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by rustymutt
Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice in my grill
Replies: 32
Views: 2702

Re: Mice in my grill

It looks like mice have been nesting in my grill. I keep it covered up and keep it clean including the grease trap. Anybody else have this problem? How do you get rid of them? And please don't say get a cat as that is not an option for me. I found that snakes reduce the mice population. :happy Seri...
by rustymutt
Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mice in my grill
Replies: 32
Views: 2702

Re: Mice in my grill

I keep a fresh box of rat/mice killer pellets out in the bottom of my closed grill. Birds get into to and the next make great smoking material. They final got the point after fire destroyed their nest the 3rd time. Someone else at church told me that moth balls also keep them away. I use do use moth...
by rustymutt
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)
Replies: 102
Views: 7956

Re: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)

You are correct. I'm not getting a free lunch with these 5% dividends. I'm taking a risk. I do own a large amount of every ETF in the Merriman slice and dice portfolio so I don't solely depend on T and VZ but your points are well taken. Believe me though that T and VZ are monster companies that hav...
by rustymutt
Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering Big move to Texas Hill Country (Round Rock/Georgetown area)
Replies: 55
Views: 2951

Re: Considering Big move to Texas Hill Country (Round Rock/Georgetown area)

I've worked and vacationed in that area, and all I can say is that it's like a steam room in summer. So if outdoor water activities, other outdoor fun things and hot humid air are the sort of environment that you desire, then you'll love it. By the way, I've been there in winter also, and I loved it...
by rustymutt
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)
Replies: 102
Views: 7956

Re: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)

Larry, when was the last time AT&T(SBC) and VZ lowered their dividend payments? I'd say their dividend history is very relevant to an investor who is looking at their income streams. It's interesting to me that we accept treasury bonds yielding less and less (for safety sake) and yet we quickly...
by rustymutt
Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)
Replies: 102
Views: 7956

Re: dividend paying stocks good substitutes for safe bonds (NOT)

A good reminder. While learning about index funds, I was surprised to see that dividend focused index funds like VHDYX (Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index) dropped just as much as VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Market Index) back in 2009. There's also the question of how much the dividend payments wou...
by rustymutt
Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jason Zweig at Google
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Re: Jason Zweig at Google

Thank you for the information. I'm listening in right now, and it's very interesting topic. I've liked his books I've read in the past. :moneybag
by rustymutt
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the Bogleheads position on Long-term successful daytraders?
Replies: 88
Views: 4921

Re: What is the Bogleheads position on Long-term successful daytraders?

Check out Dan Zanger Chart Patterns http://www.chartpattern.com, There is a chat room full of day traders and it might give you some insight. He also has a newsletter you can join for a two week trial. Of course its not for me which is why I am on this site. Needless to say its entertaining to see ...
by rustymutt
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the Bogleheads position on Long-term successful daytraders?
Replies: 88
Views: 4921

Re: What is the Bogleheads position on Long-term successful daytraders?

Every day trader I've known, has praised the way I stick with buy and hold, and are amazed that over the last 10 years, I've returned over 7% annually. Some of those traders had won $hundreds of thousands of dollars, but admitted to me, that he'd lost that back again, plus. He had regrets, and share...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can this roast beef be saved?
Replies: 22
Views: 1677

Re: Can this roast beef be saved?

dickyboy wrote:Do you have a meat grinder ? I'd suggest grinding it up and make chili.


In summer? How about feeding the bird dogs with it. Or coon hounds if you've got them. Blue buffalo has nothing on chuck dog food.
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can this roast beef be saved?
Replies: 22
Views: 1677

Re: Can this roast beef be saved?

I hate to say this, but they don't cut chuck the way it use to be cut. I ask the butcher about this. For example, you rarely fine boned in chuck anymore. To me, they are more like beef tumor. I have special ordered clod roast, and it comes a whole shoulder roast. 24 pounds, was the one I smoked for ...
by rustymutt
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Plunge and Panic-Do You Get It Now?
Replies: 108
Views: 12251

Re: Plunge and Panic-Do You Get It Now?

I think you're being a little over descriptive here with total sale off, and market run BS. These periods of decline are normal, and healthy. Anyone investing for the long haul simply see it as an opportunity to re-balance from bond funds, to stocks. I'm not running to sell off the equities I've bu...
by rustymutt
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dogs scratched my car on country road
Replies: 27
Views: 2799

Re: Dogs scratched my car on country road

I'd have contacted local law enforcement agency, and let them file a report. Then file with your insurance company, and let them sue the dog owners. That's how it's done in our state. 911 works, just for your situation.
by rustymutt
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Plunge and Panic-Do You Get It Now?
Replies: 108
Views: 12251

Re: Plunge and Panic-Do You Get It Now?

I think you're being a little over descriptive here with total sale off, and market run BS. These periods of decline are normal, and healthy. Anyone investing for the long haul simply see it as an opportunity to re-balance from bond funds, to stocks. I'm not running to sell off the equities I've bui...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets Small Cap Value
Replies: 27
Views: 3345

Re: Emerging Markets Small Cap Value

I switched to EWX 2 years ago from EEMS. At the time I was looking for yield, and after some considerations, EWX was the choice for me. It's 6% of my portfolio weight. And for the last 2 years, it's worked out well for me. I felt it's factor load was more inline with my inclinations toward risk/rew...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 4647

Re: best wristwatch for the price

+1 seiko, I''m not recommending this seller, but the orange seiko 5 has some cred among watch lovers: https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Automatic-Orange-Stainless-SRP483/dp/B00I5IAUB8/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1466621858&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=seiko+5+prange Is Orange really considered "...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 4647

Re: best wristwatch for the price

+1 seiko, I''m not recommending this seller, but the orange seiko 5 monster has some cred among watch lovers: https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SKX781-Orange-Monster-Automatic/dp/B000EPLR2G My Seiko from the 80's didn't last me 4 years. I was quite upset about that. The crystal had cracked and moister h...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 4647

Re: best wristwatch for the price

I'm wearing a $21 Timex that takes a licking, and just keeps on ticking. I've had it for 4 years now, and wear it every day. Battery is still original, and I'm planning on having it replaced in the fall.
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using toll roads without transponder?
Replies: 19
Views: 1555

Re: Using toll roads without transponder?

Don't forget that in places now, they bill you based off the license plate characters, that are scanned into a database with the passing of your vehicle. You get the bill in the mail later on. Denver has these types of toll roads. It's better than having to stop twice to take care of administrative ...
by rustymutt
Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Emerging Markets Small Cap Value
Replies: 27
Views: 3345

Re: Emerging Markets Small Cap Value

I switched to EWX 2 years ago from EEMS. At the time I was looking for yield, and after some considerations, EWX was the choice for me. It's 6% of my portfolio weight. And for the last 2 years, it's worked out well for me. I felt it's factor load was more inline with my inclinations toward risk/rewa...
by rustymutt
Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs
Replies: 87
Views: 4788

Re: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs

Like others have said, most likely something is drawing battery power without you seeing. To confirm a parasitic load the old fashioned way, disconnect the battery terminals overnight. Next day reconnect the batter terminals. If the car starts, then something is silently sucking battery power. Or t...
by rustymutt
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs
Replies: 87
Views: 4788

Re: Need advice ..Lexus battery fails when car is not driven 24 hrs

Is the alternator working? This sounds as if your alternator isn't charging the battery correctly. Solid state electronics, can and do fail. Regulators go bad. I think I'd take this to another service center for Lexus, and ask them to diagnose the issue.
by rustymutt
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6607

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

This is terrible advice! lol Turn off auto windows update. Cyber security professional here. It's not actually terrible advice as long as the person regularly applies updates manually. Technically speaking, there is nothing superior about automatic updates compared to manual updates. They both upda...
by rustymutt
Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?
Replies: 70
Views: 6607

Re: How to stop MS loading Windows 10?

This is terrible advice! lol Turn off auto windows update. Yes! No need to do that at all. Never10 stops the Win10 update but leaves other updates alone. As far as I know that's the only way to stop the evil systems creator from taking over the heart and mind of my laptop's soul. I run Windows 10, ...
by rustymutt
Mon May 30, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone convert a van for travel/camping?
Replies: 38
Views: 3586

Re: Anyone convert a van for travel/camping?

Here is what I am considering for the future for myself: http://www.fourwh.com Man you nailed it! That's what I want also. Keep it simple and yet all the needed essentials. I still don't see for for four people and probably a pet. Also you need air conditioning, and that requires a generator, so yo...
by rustymutt
Mon May 30, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone convert a van for travel/camping?
Replies: 38
Views: 3586

Re: Anyone convert a van for travel/camping?

JMacDonald wrote:Here is what I am considering for the future for myself: http://www.fourwh.com



Man you nailed it! That's what I want also. Keep it simple and yet all the needed essentials.
by rustymutt
Mon May 30, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 4793

Re: What was your first investment?

I was a worker at Plant Kingdom, when a mower got traded in by one of my customers. My boss sold me that mower for $15. That season I made over a $1000 that season cutting yards, hauling the mower behind me on a bike. Glad that I'm not mowing yards for a living nowadays. I still mow my own twice a w...
by rustymutt
Mon May 30, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What was your first investment?
Replies: 117
Views: 4793

Re: What was your first investment?

I was a worker at Plant Kingdom, when a mower got traded in by one of my customers. My boss sold me that mower for $15.
That season I made over a $1000 that season cutting yards, hauling the mower behind me on a bike.
by rustymutt
Fri May 27, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Saw Blade to Purchase for this DIY
Replies: 32
Views: 1691

Re: Best Saw Blade to Purchase for this DIY

You want to use a finish blade on oak. Lots of fine small sharp teeth. And understand you may need more one blade, as oak is hard wood, and burns up even carbon coated blades. I've built with solid oak, and it's wonderful to work with, save it's hardness on bits, blades, tools in general. But the en...
by rustymutt
Sun May 22, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there a such thing as a blue collar Boglehead?
Replies: 149
Views: 12816

Re: Is there a such thing as a blue collar Boglehead?

rustymutt wrote:Yes, you'd be surprised at what saving money monthly (like clock works) can do for us blue collar folk. Start early and stay long.


And we're staying in your neighborhoods :sharebeer
by rustymutt
Sun May 22, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying airplanes -lessons
Replies: 38
Views: 2589

Re: Flying airplanes -lessons

Not intending to hijack this thread (haha, airplane joke), but DS is interested in flying, possibly to the point of getting his license down the road. He's a full-time student, so time slots to fly are few and far between (eg, flying at school means taking an Uber back and forth). Every time he cal...
by rustymutt
Sun May 22, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas in July
Replies: 34
Views: 3148

Re: Las Vegas in July

I've been through Las Vegas on the 4th of July. It was hotter than you know what at Hoover dam. And the city was very busy. Lots of road works.
by rustymutt
Sun May 22, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is there a such thing as a blue collar Boglehead?
Replies: 149
Views: 12816

Re: Is there a such thing as a blue collar Boglehead?

Yes, you'd be surprised at what saving money monthly (like clock works) can do for us blue collar folk. Start early and stay long.
by rustymutt
Sun May 22, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying airplanes -lessons
Replies: 38
Views: 2589

Re: Flying airplanes -lessons

When I got my flying license in 1980 while working at Beech Aircraft, the cost of the flying club was very low. Beech subsidized it. Beech Bonanza $11 an hour wet. My job was to build the doors into the aircraft, and put on locks, form and fit it to each aircraft frame, and test for air leaks. They ...
by rustymutt
Mon May 09, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NY Federal Reserve President Signals Higher US Interest Rates
Replies: 26
Views: 2719

Re: NY Federal Reserve President Signals Higher US Interest Rates

I've read that raising interest rates in the US while they are negative abroad could have unexpected consequences. Apparently it's never happened before. I am no expert on monetary policy, but I thought one reason to raise interest rates was to slow inflation. Inflation is not exactly high right no...
by rustymutt
Fri May 06, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why did Peter Bernstein denounce the 60/40 Solution
Replies: 27
Views: 3975

Re: "The 60/40 Solution"

Bogleheads: Below is a copy of a post I made 14 years ago on the Morningstar Vanguard Diehard Forum: Peter Bernstein Fri, Apr 5 2002, 12:01 PM | Post #1274213 One day long ago I was browsing the financial section of Borders in Coconut Grove. I began talking with another browser who said his name wa...
by rustymutt
Wed May 04, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??
Replies: 145
Views: 12668

Re: Sci-Fi ... your favorite movies and episodes??

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. I even visited Bodega Bay and the little inland church town where much of the school house scenes were shot. Watched gray whales feeding out at the Park, while watching a fox chase mice in a field not 40 yards from where we stood. What an enchanting area of our nation.
by rustymutt
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: centurylink raising prices while under contact
Replies: 15
Views: 1707

Re: centurylink raising prices while under contact

Here is what the agreement says: 4. Changes to Service or this Agreement. CenturyLink is not obligated to give you notice of changes to this Agreement before it becomes effective. You should review the Agreement at the time it becomes effective for you. Subject to any applicable rules or laws, Cent...
by rustymutt
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Updating to "New" Vanguard Accounts
Replies: 9
Views: 1572

Re: Updating to "New" Vanguard Accounts

They haven't been pestering me about it, but I did call them and tell em to make that change for me. They had to do it for me. Tomorrow I'll see the results. Should make the cash balance part of Quicken work better. We'll see with time. By the way, I'm quite happy with Vanguard, and have not had any...
by rustymutt
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: centurylink raising prices while under contact
Replies: 15
Views: 1707

Re: centurylink raising prices while under contact

If it's this important to you, ask them to keep it at the same level they sold you at, or your leaving to go elsewhere. This places the ball in their court. Personally, I'd walk if lied to me about pricing. They play games that I believe are unethical. I simply don't play with it, and you shouldn't ...
by rustymutt
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are Pros and Cons to the "Four Hour Workweek?"
Replies: 99
Views: 11873

Re: What are Pros and Cons to the "Four Hour Workweek?"

Well, you could have went to dinner with a friend with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, and you would have come away with feeling very lucky and asking yourself similar questions. Life is a Card Game and you play the hand you are dealt. You may be dealt Talent, Looks, Smarts and basically cannot lose unl...
by rustymutt
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Hard Truths For Investors To Wrap Their Heads Around"
Replies: 23
Views: 3637

Re: "Hard Truths For Investors To Wrap Their Heads Around"

Taylor that really is great reading. The truth is there. Thanks for the read.
by rustymutt
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BEST Portfolio Tracker
Replies: 33
Views: 2827

Re: BEST Portfolio Tracker

I use the free version of Morningstar, and my own customized Open Office spreadsheet with GetQuote function being utilized. When I open the spreadsheet, Getquote goes out to internet "Yahoo" and gets the most recently posted "20 minute delayed" prices. Very simple, and works for ...
by rustymutt
Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto insurance rate hike issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1298

Re: Auto insurance rate hike issue

Businesses (Insurance companies, banks) love making profits from people small mistakes.
Yes, change companies. That's what you need to do. 1 ticket shouldn't cause that much of an increase.
by rustymutt
Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help please - Vanguard money market causes Quicken to be incorrect
Replies: 14
Views: 1381

Re: Help please - Vanguard money market causes Quicken to be incorrect

Yes, I also have the same issue. I just simply started deleting the cash balance that shows up in both MM, and Brokerage. Within the week they correct with a new download. And I have seen a thread here in the past eluding to the same thing. Quicken don't work well with Vanguard.
by rustymutt
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a decent Windows laptop ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1986

Re: Looking to buy a decent Windows laptop ...

I bought 3, i7 refurbished Dell Inspiron laptops 3 years ago, and 2 are still going strong. I upgraded to Windows 10 when it was offered. No problems at all. I'd use Dell again. I'm happy with them. 1 was dropped about 6 foot, and they aren't drop proofed.
by rustymutt
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Vanguard Online Access Problems]
Replies: 113
Views: 2664

Re: Parts of Vanguard's website down?

I had online issues with Vanguard this morning, but it quickly cleared up and is working now.
by rustymutt
Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appliance Repairs: Is it worth it?
Replies: 44
Views: 4658

Re: Appliance Repairs: Is it worth it?

Let me see, this broke once, so good chance it will break again. So? Glad it's not me in this situation. Great question. Been there, done that. If you like the ice box, consider getting it fixed, but if you don't like the ice box, sending it packing a get a new one you like. Just be on notice that a...
by rustymutt
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?
Replies: 92
Views: 9548

Re: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?

Find yourself a nice low keyed legal adviser chill out. A forum isn't the place to lodge such complaints.
That's my opinion.

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