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by boomergeneration
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Women Lifting Weights
Replies: 128
Views: 12752

Re: Older Women Lifting Weights

I just discovered this thread and have enjoyed reading all the entries. I want to share my experience. I am currently 68 years old. I went to body pump classes 2 times per week for 3 years. But I couldn't increase my Barbell weight. Every time I tried I would injure something and have to go back dow...
by boomergeneration
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 165
Views: 20193

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

I bought an instant pot over 2 years ago and use it every morning to make steel oats, and often later in the day to make a soup. The great thing about making oatmeal and soups in the instant pot is that you don't have to worry about it boiling over as it might on the stove.
by boomergeneration
Sun May 31, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2048
Views: 217890

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Mrs. America, on Hulu. Don't be put off by the title; it has nothing to do with the beauty pageant. It is about the fight for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Starts in the 1970's and finishes with Regan getting elected. Cate Blanchett does a fantastic job playing the lead, Phyllis Schafle...
by boomergeneration
Tue May 26, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Examples of why NOT to hold individual stocks
Replies: 93
Views: 7846

Re: Examples of why NOT to hold individual stocks

I live in Seattle, which was the headquarters of Washington Mutual, the largest savings and loans in the country in 2008. We had our mortgage there and had been banking there for years.I bought stock. It paid a good dividend. Analysts liked it. It went bankrupt. I learned my lesson.
by boomergeneration
Tue May 19, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What single individual stock would you buy?
Replies: 133
Views: 10383

Re: What single individual stock would you buy?

Costco. It has got great management and a strong board that has Charlie Munger on it. Every time I shop there I am impressed by the efficiency of the operation.And I like the way they treat their employees.
by boomergeneration
Tue May 05, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Powdered Soy Milk
Replies: 39
Views: 2245

Re: Powdered Soy Milk

Runner26, I would also like to thank you. I have been looking for an organic soy powder for years, to use when I travel. This sounds perfect. I just ordered it.
by boomergeneration
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Do you want to own the whole haystack [VTI] when someone has a blowtorch?
Replies: 136
Views: 11511

Re: Do you want to own the whole haystack [VTI] when someone has a blowtorch?

If Costco got cheap, I would buy some. Extremely well-managed, great business model, and a fantastic board. If it gets below $250. I'm buying.
by boomergeneration
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 196048

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

This is one of the most interesting articles about the difficulty of working with the CDC to get testing that I have read: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/10/us/coronavirus-testing-delays.html It talks about how concerned scientists in Seattle had to go behind the back of the CDC to test people that...
by boomergeneration
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 196048

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

There are cases in Singapore, where it is always around 90 degrees year-round.
by boomergeneration
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 196048

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

We are at the forefront of testing here in the Seattle area. The University of Washington Medicine lab completed 1,300 COVID19 tests a few days ago and hopes to be doing 4,000 per day by next week. That is one of the reasons our numbers are the highest in the country. It was an independent lab here ...
by boomergeneration
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 196048

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Also, check out Trevor Bedford's blog: https://bedford.io/blog/ for a great explanation of the spread of the coronavirus.
by boomergeneration
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: [Archived] Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus
Replies: 4963
Views: 196048

Re: Bogleheads community discussion - Coronavirus

Here in Seattle we have just been advised by the local government to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. I hope people realize the only reason we don't have a realistic picture of what is going on is because we haven't been testing. We are ramping up the testing quickly in Seattle, with the UW ...
by boomergeneration
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?
Replies: 232
Views: 24264

Re: Postponed travel due to Corona Virus. Am I am overreacting ?

You are not overreacting. I live in Seattle; right now we have 10 deaths attributed to coronavirus and many more infected than the figures show. Until a few days ago it was very hard to get tested, and even now is limited by testing capability. Trevor Bedford, the scientist who discovered the first ...
by boomergeneration
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Those that have an "Anti-Boglehead" investment account, what are your "risky" plays?
Replies: 167
Views: 20986

Re: Those that have an "Anti-Boglehead" investment account, what are your "risky" plays?

Costco. I have had it for over 10 years. I greatly admire how the company is run.
by boomergeneration
Wed May 08, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Filing for a Restricted SS Claim
Replies: 16
Views: 1155

Re: Filing for a Restricted SS Claim

I filed for restricted SS online a few months ago and did not encounter any problems.
by boomergeneration
Wed May 01, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best use of Chase Sapphire Preferred points?
Replies: 27
Views: 3239

Re: Best use of Chase Sapphire Preferred points?

Transferring to Hyatt is my favorite use, especially in the summer when cash rates in popular places like Nashville or Seattle can be $400. night.
by boomergeneration
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why do most people hate/dread learning about money and is there a good book for helping them?
Replies: 78
Views: 5768

Re: Why do most people hate/dread learning about money and is there a good book for helping them?

I like The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias because their is a lot of humor in the book, which makes it easy to read. It was originally written decades ago but he revises it periodically. I had both my sons read it in their teens and both enjoyed it.
by boomergeneration
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for getting the most out of your cruise?
Replies: 60
Views: 4760

Re: Tips for getting the most out of your cruise?

For a great introduction to cruising, check out the talk on RickSteves.com. Click on "Watch,Read,Listen" and then click on "Travel Talks" and you will see the one on "Cruising". Lots of good information on getting the most value out of a cruise.
by boomergeneration
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best uses of Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
Replies: 28
Views: 3907

Re: Best uses of Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Best use is highly subjective. I use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points solely to transfer to Hyatt. After a lifetime of being frugal and staying at hostels and inexpensive hotels, I discovered that I really, really enjoy staying at 5 star hotels. In the past few years, thanks to Chase/Hyatt points, I ha...
by boomergeneration
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Cuba
Replies: 42
Views: 3737

Re: Travel to Cuba

I am very excited to be going to Cuba in a few weeks. At first I wanted to do a cruise but the shorter ones only spend one night in Havana and the longer cruises were more expensive than I wanted to pay. After much research, I signed up for a 9 day land tour through the company Intrepid Tours. It me...
by boomergeneration
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why I plan on buying a life annuity - even if it is a stupid idea
Replies: 117
Views: 11659

Re: Why I plan on buying a life annuity - even if it is a stupid idea

My dad got a non-Cola'd pension from Bethlehem Steel in 1982; it was $800. per month. It is, of course, still $800. per month but he likes getting it. Many, if not most, non-public pensions do not have a Cola.That is how I look at a SPIA. When I was 62, I got a SPIA paying me $1,034 per month. I lik...
by boomergeneration
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard, Costco, Coursera...
Replies: 39
Views: 5836

Re: Vanguard, Costco, Coursera...

Second hand thrift stores. I am amazed by the number of new clothes, with the tags still on them, that can be found among the worn-out items. Also good for items that aren't made anymore. Like when our old VCR finally broke and we wanted one to watch some old movies we still have on tape. We found a...
by boomergeneration
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on outside of expenses and investments?
Replies: 23
Views: 2197

Re: What do you spend your money on outside of expenses and investments?

Yearly Boglehead Conference.
Organic fruits and vegetables.
Lots of international travel.
Movies.
Books.
Netlix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now.
by boomergeneration
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]
Replies: 153
Views: 15505

Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

60 years old is the age when it is recommended and likely to be covered by insurance. That is when Kaiser covered my shot. That was the old one. I recently, at 66, got the new one. I hadn't had any side effects with the old one so didn't take the nurse seriously when she told me about the side effec...
by boomergeneration
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need" Kindle daily deal
Replies: 16
Views: 4212

Re: "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need" Kindle daily deal

The advantage of giving this book to a young person is that it is written with a lot of humor. Both my sons read it in their teens; it is an easy read. And he does advise investing in low cost passive funds. I think it is a great introduction to investing.
by boomergeneration
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perks of Owning Certain Individual Stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 5219

Re: Perks of Owning Certain Individual Stocks

Starbucks gives out a bag of coffee beans at their annual meeting. They used to give a goodie bag with a Starbucks mug, a pound of coffee and some other treats but this year they downsized.
by boomergeneration
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help with support for shoes
Replies: 6
Views: 825

Re: help with support for shoes

Check out this month's Costco magazine if you are a member. There is an article about custom making insoles at Costco. It sounded interesting. I already recycled our copy or would look up the costs. Hopefully another poster can do that.
by boomergeneration
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5665
Views: 1369697

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

On Body and Soul, which was nominated this year for Best Foreign Film. It is from Hungary and very original. About 2 people who work in a slaughterhouse and discover they have the same dreams at night. I enjoyed it very much. It is on Netflix.
by boomergeneration
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Tours
Replies: 67
Views: 5657

Re: European Tours

My spouse and I have been on 5 Rick Steve's Tours. I highly recommend them. The tour guides are great. The tours cap at 28 people so the tour bus has plenty of empty seats to spread out in. The 2018 tours are out now; you can save $100. if you book by the end of November. We travel on our own, too, ...
by boomergeneration
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seattle in 3 days
Replies: 38
Views: 4115

Re: Seattle in 3 days

Since you will be there on a Sunday, I would recommend going to the Farmer's Market in Ballard. It is held year-round, every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you like to walk, the Ballard Locks is a mile or two from there and is also worth seeing.
by boomergeneration
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Are Annuities A Worthwhile Retirement Investment?
Replies: 53
Views: 14141

Re: Are Annuities A Worthwhile Retirement Investment?

I decided to get an annuity because I am not getting a pension and I wanted some regular, guaranteed income besides Social Security. It helps me feel better about the fluctuations of the stock market knowing I have that monthly income.
by boomergeneration
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: BH thoughts on money gurus
Replies: 26
Views: 3987

Re: BH thoughts on money gurus

I like Clark Howard. I think of him as a consumer advocate. I haven't noticed him selling anything other than a few books he has written.
by boomergeneration
Tue May 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?
Replies: 107
Views: 9836

Re: What newspaper or magazine do you pay for?

For people that want to read The Economist but don't want to pay for it, check to see if your library has a subscription to Zinio. If it does, you can access the current issue of The Economist at home on your own computer. I read both The Economist and Kiplinger on Zinio. I pay for the New York Time...
by boomergeneration
Mon May 08, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. BOGLE: Let's Get The Party Started One Day Early
Replies: 70
Views: 9823

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. BOGLE: Let's Get The Party Started One Day Early

Happy Birthday, Jack! And thank you for Vanguard and for being for the individual investor.
by boomergeneration
Mon May 08, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread
Replies: 185
Views: 49550

Re: Seattle Area Chapter Meetings - Master Thread

I would love a meeting that met in Seattle instead of the Eastside. Any one else interested?
by boomergeneration
Fri May 05, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust
Replies: 29
Views: 8545

Re: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust

Success! We tried a different branch of Chase today and we were in and out in 10 minutes. The woman that helped us was friendly and professional. Amazing compared to our negative experience yesterday. Many thanks to all the replies and good suggestions. My husband did call his credit union and could...
by boomergeneration
Thu May 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust
Replies: 29
Views: 8545

Re: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust

I didn't know credit unions did Medallion Signatures. We will look into that. Thanks.
by boomergeneration
Thu May 04, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust
Replies: 29
Views: 8545

Re: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust

The person at the Vanguard Trust Department told me that the Medallion Signature was required. I will call tomorrow to see if there are any other options. Thank you for your suggestion.
by boomergeneration
Thu May 04, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust
Replies: 29
Views: 8545

Re: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust

Thank you so much for the replies. I will try another branch of Chase to see if we fare better. We never had a problem in the past. I wonder if the popularity of Vanguard is causing banks to be less cooperative. In fact, the woman at Chase suggested I try a local branch of Vanguard. GMT-8, thank you...
by boomergeneration
Thu May 04, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust
Replies: 29
Views: 8545

Medallion Signature for Vanguard Trust

My MIL died a few weeks ago. She had a revocable trust at Vanguard consisting of several mutual funds. My spouse and brother-in-law are co-trustrees and the only beneficiaries. One of the forms the Vanguard Trust Department sent to be completed in order to proceed requires a Medallion signature. In ...
by boomergeneration
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reliable washer/dryer brands
Replies: 42
Views: 15315

Re: Reliable washer/dryer brands

Another vote for Speed Queen. Our old washer broke down a few months ago and all the new ones we looked at were too high-tech for us. We wanted one that was easy to use with no bells and whistles. We bought a Speed Queen, made in the United States and has been around for a long time. So far we are v...
by boomergeneration
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel to Istanbul
Replies: 42
Views: 4180

Re: travel to Istanbul

Spouse and I took a Rick Steves Tour of Turkey a few years ago and had a great time. I notice that he is still offering the Turkey tour, which surprised me due to the unrest there. I guess he still considers it safe enough.
by boomergeneration
Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 333
Views: 70468

Re: What is your favorite consumer product?

Fortum and Mason Royal Blend Tea - my morning cup of tea is one of the biggest pleasures of my day
Edensoy unsweetened soy milk - only ingredients are water and organic soybeans
All-Clad cookware
Polder Timers
Body Pump dvds
I-Tunes
Costco Organic Frozen Broccoli
Costco Organic Frozen Blueberries
by boomergeneration
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe bus tours
Replies: 36
Views: 3998

Re: Europe bus tours

Another thought. A nice compromise if you are planning, say, a week-long trip to one city is to book the air and hotel on your own and take some day tours while you are there. We did this last year in Tokyo. First day we took a day long walking/metro tour of Tokyo with a group of 12 people. It was a...
by boomergeneration
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe bus tours
Replies: 36
Views: 3998

Re: Europe bus tours

Another vote for Rick Steves tours. His guides are fantastic. We have taken 4 of his tours: Turkey, Great Britain, Spain, and the 3 week European tour. One nice feature is he caps the tours at 24 to 28 people so there are lots of empty seats on the bus. Generally, you will spend at least 2 nights at...
by boomergeneration
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Vegan Products
Replies: 57
Views: 7031

Re: Favorite Vegan Products

My favorites: Frozen organic broccoli from Costco, comes in 4 one pound pckgs of broccoli florets. Frozen organic blueberries from Costco, 3 pound pckg. Lentils, split peas, garbanzo beans, black beans, pinto beans. Japanese sweet potatoes. Roasted pumpkin seeds, Eden brand. Whatever fresh fruit is ...
by boomergeneration
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tax Preparation--Anyone try this as second income
Replies: 40
Views: 7829

Re: Tax Preparation--Anyone try this as second income

Hello Curmudgeon (and anyone else who would like to reply 1. Any information on the quality of the training? 2. Any idea of the hourly wage they pay in the San Jose, CA area? 3. Any advantages/disadvantages of going with HR Block versus Jackson Hewitt or other firms? Geo168 I thought the training c...
by boomergeneration
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tax Preparation--Anyone try this as second income
Replies: 40
Views: 7829

Re: Tax Preparation--Anyone try this as second income

I would personally have trouble selling the refund anticipation check service (this translates into a high interest rate short duration loan). Make sure you'll be comfortable selling whatever the company sells before picking a tax preparation company. I took the HR Block course about 10 years ago a...
by boomergeneration
Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concierge medicine Worth It????
Replies: 317
Views: 39835

Re: Concierge medicine Worth It????

Dropping insurance plans or changing their business model is not abandonment. ...... Don't be surprised if you need to look for another PCP in a couple of years if your new PCP transitions away from your insurance This is yet another reason why I stick with Kaiser. I consider Kaiser to be my provid...