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by oysterboy
Wed May 02, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asheville, NC Visit
Replies: 20
Views: 2012

Re: Asheville, NC Visit

There are spectacular sunrises on the Blue Ridge Parkway not far from Asheville. The Pounding Mill Overlook and the East Fork Overlook are the best spots, particularly for photography. You can find these by Googling the BRP. A great morning is to take in the sunrise and then have breakfast at the Pi...
by oysterboy
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quick, Efficient Way to Make a QCD from a Vanguard IRA when 70.5
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: Quick, Efficient Way to Make a QCD from a Vanguard IRA when 70.5

Thank you; that's very helpful. I'm beginning my RMDs this year and want to use the QCD process, but was dreading the hassle.
by oysterboy
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Invest or pay off mortgage?
Replies: 77
Views: 8911

Re: Invest or pay off mortgage?

You have to decide whether you value being debt free more or value having greater wealth more. If you value being debt free over greater wealth, pay it off. If you value accumulating greater wealth, invest. And at OP's age, I would go for the latter. Also, it is unlikely (though certainly possible)...
by oysterboy
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New or used Lexus ES300h?
Replies: 25
Views: 3013

Re: New or used Lexus ES300h?

I bought my first Lexus 400LS almost 20 years ago, had zero problems with it for 210,000 miles when I traded it in. Also had a 330 RX, which had no problems for 12 years. I was persuaded by a friend 3 years ago to buy a used car from CarMax. I had never bought a used car. Bought a 2013 Lexus 350 ES ...
by oysterboy
Fri May 05, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended Washer/Dryer Set
Replies: 25
Views: 2893

Re: Recommended Washer/Dryer Set

Speed Queen. We did extensive research and concluded it was far superior to anything else. Basically a commercial product. Washer and dryer combo was $1750. My wife loves both.
by oysterboy
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving Savannah to New Orleans
Replies: 17
Views: 1581

Re: Driving Savannah to New Orleans

If you do decide to take I-10 to New Orleans, it is well worth spending a day in Apalachicola, FL. It is an old river port city, where the Apalachicola River flows into the Gulf, very unspoiled and charming. It is famous for its oysters. Lovely neighborhoods with pre-Civil War homes; good restaurant...
by oysterboy
Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Orleans Destinations
Replies: 21
Views: 2722

Re: New Orleans Destinations

The WWII Museum is superb. A tour of the Garden District is a great way to spend a half day. Restaurants: French Quarter: Mr. B's, Kingfish, Angelina (new), NOLA, Johnny's Po-boys, Palace Cafe Near FQ: August (splurge), Herbsaint, Cochon (excellent Cajun fare), Bon Ton Cafe (modest-priced, excellent...
by oysterboy
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?
Replies: 77
Views: 12413

Re: How much do you spend on your hobby annually?

Golf: $5,000 per year Photography: Latest upgrade last year was about $6,000. Over the next 5 years, will probably spend about $5000 on a few replacements and "stuff". Wine: Spent 30 years accumulating a wonderful wine collection and am now in the delightful "liquidation" phase, about $7,000 annuall...
by oysterboy
Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: 2nd Meeting 7/26 - Greenville Metro Bogleheads
Replies: 11
Views: 1532

Re: 2nd Greenville Metro Bogleheads Meeting - July 26th

Colum,

I plan to be at the 2nd meeting and will come early to help set up.

Thanks,
Chuck Dunn
Cdunn825@gmail.com
by oysterboy
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June 21st
Replies: 10
Views: 1212

Re: Greenville Metro Bogleheads (GMBH) - 1st Meeting - June

Colum, I live near Brevard, NC, about 40 miles NW of Greenville, and look forward to participating in the new BH Forum. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the first meeting due to a conflict. Since I will not be there for introductions: I have been a highly-interested investor for about 40 ye...
by oysterboy
Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)
Replies: 126
Views: 20549

Re: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)

A first-class wine collection that is now in the early stage of a "safe withdrawal rate". Premium food ingredients for cooking, though this is offset, probably entirely, by our reduced frequency of dining out since I retired and got serious about cooking. High-end photography equipment, which brings...
by oysterboy
Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Having Enough, but Hungry for More
Replies: 18
Views: 4334

Re: Having Enough, but Hungry for More

I am fascinated by the emotional complexity of this issue for so many people. I have several friends who delayed retirement well beyond the point where they had far more than enough to live well for the rest of their lives. By "living well", I mean for each of these individuals the ability to live i...
by oysterboy
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 22442

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

Dgdevil,
Jerry Lewis is superb in King of Comedy, playing a thinly-disguised Johnny Carson, paradoxically somewhat of a straight man for De Niro. Martin Scorsese was the director. A few of the scenes are among the best in all of comedy films, IMHO.
by oysterboy
Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Funniest Movie Ever
Replies: 227
Views: 22442

Re: The Funniest Movie Ever

The Big Lebowski
Dr. Strangelove
This Is Spinal Tap
Best in Show
The King of Comedy (regrettably, this seldom is seen, but is one of the best films ever done by Robert DeNiro; well worth finding)
by oysterboy
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your extravagance?
Replies: 98
Views: 12703

1. Time purchased through early retirement; best expenditure I've ever made. 2. Wine. I accumulated a sizable collection of outstanding/great wines during my higher income days; buy less expensive, but excellent, wines today (which are far more plentiful than in my accumulating years); and now rent ...
by oysterboy
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Anyone in the New Orleans area?
Replies: 39
Views: 15579

I'm in French Quarter.