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by JupiterJones
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike head/rear lights
Replies: 31
Views: 1552

Re: Bike head/rear lights

Oh, and the other thing I did was buy a roll of retro-reflective tape. (I bought Oralite, but there are several good brands.)

I stuck that stuff everywhere. On my frame. On the inside of my rims. On my helmet. Whenever car headlights hit me, I look like something out of "Tron". :D
by JupiterJones
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike head/rear lights
Replies: 31
Views: 1552

Re: Bike head/rear lights

Rear: I use a Portland Design Works (PDW) Danger Zone USB. Very bright. Visible during the day too. Several blinking patterns to choose from, plus steady. Front: Serfas eLume 850. Absurdly bright. I never ride using the highest setting. (I've actually used it as a general-purpose flashlight on many ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flu shot timing
Replies: 5
Views: 693

Re: Flu shot timing

I guess this wouldn't be medical advice on a specific condition (which is against forum policy), so: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm "You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect ag...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying off 0% car loan early
Replies: 52
Views: 2492

Re: Paying off 0% car loan early

Can you make a bit of extra money by investing your money rather than paying down the car? Yes. But I don't think that's the right question to ask. I'd be more concerned about whether or not the upside is worth it. That's subjective, of course, and the degree to which you value not owing people mone...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse invasion!
Replies: 68
Views: 3874

Re: Mouse invasion!

We use a 'Ratzapper' - a battery powered box that electrocutes them. Same here. I use the Viktor electronic trap with a smidge of peanut butter. Zaps them instantly and (supposedly?) painlessly. You don't have to touch or really even see the dead mouse. Just open the top hatch and dump the ex-mouse...
by JupiterJones
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this 25% savings?
Replies: 67
Views: 4991

Re: Is this 25% savings?

Don't know why, but this reminds me of my wife's reaction when she sees an ad that say "Now only .45₵". As she sees it, 0.45 cents is less than a penny! She's right, of course. And now I bet I'm going to start noticing that. Sort of along the same lines, it always amuses me when things are advertis...
by JupiterJones
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Statistics used to analyze S&P500
Replies: 18
Views: 1519

Re: Statistics used to analyze S&P500

I want to find out correlations/anti correlations of various assets with the S&P500 over time. If you look for correlations with a enough asset classes, just based on the random chance associated with the sample period, some will show correlation in the period. Precisely. On average, if you examine...
by JupiterJones
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2636

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

We were in Boston a couple months back. After looking at the hotels and what you got for the price, we wound up trying an Air B&B for the first time. It was great! While I did find places that were cheaper than the hotels in the same area, we wound up leveraging things the other way and going with a...
by JupiterJones
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this 25% savings?
Replies: 67
Views: 4991

Re: Is this 25% savings?

CoastalWinds wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:22 pm
The dumbing down of America is almost complete. If only there was a stock that invested in this phenomenon.
TSLA?

:P
by JupiterJones
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long commute: how to manage?
Replies: 110
Views: 7062

Re: Long commute: how to manage?

BionicBillWalsh wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:20 am
Get a Tesla with full self driving.
Might be cheaper to just get a new job and take the pay cut. :D
by JupiterJones
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you are already retired.. is this true?
Replies: 49
Views: 6066

Re: If you are already retired.. is this true?

Well, what the article fails to take into acc...

Hey wait a minute--that's the Brady Bunch house in the article's photo!

Image

:D
by JupiterJones
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber Without Smartphone
Replies: 103
Views: 7175

Re: Uber Without Smartphone

There is at least one service that will set up the rideshare trip for you. All you have to do is call them on a regular (landline or dumb) phone. I believe you pay a little bit more per-mile. https://arriverides.com/ The super-user-friendly Jitterbug phones have a similar feature if you get one of t...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy cellphone outright or pay over 2 years?
Replies: 129
Views: 8260

Re: Do you buy cellphone outright or pay over 2 years?

I wouldn't borrow money to buy a phone, even at 0%.

Sure, I could invest the money in a risk-equivalent investment and maybe come out twenty bucks ahead after two years. But that's just not enough to justify the time, effort, and hassle.
by JupiterJones
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Little Rock
Replies: 26
Views: 1964

Re: What to do in Little Rock

We stop in LR on our way to visit relatives every year. I'll second the River Market area. Lots of shops and food places around to check out. There's a kid's science museum near there, although I have no idea if it's any good. Near the foot of the aforementioned pedestrian bridge, there's a neat pla...
by JupiterJones
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike for 79 year old man
Replies: 26
Views: 2172

Re: bike for 79 year old man

Woman's bike. Those bars across the men's bikes are a real problem. I guess they are supposed to stabilize the bike, but they are quite awkward, I think anyway. I believe people are moving away from the term "women's bike" for step-throughs (because, obviously, all genders may ride them) but yeah, ...
by JupiterJones
Thu May 30, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun paid jobs after FIRE
Replies: 180
Views: 17278

Re: Fun paid jobs after FIRE

I was listening to a podcast the other day (sorry, listen to several so don’t recall which one) and the guest said he didn’t like the term fire, and suggested to change it from fire (Financial Independence Retire Earlyj to Fite (Financial Independence, Transition Early). That way you don’t have the...
by JupiterJones
Wed May 29, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun paid jobs after FIRE
Replies: 180
Views: 17278

Re: Fun paid jobs after FIRE

Seems like starting and monetizing a blog to tell people how awesome FIRE is is the FIRE career of choice. Best of all you can do it from your couch. You can even go on the FIRE retreats and meet all the other FIRE people! I like this! Fire retreats...is that a real thing? Sounds like where boglehe...
by JupiterJones
Wed May 29, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fun paid jobs after FIRE
Replies: 180
Views: 17278

Re: Fun paid jobs after FIRE

visualguy wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 1:28 am
In that case it's a misnomer because the "Retire" part is missing. If anyone who is FI and switches jobs or professions is "FIRE", then it's meaningless. Why not just call it FISH (Financially Independent Still Hustling)?
I actually really like that acronym! :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Thu May 23, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I pay off my student loans early?
Replies: 22
Views: 2219

Re: Should I pay off my student loans early?

Imagine an alternate universe where you did not have either the student loan or an "us" fund. Now imagine that your bank offers to lend you 1.5 months of expense money at 4.2% so that you could establish an "us" fund. Would you take them up on that offer? If the answer is "no", then pay off the loan...
by JupiterJones
Wed May 22, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?
Replies: 53
Views: 3542

Re: Expensive front load washer/dryer worth it?

This is Bogleheads. We're going to be opposed to anything that involves a front-end load.
by JupiterJones
Thu May 16, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impossible Burger At Home
Replies: 35
Views: 2963

Re: Impossible Burger At Home

You just gave away the ending. No need to watch now. I don't know, there are plenty of reasons to watch still: Leigh Taylor-Young "Fish! Plankton! Sea greens! Protein from the Sea!" Leigh Taylor-Young E. G. Robinson's final scene Cameo by a (now-vintage) "Computer Space" arcade game Leigh Taylor-Yo...
by JupiterJones
Thu May 16, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Impossible Burger At Home
Replies: 35
Views: 2963

Re: Impossible Burger At Home

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:38 am
Not meat? What is it.....Soylent Green?
Soylent Green is meat-based. You're thinking of its predecessors, Soylent Yellow and Soylent Red.
by JupiterJones
Wed May 15, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer or Local Mechanic?
Replies: 41
Views: 2036

Re: Dealer or Local Mechanic?

Here's my story: I used to just use the "stealership" for warranty/recall work and oil changes (and only because there's a specific crush washer that needs to be replaced at every oil change on my car that indy places won't always have or use). Mostly I did repairs myself, except for the heavy-duty ...
by JupiterJones
Thu May 02, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilets that never get used
Replies: 38
Views: 5731

Re: Toilets that never get used

Sounds like time to move to a smaller home. Not a bad point. Seems to me this is sort of like the guy who goes to the doctor and says, "Doc, it hurts when I move my arm like this!" To which the doctor replies, "Then don't move your arm like that." Similarly, if it's a problem maintaining a bunch of...
by JupiterJones
Thu May 02, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Three things you should never do with your investments
Replies: 13
Views: 2630

Re: Three things you should never do with your investments

Hmm... off the top of my head, how about:
  1. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Or even just a few baskets.
  2. Don't try to time the market.
  3. To quote the cover of a certain famous guidebook, "Don't Panic!"
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilets that never get used
Replies: 38
Views: 5731

Re: Toilets that never get used

Unhandled wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:52 pm
F150HD wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:24 am
I thought I read somewhere (?) there's a business you can hire where people come to your home and use the unused restrooms for you.
Airpnp?
That's it, we can all go home now. Unhandled has won the Bogleheads forum.
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 2,000,000. Now what?
Replies: 45
Views: 9667

Re: 2,000,000. Now what?

bloom2708 wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:06 am
$2 million isn't enough to coast for 60 years.
I guess that depends on your coasting speed.
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?
Replies: 145
Views: 12772

Re: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?

Plopping down on the couch on a weekend morning with a mug of coffee and a good book or crossword puzzle. Going for a bike ride. No, not a "training ride" or anything involving Lycra or special shoes. Just a simple bike ride on a normal bicycle, maybe to the park, or the store to pick up a few thing...
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Please wrap your Boglehead around this
Replies: 31
Views: 6316

Re: Please wrap your Boglehead around this

Only responding because I love your name Villanelle . Probably due to my love of Berlioz's Les nuits d'été of which the first song is indeed entitled Villanelle . I too am responding because i love the screen name, though my associations with it are poetic rather than musical. The villanelle is a d...
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking ideas for name of Project
Replies: 27
Views: 838

Re: Seeking ideas for name of Project

"There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things." -- Phil Karlton
by JupiterJones
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay off the mortgage simply?
Replies: 13
Views: 1857

Re: Pay off the mortgage simply?

RetiredNewbie wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:10 pm
as of today, I AM TOTALLY DEBT FREE!!!!!!!
"FREEEEEDOOOOOM!!!!!!"

[Cue inspiring orchestral music]

:P

Congrats! :sharebeer
by JupiterJones
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French movies on Netflix
Replies: 40
Views: 2368

Re: French movies on Netflix

jhfenton wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:34 pm
I started a few years by switching my iPhone, iPad, and computers to French.
Along those same lines, you can set the clocks on your various devices to 24-hour time and your GPS to kilometers.

Doesn't really help much with learning French, but does prep you for going to France. :D
by JupiterJones
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New homeowner wants to DIY, but disappointed today
Replies: 50
Views: 5286

Re: New homeowner wants to DIY, but disappointed today

Suggestion: when the plumber comes, watch closely and learn all you can. ^^^ This. Don't think of it as calling a plumber. Think of it as hiring a DIY tutor. Nothing wrong with mucking something up now and then. That's all part of the process. Good judgement comes from experience, and experience co...
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Intro and Personal Finance Advice
Replies: 55
Views: 5436

Re: Intro and Personal Finance Advice

I have an update. When I first started this thread, we had over $10,000 in credit card debt, spread across 4 credit cards. I am very excited to say that we are now down to the last credit card, with the remaining balance being exactly $2,500. We should get this paid off very quickly. We just elimin...
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 days in Munich, Germany
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: 4 days in Munich, Germany

Rothenburg is a total tourist trap, and it's not a great day trip from Munich (around 3 hours one-way by train with lots of connections, about the same driving). I'll agree only partially with you on that. Yes it is touristy, but I wouldn't call it a "trap". You get what's advertised, and I thought...
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 days in Munich, Germany
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: 4 days in Munich, Germany

Is Uber prevalent in Munich? Yes. But there they call it "Over". :P j/k. Apparently they really do have it though, as well as Lyft and some others. But I can't imagine there being too many reasons for a tourist to use them, given how well served the touristy stuff is by public transit in Munich. (O...
by JupiterJones
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French movies on Netflix
Replies: 40
Views: 2368

Re: French movies on Netflix

Amelie is an R movie? Huh. One of my faves, but never struck me as very "R". You can't stream it on Netflix currently though, so I guess it's a moot point. Actually, now that I look at it, Netflix is pretty lame in its French movie content. No "The Closet". No "The Artist". Not even "Umbrellas of Ch...
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!
Replies: 29
Views: 2295

Re: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!

phil64 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:21 am
The best thing you can do is pack light.
Strongly seconded. Especially in Europe. And especially when you have multiple stops on the itinerary and multiple modes of travel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58HdRSTAFec

https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/ ... king-smart
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 days in Munich, Germany
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: 4 days in Munich, Germany

You can get around Munich--and to/from Munich from the airport--just fine with public transit. Things to do (some mentioned already): Catch the glockenspiel "show" at Marienplatz. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel Check out the surfers at the south end of the English Garden https://...
by JupiterJones
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Pilots...advice
Replies: 57
Views: 5703

Re: Boglehead Pilots...advice

I flew 150s and a Champ. One thing they can do is glide; I am not aware of any helicopter that is anything but a rock if it loses power. Well, they become rocks that can autorotate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autorotation 8-) But yeah, I consider flying to have a perfectly acceptable degree of r...
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to see a concert! Ideas?
Replies: 50
Views: 2729

Re: Want to see a concert! Ideas?

Great article in the NYTimes a week or so ago on these "classic" acts that still tour without most (or in some cases, any!) of the original members: "Once a band name turns into a brand name, there’s a strong incentive to continue on, even with a lineup that makes fans ask, 'Who are these guys?' As ...
by JupiterJones
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Pilots...advice
Replies: 57
Views: 5703

Re: Boglehead Pilots...advice

Another vote for just studying the ground school material on your own, if that works for you. I read Machado's book and watched the Sporty's videos (on DVD back then). I think I might've watched some of the King videos too. Studied the FAA books too. Anything I could get my hands on, really. Wound u...
by JupiterJones
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!
Replies: 29
Views: 2295

Re: Summer Europe trip - overwhelming to plan!

I don't think Austria would be too out-of-the-way if you focused on southern Germany (Bavaria). It's an easy train trip or drive from Vienna to Munich, and you get Salzburg as a bonus along the way. Time permitting, you could then tack on eastern Switzerland (Bernese Oberland, specifically). Fly hom...
by JupiterJones
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to see a concert! Ideas?
Replies: 50
Views: 2729

Re: Want to see a concert! Ideas?

If I were in your neck of the woods, I'd go see this:

https://capitalonearena.viewlift.com/ev ... jeff-lynne

But I'm kinda old too. :D
by JupiterJones
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult, 2.5 year progress audio
Replies: 217
Views: 34906

Re: Learning Violin as an adult...One Year later!

mariezzz wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:36 pm
George Harrison played ukelele!
And if that's not enough of a recommendation, this guy plays one too...

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by JupiterJones
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult, 2.5 year progress audio
Replies: 217
Views: 34906

Re: Learning Instrument/Violin as an adult...2 Years Later

investingdad wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:34 am
I recorded myself playing Simple Gifts and I'm happy with the fairly clean string crossings. I also like the increasing confidence in bowing that I hear.
Intonation is also quite good!
by JupiterJones
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dave Ramsey's Advice - Evaluated with Actual Returns from His Company's 401K
Replies: 101
Views: 13730

Re: Dave Ramsey's Advice - Evaluated with Actual Returns from His Company's 401K

letsgobobby wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:38 am
He doesn't say. By the way they're no longer "ELPs", they are "smartvestor pros." :)
He must've finally been sued by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. :D
by JupiterJones
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tattoos and Bogleheads
Replies: 180
Views: 9223

Re: Tattoos and Bogleheads

I was never cool enough to get a tatoo. Now everyone has them and its more anti-mainstream to not have one - LOL This ^^^. When I was a youth, tattoos were simply not something anyone other than bikers, heavy metal guitarists, and old-timey sailors got. But I did get my ear pierced. It was the '80s...