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by Blues
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

An interesting 11.22.63 series (8 parts) on HULU based on a Steven King novel about traveling back to the Kennedy assasination. One thing that caught my eye was L.H.Oswald said in the show he was a former Marine. I thought once a Marine always a Marine, later found this about his discharge changing...
by Blues
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retirees: what is your AA?
Replies: 80
Views: 3938

Re: Retirees: what is your AA?

30 / 70

Mid to late 60's
by Blues
Mon May 25, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 54
Views: 6666

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

tvubpwcisla wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 7:37 am
If you can get a 4Runner with the KDSS option it is awesome!
My Trail Edition Premium has it. It's been good for us. Not everyone is a fan, however. Pros and cons, as with anything.
by Blues
Mon May 25, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 54
Views: 6666

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

Good stuff, hudson. :sharebeer
by Blues
Sun May 24, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 54
Views: 6666

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

How is 4Runner to daily drive on regular roads. How is it in the rain with 4wd I don't commute, as I'm retired, but I've done multi-hundred mile drives on highways and in-town roads, and it's fine...depending on the tires you have mounted. It's not an economy vehicle when it comes to gas mileage, h...
by Blues
Sun May 24, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 54
Views: 6666

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

My 2018 4Runner SR5 didn't have any of the modern stuff....no auto braking, blind spot monitor. The new ones might. It did have a backup camera. I'm not an off road person, but I needed to go somewhere on a forest service road in the Pisgah National Forest. The road hadn't been maintained in years....
by Blues
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Loon11 wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:21 pm
anyone watching "After Life" by Ricky Gervais? it's really good.
The missus and I have watched the first two seasons. A kinder gentler Gervais.
by Blues
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Watching an episode of "Fauda" -season 3 every day. It's as good as the first 2 seasons. Finished "Fauda" (season 3) last night. A good season. A little melodramatic in parts, but well executed and pulling few punches. Also finished "Bosch" a couple nights ago. Pretty solid overall...with the usual...
by Blues
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 254
Views: 20986

Re: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?

Gonna convince the missus to use the clippers (on me) which I've had in the cabinet for years.
by Blues
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

sixtyforty wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:37 am
Ozark Season 3. Intense. Incredible acting. Get the Emmys ready.
Pretty much agree.
by Blues
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Mirror and The Light" the final chapter in Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell series. I am as well. I read and enjoyed the two before this, but that was a couple/few years ago and I'm having a hard time getting back into understanding the various characters beyond Cromwell and the marque names. M...
by Blues
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Mirror and The Light" the final chapter in Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell series.
by Blues
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

KSOC wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:38 am
The Valhalla Murders - Netflix - Subtitled
Season 3 Babylon Berlin - Netflix - Subtitled
Valhalla Murders was decent. Babylon Berlin not as good as the first couple of seasons, in our opinion.
by Blues
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Rake , on Netflix. I watched a few episodes, then stopped. There's absolutely nothing wrong, it just didn't hold my interest. The original Australian version or the US copy cat? If the latter you're not missing anything. [I acknowledge that Richard Roxburgh in the OZ version may not be to everyone'...
by Blues
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Safety of Money Market Funds Currently
Replies: 149
Views: 12171

Re: Safety of Money Market Funds Currently

dothechex is correct. You need 50K to open VUSXX but can go below later on and keep the fund open. So...you have the option of keeping what you have or opening multiple CDs to avoid the issue of having to withdrawal all. I understand the complexity issue. My wife has no interest in money management ...
by Blues
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Safety of Money Market Funds Currently
Replies: 149
Views: 12171

Re: Safety of Money Market Funds Currently

My emergency fund is at Vanguard in VMMXX. Based on the info in this thread, it appears that I should sell VMMXX and buy VUSXX, correct? If so, should I do it ASAP? Due to a small amount & current situation, I don't care much about APY, but just want to protect the principal. Please advise. The All...
by Blues
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Safety of Money Market Funds Currently
Replies: 149
Views: 12171

Re: Safety of Money Market Funds Currently

I trust the funds within, and the liquidity of VUSXX (Vanguard Treasury MM Fund), will be safe, but as the rate is sure to fall, I see no issue with moving funds to FDIC insured accounts which offer both protection and a better interest rate. Especially if one doesn't need to lock in for a given ter...
by Blues
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard's ongoing website issues
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Vanguard's ongoing website issues

It appears, when I logged in this morning, that they have changed the site's look. The same info is available but the layout is a bit different. (This was as of roughly one hour ago.)
by Blues
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have thoroughly enjoyed John Edward Williams' STONER. Several times. Interesting history. It came out in 1965, sold 2000 copies and was promptly forgotten for 40 years. Then the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS reissued it as a classic, it became a commercial success, and now it's sometimes referred to a...
by Blues
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming more reclusive as I age - is it OK to be OK with it?
Replies: 101
Views: 7303

Re: Becoming more reclusive as I age - is it OK to be OK with it?

Sounds fine to me. Enjoy your life. Others can do as they see fit.
by Blues
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why is VFORX down almost 4% today?
Replies: 16
Views: 1127

Re: Why is VFORX down almost 4% today?

VASIX is also reporting a steep decline though there is no such decline in the underlying assets. Must be the same folks handling the accounting at the Iowa caucus. :oops:

I'm sure it'll be rectified shortly.
by Blues
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Happy Birthday Taylor! 96 years young!
Replies: 139
Views: 4273

Re: Happy Birthday Taylor! 96 years young!

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest of the greatest generation. Your contributions to your country and your fellow travelers here are immeasurable. :sharebeer
by Blues
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."
Replies: 445
Views: 69517

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."

I'm sure I must've replied in this thread some years back when it first came out, but I consider Larry one of the two or three most influential folks when it comes to my financial education, learning, IPS and whatever successes I have had with my investing over the years. It's a debt, in my opinion,...
by Blues
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed
Replies: 352
Views: 27404

Re: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed

My deepest sympathies. So sorry to hear of your loss.
by Blues
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

"Don't F* With Cats" on Netflix. O.M.G. One of the most disturbing stories I've ever heard. As a retired federal law enforcement officer, (criminal investigator), I had to admire the resolve of the individuals involved in seeing this matter brought to justice. They were very persistent over a very ...
by Blues
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Toilet Flapper?
Replies: 30
Views: 2444

Re: Which Toilet Flapper?

Another vote for Korky universal.
by Blues
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Roth IRA - so who hit 'enter' at 12:01AM this morning?
Replies: 113
Views: 10969

Re: Roth IRA - so who hit 'enter' at 12:01AM this morning?

I did the annual conversion from tIRA to Roth on my wife's accounts, but being the lazy so and so that I am, I waited until about 8 a.m. to do it on 1/1.

Should be done in three more years at the rate I'm performing the conversions to prevent moving up in tax bracket.
by Blues
Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Sympathy for the Devil" by Kent Anderson. (A novel about the Vietnam War, the first of a three book series about one character.) Woah! I didn't know there were other books and the way Sympathy for the Devil ended, I can't imagine another book. I first read this in the late 80s/early 90s before gra...
by Blues
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Sympathy for the Devil" by Kent Anderson. (A novel about the Vietnam War, the first of a three book series about one character.)
by Blues
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Let It Bleed" by Ian Rankin. (Insp. Rebus #7)

Gotta love Scottish police procedurals. 8-)


Recently finished "On Desperate Ground" by Hampton Sides...the story of the battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Highly recommended.
by Blues
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Not Experiencing Any Problems With Vanguard
Replies: 90
Views: 7212

Re: Not Experiencing Any Problems With Vanguard

10 to 15 years with Vanguard. No issues or complaints.
by Blues
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FreeTaxUSA 2019 Now Live
Replies: 3
Views: 748

FreeTaxUSA 2019 Now Live

2019 version is now live. Still free for federal, current offer is $12.95 for state. Deluxe adds $6.99.

This will be our third year using them after many years with TurboTax followed by TaxAct. Works great for us...

https://www.freetaxusa.com/
by Blues
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5595
Views: 1363488

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched The Irishman on Netflix last night. I enjoyed it, the wife slept through about an hour of it. :sharebeer We watched it as well. Good movie and performances. Not a great movie but it was nice to see the old gang together for what may be the last time. (We had both read the book some years ag...
by Blues
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Just sayin... wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:19 am
Just finished the final season of “The Man in the High Castle”. Somewhat enjoyable, but it felt like the writers ran out of steam near the end.
Agree.
by Blues
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Strip Jack" by Ian Rankin. (Inspector Rebus series.) "Alone at Dawn" by Dan Schilling and Lori Longfritz. "The true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of...
by Blues
Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fed dental plans in 2020: keeping, dropping or switching?
Replies: 30
Views: 2936

Re: Fed dental plans in 2020: keeping, dropping or switching?

We will keep GEHA high. Missus and I have routine cleanings twice yearly and you never know when a crown will need to be fit or replaced.

It doesn't cause economic hardship and works seamlessly with GEHA medical.
by Blues
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bailey Settlement question -- of interest only to NC residents
Replies: 23
Views: 3202

Re: Bailey Settlement question -- of interest only to NC residents

WaltNOVA wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:34 pm
Thank you for your informative response. Quite a game changer.
You're welcome. :beer
by Blues
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bailey Settlement question -- of interest only to NC residents
Replies: 23
Views: 3202

Re: Bailey Settlement question -- of interest only to NC residents

So, if I get this correct, under the following facts, my Federal government retirement annuity and TSP distributions are tax-exempt from North Carolina State income tax? I currently live in Virginia and am planning to move to North Carolina mid-2020 and purchase real property (near my son and daugh...
by Blues
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1961
Views: 212712

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Jack Ryan, seasons 1 and 2, were both wanting on so many levels. Hours I'll never get back.
by Blues
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Blackhouse , by Peter May. This is a very good mystery-thriller, the first of a series of three. A Scottish police detective returns to his childhood home on the Island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to try to solve two murders, and unravels a mystery from his own youth. I wondered if anybody h...
by Blues
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Knots and Crosses" by Ian Rankin, the first book of 22 in the (Police Detective) John Rebus series. All take place in Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Night Fire" by Michael Connelly is out tomorrow. This is a Harry Bosch/Renee Ballard mystery. I love the Bosch series and anything by Michael Connelly. Da...
by Blues
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4469
Views: 1260983

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Knots and Crosses" by Ian Rankin. The first of the Inspector Rebus series.
by Blues
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

See pages 7-8 of this TSP pub https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tspbk02.pdf Thanks, Huey. Here's the relevant section for those who cannot access for one reason or another... Spouses’ Rights The Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986, which created the TSP, provides certain rights to spou...
by Blues
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

Please note that the requirement to have spouse sign the TSP withdrawal form applies to FERS and military accounts, but not to CSRS accounts. The signature requirement is part of the FERS law, so yes, it would take an act of Congress to change that. CSRS spouses receive notification. Well, that (se...
by Blues
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

A North Carolina resident who had more than 5 years of federal service before 1989 (Bailey decision) is in a situation where TSP withdrawals are not taxed but IRA withdrawals are taxed . Are there any other situations where TSP withdrawals differently than IRA withdrawals? One non-TSP alternative t...
by Blues
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

A North Carolina resident who had more than 5 years of federal service before 1989 (Bailey decision) is in a situation where TSP withdrawals are not taxed but IRA withdrawals are taxed . Are there any other situations where TSP withdrawals differently than IRA withdrawals? One non-TSP alternative t...
by Blues
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

a. Take an RMD from the TSP, (CSRS, no Roth), in that same year, in which I turn both 70 1/2 and 71...which will represent the RMD for age 70 1/2. Defer the age 71 payment until sometime prior to April of the following year. Then defer the age 72 RMD until the first few months of the following year...
by Blues
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

a. Take an RMD from the TSP, (CSRS, no Roth), in that same year, in which I turn both 70 1/2 and 71...which will represent the RMD for age 70 1/2. Defer the age 71 payment until sometime prior to April of the following year. Then defer the age 72 RMD until the first few months of the following year...
by Blues
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Improving the TSP [for current participants]
Replies: 420
Views: 66620

Re: Improving the TSP [for current participants]

Someone please clear this up for me, since I always seem to be of two minds on the matter... If I turn 70 1/2 in the same year I'll be 71, (birthday in the second half of the year), the options are: a. Take an RMD from the TSP, (CSRS, no Roth), in that same year, in which I turn both 70 1/2 and 71.....