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by atwood
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Buying Mens Shoes for Work and Dating
Replies: 97
Views: 9811

Re: Help Buying Mens Shoes for Work and Dating

Chelsea boots--they go with everything and are comfortable to boot. Rossi's are affordable and still made in Australia. Blundstones (China/vietnam) don't last the way they used to. If you want to spend more, R.M. Williams.
by atwood
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kettlebell Swing experience?
Replies: 50
Views: 5413

Re: Kettlebell Swing experience?

I used to do a workout that alternated kettlebell swings and burpees. 20 reps of one and 20 of the other and then 19 reps of one and 19 of the other repeating all the way down to 1 single rep. It was a great workout. My heart rate was through the roof. Make sure you practice your form with a lighte...
by atwood
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Tax doubts for retirement and moving to the US from Brazil
Replies: 28
Views: 2428

Re: Tax doubts for retirement and moving to the US from Brazil

I'm a US citizen returning to the US from almost two decades overseas with fairly substantial savings and a small pension (my wife's) planning to live in a LCOL area--Florida--and health care costs and the like have me very worried, so I'd be very cautious and get the best professional advice you ca...
by atwood
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: US National Parks
Replies: 36
Views: 3695

Re: US National Parks

I'd do Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier in one trip (2 weeks). I'd do Capital Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Grand Canyon, Natural Bridges, and Bryce on another trip (2 weeks). Sequoia and Yosemite on another trip (1 week). No need for a tour guide. Do get reservations ASAP. You can find camping ...
by atwood
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Downtown Denver in late March without car.
Replies: 19
Views: 2026

Re: Visiting Downtown Denver in late March without car.

If you like books, a visit to The Tattered Cover is in order.
by atwood
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Muni bonds are getting killed. Are you bailing out?
Replies: 88
Views: 18658

Re: Muni bonds are getting killed. Are you bailing out?

Staying the course with my VG muni bond funds. I'm looking forward to reinvesting the higher yields and in the not too distant future using them for funding part of my retirement. In addition, I think of how these low yields/interest rates have impacted all the savers who were counting on that money...
by atwood
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 9873

Re: best wristwatch for the price

ClevrChico wrote:For the money:

Casio F-91W
http://wornandwound.com/living-on-plast ... episode-1/
That's a great watch. I've had to replace the band on mine twice because it has lasted and lasted and lasted.
by atwood
Tue May 19, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How fast should I ride my bicycle?
Replies: 64
Views: 16042

Re: How fast should I ride my bicycle?

As you increase your speed the amount of power it takes to overcome the effects of wind resistance increases exponentially. So it will take much more energy to go from 14 to 15 mph than it will from 13 to 14 mph. I ride on a road bike similar to what you describe and I typically will average betwee...
by atwood
Tue May 12, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Long-term Capital Gains tax for US citizen living abroad
Replies: 5
Views: 925

Re: Long-term Capital Gains tax for US citizen living abroad

You're probably not correct. There is an extra worksheet (or two) for those claiming the foreign income tax exemption to figure out the tax they owe on capital gains and (qualified) dividends.
by atwood
Sun May 10, 2015 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever ship a bicycle?
Replies: 18
Views: 3385

Re: Anyone ever ship a bicycle?

As others have said, it's a good idea to have a local bike shop do the packing and even shipping. To make things even easier, you could have them ship it to a bike store in the city where you're moving who could put it back together for you and then you'd just have to pick it up. This is especially ...
by atwood
Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with tourists taking photos. Etiquette question.
Replies: 34
Views: 4907

Re: Dealing with tourists taking photos. Etiquette question

I try to give people enough time/space to take their photo. But if they're taking a long, long time to get that perfect shot or to play amateur photographer I go ahead and walk on through. In other words, I try to be polite about it, but if that politeness is not returned in the form of a reasonable...
by atwood
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifts to take to Scotland.
Replies: 33
Views: 14509

Re: Gifts to take to Scotland.

Since you're in SF, how about Alcatraz t-shirts? They are getting married.

Just sayin'.
by atwood
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are Costco's best deals?
Replies: 346
Views: 74664

Re: What are Costco's best deals?

I'm looking to find out what Bogleheads think are the best deals that Costco offers. These can be individual items or services. Here are three that I think are particularly good: 1.) Glasses at Costco Optical: I recently got new single-vision lenses for existing frames. For Hi-Index plastic, AR coa...
by atwood
Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safe way to demonstrate stereo speakers?
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Safe way to demonstrate stereo speakers?

I would ask your question on audioasylum.com. Many who post there buy and sell gear frequently.
by atwood
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4608
Views: 1184064

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched 'The Gambler'. May have been the worst movie I have ever watched. I would try and summarize it for you but the trauma of recalling the experience would be too great. I saw the original with James Caan and thought it was the worst movie I had ever seen. Good to know they've been faithful to ...
by atwood
Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1115
Views: 280645

Re: I think I just got a $5,000 watch for Christmas

Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
by atwood
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon.com price roller coster
Replies: 34
Views: 7003

Re: Amazon.com price roller coster

I've been a pretty loyal Amazon.com customer over the years, but the curious pricing and the Amazon Prime push have made me re-think that a bit. i was going to buy a popcorn popper as a Christmas gift there, but no super saver free shipping was offered. So I ran a quick search and Walmart had the sa...
by atwood
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite TED Talks
Replies: 26
Views: 5075

Re: Favorite TED Talks

TED is very educated navel gazing. Do something rather than listening to what others purport to be doing.
by atwood
Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: It's a good day to be heavy in REITs
Replies: 42
Views: 5434

Re: It's a good day to be heavy in REITs

Yes, REITs are having a good year and although I stopped adding to my position when Bernstein and Swedroe said they expected returns going forward to be small, I'm glad I hung on to what I already owned. They're making a good case for the benefits of diversification. Too bad Global REITs aren't havi...
by atwood
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest an AM - FM Stereo Receiver?
Replies: 24
Views: 3231

Re: Suggest an AM - FM Stereo Receiver?

It may just be that the switch is dirty. Switching it on and off a lot can sometimes clean it or you can spray it with a product like deoxit. My receiver recommendation: https://www.outlawaudio.com/products/rr2150.html Price is $699. Vintage can be a good way to, as posted above, but most are going ...
by atwood
Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]
Replies: 137
Views: 21054

Re: Best town I've never heard of [for relocating]

Leesburg Virginia. Top 3 small town by Money magazine in 2012, pockets of areas with decent housing. Less than an hour from dc. 25 minutes from Fairfax. Wealthiest county in America (Loudoun). Less than an hour from Fairfax is Winchester, Va. Awesome, awesome, awesome little town to live in. Has an...
by atwood
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Australia and New Zealand
Replies: 47
Views: 6702

Re: Australia and New Zealand

In NZ, hiking the Franz Josef glacier, ocean kayaking, whale watching (which IMO is a bit overrated), swimming with seals (Most people go for the dolphins but I've heard that because the dolphins are so fast it's in the water for a short time, back in the boat to catch up with the dolphins, back in ...
by atwood
Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clean, quiet, safe and cheap. Is there such a travel place?
Replies: 75
Views: 7919

Re: Clean, quiet, safe and cheap. Is there such a travel pla

travelnut11 wrote:Luang Prabang, Laos. Lots of great Western amenities but quiet and beautiful scenery with many options to venture out into the beautiful countryside.
Excellent suggestion. Clean, quiet, safe, lots of international visitors, cheap, good food and a very relaxing atmosphere.
by atwood
Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you tip on the tax? [Restaurants]
Replies: 124
Views: 9457

Re: Do you tip on the tax? [Restaurants]

I tip pre-tax, usually, at least on this trip to the U.S., close to 20% because I feel I've gotten good service at all the restaurants I've eaten in. But I live in South Korea, where there is generally no tipping and the service is normally nonexistent, so I'm probably not that good a judge of good ...
by atwood
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kimchi
Replies: 40
Views: 3279

Re: Kimchi

Kimchi is great if you like it or once you get used to it. Too much of anything though is not good, and one of the reasons Koreans have a high rate of stomach cancer is eating kimchi at nearly every meal. Be careful with how you keep it because if it's not in a tightly sealed container of some type ...
by atwood
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks
Replies: 12
Views: 1095

Re: TIPS if the US Dollar Tanks

Living overseas, wouldn't you have to pay U.S. taxes on TIPS? If so, I'd avoid them for that reason.
by atwood
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help us decide where to live
Replies: 169
Views: 13361

Re: Please help us decide where to live

I keep seeing sunshine come up and can't help but think of Florida, the sunshine state. Which leads me to your idea of Asheville, where many a Floridian who can no longer stand the heat has retired to. That's my suggestion. Go east, young couple! As for maybe renting first, there's always airbnb to ...
by atwood
Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Cyclists... [help getting into cycling]
Replies: 71
Views: 8568

Re: Calling all Cyclists...

Here's a very common sense guide that hopefully you can get from your local library: http://www.amazon.com/Just-Ride-Radically-Practical-Riding/dp/0761155589/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402973531&sr=1-2&keywords=rivendell You can look at the Rivendell bike website as well. Safety is key. Buy a h...
by atwood
Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [can you] shop at Costco [without a membership?]
Replies: 68
Views: 10875

Re: Shopping at Costco

Get a membership. It's more than worth it.
by atwood
Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy polo shirts?
Replies: 63
Views: 15991

Re: Where to buy polo shirts?

Uniqlo on sale is hard to beat. I'm a new customer of theirs and so far I've been impressed. LL Bean has, as posted above, jumped the shark. Their polos are huge and the fabric is rough and scratchy. Possibly because of that they seem to quickly develop holes from being washed. And it's a crap shoot...
by atwood
Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Americans are Retiring Overseas
Replies: 109
Views: 15660

Re: Why Americans are Retiring Overseas

The media has really gotten people scared about being able to retire in the U.S. I live overseas, and it ain't no day at the beach. You give up a lot, IMO. If your only ambition is to walk down to your local bar and drink the day away, like a colleague of mine, then Georgetown, Malaysia, or someone ...
by atwood
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reel Lawn Mowers
Replies: 19
Views: 4269

Re: Reel Lawn Mowers

Don't do it. If your grass gets even a bit long it won't cut it. I bought a used one for what I thought was a great price. I learned the hard way.
by atwood
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discoveries with my new Paperwhite
Replies: 21
Views: 2463

Re: Discoveries with my new Paperwhite

Use your local public library. I can't remember the last time I bought a book for my Kindle.
by atwood
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?
Replies: 238
Views: 20266

Re: What do early retirees actually do in Florida?

For outdoor activities, in Jacksonville you have both an REI and Black Creek Outfitters that run all sorts of programs and trips for kayaking, paddle boarding, camping and hiking and the like. Local bike shops have regular rides. You mentioned Sarasota, so I'd look to see if there's anything similar...
by atwood
Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-US Investing
Topic: Wiring money from overseas and currency conversion
Replies: 17
Views: 3791

Re: Wiring money from overseas and currency conversion

I wire money from South Korea to the U.S. regularly. The currency is converted into dollars and then wired to my bank in the U.S. There are small fees on both ends which I avoid somewhat by wiring money only a few times a year. Also, the larger an amount I convert the better currency rate I receive....
by atwood
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheap Razors
Replies: 81
Views: 10352

Re: Cheap Razors

Leesbro63 wrote:I hit it with the blow dryer as I dry my hair.
That's what I do as well.
by atwood
Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You
Replies: 361
Views: 57086

Re: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You

Barilla pasta Frette towels Lock n Lock plastic containers Dettol disinfectant Samsonite luggage and travel accessories Fair trade products - coffee, chocolate etc. I'm not really fussy about the brand but I will certainly pay the premium for Fair Trade goods. My wife was thrilled with Lock 'n Lock...
by atwood
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Miami trip- help with where to stay, what to do
Replies: 18
Views: 1914

Re: Miami trip- help with where to stay, what to do

Is the Deuce still open? That's a local dive on South Beach where you can shoot pool and get away from the crowds.
by atwood
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Controlling emotions
Replies: 37
Views: 3498

Re: Controlling emotions

I know exactly how you feel. When my portfolio was smaller, it was easier to take the ups and downs in stride. But now that there's "real money" on the table, it's harder to stay sanguine about it. And as someone posted above, it's when it reaches new highs that the anxiety is worst; it's as if you'...
by atwood
Sun May 26, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should you tip at walk-up-to-order restaurants?
Replies: 12
Views: 3115

Re: Should you tip at walk-up-to-order restaurants?

I am just back from a local bagel joint, ordered a dozen to take home, some cream cheese. Paid with Visa and there on the transaction slip is a line for tip,which I x'd out. One of the pleasures of travel in Asia is there is no tipping (restaurants, hotel, cabs, etc.) It does change the dynamics. A...
by atwood
Wed May 22, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Runners Knee...new shoes, orthotics, what?
Replies: 47
Views: 4959

Re: Runners Knee...new shoes, orthodics, what?

Be careful with minimalist shoes. A lot of people using them are suffering [medical condition removed by admin LadyGeek] problems. I had runner's knee and saw a sports medicine doctor. He recommended [medical advice removed by admin LadyGeek]. This worked like a charm for me. Also try to go to a ded...
by atwood
Sun May 12, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audiophile or not??! How much to spend question
Replies: 31
Views: 3462

Re: Audiophile or not??! How much to spend question

Oppo is a great recommendation. Don't buy Monster just because they love to sue any, especially smaller, company using Monster as part of their name. For another view from that on AVS, try Kalman Rubinson's column, Music in the Round, on Stereophile.com. On the same site, Robert J. Reina's reviews o...
by atwood
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your top companies for customer service?
Replies: 76
Views: 6199

Re: What are your top companies for customer service?

Publix. What a great place to shop for groceries. And from what I can tell, a very good place to work.They employ the disabled and elderly, etc. Based in Florida, not Seattle like many others on this list. My understanding is that the founders were quite religious--they remained closed on Sundays lo...
by atwood
Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?
Replies: 193
Views: 22106

Re: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?

It's hard to spend that amount of money on any consumer item because it typically prompts the question of need. But man does not live on bread and PBJ alone. Buy the watch! Yes, it won't keep perfect time, yes, it will probably have to be serviced, but it's a Rolex and that's what you want. In this ...
by atwood
Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fascinating 60 Minutes piece on Chinese Real Estate market
Replies: 64
Views: 7022

Re: Fascinating 60 Minutes piece on Chinese Real Estate mark

They could always just lower the prices to make the apartments affordable. CHINA: cheap housing is not available.
by atwood
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?
Replies: 342
Views: 21624

Re: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?

Bill Lloyd--great power pop.
ditto Marshall Crenshaw
by atwood
Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?
Replies: 342
Views: 21624

Re: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?

Strawbs

And for the Steve Cropper mentions, how about Tony Joe White? Or the recently deceased Joe South?
by atwood
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: interview I did with Seeking Alpha
Replies: 14
Views: 2796

Re: interview I did with Seeking Alpha

Thanks a lot for that great interview. The last paragraph was hopefully expressing a sentiment that will become stronger in the U.S.
by atwood
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Considering a change to Chase Bank
Replies: 52
Views: 4897

Re: Considering a change to Chase Bank

Go with a credit union if you can. The service I have received at mine would be hard to beat.