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by BertB
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does This Person Need Umbrella Ins Coverage?
Replies: 64
Views: 6353

Does This Person Need Umbrella Ins Coverage?

Couple, age 60.
Single income..$85k/yr
Renters, no house, no children, no dogs.
$1M savings

Umbrella insurance to protect the $1M?
by BertB
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Movie Reviews: I need a replacement for Roger Ebert]
Replies: 16
Views: 2793

Re: Movie Reviews: Who will replace Roger Ebert?

I will miss Roger Ebert's spirited reviews.

Besides the above mentioned Rotten Tomatoes, I use the Critic Reviews list on Metacritic.

example:
http://www.metacritic.com/movie/a-royal-affair/critic-reviews
by BertB
Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shrinking Snickers bars
Replies: 50
Views: 4633

Re: Shrinking Snickers bars

Some time ago Haagen-Dazs ice cream cut the size of their pints by 2 oz. In response, my local stores' prices have gone up.

I bought a Hershey's Milk Chocolate With Almonds bar last week. It had 3 almond pieces in it...that's less than 2 almonds. The bar should be called Hershey's With An Almond.
by BertB
Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Medical Alert Button/Service Recommendation?
Replies: 0
Views: 175

Medical Alert Button/Service Recommendation?

My recently single MIL wants a medical alert button/service.

Can anyone recommend one or direct me to an unbiased review source?


Thanks,
BertB
by BertB
Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what age did your health start to limit your hobbies?
Replies: 95
Views: 9576

Re: At what age did your health start to limit your hobbies?

Aside from a few minor joint injuries, I did not feel the weight of increasing age until my mid to late 50's. Hand arthritis hit me about then and I had to limit snow shoveling and small hand tool use. I re-learned how to use my hands over the next few years to remain pain free, aided by OTC meds. K...
by BertB
Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Movies of 2012
Replies: 58
Views: 6038

Re: Best Movies of 2012

I enjoyed many of the films mentioned above.

Also, for quirky documentary fans,

The Queen of Versailles
The 2008 financial crisis interrupts a wealthy couple’s plan to build the largest private home in America.
by BertB
Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Safe vs Safety Deposit Box
Replies: 54
Views: 12190

Re: Home Safe vs Safety Deposit Box

Last year the bank where I have a safety deposit box was flooded in a 100 year storm. Afterward, the bank was closed for about a week. The folks with safety deposit boxes located on the bottom few rows (luckily, I have a highly positioned box) probably had damage to the contents of their boxes. As a...
by BertB
Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Dan Wiener's Vanguard Newsletter
Replies: 56
Views: 24807

Re: Dan Wiener's Vanguard Newsletter

Back when I was in my 20's I worked with a guy named Dan. To my knowledge, he never posed for a cheesy publicity photo backed by a conspicuous American flag like Dan Wiener did, but my friend was a really, really nice guy. I'll never forget him.
by BertB
Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

I have been reading Jonathan Franzen's non-fiction works: The Discomfort Zone (memoir), How To Be Alone (essays) and Farther Away (essays). People might know Franzen from his novels, The Corrections and Freedom . His non-fiction is often sharp social criticism and dry humor. I like this guy's writing.
by BertB
Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Average Age of Bogleheads Posters
Replies: 77
Views: 7864

Re: Average Age of Boggleheads Posters

Being 63 at the present time, I guess the average of all my ages would be 32.
by BertB
Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?
Replies: 342
Views: 19827

Re: Most underrated band of all time [that you listen to]?

a few folks come to mind....Tom Waits is the cake and all the rest are crumbs. I can hardly bear to listen to him but he is one of the best I have ever heard. The Steely Dan-sters, Fagen and Becker, because they continue to put out great produce, even in their later years (no frozen Rolling Stones h...
by BertB
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1462653

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Well darn! Two books in a row that I did not like. #1 A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King . I have enjoyed many of the current wave of memoirs by rock era and Hollywood celebs etc. (even liked Rob Lowe's memoir although I don't care for his movie work) but I found myself at an increasing distan...
by BertB
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Redirect Virus -
Replies: 16
Views: 2128

Re: Redirect Virus -

Redirect sources may vary. My Google redirect problem persisted until I discovered hijacked DNS server settings in my router. I had to reset my router to factory settings. GeekSquad techs had set up my router unsecured. Big mistake.

similar problem discussed:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ ... ge__st__15
by BertB
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Modem Purchase: DOCSIS 2.0 or 3.0?
Replies: 4
Views: 595

New Modem Purchase: DOCSIS 2.0 or 3.0?

My Motorola Surfboard Modem 1.0 seems to limit my Charter internet download speed to about 10 MB. 15+ MB is available in my area of town. A Charter Communications technician recommended I get a newer modem to access the greater speed, but I see both DOCSIS 2.0 and 3.0 modems available. Should I go w...
by BertB
Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will Bogleheads buy a Megamillions ticket this week?
Replies: 112
Views: 8180

Re: Will Bogleheads buy a Megamillions ticket this week?

Friday I bot a MegaMillions ticket and a Diet Pepsi and, oh yeah, $53 worth of gasoline. You don't want to waste all your dough on food and housing expenses.
by BertB
Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anti Virus Software
Replies: 55
Views: 5087

Re: Anti Virus Software

I run two Windows 7 laptops, one with Avast and one with Avira...both free versions. I was an AVG free user for years, until one of their updates seemed to slow my computers.

I make periodic sweeps with CCleaner and Malwarebytes.
by BertB
Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you left or right handed?
Replies: 33
Views: 1943

Re: Are you left or right handed?

I am of the left handed persuasion.

By the way, many Asian food dishes are especially tasty when eaten with the left hand.
by BertB
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Was 2011 a lost year?
Replies: 24
Views: 2823

Re: Was 2011 a lost year?

The Population Reference Bureau says world population increased by almost 93 million in 2011. A Bloomberg news story says global equity markets lost $6.3 trillion in value in 2011. Me? I had my toughest year ever, nothing to do with numbers, perhaps just developing valuable scar tissue to be appreci...
by BertB
Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime for Bogleheads?
Replies: 36
Views: 4008

Re: Amazon Prime for Bogleheads?

I recently tried a free month trial of Amazon Prime, mainly for the opportunity to compare Amazon streaming video service versus my previous Netflix subscription, which suffered from unfixable buffering. Amazon streaming videos never buffered during the entire month trial. However, Amazon free video...
by BertB
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self moving with U-haul
Replies: 33
Views: 3103

Re: Self moving with U-haul

something I forgot to include in my earlier post:

Be prepared to reserve your rental truck mucho early if you plan to move at month's end or if your move might coincide with the end of a local college semester.
by BertB
Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self moving with U-haul
Replies: 33
Views: 3103

Re: Self moving with U-haul

I have moved myself and others using UHaul trucks. My trips were all local, rather than long range. I did the renting and driving. A hired crew did the lifting. I always drove with a passenger co-pilot. This was a great aide for my big rig inexperience. I found that my auto insurance policy had vehi...
by BertB
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

I enjoyed Jon Roberts' modern gangster memoir " American Desperado: My Life from Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset , a stream of incredible stories made readable by Generation Kill 's Evan Wright....and coming eventually to a theater near you. Roberts claims to have rub...
by BertB
Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance Claim Question
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Auto Insurance Claim Question

The medical expenses were paid for by our auto insurance (no-fault state) and have been about $4000 over 6 month of physical therapy and chiropractic care.
by BertB
Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance Claim Question
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Auto Insurance Claim Question

My wife was in a minor auto collision (the other driver was at fault) and has had medical bills paid for by our insurance company. That medical care is almost complete. The at-fault driver's insurance company sent my wife a $250 check (for her inconvenience) plus a release form. My wife did not cash...
by BertB
Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you exchange gifts with your wife?
Replies: 41
Views: 4177

Re: Do you exchange gifts with your wife?

My wife and I don't always exchange holiday gifts. Sometimes, at any time of the year, one or another of us will buy a gift for the other....but nothing according to the "Hallmark Holiday Calendar of Compulsion." Sorry if this flies in the face of the prevailing "let's-consume-ourselv...
by BertB
Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

I have discontinued reading The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Confessions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers by Bryan Christy. I loved the title, and had hoped the book would be as interesting a look into the herp underground as Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief was to botanicals. Alas, no l...
by BertB
Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you miss the 90's
Replies: 49
Views: 3501

Re: Do you miss the 90's

stlutz, thanks for posting the 90's video. LMAO!

The video gets its point across with style, humor and non-confrontation....qualities much needed in the 2010's.
by BertB
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beatles or Rolling Stones
Replies: 70
Views: 4434

Re: Beatles or Rolling Stones

The good boys or the bad boys? Tough choice. I guess I'll go with the Beatles, at least until the sun goes down. I, too, am pretty tired of Beatles and Stones music. The Stones have been a parody of their younger selves for years. McCartney has had some moments. I am interested in how these old rock...
by BertB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Streaming/Buffering
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Streaming/Buffering

My Netflix streaming experience is often plagued by so many buffering interruptions that I am considering a switch to Amazon. Will I experience any relief by changing to Amazon? (partial history: tried all Netflix's repair fixes, hardwired, wi-fied, upgraded firmware in router and DVD player, donate...
by BertB
Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: just wanting to talk wine this morning
Replies: 26
Views: 3235

Maybe once a week I'll get a $6 whatever-is-on-sale Australian
"critter wine" to share with DW. I like the lighter reds. Last week it was Yellowtail Pinot Noir/Shiraz. I like Little Penguin light reds, too.

A 750ml bottle lasts us 2 nights. Are we cheap dates, or what?

Ha!
by BertB
Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite song line?
Replies: 153
Views: 12092

2 memorable song lines: "In the desert you can't remember your name, cos there ain't no one for to give you no pain" (from Horse With No Name by America) and "If dogs run free, what must be Must be, and that is all." (from If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan) What the heck are these so...
by BertB
Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need freeware to make tracks in long mp3 file
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Need freeware to make tracks in long mp3 file

I have >50 minute mp3 files (lectures) that I would like to divide into tracks for easy segment access. Also I would like to be able to cut a long lecture mp3 (>80 minutes) onto 2 CDs.

Can anyone recommend a simple, freeware solution?

Thanks, BertB
by BertB
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads Personality Type
Replies: 176
Views: 50510

Amazing to see so many INTJ's....


BertB INTJ, based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire.

also Enneagram type 5 (with a 4 wing).
by BertB
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

Through The Dark Wood: Finding Meaning In The Second Half Of Life by James Hollis. A Cd-only book by Jungian analyst James Hollis. His private-practice clients are mostly in their 50's and 60's. The subject matter is not standard self-help fare, instead, the book is a treatment of issues and questi...
by BertB
Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best site for finding cheap hotel rooms?
Replies: 46
Views: 7583

Dunno what the situation is now, but I stopped using Priceline a while ago because they could not guarantee me a smoke-free reservation.
by BertB
Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Vehicle Front Seats
Replies: 105
Views: 17017

My folks left me 2 big gas-guzzling tanks when they died. A Taurus and a Sable. Pretty exciting cars, huh? I'm more of a Toyota/Nissan type buyer, but the super-comfy seats in my parent's old party barges gradually got me hooked on comfort. FYI, I am a 150 pounder, not a wide body. I rented an Altim...
by BertB
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite kitchen equipment?
Replies: 49
Views: 5574

I use a George Foreman grill about 3 times a week, mostly to cook strips of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
by BertB
Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you been present at the moment of someone's death?
Replies: 42
Views: 5117

Have you been present at the moment of someone's death?

Q. Have you been present at the moment of someone's death? I was surprised by some of the replies to the "Do You Fear Death?" thread, and was reminded of surgeon Sherwin Nuland's mid-90's book: How We Die, Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter a quote from one reviewer: "There are sever...
by BertB
Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you fear death?
Replies: 89
Views: 7341

Do I fear death?

Yes


I am doing my best to enjoy today.
by BertB
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make a cup of tea
Replies: 38
Views: 3213

Somehow, I continue to live well and enjoy my grossly improper tea habits.
:lol:

Sarah Rose's recent book For All The Tea In China: How England Stole The World's Favorite Drink and Changed History tells an entertaining tale of tea's journey around the world.
by BertB
Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make a cup of tea
Replies: 38
Views: 3213

I use a simple tea strainer for my morning tea, usually Breakfast Assam tea (from Tea Source) with milk. Four minutes in hot water, then dump the little round balls down the garbage disposal. m m I was a Lipton tea drinker for many years, much to the disapproval of my Brit friends. The sight of me w...
by BertB
Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite guitarist...
Replies: 207
Views: 25156

Of the three players in the poll, I voted for Clapton. His influence is easily the most widely influential. I saw Hendrix at his height, and he was a charismatic and fluid player, a stylist of huge impact. I know less of SRV. I would like to cite Jeff Beck (of the old guard of guitar greats) and Adr...
by BertB
Sun May 22, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Burial,Entombment, Cremation?
Replies: 68
Views: 6696

Cremation. Inexpensive urns can be bought thru Costco. You can verbally dry-run the details of cremation (facility, transport etc.) with your spouse. If, after your death, folks want to do other things with your remains, ceremonies, memorials, who knows what,....at least you have provided an inexpen...
by BertB
Fri May 20, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you eat for breakfast?
Replies: 116
Views: 12317

a bowl bran flakes and Cheerios (soluble/insoluble fiber) with raisins and skim milk, plus a small pile of almonds and walnuts. The cereal without the nuts doesn't last me until lunch. Heavily sugared cereals cause me to have an energetic crash about an hour after eating. Same thing with maple syrup...
by BertB
Sat May 07, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 371641

I just finished listening to the audiobook of Rolling Stone Keith Richards autobiography, Life . The narrators, Joe Hurley, Johnny Depp and Keith himself, did an excellent job through the 19 CDs. Richards, luv him or hate him, is a fascinating guy. Anyone familiar with Life might enjoy Slate's ficti...
by BertB
Sat May 07, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you change the engine oil yourself?
Replies: 78
Views: 8447

I don't do any of my own auto maintenance/repair work. Well, maybe a little tweak here and there, but no more knuckle busting for me. (I have a distant memory of lying on my back under an old Ford van and changing the clutch plate by unbolting the transmission and lowering/raising the tranny on and ...
by BertB
Sat May 07, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Board Game?
Replies: 66
Views: 7353

I had a heavy board game habit in my youth. The only game I continue to own is Scrabble , plus a disposable jigsaw puzzle or two. And while I appreciate the after effects of non-jumpy, sustained effort associated with the above games, I probably would benefit from a more frenetic activity, possibly ...
by BertB
Fri May 06, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news, and how old are you?
Replies: 66
Views: 5133

I'm in my early 60's. I get my daily news from websites...Bloomberg, CNN, GoogleNews, BBC, my local newspaper's website etc. No TV/radio news or daily newspapers. I have a Sunday newspaper delivered to my house for the weekly store advertisements. edit: I would like to add that some news sources, ou...
by BertB
Thu May 05, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone Have Experience Buying Used Car Thru Avis Direct?
Replies: 8
Views: 2784

Anyone Have Experience Buying Used Car Thru Avis Direct?

I am interested in buying a 1-3 year old used car. I live in a small city, 3 hours drive/remote from a major city. I have limited options for non-private party used auto purchases, aside from the local, often overpriced, new car dealers. I do have access to an Avis Direct in town. I would be interes...
by BertB
Tue May 03, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you organize your pockets?
Replies: 101
Views: 11012

Right Back... Wallet
Left Back... Keys

Right Front.. Tagamet and Tylenol
Left Front... Folded $

I eschew pants without a fifth pocket (change pocket). The fifth pocket keeps me from jingling like a Hare Krishna parade when I walk.