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by JohnM
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless Earbuds For Running (Updates for 2018?)
Replies: 36
Views: 2316

Re: Wireless Earbuds For Running (Updates for 2018?)

I have the Plantronics Backbeat Fit that I have had for a couple of years now. I love them. Very comfortable to run or work out in. Stay in place with no slippage or movement. Open to outside sound so I have no issues hearing traffic for safety reasons. Sound pretty good as well. It is also very eas...
by JohnM
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Aggressive portfolio: most weight to emerging markets
Replies: 9
Views: 1223

Re: Aggressive portfolio: most weight to emerging markets

Emerging markets have had a good run so far this year, but the ten year look back is pretty dismal with a significantly greater drawdown in EM than in the S&P during 2008-2009. Does anybody happen to know the percentage weighting of EM in the total international stock market index? Ralph I looked r...
by JohnM
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 148
Views: 12746

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Great thread. Many of my favorites have been mentioned. ECSB, Four Roses Single Barrel, McKenna 10yr BIB, Evan Williams single barrel, Woodford. Enjoying an Old Fashioned right now with the McKenna.
by JohnM
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road bike - carbon or alloy
Replies: 74
Views: 9100

Re: Road bike - carbon or alloy

Fit and comfort is way more important than material. Ride 8-10 bikes and pick the one most comfortable. I had the carbon / alluminum argument with myself for months and it vanished after I rode a few bikes. What did you end up getting? :) So far the only Aluminum that had ride quality comparable to...
by JohnM
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Tapatalk Integration
Replies: 50
Views: 17588

Re: Tapatalk Integration

Tapatalk = Greatness!

I use it for several forums that I follow and the functionality is great for mobile devices.
by JohnM
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Received final 2% rewards from Schwab Visa
Replies: 100
Views: 10828

Re: Received final 2% rewards from Schwab Visa

Still no replacement card for me and no way to check transactions. I can't wait to get this card so I can cancel it :annoyed
by JohnM
Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 5 Days in Yellowstone
Replies: 39
Views: 4465

We just returned from several days in Teton and Yellowstone. Loved Jenny Lake and Cascade Canyon trail in Teton. The view of the Tetons are breathtAking. Yellowstone is an amazing place. We loved Old Faithful Inn. All the thermal features are spectacular. We loved the Canyon and Lamar Valley. The gr...
by JohnM
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best bank to use for teen going to college?
Replies: 14
Views: 1935

I just opened a USAA account for my young teen. I like how they tailor their products for teens to help them learn and provide a separate log-in, etc. Our other bank did away with free checking for small balances so we moved the account.
by JohnM
Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: where to purchase tires and tire disposal?
Replies: 17
Views: 4945

We've used the local Discount Tire for many years. Service is always first rate.
by JohnM
Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of bicycle to purchase?
Replies: 131
Views: 16938

I agree with everyone who has said visit a local bike shop. They will have knowledgeable sales folks who can help you pick the right bike, helmet, etc. and make sure it fits you correctly. There are also a few good forums online where you can read and pick up some basic knowledge to help ask the rig...
by JohnM
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with planning a Hawaii trip
Replies: 24
Views: 4277

We went to Oahu and Kauai last summer and planned everything ourselves and booked directly. Went off without a hitch. Kauai is a wonderful place to visit. I second the recommendation for Tripadvisor. Great way to find good restaurants - especially the "off the beaten path" ones.
by JohnM
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Any Schwab Account Holders?
Replies: 31
Views: 5191

Very satisfied Schwab customer here. Opened first account over twenty years ago. Now have brokerage, IRAs, checking, savings, credit card. Customer Service has always been top notch, website is great, and now expense ratios on ETFs and index funds can't be beat. Commissions on ETFs are also low. Las...
by JohnM
Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Worth pursuing the CPA designation?
Replies: 28
Views: 10279

I've been a CPA in Texas for 20 years. A CPA license takes significant educational requirements and the exam itself is not easy. Earning this designation is a significant achievement. I am not in public practice but when I interview potential candidates I definitely look for this on resumes. It tell...
by JohnM
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Successful property tax protest
Replies: 20
Views: 4621

I have protested twice in the three years I have owned my current home. The first year the appraised value came in higher than my purchase price only 6 months prior. I handled that protest myself and had it lowered to the purchase price with no problem. This year I hired a firm for a couple of hundr...
by JohnM
Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: OT - Transitioning to a Mac
Replies: 34
Views: 10074

I recently went through this process. We had a PC as our main computer that needed replacing. My wife has a Macbook that she loves for photos, videos, music, etc. I however love Quicken and needed to continue running that. I considered the cost of software needed to run Windows on the Mac and the ad...