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by dewey
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 157
Views: 9147

Re: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]

Second marriage. My wife's first. I didn't want a ring, she did. And she was fine with my not wanting one. When I interviewed, I openly spoke about family when asked. And it was obvious I didn't wear a ring. My wife's ring was special made and she likes it. But only wears it these days as jewelry fo...
by dewey
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]
Replies: 261
Views: 14643

Re: For BHs who actually like cars - what is your daily driver?

2016 Acura RDX Advance, 6 cylinder. Great car. DW has 2014 Mazda GTS.
by dewey
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else enjoying an afternoon nap in retirement?
Replies: 19
Views: 1825

Re: anyone else enjoying an afternoon nap in retirement?

On occasion--not routinely. If I meditate, sometimes I'll eventually slip into napville. It's great.
by dewey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?
Replies: 132
Views: 8201

Re: What non fiction book will you be reading in 2018?

pezblanco wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:25 pm
cheese_breath wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:20 pm
The Bible.
You might try "Letter To A Christian Nation" by Sam Harris ... you might think of it as an intelligent commentary on your own particular non-fictional choice. :D
+1
by dewey
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2nd million is easier!
Replies: 123
Views: 23946

Re: 2nd million is easier!

My portfolio is at 1,700,000.00. My wife's is separate. But I'm now drawing from it at a rate of 2.9% a year roughly, starting in 2018. I'm 68. Are there other retirees with no future wage earnings whose portfolio keeps pushing their net worth higher? That's the only way I'll break the $2 threshold.
by dewey
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 102
Views: 11220

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

So far I only do hard boiled eggs (perfect every time) and brown basmati rice (perfect every time). I haven't made any regular recipes because so many call for stopping and starting the IP and I'm not sure footed about all that. Plus so many of our recipes are well established using traditional mean...
by dewey
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 5732

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Popular Music?

I listen to Sirius stations when I drive that are contemporary and alternative rock. I also shazam music everywhere I go. The new stuff I like, I then purchase on iTunes and then assemble playlists as I go. I make 3-4 new playlists a year. I then burn discs as gifts to a small circle of friends who ...
by dewey
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 131
Views: 10733

Re: Do you meditate?

I do, and always enjoy it. I don’t do it daily which I want to commit to. I just downloaded Headspace app. Thanks for that suggestion.
by dewey
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New 2 comma member
Replies: 28
Views: 2791

Re: New 2 comma member

:sharebeer

Wonderful and good for you. It’s an accomplishment and you did it.
by dewey
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 75
Views: 7757

Re: New mattress

We’re having a new Pure 100% latex mattress delivered next week. My research led us to latex. Our current foam mattress has worked well but we’re excited for the latex upgrade.
by dewey
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?
Replies: 130
Views: 8341

Re: What are you driving? And would you buy your current ride again?

Wife has a 2014 Mazda 3 GTS. It has all the new safety features. Sporty ride and drive. And we average 30 mpg in mixed driving. She loves the car. Would definitely buy again. I drive a 2016 Acura RDX. Terrific vehicle in literally all ways. This is our AWD vehicle and would purchase again in a heart...
by dewey
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Has your "risk tolerance" been tested?
Replies: 105
Views: 7545

Re: Has your "risk tolerance" been tested?

My wife and I both agreed that we should do absolutely nothing. And as I've said, the right description of 2008-2009 was not "we stayed the course" but "we froze like deer caught in the headlights." I'm a fraidycat and have always had "too conservative" an allocation. As a matter of fact in 2007 I ...
by dewey
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Millionaire Next Door (Thank you Bogleheads)
Replies: 81
Views: 12298

Re: Millionaire Next Door (Thank you Bogleheads)

Always great hearing the two comma news. Good for you!!!
by dewey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: another 2 comma club member
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Re: another 2 comma club member

Awesome...with a side of awesome sauce. Congrats!!!
by dewey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does anyone hold cash?
Replies: 58
Views: 6611

Re: Does anyone hold cash?

Retired, holding approximately 2 years living expenses in cash.
by dewey
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waxing my car!
Replies: 48
Views: 4760

Re: Waxing my car!

I use Griot's Poly Wax. It is very easy to apply and remove. One of the easiest I've ever used. It gives a really nice shine. And is extremely durable and long lasting.
by dewey
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifestyle Creep
Replies: 142
Views: 12973

Re: Lifestyle Creep

I'm 68, my wife is 65--both retired. Our house is a regular 3 bedroom 2 bath. We clean it ourselves. We do all the yard care and mowing (smaller lot of course). I clean the gutters. We wash our windows when our mostly younger neighbors hire it out. We cook most of our meals at home but when we go ou...
by dewey
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Milestone-this is the only place to share
Replies: 21
Views: 2622

Re: Personal Milestone-this is the only place to share

Excellent--congrats! Puts a bounce in your step today...
by dewey
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?
Replies: 255
Views: 19997

Re: [Are the Bogleheads] getting less interesting?

“The measure of an education is that you acquire some idea of the extent of your ignorance.” Christopher Hitchens
by dewey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Roomba's effective?
Replies: 57
Views: 6005

Re: Are Roomba's effective?

We have the 800 series and I wouldn't buy one again. It's cleaning capacity is mediocre compared to a vacuum cleaner or stick. Basically worthless on carpet so we only run it on hard surfaces. You have to prep the spaces it will run in or else it's likely to get stuck. Since it has these operational...
by dewey
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Buick Verano (non turbo) or Mazda3 owners
Replies: 35
Views: 2138

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

My wife has a Mazda 2014 Grand Touring Sport w/automatic transmission (purchased new). Great car. Handles well. Has all the modern safety features. Terrific gas mileage. No behavior issues to date. I enjoy it too. I like a bit more comfort and quieter ride but this is a sportier car and that explain...
by dewey
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Good Service for Flagship Investors
Replies: 35
Views: 4862

Re: Good Service for Flagship Investors

My first Flagship Rep was outstanding. He was promoted and his replacement was not as stellar. I made a change and my current Rep is terrific. Prior to Flagship all my service was very good. I've been with Vanguard a long time and would give their service two thumbs up.
by dewey
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you handle the costs of your child's wedding?
Replies: 170
Views: 15780

Re: How did you handle the costs of your child's wedding?

I told my daughters--many decades ago--when they got married they'd get $10,000.00 each to use as they chose (wedding fun, honeymoon travel, toward house down-payment---up to them). My younger daughter asked what would happen if they didn't get married. I said "Then you get $20,000.00"
by dewey
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard Expense Ratio Advantage
Replies: 37
Views: 3524

Re: Vanguard Expense Ratio Advantage

The others have lowered their ER's for one reason as far as I can tell--Vanguard was eating their lunch. Had Vanguard never existed what's the chance they'd do what they're doing now? I give Vanguard my business in part to support them for having supported me--over the long haul.
by dewey
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?
Replies: 170
Views: 23301

Re: Any regrets living a frugal life for high income/high networth individuals?

OP, take a reality check. (and I mean that in a nice way). You live probably a really really nice life style compared to almost everyone in the world. I could be wrong, but my guess is your total cash outlay over the course of a year is between $75,000 and $100,000 a year. That isn't living frugall...
by dewey
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep two cars for one person to drive
Replies: 34
Views: 3570

Re: Keep two cars for one person to drive

My thoughts? If the numbers are reasonable and you can manage the two vehicles - why not? I used to drive a sporty Acura hatchback and now have the same Toyota Tacoma as you as a daily driver. I love the utility of the Tacoma for weekend tasks and hauling things but I'd be lying if I said I didn't ...
by dewey
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Hit 2M Net worth - Wanted to pass my gratitude to all wonderful people in this forum
Replies: 37
Views: 10189

Re: Hit 2M Net worth - Wanted to pass my gratitude to all wonderful people in this forum

njay73---

I didn't see your age? Just curious. But definitely congratulations regardless of it!
by dewey
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor grill: gas or electric?
Replies: 55
Views: 4259

Re: Outdoor grill: gas or electric?

I have the Weber Genesis stainless steel natural gas grill (direct feed from the house--no need to fill cans) and a Traeger. They serve different purposes. But what I've been doing with steaks and chops is, smoke the meat for a while on the Traeger to give that added flavor, then, finish it with a v...
by dewey
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher suggestions. LG Quad Wash vs???
Replies: 43
Views: 4678

Re: Dishwasher suggestions. LG Quad Wash vs???

Bosch 800 and 500 series with top 3rd shelf is very popular. I have an older generation Bosch in my house (without the top shelf) and very happy with it. I'd not hesitate to buy another Bosch DW should this one go bad and need a replacement. Edit- thesweethome agrees: http://thesweethome.com/review...
by dewey
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV in the bedroom?
Replies: 82
Views: 7065

Re: TV in the bedroom?

We have one in the bedroom. We use it sparingly but almost nightly before sleeping. DW sleeps like a rock so is never disturbed if I use it and she wants to sleep. I on the other hand...
by dewey
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who is a true Boglehead?!
Replies: 38
Views: 3105

Re: Who is a true Boglehead?!

Tamalak wrote:
lagflag wrote:
leonidas wrote:They will let you slide with just one missed step :D
But but but I once tried to time the market (and I beat it actually). Any chance now? :|
Leave and never return!
I took "leave and never return" completely as humor.
by dewey
Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Johnnie Walker Blue worth the cost?
Replies: 70
Views: 7537

Re: Johnnie Walker Blue worth the cost?

For those who prefer JW Black, I'd suggest giving Famous Grouse Smokey Black a try (previously the Black Grouse). I used to be a fan of JW Black but much prefer the Grouse--and at a better price point to boot.
by dewey
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for Small or Midsize SUV/Crossover
Replies: 66
Views: 8094

Re: Recommendations for Small or Midsize SUV/Crossover

Based on your criteria--I'd suggest adding the Acura RDX to you list. It checks all the boxes except turbo engine. But it has an excellent engine in terms of power (6 cylinder). But it also makes many important safety features available at a surprising price for a premier brand.
by dewey
Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 142
Views: 14200

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

happyisland wrote:I'm honestly shocked that there are so many votes for Chik Fil A. Who puts a bread and butter pickle on a fried chicken sandwich? I know you can pick it off, but that is just downright suspicious behavior.

+1
by dewey
Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?
Replies: 70
Views: 6632

Re: Work in Vancouver, WA..possibly live in Camas?

Camas has good schools but as others have said--so does Vancouver. Likely more diversity in many Vancover schools than Camas since Camas is much higher income. Vancouver is a great place to be retired--which we are. And we go to Portland 2-3 days a week for meals and entertainment. We time most of i...
by dewey
Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Question on Reinvestment of Dividends
Replies: 14
Views: 1825

Re: Question on Reinvestment of Dividends

Would folks here favor Specific Identification over First In/First Out? FIFO seems to have the built in mechanism that assures if you're selling only a portion of shares, that they will be the longest held shares automatically? I confess I'm way in over my head on this but would welcome thoughts/cou...
by dewey
Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonably Priced Red Wines
Replies: 47
Views: 4042

Reasonably Priced Red Wines

Re-visiting an earlier topic of sorts. I'm curious about Bogleheads' preferences for good red wine under $15.00. I know prices can vary quite widely across the country based on taxes, etc. That said--my beginners are Columbia Crest Grand Estates (all are good by my taste, in fact, their chardonnay i...
by dewey
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality Coffee Maker?
Replies: 54
Views: 6736

Re: Quality Coffee Maker?

texasdiver wrote:Technivorms are great but they are spendy and also tall. It wouldn't fit under my kitchen cabinets. A good cheaper alternative is this one. Best machine I have ever had

http://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-BV1900TS ... B00O9FO1HK
+1
by dewey
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leave garage door open?
Replies: 109
Views: 14056

Re: Leave garage door open?

Do you leave the front door to the house open? Probably not. It's there for a reason. In addition to what so many have said here about safety, critters, leaves, dirt, etc., from an open garage door, it's also not something most neighbors want to see. There's a reason many HOA's have garage door prot...
by dewey
Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pros/Cons of Condo Living?
Replies: 43
Views: 5650

Re: Pros/Cons of Condo Living?

The one thing to be wary of is a Board change that erodes the governing documents/rules. Two condo experiences taught me there are lots of people who think the rules are for everyone else. Once the ethic and code of condo living are weakened it's very difficult to restore. Then it's not far away fro...
by dewey
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for yardwork?
Replies: 71
Views: 8429

Re: Do you pay for yardwork?

I do my own pre emergent and fertilization applications as well as mowing, trimming, edging and winterization. With two kids now and another on the way it has become a sort of hobby for myself that I can do without leaving home. I just bought a commercial spreader with a 100# hopper capacity which ...
by dewey
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?
Replies: 107
Views: 15619

Re: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?

My Vanguard experience overall has been very good. When they kicked my Voyager advisor upstairs though, the replacement was not up to speed. After a few curious communications, I asked for a replacement. Her supervisor was very protective of her--but also very protective of himself and finally yield...
by dewey
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Think my future father in law is giving the wrong advice to my fiance..what should i do?
Replies: 111
Views: 11967

Re: Think my future father in law is giving the wrong advice to my fiance..what should i do?

jimb_fromATL wrote:I wonder if perhaps a bigger issue is that "her father moved her money" ... when she's 29 years old and apparently living with you instead of with him, and she didn't even discuss it with you first. :?

jimb
+1
by dewey
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix increasing prices. Will you keep it?
Replies: 73
Views: 11333

Re: Netflix increasing prices. Will you keep it?

zagyzebra wrote:Cancel over a $2 increase? Nah. Just last night I watched a 90-minute Part 1 of a 4-part entertaining Chelsea Handler documentary series. To me, original specials like these help justify the price increase.
+1
by dewey
Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Investing] Things that would/will never happen in your lifetime
Replies: 43
Views: 6456

Re: Things that would/will never happen in your lifetime

I recall my Dad telling me (I'm 66) years back that his 5% home mortgage rate would never be seen again. Not only was it seen--it's been lower for years. Things I don't think (or hope) we'll see again is the 29 cent per gallon gasoline I recall from the mid 60's in NJ and bread for 25 cents a loaf i...
by dewey
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm sitting here watching FOX Business...14200??
Replies: 92
Views: 10459

Re: I'm sitting here watching FOX Business...14200??

Just did some rebalancing this morning. Stay the course.
by dewey
Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Online/Distance Graduate Degrees Respected?
Replies: 28
Views: 7297

Re: Are Online/Distance Graduate Degrees Respected?

It depends. From which institutions? In what degree programs? Compared to what alternatives? Sure--Stanford matters. Is that what you're asking? As always, caveat emptor. But on balance...overall...how is the question answered? That would be my measure.
by dewey
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Article: Stocks overvalued and could see 50%+ drop
Replies: 29
Views: 4962

Re: Article: Stocks overvalued and could see 50%+ drop

Here is this one from Bill Gross about Dow 5,000 September 6, 2002: 5:10 PM EDT NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The manager of the world's biggest bond mutual fund predicts the Dow Jones industrial average could fall another 40 percent to 5,000 because the stock market remains stubbornly expensive . . . And...