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by Teague
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions About Simulating Homemade Chicken Stock
Replies: 27
Views: 1230

Re: Suggestions About Simulating Homemade Chicken Stock

A few thoughts- Your intentions are good, but I'd skip the commercial stock of any kind. I've never met a commercial stock/broth that didn't make things worse. Do you have an outdoor propane burner, like a gas grill with a side-burner, or similar? If so you could reduce the stock without heating up ...
by Teague
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 417
Views: 52307

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

Ford Explorer, 2003, V8, 4WD. Updating from OP 2.5 years ago, now at 222,000 miles.
by Teague
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How do you handle the urge to DO something?
Replies: 102
Views: 6396

Re: How do you handle the urge to DO something?

How do you handle the urge to constantly tweak things? To those of you who have a similar disposition as me, do you find this to be a struggle? Sure, it's all perfectly normal. In every other endeavor in life, in general, the more activity you put toward it the better your results. To be a better m...
by Teague
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to get a $100 bill?
Replies: 49
Views: 4936

Re: Where to get a $100 bill?

10,000 pennies would make an impression.
by Teague
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did I get ripoff by this car mechanic?
Replies: 37
Views: 3672

Re: Did I get ripoff by this car mechanic?

My strategy for most situations like this (I'm not that car handy myself) is when think theres a problem take it to a dealer that provides free diagnosis to figure out what it is and get an estimate. Then I go online or to an auto parts store to buy the relevant parts (did it for an alternator, ste...
by Teague
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bears!!!
Replies: 59
Views: 4565

Re: Bears!!!

Bring the issue to the attention of your local city or state government. If it's anything like where I live, some eager politician will sponsor a law that prohibits bears from unauthorized feeding from trash cans. This will then be claimed as an accomplishment for their reelection campaign. But, sor...
by Teague
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: are you able to find what you are looking for in the wiki?
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: are you able to find what you are looking for in the wiki?

Personally I like it the way it is. Like the good old days of early Internet searching, when carefully chosen keywords worked great. Of course, that's assuming Windows didn't crash on you right then. And of course things on the whole are better now. But today with search engines expecting "natural l...
by Teague
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: are mccormick gourmet spices better
Replies: 31
Views: 2098

Re: are mccormick gourmet spices better

I agree with shopping for spices at ethnic markets. It seems Americans have an odd fear of spices with any significant amount of flavor and/or we just can't tell the difference. So we wind up with low quality pre-ground supermarket products in small bottles at outrageous prices.
by Teague
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS
Replies: 351
Views: 11577

Re: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS

Can I get some comments on these simple ideas: - The Bogleheads Show - The Bogleheads Podcast - Boglehead Talk Boglehead Talk - Vague, not catchy, sedating. The Bogleheads Show - Unless there will be things like juggling and a chicken playing the piano, I'm not a fan. The Bogleheads Podcast - Entir...
by Teague
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS
Replies: 351
Views: 11577

Re: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS

I also like "Talking Bogleheads." Maybe check copyright/trademark issues, what with that now defunct band Talking Heads and all. :happy
by Teague
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Printing photos from JPG files
Replies: 30
Views: 1107

Re: Printing photos from JPG files

You do not want the RAW files yourself. I think that's generally quite true. There may be a few exceptions. Someone well versed in digital photo manipulation could be an exception, but of course that's not the case with OP. I think it would be like me asking a pathologist for my own biopsy slides. ...
by Teague
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Printing photos from JPG files
Replies: 30
Views: 1107

Re: Printing photos from JPG files

The paper is pretty much the same across the board. There are not many manufacturers who make photo paper any longer. As one poster noted, the limiting factor may be your JPEG. Most pro photographers shoot in .RAW format...which has a lot more data in the file than a JPEG. In layman's terms, let's ...
by Teague
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Printing photos from JPG files
Replies: 30
Views: 1107

Re: Printing photos from JPG files

As with corn flakes to caskets, Costco generally does a good job for good price.
by Teague
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone take naps at work?
Replies: 93
Views: 5365

Re: Anyone take naps at work?

Do any of you take naps at work? I strongly believe it increases efficiency if I am are staring at your computer all day without meetings where I am driving. Also I am a general light sleeper and have problems getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. If I do take such a break, I usually stay back mo...
by Teague
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checkbook balancing software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: Checkbook balancing software?

Thanks to all, everyone has been most helpful. Next, I will ask my relative just what it is they expect from my aiding them in balancing their checkbook, and how they intend to continue to write checks and make entries with their deteriorating vision. I had broached the power of attorney idea a whil...
by Teague
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resume Question
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Re: Resume Question

I'm not sure if there is an established convention. I might be more detailed about the current employer, brief about the same duties with earlier employers, and include something unique about each employer. Maybe something like: 2016-present. Megacorp Inc. Test technician. Utilized industry-standard...
by Teague
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checkbook balancing software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: Checkbook balancing software?

pondering wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:53 am
Nice to read the thoughtful suggestions in this thread.
Agreed, and as the OP I appreciate each and every response. :happy
by Teague
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checkbook balancing software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: Checkbook balancing software?

Thank you to those suggesting larger font products. Unfortunately, this condition is a loss of central vision, not a focus problem, and a larger font would not help. I have edited the original post to reflect this.
by Teague
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checkbook balancing software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: Checkbook balancing software?

With online access to your relative’s checking account, you could download all the account transactions into Quicken. You enter their ID and password within Quicken; you don’t even need to go to the bank’s website. So there would be no concern about data entry. And you can do an automatic reconcile...
by Teague
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checkbook balancing software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: Checkbook balancing software?

Thank you LadyGeek, for the thoughtful and detailed reply. Indeed, there is a potential issue of liability if I do anything wrong entering the numbers. Another thing for me to consider.
by Teague
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Checkbook balancing software?
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Checkbook balancing software?

Greetings all, I have a close relative whose vision has deteriorated to the point that they will soon be unable to balance their checkbook. Larger font products do not help with this particular condition. They are elderly and use a paper checkbook. They speak fondly of their accumulation of years of...
by Teague
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?
Replies: 86
Views: 4329

Re: Which advanced tech is necessary in cars?

Electric starting. Hand cranking is difficult and dangerous. Pneumatic tires. Much better than solid rubber. Seat belts next, followed by airbags. I had a car with the electronic nannies but sold it (not because of those though.) I found the adaptive cruise control not useful. I can see several cars...
by Teague
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Treasury Direct website down all day (7/1)
Replies: 23
Views: 1778

Re: Treasury Direct website down all day (7/1)

I doubt this is scheduled maintenance. I almost wonder if problems started over the weekend and there was no one working or on call to fix anything until this morning. Yeah, I would not put too much faith into “scheduled” vs “unscheduled” - these are often not used accurately. And an unexpected pro...
by Teague
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: speakers in ceiling - repair needed
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: speakers in ceiling - repair needed

Check all balance/fade settings before calling the cavalry. I used to be in the audio business, and you'd be surprised how often the defective component turned out to be the user.
by Teague
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Who's John Bogle?"
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: "Who's John Bogle?"

new2bogle wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:01 pm
EJ has door to door salespeople?
Yes, my understanding is that they make their new reps go door-to-door to introduce themselves to the local villagers. I imagine it helps cultivate the folksy home-town good ol' boy or gal image.
by Teague
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your one favorite Fidelity Fund??
Replies: 58
Views: 4494

Re: What is your one favorite Fidelity Fund??

My favorite would be the one with the highest expense ratio and highest profit margin for Fidelity, because those customers will subsidize the low cost index funds that I invest in.
by Teague
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 301
Views: 38062

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

MoviePass could be the way of the future especially with Mitch Lowe at the helm. Announced a small partnership with Samsung today. The next year or so should be interesting. I put some play money in HMNY at .32 cents. Let’s see where it goes. Explain how they plan to make a profit charging $10 a mo...
by Teague
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander
Replies: 69
Views: 4514

Re: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander

If you like the Volvo, you can get a 2019 T8 built to order for $60,500 - $5,000 irs tax credit (maybe more in your home state) = $55,500. Plus they’ll provide 2 round trip premium economy tickets to Sweden, a factory tour, a few meals, and a night’s hotel room in Gothenburg where you can pick up t...
by Teague
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy reasonably?
Replies: 86
Views: 5311

Re: How much car to buy reasonably?

No Corvette on the list? They do have some Boglehead features:

Good fuel economy (considering), parts are not made of back-ordered German Unobtanium and are available at any Chevy dealer, and prices for low mileage used models can be quite reasonable.
by Teague
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with the family wagon
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: What to do with the family wagon

Take it to a different shop to see if the diagnosis and proposed remedy are the same. What viscosity oil are you using? You could try switching to a 0W-(whatever is called for) synthetic which may work better in your possibly stenotic oil passages. Slightly "thinner" oil can sometimes cure "lifter" ...
by Teague
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Advice You Never Took
Replies: 100
Views: 13698

Re: Best Advice You Never Took

whodidntante wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:11 am
Teague wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:22 pm
Never get old.

-Advice given by my grandfather.
The alternative is awful.
Perhaps, but direct evidence is rather scant.
by Teague
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water heater installation situation
Replies: 56
Views: 4654

Re: Water heater installation situation

A new modern water heater should be FVIR. (Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant) Is the new water heater FVIR? If so, it may be able to sit right on the ground with no platform. Depending on how enlightened the local code agency is.
by Teague
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Strategy for a prolonged bear market
Replies: 65
Views: 5606

Re: Strategy for a prolonged bear market

I'm 31, 100% in stocks, work in the federal government, and max out my 401K, IRA, and HSA. A prolonged bear market would be extremely beneficial for me. I worked for a government agency for 20 years, maxing out my accounts as you describe you do. During 2008-9, I was 50 years old, and I owed more t...
by Teague
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I fix the car or get rid of it?
Replies: 20
Views: 1720

Re: Should I fix the car or get rid of it?

wander wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:35 pm
Like you I like to buy new and keep car as long as I can. But I would not keep a car with blown head gasket...
Why is that, if I may ask, assuming OP is willing to have it fixed?
by Teague
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Death - Prediction
Replies: 63
Views: 3959

Re: Death - Prediction

I will be leaving nothing to no one That's a double negative - if no one's left with nothing, that means everybody has to get at least something from your estate. :greedy You be correct Walkure...I spotted that double negative from HongKonger too. You be and English major? You certainly be gooder a...
by Teague
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)
Replies: 67
Views: 8779

Re: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)

Sign up for Nomorobo, if you haven't done so. It helps significantly.
by Teague
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Advice You Never Took
Replies: 100
Views: 13698

Re: Best Advice You Never Took

Never get old.

-Advice given by my grandfather.
by Teague
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?
Replies: 40
Views: 3620

Re: New roof - does this ridge vent look right?

Maybe they got those vents from one of the big-box home improvement stores. Made to fit with their warped lumber and curved drywall. :)
by Teague
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replaced beater car, oh how ever to regain feelings of financial superiority?
Replies: 29
Views: 3432

Re: Replaced beater car, oh how ever to regain feelings of financial superiority?

Oh, how shall he ever regain his sense of financial superiority? :P Now we're just like everyone else. Lots of ways to go about this. - The obvious one is drive it until the wheels fall off, then glue them back on and keep going. - Maintain it himself. He can start with oil changes, wash it twice a...
by Teague
Wed May 30, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mind exploded
Replies: 79
Views: 4793

Re: My mind exploded

...OP's mind exploded ...Poster's mind was blown that OP's mind exploded All the concussive activity caused my mind to implode. Which should be less messy if nothing else. In the process I think I became a singularity. Anyway, I wouldn't sweat the $150. Obviously it was important to her. I don't un...
by Teague
Fri May 25, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: keyless ignitions and carbon monoxide
Replies: 83
Views: 5190

Re: keyless ignitions and carbon monoxide

It is interesting that, if I get out of my '14 Lexus and leave it running while in Park with the key fob sitting on the passenger seat, there are no warnings of any kind and it seems like it will just keep running until it runs out of gas. (I assume it will just keep running that long... I never le...
by Teague
Fri May 25, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Conditioner Questions: Stop Leak & Qualified Technician
Replies: 9
Views: 767

Re: Air Conditioner Questions: Stop Leak & Qualified Technician

The problem with "stop leak" products, IMHO, is that they are generally asked to do the impossible: After introduction into a fluid (includes gasses) system under pressure, they are supposed to seal holes that are not supposed to be there, without obstructing any small passages that are supposed to ...
by Teague
Fri May 25, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Folks, I'm calling the Tops for Bay area RE market
Replies: 46
Views: 2766

Re: Folks, I'm calling the Tops for Bay area RE market

Now or within 4 months.. Rest of the US will lag by 8-12 months.. Hotter markets first. I may be wrong but I kinda feel it. We will come back to this thread in 2 years and figure out. Also a possible Stock decline starting September.. Your confidence in this prediction leads me to conclude you have...
by Teague
Sun May 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner recommendations?
Replies: 17
Views: 1231

Re: Air conditioner recommendations?

I get that people are trying to be helpful, but really wish that they would stop responding to questions that they know nothing about. Unfortunately, no part of your post is correct. With a central a/c, your SEER is based on the combination of the outdoor unit, your furnace and the a-coil. Can you ...
by Teague
Thu May 17, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Growing Fruit Trees and Shrubs
Replies: 30
Views: 2586

Re: Growing Fruit Trees and Shrubs

By far the easiest to grow, and most entertaining , fruit tree we have is pomegranate. In our climate (hot summer, winter lows in the low 30's F) our tree requires literally no maintenance. No water besides rain, which is a paltry 12 inches per year. No pruning, no pest control, nothing. And yes, it...
by Teague
Thu May 17, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New motorcycle rider
Replies: 106
Views: 5000

Re: New motorcycle rider

An anecdote for what it's worth, if anything. I started on my friend's Honda 70 (remember those?) that was street legal. At 15 1/2 years I could ride it with a learner's permit, and I took it everywhere. Off road, over jumps, on road, to the beach, you name it. In traffic, too, because I was 15 and ...
by Teague
Thu May 17, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY AC freon for car or professional fill up
Replies: 15
Views: 1646

Re: DIY AC freon for car or professional fill up

Does that make sense? NO. But there could be other factors. for example, the shop might have checked and filled your tire pressure to the specification. The end of winter fuel at the pumps. I routinely notice difference in all of my cars when the changeover happens. Or the weather simply got a few ...
by Teague
Tue May 15, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: How did you fall in love with investing?
Replies: 49
Views: 3183

Re: How did you fall in love with investing?

No special love for investing here. I've never been a "numbers guy." I started because I got tired of living from one paycheck to another and always being broke, which I found even more distasteful.
by Teague
Tue May 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]
Replies: 451
Views: 33195

Re: KF's simple rules to achieve FI [Financial Independence]

It is just personal philosophy, but I don't get why people hate work so much. I don't know that I've ever loved my job, but compared to not working, I'd rather work, stay stimulated, and make some money. Not working to me gets boring, and most things that I would find stimulating cost money, which ...
by Teague
Mon May 14, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 140
Views: 8755

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

I think a true muscle car needs a live rear axle. Not many of those left in the modern era. Maybe the Dodge Demon is a good BH muscle car? Not sure the Demon meets the Wikipedia part about Sold at an affordable price , muscle cars are intended for street use and occasional drag racing. I know the M...