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by Raybo
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for computer suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Re: Looking for computer suggestions

rich126 wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:42 am
Hopefully you mean ssh and not telnet to your server. Telnet provides no security at all. Even when passwords are used, they are sent in the clear.
Putty (the telnet program I use) implements ssh, which is what I use.

Thanks for the useful replies.
by Raybo
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for computer suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Looking for computer suggestions

I’m interested in getting a new computer. My desktop machine is old and starting to show its age. I checked out the current crop of laptops today at Best Buy. I like the ones with solid state memory, keyboards, and screens that fold back and can be used like a tablet called 2 in 1 laptops. I also li...
by Raybo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Online one-on-one language tutoring experience?
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Online one-on-one language tutoring experience?

I am learning Italian. I have been doing it off and on for years. I’ve taken local classes, checked books out of the library, used language tapes, and on-line apps. Once I had enough proficiency to carry on a bit of a conversation, I discovered Conversationexchange.com , a site that lets you connect...
by Raybo
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite "free stuff"?
Replies: 131
Views: 9565

Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Volunteering at Alcatraz. I trade my time for wonderful human interactions.
by Raybo
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electronic pest control devices
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Electronic pest control devices

A previous house had a gopher problem. I got a set of buzzers that I stuck in the ground to deter them. They worked sometimes. It seems to me that they kept gophers away if they weren’t already in the vicinity. Once there, the buzzers didn’t send them away. The barely audible noises would bother peo...
by Raybo
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?
Replies: 68
Views: 4753

Re: What Memberships/Subscriptions Are Most Valuable To You?

New York Review of Books. Detailed, intelligent articles on a wide range of topics.
by Raybo
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Invested Just Before This Downturn (New to Investing)
Replies: 24
Views: 2542

Re: Invested Just Before This Downturn (New to Investing)

Keep in mind, you only lose money if you sell at a loss. Otherwise, it is just a number on a statement. Also, while $50k seems like a lot at the moment, in the larger scheme of things, it is just the start of a much bigger pile. Later in life, when you have much more than you have now, the little bi...
by Raybo
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Total Bond Market Fund - interest rates rising!
Replies: 147
Views: 16535

Re: Total Bond Market Fund - interest rates rising!

“Better” is a hard term to define, at times A CD in taxable versus Total Bond in deferred might well be worse in the end. While CDs are guaranteed by the FDIC, they often come with a surrender charge if you need the money before the term is up. Bond funds can be sold quickly. A CD at a bank requires...
by Raybo
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Adventure - recommendations
Replies: 79
Views: 4924

Re: Personal Adventure - recommendations

You might consider riding a bicycle across the US. There are three well-trod pre-existing routes that you can choose from. Check out https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/ . Riding across the US takes around 75 days. If you expand the route to include some ...
by Raybo
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any natural hedges to stocks?
Replies: 18
Views: 2057

Re: Any natural hedges to stocks?

Hedges I see:

Cash - A dollar is always worth a dollar regardless of stock and bond values.

IBonds - don't go down in value when interest rates rise. Still grow with inflation.

Puts - cost money to hold but do well in down markets.
by Raybo
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What tools do you use to track your finances?
Replies: 50
Views: 3914

Re: What tools do you use to track your finances?

I created my own secure website (https) that holds all my investments, updates the NAV daily, holds my current AA, and calculates my current deviation from my “ideal” AA. I used to have it on my personal computer (Java), but moving it on-line made it available from anywhere. wow! Do you wanna start...
by Raybo
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REI Adventures
Replies: 16
Views: 1945

Re: REI Adventures

No opinion on REI, but I can recommend riding a bike from Banff to Jasper. It’s about 150 miles of non-stop natural beauty. It took me 4 days to ride from Lake Louise to Jasper. Probably the best 4 days I’ve ever had on a bicycle! Here is a link to the daily journal I wrote starting the day I left L...
by Raybo
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What tools do you use to track your finances?
Replies: 50
Views: 3914

Re: What tools do you use to track your finances?

I created my own secure website (https) that holds all my investments, updates the NAV daily, holds my current AA, and calculates my current deviation from my “ideal” AA.

I used to have it on my personal computer (Java), but moving it on-line made it available from anywhere.
by Raybo
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The Business Man and The Fisherman"
Replies: 9
Views: 2062

Re: "The Business Man and The Fisherman"

What about those of us who don’t like fishing?
by Raybo
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charles Murray's and Jordan Peterson's book
Replies: 17
Views: 1376

Re: Charles Murray's and Jordan Peterson's book

I listened to Dr. Peterson read his own book. Each rule’s section goes on a bit. He has very strong beliefs, mostly based on thinkers like Nietsche and Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn. So, a fair amount of darkness. This really comes through in his reading. While much of his writing is valuable, his int...
by Raybo
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: My bank and absurd policy for "no fee"
Replies: 51
Views: 4304

Re: My bank and absurd policy for "no fee"

My B&M bank requires a $500 direct deposit to keep the account free. I have a recurring order at my on-line bank to send $500 to the B&M bank each month and then a week later take it back. This all happens with no input from me. The bank account has been free now for many years.
by Raybo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What flax seed do you buy (that is cadmium free)
Replies: 10
Views: 1036

Re: What flax seed do you buy (that is cadmium free)

Not trying to hijack the thread, but cadmium is in chocolate, as well as, lead. With chocolate, it depends on where it is grown. In places where there has been more mineral extraction, there appears to be more cadmium in the soil. Lead seems to be left over from the burning of leaded gasoline which ...
by Raybo
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Inexpensive source for greeting cards?
Replies: 27
Views: 1636

Re: Inexpensive source for greeting cards?

I print my own at an on-line printer. I printed up a dozen each of a dozen different photos. Once I signed up, I get “deal” offers everyday in email. One of them was 50% off. That was when I placed the big order. After the dust settled, it was about a dollar a card. Here is a description of the proc...
by Raybo
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First Week of January West Coast Travel Options
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: First Week of January West Coast Travel Options

I have been to Hawaii many times and can recommend it. Note that January will be high season so air fares and lodging will be at their tops. Another option might be Costa Rica. It is a fabulous place with monkeys, wild rivers, rain forests, toucans and macaws, and lots of other natural fauna and flo...
by Raybo
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you use social media to enhance your travel experience?
Replies: 66
Views: 3013

Re: Do you use social media to enhance your travel experience?

I induldge in two kinds of travel. One is sightseeing with my wife. The other is solo travel on a bicycle. When traveling with my wife, I post photos on Facebook for other family and friends to see. When traveling by bicycle, I post photos and comments on various bike touring websites and here. In o...
by Raybo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Taxes on Cap Gain Distributions and Dividends in a self directed IRA. How to handle at age 65 ?
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Taxes on Cap Gain Distributions and Dividends in a self directed IRA. How to handle at age 65 ?

The money taken out of an IRA after 65 has a separate line on the 1040. It is neither salary (no Social Security taxes are due on it) nor investment income, which has separate tax rules. Every dollar you take out of an IRA is taxed the same regardless of what it is: gain, loss, original contribution.
by Raybo
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Leasing Cars in Retirement
Replies: 98
Views: 7628

Re: Leasing Cars in Retirement

There are no numbers in your post. It will be hard to make a recommendation without a few important numbers. Consider buy versus lease same car. How big a tax hit do you take to buy it ourright? How big a tax hit do you take to finance the same purchase (get a loan for the car purchase)? How much do...
by Raybo
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation to San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoia
Replies: 32
Views: 1494

Re: Vacation to San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoia

Book your hotel(s) in Yosemite as soon as you can. Things fill up quickly, even in May. If you stay in the Park, your food choices will be limited. Limited restaurant selections there. My preference is to stay either in a private home (there are private homes for rent in/near the park), or at the Yo...
by Raybo
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think my father has a gambling problem
Replies: 78
Views: 6872

Re: I think my father has a gambling problem

Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. Not everyone who gambles is an addicted gambler. Maybe he has a problem; maybe he doesn’t. I agree with the suggestion that you offer to go with him and see what he does there. Who knows, you might enjoy it! If he bought season tickets to the local team and w...
by Raybo
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elderly (innocent) relative received this horrible email
Replies: 51
Views: 5956

Re: Elderly (innocent) relative received this horrible email

Is there any chance that this person actually visited the listed site and has an account there? If not, then ignore the email. If the person did, in fact, have an account and that is the password, then I would use it as a lesson not to do such things over the internet and still ignore it. Have you c...
by Raybo
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: small-wheel bicycle
Replies: 19
Views: 1304

Re: small-wheel bicycle

What is the purpose of the bicycle? Bromptons have 16 inch wheels and are urban commute bikes. They fold up quickly (lifting up the seat activates an unlocked hinge) into a small square of metal and can be carried onto buses, trains, or put in car trunks. They look funny but ride OK. There are many ...
by Raybo
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: German B&M Non-Blinking vs. Blinking Bike Tail Lights
Replies: 20
Views: 1269

Re: German B&M Non-Blinking vs. Blinking Bike Tail Lights

I use blinking front and tail lights during the day. The front light is bright, on my handlebars, and likely is spotted by drivers. The tail light is red and flashes, but not as visible as the front. During the day, it isn’t so visible. But, I’m sure the blinking is better than a solid color. That s...
by Raybo
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bone in my food
Replies: 107
Views: 4284

Re: Bone in my food

Stop eating meat. Problem solved!
by Raybo
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Already retired still need to plan
Replies: 21
Views: 1751

Re: Already retired still need to plan

All the investments you listed are stock funds. Are you 100% stocks? What percentage of your assets is in bonds and cash?
by Raybo
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: Alan Watts

Why are listening to him?

To me, it is a bit like listening to Joseph Campbell. Interesting material and viewpoint but you need to have a desire to hear what he talks about.

Maybe read his books, instead. That way, you can put them aside when they get too "deep."
by Raybo
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Already retired still need to plan
Replies: 21
Views: 1751

Re: Already retired still need to plan

Now that you've listed your investments (with fund symbols I don't know or want to look up), can you summarize what your Asset Allocation is? Also, since you are simply investing your RMD, do you have enough income to cover your expenses without spending any of the RMD? What do you mean by "being ta...
by Raybo
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Already retired still need to plan
Replies: 21
Views: 1751

Re: Already retired still need to plan

How you invest will be determined by what you are investing for. Do you have enough money for the next 23 years? Do your investments need to provide income for you? Are you hoping to leave a legacy? If you have way more than enough to finish out your life and don't want to leave a legacy then you mi...
by Raybo
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-owner contributing to home renovations: what's fair?
Replies: 39
Views: 2568

Re: Non-owner contributing to home renovations: what's fair?

How much money is involved? If just a few thousand, I’d consider it a gift and leave it at that. If your partner doesn’t like that, don’t accept the money.

If you want to keep things separate, keep them separate.
by Raybo
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advisor Dumped, Now How to Best Simplify
Replies: 20
Views: 2610

Re: Advisor Dumped, Now How to Best Simplify

Some questions I have: Is there anything you currently have that you want to keep? Is all this in a taxable account? How quickly do you want to move everything over? Do you have more gains than losses? If so, how bad a tax hit will you take given the favorable treatment of capital gains? When all yo...
by Raybo
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?
Replies: 151
Views: 15095

Re: As an American, where are some great places in the world to retire?

On a recent bicycle trip, I spent a few days in Italy’s eastern Dolomites near Pieve de Cadore. Beautiful mountains, fresh air, lots of local and tourist services, fabulous bike riding, hiking, skiing, Euros, wonderful food, and friendly people. I put it on my list of places to spend an extended per...
by Raybo
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Do This? [borrow from relative to pay off loan]
Replies: 55
Views: 3149

Re: Should I Do This? [borrow from relative to pay off loan]

redbeard25 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:04 am
I would simply pay him the same I would any other loan/credit...the day I get paid.
What happens if you lose your job?
by Raybo
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Detailed journal of my bicycle ride through the Balkans
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Detailed journal of my bicycle ride through the Balkans

Beautiful job, Raybo! Congratulations on a wonderful journey. 8-) Thanks, jazztonight. After describing some of the sights I had on this trip, I was asked by several people if it was the best ride I every had. I've now done close to 30 bicycle tours in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. Obviou...
by Raybo
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Arbitrage on collecting dividend
Replies: 30
Views: 1995

Re: Arbitrage on collecting dividend

I once tried a similar strategy except it was based on secondary offerings. I would buy shares in a company on the the secondary offering. Since company shares are diluted by the secondary offering, there would be an immediate drop in the price on the day of the offering. The idea was to try and cat...
by Raybo
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Airlines measure checked baggages?
Replies: 33
Views: 2299

Re: Do Airlines measure checked baggages?

I was in Heathrow flying with a bike in a box. The box was too heavy by a pound. Since the flight wasn't full, I was told I could also check my carry-on for free. I foolishly moved some metal tools, not allowed in carry-on, to my other bag as a result. But, the machine (no longer any humans) wouldn'...
by Raybo
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Biggest Threats to Financial Well-Being
Replies: 99
Views: 9596

Re: Biggest Threats to Financial Well-Being

An addiction to anything.
by Raybo
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Detailed journal of my bicycle ride through the Balkans
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Detailed journal of my bicycle ride through the Balkans

In late April and May, 2018, I spent a month riding my bicycle through Croatia, Slovenia, and Northeastern Italy. It was a fabulous trip with much wonderful scenery. I met some memorable people and took thousands of photos. I completed my detailed journal of the trip. It has an entry for each of the...
by Raybo
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting the stink out of synthetic shirts
Replies: 37
Views: 2695

Re: Getting the stink out of synthetic shirts

I used to wear synthetic bike jerseys and had the same problem, especially on long bike tours. I solved the problem by switching to wool jerseys. They are pricey, but can be used several times before needing washing and rarely, if ever, smell. I bike for a month and only take 2 wool jerseys for the ...
by Raybo
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?
Replies: 96
Views: 7360

Re: Best way to lose $200 in taxable income?

Do you live in a state with income tax? Are your deductions over $24,000? If yes to both, you can overpay your state income taxes for this year and increase your refund next year.
by Raybo
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Yogi said it. It must be true.
Replies: 21
Views: 2674

Re: Yogi said it. It must be true.

Hockey10 wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:57 pm
- when you come to the fork in the road, take it
In a biography of Yogi Berra, it said that the above quote related to directions to Yogi’s house that was on a circular street so that whichever way you turned at the fork, you’d get to his house.
by Raybo
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: UK vacation help
Replies: 15
Views: 813

Re: UK vacation help

Scotland is a large country. Ireland is much smaller. With only 7 days, I’d go with Ireland. I suspect the airline connections are better to Dublin, as well. I liked Dublin and would suggest a day spent there. Galway, on the west coast, was a good base for exploring. I rented a car and drive to seve...
by Raybo
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When is it time?
Replies: 8
Views: 900

Re: When is it time?

My father died when he was 57. I watched it happen. He worked until he no longer could. I didn't want to spend any more time working than I absolutely had to. For this and other reasons, I pulled the plug when I was 48. I wasn't quite ready financially, but the run-up in housing prices in the early ...
by Raybo
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1314

Re: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?

I know you are asking about Poland, but I see that you will be very close to Berchtestgaden. It is worth a day, especially if it is sunny and clear. Thank you for the tip. I have two days in Salzburg after my hike. So I can do that while I am in Austria. Anything specific you recommend there? I fou...
by Raybo
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1314

Re: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?

I know you are asking about Poland, but I see that you will be very close to Berchtestgaden. It is worth a day, especially if it is sunny and clear.
by Raybo
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age
Replies: 162
Views: 14519

Re: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age

livesoft wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:16 pm
Raybo wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:56 am
As I have aged (I'm now 66), ....
I have met Raybo and spent a delightful afternoon/evening with him. He looks only about 40 years old, so whatever he's doing is like a Fountain of Youth!
Livesoft, thank you for the exaggeration!

I’m blushing!
by Raybo
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age
Replies: 162
Views: 14519

Re: Tips for staying active / injury-free into older age

As I have aged (I'm now 66), the hard physical activities that I can do comfortably have been reduced to bicycling and walking. I can no longer run or play tennis without pain. I try to walk everywhere that doesn't require me to return with heavy bundles. Once a week, I aim for a 6-7 mile walk. Most...