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by PoppyA
Thu May 28, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Falcon 9 Launch to the International Space Station
Replies: 103
Views: 5868

Re: Falcon 9 Launch to the International Space Station

I live about 2 hours west of the Kennedy Space center. We hear double booms from the sonic speed when they land. One time I was in the driveway and heard the booms. I ran into the house, turned on the tv, and the shuttle was landing at Kennedy! Amazing. At one Launch I saw the Astronauts smallish mo...
by PoppyA
Wed May 27, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Falcon 9 Launch to the International Space Station
Replies: 103
Views: 5868

Re: Falcon 9 Launch to the International Space Station - Wed. 4:33 PM Eastern

Excited here in Florida! I would also like to suggest to anyone who can...go see a launch, especially a night launch. It is amazing and really makes one proud to be an American!
by PoppyA
Mon May 25, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot vacuums
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Robot vacuums

OP here...

That does bring up the question of noise. Can you sleep, or watch tv while they run?
by PoppyA
Mon May 25, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proxy vote Michigan
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Re: Proxy vote Michigan

Company shares - yes
by PoppyA
Mon May 25, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robot vacuums
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Robot vacuums

How do these work?


Everyone seems to love them, but I don’t understand how they can go from Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) to bathroom rugs, living room rugs, etc.

What is a good brand?

How about emptying them? Is it nasty?

TIA
by PoppyA
Sun May 24, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The axe falls and I am prepared. What's next?
Replies: 365
Views: 28093

Re: The axe falls and I am prepared. What's next?

Seems to be a new norm, forced out soon after turning 50.

I have no advice, but wanted to say well done for being prepared!

Best wishes.
by PoppyA
Sat May 23, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mattress for Side Sleepers
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: Mattress for Side Sleepers

We have a novaform from Costco and are side and back sleepers. Comfortable, affordable, comes rolled up to your door with a return policy.
by PoppyA
Sat May 23, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mattress for Side Sleepers
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: Mattress for Side Sleepers

We have a novaform from Costco and are side and back sleepers. Comfortable, affordable, comes rolled up to your door with a return policy.
by PoppyA
Sat May 23, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 120
Views: 6212

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

All good advice here. What helped me is understanding food and serving size. Weight watchers taught me a bunch of good info, and tips. Some people don’t know what food is high in protein, what processed food is, how “low fat” options are sometimes deceptive. With the knowledge they taught me, I can ...
by PoppyA
Mon May 18, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Retiring fairly young with a govt pension and trying to put together a plan
Replies: 37
Views: 4590

Re: Retiring fairly young with a govt pension and trying to put together a plan

You can live on your pension easily. You will be surprised how easy it will be.

With your leave pay, Pay off the house, buy a corvette, and travel the country.
by PoppyA
Mon May 18, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to respond to poor life decision affecting job
Replies: 28
Views: 3203

Re: How to respond to poor life decision affecting job

Be proud of yourself. You held your values. Just know, these kinds of (lies) games get played everyday and most of the time they are beyond your control. May I suggest : https://dailystoic.com/ It came from someone on this board to me as I was going through a rough patch. You have to get through a f...
by PoppyA
Fri May 15, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proxy vote Michigan
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Proxy vote Michigan

Is the paperwork required to be notarized?
by PoppyA
Thu May 07, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to choose a small bank
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: How to choose a small bank

Do you know anyone who owned a bank, or works (preferably in management) in a bank in your community? We enjoy knowing our bankers.
by PoppyA
Wed May 06, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cross Country Drive-Best route? Safest way to do it?
Replies: 40
Views: 3782

Re: Cross Country Drive-Best route? Safest way to do it?

Get in your car, power up waze and go. In the AM Estimate how long of a drive you want to do that day. Then call a chain hotel at your destination and make a reservation. If you decide to stop along the way, call your hotel if you need to cancel, then make another reservation. Comfort suites refresh...
by PoppyA
Tue May 05, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Close to retirement and don't know what to do
Replies: 33
Views: 4052

Re: Close to retirement and don't know what to do

Retirment is scary enough without a major market downturn happing at the same time. That said, most of us here have a “stay the course” philosophy. In other words if your asset allocations was good (letting you sleep at night) before the downturn, it should be good now. Both of you are still young. ...
by PoppyA
Sun May 03, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Title Lock Service
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: Home Title Lock Service

I don’t understand how you can be evicted from your home based on a fraud.
by PoppyA
Sat May 02, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please help me unravel my parents mess
Replies: 55
Views: 6612

Re: Please help me unravel my parents mess

One other thing. I think anytime you think your parents are being taken, mistreated, or harmed in ANY WAY, it is easy to get upset. I know I did. You are a good son for caring.
by PoppyA
Sat May 02, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please help me unravel my parents mess
Replies: 55
Views: 6612

Re: Please help me unravel my parents mess

You sound panicked. Your parents have plenty to retire so be happy. Their investment choices are different than those preferred by this board. If they think you have better ideas, fine. Work a plan to better align their plan.
by PoppyA
Sat May 02, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deceased received economic impact check
Replies: 25
Views: 1498

Re: Deceased received economic impact check

I can’t access the article because I don’t subscribe. Where should it be sent? Did the article say?
by PoppyA
Sat May 02, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deceased received economic impact check
Replies: 25
Views: 1498

Deceased received economic impact check

My Father passed in 2018. The estate is still open. I received an economic impact check today payable to: “Fathers name, deceased, my Name”. I am the executor.

What do you make of this?
by PoppyA
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: What is a Boglehead? Some Fun.
Replies: 53
Views: 2892

Re: What is a Boglehead? Some Fun.

I like this thread. It Bothers me when people think one of a Bogleheads characteristic is extremely frugality. Some Bogleheads are frugal, and some aren't.

I have issues with skinflints.
by PoppyA
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where has the all good foil gone?
Replies: 20
Views: 1972

Re: Where has the all good foil gone?

Ha ha ha! ❤️
by PoppyA
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving out of NYC due to pandemic
Replies: 164
Views: 12709

Re: Moving out of NYC due to pandemic

It maybe that this pandemic is the impetus to thoughts you have had before. I lived in the city and loved it for the most part. It can be a struggle, but it also has so much to offer. For along time I was intrigued by the graffiti in the metro area. Over time i started to long for room, home ownersh...
by PoppyA
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: My Investment Plan - Critique it
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: My Investment Plan - Critique it

In order to be a successful investor, in my opinion it is not about the “perfect” portfolio. It is about time, continued contributions, and a defensive Asset Allocation that takes risks initially, then becomes more safe as you grow old. It is nice to have a tax advantaged account to be able to rebal...
by PoppyA
Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?
Replies: 78
Views: 7662

Re: Why not buy mobile homes instead of overpriced traditional homes?

My Mother’s family mostly all live(d) in single wide Mobile homes. I have always found them to be homey and welcoming. My grandparents collected antiques. Their homes were beautiful. They also built an “outdoor” addition with brick and windows. Their boat was docked their too on the Saginaw river.
by PoppyA
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you maximize enjoyment after achieving FI?
Replies: 161
Views: 8471

Re: How do you maximize enjoyment after achieving FI?

To maximize enjoyment,I would strive to feel like I held true to my values when I put my head on the pillow at the end of the day. That I treated people decently, spoke my truth, etc. As a 30 year old, I had no hobbies. Like someone else said, you may still be finding yourself in your early 30’s. I ...
by PoppyA
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DOT: Airlines must offer refunds for cancelled flights (not just credits)
Replies: 109
Views: 9131

Re: Any Airlines Issuing Actual Refunds

Guess the $1200 government refund is to offset situations like this?
by PoppyA
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gold [why is it dropping?]
Replies: 72
Views: 3389

Re: Gold [why is it dropping?]

If the gold price were allowed to float to a free market, the benchmark would destroy many of the central banks of the world.

I believe it too is manipulated.
by PoppyA
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Need investment advice for inheritance
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Need investment advice for inheritance

Welcome!

Lots of feds/retired feds here.

Here is a start for you: https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Managing_a_windfall

Most on this site do not favor full service brokerage forms like Fisher.
by PoppyA
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CPA help needed - estate taxes
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: CPA help needed - estate taxes

Thank you also.
by PoppyA
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CPA help needed - estate taxes
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: CPA help needed - estate taxes

Thank you.
by PoppyA
Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CPA help needed - estate taxes
Replies: 4
Views: 550

CPA help needed - estate taxes

My Mother passed away in Michigan. Some of her assets are being probated in a court there. I am the executor of the Estate. I live in Florida. The estate account was opened in Florida. The Michigan CPA filed federal taxes for the estate. When I questioned him about a Michigan return, he responded “ ...
by PoppyA
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incorrect 1099-MISC
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: Incorrect 1099-MISC

Pay the correct amount as if you received a correct 1099
by PoppyA
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting NYC with a family - logistics?
Replies: 29
Views: 2012

Re: Visiting NYC with a family - logistics?

If you are not familiar with NYC, I would stay at the courtyard by Marriott in SOHO at 181 Varick st. It is clean, safe, near the west village, china town, SOHO, and easy short trip to the World Trade Center, Wall Street and Staten Island Ferry that you can ride for free after dark and see the city ...
by PoppyA
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 387
Views: 27265

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

Lots of great suggestions here! I would add; be aware of the shrubs and trees around your home. Overgrown plants often give intruders cover from being seen. In my area, most break ins occur mid morning. The thought being the homes are empty when people are at work/school. The film OP was talking abo...
by PoppyA
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to leave money when we die
Replies: 68
Views: 5340

Re: Where to leave money when we die

Leave a donation in honor of someone you love. ie: scholarship in wife/ mother/ fathers name at their school/church/sports team, etc.
by PoppyA
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: GEHA HDHP and Annual Labs
Replies: 13
Views: 477

Re: GEHA HDHP and Annual Labs

GEHA has a contract with quest diagnostics. When your Dr. wants lab work done, you have to remember to get a written “order”, then fax it to quest, or bring it with you to a Quest location. Quest will report the results to your doctor and to you. YourDoctor will grumble, but Quest does fine work, an...
by PoppyA
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Handbags/Purses?
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: Handbags/Purses?

MZ Wallace bags are stylish and have LOTS OF organizational compartments.

https://www.mzwallace.com/shop/shoulder
by PoppyA
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quitclaim deed: how to handle changed last name and marital status
Replies: 12
Views: 1072

Re: Quitclaim deed: how to handle changed last name and marital status

File a copy of the marriage certificate in the land records. That should perfect the title.
by PoppyA
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?
Replies: 385
Views: 27380

Re: What is the best concert you ever witnessed?

Todd Rungren in 1984. Walking home after work past a church that is Super busy. I pull on a side door, and walk right into the sanctuary. I took a seat not knowing what to expect...it was Todd. The setting was so intimate! The base player was flirting with me on stage! I passed! Jerry Jeff Walker in...
by PoppyA
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anywhere to go for advice on furnishing/decorating apartment?
Replies: 24
Views: 1497

Re: Anywhere to go for advice on furnishing/decorating apartment?

A combination of sleek, mid century, like items and antiques can look nice. Wood adds to the rustic feel. I always advocate buying quality, not cheaply built. Antique are often well built and inexpensive. Each room should have a focal point. Build around the focal point. Keep walls, and upholstery i...
by PoppyA
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents' would like fabulous 80th birthday family trip
Replies: 33
Views: 3586

Re: Parents' would like fabulous 80th birthday family trip

We did an all family Alaskan cruise. It was fun, but hard to visit with each other. the dinning rooms are loud. The cabins are small so hard to get everyone together.

I like the big house in western Michigan idea.
by PoppyA
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books that changed your life
Replies: 146
Views: 10862

Re: Books that changed your life

Atlas Shrugged
by PoppyA
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life
Replies: 207
Views: 17488

Re: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life

White vinegar for fabric softener. Works great and no harsh perfumes.
by PoppyA
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new-construction home
Replies: 28
Views: 2925

Re: Buying a new-construction home

Negotiate the price of upgrades, or price of changes in the contract
by PoppyA
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice Please: Easy Negotiations Just Turned Hairy
Replies: 27
Views: 4258

Re: Advice Please: Easy Negotiations Just Turned Hairy

What is it you MOST WANT, but are AFRAID YOU’LL GET?

Put MOST WANT, & AFRAID YOU’LL GET. On a balance scale. Which one weighs more? That will give you your answer.

In this example MOST WANT is a positive reason to do it. AFRAID YOU’LL GET is a negative reason not to do it.
by PoppyA
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Executor of an estate
Replies: 51
Views: 3683

Re: Executor of an estate

God bless Gill
by PoppyA
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed
Replies: 352
Views: 26575

Re: Sad news: LadyGeek's husband has passed

Oh sweet pea, thank you for all you do for him, and us!
by PoppyA
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How Do I Buy Some BitCoin?
Replies: 46
Views: 23891

Re: How Do I Buy Some BitCoin?

Search for bitcoin. There was a recent thread with info.