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by black jack
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A great father's day gift
Replies: 19
Views: 3466

Re: A great father's day gift

I mentioned his status as single because it can be relevant to net worth. IMHO, I think it can be more difficult for a married couple with children to accrue wealth. A spouse and children adds variables. BTW: He has a very nice girlfriend. Great gal. Really like her. Pretty good cribbage player. Th...
by black jack
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5331

Re: Rowing machine motivation

Congratulations on the new exercise machine! I like podcasts or audiobooks for my long runs too. But first things first: is this your first experience with a rowing machine? If you can't last more than 5 minutes, you're going too hard, and are likely to burn yourself out and stop using the rower. Yo...
by black jack
Wed May 30, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 136
Views: 12249

Re: What have you baked recently?

I used the No-Knead method and made a loaf of whole wheat bread yesterday. It was kind of a momentous occasion for me. I quit eating grains about 10 years ago after I had a strong reaction to a wheat product. Lately, I started thinking that maybe it was the added 'stuff' commercial bakeries put in ...
by black jack
Tue May 22, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Install $1,800!
Replies: 94
Views: 17935

Re: Water Heater Install $1,800!

Had occasion to refer to this thread recently, so thought I'd add a data point. One complaint: as one poster observes, the installation cost is highly location dependent, but few posters gave their location. In Montgomery County, MD (where code requires that a gas hot water heater be installed by a ...
by black jack
Thu May 10, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 136
Views: 12249

Re: What have you baked recently?

I put my bread in Ziplock bags and put them in the fridge (homemade and otherwise). I generally don't keep food for more than a week, so I try to plan accordingly. I put mine in Ziplock bags and put them in the freezer. Refrigerating bread supposedly makes it go stale more quickly due to starch rec...
by black jack
Thu May 10, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 136
Views: 12249

Re: What have you baked recently?

...I bake most of my no-knead loaves in a pullman loaf pan; I bought a 9"x4" pan because it fits into my toaster oven, which I use instead of my full-sized oven for most of my baking. I use a version of a recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, appropriately sized to this loaf pan (470 gra...
by black jack
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: foundation for foam mattress
Replies: 9
Views: 694

Re: foundation for foam mattress

Why not just put in on the floor?
by black jack
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 136
Views: 12249

Re: What have you baked recently?

Same here. I would have never believed how easy this was... I found comments saying that you can use the same recipe for different cooking techniques. The Mediterranean Olive bread was demonstrated using a clay pot. I'm using a Dutch oven and will follow the cooking instructions for that. Recipe bo...
by black jack
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 136
Views: 12249

Re: What have you baked recently?

Great thread, makes me hungry. DW has been baking the no-knead 12-to-18-hour rise bread every week (or more often) for a couple of years now, and it is wonderful. I would not eat any standard commercial packaged bread now. Her recipe comes from the Jim Lahey My Bread cookbook. Once you've had homema...
by black jack
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?
Replies: 100
Views: 5493

Re: Bicycle Commuting in LA - Thoughts?

I commute 15 miles each way year-round, in temps ranging from 15 - 100 degrees, on a road bike, in DC on roads without bike lanes or shoulders. I would love to have the LA climate to ride in. It helps to have a shower at work, and to have a job where I don't have to wear a suit all day. In the summe...
by black jack
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite socks?
Replies: 83
Views: 5875

Re: Favorite socks?

I need to buy some new socks. Every time I do, I end up sorely disappointed. I simply want moisture wicking, ankle high, simple style socks that are good quality. Ideally they would be all of the same color so I wouldn't have to waste time matching them up. The two favorites I have are: 1) Champion...
by black jack
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to choose mangoes?
Replies: 23
Views: 1493

Re: how to choose mangoes?

The most popular mango cultivar in most supermarkets, the green and red one, is the Tommy Atkins. It’s a great cultivar for growing and shipping but not so reliable for eating. The smaller yellow Ataulfo isn’t as widespread but is still pretty attainable, and it’s a lot better eating. See if you ca...
by black jack
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Work-out schedule for those in 60s
Replies: 78
Views: 6933

Re: Work-out schedule for those in 60s

Inspiring to read the workout regimes of folks here. Midareff, sorry for your difficulties; your spirit of pressing on regardless is also inspiring. I'm 59, so on the cusp. -Bike 1 hour twice a day M-Th (commuting to work, lots of opportunities for intervals going up hills and trying to beat red lig...
by black jack
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 184
Views: 21569

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

Still several years away from retirement myself, but I think about my dad's experience: he was a manager and retired from the federal government at 55 (with 30+ years) after a heart attack, thinking he might not have many years to live. But he was a doer, not a thinker, and after less than a year h...
by black jack
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 184
Views: 21569

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

Still several years away from retirement myself, but I think about my dad's experience: he was a manager and retired from the federal government at 55 (with 30+ years) after a heart attack, thinking he might not have many years to live. But he was a doer, not a thinker, and after less than a year he...
by black jack
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 131
Views: 11830

Re: Do you meditate?

letsgobobby wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:11 am
I am way too busy and stressed out to meditate.
From a book on Zen Buddhism:
Q: How much should I meditate?
A: Thirty minutes a day is good, unless you're too busy to do that much, in which case an hour a day.
by black jack
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lunch Ideas
Replies: 44
Views: 4814

Re: Lunch Ideas

+1 on adding rice to any dish. I'm not much of a cook, so I usually get a takeout dish with sauce and bits of meat from a Chinese (kung pao chicken, sesame chicken) or Indian (chicken tikka masala, butter chicken) restaurant on Sunday, add a heap of rice to it, divide it into several helpings, and t...
by black jack
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

bertilak, I’m curious...how is Moby Dick coming along? It is going slow because of other distractions, but the deeper I get into it the more I like it and want to continue. There are great characterizations of some old ship's captains. Ishmael had to negotiate with two of them to settle on his pay ...
by black jack
Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 131
Views: 11830

Re: Do you meditate?

I started meditating several months ago to help me deal with the emotional trauma of an unexpected midlife divorce. Desperation is a great motivator; I meditate twice a day for 30 minutes at a time. For those who think they can't do it, there's 2,500 years of experience across many cultures and reli...
by black jack
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running
Replies: 55
Views: 5115

Re: Thoughts on Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I went minimalist back in 2009; I didn't want to run barefoot on the glass-strewn asphalt roads and the rocky paths, so I used water shoes. After a couple of years I decided I wanted a little padding--the middle sections of the balls of my feet felt like they were taking a beating. I bought two pair...
by black jack
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Podcast [Looking for suggestions]
Replies: 29
Views: 3018

Re: Podcast

Since you're interested in long-form podcasts, why not also audiobooks? Probably available for download from your public library.

Podcasts not already mentioned (I think):
Radiolab
On the Media
Backstory (US history)
by black jack
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use Driving Shoes?
Replies: 40
Views: 4927

Re: Does anyone use Driving Shoes?

I don't always wear shoes, but when I do (outside the office), I wear Nike Free 3.0s. But thin and light as they are, like several other posters I slip them off and drive barefoot (well, usually in socks) if I'm going to be driving for more than about five minutes.
by black jack
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Though what I'm interested in knowing is how he remained injury-free to be able to run 6+ miles every day. I tried running 1-2 miles a day and ended up with tendinitis after a couple of months! There are a lot of variables between individuals. It's been a long time since I read the book, but Muraka...
by black jack
Wed May 24, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap gym shirts w/ certain materials
Replies: 23
Views: 3542

Re: Cheap gym shirts w/ certain materials

Champion C9 stuff at Target.

Similar synthetic stuff at Walmart.

I bike and run in the humid mid-Atlantic; this stuff has never felt clingy, except after I jumped in the pool wearing it.

I can't imagine extended exercise in the summer wearing cotton; talk about clingy.
by black jack
Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1027046

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Here is one oldie but goodie by Sydney Pollack and Robert Mitchum from 1974 - The Yakuza. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073918/?ref_=rvi_tt Unlike Ridley Scott's Black Rain, Pollack did a lot of research and employed a Japanese team, so we do not get the usual American or Hollywood bias. The ending ...
by black jack
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to recognize self-help, pop-statistics, “Big Idea” books?
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: How to recognize self-help, pop-statistics, “Big Idea” books?

I feel for you. Your question assumes that someone, somewhere, knows what is true, and you'd like to piggy-back off their knowledge. I've spent much of my life looking for those people, have gotten into a few jobs where I was around the kind of people who are supposed to "know," and have discovered,...
by black jack
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

For Michael Lewis fans, a nice brief profile by Walter Isaacson: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertai ... d6eb42d85f
[in case of difficulty with link, search for "Becoming Michael Lewis"]
by black jack
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?
Replies: 112
Views: 11875

Re: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?

:D :D Futuristic. I suppose it is possible. As usual in life there are trade-offs. The major cultural attractions of DC are downtown. If one wants a detached house with a little garden, one has to live far out unless you have a million to spend on a house. I'm discovering that living far out means ...
by black jack
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?
Replies: 112
Views: 11875

Re: Can I get a little house or townhouse for under $400K in Maryland or Virginia?

Lynette I think it's possible. I live in Montgomery County about a mile from a metro station on the redline. There are a variety of different housing types in my neighborhood- single family, townhomes and condos. You could probably find a single family for around $400,000 in our area-a townhome for...
by black jack
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Health Insurance rates went up
Replies: 155
Views: 17623

Re: Health Insurance rates went up

In my opinion, the whole US healtcare cost "crisis" has many aspects, some of which are purely political. Three of these (in my opinion) are: 1. The serious decline in "lifestyle" choices that lead to huge healthcare costs. Bad diets, overweight/obesity, sedentary liefestyle, etc. These, IMO, more ...
by black jack
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fish from Costco?
Replies: 59
Views: 34841

Re: Fish from Costco?

Are any of their fresh or frozen fish selections not from China? The Salmon is from Russia. I would not eat Talapia unless it is from the USA. I will not eat shrimp unless it is gulf shrimp. Be aware that most ocean fish can and do contain mercury. I will eat Alaskan salmon, Walleye from Canada, an...
by black jack
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1027046

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Deadpool. An R-rated dark comedy parody of the previous Marvel character movies. It has everything you'd expect from a Marvel movie, including a ton of action scenes. It kept me interested, but I wasn't impressed. Marvel is anxious to grab hold of an older demographic for its MCU films (Marvel Comi...
by black jack
Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Elephants Can Remember , by Agatha Christie. Many years ago her parents died by gunshot in a what seemed to be a suicide pact, but without an apparent reason for suicide. Now that she plans to marry her potential mother in law wants to know who killed whom. This is of course not an easy question to...
by black jack
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please recommend a new tablet
Replies: 26
Views: 3074

Re: Please recommend a new tablet

What is the warranty period on your Samsung tablet? How did you pay for it?

Often such products have a one-year warranty, and many credit cards include a benefit that doubles the warranty period.
by black jack
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling DC area Bogleheads for help with relocation
Replies: 34
Views: 3053

Re: Calling DC area Bogleheads for help with relocation

Your criteria - 3 bedrooms, w/d, within a couple of miles of a Metro station, for $2,700 a month - are certainly reasonable. I live in Silver Spring, MD, and rent our former home - a 3 brdm, 1.5 bath with w/d, one mile from a Metro station - for $2,050 (cited as example only, currently not available...
by black jack
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to fix doors that don't close after new carpet installation
Replies: 36
Views: 6032

Re: How to fix doors that don't close after new carpet installation

You could also call the carpet company that installed the carpet and ask if they can recommend a handyman to do the doors.
by black jack
Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1027046

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Great: Another vote for Hell or High Water (is that 7 or 8 now?), best I've seen in a while. If you like the Coen brothers I think you will love it. Just saw Hell or High Water; agree it is good, and while overall it didn't make me think of the Coen brothers, it certainly did in a couple of places ...
by black jack
Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. I held off reading this book for a time, as I expected it to be a detailed examination of how our bodily systems fail as we die. I was mistaken; it is a discussion of how our current approach to old age and debility fails us, and an examination of efforts to address th...
by black jack
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frustrated Losing Weight!
Replies: 131
Views: 10760

Re: Frustrated Losing Weight!

dm200 wrote:Six years ago, I was in the obese range (BMI just over 30) and on 2 BP meds (25 years) and on statins (10 years). Got healthy, BMI down to 22-23 range in 11 months and stayed there, off all BP and statins.
Way to go!
by black jack
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frustrated Losing Weight!
Replies: 131
Views: 10760

Re: Frustrated Losing Weight!

Brian Wansink, a Cornell professor, has done numerous experiments that indicate that we eat too much because we rely on external cues (it's lunch time; is my plate clean?) rather than internal cues (am I hungry?). See his book "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think." The trick, then, is to ...
by black jack
Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eating Healthy/Meals for One
Replies: 65
Views: 6482

Re: Eating Healthy/Meals for One

Do you have a Costco or similar nearby? I love their frozen salmon fillets; those and other frozen foods are typically individually packaged, so easy to cook one at a time. Frozen vegetables are fresher than fresh and you don't have to worry about spoilage, just cook as much or little as you want ea...
by black jack
Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Across the Nightingale Floor - Lian Hearn (pen name for Gillian Robertson). Historical fantasy set in feudal Japan. Well-written and engrossing; I started listening to the audiobook while walking, and ended up lying in bed next night listening to it to find it how it ended. Written in alternating c...
by black jack
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3128
Views: 955306

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes. A thriller which did thrill, and left me thinking about the book after finishing it. A long book (the audio version is 22 hours 41 minutes). Coincidentally, after finishing the book, which involves smallpox, I looked up smallpox and found that Dr. D A Henderson, one of t...
by black jack
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to find common items that last "forever"
Replies: 58
Views: 5945

Re: Where to find common items that last "forever"

A lot of things that used to be well made are now shoddy. I use the Vermont Country Store from time to time. Their stuff is somewhat overpriced.. The reason that it seems that a lot of things are no longer made as well as they used to be made is that, adjusted for inflation, we are paying a fractio...
by black jack
Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Legacy Question.
Replies: 20
Views: 2036

Re: Subaru Legacy Question.

harrychan wrote:If you go on freeways often, get the 6 cyl. We have the 2012 2.5i engine and it just lacks the power. I heard they changes the setup for 2014 and beyond so I recommend going for the 6.
We have a 2005 Legacy 2.5i wagon; I've never noticed a lack of power on freeways or elsewhere.
by black jack
Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is a modest retirement (definition)?
Replies: 66
Views: 8173

Re: What is a modest retirement (definition)?

MrNewEngland wrote:Only on Bogleheads would you see a $5M portfolio described as modest.
On the Internet no one can see someone else's tongue in their cheek.
by black jack
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS refund statute of limitations expired - any options
Replies: 8
Views: 1289

Re: IRS refund statute of limitations expired - any options

Thanks to all for your ideas. Will definitely look into them.

A scam seems unlikely; the letter (I have a copy, though not in front of me at the moment) certainly looks like others I've received from the IRS, and there is no suggestion that she contact the IRS regarding the matter.
by black jack
Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IRS refund statute of limitations expired - any options
Replies: 8
Views: 1289

IRS refund statute of limitations expired - any options

A family member just received a notice from the IRS saying it had changed her 2011 Form 1040 to reflect payments she'd made which apparently weren't reflected on her original form 1040. Bottom line: she's due a refund of $6,000, plus $615 in interest. Except - the statute of limitations for a refund...
by black jack
Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn Replacement- Irish moss or ???
Replies: 12
Views: 4364

Re: Lawn Replacement- Irish moss or ???

I used to run by a house whose unshaded front yard was covered in mint. Not sure how it held up under foot traffic, but it smelled great.

This was in Honolulu, so perhaps limited in its applicability to cooler climes.