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by fatlittlepig
Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for thanking a doctor
Replies: 75
Views: 9948

Re: Ideas for thanking a doctor

im a doctor, don't want any fattening sweets or candy (I get that at nursing stations/break rooms) write a letter to administrator or chief of staff thats the best way to "thank" a doctor. There seem to be a lot of doctors on this site, so I figure I've got the right audience here. I saw Dr. Sandeep...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Time Home Buyer dilemma in SoCal
Replies: 41
Views: 6059

Re: First Time Home Buyer dilemma in SoCal

I would keep renting and there ain't nothing wrong with renting, in fact renting is great in this situation for you. Hello Bogleheads: I am hoping you might be able to shine light on my goal on getting in the pool of home ownership as a first time home buyer...I am struggling with finding the best c...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Individual Stocks
Replies: 46
Views: 5916

Re: Individual Stocks

I have a curiosity question. Do you invest in any individual stocks, or only in mutual funds? I do like to evaluate companies and have a few individual stocks, I'm curious about others on the forum. Thanks go for it, you don't need the permission of random forum people. I have done well owning a ba...
by fatlittlepig
Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ADT Home Security System
Replies: 9
Views: 12274

Re: ADT Home Security System

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by fatlittlepig
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 14667

Re: Blood work for cats

Didn't bother to read the whole thread. Animals should all be loved and cared for, however it seems obscene and immoral to spend so much money on animals (labs, dental care) when there are so many poor who are without basic health care and necessities. Just IMHO.
by fatlittlepig
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ADT Home Security System
Replies: 9
Views: 12274

Re: ADT Home Security System

What's the point of these security systems. Cops will tell you that 99.99% of alarms are false alarms. Do what I did buy the sign and stickers forget about the equipment alarms and monthly fees.
by fatlittlepig
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 14667

Re: Blood work for cats

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by fatlittlepig
Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how to prevent medical expense catastrophe?
Replies: 174
Views: 12607

Re: how to prevent medical expense catastrophe?

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by fatlittlepig
Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blood work for cats
Replies: 40
Views: 14667

Re: Blood work for cats

someone who would take advantage of the love a person has for a pet to fleece them with unnecessary costly tests is despicable. furthermore, animals are animals they need love, but not need blood tests, surgeries etc.
by fatlittlepig
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: AliBaba
Replies: 171
Views: 20986

Re: AliBaba

Bought some and will buy more when it goes down. Fundamentals are solid. Mucho revenue, profit- all in a relatively "immature" market with overall low penetration with regards to internet commerce. In 10 years will this be a more powerful, profitable company- yes, see you then.
by fatlittlepig
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpenter Ants Anyone?
Replies: 39
Views: 7674

Re: Carpenter Ants Anyone?

terro is okay (in my experience they came back) but if you really want to decimate the ants get this stuff
Advion
http://www.amazon.com/Advion-Bait-gram- ... B002Y2H6VS
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I think I just won the game … have I and what do I do next?!
Replies: 55
Views: 10130

Re: I think I just won the game … have I and what do I do ne

Not meant to be.
fishnskiguy wrote:
fatlittlepig wrote:I guess you have "won" if the game is to amass a large amount of money at a young age.
Personally to me the game to win, is to have a rewarding, healthy and financially secure life.
Got any other condescending things to say? :oops:

Jeez!

Chris
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You
Replies: 361
Views: 56633

Re: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You

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by fatlittlepig
Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I think I just won the game … have I and what do I do next?!
Replies: 55
Views: 10130

Re: I think I just won the game … have I and what do I do ne

I guess you have "won" if the game is to amass a large amount of money at a young age.
Personally to me the game to win, is to have a rewarding, healthy and financially secure life.
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?
Replies: 102
Views: 11830

Re: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?

NYC grossly overrated Chicago is much more liveable and attractive. I lived in Chicago for 20 years. It is the best city in the summer but that is 4-5 months out of the year. It is safe despite what you read about the crimes. Those crimes are all located in their own districts that are full of gang ...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?
Replies: 102
Views: 11830

Re: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?

my ranking would be Chicago Boston NY, PHILLY (equally unattractive) again the high murder rate are in areas you would choose not to live in. 50-55K is not a livable wage in NYC, but is in Cambridge with criteria you mention (or Center City). The area around U of Chicago has a high murder rate (my b...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?
Replies: 102
Views: 11830

Re: NYC, Philly, Boston, or Chicago?

I've been to all four. Chicago is by far the most liveable and enjoyable city. the crime you read about is in areas which you will not be living or visiting.
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost a lot in stocks and starting fresh: Please Help
Replies: 90
Views: 15608

Re: Lost a lot in stocks and starting fresh: Please Help

[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek] Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum. I have been reading a lot of posts recently and decided to post my financial situation. I have lost quite a bit stocks and options in the last 5 years (Yes all those years When the markets literally went up by 150%). I want...
by fatlittlepig
Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Early Retirement Thoughts and Calculations
Replies: 43
Views: 10729

Re: My Early Retirement Thoughts and Calculations

I'm just wondering why a 40 year old would want to retire, I know you wouldn't have to "work" but living with a "paycheck to paycheck" mentality of 30-40k a year always worried about running out of money over a 40/50 year timeframe doesn't seem like an enjoyable "retirement". why not find a career t...
by fatlittlepig
Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My Early Retirement Thoughts and Calculations
Replies: 43
Views: 10729

Re: My Early Retirement Thoughts and Calculations

so you won't be earning any more money from here on out? why not find a new career? presumably you don't enjoy your current one, 40 is way young plus I agree with others you ain't gots enough dough Please help me decide whether I have enough to retire, or not. I'm new to this forum, but I've done my...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable TV speaker options
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Affordable TV speaker options

I thought about this but Samsung HDTV's don't have variable sound output so to change the volume you couldn't use the TV remote, but would have to change the volume on the powered speakers. Oh and the TV doesn't have a earphone/headphone jack. Often, there's an earphone jack on the front of a TV set...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable TV speaker options
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Affordable TV speaker options

actually i think i figured it out, i don't think the amp is a good choice since my samsung tv does not have variable output so to adjust the volume i would have to use the volume dial on the amp. the soundbars seem kind of pricey i'm going to get a receiver from craigslist and some bookshelf speaker...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Affordable TV speaker options
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Affordable TV speaker options

Hi, back from a temporary ban Anyways i am not very savvy when it comes to the world of home audio equipment. I have a samsung HDTV but the tv speakers are not great, connected to it is an Apple TV and a cable box. I want everything to be the same except the audio to be louder and richer. Could I ge...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla Motors Stock
Replies: 260
Views: 44401

Re: Tesla Motors Stock

go for it. buy some now then wait for a pullback and buy more. Posts like this are like nails on a chalk board to me. I cringe every time. To answer your question you can get Tesla stock by opening any normal taxable brokerage account. Examples are Fidelity, Tradeking, Scottrade etc. Now that I've a...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get over finance envy
Replies: 167
Views: 24518

Re: How to get over finance envy

how long have you had combined income of 180k. seems like with no outstanding debt, should have enough for down payment by now depending on my first question.

FLP
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You
Replies: 361
Views: 56633

Re: Premium Products That Are Worth It To You

I agree I go to les schwab, even the tire sales guy at Costco semi agreed with me that Michelin tires were overpriced. Purchased my first set of Michelin's due to their prominence in this thread, and all I can say is WOW. To be honest, I never realized that Michelins where considered a high quality ...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with Windows.
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: Need help with Windows.

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by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help with Windows.
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: Need help with Windows.

[Snarky comment removed by admin LadyGeek] For Father's Day, we got my dad a new computer to replace his one that was several years old. The new one uses Windows 8 and is so different from the Windows version he is used to that he is having great difficulty using the machine. Plus Windows 8 seems u...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2322

Re: High Income Earner in Need of a Financial Plan!!!!!

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by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you give your wife on your wedding day?
Replies: 81
Views: 7131

Re: What did you give your wife on your wedding day?

if this is what you are struggling with, your priorities are whacked.
camoaero wrote:I'm getting married in about six weeks and I'm still struggling with a wedding gift for my soon to be wife. What did you get your wife? Any suggestions or lessons learned?
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Contrarian That I Am
Replies: 24
Views: 2143

Re: Contrarian That I Am

i thought that was common sense, duh how is that being a contrarian john94549 (OP) believes that some selling Wednesday/Thursday last week indicates "buy a few shares" for contrarians that he is (per thread subject). The BIG picture, though, is that a 3.89% drop in 2 days for Vanguard VFINX, for ins...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unnerving Phone Call Late Last Night
Replies: 47
Views: 8893

Re: Unnerving Phone Call Late Last Night

I have an idea, stop being paranoid and forget about it. Last night at 1130, we got a phone call. The caller ID said "private caller" so we don't know who it was. My wife answered, and the caller asked if it was her. He used her first and last names. She asked who was calling. No answer. The caller ...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Contrarian That I Am
Replies: 24
Views: 2143

Re: Contrarian That I Am

how is that being a contrarian Might I suggest everyone take a deep breath, count to a hundred, then decide whether or not to buy a few shares. My guess is this is merely a reflection of the silly season, when all serious traders are in the Hamptons. Opportunistic trader that I am (in my trading acc...
by fatlittlepig
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting Tips
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: Budgeting Tips

simple, what you be wastin' yo money on? Bogleheads, How do you budget? I am currently living in NYC and feel like I am hemorrhaging cash every day. I make a decent wage, saving in my 401k, Roth IRA, but some how still seem to rack up credit card debt ... I'm assuming the first piece of advice would...
by fatlittlepig
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: All Stocks Anyone?
Replies: 64
Views: 9725

Re: All Stocks Anyone?

I'm all stocks, for me doesn't make sense not to be. I can honestly say that these market fluctuations do not in the least bit affect me emotionally. it's all a game on paper to me. So how is that "100% stock" portfolio holding up these days? Interesting to see if any views have changed over the las...
by fatlittlepig
Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is the Market having a major sell off?
Replies: 121
Views: 10618

Re: Why is the Market having a major sell off?

Don't know and don't care. I'm waiting for DOW 12000 then swooping in. What i don't understand is, Bernake said yesterday that the tapering will not begin until unemployment reaches 6.5%, among other criteria. He said strictly this is a threshold, and the stimulus will continue unchanged until that ...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: novice physician investor, please help
Replies: 33
Views: 5548

Re: novice physician investor, please help

Thank you everyone for the insightful responses. 1) I appreciate the suggestions about not being too aggressive and will think about the issue of asset allocation a little more. I feel that I can handle another stock market downturn and use the current bond allocation as a floor (and not for return...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career as a trader
Replies: 32
Views: 4296

Re: Career as a trader

sometimes part of growing up is realizing you need to find a stable sustainable job rather than pursue fanciful ideas of being a high flying trader or professional poker player. problem is on this bogleheaders forum, people are loathe to upset others and give straight-talk. whatever you decide good ...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career as a trader
Replies: 32
Views: 4296

Re: Career as a trader

you sound like a high risk high reward guy i would invest in more education in a field where you can find a job, maybe that means getting certified in accounting. (not that i know much about that, but that's what i would do; but then again i'm a boring guy.) go back to school my friend, get a degree...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car or repair, need Bogleheads advice.
Replies: 15
Views: 1779

Re: Replace car or repair, need Bogleheads advice.

lesson- don't buy a chrysler. personally i would probably sell it and buy a new toyota. 108K miles is nothing, decent car should not be having any issues at this mileage. I am on the fence about whether it is a good financial decision to repair our current car or to replace it. My wife's primary car...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career as a trader
Replies: 32
Views: 4296

Re: Career as a trader

Sorry, not trying to mean but it's hard to take this post seriously But if you are a doer and commit yourself 100% to something, you can succeed (doesn't sound like it according to your mini-biography.) go back to school my friend, get a degree and then a job, rather than dreaming of making it rich ...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:35 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Interest free loan?
Replies: 18
Views: 1327

Re: Interest free loan?

still don't see the point, why bother.
Frengo wrote:
fatlittlepig wrote:personally don't see the point. i hate debt even if interest free.
OK, but talking from a rational point of view...
by fatlittlepig
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Interest free loan?
Replies: 18
Views: 1327

Re: Interest free loan?

personally don't see the point. i hate debt even if interest free. Bogleheads, What are your opinions on interest free loans? While I enjoy not having debt, my personal opinion is that it can be smart if utilized properly. Hypothetically, a $15,000 loan that must be paid over 24 months. Income is su...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: novice physician investor, please help
Replies: 33
Views: 5548

Re: novice physician investor, please help

the only doctors i trust are Dr. Standard and Dr. Poor then why should we listen to you? :P 2. Don't listen to other doctors about investing. Good luck. There is some truth about doctors being bad investors, but I had to laugh at this post and the response. It sums up the problem in medicine and the...
by fatlittlepig
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: novice physician investor, please help
Replies: 33
Views: 5548

Re: novice physician investor, please help

then why should we listen to you? :P
staythecourse wrote: 2. Don't listen to other doctors about investing.

Good luck.
by fatlittlepig
Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: novice physician investor, please help
Replies: 33
Views: 5548

Re: novice physician investor, please help

Why would you need your parents to pay for your kids college with your salary seems like that would or should be your responsibility. I starting reading bogleheads a few months ago and cannot tell you how much I appreciate the knowledge that is shared here. It is both intellectually stimulating and ...
by fatlittlepig
Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Help understanding risk in index funds
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: Help understanding risk in index funds

short of an WMD attack on the homeland, VTI will not lose 95% of its value my friend. Hello, can anyone point me towards some articles or other reading that might help me understand better the concept of risk as it applies to index funds? Having previously been invested in individual stocks, I have ...
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Nexus 4? Or wait for Nexus 5?
Replies: 54
Views: 8136

Re: Buy Nexus 4? Or wait for Nexus 5?

nah, you're misinformed or ignorant.
matjen wrote:
fatlittlepig wrote:I admit I haven't read the responses in this thread, but I would get the iPhone 5, it is a completely (better) user experience than then iPhone 3G.
Not only that, it can do almost as much as a Nexus 4 for only twice the price! 8-)
by fatlittlepig
Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy Nexus 4? Or wait for Nexus 5?
Replies: 54
Views: 8136

Re: Buy Nexus 4? Or wait for Nexus 5?

I admit I haven't read the responses in this thread, but I would get the iPhone 5, it is a completely (better) user experience than then iPhone 3G. I have an old iPhone 3G. No longer supported and with a bunch of little issues, but it still works. At some point, probably not too long from now, it wi...