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by random_walker_77
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying nightguards (teeth grinding)
Replies: 44
Views: 2829

Re: Buying nightguards (teeth grinding)

I have a dentist-made nightguard. It was expensive, several hundred $ when I got it back around 2001. But it's very rigid, thin, and with daily use of denture cleaner, it's still very clean. That said, it's worn down from grinding and I think I'm going to have to get another one in a year or two. Am...
by random_walker_77
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: After market rear view (backup) cameras.
Replies: 19
Views: 1863

Re: After market rear view (backup) cameras.

I added one to my older minivan for ~$30 in parts (display panel, camera, wireless transmitter), when they were bundled on sale. Looks like it's more like $60 at regular price. viewtopic.php?t=201838#p3092441
by random_walker_77
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Check serial number caused an issue
Replies: 26
Views: 2211

Re: Check serial number caused an issue

Also do note that you don't have to order checks from your bank. It's perfectly fine to order them from costco/sam's/walmart etc. and then you pick the design and starting check number. Might as well make it 8780 or something equally high There are also the family of check printing companies that fr...
by random_walker_77
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: stopped check / holder in due course
Replies: 13
Views: 1203

Re: stopped check / holder in due course

Read this FTC opinion before you proceed. IANAL, but I doubt that you can be successfully sued in this case. Get legal help if you need it. That ruling is about if you used credit, which further underscores the big difference between paying by check vs credit. Reading this was very eye opening for ...
by random_walker_77
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: stopped check / holder in due course
Replies: 13
Views: 1203

Re: stopped check / holder in due course

Thanks all, looks like I'll be paying the check cashing firm. Up until now, I hadn't properly appreciated the protection that a credit card offers over paying by check. sigh.
by random_walker_77
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: stopped check / holder in due course
Replies: 13
Views: 1203

stopped check / holder in due course

Hello everyone, I realize I need to go find a consumer (?) lawyer for a consultation, but thought I'd poll the collective wisdom for some advice on what to ask and what points I need to consider. Essentially, I had a contractor do some work on my home here in Texas. Their credit card reader was "bro...
by random_walker_77
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dinner plates that do not get so hot after microwaving?
Replies: 37
Views: 2972

Re: Dinner plates that do not get so hot after microwaving?

According to an article I read earlier this year, there's a chemistry angle on this. Earthenware contains water and will heat in a microwave, but stoneware and porcelain will have eliminated all water: https://eic.rsc.org/feature/the-chemistry-of-pottery/2020245.article Stoneware vs earthenware Pots...
by random_walker_77
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recommendations for 3-Fund at Schwab
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Recommendations for 3-Fund at Schwab

It was pointed out to me that SWISX doesn't include exposure to Canada nor emerging markets. I wonder, as a practical matter, how significant is this difference. Developed markets are about 75% of international stocks. Emerging markets are about 20% and Canada is about 5%. Whether you consider the ...
by random_walker_77
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Recommendations for 3-Fund at Schwab
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Recommendations for 3-Fund at Schwab

Note that the wiki lists equivalent funds for schwab, fidelity, and others:

https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Three-f ... head-style

Schwab Total Stock Market Index (SWTSX)
Schwab International Index (SWISX)
Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond Index Fund (SWAGX)
by random_walker_77
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My risk tolerance suddenly went down
Replies: 33
Views: 5567

Re: My risk tolerance suddenly went down

Congrats on the new job, and count yourself very lucky indeed. In learning this lesson now, in finding a new job so quickly, and in the large raise. Perhaps you should've been shopping your resume earlier to keep abreast of market compensation, hmm? As you've seen, you shouldn't ever have occasion t...
by random_walker_77
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another bay area housing thread..
Replies: 143
Views: 13051

Re: Another bay area housing thread..

So, a question I've got to ask... where's the shame in renting a house? With the income levels we're talking about, and with kids on the distant horizon, why not just rent in someplace central like Sunnyvale and pay for a quality private school when the time comes? Zillow implies that a typical hous...
by random_walker_77
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another bay area housing thread..
Replies: 143
Views: 13051

Re: Another bay area housing thread..

I know of a few people that bought right at the peak of the last housing bubble in 2007 or so. They bought modest single family ranch homes for $800k-900k. They lost 30-40% value when the housing bubble busted. They were upside down for 10 years and just recently regained value so they are back in ...
by random_walker_77
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on buying a musical instrument
Replies: 24
Views: 1582

Re: Advice on buying a musical instrument

Another vote for buying your rental, or inquiring about a rent-to-buy arrangement. (Some shops will credit a portion of your rental fees towards an instrument purchase. Further, you're no longer buying a new instrument but a used instrument, and it should be repriced accordingly). You've been playin...
by random_walker_77
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bay Area housing
Replies: 69
Views: 6296

Re: Bay Area housing

How is this argument about interest rates being at an all time low different from the same argument applied to bonds? Consider this -- you're wrong on bonds and maybe you lose a small (<30%) of your money. Whereas if you borrow 1.5M at 4:1 leverage, if you're wrong, you lose all of your invested mo...
by random_walker_77
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bay Area housing
Replies: 69
Views: 6296

Re: Bay Area housing

A) Heads you win, tails they lose. California is a non-recourse state. Just don't refi, and if you end up deeply underwater, turn in the keys and walk away. Your credit will be trashed for several years, but it's not the end of the world. With high paying jobs, not necessarily even a big inconv...
by random_walker_77
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2290

Re: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?

+1 on all the capacitor posts. The symptoms you are describing sound exactly like a capacitor failure. I bought a bag of resistors on Amazon and made a capacitor discharger out of those and some spare wire and alligator clips. Total cost about $8. You could also use the big screwdriver across the t...
by random_walker_77
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2290

Re: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?

As an update, it was very hot and humid here yesterday, and DW didn't want to wait until the new part arrived from Amazon, especially since we're leaving for vacation soon and have a very hectic few weeks coming up in general; not a lot of time to tinker. She also didn't have quite the confidence l...
by random_walker_77
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bay Area housing
Replies: 69
Views: 6296

Re: Bay Area housing

The daunting thing here is all those people who are buying with all-cash. Consider that if they're cashing out stock options, you need to cash out close to $4M to have $2M after all the taxes. Sure, the bay area is popular and minting money like crazy, but it does drive some concerns about whether ...
by random_walker_77
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bay Area housing
Replies: 69
Views: 6296

Re: Bay Area housing

How much other assets do you have? If you're a high income couple, where credit doesn't matter so much, one could argue that you should go for it. A) Heads you win, tails they lose. California is a non-recourse state. Just don't refi, and If you end up deeply underwater, turn in the keys and wal...
by random_walker_77
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with determining appropriate salary
Replies: 7
Views: 1193

Re: Help with determining appropriate salary

In addition to the excellent suggestions above, sometimes industry journals will publish salary surveys. And the government publishes detailed information by occupation, broken down by geography. Of particular interest, it also shows median + 10th/25/75/90th percentile salaries. m For example, "...
by random_walker_77
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Parking Aid
Replies: 28
Views: 2381

Re: Garage Parking Aid

carguyny wrote:I've had one of these on the garage floor for 3 or 4 years now.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-44442-Accu ... arage+stop


I've had 2 of these in my 2-car garage for 7 years and really like it. It's held up well to the texas heat.
by random_walker_77
Wed May 24, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Equity and Salary Balance
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Re: Equity and Salary Balance

Hello, I'm investing in a business. I have a person that is specialized in this industry. He requested $75,000/year until we get the business started. He also requested 25% equity since he'll be building the business (sweat equity). I'll invest around $150,000 into the business and own the rest of ...
by random_walker_77
Wed May 24, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: carpet beetles (varied carpet beetle)
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Re: carpet beetles (varied carpet beetle)

In addition to vacuuming frequently, you can also apply diatomaceous earth. If you think they're coming in from outside, apply outside your house, and you can apply along your baseboards or even into your carpet. Be sure you buy the food-grade DE, and wear a dust mask as inhaling it probably isn't s...
by random_walker_77
Wed May 24, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: denture/partial cleaners?
Replies: 3
Views: 506

Re: denture/partial cleaners?

Maybe not exactly the same, but I've got a nightguard that's over 16 years ago which still looks great. I use a daily soaking of denture cleaner. Didn't seem to matter which one -- I've used efferdent, polident, and the generics for them from walmart/target/HEB. As far as I can tell, the generics co...
by random_walker_77
Mon May 22, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring at 50. Making sure my investments are in order.
Replies: 15
Views: 3627

Re: Retiring at 50. Making sure my investments are in order.

Wow! Great info! I teach at a local University at night, so I will probably step that up after retirement as something to keep me busy and still another source of income in "regular retirement".... I guess my last question would be this... Do I keep my investments as they are now, or do I...
by random_walker_77
Mon May 22, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring at 50. Making sure my investments are in order.
Replies: 15
Views: 3627

Re: Retiring at 50. Making sure my investments are in order.

Random Walker 77, Thanks for the info. Here's what I can answer.. 1. 60/40 has served me pretty well and I have been sticking with that for now. 2. I can roll the lump sum into my 457 tax deferred or another IRA.. Yes, I would pay taxes on it if I took the lump sum.. I can start drawing from my 457...
by random_walker_77
Sat May 20, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring at 50. Making sure my investments are in order.
Replies: 15
Views: 3627

Re: Retiring at 50. Making sure my investments are in order.

Thanks for your service -- that's a tough career field! Make sure you have a really good handle on what your expenses are. See if you can come up with a decent estimate for that health insurance you're planning to keep with the state. Figure out your annual expenses, and be sure to budget for the in...
by random_walker_77
Fri May 19, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insect repellent
Replies: 14
Views: 1267

Re: Insect repellent

For a business trip to India, the travel clinic recommended 3M Ultrathon. The clerk at REI said the stuff was developed for the US military. Finding myself trapped in a dim sedan every night with several mosquitoes buzzing around (possibly carrying chikungunya/malaria), I was glad to find that it re...
by random_walker_77
Wed May 17, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else agree with my logic on silicon valley housing?
Replies: 84
Views: 7973

Re: Anyone else agree with my logic on silicon valley housing?

Austin must be the most overrated city to live in the country!! It is a nice place to live. However, everyone thinks it's one of the great places to live in this country. It's not! There's no ocean. There's no mountains. No saltwater beaches. No skiing. The weather is very hot. No "trees"...
by random_walker_77
Mon May 08, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Vancouver with kids
Replies: 19
Views: 1412

Re: Seattle and Vancouver with kids

When are you going? The Ballard locks has a fish ladder with underwater viewing of the salmon returning to spawn. It's also kind of interesting to see how they move boats between the lake and the sound (which are at different heights) m m I'd also add another vote for the Bainbridge ferry. One of t...
by random_walker_77
Mon May 08, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle and Vancouver with kids
Replies: 19
Views: 1412

Re: Seattle and Vancouver with kids

When are you going? The Ballard locks has a fish ladder with underwater viewing of the salmon returning to spawn. It's also kind of interesting to see how they move boats between the lake and the sound (which are at different heights) m m I'd also add another vote for the Bainbridge ferry. One of th...
by random_walker_77
Sat May 06, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: ISO/NSO Grant Advice - Who do I talk to?
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: ISO/NSO Grant Advice - Who do I talk to?

For taxes, I'd look for a CPA who has a lot of experience with options. Really though, I'd strongly urge you to acquire and read "Consider your Options" by Kaye A. Thomas. This will give you a better understanding, and put you in a position to ask the right questions. I read an earlier edi...
by random_walker_77
Wed May 03, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great knife for slicing limes and raw potatoes
Replies: 56
Views: 3728

Re: Great knife for slicing limes and raw potatoes

I'm also very partial to the victorinox chef's knife. Absolutely agree that even cheap knives are great so long as you keep them sharp. We have an electric sharpener too, but I hate pulling it out, and then cleaning up all the metal dust afterwards. This ~$10 sharpener is my favorite. The tapered di...
by random_walker_77
Wed May 03, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google voice started blocking some phone calls
Replies: 10
Views: 1491

Re: Google voice started blocking some phone calls

m Try going to voice.google.com. See if you can find the contact in your call list. On the left, if you click on the 3 dots, I'm seeing a list of folders, including the spam folder. Check in there too. Once you find it, click on the settings (3 dots) in the main message window on the right, and ther...
by random_walker_77
Tue May 02, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which to sell first: Options or Shares from Vested Restricted Stock
Replies: 15
Views: 1251

Re: Which to sell first: Options or Shares from Vested Restricted Stock

Exercising an option with a strike price at $40 doesn't make sense when the stock is at $43. This option has a lot of its value from the time value; if it were traded on the market, it would be worth a lot more than $3. The options that are deep in the money, with a strike price far below $43, are ...
by random_walker_77
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Am I missing something when it comes to CDs?
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: Am I missing something when it comes to CDs?

Nope, you're on target. CD's are a great product and provide you a guarantee that institutional investors can't access. For a safe investment, this is a really good option. The only thing is that 2.3% - taxes is probably less than inflation. But for funds you need to be there in 1-3 years, it's prob...
by random_walker_77
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Applying for a new role with same employer - salary negotiation
Replies: 13
Views: 1118

Re: Applying for a new role with same employer - salary negotiation

The standard approach here is to take the new position, develop the skills and prove a track record, then if you can't get commensurate compensation, interview around and see what the market will pay. Some employers purposefully slot newly promoted folks towards the low end w/ correspondingly low ex...
by random_walker_77
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto Insurance? How much to get? How much do people have?
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: Auto Insurance? How much to get? How much do people have?

Enough to qualify for umbrella. I think it was 100/300, but might be 250/500 My company's umbrella then extends that out to the umbrella limit. With your future income stream, and driving under extreme sleep deprivation in your future, you probably ought o get an umbrella policy. Should only be one ...
by random_walker_77
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a car for 9-12 months
Replies: 21
Views: 1947

Re: Need a car for 9-12 months

How's your tolerance for a car breakdown? Do you have the cash to purchase a used car, and possibly pay for a major repair(s). Time is money, and if you have the time, you can potentially save some money. But this money is basically a risk premium. Buying a used car: If you can get a old but decent ...
by random_walker_77
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Which to sell first: Options or Shares from Vested Restricted Stock
Replies: 15
Views: 1251

Re: Which to sell first: Options or Shares from Vested Restricted Stock

What's the stock price at right now? What's your options strike price? What percentage does this represent in your net worth? Percentage of your investable account? What do you think might happen to the company between now and August? How volatile is this company's stock? With an upcoming exercise e...
by random_walker_77
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring money back to Vanguard
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Re: Transferring money back to Vanguard

I've noticed that too, and think Vanguard is simply being pretty generous. You won't be able to withdraw it from vanguard, but this allows you to buy into the fund on the day you issue the order, even though Vanguard doesn't get the money for a couple of days. I can't say I've noticed this w/ a mone...
by random_walker_77
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard New Lower ER .04%
Replies: 56
Views: 6228

Re: Vanguard New Lower ER .04%

There's definitely a diminishing returns effect here. I don't know that I care all that much here, though I take comfort in seeing Vanguard continue to lower its ER. They're the ones who started this race to the bottom, and they're the only ones I trust to keep at it. My suspicion is that we wouldn'...
by random_walker_77
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to CA for 2 yrs, lease or buy used car?
Replies: 13
Views: 1090

Re: Moving to CA for 2 yrs, lease or buy used car?

Another option is to take over someone else's lease. This gets you a shorter lease, and sometimes more favorable terms, as some people are willing to pay you extra to free them from their lease. Maybe you do a short term lease for 6-12 months, to give you time to scope out the used car market, or se...
by random_walker_77
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax-sheltering and target retirement fund disadvantages
Replies: 45
Views: 3633

Re: Tax-sheltering and target retirement fund disadvantages

So I learned today that I can contribute about $3500 a year to my HSA. I'm assuming that since this is tax-advantaged, I should load it up with bonds? If you need bonds. And if you're eligible for an HSA, you must be on a high deductible health plan, so it's good to have the HSA in bonds that are m...
by random_walker_77
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Please help with portfolio advice - from -$90k debt to $250 networth in 3 years.
Replies: 2
Views: 581

Re: Please help with portfolio advice - from -$90k debt to $250 networth in 3 years.

I'd second everything b42 just said and especially agree that 70/30 is a good starting point. That'd put you at age-10 in bonds. You might go +/- 10, depending on your specific risk tolerance. All those tech stocks imply a lot of risk tolerance, but... I'd have trouble sleeping well at night with th...
by random_walker_77
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does it make sense to stop paying to repair your old vehicle?
Replies: 56
Views: 4448

Re: When does it make sense to stop paying to repair your old vehicle?

When? When it becomes unreliable by your standards. With your limited driving (3,000 miles/year) do you go anywhere that a breakdown would be a major inconvenience? One way to think about the economics: You have spent $2 or $3 k per year recently. Say $2400 per year or $200 per month. Can you repla...
by random_walker_77
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: favorite bogleheads posts?
Replies: 99
Views: 19094

Re: favorite bogleheads posts?

I really liked this one on buying at market peaks. World's worst market timer
by random_walker_77
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Retirement income for 50+ years?
Replies: 167
Views: 16261

Re: Retirement income for 50+ years?

I'd rather wait till the stock market crashes. I don't know when it'll happen and I'm not pretending I'll call the exact bottom but it'll be clear when it's happening, e.g. that chart will revert to the mean (or more) and there will be lots of fear, panic selling (not by Bogleheads though!), pessim...
by random_walker_77
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $300+ to remove a racoon. Really?
Replies: 83
Views: 5783

Re: $300+ to remove a racoon. Really?

FWIW- Had a skunk give birth under our sun room. Threw 10 to 15 moth balls under the sun room porch and that night we watched the mother carry two babies, one at a time in her mouth out from under the porch. Also had a racoon move into our boat, and after scattering a bag of moth balls in the boat ...