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by camden
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Reason to Keep My "Landline" Phone?
Replies: 65
Views: 3997

Re: Any Reason to Keep My "Landline" Phone?

Landlines are going away, and I constantly wonder why I still pay for one; but I like to occasionally enjoy the clear excellent voice quality and lack of poor reception/call drops I seem to get all the time when using my cell. And I can't put aside the memory of my 2005 experience working in a New O...
by camden
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre nups.
Replies: 54
Views: 5387

Re: Pre nups.

dknightd wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:29 pm
Honestly if I felt I needed a Pre-nup, or my potential spouse did. I'd suggest we remain friends with benefits.
Spoken like one who has never experienced a divorce in a community property state. No one ever goes into a marriage thinking that it won't last, but things happen.....
by camden
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Timeshare ever worth it? Please share details
Replies: 123
Views: 10691

Re: Timeshare ever worth it? Please share details

As Del Shannon once sang, "Runaway, run, run, run, runaway"......
by camden
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switch between physicians in the same practice?
Replies: 40
Views: 3213

Re: Switch between physicians in the same practice?

Patient reviews would probably be the last thing I would look at in deciding on a physician. People post bad reviews because the doctor didn't give them their pain meds, fill out their bogus disability claim, ran late due to an emergency, billing snafu, etc. Experience is a big factor if you are ac...
by camden
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4355

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

Enclosing Dike in the Netherlands. Walk along the top with the North Sea on one side and the (much lower) land on the other. Talk about an engineering marvel. Can take a day trip out of Amsterdam that focuses on historical context, construction, etc.
by camden
Sat May 26, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Professional negotiator
Replies: 21
Views: 2461

Re: Professional negotiator

Would you be interested in negotiating for intangibles as well as tangible items? I specifically thought about insurance. Experience and many threads on this forum over the years have taught me that unless you are willing to "shop around" every few years for a new insurance carrier, you are likely t...
by camden
Tue May 15, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 140
Views: 8692

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

Go classic. 1967 Mustang V8.

That was my first car. Would accelerate like a bat out of Hades. Wish I had kept it. Sigh.
by camden
Fri May 11, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Athens Greece in Sept
Replies: 17
Views: 1344

Re: Athens Greece in Sept

If you are up for a some exercise, take an early morning climb up Mount Lykavittos to the 19th century St. George chapel at the top. You will be alone (ahead of the tourists who ride the funicular up), and can get a great view of the entire city in peaceful quiet. Nice break from the crowds around t...
by camden
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?
Replies: 66
Views: 6760

Re: New car from dealer may have close to 150 miles - ok?

I did almost exactly that with a new car I purchased about 15 years ago. Local dealer did not have the color I wanted in stock, but found one at a dealer 120 miles away, and the car was driven in. Had 140 miles on it when I picked it up. Never thought twice about it. Was an excellent car, drove it f...
by camden
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for physicians-- is my taking call worth it?
Replies: 61
Views: 6862

Re: Question for physicians-- is my taking call worth it?

I would drop the call. When you describe the call week as being "hell", you have said it all. No amount of money can replace your peace of mind or return the time that you have to spend being miserable.
by camden
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Berlin - how many days and where to stay?
Replies: 33
Views: 1927

Re: Berlin - how many days and where to stay?

A great city to visit, especially if you are into history. If you go to Potsdam, in addition to the Sansouci palace of Frederick the Great, you can tour the Cecilienhof, where the July 1945 Potsdam conference was held. When I was there in 1996, the surrounding neighborhood, in East Germany during th...
by camden
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What if you have a poorly rated car?
Replies: 47
Views: 3465

Re: What if you have a poorly rated car?

Ignore the ratings if you already own the car. I bought a 2012 Fiat 500 which is one of the lowest rated cars and I just hit 100,000 miles and have had no issues at all. In fact it is the most reliable car I ever owned. I paid 10K for the car. It also has a terrible resale value so I'll be driving ...
by camden
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Side Hustle: Hourly financial planning
Replies: 44
Views: 5033

Re: Side Hustle: Hourly financial planning

What about liability? There is always the risk that a disgruntled client whose portfolio is perceived by them to have performed poorly while acting on your advice may sue you. Can you get insurance? What would that cost?
by camden
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical records - saved me money, time, trouble and XRay exposure :)
Replies: 12
Views: 1391

Re: Medical records - saved me money, time, trouble and XRay exposure :)

As a Diagnostic Radiologist, I can echo that the OP offers excellent advice here. It is extremely common to encounter findings on imaging studies (especially CT) which, while abnormal, have a low (but not zero) probability of significant disease. If an older study is available for comparison which d...
by camden
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flat tire replacement
Replies: 26
Views: 1547

Re: Flat tire replacement

Just a reminder to people based on my consideration of and search for a new car. An increasing number of cars are coming without any type of spare tire. :annoyed Or even a trunk cofuguration that would allow you to buy a "donut" tire on your own and store it. Pathetic, and in my opinion dangerous, ...
by camden
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Relearning Calculus
Replies: 81
Views: 6710

Re: Relearning Calculus

I applaud the OP for being ambitious enough to want to deeply understand calculus, and stand in awe of those who do, a group which probably includes many who have answered above. No wish to offend anyone, but as for me..... I hated, with a passion, having to learn calculus in the first place. Now th...
by camden
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How risky is Med school student loan debt?
Replies: 151
Views: 10676

Re: How risky is Med school student loan debt?

Would reiterate that if you go to a US based MD program the loan risk is very low in most instances (though if you go to expensive private undergrad and med schools and borrow it all, then wind up in one of the lower paying specialties, maybe not so low). If you go to the Carribean for med school, y...
by camden
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Balance and Children's Athletics
Replies: 37
Views: 2788

Re: Family Balance and Children's Athletics

As was the case with most in my generation, I played and enjoyed multiple sports, and in doing so had my father's support and, in the case of baseball, coaching. Some of my best childhood memories center around those activities. Now the children of young parents I work with seem to be forced to spec...
by camden
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Rome Italy - Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1923

Re: Travel to Rome Italy - Recommendations

Castle Sant' Angelo was well worth a visit.

As to one of the former suggestions...American traveler, rented scooter, Roman drivers...make sure that insurance is paid up!😀
by camden
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Managing and Investing Trust Assets
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: Managing and Investing Trust Assets

Certainly not an expert on trusts by any means, but I am in a similar position as both beneficiary and trustee of an inheritance. One thing that surprised me when I began to invest was that there are quite a few financial entities, both brick/mortar and online, that simply decline trust accounts, so...
by camden
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbnb - Guide a beginner
Replies: 28
Views: 3117

Re: Airbnb - Guide a beginner

A caveat particularly applicable to such rentals in large US cities----investigate the neighborhood of your potential rental. My brother in law drives for Uber and Lyft in the New Orleans area. He will pick up tourists at the airport and frequently be asked to take them to their Airbnb locations in ...
by camden
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai quality and reliability
Replies: 41
Views: 4107

Re: Hyundai quality and reliability

2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe, 86,000 miles. Has been superb. Routine maintenance, and that's it. Obviously, one single experience is only that, but I could not be happier.
by camden
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody been to Dubrovnik? March 25-30, 2018?
Replies: 13
Views: 1237

Re: Anybody been to Dubrovnik? March 25-30, 2018?

My stay in Dubrovnik was a long time ago (1990), so that is perhaps why I do not remember the phenomenon of masses of cruise ship patrons that others are commenting on. An interesting city to visit, and the Adriatic coastline in that area is beautiful. Stayed at a hotel which was well outside the ci...
by camden
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My dad's army jacket
Replies: 76
Views: 6979

Re: My dad's army jacket

My father was a WWII marine. I have his dress uniform jacket, which I would never wear in public. I also have what he referred to as a "field jacket", which has no insignia, symbols of rank, or medals of any type, which I wore quite a bit while I was in school in the 1970s. Never occurred to me then...
by camden
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: U. S. Marine Corps Birthday
Replies: 13
Views: 1025

Re: U. S. Marine Corps Birthday

To my late father, a WWII marine, and to all of you out there who were as well.

Thank you.
by camden
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you do to keep your mind sharp?
Replies: 65
Views: 5907

Re: What do you do to keep your mind sharp?

Read history. A lot.
Exercise.
Still work part time.
With the exception of some sports, especially baseball, stay away from TV. Especially TV news. Most particularly political news.
by camden
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for medical school for son?
Replies: 79
Views: 6307

Re: Paying for medical school for son?

If you are in the enviable position of being able to do so, I would just pay for his medical school as you go. You will provide him with a debt free start to his career, and he will be able to choose his specialty, practice type, and geographical location solely on the basis of his preferences, free...
by camden
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Preparing will
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Tips on Preparing will

Just went through the process of estate planning. As to your specific questions, I was not asked for any details regarding my investment holdings, and certainly no account numbers. Was not asked to give SS number. My attorney did provide me with soft copy for review the night before document signing...
by camden
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convertible in Florida or not...
Replies: 38
Views: 2934

Re: Convertible in Florida or not...

Have owned convertibles in the South. Great fun, but be aware of the fact that in the climate you are talking about it will be too hot, too cold, or too high a chance of rain to really enjoy having the top down a very high % of the days of the year.
by camden
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Companies/Brands You Love?
Replies: 157
Views: 13196

Re: Companies/Brands You Love?

In February of 2003, I bought a treadmill for home use from a company called Pacemaster. Have used the thing every day since then unless I'm away from home (which is no more than three weeks a year), and my wife uses it four times a week. The thing is still running perfectly after 14+ years. Unfortu...
by camden
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: personal EKG devices
Replies: 12
Views: 1597

Re: personal EKG devices

I am an M.D.( though not a cardiologist, and my EKG Interpretation skills are rusty at best). My wife, who has intermittent bouts of atrial fibrillation, has been using the AliveCor Kardia Mobile app on her phone for two years or so now, with very good results; can document her episodes, etc. It pro...
by camden
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for Medicare when not collecting Social Security
Replies: 17
Views: 1925

Re: Paying for Medicare when not collecting Social Security

I was/am in the same situation; on Medicare, but delaying SS. I did nothing to claim any hardship status, and was billed monthly through snail mail. Perhaps the default has changed in the past three years, but I continue to pay by old fashioned check and snail mail. Too lazy to change now. I'll reg...
by camden
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying for Medicare when not collecting Social Security
Replies: 17
Views: 1925

Re: Paying for Medicare when not collecting Social Security

I was/am in the same situation; on Medicare, but delaying SS. I did nothing to claim any hardship status, and was billed monthly through snail mail. Perhaps the default has changed in the past three years, but I continue to pay by old fashioned check and snail mail. Too lazy to change now. I'll regr...
by camden
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Buick Verano (non turbo) or Mazda3 owners
Replies: 35
Views: 2373

Re: Question for Buick Verano (non turbo) or Mazda3 owners

Sometimes when I read car threads on this forum, I get the impression that no one ever has a good experience with American cars. I've had four; a '67 Mustang, a '83 Camaro, and two Pontiac Grand Prix, '90 and 2002. Had good results with all of them.
by camden
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Physician Compensation and Subspecialties
Replies: 52
Views: 5498

Re: Physician Compensation and Subspecialties

Leaving the monetary considerations aside, ask yourself whether there is a medical subspecialty you like and are interested in enough to want to do it pretty much exclusively for the rest of your career. Unless the answer is an unequivocal "yes", I'd look for a new job and perhaps eventually a new p...
by camden
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon- Why do they treat old customers worse?
Replies: 54
Views: 9149

Re: Verizon- Why do they treat old customers worse?

The practice of treating long term customers poorly seems ubiquitous in the telecommunications and insurance industries. It really galls me, though I admit to being one of those getting fleeced. I hate to negioate every year like I'm in an Istanbul bazaar, and to me it is just not worth the hassle o...
by camden
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Things to consider when going from employee to independent contractor
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: Things to consider when going from employee to independent contractor

Not sure whether it will apply in your specific situation, but when I went from being an employee to being a "self-employed" partner I discovered that I was now required to pay both the employee and employers' shares of contributions to social security.
by camden
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leave a good boss for career advancement?
Replies: 12
Views: 1714

Re: Leave a good boss for career advancement?

Take the promotion. Having someone under them move up usually speaks well of a boss. And take whatever it was in the management style of your old boss that you found appealing, engaging and motivating along with you to help guide your behavior in your new job.
by camden
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Construction Buying Advice
Replies: 24
Views: 2790

Re: New Construction Buying Advice

Be aware of the fact that if you are buying property/building a home in a development that is in the early stages, you run the risk ( in addition to the developer getting into financial trouble and walking away) that the plan for the neighborhood could be radically altered from the plan shown to you...
by camden
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suit for [medical] residency interviews
Replies: 57
Views: 6146

Re: Suit for residency interviews

Yet another long time residency interviewer here, echoing the previous comments. Don't obsess about it, because no one really cares or will remember what you wore, unless it is off-the-wall strange.
by camden
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transcription Services
Replies: 9
Views: 1503

Re: Transcription Services

In the medical field (Diagnostic Radiology) with which I am familiar, voice recognition software which generates an instant report which is then edited by the individual who did the original dictation, finalized, and signed electronically has nearly completely eliminated the use of transcriptionists...
by camden
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe says "Goodbye."
Replies: 336
Views: 49248

Re: Larry Swedroe says "Goodby."

Always enjoyed and learned from Mr. Swedroe's posts. Sad to see him go, but understand his reasons. It is our loss.
by camden
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else decided not to finish med school?
Replies: 55
Views: 11989

Re: Anyone else decided not to finish med school?

Agree with multiple comments above; medicine is an awfully consuming grind even if you really like it. If he feels that it is not for him, better to find out early. In particular, if he is unhappy with the amount of time he gets to spend with his spouse in med school years 1/2, he is really going to...
by camden
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with college choice
Replies: 125
Views: 8115

Re: Help with college choice

I would choose Vanderbilt and its full tuition scholarship in a heartbeat.
by camden
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Winter Travel
Replies: 29
Views: 3162

Re: Winter Travel

Although it is correct that December weather in New Orleans is quite variable, the odds of really bad weather for a several day stretch are low, and it is never going to get really cold by the standards of those who live in the Northeast or Midwest. Christmas is, I think, a good time to visit, with ...
by camden
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a snazzy car
Replies: 79
Views: 6363

Re: Looking for a snazzy car

Hyundai Genesis coupe. I have a 2010 bought new, now with 80,00 miles with no problems and only routine maintenance. Looks great, fun to drive.
by camden
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $464.12 dinner bill last night. No regrets.
Replies: 78
Views: 12347

Re: $464.12 dinner bill last night. No regrets.

Terrific story. Congratulations to you and to them. I have often been amazed at how people thank others for trivial everyday things that are no more than common courtesy, but then neglect to express gratitude to those who have made a fundamental, life changing positive contribution to their lives. O...
by camden
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London (UK) Recommendations – Theater, Comedy, Tea, Activities
Replies: 8
Views: 984

Re: London (UK) Recommendations – Theater, Comedy, Tea, Activities

Another vote for London Walks. Their Jack the Ripper walk is fascinating and justly popular, but they have so many that it is easy to find something that is of particular interest to you, many of them off the regular tourist path.
by camden
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Starting a company for first time at age 50
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: Starting a company for first time at age 50

My father started his own business at exactly that age, and it turned out to be an extremely successful venture that made him affluent in his later years beyond what he had ever envisioned. But he worked like a dog for the first few years, and there was certainly no time to be employed elsewhere.
by camden
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: finding estate planning attorney
Replies: 3
Views: 509

finding estate planning attorney

Time to update my 18 year old will. I'm 67, married, no children, currently have a net worth which exceeds the current federal tax-exempt maximum, and will soon be looking for an attorney specializing in estate planning, I'm sure there are many others on the forum who have gone through this process,...