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by pr
Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you do online banking on your iPad?
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

stan1 wrote:Are you using WiFi or a mobile data plan (AT&T, Verizon) on your iPad?
Verizon data plan.
by pr
Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you do online banking on your iPad?
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Do you do online banking on your iPad?

I do online banking on my pc which has a fIrewall as well as antivirus (Norton). I do not have either on my iPad. Is it safe to do?
by pr
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney World - Any tricks on pricing?
Replies: 36
Views: 5920

Go to mousesavers.com
by pr
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for lodging at Sanibel Island, FL?
Replies: 14
Views: 2632

Captiva is much nicer than Sanibel. Southseas is my favorite place but it can get pricey. Tween Waters is nice and cheaper.
by pr
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who will win the NBA Championship?
Replies: 205
Views: 22085

Whomever David Stern feels like should win. Prob Lakers. The NBA is more like wrestling than any other pro sport. Ever since I watched the Tim Donaghy interview (60 minutes) I've stopped following the NBA.
by pr
Thu May 27, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: King or Queen Size Bed? What Brand?
Replies: 50
Views: 11141

King. I've owned Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Tempurpedic, Kingsdown as well as generic mattresses. If you can afford it get a Comfort Select bed. Hands down the best one I have ever owned.
by pr
Mon May 03, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad Users: Is it revolutionary or Over Hyped
Replies: 83
Views: 11554

Is it possible to stream movies from Netflix using the 3G network?
by pr
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do I owe my parents?
Replies: 81
Views: 15106

You owe them very little, if any, financial help. I would set a yearly maximum of 1% of your gross income. I would try to help your brother as others have stated. Alcoholism has a strong genetic component. If you had 2 children and one became an alcoholic would you want the other one to help him out...
by pr
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you pay for tax return help?
Replies: 65
Views: 9106

$375. Federal only
by pr
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financially, when is the best time to have children?
Replies: 79
Views: 9542

About 10 days ago a good friend of mine got diagnosed with advanced brain cancer. He is in his mid 40s and has 2 young children. He is a physician (like myself) and decided he wanted to enjoy life a bit after med school, residency etc. It is unlikely he will live to see his children graduate grammar...
by pr
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you buying an iPad?
Replies: 89
Views: 11612

No, I will not buy one because:
1)No video camera- we use Skype A LOT
2)No DVD player
3)No USB port included
4)It runs on ATTs lousy 3-G nework

BTW, I have an Iphone which I like. Waiting for the Verizon version to switch out of ATT
by pr
Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal total tax rates: AGI vs. Gross
Replies: 22
Views: 2763

If you are married filing jointly, and you are in the 33% marginal tax bracket, that means your taxable income is over $208,850. If we conservatively estimate that you have $30,000 in deductions and exemptions, that means you are earning a gross income of over $240,000. That puts you in the top 1.5...
by pr
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you SPEND each month?
Replies: 27
Views: 3668

Boglenaut wrote:I suggest deleting this poll and starting another.

How can you leave out cars and vacations? What's the logic there?
I second.
by pr
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2010 Honda Odyssey versus 2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan
Replies: 40
Views: 8697

The goverment crash test results are better for the Honda (as it is usually the case). I would imagine that the resale value of Toyotas is going to be depressed for many years as the class action suits progress. Personally I would not drive a Toyota under any circumstance.
by pr
Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Progressive car insurance
Replies: 46
Views: 9153

I had GEICO about 15 yrs ago. My car got broken into and I had some minor repairs (less than $1K). They promptly raised my rates and I dropped them. I have had State Farm since and I am quite happy with them. Now about Progressive- about 4 yrs ago I was rear ended by a woman with Progressive ins. I ...
by pr
Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big Bang Theory
Replies: 25
Views: 3176

I love this show. I have a child with Asperger's which makes the show that more interesting to me. I cannot wait until they give Sheldon a romantic interest.
by pr
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for physicians
Replies: 40
Views: 4705

just would like to add: would love to hear a malpractice lawyer's perspective here :D I am not a malpractice lawyer, but the usual perspectives are 1) There is no other way to police misbehaving doctors. State licensing boards rarely do anything and information that patients could use to make decis...
by pr
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for physicians
Replies: 40
Views: 4705

If liability is what bothers you the most, move to a tort friendly state if you can (Texas), or go into academia. I had to suffer a frivolous lawsuit for 4 yrs until I was finally dropped. I lost an incredible amount of sleep in that period of time. This is something that non-physicians will never u...
by pr
Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Donations for Haiti Earthquake Victims
Replies: 41
Views: 7577

I made a donation to UNICEF yesterday. They have been my favorite charity for years. I feel that they do an excellent job plus it is tax deductible. They sent me a receipt in the form of an email within 10 minutes of my donation. You can also text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the red cross. EDI...
by pr
Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you/will you have a pension?
Replies: 210
Views: 33256

I am amazed that 63% of persons responding to the poll have/expect a pension. This is far greater than the population as a whole. According to ERBI only 25.1% of males and 17.8% of females receive a pension. http://www.ebri.org/pdf/fastfact032608.pdf . So the 401k, 403b, and IRA are the retirement ...
by pr
Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Growing old without kids or younger caring relatives
Replies: 123
Views: 28252

Join your local church and become a very active member. Would also move into a 55+ community.
by pr
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: About to buy a plasma tv
Replies: 19
Views: 3602

I bought a 65" plasma (Panasonic) from Vanns.com 2 yrs ago. No problems with delivery or TV. Would use them again.
by pr
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding Physicians Who Accept Medicare?
Replies: 23
Views: 5796

I wish poster would specify their location. In Wisconsin, Milwaukee county, I haven't been refused any [medicare advantage] medical service. In the last 4 years, for example, I have a had numerous contacts with a general practitioner a few appointments with my cardiologist and the associated hospit...
by pr
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding Physicians Who Accept Medicare?
Replies: 23
Views: 5796

You should try a teaching hospital as someone else suggested. They are not required to take medicare but most do. BTW, I was recently told that the Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville stopped taking new medicare patients. May want to switch now before your local teaching hospital adopts this policy.
by pr
Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida-East or West North or South?
Replies: 39
Views: 9548

I am a physician and have lived in FL since the mid 90s. Finding good healthcare outside the major metropolitan areas can be a real challenge. For that reason alone I would stick to Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami and Ft Lauderdale (Broward County). South Florida is very expensive b...
by pr
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Advice you've ever heard and followed?
Replies: 112
Views: 16250

Don't burn any bridges.
by pr
Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineering Degree - MIT vs UW Madison
Replies: 280
Views: 44280

If she gets into MIT you should send her. My brother went to MIT and loved it. He is in his mid 30s and has many engineers in his 50s working for him! I dont think that would have happend had he gone to state u. I went to an ivy league school and am convinced that I have gotten many job offers just ...
by pr
Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should parents pay their kids' college tuition?
Replies: 79
Views: 14153

Re: should parents pay for kid's college tuition

With the cost of quality education, my credo is that we owe it to our children; otherwise, why breed? And that included grad school, and with our son, 5 yr residency and 3 yr fellowships--and it is paying off in spades. I have no regret whatever and carry only pride that I could do it with no reser...
by pr
Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should parents pay their kids' college tuition?
Replies: 79
Views: 14153

rrosenkoetter wrote: "LOL... Now this post made me laugh... Yeah, I'm a selfish bastard for giving them life... I was thinking only of myself as I've fed, sheltered, nurtured, played, and taught them over all these years... FYI, my youngest child (7) was a "surprise". If I was really selfish, he wou...
by pr
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should parents pay their kids' college tuition?
Replies: 79
Views: 14153

This thread reminds me of a different one posted a couple of months ago re: How do you get your chidren to visit? 1)Yes. The child did not asked to be brought into this world. Having a child is a selfish decision by the parents; if you decided to have a child it is 100% your responsabilty until abou...
by pr
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Been to Atlantis Resort, Nassau??
Replies: 12
Views: 2858

I stayed there 1 yr ago. Pros-The facilities are great (many pools, a great beach, nice restaurants). The dolphin encounter was the highlight of our visit. Cons- Terrible service- perhaps the worst service I have had in a hotel in this price range. Also extremely expensive. Would I do it again? No. ...
by pr
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Movie Quote You Use
Replies: 157
Views: 26063

Godfather

Tom Hagen: A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
by pr
Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Movie Quote You Use
Replies: 157
Views: 26063

The Godfather Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. And my favorite:Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider ...
by pr
Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm dating a med school student and she's deeply in debt
Replies: 147
Views: 26199

Ruprecht- those pictures depict a really sad truth. A report by the CDC out today states that obesity costs this country $147 billion/yr. That is enough money to fund universal healthcare.
by pr
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I'm dating a med school student and she's deeply in debt
Replies: 147
Views: 26199

"I don't disagree that your average medic is not overpaid relative to the amount of education and effort (6-10 years to qualify, vs. say 7 years for a lawyer)." You must be referring to England. In the US it takes 7 years after high school to become an attorney (unless one is doing night/weekend sch...