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by dixdak
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yeesh. Car damage right before lease end
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: Yeesh. Car damage right before lease end

Same thing happened to me the day before turning in leased van. I already had some minor damage on back passenger side that would test the limit. Of course the guy hits the other side in a toll booth line. I took photo and sent to my sales guy at the dealership. He said don’t worry about it. He frow...
by dixdak
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?
Replies: 209
Views: 22449

Re: Did you celebrate when you finally hit $1m?

I seem to remember a show when I was 7 in the fifties about a million dollars being a big deal. I guess now I’d get happy at $25MM.
by dixdak
Wed May 02, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Must See in South Dakota
Replies: 58
Views: 4796

Re: Must See in South Dakota

South Dakota native. I spent my college summers building I-90 between the Missouri Bridge and Wall. As soon as my youngest was out of diapers, we went to South Dakota on vacation every summer. I still find new things to see and do there. Hey, everyone has their own thing, so I will just try to give ...
by dixdak
Tue May 01, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?
Replies: 187
Views: 10465

Re: Daughter and Girlfriend, age 19, taking cross country road trip. Advice?

My first road trip at that age was hitchhiking across 3 western states, ya, lets not even go to that alternative planet in this situation. One memory was catching a ride in SD with a group of guys from Boston in a converted ice cream truck. It had a small gas tank. The driver looked at the sign in W...
by dixdak
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 9th grade earth science honors or biology honors
Replies: 28
Views: 2226

Re: 9th grade earth science honors or biology honors

Five honors classes yet can’t make this decision?
Ok. Take one over the summer.
by dixdak
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?
Replies: 44
Views: 3382

Re: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?

Find local bike shop and go in during a slow time and seek out the experienced person. Talk with them and try some options out. Every cheap bike I have bought was a regret and a return. Bikes seem to get better and cheaper so go with new. Have fun.
by dixdak
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Terminal illness with small kids
Replies: 64
Views: 12204

Re: Terminal illness with small kids

Imagine your spouse passes away suddenly, leaving young kids. After the funeral, some random cousin approaches you and wants to dig into your finances.... Suggest being very aware of which stage of grief they have entered.
by dixdak
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home
Replies: 51
Views: 4706

Re: Describe your Reasonable Dream Home

On wheels
20 mpg
Can park in garage
Bed
Microwave, mini kitchen
Shower
Stealthy
Entertainment system

Actionable? Whatever.
by dixdak
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpackers- weight vs utility question
Replies: 42
Views: 3771

Re: Backpackers- weight vs utility question

Once again, the original post asks what item do you carry in your pack that goes AGAINST the "gram weenie" program? Every locale is different and has its own set of circumstances. There might be perfectly rational reasons to have an umbrella, a sat communicator, hippie sandals, a folding camp chair-...
by dixdak
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpackers- weight vs utility question
Replies: 42
Views: 3771

Re: Backpackers- weight vs utility question

Thanks for the many suggestions! I like the use of umbrella and poncho ideas. For stream crossings, will experiment with stripping socks and insole. Looking into Xero shoe. For under a week, I can use a 6 oz 10000 mAh backup battery to charge iPhone ~4 times. I do have a solar charger but will use o...
by dixdak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpackers- weight vs utility question
Replies: 42
Views: 3771

Re: Backpackers- weight vs utility question

To answer my own question as to what I carry that is on no ones UL gear list- its one of those reflective auto winshield sunscreen reflectors. I bought one to make a cook pot cozy and used a scrap to sit on in the damp woods. Next trip i took the full size to put under the air matress for more insul...
by dixdak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpackers- weight vs utility question
Replies: 42
Views: 3771

Re: Backpackers- weight vs utility question

Actually, I have the 1974 edition of Fletcher's classic. Just reread it not long ago. I found my list from that era tucked in the dust jacket. Five pound homemade Frostline sleeping bag, 7 lb Sierra Designs pup tent, 5 lb Kelty pack. I swear for a weekend hike I had a 35 lb pack with all the fishing...
by dixdak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpackers- weight vs utility question
Replies: 42
Views: 3771

Re: Backpackers- weight vs utility question

Great suggestions! I have thought about bringing a pair of ultralight shoes for stream crossings and relaxing. Beach slippers seem heavy- perhaps an old pair of track shoes minus spikes? I have yet to adopt the use of hiking poles, but I can see having one very light one along for crossing rushing s...
by dixdak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpackers- weight vs utility question
Replies: 42
Views: 3771

Backpackers- weight vs utility question

I am working on my backpacking gear checklist trying to optimize weight, comfort and security. What items do you carry that are seldom on the ultralight hikers lists? I took a 19 oz folding chair on a four night hike in Wyoming that was well worth the weight, and price! In the past I have been fine ...
by dixdak
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spring break trip ideas, mid-March, family of 5 (3 teen/tweens)
Replies: 23
Views: 2878

Re: Spring break trip ideas, mid-March, family of 5 (3 teen/tweens)

We took our family of three boys twice on Spring break. Once to Arches NP when they were pretty young and then when high school age to Vegas/Zion/Grand Canyon. Weather was nice for hiking by later March.
by dixdak
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ads Targeting Age Group 55+
Replies: 2
Views: 491

Ads Targeting Age Group 55+

My son is doing a project for his marketing class in college. It involves selling ads in a publication geared toward 55+ age group. He asked me in general terms what might appeal to that group. I would like to ask this group what advertising targeted to 55+ is both effective and appealing to you. Al...
by dixdak
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rear-ended by txt-er w/ minor damage. File Claim?
Replies: 49
Views: 4513

Re: Rear-ended by txt-er w/ minor damage. File Claim?

My wife was hit from behind a few times in 99 Saturn. They aways were interested in settling up with cash. One time I popped the plastic panel back with a plunger handle. The lady sent a fruit basket. Anoher girl hit it at stop light. The mom asked me to take it to her trusted mechanic, at the Jagua...
by dixdak
Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Move to Denver (Job) or stay in NoVA ?
Replies: 53
Views: 6215

Re: Move to Denver (Job) or stay in NoVA ?

Lived in Denver/Lakewood/Boulder. I was so happy to leave to go to SE Michigan. Traffic is horrible. The weather was boring and dry. The place is everyone wanting to do the same stuff at the same time. I do not get the "we live in CO so we are special" attitude. Crime was bad. If you pass on Denver,...
by dixdak
Tue May 17, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I go to NHL Western Conference Finals game?
Replies: 36
Views: 3650

Re: Should I go to NHL Western Conference Finals game?

As a Wings fan in Chicago, I must say Thank you Blues! Have fun!
by dixdak
Sun May 15, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifted math program for 1st grade
Replies: 66
Views: 9213

Re: Gifted math program for 1st grade

In the 60s, I was put into an accelerated math program in junior high. I had good grades, did well on a standardized test and someone thought I had potential. Nobody deemed me gifted, nor congratulated my parents. It was an opportunity to cover more material. My youngest self-taught himself a lot of...
by dixdak
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Five Best National Parks to Visit?
Replies: 99
Views: 10897

Re: Five Best National Parks to Visit?

Very tough question. I want to see them all! Which ones would I love to revisit? Which can I check off? Must revisit are Glacier, Zion, Capitol Reef, South Dakota Badlands, and Tetons. Least interest in revisiting: Rocky Mt. (High meh factor), Grand Canyon (Family Vacation), Bryce (weather, crowded)...
by dixdak
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math and Computer Science
Replies: 69
Views: 5432

Re: Math and Computer Science

My nephew is the get along/go along type personality. His social group was the high performance student sect. They all went to the nearby large state university and are majoring in CS, engineering, pre-med, etc. He actually was outside the top 20% of his class and had a disappointing ACT. There has ...
by dixdak
Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math and Computer Science
Replies: 69
Views: 5432

Re: Math and Computer Science

I have no interest in getting involved. Just calibrating my BS meter, mostly.
by dixdak
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math and Computer Science
Replies: 69
Views: 5432

Re: Math and Computer Science

The major was encouraged by his parents, who think that it would best "allow him to continue the lifestyle in which he was raised." Its baffling to me how a student could take four years of math in a private high school (the tuition bill dropped when he went to college), get a 3.5, and stumble in su...
by dixdak
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Math and Computer Science
Replies: 69
Views: 5432

Math and Computer Science

My nephew is a freshman at a large university, planning on majoring in computer science. My impression is that he had good grades in a private high school, average ACT, and some aptitude for technology. He petitioned his first term to take calculus so he would be in same classes as his friends. Appa...
by dixdak
Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job Prospects for English Majors?
Replies: 73
Views: 7365

Job Prospects for English Majors?

My daughter is working on an AA degree from a local CC. She will be attending the university and has decided to be an English major. All things equal, she would prefer studying English but the career options outside of teaching are worrisome. She is not interested in teaching. What careers are out t...
by dixdak
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2016 hedge fund contest
Replies: 250
Views: 33507

Re: 2016 hedge fund contest

MSU Lilbro Zip Thirty-Eight Fund

Long

Short PTR SHI CEO
by dixdak
Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uncomfortable gift situations
Replies: 27
Views: 4018

Re: Uncomfortable gift situations

Suggest future gifts be made in your name to The Human Fund?
by dixdak
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Vacation suggestions
Replies: 53
Views: 10005

Re: Colorado Vacation suggestions

I lived in Colorado for three years. My Colorado Vacation suggestion is go to Wyoming and Utah! Also, there is no reason to avoid Wall Drug on I90 in South Dakota. There are a lot of nice specialty shops, a fine western book store, a play yard for the kids in the back, a fabulous collection of pione...
by dixdak
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost to replace a side view mirror
Replies: 22
Views: 52517

Re: Cost to replace a side view mirror

I was backing out of a tight fit in my garage in a 2012 Honda Odyssey and assumed the passenger side mirror would fold back with contact with the edge of door. Unfortunately, the angle was just right and crunched the mirror. Doh! I went to a good but cheap local body shop and it set me back $300.
by dixdak
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book title? Subject:Colorado cabin with PV and wind turbine
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Book title? Subject:Colorado cabin with PV and wind turbine

I checked out a book from the public library 5-8 years ago about a fellow who had accumulated a lot of second hand photovoltaic equipment and had set up a system in his Colorado cabin integrating PV and a wind turbine. I have been unable to find the title using the help of the reference librarian. T...
by dixdak
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever use a closet design company?
Replies: 22
Views: 7497

Re: Anyone ever use a closet design company?

No but I have heard mixed reports about Closets, Closets, Closets, Closets!!
by dixdak
Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mom, Don't Throw It Out!
Replies: 22
Views: 4248

Re: Mom, Don't Throw It Out!

My uncle told me that he found a box of family history items and took them over to my grandmother for her to go through. He asked her for them back and she told him she threw them out, thought it was mostly old junk; even the officer commission papers for her grandfather that were signed by Lincoln.
by dixdak
Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for thanking a doctor
Replies: 75
Views: 9947

Re: Ideas for thanking a doctor

I was so pleased with the results of my hip replacement that I sent the doctor a postcard of the peak that we climbed on the one year anniversary of the operation. I thanked him for making it possible for me to be with my sons and wife on top of Clouds Peak that day.
by dixdak
Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meetings
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Templeton Growth Fund Shareholder Meetings

I was in NYC for a trade show in December 1987 and attended the Templeton Funds annual meeting at the Vista Hotel in the WTC. I had owned Templeton World fund since I began investing. As I recall, it was in a modest sized ball room and I was able to sit a few rows from the front. Sir John spoke abou...
by dixdak
Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 86
Views: 14108

Re: I found a new coffee.

I came from a frugal state where the coffee is brewed lighter colored than your cup of tea. I used to microwave third shift coffee at work. I found a very rich flavorful local roast that I grind and brew in a Mr. Coffee. On sale, Papanicholas is six bucks for 12 oz bag. I save the bar codes and they...
by dixdak
Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help us decide where to live
Replies: 169
Views: 13058

Re: Please help us decide where to live

Consider towns in western South Dakota, in the Black Hills area. No state income tax, sunny winters, lots of outdoor activity and scenery. Rapid City is the largest, Custer, Hill City, and Spearfish are smaller.
by dixdak
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convince me to visit Italy
Replies: 77
Views: 8344

Re: Convince me to visit Italy

Talk me out of driving my Porsche convertible to Italy! Oh, wait, nevermind. I spent a few weeks living on site at a chemical plant near Rome, and it was wonderful. Even the cafeteria food was great. The company store sold wine, which for us was expense account. The people were warm and gracious. Th...
by dixdak
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst "Large purchase" ever?
Replies: 110
Views: 15826

Re: Worst "Large purchase" ever?

Purchased a new 1985 Chevy Blazer after we moved to way upstate New York. "Would you like to purchase the optional back seat?" $500. The dealer slapped not one but three of their emblems on the tailgate and each front quarter panel. The electrical system always had at least one blown fuse. The oil w...
by dixdak
Sat May 17, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: When did you tell your children how much you had amassed
Replies: 135
Views: 15026

Re: When did you tell your children how much you had amassed

I think you want to tell us more than the 12 year old. Whatever. I think you have a few decades to go.
by dixdak
Sun May 11, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Graduation Announcements
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Graduation Announcements

This is the time of year for finding elaborate announcements of graduation from high school and college in our mailbox. Occasionally, we barely know the parents of the graduate, much less the stranger whose photo we are looking at. My wife had a study group partner in college thirty years ago. They ...
by dixdak
Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?
Replies: 89
Views: 22150

Re: Where would you retire, if $ were no object?

Wall, South Dakota

Anzio, Italy
by dixdak
Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soliciting Ideas for Colorado Vacation in June
Replies: 29
Views: 4196

Re: Soliciting Ideas for Colorado Vacation in June

I used to live in Boulder. I was thrilled every opportunity to get to Wyoming or Utah. Hint.
by dixdak
Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Goodbye HAL
Replies: 35
Views: 3160

Re: Goodbye HAL

Next thing someone will suggest I dispose of my 8-track player, brick sized cell phone, Betamax, Walkman, Watchman, portable CDplayer, and mimeograph machine?
by dixdak
Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: .....
Replies: 74
Views: 5528

Re: Favorite National Parks

Badlands of South Dakota
Glacier
Zion
by dixdak
Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your dream car?
Replies: 197
Views: 19176

Re: What's your dream car?

My dream car is my 15 year old corolla held together with duct tape. :happy
by dixdak
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you have a Lousy Job as a teen / young adult?
Replies: 127
Views: 8607

Re: Did you have a Lousy Job as a teen / young adult?

I worked summers at a sheet metal fabrication factory that made agricultural products, primarily grain bins. I was in the shipping department, where we loaded the curved corrugated sheets of steel and roof panels. Our work week was six days a week, ten hours per evening- 5pm to 4am. We would load 4 ...
by dixdak
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Winter Blahs
Replies: 48
Views: 4579

Re: The Winter Blahs

A week of sub- zero temps and piles of snow, now rain! Can't get in any xcountry skiing even. The gym is warm and has a 1/10 th mile track. The boys high school volleyball season begins in two months. I am planning a backpacking trip in the Bighorns with family in summer. Have to replace all the vin...