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by Blues
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

"Scott & Bailey", a British police drama focusing (primarily) on a couple of female detectives as the lead. (Amazon Prime video.)

The first couple of episodes were quite good, imho...especially when compared with most of the garbage offered up in the genre by and large.
by Blues
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

Finished "Jack Ryan" last night. The last few episodes went beyond merely stretching the imagination.

Too bad.
by Blues
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

You'll be glad you did.
by Blues
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm trying to read The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas, but I think I've bogged down. I just started Count of Monte Cristo (also by Dumas). I'm only at page 16 of 479. So far our hero has been arrested on trumped up charges by someone who will obviously benefit from that. My thoughts so far: I...
by Blues
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Homeowners insurance - purchase online
Replies: 17
Views: 1278

Re: Homeowners insurance - purchase online

I have renter's insurance, auto insurance, and an umbrella policy all bought online through Amica. Ditto...but for home , auto and umbrella. Switched to them several years back and haven't had any cause for regret. Their website is easy to navigate, see documents or make payments through. Their tel...
by Blues
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Wa-To-Yah and the Taos Trail , by Lewis Garrard. This is the first person narrative of a 17 year old who travelled from Missouri to New Mexico and back in 1846, at the start of the Mexican War. He describes travel with traders and mountain men, indian camps and life, the Taos Revolt's resulting tri...
by Blues
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist by Richard Rhodes.
by Blues
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solutions for Printing from a Chromebook
Replies: 16
Views: 1370

Re: Solutions for Printing from a Chromebook

If you have an iPhone or android device, you can download an app from Brother called "iPrint&Scan" As long as the iPhone or android device is connected to the same (wireless) network that the printer is on, you can print directly from the device. (I use a Kindle Fire or iPhone in our case.) It's ver...
by Blues
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

Nobody watching "The Tunnel"? Two season on Amazon Prime. Terrific! Also on Prime - "Eat.Race.Win". Fascinating look behind the scenes of the Tour de France, emphasis on the nutrition of the racers & the preparation of their meals. Really good. I watched the first season of "The Tunnel" on PBS. I h...
by Blues
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449264/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533743857&sr=1-3&keywo...
by Blues
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I'm also almost finished with the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's nothing like the movies I've seen or the Classic comics version! https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140449264/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533743857&sr=1-3&keywo...
by Blues
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations...by Ronen Bergman
by Blues
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

jacoavlu wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:37 pm
Starting in again (third time) on the border trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. So, so good.
One of my all-time favorites. :beer
by Blues
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

If you're into spy novels, stand alones that work even better when read as a series, the ongoing Gabriel Allon series by author Daniel Silva might be your cup of tea. I'm at # 11 in his series of 18 volumes to date, so I'm obviously a fan. Silva's a very good writer. He develops interesting charact...
by Blues
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr. Part of the Bernie Gunther series. And unfortunately we just lost him. No more Bernie Gunther. It's a bit like losing Wallender (Henning Mankell) - something has gone out of the world. I liked Wallender; I'll give Gunther a shot. Thanks! I liked Wallender, for t...
by Blues
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

^^^Agreed. Season one was the one trick that pony had going.
by Blues
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

I'm into Season 2 of Bloodline. The first season took some patience, and while I found just about every main character to be unlikable I was at least basically satisfied by how things played out. Now I'm a few episodes into the second season and having a hard time caring what happens to the Rayburn...
by Blues
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

Just finished the second season of "Goliath" on Amazon Prime. The first season was great and was supposed to be a one off mini-series.

They should have left it at that. Disappointing.
by Blues
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan
Replies: 69
Views: 11321

Re: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan

Thanks for the heads up. Closed an older 1.5% No Penalty and swapped into the new rate.
by Blues
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5688

Re: Rowing machine motivation

(FWIW) My normal C2 workout start with 5 minutes of warmup... ...Then I do 5000m with resistance at about 130 (like real water rowing they say. On my machine this has the dial set at about 5.5.) I row at about 20 strokes per minute. The 5000m takes me between 24 and 25 minutes. I start off with fiv...
by Blues
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5688

Re: Rowing machine motivation

Mix up your routines. Do shorter (but intense) interval workouts as well as longer steady state rows. Also, during your steady state, mix in some Power 10's and then go back to a more relaxed pace. If you're not already doing so, install the ErgData app on your phone or tablet and use it to log and ...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

Oh dear....guess I'll have to add this one to my list. Please do not let your head explode, Blues. It might be messy. :D That would assume contents. :wink: (Then again, you did say "might".) bertilak, yeah...further off the rails would be an understatement. Now don't get me wrong, I've met some FBI...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

+1 Even today it is absurd that an agent would have done what Stan did, but much more so in the 80s. Thanks. :sharebeer I can't tell you how annoying it was for a couple of days after the show ended seeing all these fluff pieces via online news sites talking about how touching and dramatic the fina...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

The ending of "The Americans" was pathetic at best. They made Stan, and by association the FBI a laughingstock. How he could just overlook the recent murder of colleagues and informants, (as well as the penetration of gov't agencies and programs), and just let them escape was beyond absurd and rend...
by Blues
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 831
Views: 89996

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

The ending of "The Americans" was pathetic at best. They made Stan, and by association the FBI a laughingstock. How he could just overlook the recent murder of colleagues and informants, (as well as the penetration of gov't agencies and programs), and just let them escape was beyond absurd and rende...
by Blues
Sun May 13, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan
Replies: 69
Views: 11321

Re: For Those Who Purchased Ally No Penalty CD's in Dec/Jan

Closed one large No-Penalty CD @ 1.5 % and opened three 12 month CDs @ 2.25%.

Pretty much a no-brainer for us as we have ample funds available without being concerned about locking up the $ for 12 months.
by Blues
Thu May 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which heart rate monitor is the most accurate?
Replies: 37
Views: 4034

Re: Which heart rate monitor is the most accurate?

I use a $20 Garmin chest strap I purchased on Amazon and it's been flawless....but I only use it in concert with my Concept2 Erg (rower).

I find it quite comfortable to wear during my conditioning workouts, and it stays in place. I don't use it for lifting weights or other activities.
by Blues
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Roll wife’s IRA into her Thrift Savings Plan?
Replies: 25
Views: 1359

Re: Roll wife’s IRA into her Thrift Savings Plan?

Yes, I believe you should do so. It's a win-win with the additional bonus of access to the "G" Fund.

I did the same with my own tIRAs when I moved to my current state of residence because the move protected them from state taxation down the road when I begin taking RMDs at age 70 1/2.
by Blues
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Insurance Annual Increase
Replies: 20
Views: 1896

Re: Homeowners Insurance Annual Increase

This thread inspired me to call Amica and go over our proposed renewal policy coming due in June. Just bringing down the numbers to what I (and she) considered reasonable, (as opposed to what their computer had chosen,) saved us $200. Awesome. The gal, who was both knowledgeable and as nice as can b...
by Blues
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

ruralavalon wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:58 am
Jar City, by Arnaldur Indridason.

A mystery set in Iceland, involves a murder, a 40 year old rape case, and genetics. I recommend this book.
Read the first few of that series. They were pretty good. Started to get a little repetitive after three or four as I recall.
by Blues
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Web Site Down?
Replies: 121
Views: 9092

Re: Vanguard Web Site Down?

Getting a Page Not Found after logging in and can't navigate to any link on the site related to account information... I was unable to log in this morning as well. Received a page directing me to various phone numbers if I required assistance while the site was temporarily unavailable. The next tim...
by Blues
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Force" by Don Winslow. Such style and grit. Everything he does is great for different reasons. "The Cartel" and "Walking the Dog" I especially loved but his earlier, and somewhat less grand books I liked for different reasons. On other end of spectrum I'm really enjoying the Sherlock Holmes an...
by Blues
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3295
Views: 995856

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. https://www.amazon.com/Looming-Tower-Al-Qaeda-Road-11/dp/1400030846 Excellent book, one of the best I've read in the past few years. Looking forward to watching the miniseries on Hulu, and also to reading the (sort of) sequel, The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to...
by Blues
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

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by Blues
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota 4 Runner
Replies: 39
Views: 4035

Re: Toyota 4 Runner

I have a 2016 Trail Edition Premium. For me it's both a practical vehicle for my area as well as the fulfillment of a want. We live in in a mountainous, forested area where steep gravel roads are not outside the norm, and mud or snow can be anywhere from light to heavy. Even if off-roading isn't one...
by Blues
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How did you file your income taxes?
Replies: 77
Views: 5872

Re: How did you file your income taxes?

FreeTaxUSA...federal and state.
by Blues
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Security
Replies: 62
Views: 5078

Re: Computer Security

I have been completely satisfied with the chromebook for 99.9% of all I do with a computer for the last several years, and it has proven to be quite secure, especially with the very few extensions I've added to enhance that security.
by Blues
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Blower
Replies: 24
Views: 1605

Re: Outdoor Blower

I've been using a Black & Decker 20 volt system for years and it's been nothing but great. (I believe the system has been upgraded power-wise in recent years but it's the same setup.) I use it to blow leaves on the deck, porch, concrete walks, gravel driveways, and out of the rain ditches along our ...
by Blues
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "An Ideal Retirement Spending Strategy?" (from Oblivious Investor)
Replies: 31
Views: 5542

Re: "An Ideal Retirement Spending Strategy?" (from Oblivious Investor)

I like the strategy except that recently, as influenced by the comments of Buffet and others, I am inclined to substitute cash equivalents for bonds in the risk portfolio. So, instead of going 60/40 or 50/50 stocks/bond allocation, I think it makes more sense to go, for example, 80/20 stocks/cash e...
by Blues
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: simplifying my financial life -- should i get rid of treasury direct?
Replies: 47
Views: 4959

Re: simplifying my financial life -- should i get rid of treasury direct?

^^^^You log on and download a copy of the 1099-INT when it becomes available.
by Blues
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: simplifying my financial life -- should i get rid of treasury direct?
Replies: 47
Views: 4959

Re: simplifying my financial life -- should i get rid of treasury direct?

I closed our TD accounts a few years ago for a few reasons... The TD site is a pain in the posterior. My wife would never want to deal with navigating that site and I am trying to simplify the portfolio against the day I may not be around to handle all of the minutiae and investing decisions. The cl...
by Blues
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxAct and alternatives
Replies: 119
Views: 12147

Re: TaxAct and alternatives

I realize it's an old thread, but I wonder if there are any more success stories from TA price-hike refugees at other sites? My income is less than $25k, and I don't feel like forking out $103 for their freelancer package + audit defence. I am inclined to do a do-over at freetaxusa unless people ha...
by Blues
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discount on Online Tax Act
Replies: 13
Views: 1203

Re: Discount on Online Tax Act

Or, I've got a better idea... Refuse to work with companies that engage in these sorts of shenanigans. I want to know the price of something. Freetaxusa is a better alternative. Agreed. My first year using FreeTaxUSA after more than a dozen with TaxAct. Was able to upload last year's return from Ta...
by Blues
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bailey Settlement question -- of interest only to NC residents
Replies: 16
Views: 1458

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

But....if your wife keeps the TSP after your death, it cannot be passed on to her heirs. It is my understanding that any TSP left after her death would be immediately distributed to her beneficiaries as an immediate taxable distribution . They don't get to transfer it into an IRA or keep the TSP ei...
by Blues
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bailey Settlement question -- of interest only to NC residents
Replies: 16
Views: 1458

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

I am neither an attorney nor a CPA but am familiar with the Bailey Decision, and have kept up with the NC DOR materials on the decision for the past 15 years or so as it is relevant to my annual NC tax return. My reading, based upon the following: Exclusion of Qualified Retirement Benefits for Futur...
by Blues
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why investors shouldn’t panic over falling bond prices
Replies: 36
Views: 6932

Re: Why investors shouldn’t panic over falling bond prices

Panic Over Money? Take Charge Of The Mind. It is "Money". Not life. :idea: :idea: Again I agree with Toons. So much angst over market fluctuations. Another post mentioned that equity fluctuations were the market breathing. Same with interest rate fluctuations and changes in yield. Suggest picking a...
by Blues
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Federal Retiree Health Care with/Medicare
Replies: 207
Views: 18654

Re: Federal Retiree Health Care with/Medicare

But I think I read somewhere that 75 percent of Federal retirees take Part B, not sure how many of those do that because it's the default position, or it's the most medically desirable or it's the most financially savvy for them. That sounds high but I threw out the recent NARFE magazine that menti...