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by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 26, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 86
Views: 4216

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

I will occasionally take a bite of DW's dessert, but I seldom am even tempted to have an entire dessert for myself. She knows how much I like potatoes no matter how they are prepared and how much I used to enjoy desserts, so she tries to get me to indulge just to see me happy. (What an obstacle tha...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 26, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 86
Views: 4216

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

<r>What worked for me when I got serious about dieting a couple of decades ago was finding a diet that included a lot of foods that I was willing to eat. For a picky eater that wasn't really easy, but I think it was the key <I><s>[i]</s>for me<e>[/i]</e></I>. <br/> <br/> I finally settled on an earl...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 26, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 120
Views: 9054

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

I understand a lot of the purchases other people listed, but not the robotic vacuums many people listed, at least not as a pandemic buy. I suppose the purchase makes sense in general, but it doesn't seem like a response to the pandemic, since more time at home seems like it lowers the need to autom...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon May 25, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 120
Views: 9054

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

High end sipping tequila: Don Jose 1942. After a 20 year hiatus from tequila due to youthful indiscretion. Everybody has that one tequila story. I know that I do! My hiatus was ~10 years. Since this thread has trended toward alcohol recently, my quality of life was improved by calling my preferred ...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun May 24, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 120
Views: 9054

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

Outdoor flat top griddle (inspired by a post in another thread on BH). I'm still getting my feet under me with it, but so far I'm liking it a lot.
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 23, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal spending out of control after Covid-19
Replies: 118
Views: 9176

Re: Personal spending out of control after Covid-19

Kids are 3 and 5. Surprised they like ghost pepper chips. LOL, no those are for me. I figured if I was going to eat chips I might as well eat the ones I like. Only buy cheap chips that you don't like. The worst possible outcome will be that you save money. With any luck you won't be tempted to snac...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 23, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime delayed shipping
Replies: 38
Views: 2515

Re: Amazon Prime delayed shipping

Nope. Things have changed, and it is easy to see how Amazon's business might have been affected. An unexpected trip to Home Depot last week where I found myself being only one of only a very few masked people in a crowded store made me appreciate having items delivered to my doorstep--even if I have...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 23, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mattress for Side Sleepers
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Mattress for Side Sleepers

Side sleeper here. Several years ago we got a latex with very firm lower layers and a very soft top layer. I don't think I could ever return to a different type of mattress.

YMMV as sleep comfort seems to be very individualized. Good luck with your search.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 19, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 5636
Views: 482504

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

TheDDC wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 7:41 pm
bog007 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 7:03 pm
200 day moving average

http://schrts.co/RSpnkXDs
So what?

-TheDDC
Well, it's moving. It has been 200 days. And it is average. Self-explanatory :wink:
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 19, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Sold some stock on new highs today!
Replies: 23
Views: 2325

Re: Guys, I got out! (sold equities)

Hockey10 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 3:01 pm
Your headline is misleading.... :confused
Very dramatic molehill.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 19, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 5636
Views: 482504

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

Stinky wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 12:59 pm
No action on this thread since last night.

Stocks are up modestly as I type. At least they aren’t backtracking after yesterday’s Really Big Day.
After yesterday's run, I was a little disappointed to find that I had not crossed a rebalancing point. Some soaring market this turned out to be.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 19, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4031

Re: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?

A cardboard (moving) box in the attic is probably a better idea. Or a plastic box with Christmas decorations on top of the "good stuff."
by Doom&Gloom
Mon May 18, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help: Any Problems or Pitfalls or Advice When it Comes to Getting Hearing Aids? What? What?
Replies: 43
Views: 1508

Re: Help: Any Problems or Pitfalls or Advice When it Comes to Getting Hearing Aids? What? What?

Here is a previous post of mine that was in a link in one of the posts in the first link in the OP: I bought my first pair at a university medical center associated clinic this past summer. I paid $2600 for the HAs and the audiologist's time. I opted not to have all the bells & whistles as I knew th...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun May 17, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Mutual Fund Platform EOL
Replies: 245
Views: 8558

Re: Vanguard Mutual Fund Platform EOL

Unless the OP had asked a question about the MF platform, it seems odd that no one else has posted that they received the same email. I got the same email, on 5/15/2020. We encourage you to transition to the new platform now because, going forward, all of our improvements and enhancements will be f...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun May 17, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Borderline personality disorder and investing
Replies: 16
Views: 1914

Re: Borderline personality disorder and investing

This thread is likely to get locked, but before it does, I would suggest that you find a good therapist and work with them for ideas about safeguards to protect you from yourself and your impulsivity. When you have that plan in place, please come back here for investment advice.

Good luck!
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 16, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help
Replies: 34
Views: 1636

Re: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help

Then you likely have a bad tank (don't laugh--I got a "new" full replacement tank a few days ago that would not work on a new piece of equipment. It did work on an older grill with some fiddling) or a bad regulator (as you surmised) or a blocked hose. Someone else can probably provide the most effic...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 16, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help
Replies: 34
Views: 1636

Re: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help

Do you smell gas when you are attempting to light it?
by Doom&Gloom
Thu May 14, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 1474
Views: 169654

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

^^^
LOL
by Doom&Gloom
Wed May 13, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist charges $10 for PPE
Replies: 234
Views: 10764

Re: Dentist charges $10 for PPE

All businesses' expenses have increased due to COVID-19. Everybody can't afford to support all of them. People will set their own priorities as to which they will support. I'm not sure that this is a battle that dentists should pick to fight at this moment in our economy. Six month routine visits m...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed May 13, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist charges $10 for PPE
Replies: 234
Views: 10764

Re: Dentist charges $10 for PPE

That's interesting, and there's been lots of discussion among the dental community. Some have talked about adding a surcharge, but this is the first time I've actually heard of it being done. I don't know if it's actually OK to do, but there's lots of unknowns right now. My wife is the dental direc...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 12, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 18803
Views: 2628659

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

Somebody pass the ketchup, please!
by Doom&Gloom
Sun May 10, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 611
Views: 32259

Re: What are you listening to now

fjfino wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 4:18 pm
Ryan Bingham
Tyler Childers
Lucero

God Bless America(ana)!
:sharebeer

Tyler Childers is awesome!
by Doom&Gloom
Sun May 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

A mature oak tree is far more valuable than a car, IMO. Mostly agree. We lost a dozen or more big oaks to a tornado several years ago. We now have views of neighbors that we never had before. It took some time to get used to the new look, but I sure wish those trees were back in place. Incidentally...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 09, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 18803
Views: 2628659

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

Bitcoin selling off is ominous for stocks; Bitcoin has been leading the stock market since late 2017. I ate more ketchup before each of the last two stock market crashes. My ketchup consumption leads the stock market. Please let us know when you next start consuming more ketchup! Better yet, quit u...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 09, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: College age kid wrecked his car...
Replies: 113
Views: 6042

Re: College age kid wrecked his car...

Everyone has a view; here's mine. In a sense, a college junior is still a kid. You know your son better than anyone on this forum. If he wasn't driving recklessly and doesn't behave in an entitled manner, then with your level of assets, I think you should buy him the car outright and be done with i...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 09, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 254
Views: 20100

Re: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?

We got our haircuts right before things became critical so mine is only now becoming unruly. DW cut some of the sides off mine this morning. If the front gets too bad, I'll ask her to do the same to it. As to the rest: grey mullet incoming! I'm not sure what DW is going to do with her hair, but last...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat May 09, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on tree removal
Replies: 43
Views: 2492

Re: Thoughts on tree removal

A maple tree with acorns is a very rare tree, so perhaps sell it and hire a tree mover to transport it to Dubai. (I know a tree mover who has done such things.) “Be sure to take lots of photographs of the pine cones sitting on your cars and detailed photos of the damages” Rarer still is a maple tre...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 05, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: can't log on [to Vanguard website]
Replies: 55
Views: 1882

Re: can't log on

No problem here either. I'm amused, though, that everyone seemed to guess the OP was talking about vanguard.com even though that wasn't specified at all :) At first I thought it was about logging into the Bogleheads forum... but then I realized they couldn't have posted this thread if that was the ...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 05, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6256

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

Thank you for that write up. You sound like quite the grilling enthusiast! Quick question. How would you describe cooking on the griddle vs a normal BBQ? DW feels like a griddle would be similar to cooking on a flat top in a pizza shop, would get the job done but may not be the same as BBQ'ing on a...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue May 05, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6256

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

Thank you for that write up. You sound like quite the grilling enthusiast! Quick question. How would you describe cooking on the griddle vs a normal BBQ? DW feels like a griddle would be similar to cooking on a flat top in a pizza shop, would get the job done but may not be the same as BBQ'ing on a...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon May 04, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you back up your important data?
Replies: 102
Views: 5087

Re: Where do you back up your important data?

Two external HDDs. One is kept in a safe deposit box; the other attached to my PC. I rotate them ~3-6 months.

The copy in the SDB is obviously not as current as if it were in the cloud, but I prefer the off-site backup being slightly out of date to it being in the cloud.
by Doom&Gloom
Sun May 03, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6256

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

Agree on the Spirit 310. I've had ours for 8 years, replaced the grates and flavorizer bars last spring. People overestimate how much grill space they need, I've cooked plenty of meals for 8-10 adults on it, and it also conserves propane I agree with this. The nice thing is you don't have to use al...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri May 01, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 18803
Views: 2628659

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

Cat seems to have run out of bounce.
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Time to rebalance by selling stocks?
Replies: 24
Views: 1998

Re: Time to rebalance by selling stocks?

Just out of curiosity, for those of you rebalancing out of stock index funds and into bond funds, which bond funds are you using? VBTLX? I saw one mention of Vanguard Intermediate Tax-Exempt munis. Some of you mentioned you rebalance not to seek a higher return but to maintain a standard level of r...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Time to rebalance by selling stocks?
Replies: 24
Views: 1998

Re: Time to rebalance by selling stocks?

I sold a bit of stock today. Third trade I've made since this decline began--both in the interest of re-balancing and simplifying my portfolio. I'm beginning to feel like a day-trader :?
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are gamblers using the market now that casinos are closed?
Replies: 46
Views: 2985

Re: Are gamblers using the market now that casinos are closed?

I can't draw the correlation to casinos being closed, but I have definitely seen an uptick in people trying to play the market volatility, not just on this board, but on reddit, and in public/work situations by people that never previously had an interest in the markets or finance. I've been simply...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Farm Safe Driving App
Replies: 45
Views: 3120

Re: State Farm Safe Driving App

I dont know the ins and outs of this particular app, however, like most GPS units, it can tell them how often you are speeding. I worry that because I drive in and out of a major NE city daily and there is virtually no way I can maintain adequate space between vehicles (If I leave a few car lengths...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State Farm Safe Driving App
Replies: 45
Views: 3120

Re: State Farm Safe Driving App

We have refused to use their dongle, but we do use their app to report the mileage for each vehicle every 6 or 12 months (can't recall which). We do receive discounts for that. I told my agent that we were uncomfortable with the dongle in the vehicle. He said "No problem. I totally understand." Usin...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1590
Views: 128878

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

Costco run in the Southeast today. Observations: Most people grasp the concept of social distancing. Some still do not. Store was more crowded than usual. My state started "opening up" two days ago. For some silly reason I expected this to reduce the crowds. Scads of Kirkland TP. I noticed some Scot...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why shouldn’t I do this?
Replies: 43
Views: 2352

Re: Why shouldn’t I do this?

If I were 100% sure, I wouldn't need to ask strangers on the internet for approval.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I accept a "free" vehicle from family member?
Replies: 22
Views: 2408

Re: Should I accept a "free" vehicle from family member?

Depending on the state in which you live, be sure to indicate "Gift" on the TItle when you exchange ownership. Then be prepared for the possibility that the state may later ask you to pay sales tax, or indicate again that the exchange was a gift rather than a sale. That's about the only literal "hi...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you explain no COVID19 Stimulus Payment?
Replies: 89
Views: 7146

Re: How do you explain no COVID19 Stimulus Payment?

I don't feel compelled to answer any questions about my personal finances.

I am one of those people who believes it is rude to inquire about someone else's finances. If asked, I feel free to answer any way I want--including something totally "off the wall" if I'm in the mood.
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Go or no go on Carnival cruise
Replies: 114
Views: 6971

Re: Go or no go on Carnival cruise

Not even a close decision.

Take the first exit on the left.
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Service Cost
Replies: 34
Views: 2210

Re: Tree Service Cost

This is interesting. I would also like yall's opinion on my situation. I live in the city with a standard 140 ft x 70 ft city lot. There are alleys that run behind the houses. In the alley behind my house there are 2 large Red Mulberry trees with a few small ones. My neighbor behind me likes to gar...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: "Making money" by actively trading... but not beating the market
Replies: 76
Views: 3670

Re: "Making money" by actively trading... but not beating the market

He said he made over 20% in 2019. I told him that market, aka SP500, went up around 30%. He said he knew he didn't beat the market, but that he had set a goal for himself and tripled his own goal. So he considered this a success. His goal was only 6.7%? So his goal is **less** than the long-term an...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1907
Views: 207278

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

I watched the first episode of The Rockford Files last night. Man, everyone was driving land yachts, there was a red Cadillac a bad guy was wheeling around in, it looked like it was 30 feet long! I had cancelled Netflix a year or so ago, so I am finishing up the last season of Orange is The New Bla...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sidewalk situation
Replies: 33
Views: 2182

Re: Sidewalk situation

IANAL but I would not worry about personal liability.

If it greatly bothered me otherwise, I would place a call to Midnight Trucking Company.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents want me to pay off their mortgage in exchange for title
Replies: 102
Views: 9215

Re: Parents want me to pay off their mortgage in exchange for title

While doing all the due diligence that has already been suggested, I would be looking for a Plan B. This has all the trappings of a money pit to me.
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air Purifier
Replies: 23
Views: 1231

Re: Air Purifier

We have a couple of different Blueair models and are pretty happy with them. Every six months there is the annoyance of buying a new filter for each though. If cost matters to you, be sure to check the cost & expected frequency of replacement filters (if required) of any purifier that you are consid...