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by MP173
Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Gospel According to Luke" by Steve Lukather (with Paul Rees). Who is Steve Lukather you ask? Big time guitar player in the band Toto and other side groups, but also an LA session player with a massive discography over the years. Interesting look at a like as a rock and roll musician....too much...
by MP173
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you searched for your unclaimed property?
Replies: 50
Views: 3732

Re: Have you searched for your unclaimed property?

$.25 (25 cent) dividend from Coca Cola.
$430.00 dividend from Alphabet.

Thanks for reminder
by MP173
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career Decision - Asking for help.
Replies: 30
Views: 2805

Re: Career Decision - Asking for help.

I stayed with my first employer, a family owned business about 5-7 years too long. I was taken advantage of with low salary but unlike you....no path for advancement. For you, the responsibility is there, but not the compensation (in your mind). The only way to determine if you are adequately compen...
by MP173
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "The Last Dead Girl" by Harry Dolan. This is the second Dolan novel I have read ("The Man in the Crooked Hat"). Wow, good writer in the lines of a Lawrence Block or perhaps Harlan Coban. Next up is John Feinsteins latest book about quarterbacks. I am not an NFL fan, but I am a John Fei...
by MP173
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best $300 to $500 Telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1544

Re: Best $300 to $500 Telescope

I am a regular on the website "Cloudy Nights"....similar to this forum in which there is a massive number of experienced people who will help (in astronomy). I view with my 90mm MAK whenever there are clear skys and the moon is manageable (not a big moon fan as it brightens the sky). As mentioned ab...
by MP173
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 155
Views: 16916

Re: What have you baked recently?

Currently baking a ham, rice, cheese casserole, using leftover Costco mini ham. I added small amounts of onion, garlic, bell pepper, mushrooms and a can of cream of celery soup. Not sure how it will turn out, but man, the house is smelling really good. For years I had a regular white bread recipe wh...
by MP173
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for pickup truck?
Replies: 70
Views: 3591

Re: Recommendation for pickup truck?

I would love to have a pickup truck for running around town tending my multiple gardens...however, pickups have replaced big cars and SUVs as CAFE standards have moved towards fuel economy. Even the "midsized" pickups (Colorados) are huge. would love to have an old small pickup. I am not going to pa...
by MP173
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best $300 to $500 Telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1544

Re: Best $300 to $500 Telescope

I would confirm Smoke's recommendation. The 90mm Mak is a good scope. My only concern is the tripod as it looks a little small. The 3 eyepieces will provide a variety of views (power) to have great views of the moon. Jupiter and Saturn will be fun with this scope. Orion is a very good retailer. Ed
by MP173
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best $300 to $500 Telescope
Replies: 19
Views: 1544

Re: Best $300 to $500 Telescope

Depends on your objectives. Astronomy? There are some table top scopes out now which are pretty nice. I personally have a Meade ETX90RA which is a Mak and has 3 tri-leg instead of a tripod. I use it on a table. It has been a great scope for me for the past 20 years. My primary interests are double s...
by MP173
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Importance of college summer internships??
Replies: 44
Views: 1854

Re: Importance of college summer internships??

My recent college grad interned for two summers with an electrical supply company (distributor type company to electricians) and absolutely loved it. He was involved in nearly all phases of the business and it was a very organized program with reading and reporting to be done. The day after he finis...
by MP173
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: James Lee Burke - Nelson Demille
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: James Lee Burke - Nelson Demille

More than likely. James Lee Burke is probably the finest pure writer we have today in the mystery genre. I also like Michael Connelly but Burke is so special. He has the ability to craft words together which is difficult to describe. It goes beyond telling a good story, which he does. Demille is pre...
by MP173
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4155
Views: 1111503

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"The Children Act" on Netflix.

It was ok.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1104
Views: 112962

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

Finished Season 2 of Ozarks....loved it.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 4155
Views: 1111503

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched a couple of movies on New Years Eve: Mr. Church - a feel good movie set in the 1960s thur early 1980s....follows Eddie Murphy's role as a cook (Mr. Church) for a mother and daughter and the issues they must deal with. Really enjoyed it. Michael Clayton - George Clooney plans a "fixer" in a l...
by MP173
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What common everyday inconvenience have you intentionally suffered for frugality?
Replies: 152
Views: 9476

Re: What common everyday inconvenience have you intentionally suffered for frugality?

My "inconvenience" would be checking books out from library. Normally about 45 books per year are read. Pretty big savings.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished a new author for me - Harry Dolan. THe book is "The Man in the Crooked Hat" and his style reminds me of Lawrence Block. This book is a cat and mouse mystery based on a Detroit Detective who's wife was murdered and he quits his job to find the killer. Very good book...looking forward to...
by MP173
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

New author for me - Hank Phillippi Ryan's "Trust Me". Not a huge fan of the book, but will read another of hers.

Ed
by MP173
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Purchase of 2018?
Replies: 255
Views: 19726

Re: Favorite Purchase of 2018?

I made a sizeable down payment on a 2015 Jeep for my son who just graduated from college. He had been driving my old Equinox which had nearly 200,000 miles on it and I always felt anxiety when I heard he was travelling (he pretty much travels the state of Michigan for work). He can handle the paymen...
by MP173
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adult Games / Board Games - Recommendations
Replies: 55
Views: 3620

Re: Adult Games / Board Games - Recommendations

Set up Eucher card game tournament.

Scrabble is a great game.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New England travel ideas, summer 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1388

Re: New England travel ideas, summer 2019

I would strongly recommend Rockland Maine and specifically a sailing vacation on one of the schooners which are domiciled there. Specifically, we have been on the J&E Riggin twice and it is an outstanding experience...unlike any traditional vacation. Google it....lots of info on the ship and crew. B...
by MP173
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar Players -CAGED system
Replies: 22
Views: 2258

Re: Guitar Players -CAGED system

I like that....the only rule is what sounds good.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar Players -CAGED system
Replies: 22
Views: 2258

Re: Guitar Players -CAGED system

Again, thanks for all the replies and explanations. I have a few music theory books and have taken a class (years ago) at local music class. My interest these days is developing alternative chord voicings (triads) on the high strings, such as suggested in this thread. The voicings are interesting in...
by MP173
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar Players -CAGED system
Replies: 22
Views: 2258

Re: Guitar Players -CAGED system

Thanks to all for replies. I am thankful that the G and D barre chords are not "required learning". Conceptually I get it, but the actual performance would have never happened without a length delay. Gtrplayer - welcome aboard. I have respect for musicians, particularly those who can play in public ...
by MP173
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar Players -CAGED system
Replies: 22
Views: 2258

Re: Guitar Players -CAGED system

Thanks for replies.... Jack: Justin is really good. I enjoy his lessons. Very straight forward and to the point. Never sent him $ but I should. Audioarc: I had sort of figured that out (G and D shapes), but was curious if there are actually people out there that do barre those shapes. My semi-arthri...
by MP173
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Guitar Players -CAGED system
Replies: 22
Views: 2258

Guitar Players -CAGED system

At age 63 I keep picking away at the guitar, improving slightly and fully understanding my limitations (started late in life). I have a book on the CAGED system and quite frankly dont get it (other than a revenue stream for the author). The barre chords for E and A shapes are fully understood and ha...
by MP173
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement itch- when did you get it?
Replies: 145
Views: 14696

Re: Retirement itch- when did you get it?

I enjoy reading these posts and life descriptions. At age 63, the itch is not yet a factor, but there are times when look ahead. Why no itch? I have an ideal career - 28 year sales career with a very stable portfolio of clients and a very good income and work environment (work at home). The dues wer...
by MP173
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...
Replies: 188
Views: 21184

Re: Best values at Costco? Honestly, a little disappointed...

Love the $1.50 hot dog special. Makes a fun meal for the DW and I as we drive home (1x month). Also love the roti chix. Makes an easy dinner. I go because my wife wants to shop there. She has "her items" which includes flank steak, 5 - 1 pound frozen ground beef, household paper goods, wine, bagels,...
by MP173
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Pray for Rain by Dennis LeHane.

One of my favorite authors, this one was penned in 1999 after "Gone Girl" and wasnt quite up to his standards....which made it a pretty good book, but it was a bit unbelievable.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is my husband ready to quit tenured professorship to pursue side hustle?
Replies: 97
Views: 10568

Re: Is my husband ready to quit tenured professorship to pursue side hustle?

I am far from being in the academic world but my wife worked for a state university system and was offered early retirement effective June, 2017. She and nearly everyone else jumped at the offer. Her boss didnt and was relieved of duties a few months later. It sounds like the business side of academ...
by MP173
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Stop paying on life insurance policy?
Replies: 33
Views: 2582

Re: Stop paying on life insurance policy?

At that cost I would recommend keeping the policy.

Yes, you are doing quite well, but this is a cheap risk hedge.

Do you know when you are going to die? Of course not.

Do you know what your net worth will be in five years? Probably not.

The policy is $.66 per day.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I am currently reading "A Hard Rain" by Frye Gaillard. It is subtitled "America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost". This is a series of 72 essays, or short examinations of issues which are in chronological order (beginning in 1960 and progressing thru the decade). It ...
by MP173
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

dave55:

Lawrence Block is another of my favorites.

Scudder series is outstanding as is the Keller series. If you havent read those, be sure to check them out. Also he has a series on a thief...cannot recall the name. Also a great series.

ed
by MP173
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

free at last... I am also concerned of Michael Connelly's situation with Harry Bosch. Along with James Lee Burke's similar 'problem' with Robicheaux charactor. I have no idea of how old Dave is, but as a Viet Nam vet (similar to Harry) he must be well into his 60s. Connelly and Burke are two of my f...
by MP173
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Approach to rescinding a job acceptance
Replies: 50
Views: 4227

Re: Approach to rescinding a job acceptance

notify them and move on....quickly. The company would not hesitate to cut your position if it were in their best interest. My son went thru this several years ago...interviewed, hired, and worked for 6 weeks along with 25 others recent college grads, then 50% were eliminated. No remorse on their par...
by MP173
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age
Replies: 162
Views: 14937

Re: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age

I have started the stretches (backward aging) by Miranda Esmond White.

Pretty good routine, no doubt it will take quite awhile to see results. Also biking and lifting weights.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Couch for Big and Tall Person
Replies: 22
Views: 62799

Re: Best Couch for Big and Tall Person

Flexsteel served us well over the years.

I am 6'7" - 250, number 1 son is 6'8 and 300 while number 2 son is 6.7' - 200 pounds.

We also had a very large dog.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3577
Views: 1040665

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Tiger Woods" by Benedict and Keteyian. While I am not a golfer, Woods is a fascinating figure. With his recent PGA tour win, he seems to have returned. This is a very detailed book of his life, including all the trouble Woods experienced. Excellent look at a legendary and troubled figure. Hopefully...
by MP173
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is Morningstar Premium worth it?
Replies: 22
Views: 8265

Re: Is Morningstar Premium worth it?

I have individual stocks and have found the premium service has been of value over the years.

Not so much if you simply go with index funds.

I also use the premium service for non financial information on potential customers.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you Help? Life stages: 55-65-75-85
Replies: 17
Views: 2319

Re: Can you Help? Life stages: 55-65-75-85

I am a little ahead of you in age - 63 years old and also on a couple of other issues. Both of my sons are "off the payroll". My wife has two adult children who are also "off the payroll". What we have found that while we are no longer the "employer" we are often the "consultant". Thus, the hard dol...
by MP173
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to direct spouse to use life insurance proceeds if I die first?
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: How to direct spouse to use life insurance proceeds if I die first?

Why is this a concern? This is an issue which is set up as a risk hedge.

ed
by MP173
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?
Replies: 71
Views: 9185

Re: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?

I found that by middle age a number of my interests or hobbies were put on the shelf.

Now that the child rearing portion of my life is over, I have resumed all and added more. Lots more time on my hands and hobbies beat TV.

ed
by MP173
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 26196

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

I have recalled a couple other mistakes: 1. Stayed in a dead end job way too long. Fortunately the next job was a winner and I am still there. 2. Bought Van Waggoner mutual funds in the height of the dot com era. 3. thought Warren Buffet was too old to invest in during the mid 90s when BRK was at $1...
by MP173
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you really have something to retire to?
Replies: 132
Views: 11983

Re: Did you really have something to retire to?

Jose had a great commentary on work for some people (including me). It is an important part of my life. DW (retired a year ago) is concerned about my social life once I retire. She is probably concerned about having to spend more time with me! My guess is that I will ease into retirement, having the...
by MP173
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Single Family Homes in Chicago?
Replies: 33
Views: 3613

Re: Single Family Homes in Chicago?

Northwest Indiana.

Seriously....check out the home values, taxes, finanacial stability of the state, and commuting infrastructure.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your single most expensive mistake?
Replies: 293
Views: 26196

Re: What is your single most expensive mistake?

1.Purchased an individual stock in 1996 (200 shares @ $21.00 per share). Sold the 200 shares in 1999 to finance a vacation (200 @ $45.00 per share). Current value of shares - 1600 shares (split 4x) @ 123.70 = $197920. However, it did finance a great vacation which my terminally ill wife was able to ...
by MP173
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1104
Views: 112962

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

"Shameless" is back!

Ed
by MP173
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The future of my journals and logs
Replies: 45
Views: 4387

Re: The future of my journals and logs

I just finished writing today's entry in my Acco Brands "Daily Reminder". I have written daily since 1980. It is probably my most valued possession.

These will go to my oldest son. He can either keep or destroy. My guess is he will keep them.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 70
Views: 7501

Re: Gardening 2018

Our garden has done quite well after a slow start. Asparagus was about 3 weeks late and didnt produce too well. It is growing now, but doesnt seem as thick as in the past. Spinach - slow due to cold. Sugar snap peas ditto. Then it warmed up and we have had lettuce all summer, including warm weather ...
by MP173
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Vacation
Replies: 17
Views: 1839

Re: Colorado Vacation

wabbajack: I can offer a little bit of advice regarding travel of the state and more advise regarding getting there. First, my wife and I drive to all vacations. I hate to fly and as you mentioned, the cost of rentals is HUGE. Also, more important for us is we can take all the stuff we want to take ...