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by investingdad
Wed May 23, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Debating whether to rebuild tractor or buy a new zero turn
Replies: 30
Views: 1582

Re: Debating whether to rebuild tractor or buy a new zero turn

$3K for a 52" ZTR does not sound like a quality mower (no offense). If you want a good mower, you need to go with a commercial brand with a fabricated deck and a high quality engine like Kawasaki. Some brands to investigate: Bob-Cat Bad-Boy Scag Kubota Dixie Chopper Exmark Ferris Gravely Look to sp...
by investingdad
Wed May 23, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 92
Views: 3460

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

My only clothing splurge has been Johnston & Murphy shoes, which by some standards are not a splurge. I paid about $140 each for a pair of black dress shoes and brown dress shoes. Neither made in China. Both were very uncomfortable at first but once broken in, feel wonderful. I may elect to get a pa...
by investingdad
Tue May 22, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 92
Views: 3460

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

I do appreciate the store specific feedback. Thanks.
by investingdad
Tue May 22, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 92
Views: 3460

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

Not full suit as I only wear a jacket and tie if meeting clients off site.

Really more like good slacks and dress shirts. I like the jacket no tie look and that's acceptable for the meetings above.
by investingdad
Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 92
Views: 3460

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

My boss's boss is in another country and my boss is female...so that guidance won't work. :) We have a range of fashions at our Megacorp. Some are sloppy and it's not a good look. Others are way on the other end, most are in the middle. My objective is simply to look a little more put together in th...
by investingdad
Tue May 22, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 92
Views: 3460

How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

I admit I tried to spend some money on "upgraded" clothing labels this past weekend. I spent some time looking at office type clothes in Brooks Brother's, Ralph Lauren, Boss Hugo, etc. Nope, couldn't do it. I kept thinking of how little any of this would cost at Kohls. I did manage to drop a couple ...
by investingdad
Fri May 18, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Surgeon salary vs owning a business salary/profit?
Replies: 47
Views: 3984

Re: Surgeon salary vs owning a business salary/profit?

It's funny, I knew a guy in my early 20s that used to plan out various career ideas, talked about cross country moves, going to school for... whatever... based on what he thought he'd earn, etc. We were friendly from around my senior year in college until a few years after I graduated. I eventually ...
by investingdad
Fri May 18, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Surgeon salary vs owning a business salary/profit?
Replies: 47
Views: 3984

Re: Surgeon salary vs owning a business salary/profit?

My advice is to actually start down a path and then stick with it to its conclusion.

After reading some of your other threads, you come off sounding wishy washy.

Perhaps this isn't the case, but that's the vibe you're projecting.
by investingdad
Thu May 10, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5284

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

DaftInvestor wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 2:45 pm
Here's an idea for a sign:

http://www.stopsignsandmore.com/images/ ... m/1966.gif
What if the dog can't read?
by investingdad
Thu May 10, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5284

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

We do have leash laws, just looked on our township website. Pretty strict and clear. That said, not the path I want to go down here. We'll see if it continues. If it becomes a real recurring issue, I'll have to let them know about my daughter's fear of dogs after a large dog got out of another neigh...
by investingdad
Thu May 10, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5284

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

Thanks for the feedback. Calling local authorities isn't something I'd do for this. Also I have no problem talking to a neighbor about something when appropriate. The guy way down the street that actually tried to bag a turkey with his bow in the open space woodland behind us I confronted immediatel...
by investingdad
Wed May 09, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5284

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

I never talked with them, but they seem like decent folks. The one time the dog did it's business in our yard, or maybe the neighbors... don't recall, they wasted no time running over to clean it up and apologize. It's a nice street in that regard. But that doesn't mean I want to see them when I'm r...
by investingdad
Wed May 09, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5284

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

bengal22 wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 12:57 pm
It wont stop bothering you regardless of replies here. Put up a fence.
I don't want a fence.

Our neighbors on either side don't have a fence an we like the openess.

The doggy lives two homes down.
by investingdad
Wed May 09, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5284

What's the view on dogs running free?

We have neighbors a few homes down that often let their dogs run in their backyard without a leash. Their property is not fenced. While fairly well trained, the one pooch likes to wander through our backyard to greet another neighbors dog that resides behind a fence. For the most part, this doesn't ...
by investingdad
Wed May 09, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to handle problem employee
Replies: 84
Views: 5472

Re: How to handle problem employee

My sense is the OP is frustrated and the employee is a PITA for one reason or another. I suspect the OP was both venting and looking for suggestions, as well as maybe looking for validation of their frustration. As often happens, people are quick to turn on the OP. I've had this experience many time...
by investingdad
Tue May 08, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it time for me to change jobs or should I stay put?
Replies: 69
Views: 6021

Re: Is it time for me to change jobs or should I stay put?

I'm going to share what I think is some hard reality. You're unlikely to be promoted into the type of role you think you should have and will be reporting to a younger manager sooner rather than later if you're not already. I'm just a few years older than you. I work for a mega Corp. I will tell you...
by investingdad
Sat May 05, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice on $5M property sale
Replies: 39
Views: 3980

Re: Need advice on $5M property sale

Good luck, OP...I'm genuinely happy you have this opportunity. I will say that in southeast PA where a certain online realtor has established a warehouse presence the land values have gone way up as business rushes in. I guess the question is... does this sale cement your early retirement and secure...
by investingdad
Thu May 03, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One Bathroom in Home Change Bathtub to Only Shower Hurt Resale?.
Replies: 32
Views: 2068

Re: One Bathroom in Home Change Bathtub to Only Shower Hurt Resale?.

I hate this point of view.

I could care less what the next buyer values. This is my h house and I'll make it comfortable for me.

OP...i suggest you make your home liveable for you.
by investingdad
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning to drive a stick [car with manual transmission]
Replies: 126
Views: 5850

Re: Learning to drive stick

There is no reason to use the parking brake to start on a hill. :confused Using the parking brake is how you avoid unnecessary clutch slippage. Otherwise, as soon as you come off the brake, the car starts rolling backwards, and you have to slip the clutch to overcome the backwards momentum without ...
by investingdad
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Could you support family on 1 income?
Replies: 88
Views: 6022

Re: Could you support family on 1 income?

Could if we wanted to.

I'd stay home, my wife earns 61.5% of our total income last year.
by investingdad
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Far is too Far, Commuting?
Replies: 211
Views: 12261

Re: Work Commute: How far is too far?

This is obviously a personal decision. My wife earns about 1.55x what I earn, which is great because I'm not doing too bad. She also has the lousy commute, but works from home on occasion and at her discretion... the perk of being mid career and highly valued. She spends about 50 minutes each way......
by investingdad
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Periodontist at fault?
Replies: 33
Views: 3384

Re: Periodontist at fault?

Sympathies for your wife. I'm living this right now. I had two root canals done on front teeth as a kid after breaking one of them. Now in my 40s, it was discovered that the one root canal failed at some point, an abscess began, and there's bone damage in the upper jaw. I had both of them redone las...
by investingdad
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job search advice for a soon-to-be engineering grad...
Replies: 41
Views: 1993

Re: Job search advice for a soon-to-be engineering grad...

My advice is for the interview process, especially the college academic superstars. Please make sure he remembers to be humble. I've interviewed new grads and recent grads who came in with stories that made it sound like they've already mastered engineering before they even started. A recent grad th...
by investingdad
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it very hard to learn Spanish?
Replies: 65
Views: 4333

Re: Is it very hard to learn Spanish?

It's probably not as easy as it would have been as a kid. But I will say this, the difficulty of learning a new skill is inversely proportional to your desire to learn it.
by investingdad
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult...now with progress Audio
Replies: 186
Views: 25557

Re: Learning Violin as an adult...Entering Month 15

Some modest improvement, but I'd still cover your ears. Here's two audio files of me playing. I recorded the first one about four or five weeks after I started. The second one I recorded a few weeks ago, after 15 months of playing with 1 hour of practice a day plus weekly lessons. I recorded these o...
by investingdad
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning up new house before move in—getting rid of “cat smell”
Replies: 42
Views: 3441

Re: Cleaning up new house before move in—getting rid of “cat smell”

Odors can be tricky. There was a new development near us that hit hard times in the housing crash. Builder pulled out and left one home in a state of construction. After three years or so, new builder bought the development. Rather than tearing down the incomplete home, they finished it and turned i...
by investingdad
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 6936

Re: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?

I've been a BH since my early 20s precisely so my wife and I, now in our mid 40s, can enjoy these sorts of vacations. Money is a tool, and discretionary spending is part of it. You need a $1000 alcohol package to be able to enjoy a vacation with your wife? I don't think I need to justify how we cho...
by investingdad
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 6936

Re: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?

$900 a week for liquor sounds outrageous to me and probably many BHs. THIS! I'm surprised at the number of posters who are so nonchalant about spending nearly a grand on booze for a week. I wouldn't buy such a package at even half that price. I've been a BH since my early 20s precisely so my wife a...
by investingdad
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 6936

Re: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?

I have not taken a cruise. The drinks are one of the reasons. Kind of outrageous, these drink packages. The drink prices themselves are airport bar drinks prices, not even typical of around town bars. The only reason a drink package seems like a good idea is due to overpricing of the drinks themsel...
by investingdad
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 6936

Re: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?

We have sailed RC and recently did Norwegian. First time on Norweigan we had the drink package. Second time we booked ourselves in the Haven so it was included. For us, it's worth it. I like not having to keep track of what I'm drinking and worrying about cost. A mimosa in the morning, mojito or two...
by investingdad
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paging BH Gearheads: Reasonable Net Worth for Exotic
Replies: 104
Views: 6606

Re: Paging BH Gearheads: Reasonable Net Worth for Exotic

I missed the OPs numbers upon first read. I see them now. But it appears my wife and I together earn what he is earning (250k to 300k) and our net is higher (he mentioned 1.5 million in retirement). We also have two kids and live on about 120k a year. So very similar to him, but we are mid 40s. It t...
by investingdad
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paging BH Gearheads: Reasonable Net Worth for Exotic
Replies: 104
Views: 6606

Re: Paging BH Gearheads: Reasonable Net Worth for Exotic

This is easy.

We are ok spending 1.2% of our net on a car, having done so last year.

So 20 million for me.
by investingdad
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this too much for a kitchen?
Replies: 69
Views: 6743

Re: Is this too much for a kitchen?

We plan to stay at least 10-15 yrs, but potentially forever. It will feel a little small with 2 teenagers, but once they’re out of the house it’s the perfect size and location for us to retire in. I guess we're both having a little sticker shock with the quote. Kids: "Why didn't you do this while w...
by investingdad
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is near FI + Employment almost as good as Retirement?
Replies: 39
Views: 4430

Is near FI + Employment almost as good as Retirement?

A co-worker was telling us about a recent run in with a another guy from our group that retired about two years ago. He was telling us how obnoxiously (in a good way) relaxed and stress free he looked and everyone agreed on how envious they were. What I obviously couldn't say (since I'm only 44) is ...
by investingdad
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult...now with progress Audio
Replies: 186
Views: 25557

Re: Learning Violin as an adult...Entering Month 15

Thanks for the update. Your hard work is paying off. You mention the advantages of playing with your teacher, so have you been able to play with a group yet? Just once over Christmas but it was difficult due to non familiarity with the music and the keys. I don't know any other adults that have tak...
by investingdad
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult...now with progress Audio
Replies: 186
Views: 25557

Re: Learning Violin as an adult...Entering Month 15

Time really flies. As noted, I'm now in month fifteen of learning the violin. My progress feels like it has slowed as I continue to work on third position. It will take time to build muscle memory for this shift up the fingerboard. I'm finding that my intonation playing in third sounds like when I f...
by investingdad
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Far is too Far, Commuting?
Replies: 211
Views: 12261

Re: How Far is too Far, Commuting?

Depends on the type of drive.

I drive 23 miles through the countryside to my Megacorp. No highway. Used to drive 55 miles around Philly. Never again.
by investingdad
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 6428

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

I'm a novice for sure, but I've documented my experience on here about taking up violin as an adult. What I've discovered in the little over a year I've been playing is... - sympathetic string vibrations are my friend. It's how I check that I'm playing in tune. The associated ringing from the notes ...
by investingdad
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do You Discuss Starting Time when You Get a Job Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 2286

Re: How Do You Discuss Starting Time when You Get a Job Offer

I wouldn't wait until I started to ask.

I'd ask what the normal office hours are during the interview. It's a legit question in my mind.
by investingdad
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Do You Discuss Starting Time when You Get a Job Offer
Replies: 29
Views: 2286

Re: How Do You Discuss Starting Time when You Get a Job Offer

I'm an engineer and I have things to do and deadlines to meet.

As long as those things are being done and I'm in the office on some kind of regular basis, my comings and goings are left to my own discretion. Including working from home as I see fit.
by investingdad
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 6550
Views: 1404418

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Six figure portfolio reductions are no fun... but the run up seemed way overdone to me. I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner.
by investingdad
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial Hole
Replies: 163
Views: 14102

Re: Financial Hole

Without sharing details it's hard for folks here to offer up actionable advice.
by investingdad
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car - how much can we afford?
Replies: 78
Views: 6001

Re: New car - how much can we afford?

OP said combined assets, not net worth. Worth pointing that out. Also...140k take home is good for a 40k car? So much for taking advantage of high income and investing to greatest extent possible while young and time is on your side. I had a Nissan Sentra up until both kids were born and upgraded to...
by investingdad
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disney World question, accessing resorts and monorail
Replies: 6
Views: 844

Re: Disney World question, accessing resorts and monorail

Parking at the Transportation & Ticket Center is your best bet. Pay to park, but monorail access to all monorail locations. This will accomplish what you're looking to do.

Parking at a monorail resort requires room reservations.
by investingdad
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Kinda laughing, kinda mad - Vanguard Personal Investor
Replies: 45
Views: 8083

Re: Kinda laughing, kinda mad - Vanguard Personal Investor

I understand the desire to not make the advisor feel awkward. But the OP is paying for this, if not happy with the person... request somebody else. Period.
by investingdad
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The biggest problem in retirement is spending (not)
Replies: 118
Views: 10882

Re: The biggest problem in retirement is spending (not)

... Others may feel the need to hold on to wealth as a form of self-insurance instead of acquiring an annuity to deal with a number of life’s uncertainties, such as longevity risk... Horse business. Annuitizing a portion of your portfolio at retirement is actually a strategy which allows one to pre...
by investingdad
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Starting to feel like the late 1990s?
Replies: 145
Views: 13182

Re: Starting to feel like the late 1990s?

I was fresh out of college in the late 90s. People everywhere where talking tech stocks, B2B, paradigm shift, startup incubators, cash burn rates, get really big really fast, 80% compensation in the form of restricted private stock that would make them rich when they went public, bandwidth, internet...
by investingdad
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Starting to feel like the late 1990s?
Replies: 145
Views: 13182

Re: Starting to feel like the late 1990s?

I did some rebalancing this week.

With the market climb, it's hard to complete the gradual transition from 80/20 to 70/30 I'm trying to do from age 40 to late 40s.

It's back to 76/24 for now. I should probably be aiming for 65/35 at this point.
by investingdad
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1821
Views: 329874

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

Nearly 5% by now. In less than a month. I've never been that wealthy. This is baffling. And quite dangerous from a behavioral standpoint, notably anchoring bias. Makes me itchy. Somehow, I'd be glad to see a correction, to reset expectations. Weird, isn't it? :shock: I'm certain my net worth is ord...