs completing. My su...
by denismurf
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Twelve O'clock High.; with Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlow, and Gary Merrill, among others. This black-and-white movie about US bomber crews in WWII impressed me deeply when I first saw it as a middle school kid in the 50's. It is now a streaming movie on Netflix, so I watched it about a mont...
by denismurf
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problems using Uber
Replies: 26
Views: 3497

Problems using Uber

Here are a couple of issues for Uber enthusiasts. Today I entered a request for UberX without an address for my destination since I didn't know the address. The app acknowledged my request and sent me the location, name and ID of the car to pick me up, A couple of minutes later I got a phone call fr...
by denismurf
Sun May 15, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"A Beautiful Planet" -- way too short documentary on the view from the space station, with Imax and 3-D.

I could have watched these scenes all day long and never gotten tired, but all they give you for $10 is 50 minutes.
by denismurf
Sun May 15, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm halfway through Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Subtitle is "A Brief History of Humankind." For me, this is slow going, but well worth the time and effort. Harari lays out stages of human development in ways I've never thought of before, particularly in describing the agricultural revolu...
by denismurf
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stanley Kubrick's 2001 a space odyssey
Replies: 154
Views: 17040

Re: Stanley Kubrick's 2001 a space odyssey

The main thing I don't understand is why this movie is not re-run in full size theaters today. I would pay a premium to see it in a theater at least once a year. The first time I saw it, I thought it was kinda interesting. The second time, a few days later, I understood the ape sequence, the bone to...
by denismurf
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: baseball-based board games?
Replies: 11
Views: 1081

baseball-based board games?

My grandson and friends have great baseball skills, but can't decipher all those rules. Can anyone recommend a baseball based board game suitable for kids about 7 or 8 years old? When I was in grade school/middle school a few decades ago, we played a game called Red Barber Baseball. It was great fun...
by denismurf
Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I think it's only on Netflix: The Heavy Water War Based on the historical fact that Germany was trying desperately to develop and deploy an atomic bomb before the Allies. To do this, they needed steady supplies of high quality heavy water manufactured in occupied Norway, not in Germany. This is actu...
by denismurf
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New (for me) book
Replies: 1
Views: 322

New (for me) book

I just learned that a guy who teaches personal finance to adults at a local community college, Lewis Mandell, wrote a book on investing after retirement a couple of years ago. Title is What To Do When I Get Stupid. The title alone caused me to read the reviews on Amazon. Has anyone here already read...
by denismurf
Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ZionsDirect bond auctions for little people going away
Replies: 0
Views: 286

ZionsDirect bond auctions for little people going away

Effective April 1, 2016, ZionsDirect bond auctions will no longer be open to non-institutional investors. I have a pretty big chunk of money in individual muni bonds that I've accumulated with them through their auctions over about 10 years. Does any other broker offer bonds in 5 unit auction lots f...
by denismurf
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New bidding rules at Zions
Replies: 1
Views: 421

New bidding rules at Zions

I have been buying muni bonds at Zions Direct auctions for about 10 years, with stable rules. This week, a big rule suddenly changed with no notice, at least no notice that I saw. Let's say you see a list of 10 bond lots in auctions that close in a week, so you make a note to revisit the auction on ...
by denismurf
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Here's a vote for Ex Machina, even though I thought it was disturbing at the end. The older I get, the less I enjoy entertainment that's disturbing.

There were elements of A.I., Frankenstein, and even Stepford Wives. Maybe. A friend says I take things too seriously.
by denismurf
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 103
Views: 10406

Re: How to learn a second language

If you are young enough and in good physical shape and want to do something for both yourself and your country, visit a military recruiter and wangle an assignment to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. If there is a better language school anywhere, I'm not aware of it. I learned Serbian...
by denismurf
Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Spotlight. Very good. Will appeal to all secular logical thinkers. This was a gut-wrencher for me, an ex-Catholic who also spent quite a lot of time in Boston as an adult in the 80's.The acting is spectacular and the film very well done. I cried with the victims and shared their rage at the system ...
by denismurf
Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Historically, was gold's "value" simply that it was a convenient, yet hard to counterfeit symbol?
Replies: 70
Views: 4764

Re: Historically, was gold's "value" simply that it was a convenient, yet hard to counterfeit symbol?

Recently I've been getting emails touting something called the Casey Report warning us about the coming War On Cash. They'll rush it to you for free, plus $4.95 shipping. Among other things, it describes the 3 actions we must take NOW to avoid total destruction of our wealth. Sorry; no further detai...
by denismurf
Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When to take RMD - verification
Replies: 26
Views: 2635

Re: When to take RMD - verification

"Consult your tax advisor" is advice frequently given. As written , the advice seems to assume that the reader retains a permanent tax advisor, like "consult your pastor" about a spiritual question. I do not retain a tax advisor and wonder how many Bogleheads do. Also, I've learn...
by denismurf
Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I'm considering The Good Dinosaur as something an adult might like.

Anybody see it?
by denismurf
Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resources for teaching football to kids (books, classes, equip., etc.)
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: Resources for teaching football to kids (books, classes, equip., etc.)

Unless my information is out of date, full contact in the Seattle area starts at age 8. It's weight controlled, though, so, for example, an exceptionally big 8-year-old will play against older kids. Much depends on the coach. What you can do yourself is keep your kids in good physical shape. You can...
by denismurf
Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: medical ID
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: medical ID

My home state of Washington is trying to help. It publishes a standard Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) that states a person's wishes clearly in an apparently legal and binding manner. But, it appears that even this will usually not result in causing medical personnel to avoid h...
by denismurf
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: medical ID
Replies: 8
Views: 952

medical ID

Which is better for men, bracelet or necklace? Does an inscription that just says "DNR" enough to get the attention and compliance of most emergency techs and emergency room personnel? What information must be included in the limited space of dogtags and bracelets? Any other suggestions?
by denismurf
Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: medical billing: crime or just mistakes?
Replies: 48
Views: 5323

medical billing: crime or just mistakes?

I have a lot of medical issues, so lots of correspondence and bills from service providers and my Blue Cross insurance co. Couple of weeks ago I got a bill for $275 from an imaging company that apparently read an MRI or something requested by a doctor treating me. I usually just pay these things, bu...
by denismurf
Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life lessons: Making loans to friends. Insights? Revelations?
Replies: 191
Views: 21366

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

I have a close personal friend who is also a key member of a social structure we both belong to. He is self employed and way too lenient in his efforts to collect what his customers (many of whom are personal friends) owe him for his services. A couple of years ago, he was forced to choose between p...
by denismurf
Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"In fact the performance of the Austro Hungarian army in WW1 was so bad that the book is probably not an exaggeration-- was Hasek a veteran? The army had something like 16 languages in it." Yes, Hasek served in the Austro=Hungarian Army and was captured by the Russians, eventually ending u...
by denismurf
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2006
Views: 516063

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm almost finished re-reading The Good Soldier Schveik , by Jaroslav Hasek. I now know a lot more about WW I and its effects in eastern Europe than I knew the first time around. This horrible event has little funny written about it. This is a glimmer, first published in Czech right after WW I and p...
by denismurf
Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Thanks to Lady Geek for reminding us that American Sniper is a movie, meant to entertain, not a partisan screed disguised as entertainment.
by denismurf
Sat May 16, 2015 1:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Over the weekend I saw Wild Tales in Miami. It's a unique and unusually creative Argentinian film. Loved it. :thumbsup It's actually 5 different stories about what people can do for revenge if they get really ticked off about some injustice they've suffered. Lots of laughs and gore. I give it 4/5.
by denismurf
Mon May 11, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best alternate phone?
Replies: 15
Views: 1813

best alternate phone?

I own only one phone --a cell. Occasionally it wanders off or drops out of my pocket close to watery graves like toilets and elevator shafts. I really do need to have a backup for when my luck runs out and my cellphone is gone forever. The simplest option seems to be to get a landline. Or I could ge...
by denismurf
Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: new i-bond rate?
Replies: 28
Views: 5885

Re: new i-bond rate?

I'm trying to make sure I understand the big difference between I bonds and TIPS bonds. Is it true that the redemption value of a TIPS bond can go down, but that, ignoring early redemption penalties, the redemption value of an I bond cannot go down? Stated differently, if I buy a TIPS bond today and...
by denismurf
Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I agree with Petrocelli on a 3 for Boyhood; and maybe that's a little high. I thought the whole story was based on an assumption that all adult males are violence-prone jerks. I disagree, again, with a high score for Fury. It's a gritty, authentic, plausible WW2 story for the first hour or so, then ...
by denismurf
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to retire in New England?
Replies: 123
Views: 14192

Re: Where to retire in New England?

Wow. Thanks so much, to all of you.
I think I can find my kind of place in New England.
by denismurf
Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to retire in New England?
Replies: 123
Views: 14192

Where to retire in New England?

Yes, it's a serious question.

New Englanders seem sane to me. Are they relatively nice and welcoming to newcomers from the Midwest and west coast?
by denismurf
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 20308

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Anybody who likes Hoop Dreams will also like The Boys of Baraka. It documents one year of a program to send 20 middle school boys per year from the Baltimore black ghetto to a small school out in the wilds of Kenya. It made me laugh and cry. As an aside, my daughter appears in the film as a teacher....
by denismurf
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Fury was gritty, raw and authentic for 90 minutes. Then it hit the skids and dissolved into a typical cartoonish Hollywood shoot-em-up fantasy bearing no resemblance to actual war as I understand that term. The last 30 minutes reminded me of the movie that so delighted Hitler in The Inglorious Baste...
by denismurf
Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New denture doesn't work.Who pays?
Replies: 6
Views: 1491

Re: New denture doesn't work.Who pays?

Thanks for the guidance.

At the next visit, I'll just ask how long this period of adjustments is supposed to last before we address the question of payment.

I don't think it would be appropriate in this forum to get into the details of exactly what is wrong.
by denismurf
Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New denture doesn't work.Who pays?
Replies: 6
Views: 1491

New denture doesn't work.Who pays?

I had a partial denture made a month ago. It has hurt to insert since right after it was made and continues to hurt now while in, despite 5 visits to adjust it.

Am I expected to pay the whole cost, even if it never delivers pain free use?
by denismurf
Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2088
Views: 509820

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

For me, The Wolf of Wall Street had way too many scenes of men in suits behaving like sex crazed animals toward women hired to pretend that they enjoyed such behavior, not to mention the degradation of The Wolf himself from principled husband and family man to a disgusting parody of a Wall Street st...

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