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by Jazztonight
Sun May 31, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Out of market now and need advice on re-entering
Replies: 35
Views: 3084

Re: Out of market now and need advice on re-entering

Over the years, through several severe market downturns, I've had some close friends pull out of their stock-market investments completely. Some of these folks appeared prescient at the time, and prided themselves on being able to foresee the future. Fine. so now they're all in cash. The stock marke...
by Jazztonight
Thu May 28, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 551
Views: 144573

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

This thread was never about doing pull-ups--or anything for that matter--to failure.

It was just about doing them.

Do your sets of exercises and then go on about your day. What a concept.

(I've learned that if there's a way to complicate things, people will typically find it.)
by Jazztonight
Sun May 24, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5449
Views: 1350461

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I have all of the Harry Potter films recorded, and we've watched the first two in the past week. I really enjoyed them, as I did the books. (As a musician and composer, I listen to the score as well as watch the movie, so it's not unusual for me to say to my wife, "That's Snape music," or "Look out ...
by Jazztonight
Sun May 24, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5449
Views: 1350461

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

abuss368 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 7:18 pm
Mystic River on Netflix. The movie was excellent!
That movie depressed me so much that I told my wife I'm never going to see anything like it again. I'm not saying it wasn't a good movie. But I don't need to intentionally make myself depressed. Just saying.
by Jazztonight
Sun May 24, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 143
Views: 12530

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

I just ordered a Kindle. I've been reading books on my iPhone 7+ and in paper version, but I felt it's time for me to be able to recline and read comfortably, day or night, wherever I am. The other item I bought was a 12" cast iron (Lodge) pan. I'm doing most of the cooking these days, and I wanted ...
by Jazztonight
Tue May 19, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pull-ups and Push-ups
Replies: 551
Views: 144573

Re: Pull-ups and Push-ups

OP Here. A while back I decided that my day goes a little better if I do some kind of exercise each morning. So here's what I now do: M,W,F - 20 sets of 5 pull-ups. I mix them up: wide grip, regular grip, narrow grip, chin-up, mixed grip. It takes me 30 minutes to do 100 pulls. I use the Tabata Time...
by Jazztonight
Fri May 08, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Goal Reached - Now What?
Replies: 30
Views: 3348

Re: Goal Reached - Now What?

Successful retirement is not, in my opinion, about money. Certainly you need enough. But you don't need a lot more than enough. You've done an excellent job planning for the financial aspect of retirement. But as I realized many years ago, that's only one part of it. In his excellent book, Get a Lif...
by Jazztonight
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are you exercising with gym closures
Replies: 111
Views: 5810

Re: How are you exercising with gym closures

Gym closures (or openings) do not impact on my fitness/workout routine, which hasn't changed in years. Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 20 sets of 5 pull-ups , total 100. This takes 25-30 minutes. Proper form is essential. Slow, steady, no kipping or kicking. Regular grip; wide grip; narrow grip; chin-up...
by Jazztonight
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what point do you donate/trash/sell/gift your junk?
Replies: 75
Views: 4878

Re: At what point do you donate/trash/sell/gift your junk?

I use freecycle.org and Craigslist for free which is in the for sale section. No driving anywhere. List it and someone comes and picks it up. +1 Craigslist for free is my go-to place to get rid of stuff. I gather 4-6 (generally unrelated) items, take a photo of the group, and offer it as a "package...
by Jazztonight
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exercise machine for a small apartment
Replies: 56
Views: 3277

Re: Exercise machine for a small apartment

Why do people hate the gym? As usual, fitness-related threads brings out—everyone! Answer to this question for me is, I don’t need to travel, spend money, or use machinery to stay healthy and fit. I’ve been doing that for free, at home, in a small home office, for years. Even my own wife, who went ...
by Jazztonight
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simplicity
Replies: 85
Views: 12917

Re: Simplicity

A Story: Each time my parents moved, first from their home in Long Island and then to a series of apartments in Queens, Westchester, the San Fernando Valley, and finally a senior living facility also in the Valley, they put a lot of stuff in a rented storage unit--for which they paid a monthly fee f...
by Jazztonight
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jumper cables
Replies: 83
Views: 5447

Re: Jumper cables

Big Worm wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:15 pm
Get the one with the battery pack. Don't need another car to jump off.
Doesn't this require that the battery pack always remains charged?
by Jazztonight
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jumper cables
Replies: 83
Views: 5447

Jumper cables

The set of jumper cables I keep in the trunk of my car mysteriously disappeared, and I want to replace them. Your recommendations, please. My car is a 2001 Camry V6; the battery is under 2 years old. But this would be for emergency situations--mine or someone else's. I do not live or drive in a cold...
by Jazztonight
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended physical fitness websites/books/apps?
Replies: 83
Views: 6583

Re: Recommended physical fitness websites/books/apps?

A forum such as ours will include a large number of fit people. It goes with the territory. Thus, responses to your question will be all over the spectrum, and will mostly be reasonable, valid, and helpful. There is no one proper, best, or right path to fitness and strength. Also, you’re pretty youn...
by Jazztonight
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Safer" places for Spanish immersion experience?
Replies: 84
Views: 7248

Re: "Safer" places for Spanish immersion experience?

Go to Barcelona, Spain. If you can afford it, reward yourselves with a Med cruise afterwards. -B Ha! Barcelona--The ONLY place in the world I've ever visited where I was mugged! Similar threads such as this have come up over the years regarding "safe places to visit," and inevitably, Barcelona is r...
by Jazztonight
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning Violin as an adult? Taking a break from the neg. news
Replies: 237
Views: 39125

Re: Learning Violin as an adult? Yes, 3 years later!

Thanks. I'm nothing if not determined, though I wasn't sure how this would turn out when I started. I've made a lot of recordings, mostly because it became obvious that progress is very incremental. I'll go months feeling like I've accomplished little, record myself, listen to something from six mo...
by Jazztonight
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Monovision contacts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1476

Re: Monovision contacts?

Quick answers re Monovision questions. (Disclosure: I was an optometrist for 37 years; I'm now retired.) Monovision works for those for whom it works! You won't know if it will work for you unless and until you try it. It generally works for those who have worn contacts before, but my experience is ...
by Jazztonight
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found hidden safe, should we crack?
Replies: 303
Views: 88439

Re: Found hidden safe, should we crack?

When DW and I moved into our co-op apt. 9 years ago, there was a locked safe in the closet. I had to know what was in it! (cue: dissonant brass section) Weeks went by. The contractors moved the safe into another room so they could do the renovation. Now I saw it all day long. OMG. In a large binder ...
by Jazztonight
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digitizing Old Family Photos
Replies: 32
Views: 2620

Re: Digitizing Old Family Photos

When my father died at 96, there were three boxes of family slides that I had to deal with. A friend recommended to look for a Groupon.com coupon, which I did. I found one company that had good reviews, and took a chance. They did a great job scanning over 500 slides. I ordered extra DVDs of the fin...
by Jazztonight
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consider the next phase of our travel?
Replies: 37
Views: 3176

Re: Consider the next phase of our travel?

Somehow, many people (including Americans) seem to travel all over the world without being killed, kidnapped, shot, etc. Isn't that incredible? I live in a city that many people consider too dangerous to drive across, let alone walk on its streets. Miraculously, I've survived there for 45 years with...
by Jazztonight
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano keyboard suggestion
Replies: 21
Views: 1987

Re: Piano keyboard suggestion

At least once a year there is a thread similar to this. I've owned several (maybe 8) keyboards through the years. There's no perfect one. One question you must ask yourself: Is this keyboard going to stay in one place in your home forever, or do you see yourself or another family member packing it u...
by Jazztonight
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bucket List Adventures/Activities
Replies: 133
Views: 16375

Re: Bucket List Adventures/Activities

This is a terrific thread, and I'm glad it's been revived! I believe there are, basically, two types of goals: 1. Activities that have a beginning, middle, and end (e.g. a trip to somewhere, or a task that can be completed). 2. Activities that have no end, but rather they entail improving a skill le...
by Jazztonight
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyonw driving Uber for fun and pocket money in retirement?
Replies: 111
Views: 12569

Re: Anyonw driving Uber for fun and pocket money in retirement?

Frankly, I'm sorry, but I don't understand this "Time to Kill" business.

Regardless, whenever the subject of driving for Uber comes up, I'm reminded of my favorite episode of Family Guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4maDD7QGIDw
by Jazztonight
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ink Pens
Replies: 77
Views: 5672

Re: Ink Pens

Some of my favorites are Pelikan fountain pens (made in Germany). I’ve never been disappointed. I have five of them: A clear demonstrator M200, a tortoise on white M400 and a Smoky Quartz M400, a blue striated M600, and a green striated M800. They fill from a bottle using their built-in pistons. Th...
by Jazztonight
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Piano Lessons for young kids
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: Piano Lessons for young kids

This topic has come up many times, with the same wide range of answers. No one can tell what a 6 year old kid is going to become as an adult. But one thing for certain is that adding music (and art) to the mix pays off in many ways throughout a person's life. Forcing a child to practice is deadly fo...
by Jazztonight
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extreme Anxiety with Time/Money
Replies: 95
Views: 9723

Re: Extreme Anxiety with Time/Money

The Bogleheads Forum is a community. The community is advising you to step back and consider your options. You can see a therapist, or reset your priorities, or sell & rent, or hire some people to do your tasks and chores. Or, you can figure all this out yourself. You got to where you are by being i...
by Jazztonight
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 132
Views: 21437

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

After reading through this thread and absorbing the many thoughtful, deep, personal, and enlightening responses, I come to these conclusions: Relationships - Are we talking about single vs. in a couple, or are we talking about the concept of being fulfilled either alone or in a relationship? Travel ...
by Jazztonight
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)
Replies: 78
Views: 7284

Re: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)

...Pull-ups, push-ups, and squats are essentially the Boglehead three fund portfolio of exercises... Through the years, I've come to understand the truth of this. Our primate bodies were designed for pulling, pushing, and squatting. Since reverting to a bodyweight workout I've never had an injury. ...
by Jazztonight
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working 4 days a week?
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: Working 4 days a week?

I was in a similar situation as you, and successfully negotiated a reduction in my work week in exchange for a reduction in salary. Here's my story: When I was 53, there was a confluence of events that I'd been anticipating since I was 40: My wife and I paid off our mortgage, and my youngest child g...
by Jazztonight
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Cities, potential for retirees
Replies: 102
Views: 11375

Re: Walking Cities, potential for retirees

I've lived in Oakland, California more than half my life, and for the last 9 years DW and I have lived in a building on Lake Merritt near downtown. Wait! Oakland? If I lived there I'd be killed in 10 minutes!! Think again. If you can afford to live in Oakland, you'd join many others just "dying" to ...
by Jazztonight
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Cost of Progressive Lenses/glasses - did I pay too much?
Replies: 69
Views: 5332

Re: My Cost of Progressive Lenses/glasses - did I pay too much?

<Sigh> Disclosure: I am a retired optometrist, and I see that I've been on this forum since 2007. Since that time, I have seen many hundreds of similar posts about eyeglasses and responded to many of them. Here's my overview response. Take it for what it's worth--just my honest opinion. First of al...
by Jazztonight
Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Booking a cruise - any differences in how/where?
Replies: 37
Views: 3767

Re: Booking a cruise - any differences in how/where?

I think the ship--the Pacific Princess--has a capacity of 600 guests. It's a "boutique cruise ship," and this will be her final voyage, I'm told. Is that the ship that is the 7th (or 8th?) of almost identical ships that have ended up at Oceania and Azamara? RM There were eight R-class built: https:...
by Jazztonight
Sat May 18, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Booking a cruise - any differences in how/where?
Replies: 37
Views: 3767

Re: Booking a cruise - any differences in how/where?

I think the ship--the Pacific Princess--has a capacity of 600 guests. It's a "boutique cruise ship," and this will be her final voyage, I'm told.
by Jazztonight
Fri May 17, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Booking a cruise - any differences in how/where?
Replies: 37
Views: 3767

Re: Booking a cruise - any differences in how/where?

Hope you enjoy your cruise! DW and I go on one to two cruises a year. We've worked with a particular cruise travel agent for years. He's gotten us very good deals, and throws in his own shipboard credit/discount on top of everything we've been able to find on our own. Also, after we pay the deposit ...
by Jazztonight
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 4 Gorgeous Beach Towns Where You Can Comfortably Retire on $40,000 a Year
Replies: 56
Views: 9167

Re: 4 Gorgeous Beach Towns Where You Can Comfortably Retire on $40,000 a Year

Find A Lake :happy Toons, you seem to have a talent for solving a long, complicated discussion in the fewest possible words! There have been many studies about how bodies of water draw humans to them. Here's an article I easily found that gives some background about the psychology of "blue" and "ha...
by Jazztonight
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single Family House - aging in place challenges
Replies: 47
Views: 3000

Re: Single Family House - aging in place challenges

After 26 years of living in single-family homes DW and I downsized to a large co-op apartment in a 55 unit building downtown. We don't regret it for a minute. It turns out we're not alone. There are many others in our building who have been aging here in place for 20 or more years. It's level-in. No...
by Jazztonight
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Newbie international traveler
Replies: 65
Views: 4461

Re: Newbie international traveler

Our plan is to come home with about 40 or 50 euro, so that on our next trip we are not running to an ATM as soon as we land. It’s worked well for us. Euros are not going anywhere anytime soon. It's okay for you to hang onto them for your next foreign trip. Even though their currency is regularly de...
by Jazztonight
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Camping Tent?
Replies: 28
Views: 2022

Re: Good Camping Tent?

I walked 2,644 miles across America last year and camped 2-3 days out of every 5. https://www.robertschoen.com/faq/ I was by myself, and used the Kelty Salida 2 (3 season) tent. I had the rain fly and the footprint as well. I was not carrying a backpack, but rather pushing a modified jogging cart. T...
by Jazztonight
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you have a serious health problem, do you retire or?
Replies: 50
Views: 7181

Re: If you have a serious health problem, do you retire or?

Alex Trebek is a well-liked and respected celebrity. We're probably all sad that he's ill. "Fighting" cancer or any illness is a concept that is not clear to me, although thinking back I guess I've fought illnesses and other battles along the way. When financial resources are not an obstacle, one ca...
by Jazztonight
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has any retiree taken classes at 4-year college - for interest - e.g. Spanish
Replies: 108
Views: 13265

Re: Has any retiree taken classes at 4-year college - for interest - e.g. Spanish

I commend you on your goals and perseverance. Keep at it! Sometimes I wonder why I am doing this! I retired two years ago when I was 73. I have taken a course in photography that was a lot of fun and plan to take a Masters Gardener Class in the Fall. It is through and extension of Michigan State. O...
by Jazztonight
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has any retiree taken classes at 4-year college - for interest - e.g. Spanish
Replies: 108
Views: 13265

Re: Has any retiree taken classes at 4-year college - for interest - e.g. Spanish

I can see that the subject matter and the level of teaching are major issues. In my 50s I returned to a 4 year state university to study music. I stayed for 4 years, and can tell you that I was totally immersed in the subject matter, it was challenging, and I worked very hard. Not all of my classmat...
by Jazztonight
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Rethinking the bond percentage.
Replies: 43
Views: 4281

Re: Rethinking the bond percentage.

Review: Risk Tolerance (what is your "sleep factor"?) https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Risk_tolerance At age 60 I went to 40/60. That was 12 years ago and I've never looked back. Once in a while, when the stock market is going wild in an upward direction, I think, "Hmmm." But then I remember that I ...
by Jazztonight
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.
Replies: 76
Views: 7716

Re: Swimming, do you? Advice sought.

I don't think anyone has brought this to your attention yet, so perhaps I'll be the first. Total Immersion Swimming is incredibly beautiful. Please look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJpFVvho0o4 I took the weekend workshop in San Mateo last year. It was the first time I ever really enjoye...
by Jazztonight
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 856
Views: 60207

Re: John Bogle is dead at 89

John Bogle affected so many of our lives in a positive way. He was unselfish, generous with his time and wisdom, and made the world a richer place in which to live in more ways than one. The one time I was in the same room with Jack I had the foresight to take a selfie photo of myself with him. I sm...
by Jazztonight
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mentally active retirement communities
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

Re: Mentally active retirement communities

As a musician who performs at a variety of retirement facilities, I'm aware of the wide range of activities offered in the various places. Some are more social, others more intellectual, and still others more acitivity-based. At larger and more up-scale facilities, there appears to be a more diverse...
by Jazztonight
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stand up desks: Jarvis vs UpLift vs ?? (Help me shop)
Replies: 34
Views: 4216

Re: Stand up desks: Jarvis vs UpLift vs ?? (Help me shop)

I like my Uplift Desk. Put my own top on their hardware. Had the unit for several years, and no problems.

Come over and see it if you'd like 8-)
by Jazztonight
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retaining mental sharpness in retirement communities?
Replies: 8
Views: 1542

Re: Retaining mental sharpness in retirement communities?

Congratulations on your upcoming move! Although my wife and I do not live in a retirement community (her choice; we live in a downtown apartment building), I perform music for the residents of several nearby facilities, and have 5 or 6 close friends who live in different retirement places, so I'm fa...
by Jazztonight
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planet Fitness etc.,
Replies: 51
Views: 4829

Re: Planet Fitness etc.,

The only time I walk into a gym is when I'm on a cruise ship. The first few days, people are lined up to use the treadmills and a few other machines. (I ignore the machines, grab a yoga mat, and just work out while listening to music on my iPhone). I'll never understand why, on an ocean cruise to Ha...
by Jazztonight
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Warren Buffett Books
Replies: 55
Views: 7267

Re: Warren Buffett Books

I read Snowball when it came out and found it fascinating. The book opens a window into Buffett's early naivety about discrimination in the financial industry, and describes how he took a stand, particularly in Omaha, and "did the right thing." While he many not be perfect (who is?), his philanthrop...
by Jazztonight
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1/3 of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings...
Replies: 77
Views: 8856

Re: 1/3 of Baby Boomers have no retirement savings...

Considering the fact that the Baby Boomer generation is collectively the wealthiest generation of people that have ever lived on planet earth, I'm not sweating their chances at decent retirements too much. Key word here is "collectively." The wealth is not evenly distributed. I saved ferociously an...