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by Gary
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Hold Only Short-Term Bonds?
Replies: 27
Views: 5040

Re: Hold Only Short-Term Bonds?

Like the original poster, I am a keep it simple kind of guy and I will be retiring in a few years. I too have a simple 50/50 portfolio and my bonds are all short-term. I look at it this way. I keep most of my "risk" in stocks while bonds are the "stable" portion of my portfolio. If I ever decide I w...
by Gary
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Rolex and The Boglehead
Replies: 274
Views: 18479

Re: The Rolex and The Boglehead

I have not been to to the Bogleheads board in awhile. I just checked in and what do I see? Another watch thread! 211 posts in three days. Why are people so passionate about this topic?

I have an IWC Mark Series watch and I love it. Please don't hate me!

--Gary
by Gary
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 667
Views: 48850

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

1478.99

Good luck everyone.

--Gary
by Gary
Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2015 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 557
Views: 46958

Re: 2015 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION

1478.99

Good luck everyone.

--Gary
by Gary
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: Which Happens First - DOW > 20,000 or DOW < 14,000?
Replies: 33
Views: 4314

Re: Poll: Which Happens First - DOW > 20,000 or DOW < 14,000

This poll is providing me an opportunity to use a predictive technique I've been working on involving lots of math and science stuff. I assure you that to describe would involve lots of big words -- many of which are three, four, or five syllables. I am still tweaking this methodology (five syllable...
by Gary
Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll - Do you use Quicken?
Replies: 85
Views: 8882

Re: Poll - Do you use Quicken?

I've been using Quicken for over 20 years.

However, I'm considering dumping Quicken and going to Excel since the software cannot handle transactions over $100 million thus forcing me to artificially split my Vanguard Total Stock Market dividends into several transactions.

--Gary
by Gary
Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone experienced problems with Honda V-6 VCM engines?
Replies: 41
Views: 62246

Re: Anyone experienced problems with Honda V-6 VCM engines?

However, two weeks ago the engine had a fouled spark plug caused by oil leaking into one of the cylinders. There was a factory notice on this and Honda fixed it free of charge. The solution was to replace four piston rings for the variable cylinders. Gary, if you don't mind, how many miles are on y...
by Gary
Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone experienced problems with Honda V-6 VCM engines?
Replies: 41
Views: 62246

Re: Anyone experienced problems with Honda V-6 VCM engines?

I own a 2008 Accord with a V6 engine and I’ve been very happy with it. I really haven’t encountered any abnormal noises, vibrations, or shudders. Oil consumption has been normal. Gas mileage is okay, but not great. However, two weeks ago the engine had a fouled spark plug caused by oil leaking into ...
by Gary
Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST
Replies: 537
Views: 33809

Re: REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST

1478.99

Good luck everyone.

--Gary
by Gary
Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed Visa card for Gas program changing, now with a fee.
Replies: 132
Views: 141727

Re: PenFed Visa card for Gas program changing, now with a fe

I received the following email from Pentagon Federal yesterday Dear XXXX XXXX, You recently received a change in terms notification from PenFed informing you about an annual fee, which would be assessed to you as well as a change to your rewards earning structure. After further evaluation of the qua...
by Gary
Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2013 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 481
Views: 29499

Re: 2013 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION

1478.99

Good luck everyone!
by Gary
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GasBuddy.com
Replies: 26
Views: 8555

Re: GasBuddy.com

The GasBuddy Iphone & Ipad apps are really useful. I use them all the time.

Finding the cheapest gas in your area is something that should appeal to all Bogleheads.

Highly recommended.

--Gary
by Gary
Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Re: Cell phones breaking budgets!
Replies: 106
Views: 12495

Re: Cell phones breaking budgets!

Long time reader....first time poster......You all have inspired me to finally register and write in based on how well you are all saving from the cell phone / electronic creep that is crazily invading Question....I am in the Philadelphia area and the bundling of internet plus phone is ridiculous t...
by Gary
Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REPORT --3rd Quarter 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 828

Re: BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REPORT --3rd Quarter 2012

I’m 67th. That is the highest I’ve ever been.

I want to thank my agent, my chauffeur, and all of the little people who’ve helped my along the way. But most of all, I want to thank Justin Bieber for proving that talent is not needed to succeed.

--Gary
by Gary
Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 25 dollar survey
Replies: 27
Views: 5249

Re: Vanguard 25 dollar survey

Cosmo wrote:Who is paying for the $25 survey bonus?
It is ultimately customers like us who are paying for this thing. I hope it's worth it!

--Gary
by Gary
Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 25 dollar survey
Replies: 27
Views: 5249

Vanguard 25 dollar survey

Has anyone else received an email from Vanguard about an online survey? It took about 15 minutes to fill out the first part. That section contained the usual questions about my investments, what financial websites I visit, and so forth. Then, because of the answers I gave, the survey went into overd...
by Gary
Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Poll: February 4, 2012 Peak High?
Replies: 47
Views: 4457

Re: Poll: February 4, 2012 Peak High?

You guys are guessing. My forecast method is scientific. I brought up a chart of the S&P 500 on my IPAD and placed a ruler on the surface to determine the trend. It points upward. I then did the same thing for the DOW, the Wilshire 5000, and the Russell 2000. They are going up too. We, in the stock ...
by Gary
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Blade Runner" Asking your Opinion
Replies: 104
Views: 7015

Re: "Blade Runner" Asking your Opinion

This thread has convinced me to buy the 5-disc Blu-ray Collector's set edition of Blade Runner. Did you know that there are 4 different versions of this movie: Theatrical, Director's cut, Final cut, and International? I didn't know that until I visited Amazon.com. Maybe one day someone will recut th...
by Gary
Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dennis Ritchie, the father of "C" language, died
Replies: 26
Views: 2272

Re: Dennis Ritchie, the father of "C" language, died

Just like the C language itself, the “K&R C Programming” book is a masterpiece of conciseness. My dog-eared and scotch-taped first edition copy is only 228 pages long --- and that includes the index. Sitting next to it on my bookshelf is a typical C++ book. It weighs in at 968 pages and is not nearl...
by Gary
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Watch) band for an IWC Pilot's Watch
Replies: 14
Views: 3996

Any of you guys own the IWC Top Gun? I've always loved that watch, but not sure what kind of reception it gets from the classic IWC crowd ... The Top Gun is a beautiful watch but that ceramic case is an Achilles heel. From what I’ve read, it is extremely fragile and will crack easily with the simpl...
by Gary
Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Watch) band for an IWC Pilot's Watch
Replies: 14
Views: 3996

For Gosh sakes, don't let anyone around here know what you paid for your watch! Did you know that a Timex keeps time just as well? I had no idea until I read it here. Anyway... I’ve owned an IWC Mark XII pilot’s watch for many years and I’m on my third wristband. I prefer the original IWC leather ba...
by Gary
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I build my own PC?
Replies: 47
Views: 4879

I've been building PCs for years, but then I'm a techie.

Read this arstechnica article. It will get you started.

Check out the parts list for their "budget box" or "hot rod". Those will give you a start on what you may need.

Hope this helps.

--Gary
by Gary
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is anyone an economics professor/teacher in this forum?
Replies: 83
Views: 6799

I think the question 2 is good. It requires the student to understand basic principles of supply and demand and work out the answer. Sure there are assumptions. There are always assumptions. I’m not an economist, so let me offer an analogy from a another discipline. When introductory physics courses...
by Gary
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is anyone an economics professor/teacher in this forum?
Replies: 83
Views: 6799

The answer to question 2 is: “a. the supply of corn to increase”. That is the answer that the test maker is going for. Cheap fertilizer will tend to increase the supply of corn, all other factors being equal. In order to pass tests like this, one must not over-think them. Whether or not the student ...
by Gary
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Virus came on my computer---how do I avoid repeat?
Replies: 49
Views: 5498

Re: Virus came on my computer---how do I avoid repeat?

greetje wrote:How the heck do these things come onto a computer anyway? I open only a few attachments in my e mails and no longer am on facebook
Are you the only one using this PC? It’s not uncommon for computer-illiterate spouses and children to click on all sorts of things.

--Gary
by Gary
Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for watches
Replies: 104
Views: 11531

By the way, it’s been a week since the original poster started this thread and he hasn’t been seen since.

I guess he’s a Timex man after all.

--Gary
by Gary
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for watches
Replies: 104
Views: 11531

Re: My Rolex story

You might also enjoy this story about Rolex sending watches-to be paid for at a later date- after the war,to POW's in German prison camps.One of the many reason why I will always wear a Rolex. http://www.timezone.com/library/extras/200704246126 What a great story. Thanks for the link. I had never h...
by Gary
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: But aren't these extraordinary times...
Replies: 61
Views: 7144

Yes, I'm asking to be convinced that following the bogleheads strategy (which I basically agree with but am wavering) I won't lose 10+% in the coming quarter and then wait 3 years to make it back. Robert: That could happen during any time period, not just NOW. Be careful, logic like this can stop y...
by Gary
Mon May 23, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: NYTimes: The Dave Ramsey 12% solution
Replies: 86
Views: 14488

I just took Dave's Investment quiz. Well I got 9 out of 10 correct. Here's the one I missed: Dave Says: 3. Is a loaded fund better than a no-load fund? irrelevant drivel snipped... But keep in mind one of the main weaknesses of a no load mutual fund is that you usually have the ability to make major...
by Gary
Tue May 03, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you organize your pockets?
Replies: 106
Views: 12803

Since I bought the world's thinnest wallet a few months ago, I am able to keep my wallet and my cell phone in my right front pocket. Keys go in my left.

I heard about this wallet on the Clark Howard Show. It's great!

--Gary
by Gary
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise in the ATTIC gone?
Replies: 18
Views: 2775

Cody: I’ve been following the original thread since the beginning. You presented quite a mystery! I was fascinated by the possible causes and innovative solutions presented on this board. However, I wish we had a final answer on what the root cause was. I guess this story is like one of those Japane...
by Gary
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2011 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 374
Views: 37877

1478.99

The same number I've used every year (except one).

--Gary
by Gary
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: My new position
Replies: 7
Views: 2845

Congrats Czilla9000! ME: Hello, my name is Gary and I wrote for the Motley Fool during the ‘90s. Crowd: Hello Gary Me: Yes, brothers and sisters, I was proud of the opportunity that this presented. Crowd: Tell it brother! Me: Apparently, even the Fools have standards, I didn't last a month. Soon I g...
by Gary
Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: iPad
Replies: 5
Views: 1384

If you open a PDF directly in Safari it just opens it in Safari's built-in pdf reader (which is decent), but I don't think there's a way to directly save it to iBooks for offline reading. You can't save PDFs directly from Safari but you can get around having to use iTunes by emailing them -- as lon...
by Gary
Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using PC as a DVR
Replies: 33
Views: 4771

Since you already are running Windows XP, you can buy SageTV ($79.95) software and a Hauppauge video card ($53.99) and you are in business. I’ve been running this setup for years. One advantage of SageTV over Windows Media Center is that it has a Tivo-like intelligent recording feature. I also use a...
by Gary
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Remington 700 bolt action rifle
Replies: 27
Views: 4839

by Gary
Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Credit Report
Replies: 14
Views: 2967

Although credit scores are not free, you can get a free credit report from http://www.annualcreditreport.com with absolutely no strings attached.

--Gary
by Gary
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Has anyone ever gotten banned>?
Replies: 55
Views: 10991

I can't help but wonder whether he's tried to register here, at a forum that was specifically created to avoid his presence... Yes he did try that once. He created a post that was up for about an hour before it was removed. I remember this clearly because myself and another poster responded with so...
by Gary
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard REIT index fund?
Replies: 33
Views: 8220

10% of my 60/40 portfolio is in the Vanguard REIT fund.

--Gary
by Gary
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Has anyone ever gotten banned>?
Replies: 55
Views: 10991

fishndoc wrote:He-who-must-not-be-named, H*O*C*U*S
Now you’ve done it. You have broken the taboo. By merely eluding to the existence “he who must not be named”, you may very well have initiated uhh… something. I don’t know what exactly you may have done, but it’s bad I tell ya. Bad.

--Gary
by Gary
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: gold hits all time high, silver hot too
Replies: 44
Views: 5212

It's too bad that a number of prominent posters here ridicule this financial asset constantly. They are not serving the financial well being of the people they influence. There are also unprominent posters like myself who have very little influence on this board that also ridicule gold. This thread...
by Gary
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jacksonville, FL
Replies: 22
Views: 3766

Yes, this town is really spread out. I put 85 miles on my odometer yesterday travelling around town -- and never left the city limits. The weather is great. It hasn’t snowed in Jacksonville since 1988 and the last hurricane we had was Dora in 1964. If you want waterfront with a dock, be sure to chec...
by Gary
Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RIP, Mars Exploration Rover Spirit :(
Replies: 48
Views: 6114

Do not be sad for Spirit. One day, I don’t know when, man will take his first steps on Mars and one day man will colonize that planet. We will do this because we are human. That is what we do. Spirit has another destiny. One day he will be picked up, dusted off, and placed in a museum under bright l...
by Gary
Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Is Your Favorite Soup?
Replies: 107
Views: 12633

Munchkin Man wrote:It is a question which the Munchkin Man has answered many times before,
Just accept MM for what he is. I for one enjoy his posts -- third person or not.

--Gary
by Gary
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: The Munchkin Man Portfolio
Replies: 72
Views: 21688

Gary is happy to see that the Munchkin Man has a conservative portfolio and has largely abandoned penny stocks. However, Gary would be even happier if the Munchkin Man would sell the remaining three and make a clean break. He is concerned that the Munchkin Man is clinging to the forlorn hope that th...
by Gary
Mon May 31, 2010 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Memorial Day
Replies: 34
Views: 4600

Here's a great video. An American WWII veteran visiting Normandy France receives a letter of thanks from a French stranger.

A visit to Normandy

--Gary
by Gary
Thu May 06, 2010 2:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WOW - The Dow is Crashing - down 900 points so far today!
Replies: 222
Views: 30264

30 posts in 20 minutes!

For a few minutes there, I thought I was at the Motley Fool.

--Gary
by Gary
Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "vanguarding"??!?
Replies: 93
Views: 14163

I would like to see the water glasses back. They were kinda zen in a miserable economic time. Oh no. I just checked. They DID take away the water glasses! The site just doesn't look the same. The term "vanguarding" initially sounded silly to me. But as I think more about it, I'm not a marketer. Man...