Search found 618 matches

by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 62
Views: 2889

Re: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated

Well, hot damn. Finally pulled the trigger and have one-way tickets to Venice on June 23rd. So excited! Now the real research begins. Not coming back? Mileage award tickets, have to wait a couple of weeks for the return dates to open up. Congratulations on your decision to start off in Venice. Wond...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?

jackholloway / mhalley: yeah, I guess that's consistent with my experience. Namely, I've downloaded public library books to my iPad. The library books can be in various formats (kindle, pdf, ... can't remember the others now), but I'm pretty sure I was always able to read the information when I &quo...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

To follow-up on my cinch strap comment, I was on a plane again last night and made a mental note to evaluate the pockets - the pockets aren't "unusable" but they aren't readily accessible. I like having an easy spot to drop stuff out of my hands (phone/wallet/snacks) while I'm in the airp...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

When I ran the numbers, I figured the Porter 30 had about 75% of the volume of a standard-size Voyageur. Does that sound about right in your experience? 75% sounds about right. I would load a picture of both bags side by side, but it doesn't appear I can add pics. Thanks. In that case, if my calcul...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

(I'll update w/ photo when I can.) http://i68.tinypic.com/11hx94m.jpg The pic shows the buckle of the hip belt which is identical to the buckles of the compression straps. livesoft - thanks so much for uploading the picture. It's helpful, and I think I follow what you wrote in your accompanying tex...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 62
Views: 2889

Re: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated

I think Siena is a must see. Lucca was the neatest small town in northern Tuscany, it has ramparts you can bike around! Florence is absolutely a can't miss, such a beautiful city that really has most of the sites in a compact area. San Gimignano is a tourist trap. Beautiful from a distance, but kno...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 62
Views: 2889

Re: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated

I think Siena is a must see. Lucca was the neatest small town in northern Tuscany, it has ramparts you can bike around! Florence is absolutely a can't miss, such a beautiful city that really has most of the sites in a compact area. San Gimignano is a tourist trap. Beautiful from a distance, but kno...
by rjbraun
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated
Replies: 62
Views: 2889

Re: Traveling to Italy - 3 weeks in 2017, advice appreciated

Take trains between cities. http://www.de.bahn gives you the schedules. Pisa is close enough to Florence you can go there, and Pisa has a better airport. A couple of hours in Pisa itself are enough. The outdoor markets in Florence are fun. Don't think of driving in Rome, but it's fun in the country...
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

livesoft: thank you for the helpful pointers / input. I've scrutinized that ebag TLS Motherlode Weekend Junior bag every which way. It looks like a great bag, certainly for the price, but from what I can tell it uses clips (plastic?) to secure the hip belt. Not only does a clip not strike me as a g...
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

I own both the MEI Voyageur and the Osprey Porter 30. I like both packs. I have found that the Osprey Porter 30 is enough bag for most of my trips. The MEI Voyageur is a great pack with a lot of space. But, it is probably overkill for most of my travelling. The parallel stay frame and full hip belt...
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?

Thank you all for the great feedback. I guess my kindle is limited in its practicality for reviewing anything with fine print or graphics like maps, works of art, etc. Even accessing the stuff on an iPad won't solve the problem it seems. Good to know in advance!
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?

And worse yet: I find this hard to believe but I've encountered several books in which tables were simply omitted. I think I recall reading something similar in online reviews. I hadn't really thought about it until I read your very helpful post. I guess the publishers really do try to cut corners ...
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

stupidkid: interesting point about the cinch straps interfering with access to the outside pockets. I hadn't considered that. In that case, I guess I should skip the water bottle holders. I was hesitant anyway, as I was concerned about whether they would truly keep the bottles in place. if they didn...
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: MEI Voyageur - custom features

livesoft: thank you for the helpful pointers / input. I've scrutinized that ebag TLS Motherlode Weekend Junior bag every which way. It looks like a great bag, certainly for the price, but from what I can tell it uses clips (plastic?) to secure the hip belt. Not only does a clip not strike me as a gr...
by rjbraun
Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quit work and become SAHM - advice? regrets?
Replies: 49
Views: 4467

Re: Quit work and become SAHM - advice? regrets?

I don't necessarily have any specific advice, but I think people may have an easier time to provide helpful guidance with more information. For example, how long have you been working, how well established are you if you want or need to return to work later, etc.? Also, how secure is your spouse's j...
by rjbraun
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur - custom features
Replies: 15
Views: 620

MEI Voyageur - custom features

I'm almost ready to submit my order for an MEI Voyageur, which I have learned of thanks to Bogleheads. :) (1) I was very excited to learn that the company offers some custom features, and I was wondering which, if any, folks would recommend. I'm not exactly sure how any of them would perform or look...
by rjbraun
Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Re: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?

You can't pinch to zoom text,but you can adjust the font and the font size, just like on the kindle. It can be very large, so there should be no problem reading it if you are far sighted. You can also adjust the brightness, change the background to white, sepia and black. Despite all these adjustme...
by rjbraun
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?
Replies: 12
Views: 858

Reading Kindle text on an iPad - can it be "expanded" (magnified)?

I have a kindle paperwhite and plan to buy some e-guidebooks for an upcoming trip. At least some of them will probably be more "dense" books, such as the Blue Guide series or maybe Michelin guides. Some of the online reviews advise against getting the kindle edition as the pictures of artw...
by rjbraun
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sallie Mae Credit Card Reward Limits
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Sallie Mae Credit Card Reward Limits

Carl53 wrote:Statement period

+1. I also have the card.
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirees, at what age did you "retire"? Is it working out?
Replies: 57
Views: 7859

Re: Early retirees, at what age did you "retire"? Is it working out?

I retired last year at age 50. Working great so far. Retiring early has allowed me to travel a lot more. I still see some patients part time, which helps. I live in HCOL area. I regret not being able to retire earlier. In what way(s) does seeing some patients part time help? Is it keeping your hosp...
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to DC
Replies: 32
Views: 1703

Re: Traveling to DC

Not a good day today on the metro. WaPo reports all six lines experienced problems that caused delays during the evening rush hour.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr- ... tro-lines/
by rjbraun
Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Traveling to DC
Replies: 32
Views: 1703

Re: Traveling to DC

Correct. The Bethesda metro stop is on the Red line and will take you into DC. As already noted, check the WMATA site for delays, etc. For what it's worth, I commuted from Bethesda to the Dupont Circle stop during normal business hours about a month ago. Everything was fine, despite concerns after r...
by rjbraun
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

I've got a black bag and happy with the color. Thanks, Victoria. I've been mulling over the color options and think I will probably be conservative and go with black as well. Maybe I will try to personalize my bag in other ways. :wink: I am impressed that MEI allows some customization of bags. I wi...
by rjbraun
Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

I'm a Tom Bihn user, but based on what you said in response to the last Tom Bihn rec, the Minaal bag looks quite interesting and and I believe it has compression straps and now a padded hip belt available as well. A handsome bag indeed. And a "seam-sealed rain cover" -- wow! 8-) I never h...
by rjbraun
Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

As for the hip belt, it is detachable and one can buy a padded hip belt from elsewhere. I came close to buying the eBag Mother Lode ("ML"), but I really need a solid hip belt. Unless I'm missing something, it's not a matter of simply buying a hip belt from Tom Blin or another quality plac...
by rjbraun
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

There was no charge for changing the interior color of the MEI bag. I didn't like the shoulder strap that came with the bag. I replaced the strap with a Tom Bihn Absolute Strap that works great. But now I don't bother with a separate shoulder strap. I just take out one of the backpack pack straps, ...
by rjbraun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

I'm guessing you've also looked at Red Oxx? I haven't looked at their options in a while, so I don't remember what they have for waist or compression straps. eBags has a bag in the same convertible carry-on category too, but again, I don't remember all the details of it. I think it's the Mother Loa...
by rjbraun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

I've never had an MEI Voyageur, but I do second the idea of having a lighter interior color if that's an option. My favorite bag/soft-luggage brand (Tom Bihn) has bright interiors in most of their bags, and it's great. I have heard nothing but good things about the MEI bags, and I believe the maker...
by rjbraun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

Hi rjbraun, first off let me say that my wife and I love our MEI Voyageur bags. If I remember correctly, the first site you listed is a reseller, the second site is the actual company. We ordered ours over the phone because we wanted to customize the bags with a bright yellow interior color to make...
by rjbraun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

Re: MEI Voyageur backpack

Update: The contact e-mail address appears to be identical between the two sites. I guess the same seller operates two different sites. :confused
by rjbraun
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MEI Voyageur backpack
Replies: 19
Views: 1480

MEI Voyageur backpack

I have been mulling over the possible purchase of an MEI Voyageur backpack for some time now. I was almost ready the pull the trigger, only to uncover a second site. As I learned of MEI packs from Bogleheads I figured I would ask: is there any difference between purchasing from the two sites? Is one...
by rjbraun
Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any NYC Bogleheads here?
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Any NYC Bogleheads here?

It looks as if the NYC chapter of Bogleheads is scheduled to meet this Sunday. Details of actual time and place are shown in the attached post below.

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=116978&start=100
by rjbraun
Tue May 31, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 8473

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

So my wife is dying to see Hamilton on Broadway, and the show is sold out until early next year. The original cost for a Orchestra ticket is $177 but there are people selling (scalping) on-line from anywhere between $950 to $1,500 per ticket. It's not an issue of whether or not we can afford it, as...
by rjbraun
Tue May 31, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 8473

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

@rjbraun, I agree with YOLO. This year, I took my daughter to a rock concert. I flew to location in the late afternoon (FF miles), we went to dinner and then the concert (second row seats from stubhub), stayed in a hotel (booked with hotwire), went to brunch with friends + daughter, and flew back h...
by rjbraun
Tue May 31, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 8473

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

No, I would not. I go to broadway shows and might pay 2X for Hamilton, but not 6X. I am confident that prices will eventually come down in the next decade or so. Let's face it: The main benefit of paying so much is to be able to brag to your peers what you did. It's the Facebook syndrome. Maybe, th...
by rjbraun
Sun May 15, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I go to NHL Western Conference Finals game?
Replies: 36
Views: 2705

Re: Should I go to NHL Western Conference Finals game?

Enjoy! Sounds like a good decision to go. I'm not really into professional sports but really enjoyed my first (and only, so far) professional hockey game years ago. Rangers vs the Penguins. We had great seats, and I really enjoyed watching the live action (fights too, kinda embarrassed to say :o )
by rjbraun
Sun May 08, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The End of Alchemy
Replies: 4
Views: 1038

Re: The End of Alchemy

I heard Mervyn King speak, as part of his book promotion tour. I enjoyed the talk and bought his book. I even got a personally-signed copy. I've only flipped through it, though, at this point. Thanks for the nudge to actually start reading it.
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond vs Municipal Bond Funds
Replies: 54
Views: 6181

Re: Total Bond vs Municipal Bond Funds

Year-to-date through 3/31 VSBSX is up 0.89%. The CD's "return" would be something like 0.38%, is that right? Based purely on these statistics, I would think someone investing at the beginning of the year would have been better off owning VSBSX (or the equivalent in Investor Shares). On to...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Total Bond vs Municipal Bond Funds
Replies: 54
Views: 6181

Re: Total Bond vs Municipal Bond Funds

When I look at 5-year CDs (duration is about the same as the bond funds), the rates look pretty similar to the Total Bond Fund (~2% - 2.1%). Is the argument that CDs should be used because they provide a guaranteed return? Yes. FDIC-insured--as good as a Treasury bond really. Plus if it is a direct...
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One Spark Cash for Business credit card
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: Capital One Spark Cash for Business credit card

Where did you find the offer for 2% cashback on the card? The only spark business that I see with no annual fee is 1.5% cashback. To my knowledge, a card with 2% cashback, no annual fee, and no foreign transaction fee does not exist. The Cap One website shows a no fx fee, 2% cash back card with $50...
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One Spark Cash for Business credit card
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: Capital One Spark Cash for Business credit card

Where did you find the offer for 2% cashback on the card? The only spark business that I see with no annual fee is 1.5% cashback. To my knowledge, a card with 2% cashback, no annual fee, and no foreign transaction fee does not exist. The Cap One website shows a no fx fee, 2% cash back card with $50...
by rjbraun
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One Spark Cash for Business credit card
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Capital One Spark Cash for Business credit card

I recently got approved for the Spark card and am having second thoughts. That said, I did and still do want a no foreign exchange transaction card, and the higher the cash back, the better. At 2% cash back, I would expect to use the card domestically as well. While I have played the credit card sig...
by rjbraun
Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Month in Manhattan
Replies: 87
Views: 5661

Re: A Month in Manhattan

The US Open will playing during the last two weeks of August. If you are a tennis fan, it will require advanced ticket purchase to get into the big stadiums. I got general admission ticket and walked the grounds. The Flushing Meadows Park is beautiful. Tons of great Chinese food in Queens as well. ...
by rjbraun
Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Month in Manhattan
Replies: 87
Views: 5661

Re: A Month in Manhattan

When you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, note that the signs at the ticket booths indicate "Suggested" admission prices. Since you may want to return several times during your month stay, there is no need to follow their suggestion of $20 per adult. Just sayin'. 2b2 Thanks 2b2 Yes $...
by rjbraun
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you take a part time job for discounted travel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1412

Re: Would you take a part time job for discounted travel?

I'm ready to retire with more than I can spend. Assuming your statement above means that you have more than you can reasonably expect to to ever spend, what would you do with the extra money the new job would offer? Do you have charities you would like to support or have other plans for a legacy yo...
by rjbraun
Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?
Replies: 87
Views: 6276

Re: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?

I realize OP did not mention Fairfax County as a possibility, but a reference to Fairfax came up in another post, so I figured that I would share a link to a recent Washington Post article. As someone pretty familiar with nearby Montgomery County, MD, I found the article of interest. https://www.was...
by rjbraun
Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotels in NYC?
Replies: 20
Views: 1765

Re: Hotels in NYC?

There are some interesting hotel recommendations in this prior post, at least some of which may be relevant to your situation: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=177895&p=2692729#p2692729 TripAdvisor.com (TA) has information on airport transfers. With three passengers, it ...
by rjbraun
Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cities good for living abroad?
Replies: 110
Views: 10730

Re: Cities good for living abroad?

Rome. Incredible architecture, ancient sites galore, many museums and palazzi. Not the best food in Italy but still good, in addition to plenty of wine to choose from. A good city for walking -- and very walkable as well
by rjbraun
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Certificate of deposit vs. short-term bond fund
Replies: 30
Views: 3204

Re: Certificate of deposit vs. short-term bond fund

Phineas J. Whoopee wrote:It's a mistake to think the FDIC has to cover every dollar of every insured deposit out of its fund, because bank assets aren't all-or-nothing propositions.

I'm not suggesting there is zero risk. I am suggesting a more nuanced view.

PJW

Interesting. Thank you.
by rjbraun
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Certificate of deposit vs. short-term bond fund
Replies: 30
Views: 3204

Re: Certificate of deposit vs. short-term bond fund

Thanks to all for the helpful feedback -- especially, Kevin ... still mulling over some of your comments and working on reading your later blog posts. Since CDs look so darn attractive, at least relative to short-term treasuries, does the FDIC actually have the funds to cover depsosit losses in the ...

Go to advanced search