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by VictoriaF
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)
Replies: 36
Views: 3702

Re: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)

grok87 wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:22 pm
letsgobobby wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:05 am

1984, and I defend it as non-fiction.
Yup.
Then "War and Peace" is non-fiction, too.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit Card Fraud - $30K
Replies: 40
Views: 3336

Re: Credit Card Fraud - $30K

I have some old credit cards that I seldom use but keep in order to have a longer credit history and a slightly better credit score. I make one annual purchase on each of these cards to ensure that the bank would not cancel them for the lack of activity. All my cards include alerts, but in the OP's ...
by VictoriaF
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Apartment Decision After Divorce- Please evaluate my thinking
Replies: 30
Views: 2548

Re: Apartment Decision After Divorce- Please evaluate my thinking

I have lived in apartments all my life. In some places neighbors made more noise than in others. I have always been able to tune it off. The top floor is hotter in summer and your control over AC may be limited. In my current building the elevator is frequently out of service, and those on higher fl...
by VictoriaF
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Info on Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Replies: 28
Views: 2206

Re: Info on Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Has he ever traveled outside the US? I have, to include eastern europe....not a place for a young impressionable mind much less one seeking higher education. I live in Eastern Europe. It is a flourishing region Yes, flourishing, with population decreasing abruptly, massive brain drain and workforce...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Info on Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Replies: 28
Views: 2206

Re: Info on Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

It sounds like a terrible plan. I am appealed at the methods westerners/americans (even first generation) invent to inject some "adventure" in their lives ending with no adventure but years of setbacks. How is destroying ones' best years in life in some no name university in a dictatorship next to ...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best (most practical, low cost) Luggage for Airline Travel
Replies: 45
Views: 2487

Re: Best (most practical, low cost) Luggage for Airline Travel

A minimalist traveler here but for what it's worth, for two 4-month traveling's in Asia the past two years, I used only an Osprey Ozone 46. Fits in overhead easily enough, has straps to compress when stuffed. Accepted on 14 different airlines, international and domestic. Useful to have a light jack...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comparing Boats to Autos
Replies: 24
Views: 1263

Re: Comparing Boats to Autos

I did see a VW that had the big “eyelashes” over the front headlights that someone had rigged to go up and down... (see “carlashes”) https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-1/p200x200/18222299_1548423885170093_3975059808559422981_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=95997258bb93953cb917968c135db433&oe=5BF4F094 W...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 42
Views: 3642

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Here is an excellent 22-point advice on defending your case in Virginia traffic courts:
http://nicholsgreen.com/2016/04/how-to- ... ic-ticket/

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best (most practical, low cost) Luggage for Airline Travel
Replies: 45
Views: 2487

Re: Best (most practical, low cost) Luggage for Airline Travel

I appreciate that other people buy oversized hard shell suitcases that they have to check in. That leaves more overhead space for people like me.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comparing Boats to Autos
Replies: 24
Views: 1263

Re: Comparing Boats to Autos

Nestegg_User wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:59 pm
VictoriaF wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:12 pm
Autos don't fly, float or flirt.

Victoria

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=flo ... &FORM=VIRE

(almost true)
I stand one-third corrected. Do you have any links to flirting cars?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 57
Views: 4604

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

This is the kind of thread that makes me weep for mankind....how can anyone honestly need recommendations on freaking underwear? Have we become that un self reliant? Sigh...ex officio's are really good. Edit - I completely blame the internet for this ... can you imagine a guy going up to another gu...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth seeing comedian live if already saw their Netflix special?
Replies: 20
Views: 1734

Re: Worth seeing comedian live if already saw their Netflix special?

OT, but an opportunity to brag that on Monday I will attend a taping by a TV network EPIX for a new stand-up comedy series, https://www.dcimprov.com/home/tv-taping.html .

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 57
Views: 4604

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

This is the kind of thread that makes me weep for mankind....how can anyone honestly need recommendations on freaking underwear? Have we become that un self reliant? Sigh...ex officio's are really good. Edit - I completely blame the internet for this ... can you imagine a guy going up to another gu...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comparing Boats to Autos
Replies: 24
Views: 1263

Re: Comparing Boats to Autos

Autos don't fly, float or flirt.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Elderly Relative Short on Money
Replies: 91
Views: 6816

Re: Elderly Relative Short on Money

Consider getting a new nephew, Or a niece. Some towns have lots of housing options and-- this will be important later-- transportation options, others very little. Buses, taxis, and uber/lyft are not common everywhere. In my HCOL county, people over certain age get vouchers for half-price cab rides...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best (cheapest) way to book a flight well in advance
Replies: 15
Views: 1492

Re: Best (cheapest) way to book a flight well in advance

Google flights. You can set up fare watches and look at charts of how the prices are fluctuating over time. Then you use technical analysis to decide when to buy?? Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any technical analysis for the best time to buy. It's pretty much a seat of the pants kind of thing. Fo...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Swimmer wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:14 am
Thanks, Victoria. I appreciate the quick response and advice.
You are welcome, Swimmer,

Here is the SNCF English-language site that I am using for planning the next year trip: https://www.sncf.com/en ; and this one https://en.oui.sncf/en/ . I have not purchased from them (yet).

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Elderly Relative Short on Money
Replies: 91
Views: 6816

Re: Elderly Relative Short on Money

I also suggest getting an SPIA for your mother in law.

HCOL areas usually have excellent public transportation. Can your mother in law get rid of the car and use bus and metro?

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Being out $60 has already been well worth it if you ask me. You are no longer worrying about the rest of the money you spent on your trip! JT I worry more about stupid expenses than total expenses. I spent over $900 on the BWI-FRA (one-way) business flight because I wanted to arrive to Europe well ...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth seeing comedian live if already saw their Netflix special?
Replies: 20
Views: 1734

Re: Worth seeing comedian live if already saw their Netflix special?

I have taken over a dozen improv classes, about ten of which were at the same level with the same instructor. I am having fun in the class even though I know all games, all scenes, and the likeliest public suggestions. In my opinion, physical interactions are always much more rewarding than screen t...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

I successfully got reimbursed over $400 for a cancelled flight last year via Chase Sapphire Reserve....they paid for my hotel and meals. I recall having to submit a lot of paperwork to document the event and my expenses. I don't recall all the details. For $60 I wouldn't waste my time, unless you f...
by VictoriaF
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Better Behavioural Finance Books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1185

Re: Better Behavioural Finance Books?

I specifically recommended Thaler's books earlier in this thread, because he is a "real economist" and his work has a greater emphasis on the behavioral finance. Kahneman and Ariely are psychologists (Ariely got a psychology degree but is now an academic in behavioral economics). Their books are exc...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Celebrating the day you retired
Replies: 46
Views: 2833

Re: Celebrating the day you retired

I retired on a Thursday. Someone asked me why I choose Thursday and I told them I wanted to start out my retirement with a three day weekend. :D Tomorrow is a Friday, and I will be celebrating a three day weekend. Today is a Thursday, and I am celebrating a four day weekend. Yesterday was a Wednesd...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Better Behavioural Finance Books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1185

Re: Better Behavioural Finance Books?

"Nudge" and "Misbehaving" by Richard Thaler, 2017 Nobel Prize winner.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?
Replies: 24
Views: 1553

Re: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?

We just use disposable cable ties so the zipper on the bag won't accidentally slide open. Easy enough for the Customs/security people to clip if they need to look inside the bag. Dont waste your money. No locks, just use zip ties. But you need to clip them on arrival, and for that you need scissors...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?
Replies: 24
Views: 1553

Re: Lock Suitcases on International Flight or Not?

I never lock my checked-in luggage and don't have anything in it worth taking.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

3. My flight was on 25-26 July, and the weather was in fact bad. But even before the bad weather became a problem, the flight was late arriving to BWI . The scheduled departure was 8:35pm. But at 5:30pm, when the weather at BWI was still fine, there was already a message that the flight will depart...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Being out $60 has already been well worth it if you ask me. You are no longer worrying about the rest of the money you spent on your trip! JT I worry more about stupid expenses than total expenses. I spent over $900 on the BWI-FRA (one-way) business flight because I wanted to arrive to Europe well ...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Celebrating the day you retired
Replies: 46
Views: 2833

Re: Celebrating the day you retired

On the night of my last day in the office I flew to the U.K., first to visit Windsor and then to London.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 57
Views: 4604

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

This is the kind of thread that makes me weep for mankind....how can anyone honestly need recommendations on freaking underwear? Have we become that un self reliant? Sigh...ex officio's are really good. Edit - I completely blame the internet for this ... can you imagine a guy going up to another gu...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

I would rather be delayed due to weather than have the airline chance it and see what happens. Weather can be deadly to aviators. $60 is a tiny inconvenience in lieu. Also consider that hazardous weather that affect a flight may extend to other areas and times beyond a scheduled departure airport &...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

"2. Airhelp wanted me to log in to my email account and I decided not to pursue it." CREATE A DUMMY EMAIL ACCT. Too much work. But I may reconsider it. "The bad news, according to The Points Guy, is that to get compensated by the CSP, my delay would have to be over 12 hours." MAY BE TRUE, BUT WHAT ...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Mad at the airline because of bad weather? Seems fair. I am not mad at the airline or anyone else. I consider delays as opportunities for adventures and antifragility enhancements. This trip was particularly rich in antifragile experiences: 1. On my way to BWI there was fire in my metro car. The tr...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Goal33 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:07 am
Looks like the answer is no :D
I agree. Still, this discussion could be helpful to other Bogleheads and to me in the future.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

criticalmass wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:14 pm
What was the reason for delay? Was it within Condor’s control?
It's hard to say. The initial information about the delay was a couple hours before the weather turned bad.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Victoria, I may be misremembering, but my recollection is that it's the time you arrive at your destination that counts. However, I think you are going to have a hard time collecting given the weather and how close you are to being under 3 hours. But it's worth a shot. The weather became bad a coup...
by VictoriaF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?

Borat really has nothing to do with Kazakhstan, it is a serious overstatement to even consider it an exaggeration. I was born in the USSR and have a personal connection to Alma-Ata (Almaty) even though I have never visited it. My reference to Borat was tongue-in-cheek as was my use of the word "exa...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?

Borat really has nothing to do with Kazakhstan, it is a serious overstatement to even consider it an exaggeration. I was born in the USSR and have a personal connection to Alma-Ata (Almaty) even though I have never visited it. My reference to Borat was tongue-in-cheek as was my use of the word "exa...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 57
Views: 4604

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

Clean.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?
Replies: 110
Views: 9624

Re: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?

Antarctica. High cultured neighborhood. Everyone always wears tuxes. My requirement is for everyone always wearing high heels. Victoria Mine would immediately rule out any place where people wore tuxes or high heels, including to weddings and funerals. Nobody wearing more than board shorts, sandals...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?
Replies: 110
Views: 9624

Re: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?

Antarctica. High cultured neighborhood. Everyone always wears tuxes. My requirement is for everyone always wearing high heels. Victoria Mine would immediately rule out any place where people wore tuxes or high heels, including to weddings and funerals. Nobody wearing more than board shorts, sandals...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?

We want to go to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan next summer from the US. Is this a difficult enough trip that a travel agent might be the best way to get this organized with flights, hotels, guides, etc? Trying to this on the cheap with family of 4. We have someone in our family that speaks and reads Ru...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)
Replies: 36
Views: 3702

Re: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)

Fiction: - "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov I saw the Mel Brooks movie. In a theater. Way back then. The only way you could see a movie. I did see it again on DVD, both years later AND years ago! I was somewhat disappointed. It was no Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein or High A...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)
Replies: 36
Views: 3702

Re: Books - Your 3 Best - (Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing)

Fiction: - "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov - "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen - "Goya" by Lion Feuchtwanger Non-fiction: - "The Black Swan" by Nassim Taleb - "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely - "Art of Seduction" by Robert Greene Financial: - The Bogleheads Guides - Jack B...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?
Replies: 110
Views: 9624

Re: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?

cheese_breath wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Antarctica. High cultured neighborhood. Everyone always wears tuxes.
My requirement is for everyone always wearing high heels.

Victoria
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steel cut oats wash/rinse before cooking
Replies: 26
Views: 3116

Re: steel cut oats wash/rinse before cooking

I probably should but don't usually rinse them but I do add some extra water to the pot, stir the oats, and then pour off anything that floats to the top. If you have ever seen the way bulk grains, legumes, etc. are handled before they go into retail packaging, you would rinse them thoroughly. I ri...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: DC Bogleheads meeting with pension expert Arun Muralidhar - Sunday, July 29
Replies: 13
Views: 1845

Re: DC Bogleheads meeting with pension expert Arun Muralidhar - Sunday, July 29

On the day of this meeting I was having a leisurely brunch with friends in North-Eastern France. If I were at home, I'd have to choose between the Bogleheads and an improv practice. The retirement life is tough: you are always choosing among multiple great options. I am glad that the meeting went we...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?
Replies: 22
Views: 1711

Re: Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan. Time to utilize a travel agent?

We want to go to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan next summer from the US. Is this a difficult enough trip that a travel agent might be the best way to get this organized with flights, hotels, guides, etc? Trying to this on the cheap with family of 4. We have someone in our family that speaks and reads Ru...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3658
Views: 1039250

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Going in Style" I watched it on the return flight from Europe. Three elderly men have lost their pensions and the bank has provided them with adjustable-rate mortgages that later became unaffordable. And so the men decided to rob a bank. For the Bogleheads, the financial side of the story has many ...
by VictoriaF
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?
Replies: 37
Views: 2148

Re: Travel delay: Can I *easily* get $60 back?

Thank you, all! While I am reading the referenced links, here are some preliminary answers: . 1. It makes more sense for me to spend time to get several hundred Euros than mere $60. 2. Airhelp wanted me to log in to my email account and I decided not to pursue it. 3. My flight was on 25-26 July, and...