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by VonRyan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy
Replies: 51
Views: 3807

Re: “Day to kill” in Venice Italy

There is a fantastic Italian Navy museum on the east end of the main island near the Arsenale. I spend three-four hours there. Just get away from the crowds, which often takes only 2-3 minutes of walking. Further north and further east on the main island get you away from big crowds. The other islan...
by VonRyan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can a Retired 60 yo MD, MBA Start a Law Career?
Replies: 276
Views: 15084

Re: Can a Retired 60 yo MD, MBA Start a Law Career?

Many law school classes have one or two MDs. I am a PhD and would like to go to law school after I retire, and I might go at night before I retire. Robert Levy, who is an attorney and also chairman of the Cato Institute, went to law school after he retired. He also clerked for a federal appeals cour...
by VonRyan
Wed May 16, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)
Replies: 70
Views: 5138

Re: How to think about schools/homes (Greatschools/Niche)

As a previous poster noted, Greatschools isn't particularly transparent, and you can't use their rankings to compare schools over several years because their underlying methodologies change year to year. Other things to look for: percent of children receiving free lunch, and whether there are any ap...
by VonRyan
Mon May 14, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Must See in South Dakota
Replies: 58
Views: 4567

Re: Must See in South Dakota

A few off the beaten track things I like in South Dakota: 1) Lewis and Clark museum at the rest area on I-90 right at the Missouri River (east bank). 2) South Dakota Air and Space Museum adjoining Ellsworth AFB. One of the best collections outdoors. 3) Storybook Island Park in Rapid City. Great if y...
by VonRyan
Mon May 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 140
Views: 9392

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

1996 Chevrolet Caprice.
by VonRyan
Fri May 04, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How are you widow-proofing?
Replies: 35
Views: 4855

Re: How are you widow-proofing?

A few ideas: This is an important consideration. I saw a friend's mom lose $1 million of a $2 million estate in 2008 because she decided to sell at the bottom (her husband had done a great job building up his 401k but he died unexpectedly, and not long after retirement). Her kids tried to advise her...
by VonRyan
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building/House Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 1868

Re: Building/House Plans

Walk-up attic preferably with a built-in staircase not just a fold-down ladder. This is good for many reasons: you may one day finish the attic into another living space, and you can easily use it for storage, and last it makes it easier to service the house's systems on or near the roof like HVAC i...
by VonRyan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a car: how to get paid?
Replies: 69
Views: 6193

Re: Selling a car: how to get paid?

People who would scam this way, don't the police prosecute them? Can you file a civil suit against the scammer, perhaps in small claims court?
by VonRyan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529 Plan - grandmother or son?
Replies: 11
Views: 1049

Re: 529 Plan - grandmother or son?

My parents gifted money to me which I put in a 529 fund. My children were listed as the beneficiaries, and I made myself sole trustee because I was already having doubts about my wife's behavior at the time the gifts were made and the 529 was opened. And then there was a divorce. Fortunately my ex-...
by VonRyan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 8693

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

I am in my 50s and still buy cheap used cars, for lots of reasons: I am cheap, I am relatively poor in my Northern Virginia county, there is a steep annual personal property tax on cars where I live, I don't drive very far from home, I don't drive to work (use mass transit), and I rent cars for trip...
by VonRyan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 529 Plan - grandmother or son?
Replies: 11
Views: 1049

Re: 529 Plan - grandmother or son?

My parents gifted money to me which I put in a 529 fund. My children were listed as the beneficiaries, and I made myself sole trustee because I was already having doubts about my wife's behavior at the time the gifts were made and the 529 was opened. And then there was a divorce. Fortunately my ex-w...