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by Die Hard
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Boglehead Car -- What is It?
Replies: 150
Views: 14793

Re: The Boglehead Car -- What is It?

We are an Acura family. Two 2001 TL's and one 2010 TSW. They all still drive like a dream, esp the 2010. Bought it a month ago with only 17,000 miles on it. Looks like a showroom model. I'll drive it "till the wheels fall off" so to speak. We take immaculate care and the mileage on the old...
by Die Hard
Thu May 23, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's the point? [job frustration]
Replies: 42
Views: 5264

Re: What's the point?

False choice? Could there be a position that pays $500k without the stress? Or just seek professional help on dealing with stress? All jobs come with unpleasant parts we don't like. When I'm asked to do things I don't agree with or I don't like doing, I just remind myself they are paying me good mo...
by Die Hard
Thu May 23, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California affordable care act rates for 2014 released
Replies: 143
Views: 17349

Re: California affordable care act rates for 2014 released

Put on your seat belts! It's gonna be a bumpy ride come 2014. Not only is healthcare gonna change, the employment landscape is also going to change because of the ACA.
by Die Hard
Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable satellite TV for camping
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Re: Portable satellite TV for camping

Frankly I wouldn't mess with satellite unless you were doing the snowbird thing where you were living 6 months straight in a winter snowbird campground in south Texas or Arizona or some such. Lots of campgrounds like the typical KOAs have cable TV hookups. You only need some coax to connect. You ca...
by Die Hard
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable satellite TV for camping
Replies: 3
Views: 822

Portable satellite TV for camping

We camp in our travel trailer and want to get TV for college football games, etc.

I see a lot of different options on the internet but would rather not spend a fortune if we don't have too.

Any bogleheads available that would like to share their experience or comments?

Thanks in advance!
by Die Hard
Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1472876

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Legal Deception by Terri Crawford

The author's brother, Bob, was a victim of the Tri-State Crematory (Noble, Ga) tragedy. Her family, along with thousands of others, were devastated by the gruesome discovery that their loved ones bodies were desecrated instead of cremated.
by Die Hard
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canadian Pharmacy
Replies: 13
Views: 3095

Re: Canadian Pharmacy

Has anyone ever found or used a compounding pharmacy in Canada? I have a med compounded into a cream locally because I don't like to swallow a pill and it's not as toxic to the liver. Insurance says they won't pay for compounding so I am currently dealing with them.
by Die Hard
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 572
Views: 214604

Re: TV show recommendations?

OK, the hubby and I are watching Lost on Netflix. We are on Season 3 out of 6. Please don't tell me how it will end. Just tell me if it is going to be worth the wait. PS: Season 3 is dragging a little.....this is why I am asking. By the way, speaking of tv, we bought an antenna and get several chann...
by Die Hard
Sun May 06, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1472876

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Classic Crews by Harry Crews Includes- A Childhood: The Biography of a Place The Gypsy's Curse Car I read an AP article saying he recently died so I wanted to read some of his works. "Harry Crews was a prolific novelist whose often freakish characters populate a strange, violent, and darkly hum...
by Die Hard
Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family vacation what to do? Northern-Cal or Southern-Cal
Replies: 42
Views: 2735

Re: Family vacation what to do? Northern-Cal or Southern-Cal

We made the trip. You can read about it by following the link below. We went in September because there was a better chance the fog had lifted, which it had so we were able to see the beautiful scenery.

http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=44508
by Die Hard
Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Comfortable but Confused
Replies: 12
Views: 1824

Re: Comfortable but Confused

I agree about the exposure in company stock. We get a employer stock match in our 401K and I keep no more than 10% max and that's pushing the limit for me. When I am getting close to my 10% risk tolerance, I shift /sell within my 401K to my other fund. It costs me 5 cents per share to do this. To me...
by Die Hard
Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just laid off & have a severance payment question
Replies: 15
Views: 5491

Re: Just laid off & have a severance payment question

Hi birdy- I am sorry to hear about your job loss. I would think an ultrasound position would be fairly easy to find depending on where you live, esp if a larger city. Outpatient facilities, some MD offices, maybe even part-time for now that could turn into full-time when they realize what a good emp...
by Die Hard
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-Compete Agreement
Replies: 48
Views: 6862

Re: Non-Compete Agreement

I'm sorry for all the people who have written in here about bad experiences with non-compete agreements. I have signed several in my career and they have never caused me any problem. In two cases we were asked to sign new non-competes right before some major changes were made in company policy, one...
by Die Hard
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-Compete Agreement
Replies: 48
Views: 6862

Re: Non-Compete Agreement

OK, I got a copy of the non-compete today which they are actually calling the "Protective Covenants Agreement" which includes: -non-disclosure of confidential information -non-competition in restricted area for 1 year -non-solicitation of referral sources for 1 year -non-solicitation of e...
by Die Hard
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-Compete Agreement
Replies: 48
Views: 6862

Re: Non-Compete Agreement

The company I work for just informed us today they will be sending out non-compete agreements for all marketing staff to sign. I haven't gotten mine yet, but I understand the non-compete is for 1 year and they are telling us if we sign we will get $2,000 (before tax), if we refuse to sign we will b...
by Die Hard
Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What would keep an MD from having privileges?
Replies: 13
Views: 1789

What would keep an MD from having privileges?

Just curious...what would keep a physician from having privileges at all local hospitals in the city of their practice. Do they choose to allow the hospitalists to care for their patients? Do they make more money staying in the office seeing patients? Or, is it deeper than that? I personally would w...
by Die Hard
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-Compete Agreement
Replies: 48
Views: 6862

Re: Non-Compete Agreement

The company I work for just informed us today they will be sending out non-compete agreements for all marketing staff to sign. I haven't gotten mine yet, but I understand the non-compete is for 1 year and they are telling us if we sign we will get $2,000 (before tax), if we refuse to sign we will be...
by Die Hard
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A boglehead cannot escape reminders he is aging
Replies: 83
Views: 9344

Re: A boglehead cannot escape reminders he is aging

I am a huge Led Zeppelin fan. I went to their tribute band's (Zoso) concert recently in Atlanta. What a blast!!

Anyway, when talking with my cousin I mentioned how loud it was. She said if it was loud I must be getting old.

I replied it wasn't that loud 8-)

lol
by Die Hard
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share Your Money-Saving "Secrets" Here
Replies: 110
Views: 11515

Re: Share Your Money-Saving "Secrets" Here

Many grocery stores will match others' prices. My wife collects ads with the best pricing on various prices we use and takes them all on a shopping trip to WalMart or wherever. By doing this she saves money, time and gas. Speaking of coupons, does anyone know of a way to go to "one good websit...
by Die Hard
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share Your Money-Saving "Secrets" Here
Replies: 110
Views: 11515

Re: Share Your Money-Saving "Secrets" Here

livesoft wrote:Have one's company pay for all vacation travel by tacking on vacation when going on overseas or domestic trips. That's free airfare to Paris, London, Melbourne, Beijing, Lima, Capetown, etc.


Don't rub it in, livesoft :roll: Did you forget Bora Bora? :cry: :lol:
by Die Hard
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share Your Money-Saving "Secrets" Here
Replies: 110
Views: 11515

Re: Share Your Money-Saving "Secrets" Here

jbk,

What do you mean by "asking for retention" ? I'd like to try it.
by Die Hard
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How was your bonus?
Replies: 38
Views: 3540

Re: How was your bonus?

Only bonus is if we exceed our quota. After about 4 quarters, you're quota is unreachable, so no more bonus.

Kinda the "dangle the carrot" trick.

401k match cut in half.

No raise in 3 years.

I still have a job but when times are tough, corporate expectations get mind boggling.
by Die Hard
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building new home, need advice on what upgrades to pick
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Building new home, need advice on what upgrades to pick

tea_lover wrote:Image


Nice piece of furniture. Where did you get the picture tea_lover?
by Die Hard
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book recommendation: parenting
Replies: 35
Views: 1944

Re: Book recommendation: parenting

My parents beat the crap out of their kids. I know that doesn't work. A mantra I've used is to give the kids a sense of control. Note the words "sense of". Examples: a. You can clean up your room now and be able to have a sleep over tonight or you can clean up your room tomorrow morning, ...
by Die Hard
Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building new home, need advice on what upgrades to pick
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Building new home, need advice on what upgrades to pick

The electric fireplace through the builder is $2300...I plan on getting one myself for $700 later. The house has R30 attic fiberglass insulation, R13 exterior walls, and R19 batted vaults. Should I upgrade those? Sorry, I wish I could help with the insulation. We built full brick in 2003 and I don'...
by Die Hard
Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book recommendation: parenting
Replies: 35
Views: 1944

Re: Book recommendation: parenting

I'll bet you read all the books and you won't find the answers.

Love your children as if you were their grandparents and they will be just fine.
by Die Hard
Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building new home, need advice on what upgrades to pick
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Building new home, need advice on what upgrades to pick

I don't see an energy efficient fireplace insert with a blower on your list. Would probably be a good upgrade in North Carolina in the winter. We have one and it's very stylish looking. We rarely use our central heat in the winter and utility bills are low. We also have property with hardwoods and w...
by Die Hard
Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Bogleheads pay for cell phone data packages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: How many Bogleheads pay for cell phone data packages?

stives wrote:Why not make a poll?

Personally, I probably wouldn't stay with a big carrier unless I got the data package as I think MVNOs provide better value for those that don't need data.


Can I add a poll once I have posted the topic?
by Die Hard
Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many Bogleheads pay for cell phone data packages?
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

How many Bogleheads pay for cell phone data packages?

I currently have a Verizon LG phone which doesn't require a data package. It is one of only three phones available that did not require the data package. I have unlimited calls and texts but no internet data package. I see some paying upwards of $100 or more per month for this. Correct me if wrong, ...
by Die Hard
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap
Replies: 14
Views: 1698

Re: Medigap

Don't hold back tell us how you really feel. She's not really in good health having gotten out of the hospital today and now needs substantial therapy to get her strength back. TO complicate things the new policy was in the mailbox when we got here so now N and F are in effect until one cancelled. ...
by Die Hard
Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a house to raise a family in (things to consider)
Replies: 22
Views: 2723

Re: Buying a house to raise a family in (things to consider)

Things I have learned over the years (We have lived in 2 homes) #1 home bought (lived in till youngest of two children was 8, oldest was teen) #2 home we built. #1 home carpet. Never again! #2 home true hardwood floors. So easy to keep. House doesn't always seem smelly as when we had carpet. #1 home...
by Die Hard
Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vitamix vs Blendtec
Replies: 10
Views: 1376

Re: Vitamix vs Blendtec

Well, I will probably regret it but I just was not ready to spend the money for a Vitamix so I purchased a Montel Williams HealthMaster on sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond on clearance for around $130. The Vitamix was sitting next to it, but I just couldn't. Reviews for HealthMaster not as good as Vitam...
by Die Hard
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: So, what's your screen name mean? (And why'd you choose it?)
Replies: 81
Views: 6717

Re: So, what's your screen name mean? (And why'd you choose

Gosh, what a silly name I chose back then. I had never chosen a screen name for anything. I wish now I had chosen something else, but no harm done. I'll keep it.
by Die Hard
Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop keeps shutting down for no reason
Replies: 23
Views: 2319

Re: Laptop keeps shutting down for no reason

How old is the laptop? Is it still under warranty?
by Die Hard
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the most overrated book you've read?
Replies: 193
Views: 10843

Re: What's the most overrated book you've read?

I haven't seen this one listed-

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
By Laurence Sterne

I'm trying.....trying............trying

Has anyone made it through?
by Die Hard
Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?
Replies: 44
Views: 5526

Re: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?

OK, so i couldn't swallow the price of a VitaMix so I purchased a HealthMaster for a lot less money. Probably not as good as a VitaMix but wanted to try. Setup is almost the same. I tried to make a potato soup and it came out kinda frothy. Is this normal in the VitaMix? The consistency was was not e...
by Die Hard
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Audiobooks for iPod
Replies: 5
Views: 547

Re: Free Audiobooks for iPod

ejvyas wrote:Public libraries, libraries in universities usually have free or limited subscription to audible and overdrive. Check it out..


Great suggestion. I wonder thought if libraries have downloadable though for my iPod?

By the way, what is "overdrive"?

Thanks!
by Die Hard
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Audiobooks for iPod
Replies: 5
Views: 547

Free Audiobooks for iPod

Hello all- I am looking for the ability to download books onto my iPod and listen audio form. I have read some on http://www.audible.com but it looks like they have a monthly membership fee. There was an app for it on my iPod. I want to see if there is something available starting at "free"...
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What was your very first job
Replies: 103
Views: 6259

Re: What was your very first job

McDonald's - $7.50 an hour. Used the money to spoil my girl-friend at the time and buy a moped. Poor use of money if you ask me - although the moped made my parents happy as they didn't need to wake up at 4 on the weekends. Wow, this must have been recently. My first job at 16 was Hardees at .90 ce...
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Password manager?
Replies: 109
Views: 10224

Re: Password manager?

I have Password Keeper on my Blackberry Smart Phone. Haven't seen this mentioned.

Anyone know of any security concerns with this one? It's my work phone. If I ever left my job they would take the phone. Could it possibly be hacked then?
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano shopping (full sized upright)
Replies: 40
Views: 4266

Re: Piano shopping (full sized upright)

My neighbor tunes pianos for a living. He is blind. Before we bought one, I picked him up and we went to let him play LOTS of pianos. All were used and in homes, not in stores. He plays beautifully and when he played / heard the right one he said this is it. He never knew the asking price of any at ...
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 373154

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

Born To Run
Christopher McDougall

Quite interesting if all is true. It's classified as non fiction.
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the stupidest things you wasted your $ on
Replies: 75
Views: 6890

Re: What are the stupidest things you wasted your $ on

chaz wrote:So far no stupid mistakes.


Really, chaz?

What eva!!

:)
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?
Replies: 44
Views: 5526

Re: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?

Ok, I've also looked at the Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup Maker Model# SBC 1000. It runs ~199.00. Difference that I see is that you have to cut up the ingredients before adding. As you can see, I am a Boglehead and want the best for the money. One can also make smoothies. It claims to do a good job....
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?
Replies: 44
Views: 5526

Re: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?

Well, I found this blender comparison on YouTube by Popular Mechanics. Not sure whether to believe it's really PM but I was shocked at the results.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkcgBwbE7nw
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?
Replies: 44
Views: 5526

Re: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?

Austex1: Thanks for the post and to all others thus far. I don't have a Costco in my city but we have a Sam's. I can check to see if the sell VitaMix. Or, maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond? I will check around. We do love hot soups, especially tomato, so this could maybe become a kitchen staple. At least w...
by Die Hard
Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?
Replies: 44
Views: 5526

Re: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?

I have been researching VitaMix and see there are different series / types. Am I correct?

Do most of you on the forum that own one have the same series?
by Die Hard
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?
Replies: 44
Views: 5526

Re: Does anyone own a VitaMix blender?

I've lusted after a vitamixer for years -- I always mention it when someone asks what I want for birthday/christmas, but no one ever gets me one However, have yous seen the Ninja? Not sure how it reviews, but looks like it does about anything a vitamixer can and I've recently seen it for $89 at Wal...
by Die Hard
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When To Upgrade To A New Computer
Replies: 39
Views: 3628

Re: When To Upgrade To A New Computer

Anybody for or against refurbished laptops?
by Die Hard
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Deal with Status Anxiety?
Replies: 95
Views: 9698

Re: How Do You Deal with Status Anxiety?

ElJay wrote:If you have Netflix instant streaming, I highly recommend you watch the black comedy The Joneses.


Loved it!! I think I'll watch it again this week-end.