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by gatorking
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you clear your inbox?
Replies: 49
Views: 4027

Re: Do you clear your inbox?

If a cluttered inbox is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what is an empty inbox a sign of? :wink:
by gatorking
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used German Luxury vs New Japanese
Replies: 89
Views: 9387

Re: Used German Luxury vs New Japanese

A used Lexus is in the same range. And no maintenance nor repair costs to worry about. Besides, styling doesn't matter. Beauty is, or is not, in the eye of the beholder. Benz driver here and have rented Camry's, Maximas and Accords for trips in the Carolina's. Best part was turning them in and not ...
by gatorking
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Audi Wagon owners?
Replies: 29
Views: 2527

Re: Any Audi Wagon owners?

A colleague of mine recently purchased the VW Golf Alltrack over the Outback.
by gatorking
Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Tax Software for 2016
Replies: 76
Views: 9003

Re: 12/18/16 Deal - H&R Block 2016 @ Amazon

If you choose the No rush delivery option you also get a $5 credit to Prime pantry.
by gatorking
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Cars
Replies: 96
Views: 10786

Re: Honda Cars

My main complaint against Honda is they are slower on making safety features standard than other manufacturers like Toyota. If you plan on getting the "Honda Sensing" package with collision mitigation and lane departure correction then this is an add on package and not standard even at th...
by gatorking
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Cars
Replies: 96
Views: 10786

Re: Honda Cars

My main complaint against Honda is they are slower on making safety features standard than other manufacturers like Toyota. If you plan on getting the "Honda Sensing" package with collision mitigation and lane departure correction then this is an add on package and not standard even at the...
by gatorking
Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cannot copy files to flash drive - says no space??
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Cannot copy files to flash drive - says no space??

I just ran into this problem - NTFS is not compatible with the USB input in my car radio.
by gatorking
Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Required to pay with Amazon gift card!
Replies: 11
Views: 1135

Re: Required to pay with Amazon gift card!

There was a warning about this exact scam on the gift card display in CVS.
by gatorking
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?
Replies: 91
Views: 9504

Re: Trader Joe's Fans - good value?

Most shopping is done at Market Basket but I favor TJ for following items:
Sourdough bread
Greek yogurt
Omega 3 eggs
Raw milk cheese
This "fruit" walks into a bar
Granola bars
Pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds
Organic chicken
8 vegetable mix
Pound plus chocolate
Masala burgers
by gatorking
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New e-readers?
Replies: 22
Views: 1814

Re: New e-readers?

The Voyage and Oasis are the latest in the kindle family. See if you can try them out at a store before you decide to upgrade.
by gatorking
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too much in FSA account
Replies: 14
Views: 1175

Re: Too much in FSA account

Blood pressure monitors.
by gatorking
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda maintenance schedule?
Replies: 49
Views: 4736

Re: Honda maintenance schedule?

A little googling led me to this website. I don't know how accurate the information here is so use with caution.
http://www.driverside.com/service-sched ... id=4112266
Pick your model by clicking on the Change Car button.
by gatorking
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: Has a SUV helped anyone's back?

Nissan brags about their zero gravity seats. You could ask on a Nissan forum whether they help.
http://www.nissanusa.com/blog/zero-gravity-seats
by gatorking
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book - Criticism of behavioral economics.
Replies: 19
Views: 2913

Re: Book - Criticism of behavioral economics.

Gerd_Gigerenzer is a pretty vocal critic of Kahneman and Tversky.
by gatorking
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can this roast beef be saved?
Replies: 22
Views: 2241

Re: Can this roast beef be saved?

Try a pressure cooker if you have one.
by gatorking
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 45000

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

I received my cards in the mail this week - the Amex and Visa cards were replaced with Visa signature cards. I'm guessing I don't need two of them. Should I cancel one or just not activate it?
by gatorking
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a new mattress. Memory foam?
Replies: 53
Views: 4468

Re: I need a new mattress. Memory foam?

fandango wrote:We have had a memory foam mattress for almost 20 years.

Time for us to buy another.

Best one I have seen so far is by Casper.


Just for you:
https://www.sleepsherpa.com/casper-vs-l ... ss-review/
https://www.sleepsherpa.com/nest-alexan ... ur-slayer/
by gatorking
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Top 9"+ Tablets for cheap
Replies: 17
Views: 2456

Re: Top 9"+ Tablets for cheap

Amazon Fire is not native Android. The appstore does not have Google apps like Youtube. There are workarounds but be aware of this issue.
by gatorking
Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity mobile application
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Fidelity mobile application

One year is too long. If you are using their mobile app you probably want instant gratification anyway. :D
by gatorking
Tue May 31, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Zeros for College?
Replies: 10
Views: 2614

Re: Zeros for College?

I don't understand why you think the discount is the value that matters most to you. I would be interested in the yield since this helps me compare it to other bonds and CDs. What I got from the fidelity website is this: 100 - price you pay for the bond is the discount. So, looking at a STRIP maturi...
by gatorking
Thu May 19, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: day trip or 2day trips from Boston
Replies: 25
Views: 1818

Re: day trip or 2day trips from Boston

Lots of information in these two threads:
viewtopic.php?t=157608
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=186775
by gatorking
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for post retirement career
Replies: 53
Views: 3961

Re: Advice for post retirement career

Switch to a private/charter school?
by gatorking
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a quick 3 day trip to Boston
Replies: 33
Views: 2931

Re: Planning a quick 3 day trip to Boston

Some very good info in this thread:
viewtopic.php?t=157608
by gatorking
Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2621
Views: 837064

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I just finished "How Adam Smith can change your life: an unexpected guide to human nature and happiness" by Russ Roberts Highly recommend it. This is not a book about "The Wealth of Nations" but about a lesser known work - "The Theory of Moral Sentiments". Recently I ha...
by gatorking
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One sentence financial rule
Replies: 22
Views: 3499

Re: One sentence financial rule

MarkBarb wrote:How about "Understand what you are doing and why rather than putting a lot of faith in a few aphorisms."

What if the subject is so complex that understanding is not possible, especially for an average person?
by gatorking
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One sentence financial rule
Replies: 22
Views: 3499

One sentence financial rule

List from Motley Fool:
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2 ... rules.aspx
This was posted a couple of years ago but just came to my attention today. Any you would like to add to this?
by gatorking
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Hope everyone is well [Preparing for Eastern US blizzard]
Replies: 102
Views: 8053

Re: Hope everyone is well

People in the south love stocking up on bread, milk, and eggs for some reason. Why someone would want to buy three of the most perishable items in existence during a snow storm and potential power outage is beyond my understanding. An irresistible urge to make French toast maybe. The Atlantic is po...
by gatorking
Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirement book by Teresa Ghilarducci
Replies: 1
Views: 814

Retirement book by Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci, who's work has been discussed on these forums before is out with a book titled "How to retire with enough money : and how to know what enough is". Has anyone read this? What are your opinions?
by gatorking
Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show
Replies: 202
Views: 24281

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Foyles War
Collision
by gatorking
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How has your Salary performed against inflation?
Replies: 59
Views: 6809

Re: How has your Salary performed against inflation?

My base salary has more than doubled since starting to work in 2000 but the number is quite meaningless since but it involved one move from low COL city to high COL city and another move from a company with better benefits and 401k match to one with worse match and benefits.
by gatorking
Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 45000

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

When you charge something that has a warranty with it, say an iPhone, I was under the impression that using the AMEX card extended the warranty feature by an additional year. I don't believe that the Apple warranty itself is extended, I believe AMEX itself is the one making the additional year warr...
by gatorking
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Excel function to return latest price
Replies: 39
Views: 8208

Re: Excel function to return latest price

I use the add-in from this site in Excel 2007. Other versions are supported as well.
http://parago.de/pmstockquoteexceladdin/
by gatorking
Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which other 'must-read' websites and blogs do YOU read?
Replies: 42
Views: 7636

Re: Which other 'must-read' websites and blogs do YOU read?

curiosity.com
http://www.farnamstreetblog.com
aeon.co (not .com)
bigthink.com
qz.com
theatlantic.com
by gatorking
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best noise cancelling headphones?
Replies: 47
Views: 5879

Re: Best noise cancelling headphones?

Also, if you just want sound reduction without any audio, e.g. while sleeping, then foam ear plugs are the way to go.
by gatorking
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best noise cancelling headphones?
Replies: 47
Views: 5879

Re: Best noise cancelling headphones?

The Bose never worked for me, too big and bulky. I went with the Shure SE215, they are in the ear buds, very compact, come with a variety of tips to fit every ear, and are $90. The cables are very rugged, the are detachable if they need replacement, and there are no batteries to replace or switches...
by gatorking
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?
Replies: 29
Views: 6266

Re: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?

62 consecutive 1% drops will take you from 100 to 50. 62 consecutive 1% increases will take you from 50 to 100. The problem is that you are thinking in terms of arithmetic series instead of geometric series. Incorrect. 62 1% drops will take 100 down to 53.6 62 1% increases will grow it back to 99.4...
by gatorking
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?
Replies: 29
Views: 6266

Re: $100 On October 9th, 2007 Worth How Much Today?

62 consecutive 1% drops will take you from 100 to 50. 62 consecutive 1% increases will take you from 50 to 100. The problem is that you are thinking in terms of arithmetic series instead of geometric series.
by gatorking
Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 4828

Re: Which Roku?

The roku 3 remote allows you to plug in headphones for private listening.
by gatorking
Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jason Zweig interview: Writing, Risk, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Jason Zweig interview: Writing, Risk, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter

https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2015/1 ... e-project/
"In this episode we talk about a host of things, including what his day looks like; why he adds a philosophical and historical view to his columns; the relentless flow of news; his new book The Devil’s Financial Dictionary; and what the average investor should do."
by gatorking
Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any books really change your outlook on life?
Replies: 317
Views: 51715

Re: Any books really change your outlook on life?

"Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger" by Peter Bevelin
by gatorking
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone tried to buy a new VW?
Replies: 14
Views: 2652

Re: Has anyone tried to buy a new VW?

Truecar provides graphs of sales. You could start there.
by gatorking
Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jim Simons and Renaissance Technologies
Replies: 52
Views: 5634

Re: Jim Simons and Renaissance Technologies

And they know how to look out for their employees ... and themselves.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... ement-plan
by gatorking
Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another new two comma club member
Replies: 60
Views: 9961

Re: Another new two comma club member

As long you cross the threshold an odd number of times ....
by gatorking
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.
Replies: 65
Views: 6500

Re: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.

This is a great site for home goods recommendations.
http://thesweethome.com/
by gatorking
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your car buying strategy?
Replies: 84
Views: 6893

Re: What is your car buying strategy?

If you want to do minimum work you could use the Costco car buying service.
by gatorking
Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the point of a Flagship Representative?
Replies: 69
Views: 10091

Re: What is the point of a Flagship Representative?

So Flagship is like the red carpet that only business and first class passengers are allowed to walk on while heading to the same gate as everyone else?
by gatorking
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering moving to Oregon
Replies: 71
Views: 10123

Re: Considering moving to Oregon

In the Boston area some gas stations have attendants that will always pump the gas for you; most don't. I try and frequent the former, especially in winter. :happy
by gatorking
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VW stock goes from 170 to almost 100 and falling, good time to buy?
Replies: 169
Views: 19231

Re: VW stock goes from 170 to almost 100 and falling, good time to buy?

VW stocks are crashing... I think itll crash a lot more before it stabilizes. My question is ... think it maybe a good idea to buy when it bottoms out? Risk wise, is it possible itll bankrupt after all the penalties, fines, recalls and reputation damage? If not, then it seems like it would be a goo...
by gatorking
Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can you recommend a good waterproof men's winter boot
Replies: 37
Views: 3372

Re: can you recommend a good waterproof men's winter boot

My wife and I use Kamik boots. Made in Canada.