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by gatorman
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Australia on short notice
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Travel to Australia on short notice

We just had visitors from Australia. they booked their return flights from the US and found the best deal was Air New Zealand. That said, this website: http://www.skyscanner.com/flights-to/au/airlines-that-fly-to-australia.html says your options are United, American, Delta, Qantas, Jetstar, Air New ...
by gatorman
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip from Florida to Chicago with 7-year-old, what should we see?
Replies: 27
Views: 1771

Re: Road trip from Florida to Chicago with 7-year-old, what should we see?

Glass bottom boats at Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, FL
Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville- don't miss the butterfly enclosure
by gatorman
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do used cars typically last?
Replies: 53
Views: 3795

Re: How long do used cars typically last?

Not all Japanese brands are equivalent. All models within a brand are not the same. If you specify a make and model, perhaps you will get more meaningful responses. 07 Honda Pilot -- or something similar that gets all full red circles (except one half) on Consumer Reports. I have an '07 Pilot, it h...
by gatorman
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor gas grill recommendation
Replies: 58
Views: 2640

Re: Outdoor gas grill recommendation

First get a TShirt your size that says Grillmeister. Then get a large Big Green Egg. If wife wants to cook outdoors get her electric hot plate with extension cord. Then take over the outdoor grilling. You won't regret. This^^^^, but the OP should still get a gas grill with a side burner, the side b...
by gatorman
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?

I butterflied my turkeys for several years and I believe it is indeed superior to cooking the bird whole. The time savings is considerable. However, I found that butterflied turkey was just a stepping stone on the road towards turkey nirvana: smoked turkey. I like some smoke, usually add a couple c...
by gatorman
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?

If you are going to go all experimental and spatchcock your turkey, you might as well, to mix our metaphors, go whole hog, and , instead of wet brining (you do brine it?), try dry brining instead with a mixture of a half cup of kosher salt and 2 tbs baking powder as described here: http://www.seriou...
by gatorman
Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: Spatchcock Your Turkey?

When did butterflying a bird become spatchcocking it? OK, I guess I'll do the research myself... Yep, it's the same thing. Removing the backbone to let the bird lay flat for faster and more even cooking. Title edited for clarity. I think a better question is "When did spatchcocking a bird beco...
by gatorman
Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Spatchcock [aka Butterfly] Your Turkey?

I've cooked a lot of spatchcocked chicken, but haven't tried a turkey. This may be the year. Anyone tried it? For those unfamiliar with the technique, here is a primer: http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/11/how-to-spatchcock-cook-turkey-thanksgiving-fast-easy-way-spatchcocked.html Actually, I think I'l...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch under $100
Replies: 46
Views: 3819

Re: Watch under $100

$79.00

http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_U ... 1r004b.htm

or this,
$99.00

http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_E ... 27008w.htm

First one is Quartz, second one is automatic.
gatorman
by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch under $100
Replies: 46
Views: 3819

Re: Watch under $100

Ticking watches drive me insane too! I finally decided that I needed a mechanical and not a quartz watch to make sure the ticking didn't drive me crazy. I would caution against choosing the Swatch Sistem51, it's somewhat louder than most mechanical watches. Check out lower priced Seiko watches or O...
by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch under $100
Replies: 46
Views: 3819

Re: Watch under $100

by gatorman
Mon Nov 09, 2015 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lower Cost Plane Tickets
Replies: 8
Views: 1529

Lower Cost Plane Tickets

I haven't tried this myself, but it appears to be a method where one might save a significant amount on overseas air travel: http://time.com/3626031/fake-location-cheaper-plane-tickets/ As pointed out in the article one must use a credit card which does not charge a foreign transaction fee to enjoy ...
by gatorman
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 31464

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Please lock in SD,ACI and AKS.
Thanks,
gatorman
by gatorman
Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hard Cider & a Flick
Replies: 30
Views: 2825

Re: Hard Cider & a Flick

The Martian was very good. We haven't seen the other two yet.
by gatorman
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 3582

Re: Which Roku?

Thanks to all who responded, I appreciate the advice.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 3582

Re: Which Roku?

I have a roku 3 and Apple TV and can recommend both for Hulu Plus. I think I read somewhere that Roku 3 it is faster (faster response times) than the Roku stick. If you have apple devices like Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, Apple TV is a good choice too. Note that Apple is releasing a newer versi...
by gatorman
Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Roku?
Replies: 38
Views: 3582

Which Roku?

I want to get Hulu, but my bluray player does not support Hulu, only Netflix, which I have. My daughter suggests I get a Roku player to pick up Hulu. My tv has spare HDMI ports and is not a 4k machine. I have a wi-fi network installed. I don't care about gaming capability. I'm thinking all I need is...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [visiting] Austin, TX
Replies: 22
Views: 1942

Re: Austin, TX

I Don't have any suggestions of where to stay, but I do have a suggestion on where to eat. Franklin barbecue.
by gatorman
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1727

Re: Old Tools

For certain jobs, you just can't beat an old nail puller. Recently my 32 year old son was totally amazed when he saw me use an nail puller that probably belonged to my grandfather on the farm. Just be careful and don't get your finger pinched while handling it or using it :) Below is a picture of a...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1727

Re: Old Tools

Which brings me to the point of this post, what other old "obsolete" tools do you use that you find to be useful and just as good as modern technology, maybe better? I'm sure there are many such tools out there, waiting to be rediscovered and put back into service. Chisels, hand saws (I a...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1727

Re: Old Tools

Somewhat off track but "Old Tools" also exist for the kitchen. When I learned to cook I was raised that an electric hand mixer was used for a lot of tasks. It made me reluctant to do certain things because assembly and cleaning of an electric hand mixer seemed to always take way too much ...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Tools
Replies: 14
Views: 1727

Old Tools

I bought a deck storage chest and, of course, it came unassembled. The assembly directions said no power tools, but there was an almost unlimited number of screws that needed to be driven to put it together. Well not too long ago at a garage sale, I'd purchased a Yankee style ratcheting screwdriver ...
by gatorman
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

The storm doesn't have to go right over you to cause problems:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... 4-10-50-54
I hope those of you who live in South Carolina prepared and are doing ok.
by gatorman
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are luxury watches good investments?
Replies: 45
Views: 3219

Re: Are luxury watches good investments?

I have an Omega Seamaster professional diver's watch. Looking at what I paid for it back in 1998 and what they go for used today, my cagr on the value of the watch is basically the rate of inflation. So, it has held its value, but there's been no real price appreciation. Also, I'm out the return I c...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

NOAA now showing the storm as missing the US. Good thing, winds are 135 mph.
Folks up in Nova Scotia may still be at risk.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

In my experience a top loader washing machine holds water much more reliably than a bathtub. Perhaps, but could be soapy and non palatable... After a few days your definition of palatable will change. This Mayo Clinic article will give you an idea of how much water you need per day: http://www.mayo...
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

New track posted, looks like the projected track is moving east.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/ ... _NL_sm.gif
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

It's a category 4 storm this morning, very serious. Hopefully it will weaken as it moves North.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

The most recent update has the track shifted east and pointed right at New York City.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphic ... l#contents

Hopefully, future updates will move it even further east and off the mainland altogether.
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

Good advice. Never hurts to be prepared. Should note, however, that storm track is still highly uncertain: 2. Confidence in the details of the forecast after 72 hours remains low, since we have one normally excellent model that keeps Joaquin far away from the United States East Coast. The range of ...
by gatorman
Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin

Some of you may not have had the experience of living through a major storm. I have been through a couple, although I'm pretty far inland and so didn't get the full brunt of it. But I think I can perhaps give you a few thoughts which might make living through the experience a little less stressful. ...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 31464

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Well what you suggest is essentially what has already been done to me. Really? I thought you said: Norbert- Since my pick, PTRY, got taken private, rather than setting one-sixth of my portfolio to 0 ..... All I was suggesting is that the final price showing up in your portfolio should be the takeov...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 31464

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Programmatically speaking, I think hornet96's suggestion would be easier for Norbert to implement, since he already has functionality to liquidate a pick during the contest. I doubt he has the functionality to distribute the money among the remaining picks, particularly since this contest doesn't r...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 31464

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- Since my pick, PTRY, got taken private, rather than setting one-sixth of my portfolio to 0, wouldn't it be more fair to distribute the money equally among my remaining 5 picks and then use 5 as the denominator to determine percentage gain and loss? Just sayin . . . Right now I'm competing ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest
Replies: 227
Views: 31464

Re: Bogleheads 2015 Hedge Fund Contest

Norbert- Since my pick, PTRY, got taken private, rather than setting one-sixth of my portfolio to 0, wouldn't it be more fair to distribute the money equally among my remaining 5 picks and then use 5 as the denominator to determine percentage gain and loss? Just sayin . . . Right now I'm competing w...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent Deal on Cameras
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Decent Deal on Cameras

Similar questions to this appear from time to time on all the camera discussion boards. There are several well-known, large, and reliable on-line sellers. For example, BandH, Adorama, a few others, and maybe even Amazon. Almost always their prices track within a few bucks. Any seller significantly ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent Deal on Cameras
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Decent Deal on Cameras

Woot has a decent deal on cameras here:

http://www.woot.com/plus/electronic-stu ... f=cnt_wp_2

New Nikon D3200 with 18-55 VR kit lens for $330 with factory warranty (not gray market), 55-200 VR lens for $170. Also some deals on Fuji and Canon gear. Sale ends on the 30th.

gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of 4500 purchase [Camera]
Replies: 122
Views: 6695

Re: Talk me out of 4500 purchase [Camera]

Looking for some opinions from other photography junkies on here. I'm on the edge of buying a Canon 5D3 and the 50mm 1.2L prime lens. About 4500 total, here's the catch. I'm not s photographer, I do not make any income from it. It's a pure hobby, I just like quality equipment. Am I crazy to go that...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1606

Re: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?

jabberwock wrote:I have had an Omega Seamaster for 22 years most of the time worn daily. Not a single scratch or mark on its Sapphire crystal. It makes a huge difference.


I've had mine for 18 years, no scratches on the crystal but a good sized one on the rotating bezel.
by gatorman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?
Replies: 14
Views: 1606

Re: watch as gift or for self: sapphire crystal?

Also, you should plan on spending around $5000. just ask Petrocelli.
by gatorman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: May Need New Gas Water Heater
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: May Need New Gas Water Heater

Check with your gas company to see if they are offering any deals/rebates. I got a tremendous deal by buying through the gas company when I had to replace my WH a few years ago.
gatorman
by gatorman
Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dslr recommendations for aurora borealis
Replies: 18
Views: 1212

Re: Dslr recommendations for aurora borealis

I looked at a website on aurora borealis photography and the author recommended a couple of f/2.8 lenses as suitable. So, using f/2.8 as a guide, you might get the D5500 body for $747 and the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 for $469 , both at Adorama. That would put you at $1216 for the camera body and lens, wh...
by gatorman
Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dslr recommendations for aurora borealis
Replies: 18
Views: 1212

Re: Dslr recommendations for aurora borealis

Wife and I are heading to Alaska next month in hopes of catching a night or two with aurora activity. Neither of us are photography inclined but we would love to come home with a few solid night sky long exposures to share with friends and family what we see. That leads to my question. I'd like to ...
by gatorman
Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mom (age 66) wants to give me my Inheritance now. Should i accept?
Replies: 41
Views: 4642

Re: Mom (age 66) wants to give me my Inheritance now. Should i accept?

Unless your mother has a serious health issue that dictates she will pass in a few months, her generosity is ill-advised, IMHO. What happens if she needs long-term care at some point? What about assisted living, if needed? Are you going to step in and care for her? If she doesn't have LTC policy, a...
by gatorman
Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Protecting your assets
Replies: 11
Views: 1058

Re: Protecting your assets

boglerocks wrote:I've become suspicious that some "friends" I've known for a short time are scam artists. It's gotten me thinking about how best to generally protect my assets. Are there certain things everyone should consider doing to protect their wealth?


Get a new set of friends.
gatorman
by gatorman
Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 20th Century Stereo in a 21st Century World
Replies: 65
Views: 4705

Re: 20th Century Stereo in a 21st Century World

I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Digital-GDI-IRDT200-Hi-Fi-Internet/dp/B00395ZQMK hooked up to my stereo. If you get one, you'll also need to have/get an iphone and download the Grace app. Without the app, its almost unusable, but with the app, there's easy access to ~17,000 stations. As to ...
by gatorman
Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where can I find a good Estate attorney?
Replies: 14
Views: 1648

Re: Where can I find a good Estate attorney?

You might contact your state bar association for a referral to an asset protection planning attorney. In most states there is no asset protection for assets transferred to a revocable living trust. In many states there is no asset protection for the grantor's assets transferred to an irrevocable tru...
by gatorman
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension Options- Lump Sum or Annuity?
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: Pension Options- Lump Sum or Annuity?

#cruncher and cadreamer- Thanks for your responses!
gatorman
by gatorman
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: what reason should I give? [Job resignation]
Replies: 57
Views: 6414

Re: what reason should I give? [Job resignation]

I think the first thing to decide is whether you are a fungible commodity (i.e., a run of the mill, easily replaced individual). You need to be brutally honest with yourself about that. If you are, start looking for a new job that pays more right away and leave once you get it. It is much easier to ...
by gatorman
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pension Options- Lump Sum or Annuity?
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: Pension Options- Lump Sum or Annuity?

I have had a similar option twice, once at age 50 (from a former employer) and once at age 55 (when I "retired" from my most recent employer). Since I planned on working another 5-10 years and would be in the 25% or 28% tax bracket, on both occasions I took the lump sum and put the procee...

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