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by SrGrumpy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Facebook Libra Cryptocurrency - effect on stocks or bonds?
Replies: 31
Views: 2179

Re: Facebook Libra Cryptocurrency - effect on stocks or bonds?

columbia wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Naming it Taurus would have been a better marketing tactic.
"Cancer" would have been more appropriate. :twisted:
by SrGrumpy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turkish Airlines ?
Replies: 31
Views: 1857

Re: Turkish Airlines ?

Turkish is great. I highly recommend. And their newish lounge in Istanbul is extraordinary. If it's a super cheap flight, though, you may not get any credit if you are in another Star Alliance program.
by SrGrumpy
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: US Citizen Retiring in Ireland
Replies: 30
Views: 3689

Re: US Citizen Retiring in Ireland

Thirteen years is a really, really long time. Tax rules and your own plans won't change in that time?! I would just focus on getting Irish citizenship now.
by SrGrumpy
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Universal Studio, LA - Ollivanders Wand Shop worth it
Replies: 23
Views: 2798

Re: Universal Studio, LA - Ollivanders Wand Shop worth it

10-hour wait for Day 1 of the new Harry Potter roller coaster at Orlando. Plus thunderstorms. Would this be good parenting or bad parenting? (Per The Points Guy)
by SrGrumpy
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car in Europe across countries
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Renting a car in Europe across countries

Outside of Paris, we wished we had a car, to save time waiting for trains and getting from the train station to our destination, etc... We traveled to Italy, rented a car, and found it very helpful. You're absolutely right. Car is the way to go. And, as @Curmudgeon said, it may be best to bite that...
by SrGrumpy
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting a car in Europe across countries
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Renting a car in Europe across countries

That's a nice little trip planned. You'd need to price it out through the usual rental sites. One-way will kill you, not the cross-border travel. Can you fly in/out of Prague or Munich? Driving between these two cities - an easy day trip - would allow you to pop in to Karlovy Vary and Lidice. Don't ...
by SrGrumpy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?
Replies: 71
Views: 6472

Re: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?

No regrets. I've always managed to spend money in my own frugal fashion - largely on world travel.
by SrGrumpy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Universal Studio, LA - Ollivanders Wand Shop worth it
Replies: 23
Views: 2798

Re: Universal Studio, LA - Ollivanders Wand Shop worth it

The orlando park is awesome...love it there. Never been to CA one, but I'm sure a few google inquiries will turn up lots of posts with tips. The nice thing about the FL location is CityWalk - a themed restaurant, shopping and entertainment district a few walking steps from both parks. Plenty of goo...
by SrGrumpy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxembourg--worth visiting?
Replies: 30
Views: 2182

Re: Luxembourg--worth visiting?

Watch a few episodes of the quirky show Patriot on Amazon Prime and you’ll want to go for a visit. Just don’t get into any trouble with the Luxembourg police LOL. Luxembourg is probably the least interesting country in Europe (I have done pretty much all of them), but it's a decent base for interna...
by SrGrumpy
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Universal Studio, LA - Ollivanders Wand Shop worth it
Replies: 23
Views: 2798

Re: Universal Studio, LA - Ollivanders Wand Shop worth it

2 adults here - not Harry Potter fans by any stretch, though I saw (and liked) a few movies, and my wife was grateful for a 20-minute recap of all the movies on Youtube. We wandered down the hill to Universal City today, and started at the Harry Potter bit. 1) The wand shop. They average about $50 e...
by SrGrumpy
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling - questions and answers
Replies: 14
Views: 1441

Re: Recycling - questions and answers

My grandparents used to unload a lot of their old stuff on us kids. My dad called it "a junk redistribution scheme."
by SrGrumpy
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eye/face protection for basketball?
Replies: 28
Views: 1527

Re: Eye/face protection for basketball?

Drop $20 on some protective eyewear at Home Depot. Your child might rock in the sunglasses style.

https://www.homedepot.com/b/Safety-Equi ... 5yc1vZc1xt
by SrGrumpy
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Burial Plot in advance
Replies: 53
Views: 2697

Re: Buying Burial Plot in advance

I do a lot of work on Findagrave, and see that often. The sad cases are where the spouse's headstone has a blank space for the surviving spouse's name and details, but that spouse decides to be buried elsewhere. So Spouse 1 spends eternity being stood up. In my town's cemetery, it's not unheard of ...
by SrGrumpy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best bank for frequent travel friendly international wire transfers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Re: Best bank for frequent travel friendly international wire transfers?

I used Transferwise as well, and it was pretty easy. If you know someone who already uses it, they can send you a promo code that save you some fees.
by SrGrumpy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Being given charity that I don't need
Replies: 45
Views: 3535

Re: Being given charity that I don't need

Moral of the story: dress down before you go out.
by SrGrumpy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Burial Plot in advance
Replies: 53
Views: 2697

Re: Buying Burial Plot in advance

Not applicable to me (yet at least), but when there are multiple spouses, due to death, divorce - and remarriage - things can get complicated. So, say my wife and I buy two burial plots for us. She dies and is buried in one. Then, I remarry to a woman who has no burial plans or specific needs. Now ...
by SrGrumpy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Burial Plot in advance
Replies: 53
Views: 2697

Re: Buying Burial Plot in advance

I live in los angeles btw Thanks Interesting thread. I think about it at least 4 times a day, but have done nothing yet. As others have said, it is certainly not an investment. At best it might be a hedge. But there's plenty of cemetery space in Los Angeles. My local Forest Lawn is expanding, for e...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 31, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions

otinkyad wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 6:54 pm
Hollywood walk of fame ... It’s a cross between Disneyland and a red light district.
Brilliant! And, similarly, you need to take a shower afterwards.
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 31, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions

By the way, my kids grew up in the area and are in college and we have never bothered to take them to "Hollyweird." We tend to be indifferent/apathetic about things in our own backyard. OP and family might be genuinely interested in Hollywood history - seeing the handprints, and the stars of their ...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 31, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 1057

Re: 4 Day plan to LA..Suggestions

Do you plan to walk up to the Hollywood sign? Or view from afar? If the former, you could continue to Griffith Observatory for some educational moments If the latter, Hollywood is filthy. I would get there at 8 am. Take your pix, and then flee. That gives you the rest of the day, so you could combin...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 31, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector
Replies: 60
Views: 4674

Re: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector

I would be highly inclined to ignore this. In fact, I'm sure I would. Agreed. This is Italy we're talking about. Do you also think that Italian drivers should do the same when they are in the United States? You don't get it. I would definitely advise Italian drivers to ignore dubious demands sent b...
by SrGrumpy
Thu May 30, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector
Replies: 60
Views: 4674

Re: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector

I would be highly inclined to ignore this. In fact, I'm sure I would. Agreed. This is Italy we're talking about. Do you also think that Italian drivers should do the same when they are in the United States? You don't get it. I would definitely advise Italian drivers to ignore dubious demands sent b...
by SrGrumpy
Thu May 30, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector
Replies: 60
Views: 4674

Re: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector

A few years back my colleagues at work were stopped at passport control and required to pay the traffic fines before being allowed to proceed. This happened in the Netherlands and Germany. These countries are the exact opposite of Italy. Anyway, has anyone ever been busted at U.S. immigration for u...
by SrGrumpy
Wed May 29, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 63
Views: 3342

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

I fly United a lot, and they make a big deal about their ecoSkies project - and I'm sure all the airlines boast about their greenish credentials - but when I accidentally threw a cup in the wrong plastic (!) bag, the FA told me not to worry because it was all going in the trash. Possibly flippant, o...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 28, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector
Replies: 60
Views: 4674

Re: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector

MtnTraveler wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 3:52 pm
Any country that is apart of the Schengen zone (majority of Europe) will likely detain you when you try to enter that country if you do not pay the traffic ticket and you will be forced to pay the ticket plus interest on the spot.
I strongly doubt this.
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 28, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector
Replies: 60
Views: 4674

Re: Italian traffic fine with U.S. debt collector

8foot7 wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 1:33 pm
I would be highly inclined to ignore this. In fact, I'm sure I would.
Agreed. This is Italy we're talking about.
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 28, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?
Replies: 44
Views: 2311

Re: Used Miata as a daily driver, terrible idea?

25 - best period of your life! Definitely buy a used convertible (I have a 1995 BMW318ic myself), but see what else there is besides a Miata. I personally associate it more with Florida snowbirds and other demos you may not fit into. I'm sure Craigslist has a million options. Others may chime in, bu...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 28, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 63
Views: 3342

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

Saw this item today behind a Financial Times paywall: "Malaysia will return 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste to countries including the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia, amid a broadening clampdown on imports of improperly labelled rubbish across south-east Asia." It notes that several SE Asian countries ha...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 24, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Organize Your Flash Drives?
Replies: 39
Views: 2690

Re: How Do You Organize Your Flash Drives?

I ID my drives via airline luggage tags from the check-in counter.
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 21, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Payable On Death Account to Complement Will
Replies: 66
Views: 3458

Re: Payable On Death Account as Will Substitute

I am the original poster: Clarification: This family member does have a will that names the same two people as his sole heirs. He doesn't want to change that. It just seems to me that having the POD account simplifies his intentions, since his Vanguard taxable account is his main financial asset. B...
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 19, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new roof
Replies: 34
Views: 3182

Re: new roof

Sure, thanks!
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do plumbers get paid so well?
Replies: 84
Views: 6225

Re: Why do plumbers get paid so well?

I am thinking of recommending that a young friend become a plumber. Where I live in the Atlanta suburbs I pay: $160/hr for a plumber My question - Why do plumbers make so much? I would think that just based on economic laws, more people would train to be plumbers and that would drive the rates down...
by SrGrumpy
Wed May 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 843
Views: 84942

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

goldendad wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Bought dinner at the Safeway deli instead of going to a restaurant. We are traveling.
Took my wife to a supermarket meal. She was beyond livid.
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 14, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant Coffee?
Replies: 67
Views: 3968

Re: Instant Coffee?

I was born and raised on Nescafe, and that's my go-to (Nescafe Gold) if my next shipment of beans is still en route. Depending on the time of day, you may want to offer guests a choice of regular or decaf. (Or at least pretend you're giving them decaf.)
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 14, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 63
Views: 3342

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

If everyone on earth lived like americans, it would be a smoggy place. Americans don't need to self-flagellate all the time. I think most people do care, as you indicate, but then daily reality intercedes, i.e. we are the world's biggest economy. And then there's the faux reality of a patchwork of ...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 10, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 63
Views: 3342

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

not4me wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:18 pm
The line that got me was that if a certain amount of the "wrong" plastic was included, an entire batch might be rejected. Caused me to switch my "when in doubt" thinking
I believe that's (in part) what led to the Chinese clampdown.
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 10, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you donate?
Replies: 100
Views: 7474

Re: How much do you donate?

steelerfan wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 8:03 am
10% of net to my local church, plus additional money to a missionary in Congo.
Which Congo?
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 10, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recycling Different Plastics
Replies: 63
Views: 3342

Re: Recycling Different Plastics

In our community we get a constant barrage of mailings and flyers that describe the current recycling policy. How many trees were killed for that purpose?! How much water do we waste cleaning items that end up in landfills? How much gas do we waste driving across town to dispose of batteries and li...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 07, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College Expenses
Replies: 232
Views: 11559

Re: College Expenses

Bingo! My daughter studied at VCU of Richmond, VA. She had to walk past many homeless people on her way to classes. It was a life-changing experience for her. KlangFool Should have sent her to USC in downtown Los Angeles, homeless capital of USA. Hopefully it would have been life-changing, rather t...
by SrGrumpy
Tue May 07, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which US city would you move to?
Replies: 74
Views: 7205

Re: Which US city would you move to?

TheTimeLord wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 7:48 am
I am stunned I haven't seen Asheville or Salt Lake City yet.
Ha! I am stunned the thread has lasted this long. But at least I learned about the exciting Capitol in Madison.
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 06, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rarely used items that are worth having?
Replies: 112
Views: 11284

Re: Rarely used items that are worth having?

btenny wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 7:14 pm
red cross emergency am/fm/weather hand crank radio and light
I had one of these, put it in the Go Bag underneath my bed. Checked it a few weeks ago, and it had leaked all over my passport and other items in the Go Bag. I guess Red Cross licenses the name somewhat liberally.
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 06, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Property tax hacks in California
Replies: 59
Views: 6270

Re: Property tax hacks in California

i pay $35.2K in property tax a year. My neighbor on on side pays $1.6K a year for same size of plot and on the other side pays $5.5K for same size....Welcome to California :) Similar story here. I pay about $5,000 (my biggest expense, ugh). My next-door neighbor - in the exact same house model - pa...
by SrGrumpy
Mon May 06, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ants - aargh
Replies: 69
Views: 4107

Re: ants - aargh

Thanks, I read the link. I am a little confused about which Terro product people are using? Something liquid that they drop onto cardboard squares and that has to be reapplied every few days? I used the Terro on the pieces of cardboard. As @fundseeker notes above, the ants rather like it, so you se...
by SrGrumpy
Sun May 05, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you donate?
Replies: 100
Views: 7474

Re: How much do you donate?

Zero.
by SrGrumpy
Sat May 04, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire buying stake in Amazon - my opinion
Replies: 55
Views: 6003

Re: Berkshire buying stake in Amazon - my opinion

Perhaps this sounds morbid, but I would expect a 20% drop should his health quickly deteriorate. I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure people know that Warren and Charlie are ancient - and that Warren's diet is appalling. It's an interesting parlor game, though. I wouldn't mind betting on a rally -...
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 03, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone with AirBNB New Orleans experience?
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: anyone with AirBNB New Orleans experience?

I'm at an Airbnb in N.O. right now. But it's the Gentilly district - very safe and quiet, but you'd want to get closer to the scene. Hotels don't provide value for money. Last time I was here, it was at a windowless Best Western.
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 03, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire buying stake in Amazon - my opinion
Replies: 55
Views: 6003

Re: Berkshire buying stake in Amazon - my opinion

Why doesn't Warren buy Trader Joe's? The Germans have underutilized the brand.
by SrGrumpy
Fri May 03, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Berkshire buying stake in Amazon - my opinion
Replies: 55
Views: 6003

Re: Berkshire buying stake in Amazon - my opinion

If he was truly an oracle, Buffett would have been in Amazon more than a decade ago. And the tech sector in general. I don't get the fascination with this guy.
by SrGrumpy
Wed May 01, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chiropracter career no longer lucrative...what other job options are there?
Replies: 41
Views: 5401

Re: Chiropracter career no longer lucrative...what other job options are there?

F150HD wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 5:39 am
is there a reason this friends DH isn't' the one posting the actual question? if its their life and career one would think they would be the one asking. Just wondered. :happy
Agreed. Friend-of-a-friend posts are a bit pointless.