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by eucalyptus
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $65K Fun Daily Driver
Replies: 112
Views: 8761

Re: $65K Fun Daily Driver

You have a 911 Turbo. You’re thinking about an R8 or a McLaren. Very, very respectfully, as a fellow car guy, I’m not sure you’re going to be happy without something special. I just see you wanting back into the game in a few years. There are a few R8s and more 12Cs at the hundredish level. Ferrari ...
by eucalyptus
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you buy a classic car in Europe and aim to keep to drive it daily for 50 years
Replies: 26
Views: 1862

Re: If you buy a classic car in Europe and aim to keep to drive it daily for 50 years

I love your choice of cars. But I’ve owned cars of that era and I just can’t see living with one as a daily driver given the likely reliability issues. The cars tend to need a nanny.

Good luck! Wonderful cars.
by eucalyptus
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7750

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

20 over is a lot in Virginia. My daughter went through a well known southern Virginia I95 speed trap at 20 over. I hired a reputable local lawyer who specializes in traffic law and got the charge reduced. I was once clocked at 95 in a 55 in Maryland (exuberance in a brand new sportscar). Hired a law...
by eucalyptus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 314
Views: 34214

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

Yes most group practices will have their partners or their doctors available for existing patients. That has been my experience with group practices as well. I should have been clearer. My father's ER visits have been genuine emergencies, eg severe reaction to chemo. He was transported by ambulance...
by eucalyptus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 314
Views: 34214

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

Two points: Teaching hospitals - my father has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and his oncologist teaches at one of the best known teaching hospitals. One issue you may find is that your doctor sees patients only one day a week, and may be very difficult to reach on other days. You may find yourself visit...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon won't sell this book to me.
Replies: 68
Views: 8872

Re: Amazon won't sell this book to me.

Do what I do and buy all your books from Barnes and Noble, the last national bookseller. If B&N fails, the US publishing industry, a cornerstone of our culture, will be in the hands of a predator.
by eucalyptus
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4913

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

Great thread, great lists.

Has anyone mentioned the walled cities of San Gimignano, Siena and Lucca? Especially San Gimignano, at least for me.
by eucalyptus
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: major remodel: do we need architect to oversee project?
Replies: 10
Views: 990

Re: major remodel: do we need architect to oversee project?

This is a great question. My experience is two new home builds and a seven figure remodel. I'm also involved with a small custom builder, though not hands on. I emphatically agree with MSK that someone needs to do quality control. Should that consultant be your architect? That depends on your archit...
by eucalyptus
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads with $100K+ MSRP cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 14722

Re: Bogleheads with $100K+ MSRP cars?

‘17 Vanquish. Wanted an old school 12 cyl with relatively understated styling. Hey! Get off my frugality forum! :D That car's amazing in every way. Not quite as "understated" as Astons used to be. It's a big responsibility. And to think I worry about scuffing my shoes Wasn't sure if this was a trol...
by eucalyptus
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads with $100K+ MSRP cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 14722

Re: Bogleheads with $100K+ MSRP cars?

‘17 Vanquish. Wanted an old school 12 cyl with relatively understated styling.
by eucalyptus
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Simple Vanguard Deposit Question
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: Simple Vanguard Deposit Question

Perfect. Thank you!!
by eucalyptus
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Simple Vanguard Deposit Question
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Simple Vanguard Deposit Question

Does anyone know whether Vanguard will accept a deposit submitted with a hand-written note asking for deposit to a particular account? I threw in a photocopy of a check for the account. No, I don't have any deposit slips or prepaid envelopes. Does VG even provide these any longer? By contrast, I am ...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking Advice: Buying Antique Furniture Online
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Seeking Advice: Buying Antique Furniture Online

Do? Don’t? Dos and don’ts? Recommended sites?

All advice welcomed.

Interested in Federal style furniture.

Thank you.
by eucalyptus
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: This is Unbelievable - another Vanguard customer support odyssey
Replies: 68
Views: 14932

Re: This is Unbelievable - another Vanguard customer support odyssey

Work with Vanguard quite a bit and they will tell you that they have a difficult time keeping certain online clients due to perceived poor service. To my ears, this sounds like client blaming. I work with a lot of financial institutions online and by phone and have difficulties only with Vanguard. ...
by eucalyptus
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: This is Unbelievable - another Vanguard customer support odyssey
Replies: 68
Views: 14932

Re: This is Unbelievable - another Vanguard customer support odyssey

We have invested with Vanguard for many years. After another bad experience today, I don't dare trust Vanguard with any account I might need help with someday. My elderly father needs to resign as trustee of a trust for my daughter. Vanguard cannot accomplish this task. More and more of our money is...
by eucalyptus
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfort level re: tracking at physical shopping centers
Replies: 51
Views: 6054

Re: Comfort level re: tracking at physical shopping centers

The problem with not worrying about privacy because you have nothing to hide is that you're not the judge of whether you have something to hide.
by eucalyptus
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end cruising suggestions.
Replies: 26
Views: 3542

Re: High end cruising suggestions.

We have stayed in the Owners Suite on Seabourn's Odyssey - it was a bit over the top, but fun. We too prefer the smaller ships, and cruise only with Seabourn. We once tried Silversea, luxurious but not for us. The Silversea butler concept seemed a little silly and pretentious. Age of passengers in o...
by eucalyptus
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for those familiar with Classic Car Insurance & Umbrella Policy
Replies: 12
Views: 1134

Re: Question for those familiar with Classic Car Insurance & Umbrella Policy

Not sure I understand your hesitation about agreed value. I had an agreed value policy on a valuable collector car that burned to the ground - got a check in less than 3 weeks. Was very happy with the result.

In any event, good luck!
by eucalyptus
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Car Purchase
Replies: 47
Views: 4823

Re: Luxury Car Purchase

You probably already know this, but out of warranty repairs on exotics can be brutal. You can run through $10k in no time.

Also, insurance costs also likely will be ... invigorating.
by eucalyptus
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3406
Views: 1014352

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

re: famous first sentences My personal favorite is "You can't just die. You got to do it by the book.", even though technically that is two sentences. (Casey Agonistes, by Richard McKenna) More first sentences, and the paragraphs they introduce. There are so many possibilities. Nabokov: "Lolita, li...
by eucalyptus
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3406
Views: 1014352

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Two excellent books touching on American politics, both by academics. These are not quick reads penned by pundits; they are scholarly, but IMO very readable. Political Order and Political Decay , by Francis Fukuyama, which includes his diagnosis of current problems with the efficient functioning of ...
by eucalyptus
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wiki article - Credit freeze
Replies: 50
Views: 8585

Re: Wiki article - Credit freeze

With which credit reporting agencies should one institute a freeze? The three national agencies, of course. Innovis? Chex Systems? The many others listed in investor4life's helpful post? I wish I could provide an answer .... Also, I've read that both spouses must place a freeze - important to note i...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rhoombas, Home Mapping and Privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Re: Rhoombas, Home Mapping and Privacy

Hey, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

:|
by eucalyptus
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books not to read.
Replies: 155
Views: 16503

Re: Books not to read.

NYT Bestseller Sapiens.

About a quarter or third of a fine work of history.

Too much of the rest comprises a mediocre book of philosophy.
by eucalyptus
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Car
Replies: 109
Views: 13506

Re: Luxury Car

I recently went to Speed Vegas and drove an Audi R8 around the track. Got up to 119 on the half mile straightaway. Navigating the turns at high speeds even more fun. It was probably the most fun I've ever had in my life. I only wish I had paid for an even faster car. If I could afford it I wouldn't...
by eucalyptus
Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonos Wireless sound?
Replies: 19
Views: 2537

Re: Sonos Wireless sound?

I have Sonos but prefer my Sprout. Worth a thought.

psaudio.com
by eucalyptus
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Stealth Wealth: I’m Just an Ordinary Average Guy"
Replies: 333
Views: 71032

Re: "Stealth Wealth: I’m Just an Ordinary Average Guy"

Congrats to the OP, you caught me! I have infinite needs and insecurities. All the curated lifestyle advice and ads you see everywhere - they're all for me. I've got the basics covered: I drive an expensive car just to impress people. I fly business or first class everywhere just to impress people. ...
by eucalyptus
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Miami- be very careful buying RE here
Replies: 25
Views: 3997

Re: Miami- be very careful buying RE here

As far as I can tell, real estate values - from Vero Beach through Palm Beach down to Miami Beach - aren't even properly discounted for hurricane risk. People self insure expensive residences bought with expatriated cash looking for a home, or with fun money looking for a part year residence. Other ...
by eucalyptus
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?
Replies: 92
Views: 9617

Re: Luxury Cars - Am I missing out on creature comforts by not driving one?

Just test drive the cars you have an eye on. You might drive a Bentley, to pick an absurdly expensive example, and love the furniture quality wood trim, Breitling clock in the dash, fantastic sound system, wonderful leather, lovely interior styling and the overall way the car just embraces you. Or y...
by eucalyptus
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon consumer review programs
Replies: 26
Views: 2896

Re: Amazon consumer review programs

Amazon must already know whether such reviews skew positive.

http://www.xojane.com/fun/becoming-an-amazon-reviewer
by eucalyptus
Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?
Replies: 129
Views: 13081

Re: So being 40 is "old" in the high tech business?

There are so many issues raised by this, from the creative destruction of capitalism to our society's preference for the young - philosophical, sociological, political, so much here. If someone tells you 40 is old, tell them you certainly appreciate that the great ideas and energy come from the youn...
by eucalyptus
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3406
Views: 1014352

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature by Richard Rorty.

Tried reading Dialectic of Enlightenment by Adorno and Horkheimer. May try again.
by eucalyptus
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The True Cost of Owning a Dog
Replies: 176
Views: 18312

Re: The True Cost of Owning a Dog

Veterinary care has become very sophisticated and correspondingly expensive. We have an English bulldog with hemangiosarcoma, a terminal cancer. Prognosis with no intervention is a month, give or take - prognosis with spleen removal and chemo, roughly 6-8 months. We can afford the full range of trea...
by eucalyptus
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Porsche 911 owners here?
Replies: 142
Views: 19077

Re: Any Porsche 911 owners here?

Want to start BH furor? A Tesla will bring out the Luddites in addition to the more-frugal-than-thou crowd. And, not that it's why I own one, but it can smoke most 911s . . . and tow a 911 :twisted: A Tesla is faster than many Porsches in a straight line. I doubt many (any?) Teslas are smoking Pors...
by eucalyptus
Wed May 11, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild
Replies: 91
Views: 14782

Re: WOW fantastic Cars in the Wild

Seriously pretty much zero of the AMG cars make sense (exception maybe for the GT-S). You aren't going to take them to the track and the power and no one driving on the street has a need for the level of performance the AMG models offer. They are all about branding. Legitimate question: can't you s...
by eucalyptus
Wed May 04, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: University of Virginia vs University of Miami
Replies: 148
Views: 14616

Re: University of Virginia vs University of Miami

Virginia grad, degree in English, attended Virginia because at the time it supposedly had one of the best English departments in the country. Loved the school.

I think what really matters is the individual's fire.
by eucalyptus
Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soapbox (car safety features)
Replies: 240
Views: 29560

Re: Soapbox (car safety features)

All the safety stuff is great. Self driving cars are fine with me, too. Change is the way of the world. Until the changes become mandatory, I'll just keep driving high horsepower old school cars without safety features, because I like them.

Vive ...
by eucalyptus
Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My new car is due today, does anybody else collect?
Replies: 26
Views: 4909

Re: My new car is due today, does anybody else collect?

Congrats from a fellow enthusiast!

Also never thought of them as an investment.
by eucalyptus
Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Custom House Cost
Replies: 22
Views: 3655

Re: Custom House Cost

Cost, not how much a builder will charge. A custom home builder certainly needs to have a healthy margin which I would imagine is anywhere between 10 to 30 percent. I find it funny that specifying Wolfe or sub zero appliances somehow equates to a signicantly higher cost per sq when those items are ...
by eucalyptus
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Custom House Cost
Replies: 22
Views: 3655

Re: Custom House Cost

@Allan, aren't you a custom home builder? Your prices-per-sq-ft would seem to include the price of the lot to me? I think one can buy recently re-modeled custom homes in the Houston area of 4000 sq ft for less than $800K and that includes the land. Not in West U nor River Oaks, but in many places. ...
by eucalyptus
Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3406
Views: 1014352

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Invention of Science by David Wooton. "Modern science was invented between 1572, when Tycho Brahe saw a nova, or new star, and 1704, when Newton published his Opticks ...." An important work of history, of historiography and, I think perhaps of the New Realism reflected in Ferraris, Gabriel, Har...
by eucalyptus
Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DO I need a landscape architect?
Replies: 13
Views: 2075

Re: DO I need a landscape architect?

I have had good experiences with design/build landscape firms, something to consider if you have any nearby.
by eucalyptus
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: classic cars vrs S&P 500 1986-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1794

Re: classic cars vrs S&P 500 1986-2016

The collector car market has gone insane in the past ten years. Huge appreciation, especially for the prestige Euro marques. Large premiums are now being paid for manual shift cars. Electric and self driving cars are bells tolling for the worlds of ice car collecting and racing. Those of us who were...
by eucalyptus
Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 220
Views: 24462

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I would never waste a second of precious life on something as lowbrow as Halo 5 or Civ 5. For that matter, I did not play Doom, and have never heard of Duke Nukem. I almost played Quake once, but caught myself. I'm glad you were able to stop yourself before letting your standards slip. Do you also ...
by eucalyptus
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 220
Views: 24462

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

I would never waste a second of precious life on something as lowbrow as Halo 5 or Civ 5. For that matter, I did not play Doom, and have never heard of Duke Nukem. I almost played Quake once, but caught myself.
by eucalyptus
Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Business Class Tickets
Replies: 37
Views: 4743

Re: Purchasing Business Class Tickets

neilpilot wrote:
eucalyptus wrote:In my experience w/AA: $2500 each is roughly the best one can do for US to western EU.
Business class or Economy? From where? China? Sorry, I'm just trying to squeeze some value out of your post. See my post above for actual quotes, Delta ATL-MAD in mid-May.

Yes, China.
by eucalyptus
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing Business Class Tickets
Replies: 37
Views: 4743

Re: Purchasing Business Class Tickets

In my experience w/AA: $2500 each is roughly the best one can do for US to western EU.
by eucalyptus
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 7396

Re: How do you have fun?

trinc, thanks for replying. I know karts can be brutally fast and expensive. Have fun with your son, I envy you that experience. I know a few racers who walked away to "sponsor" their kids. stoptothink, this says it all: "Haven't thrown my leg over a (motorized) bike since, but not a day goes by tha...
by eucalyptus
Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you have fun?
Replies: 73
Views: 7396

Re: How do you have fun?

Now that my motorcycle racing days are over. :annoyed Tim I am seriously impressed that you were able to move on. I gave up a similar hobby three years ago and have not found anything to replace it. I have tried playing piano, reading philosophy, travel, other things, but all are activities I force...