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by FreeAtLast
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Cicero: The Life And Times Of Rome's Greatest Politician", by Anthony Everitt (Random House NY 2001) Marcus Tullius Cicero is widely considered to be one of the greatest orators of ancient times. We should also be glad that he was a compulsive writer of expository missives, especially to his brothe...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your cellphone?
Replies: 168
Views: 8755

Re: How old is your cellphone?

T-Mobile flip phone over 15 years old. The sim card in that phone came from a mid-90s Nokia. That is impressive! Galaxy S5...Got it in 2014 so 5 years. We have no plans to buy a new one until it entirely konks out. No security concerns, etc. Another Galaxy S5 user here, bought in July 2014. Still w...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The First World War" by John Keegan (Alfred A. Knopf New York 1999). If you have never read anything about WWI before, then I recommend that you don't start with Keegan. Rather, warm up with "The First World War: An Illustrated History" by A.J.P. Taylor. My 1980 paperback version of the latter text...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

This summer produces two excellent books about the history of science: "Lithium: A Doctor, A Drug, And A Breakthrough", by Walter A. Brown MD (W.W. Norton and Co. 2019) Brown has been a psychiatrist and professor for over 4 decades and fortunately, he knows how to write well for a general audience. ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A theory of one's general investing mindset: 'Good enough' or 'Optimize'
Replies: 297
Views: 12737

Re: A theory of one's general investing mindset: 'Good enough' or 'Optimize'

"Good Enough" guy here. I look at this dichotomy very pragmatically. I'll soon be 64 and will have been retired for 6 years in December. I am enjoying the absolute heck out of my golden years, just having a wonderful time. I have attained the most money in stocks, bonds, and cash in my entire invest...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"How The Allies Won On D-Day: Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill Or Die", by Giles Milton (Henry Holt and Co. 2018) Yes, the title is a little bit over the top. Nevertheless, this is another one of the 75th Anniversary books about Operation Overlord that is worth reading. Like a p...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Metropolis", by Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam's Sons 2019) Kerr died from Stage 4 cancer in March 2018, so naturally I never expected to find another book written by him. However, Kerr was both a fiercely determined and courageous man because in the eight months between his fatal diagnosis and his demis...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Black Knights - The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen", by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly (Pelican Publishing Company 2001). I am assuming that most of the posters to this thread are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen (TA) by now: squadrons of African-American fighter pilots who escorted bombers to and ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?
Replies: 82
Views: 5386

Re: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?

I visit my favorite casino once a month. They comp my room, so I am saving $320 for a two night stay. I play the slots and the ponies (trotters/pacers). In the last year, the most I have lost in one visit is $240. The most I have won is $110. They have a couple of very nice restaurants, and since I...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?
Replies: 82
Views: 5386

Re: Do you Casino? What do you play? Have you won?

I visit my favorite casino once a month. They comp my room, so I am saving $320 for a two night stay. I play the slots and the ponies (trotters/pacers). In the last year, the most I have lost in one visit is $240. The most I have won is $110. They have a couple of very nice restaurants, and since I ...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Landing On The Edge Of Eternity: 24 Hours At Omaha Beach", by Robert Kershaw (Pegasus Books NY 2018). You are thinking that maybe this effort by Kershaw is just a cheap re-compilation of past books about D-Day in order to take advantage of the 75th anniversary? Rest assured that it is not. I took t...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How would you invest a lump sum of 3 million dollars in today's market?
Replies: 50
Views: 5938

Re: How would you invest a lump sum of 3 million dollars in today's market?

OP - Take six months and educate yourself by reading the Wiki and also old threads on this forum on a variety of topics. Then post the details of your total financial situation so that all of us can give you better educated opinions as to what you should do next. FWIW - My asset allocation for you w...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a small inexpensive laser printer?
Replies: 39
Views: 2685

Re: Recommend a small inexpensive laser printer?

OP -

I've owned a Brother B/W Laser HL-2270DW for 5.5 years and have not experienced even one problem with it. When your first Brother standard toner cartridge is finished, replace it with a high capacity Brother cartridge. It's worth the extra cost.
by FreeAtLast
Sat May 25, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: MEMORIAL DAY
Replies: 26
Views: 2979

Re: MEMORIAL DAY

Taylor -

An especially appropriate reminder with the 75th anniversary of D-Day next up on the calendar. Never Forget.

Free
by FreeAtLast
Wed May 08, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for Inexpensive, Easy-to-Prepare Meals for First Time College-Age Student Cook
Replies: 15
Views: 1138

Re: Ideas for Inexpensive, Easy-to-Prepare Meals for First Time College-Age Student Cook

Here's what I survived on during graduate school: 1) Learn how to make a good chili (a thousand recipes on the Net- experiment!). 2) Learn how to make a simple marinara sauce (thanks, la mia nonna)......then add various meats/fish (chicken, beef, pork, tuna) and veggies (mushrooms, green beans, garb...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Big Fella", by Jane Leavy (Harper Collins Publishers 2018) I am assuming that we have a significant number of baseball fans in this forum. If you are one of them, you are going to want to obtain a copy of this new biography of George Herman Ruth Junior. Leavy has really done her homework in doc...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"SPQR - A History Of Ancient Rome", by Mary Beard (Live Right Publishing Co. 2015) My father - in his retirement - worked his way through all eight volumes of Edward Gibbon's "The History of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire". I decided to take a less strenuous path and picked up Ms. Beard's ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 158
Views: 17289

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

This weekend's Wall Street Journal. The "Exchange" Section, at the bottom of page B1.

"For Jack Bogle, Life Was A Near-Death Experience", by Jason Zweig. He provides some fascinating background about Jack that I had never heard of before.

(I buy the WSJ every weekend, so I cannot provide a link). :(
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 856
Views: 56178

Re: John Bogle has died at age 89

"Vivit Post Funera Virtus" (roughly translated = his virtue will live on after his passing).

A tremendous loss, but a wonderful exemplar for all of us as we move forward into our futures.
by FreeAtLast
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Battle Of The Wilderness", by Gordon C. Rhea (Louisiana State University Press 1994). In June 2018, I traveled to Virginia and visited 4 Civil War battlefields in 4 days: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. No matter how much you prepare yourself by studying the ...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST [Entry deadline has passed]
Replies: 697
Views: 18526

Re: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

2664.36 Two slices of pi: 2506.85*1.0628318530718 I'll take apple over cherry. ;-) Timerunner - Looks like you and I are joined at the hip for the rest of 2019. I picked 2664.78, but without employing any mathematical sophistication whatsoever. Just a simple WAG after a couple of excellent brews. G...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: For those retired a few years
Replies: 58
Views: 5233

Re: For those retired a few years

Just like Leif, more money spent on travel. And I don't look for the absolute cheapest hotel rooms anymore; I've been pampering myself a little on my trips out of town. I've decided that my room rate must include a hot breakfast and a well-equipped fitness center. :D
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Need help with my brother's AA he is 51 and retired. He has 30 years of income saved what should his AA be?
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: Need help with my brother's AA he is 51 and retired. He has 30 years of income saved what should his AA be?

We will need a lot more information to help your brother make his decision. Please go to Wiki Home and use the Asking Portfolio Questions format.
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST [Entry deadline has passed]
Replies: 697
Views: 18526

Re: REGISTRATION FOR 2019 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

2,664,78.


For once, I'm going to be a little bullish in this contest. But - please fasten your seat belts, because it's going to be a wild ride in 2019. :shock:
by FreeAtLast
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"On Desperate Ground", by Hampton Sides (Doubleday 2018). This is the second book I have read this year concerning the Battle at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Mr. Sides has really done his homework, travelling to over twenty States to interview 51 surviving KW veterans. Two of them wer...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation And DeNazification Of Germany", by Frederick Taylor (Bloomsbury Press 2011). So, Allies....Congratulations! After a long, brutal, exhausting World War in which you saved Western Civilization from the Nazi menace, you are now in total possession of the country from ...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Bogleheads On Investing" podcast stats and more
Replies: 21
Views: 2070

Re: "Bogleheads On Investing" podcast stats and more

I have listened to all three, but I did not download any of them. I will download them all from now on so that you will have better statistics.
by FreeAtLast
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Financial] Habits of the Rich
Replies: 238
Views: 36301

Re: Habits of the Rich

I'm not wealthy by any means but I think the following is a huge factor in creating long term wealth... "Don't try to keep up with Joneses." I see so many friends of mine that focus so hard on keeping up with everyone else as if it's all a giant competition.. ^^^^This. Every time you think "Ohh, I ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quick Turnaround for Passport Applications (No Payment for Expedited Processing)
Replies: 18
Views: 1779

Re: Quick Turnaround for Passport Applications (No Payment for Expedited Processing)

Renewed mine earlier this year, in anticipation of visiting Canada. Sent application out by certified mail, no "expedite" fee added. Starting from the day that Texas received it, the new passport was returned to my mailbox in 18 calendar days.
by FreeAtLast
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"General A.P. Hill: The Story Of A Confederate Warrior", by James Robertson, Jr. (Random House 1987) My guess is if you queried 1,000 literate US citizens to name several important Confederate generals off the top of their heads, three names would predominate by far: Robert E. Lee, Thomas 'Stonewall...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Two Kinds Of Truth", by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown and Company 2017) This is a Harry Bosch novel, and for all of his rabid fans (count me in) out there, I know I don't have to tell you much about it to get you to read it. Harry is now working for the San Fernando PD closing out cold murder cas...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirees: What keeps you up at night?
Replies: 56
Views: 6488

Re: Retirees: What keeps you up at night?

I am the oldest sibling of five. My father died in 2014 and I am now realizing that I have come to replace him as a mentor in all of their eyes. This year all four have come to me with major issues that they needed assistance with. I have suffered more than a few nights of insomnia over these proble...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 2444
Views: 451685

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

In distribution phase of my life and invested only in Vanguard funds. Six out of seven of these are index funds. 55/45 AA, stocks to bonds. International portion of stocks is now at 15%. YTD total return is 4.11%. I'm perfectly happy with that. :D All I ask for is that the bear market does not start...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone spoofing my phone number?
Replies: 66
Views: 7239

Re: Someone spoofing my phone number?

I am re-activating this old thread for the moment because the 1 in 10,000 spoof just happened to me. I was sitting at home in my easy chair reading an excellent book (of which I will report upon fully when I finish it). My cell phone is lying next to me on a small book table. The cell phone rings an...
by FreeAtLast
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: “Majority of working-age Americans have no retirement savings”
Replies: 73
Views: 4435

Re: “Majority of working-age Americans have no retirement savings”

livesoft wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:14 am
I, for one, am not wondering where all the poor retirees are. They are everywhere. I see them all the time.
In particular, I encounter them in multitudes at casinos and racetracks ( yes, I patronize such places, but at least I know that I can easily afford the losses that I may incur). 8-)
by FreeAtLast
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Manager - Cancer Diagnosis
Replies: 15
Views: 1890

Re: Manager - Cancer Diagnosis

Oh boy, OP, you really awakened a memory in me that I had not thought about for a long time. Years ago, when I was in the middle of my career, I visited a female colleague in her office to discuss some managerial issues that she and I were working on together. In the middle of our talk, she got up, ...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I have two books to recommend in one post. One book covers the field of paleontology and the other the field of astronomy. I refer to them as "catch-up" books, as they have allowed me to update my knowledge of these two sciences to this decade: "The Rise And Fall of The Dinosaurs", by Steve Brusatte...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Playing with Callan's periodic tables of investment returns
Replies: 81
Views: 8632

Re: Playing with Callan's periodic tables of investment returns

Just for fun, I assembled a table for bonds. Here it is. Click to see a larger image. LTT = Long-Term Treasuries; ITT = Intermediate Term Treasuries; STT = Short Term Treasuries; T-Bills = Treasury Bills; IT Corp = Intermediate Term Corporates; HY Corp = High Yield Term Corporates; TIPS = Treasury ...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [Have medical issue - How should I change my investment strategy?]
Replies: 14
Views: 1670

Re: Gout- What works

First of all, I am very sorry that you have been afflicted by gout. However, I believe that you are being entirely too negative about your future and I will make some recommendations that I don't think will violate this Forum's rules about medical advice: 1) Yes, by statistical studies, gout suffere...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Got 3/4ths through 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos by Jennet Conant, 2006, fascinating and unlike other books I've read about that time and place, when my eBook loan expired; I' m waiting for the book to become available again and then I'll finish it. While I'm...
by FreeAtLast
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Brotherhood Of Spies: The U-2 And the CIA's Secret War" by Monte Reel (Doubleday 2018) The U-2 spy plane is still in use today, having survived several promised retirements by the Pentagon, because its "ancient" technology can surpass that of drones and satellites in a number of military survei...
by FreeAtLast
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman" by Robert L. O'Connell (Random House, 2014) In the last twenty years, many books have been written about U.S. Grant. I plan to read Ron Chernow's recent effort by the end of this year. Before that pleasant task, however, I was able to p...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS
Replies: 367
Views: 22510

Re: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS

OK, another attempt, since everybody else is submitting multiple times:

"Bombastic Bogleheads Bloviating Brilliantly" (and no, I am not intoxicated right now).
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS
Replies: 367
Views: 22510

Re: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS

FreeAtLast wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:42 am
"Boring Investing, The Bogleheads Way"
I missed that AtomicCash preempted my first suggestion. So now I want to submit a substitute: "The Bogleheads Attack!"
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS
Replies: 367
Views: 22510

Re: COMING SOON: BOGLEHEADS PODCASTS

"Boring Investing, The Bogleheads Way"
by FreeAtLast
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4029
Views: 1155447

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Space Odyssey: The Making Of A Masterpiece" by Michael Benson (Simon and Schuster, 2018). A recipe for a unforgettable and ground-breaking science fiction movie: Take two well-respected and famous visionaries, one in cinema (Stanley Kubrick) and one in science fiction (Arthur C. Clarke). Mix well u...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What time do you get up in the morning?
Replies: 160
Views: 13729

Re: What time do you get up in the morning?

When I retired, I swore that - unless there were special circumstances involved - I was going to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night for the rest of my life. So, if I go to bed at 12:00 midnight, then I am up by 8-8:30 AM. If - as often happens - I stay up late finishing a novel or studying, then ...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 112
Views: 10252

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relati...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 112
Views: 10252

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relati...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 112
Views: 10252

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relativ...