Search found 657 matches

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: 958

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 16006

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: 50845

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 15210

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: 4939

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: 504

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: 15210

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 1987

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: 35069

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: 1726

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 6285

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: 2338
Views: 417051

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: 7039

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: 4349

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: 1846

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 7751

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: 1612

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 21097

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: 21097

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: 21097

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: 3741
Views: 1077950

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: 13260

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: 9757

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: 9757

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: 9757

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...
by FreeAtLast
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 408
Views: 43163

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

Artistic polymath, raconteur, dilettante, professional knave. Have you ever considered adjacent markets such as rascal, scoundrel or rogue? Absolutely, but more as a hobby. In my retirement, I haven't yet decided whether to become a ne'er do well or a blackguard. To be the latter requires a lot mor...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Portfolio Diversification, Long Before Mr. Markowitz
Replies: 37
Views: 2529

Re: Portfolio Diversification, Long Before Mr. Markowitz

Very educational and enjoyable thread. Thank you, SimpleGift, and everybody else who posted their enlightening replies. :happy
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?
Replies: 408
Views: 43163

Re: What is/ was your career and would you recommend it now?

Bachelor's in Chemistry. Health and Safety Specialist. I think I posted some of these items within the last year, although I am too lazy to do a search to find out: Assess and manage asbestos hazards and supervise removals. Assess and manage hazardous chemical hazards and supervise removals. Assess ...
by FreeAtLast
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in retirement - what did you do today?
Replies: 194
Views: 19180

Re: Life in retirement - what did you do today?

Got Up. Checked the local and national and world news. Daily exercise session. Ate lunch (biggest meal of day for me). Made hotel reservations for trip to Virginia. Planned out driving route. Went to Barnes and Noble to buy new highway maps and to check out latest books. Bought chocolate chip cookie...
by FreeAtLast
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why do we work?
Replies: 121
Views: 11731

Re: Why do we work?

midareff wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:26 pm
I worked so I could enjoy my two favorite things..... living indoors and eating.
You forgot to mention napping and imbibing. Funniest post of the week, midareff. :beer
by FreeAtLast
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Larry Swedroe: Financial Illiteracy’s High Cost
Replies: 30
Views: 4264

Re: Larry Swedroe: Financial Illiteracy’s High Cost

What is a "unit of financial literacy?" I am unable to access the academic paper that Larry references.
by FreeAtLast
Mon May 28, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have you ever overpaid your federal income tax bill?
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Have you ever overpaid your federal income tax bill?

Instead of paying my estimated federal taxes on four separate dates throughout the year, I pay them all by the first required date in April. Except this year I was distracted by a lot of issues and when I calculated the total payment, I forgot to take the new tax law revisions into account. Overpaid...
by FreeAtLast
Sat May 19, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3741
Views: 1077950

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Strange New Worlds: The Search For Alien Planets" by Ray Jayawardhana (Princeton University Press, 2011). The author is an active astrophysicist and he has done us all a favor here by publishing this little book (227 pages of text). Ever wonder how astronomers have been able to discover and charact...
by FreeAtLast
Wed May 09, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do I need to unfreeze my credit before applying for a new card?
Replies: 50
Views: 4290

Re: Do I need to unfreeze my credit before applying for a new card?

What if I don't apply to them, but they send me an application for their card? Still need to unfreeze?
by FreeAtLast
Tue May 08, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Happy 89th birthday to [Jack] Bogle
Replies: 44
Views: 3348

Re: Happy 89th birthday to Bogle

I simply don't have the words in this short space to express how much I admire and respect this man (maybe in a 5 page essay, single-spaced). Buon Compleanno, Jack! :D
by FreeAtLast
Mon May 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy new underwear?
Replies: 86
Views: 7434

Re: When to buy new underwear?

If I had died in an auto accident and my mother went to identify the body.....the first thing she would have done is to confirm that I was wearing clean underwear. :twisted:

My vote is with the "elastic band wearing out" folks.
by FreeAtLast
Sun May 06, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3741
Views: 1077950

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Waterloo" by Bernard Cornwell (Harper Collins Publishers, 2014) Two weeks ago I was at the library staring at several shelves worth of books about this famous battle. After about one-half hour of perusing, I picked this tome. Good choice. It's an comprehensive, engaging, and very readable overview ...
by FreeAtLast
Sun May 06, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What career for smartest kid in the class?
Replies: 132
Views: 10376

Re: What career for smartest kid in the class?

I'm a Pediatrician, and certainly do not want my kids to become doctors. I love being a Pediatrician, but it's disheartening to see how many non-doctors with as little as 27 months of ONLINE training and 1-year of clinical rotations are being allowed to see children. To make things worse, these peo...
by FreeAtLast
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 377
Views: 54271

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

"Gunpowder Moon" by David Pedreira (HARPER Voyager, 2018) I am amazed by this first "hard sci-fi" novel from a writer who seems to have no formal training in physics, chemistry, geology, space medicine, or any other science necessary to convincingly depict living, working, and surviving in the extre...