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by MP173
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 770
Views: 82544

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

Finished "Tin Star" on Amazon. Interesting but violent show of an English cop and family who move to Big Bear Lake, Alberta where he is the Police Chief. An oil company moves in to open a refinery and the calm peaceful town becomes a town with lots of violence and killing. It is being renewed for Se...
by MP173
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking ideas for relaxing but not boring vacation
Replies: 19
Views: 1438

Re: Seeking ideas for relaxing but not boring vacation

Colorado or Vermont/New England.
by MP173
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is leaving your job that pays well a good idea?
Replies: 74
Views: 6752

Re: When is leaving your job that pays well a good idea?

I hit my "crisis" at age 34, actually a year or two prior, but at that age I did something about it. However, I was in a dead end job and miserable. Sunday nights was an unpleasant time as the realization that in 12 hours I would be unfulfilled and underpaid. Made a change, as I had been with the sa...
by MP173
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Baby on way: life insurance Qs
Replies: 27
Views: 1400

Re: Baby on way: life insurance Qs

Unfortunately I have had to work thru that issue. My wife died of cancer at age 43 and we had 14 and 5 year old boys. I also talked to a mutual acquaintance at church yesterday who's wife died at a similar age leaving him as a single dad with a daughter entering high school and son a few years young...
by MP173
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dear BH, what are non-BH [financial] actions you do?
Replies: 71
Views: 4537

Re: Dear BH, what are non-BH actions you do?

'since my copy of the Boglehead Handbook for Living has been misplaced, I will attempt to wing it: 1. I own individual stocks...15 or so. 2. I use several managed funds. 3. Own probably 35-40 securities (rather than 3 fund). 4. Check my portfolio a couple of times weekly. Possibly a few more. Ed
by MP173
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will you pay for your kids' college/graduate education?
Replies: 366
Views: 14085

Re: Will you pay for your kids' college/graduate education?

Mr400meterdash

That was a great system.

You learned, both in and out of the classroom.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will you pay for your kids' college/graduate education?
Replies: 366
Views: 14085

Re: Will you pay for your kids' college/graduate education?

I am anti debt, particularly for college. Both of my sons had college funds established (UGTM) set up shortly after birth with regular contributions. Both have graduated with no debt and actually had funds in reserve. One just graduated and will possibly attend grad school for MBA but he knows that ...
by MP173
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 770
Views: 82544

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

Recently finished "The Staircase" about the Michael Peterson trial in North Carolina. Really enjoyed it. Currently watching "Sharp Objects" each Sunday night and then rewatching during the week to catch the small clues. Also watching "Tin Star", finding it hard to follow the English accents, but lik...
by MP173
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best schools for an IB internship
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: Best schools for an IB internship

Valuethinker.... You might be correct in your assessment (and my error on GS). It might have been BS which took the scrappier kids. I have an acquantance who worked GS and I recall him saying they had the smartest people in the room. Please accept my correction. My comment was based on a book read a...
by MP173
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best schools for an IB internship
Replies: 17
Views: 1404

Re: Best schools for an IB internship

Two young people who are friends of my son attended Indiana University and work in IB, both starting in NYC then moving to Chicago. Goldman Sachs has always had the reputation for hiring young people like you, rather than the gold plated educational Ivy Leaguers. One of the young men, now 32, got ou...
by MP173
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?
Replies: 90
Views: 10163

Re: Peloton spin bike worth the high cost?

Whatever works for you is fine with me. For me, it was a 20 mile ride at sunrise this morning on a $500 Trek 702 bike in 1:15 burning off 1050 calories per my heart rate monitor. Seeing a doe and 2 fawns was a bonus. I bike outside as much as possible from April thru November then head to the YMCA f...
by MP173
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spaghetti Squash
Replies: 5
Views: 827

Re: Spaghetti Squash

I went out and checked the plant. There is a crack in the stem at the base but no holes which I could see....I didnt examine very long as it started raining (we need it). After the rain, I will examine more closely and probably add both sevin to base and copper fungicide to leaves...I have both. The...
by MP173
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spaghetti Squash
Replies: 5
Views: 827

Spaghetti Squash

The leaves on our spaghetti squash are drying out, actually turning brown and dying. This seems to have occurred also in the past. This year my wife is retired and taking interest in the garden and she is concerned about eating the squash. We have researched on line and it is either a fungus or a vi...
by MP173
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for the sales/business development reps
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Question for the sales/business development reps

Twenty eight plus years with the same company and I still enjoy the sales career....although changes are in the mix at a more rapid pace than ever before (that I can recall). I am not motivated at a high level at all times, but that is healthy for me. Is it possible to go at 100% at all times? Proba...
by MP173
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3651
Views: 1037697

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We binged on "The Staircase" this week which is a murder trial documentary involving Michael Peterson from 2001 to 2017. Produced by same directors as "Making of a Murderer" (which we havent watched), this was quite a long term look at a trial, including the investigators, defense team, and family. ...
by MP173
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3651
Views: 1037697

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

We watched "Sicario" (Emily Blount) this weekend. Very good movie weighting the good and bad about CIA involvement in the Mexican heroin cartel. I really enjoyed it and gave a great platform for discussion....what steps should be taken in the opiod war? Not a movie, but what the heck....Episode 3 of...
by MP173
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Foods -- any drop in prices after Amazon takeover ?
Replies: 31
Views: 3879

Re: Whole Foods -- any drop in prices after Amazon takeover ?

DW and I used to go to WF a few times a year. The closest one was on Roosevelt Rd in Chicago. We had a competition...who could spot the first shopper who seemed "happy". For the most part it was a store of thin shoppers pushing very small carts with limited groceries due to cost. Usually not many sm...
by MP173
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evaluating New Job Offer
Replies: 24
Views: 1683

Re: Evaluating New Job Offer

3 hours per day in travel.

That would make it a no brainer for me. I enjoy working upstairs at home.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Trapped Girl" by Robert Dugoni.

Tracy Crosswhite series set in Seattle. His best book in a very good series.

Ed
by MP173
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3651
Views: 1037697

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Not exactly a movie, but Amazon Prime - Bosch, Season 4. We are 8 episodes in.

Great series.

Not exact to the books, but close enough.

Ed
by MP173
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 99
Views: 7333

Re: What are you learning or studying?

What am I learning or studying? Several things: 1. Learning Trigonometry functions and other math using a slide rule. I have a couple of old textbooks. 2. Studying binary stars, using my telescope to identify and "resolve" as many binary or double stars as possible. Also hope to spot the Great Red S...
by MP173
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 345
Views: 33747

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

This is an outstanding thread. I really enjoy discussing careers with people and typically you do not get to ask what kind of compensation is involved. I am in sales for a graphics manufacturing company...large format digital and screen printing, primarily graphics seen on trucking fleets or other f...
by MP173
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you pay off mortgage in my situation?
Replies: 31
Views: 2793

Re: Would you pay off mortgage in my situation?

I have paid off mortgages twice and in both cases, took an aggressive approach with making larger monthly payments....after my retirement and non qualified investments were addressed. The second mortgage was somewhat different as after a few years I did make a lump sum final payment. The reason was ...
by MP173
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your hobbies?
Replies: 59
Views: 5515

Re: What are your hobbies?

Two people into fountain pens....I am not but am beginning to collect old mechanical pencils, particularly those with advertisements from the 50's and 60's. My wife and I go to estate and garage sales and I usually pickup a few that are grouped into a bundle with old pens, pencils, etc for 50 cents....
by MP173
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4344

Re: Gardening 2018

Northwest Indiana It has been a very strange spring. Cold into May. I literally planted and replanted snap peas, spinach, and lettuce. Finally all are producing but we really missed out on spinach. Lettuce is doing quite well, but with a week of 90 degree weather, who knows for how long. Yesterday I...
by MP173
Tue May 29, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ice maker
Replies: 5
Views: 562

ice maker

It is a running joke in our family that the ice maker on our Bosch refrigerator only works on holidays. Otherwise...nothing. It happened again over the weekend as the ice maker started up again on Saturday/Sunday but now isnt working. It did this also on Christmas and Easter holidays. Any idea what ...
by MP173
Mon May 21, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

John Sandford - Twisted Prey....yet another Lucas Davenport series novel. Davenport is now an agent with US Marshal Dept and investigates an attempted assassination of Minnesota Senator Porter Smalls. I had felt Sandford had slipped some recently...this is an excellent Davenport novel and moves Sand...
by MP173
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First credit card
Replies: 21
Views: 1371

First credit card

Our son is graduating from college and needs to open a credit card.

Any suggestions regarding the first CC for a 23 year old?

Ed
by MP173
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3651
Views: 1037697

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Not a movie, but DW and I just completed binge watching Season 1 of Homeland. Really enjoyed it.

Showtime has great programing.

Ed
by MP173
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Since We Fell" by Dennis LeHane. I am a big fan of LeHane and have wished he were more prolific in his output. I loved the Kenzie/Gennaro series and hopefully he brings it back. This book left me feeling a little empty. Rachel is a 30 something former print/TV reporter who has no idea who her fathe...
by MP173
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with shared child being spoiled
Replies: 46
Views: 4359

Re: Help with shared child being spoiled

This line worked great when my boys were younger and would ask for something: "No, but thanks for asking!" It seemed to stop the conversation in its tracks. Example: "DAD! The new Michael Jordan shoes are coming out and only cost $100 (20 years ago). Can I have a pair?!!?" Reply - "No, but thanks fo...
by MP173
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4344

Re: Gardening 2018

Northwest Indiana reporting... Spring like other locales has been a challenge for gardening. I planted spinach in a recycling bin with soil about a month ago and placed a window over it to create a mini hotbox. Even with that there are only about 8 spinach plants up about 1" tall. The snap peas plan...
by MP173
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trip: train vs car cost comparison
Replies: 13
Views: 1122

Re: Trip: train vs car cost comparison

Use the IRS allowable mileage deduction....or price out a rental car and factor in gasoline.

Ed
by MP173
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Effect of spending money on appearance in career
Replies: 91
Views: 8771

Re: Effect of spending money on appearance in career

Congratulations on the promotion. I am a newcomer to this discussion and have quickly skimmed thru it. Appearance matters....be it female or male. Old (62), white male here in sales. Been doing it a long time. Started out in suits and white starched shirts 28 years ago because that was what was expe...
by MP173
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay Off Mortgage with Windfall?
Replies: 57
Views: 6023

Re: Pay Off Mortgage with Windfall?

Congratulations on making a decision. Seriously. Sometimes the windfall can make one paralyzed with indecision....full disclosure - had that occur to me. Perhaps the best advise when receiving a windfall is to do nothing and allow a few months to pass. I basically agree with your decision to pay off...
by MP173
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comparison of grocery prices?
Replies: 47
Views: 4443

Re: Comparison of grocery prices?

Aldi this morning... Whole milk - $1..99 gallon eggs - $.99 dozen for large eggs bananas - not purchased but $.39 per pound. 1/2 gallon orange juice - $1.99 per container. Really good quality. 6 ciabata rolls - $2.49 misc chips, crackers, etc. various prices - usually around $1.50 for 10 ounces. Big...
by MP173
Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?
Replies: 44
Views: 3103

Re: What kind of bike do I need and how much should I spend?

Go to a good local bike shop and talk to them. I have a Trek (forget the model). It has been a great bike for me. Cost was about $500 about 4 years ago.

Ed
by MP173
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Boxes which hold books are 1.5 cf. Boxes for misc stuff are 3.0 cf. Linens and lightweight stuff go into 4.5 cf. My first job was sales for a moving company. The typical ratio was the total cubic ft x 7 lb per cf = estimated weight. Thus 1000 cf would be estimated at 7000 pounds. A typical house wit...
by MP173
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Reasonable cubic feet estimate for a move?

Boxes which hold books are 1.5 cf. Boxes for misc stuff are 3.0 cf. Linens and lightweight stuff go into 4.5 cf. My first job was sales for a moving company. The typical ratio was the total cubic ft x 7 lb per cf = estimated weight. Thus 1000 cf would be estimated at 7000 pounds. A typical house wit...
by MP173
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Hendricks/Pekkanen's "The Wife Between Us"... I wasnt too impressed the first 100 pages or so and considered returning it to the library, then the first of many twists came into play. It held my interest until I realized the "hunted" was really the "hunter". Really enjoyed the book. It follows the "...
by MP173
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Colorado Summer Vacation - what to see and where to stay
Replies: 61
Views: 4470

Re: Colorado Summer Vacation - what to see and where to stay

Check out the YMCA of the Rockies. There are two locations and we (wife and I) stayed there a couple of summers ago for 2 nights. We had a small cabin with stove and refrigerator and a porch with stunning views! Cost was very reasonable and lots of things for children (of all ages) to do. It is adja...
by MP173
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Chalk Man" by CJ Tudor. Big hype, but this book didnt quite deliver for me. The story is told in alternating chapters between 1986, which the narrator and friends are 12 years old and discover a dead girl and 2016 when a death to one of the friends occurs. This was ok but not as big as I expect...
by MP173
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deer Garden Damage Prevention
Replies: 36
Views: 2453

Re: Deer Garden Damage Prevention

My wife gave me a great Christmas, Valentines Day, birthday present a few years ago....a 7' fence surrounding our 16 x 30 ft garden.

I named it Fort Potato. No deer or other critters. However, the moths attack the brocholi/brussel sprouts, etc. Gotta figure out a netting or something.

Ed
by MP173
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Tin City" by David Housewright. Housewright's McKenzie series is quickly becoming one of my favorite "charactor novels". McKenzie is an ex cop in Twin Cities who years earlier had resigned and then nabbed an embezzler and claimed a large reward, thus setting himself up financially. He now "helps" f...
by MP173
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 7055

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Thanks for all replies regarding modes. It has opened another view of scales. Being an advanced beginner, I primarily hung around the pentonic minor blues scale...easy to use and pretty good sounding. This is pushing me to explore other scales, particularly the major scale shapes. Again, thanks for ...
by MP173
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3166
Views: 966220

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Steely Dan FAQ" by Anthony Robustelli. When I saw this book at the library (new book section) I was elated. There just isnt much about Walter Becker and Donald Fagan out there. They kept a purposefully low profile. Becker's death came as a blow to many ( including me) last fall. Wow....this book, w...
by MP173
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 7055

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

I understand (sorta). My big hangup was the use of either major or minor scales. My closed mindedness, no doubt due to lack of formal or informal training didnt allow me to understand that there are many other "sounds". In the case of Scarborough Fair, the music would show no sharps or flats, which ...
by MP173
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 7055

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Thanks for replies. I understand the building of chords based on triads and how those are either maj or min. I also understand the concept of 4th and 5th being majors and 2nd, 3rd, 6th being minors and the 7th being a dominant (i thing). I just do not understand Modes. To me it is a version of the m...
by MP173
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 7055

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Cheyene: Thanks for the explanation. I understand the mechanics of modes and how they relate to different notes in the scale. I can also construct the modes by starting on the note and following the pattern of Whole and Half steps based on the major scale. What I do not understand is the practical a...
by MP173
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 102
Views: 7055

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

telemark: Thanks for the link to stack exchange. I spent some time on that site reading questions and replies. Here is a question regarding modes. I somewhat understand what a mode is. It is the scale of a note (lets say C because it is easier to notate) in which the scale "shifts" to another tone w...