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by denismurf
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas Slot Machine Strategy (maximize entertainment value)
Replies: 31
Views: 2281

Re: Las Vegas Slot Machine Strategy (maximize entertainment value)

With video poker, you have at least a modicum of control over the odds for that machine and the speed at which new hands are dealt. Most of my pleasure in casinos comes from just hanging out and chatting with other players in downtown Las Vegas. Video poker players tend to be grownups: Boglehead typ...
by denismurf
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A poll: How much money do you want to retire?
Replies: 270
Views: 21037

Re: A poll: How much money do you want to retire?

I'm 80 and living in a HCOL area; no longer married, but have grown kids and little grandkids. I have enough net pension income to live comfortably and give generous gifts, plus about one million stashed and reinvested in money markets. That one million is to ensure that my kids don't have to go bro...
by denismurf
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I saw Dunkirk at an IMAX theater the day it came out. It left me feeling empty, despondent, nauseated, and with one of those headaches that grinds away at the backs of your eyeballs. After reading so many glowing reviews, I suspected there was something wrong with me, so decided on an impulse to wat...
by denismurf
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2521
Views: 795809

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Here's another WWII book I have not seen mentioned: The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. The author of this memoir was a teenager living in Alsace with his German and French parents when the German army rolled through and recruited young men like Sajer to enlist in the Wehrmacht. Sajer signed up, wen...
by denismurf
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: scary phone calls [phone scams]
Replies: 35
Views: 3531

scary phone calls [phone scams]

Recently I've been receiving 2 or 3 phone calls per day with recorded warnings that my accounts have been subjected to "security breaches" and that I should phone either 888-387-7218 or 877-220-3493. Has anybody actually phoned these numbers? The results? I never answer or return such call...
by denismurf
Tue May 23, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to sell bonds?
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: How to sell bonds?

Unless you are desperate, hang onto those bonds until maturity rather sell them on the secondary market, where you not receive anything close to their listed fair market value.
by denismurf
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Going In Style just plain did it for me, with lots of chuckles and out loud laughter. It probably helps to be an old geezer who truly believes that many seniors are getting the shaft these days.

The cast is super. No need to watch on a big screen.
by denismurf
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2521
Views: 795809

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This morning, I finished reading The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk During the World War : Book One by Jaroslav Hasek. The Good Soldier Svejk is a series of tales about an ordinary man's successful quest to survive and to enjoy life in the face of the endless absurdities imposed on hi...
by denismurf
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

[quote="LazyNihilist"]I've seen all the 2016 Oscar Best Picture Nominees. Here's how I rate them. Arrival - 9.25 Moonlight - 9 Manchester by the Sea - 9 La La Land - 8.75 Hidden Figures - 8.5 Fences - 8 Lion - 7.5 Hell or High Water - 6.75 Hacksaw Ridge - 6.5 I've seen your nos. 1, 3, 4, a...
by denismurf
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Saw Manchester by the Sea . Didn't really do much for me. Kind of tired of the theme of working class self-destruction. Ditto your overdose on the theme of working class self-destruction. It's too much like recent books that try to elicit sympathy for losers whose lack of any sense of personal resp...
by denismurf
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I just watched 2001; A Space Odyssey for the umpteenth time, on a huge screen with a dynamite sound system. One of the world's many divisions is between people who are mesmerized by this movie and those who aren't. I am among the mesmerized, whose eyes still get a little moist when the bone tossed i...
by denismurf
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Another heartfelt vote for Hidden Figures. It manages to negotiate some nasty pieces of our (US) history without pulling punches or belaboring the nastinesses, a combination that produces a truly inspiring human story. Unlike Arrival, another movie I loved, Hidden Figures would work just fine watche...
by denismurf
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Now seen Arrival three times in theaters and still am wowed by the sound effects and presentation of the aliens and their ship. But it is still a great science fiction story mixed with a slow, maudlin fantasy story that even Amy Adams can't rescue and that was so unnecessary to the science fiction p...
by denismurf
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 2854
Views: 839391

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. I beg to differ with denismurf"s lukewarm assessment of Arrival. I watched it again tonight, and its acting, effects, music, and suspense just blew me away. Strangely, knowing in adv...
by denismurf
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2521
Views: 795809

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 17235

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: 2125

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 964

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: 2125

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: 2125

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: 5359

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 2521
Views: 795809

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: 1996

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 63
Views: 13912

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 4147

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 2521
Views: 795809

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: 18732

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: 1225

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 343

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: 295

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: 446

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 11601

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 5110

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: 2942

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: 2854
Views: 839391

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: 810

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: 1011

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: 1011

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: 5649

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: 23001

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...