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by Exuberent
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3124
Views: 920961

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Thanks to stumblebum for the recommendation of "Little Dieter Needs to Fly". Watched it today - excellent.
by Exuberent
Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel to Istanbul
Replies: 42
Views: 3569

Re: travel to Istanbul

If you are a fan of Roman ruins you might consider an overnight tour to Ephesus. Check the weather in the Cappadocia region for late December - flights there from Istanbul are quite cheap and it is a fairly short flight - two full days in that area would be a good side trip from Istanbul.
by Exuberent
Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: travel to Istanbul
Replies: 42
Views: 3569

Re: travel to Istanbul

My DW and I spent 4 days in Istanbul, 3 days in Cappadocia, 3 days in Izmir and 3 days in Azerbaijan about 6 weeks ago. We had a wonderful time, felt and were completely safe. In Istanbul we used the trams and metro system whenever possible. We were traveling with my sister and brother-in-law while ...
by Exuberent
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2692
Views: 863017

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Really, really good.
by Exuberent
Thu May 14, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Day trips from Berlin?
Replies: 32
Views: 3983

Re: Day trips from Berlin?

I second all the Potsdam recommendations - my wife and I did that via Fat Tire Bike Tours' Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam. I would absolutely recommend it. From their website it looks like they do the tour Fridays and Saturdays (among other days).
by Exuberent
Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to see in Istanbul
Replies: 35
Views: 3459

Re: What to see in Istanbul

Please be sure to see the Basilica Cistern when you are in Istanbul.
by Exuberent
Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3124
Views: 920961

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Watched The Name of the Rose last night - an oldie but goodie featuring Sean Connery.
by Exuberent
Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Documentaries to recommend?
Replies: 138
Views: 21920

Re: Documentaries to recommend?

Post by gardemanger » Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:49 am "One of my all-time favorite documentaries is a Chilean movie called "Nostalgia for the Light." It's set in the Atacama Desert, which is home both to an observatory probing the mysteries of the universe and to bereaved mothers combing the...
by Exuberent
Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3124
Views: 920961

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

'71 - British soldier is separated from his unit while on patrol in Belfast - tense and well done.
by Exuberent
Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2692
Views: 863017

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Just finished "The Beautiful Struggle" - subtitled a father, two sons , and an unlikely road to manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Really enjoyed it. Just started reading his article "The Case for Reparations" that was recently published in The Atlantic magazine. Mr. Coates will be dis...
by Exuberent
Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2692
Views: 863017

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

We Are Not Ourselves, a novel by Matthew Thomas.
A really good read - I looked forward to having time each day to read more.
by Exuberent
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking advice for NYC family trip.
Replies: 6
Views: 536

Re: Seeking advice for NYC family trip.

You might also consider parking in downtown Jersey City if you prefer not to drive in Manhattan and then taking the PATH train into NYC.
by Exuberent
Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Athens and London, what to do and where to stay?
Replies: 36
Views: 3363

Re: Athens and London, what to do and where to stay?

In London, I suggest going on as many walks as possible with London Walks - m. They really give you a behind the scenes look at the city and the guides are superb in my experience. They also do day trips - I have been on their day trip to the Cotswolds and really enjoyed it. I'd love to go back to t...
by Exuberent
Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which bed should I buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 3321

Re: Which bed should I buy?

They might be a bit above your budget now but we bought a Shifman mattress and boxspring http://www.shifmanmattresses.com over 20 years ago and it is still like new - we flip it every month and sleep like logs. We had some extra money at the time and it was well spent.
by Exuberent
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1473272

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson. Fiction about the experiences of a young man in recent times in North Korea. A work of fiction but based on a good amount of research by the author. An interesting and enjoyable read.
by Exuberent
Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for 1-2 Days in NYC?
Replies: 51
Views: 6109

Re: Suggestions for 1-2 Days in NYC?

Take a round-trip ride on the Staten Island ferry. You get a great view of the Statue of Liberty as part of the trip.
by Exuberent
Wed May 14, 2014 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: what had biggest impact on your financial success?
Replies: 57
Views: 5925

Re: what had biggest impact on your financial success?

First, maxing out IRA and 401K contributions - basically putting money where I couldn't touch it.
And, finding bogleheads.org, listening to the good advice given and self-managing our money.
by Exuberent
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Traveling to] Croatia
Replies: 44
Views: 7026

Re: Croatia

I would absolutely recommend Mostar - my wife and I drove there for a day trip will visiting Croatia - we toured the city with Alma, the guide mentioned here - m and now I see that it is possible to get picked up from and driven back to Dubrovnik. Our time with Alma was a highlight of our two week t...
by Exuberent
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bonds - Throw it all on the table!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 33418

Re: Bonds - Throw it all on the table!!!

Married - average age of husband and wife is 55 We invest in two ETFs for fixed income - BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market) and TIP (ishares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund) All fixed income is in our IRAs BND is 62% of our fixed income - TIP is 38% We are 45% in Bonds (average age minus 10%) No plans to add ...
by Exuberent
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Monaco vacation without busting budget
Replies: 36
Views: 3523

Re: Monaco vacation without busting budget

I agree with others - stay in Nice and take the train over to Monaco for the late afternoon / evening and take the train back that same evening.
by Exuberent
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your usual retirement day like ?
Replies: 201
Views: 45818

Re: What's your usual retirement day like ?

An hour or so of internet / email, then an hour of French lessons (using a text book and the radio) Your location is "France," and still you are using books and radio for learning French? Victoria What happened initially was that it was very easy to fall in with the English speaking ex-pa...
by Exuberent
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your usual retirement day like ?
Replies: 201
Views: 45818

Re: What's your usual retirement day like ?

Week days I wake up at 6 AM when my wife is getting ready to go to work, have breakfast with my wife then get dressed and head over to a nearby thoroughbred racing stable by 7:30 AM where I help muck out the stalls until about 11:30 AM - then I usually either get a riding lesson from one of the exer...
by Exuberent
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1473272

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "Super Sad True Love Story" by Gary Shteyngart - had to push through it at some slow moments with some encouragement from my wife but thoroughly enjoyed it in retrospect. Just started "Jerusalem" by Simon Sebag Montefiore - we have a walking trip in Israel and the W...
by Exuberent
Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: hijacker (PWM) - READ THIS
Replies: 130
Views: 13221

Re: hijacker (PWM) - READ THIS

I would be happy to contribute.
by Exuberent
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Has anyone here had a good experience with Smith Barney?
Replies: 39
Views: 3412

Re: Has anyone here had a good experience with Smith Barney?

Hello pointyhead, In 2008 I was in a similar situation as you but with a different financial adviser at a different firm. Livesoft and PiperWarrior gave me the best financial advice I ever received. Once you make the decision to move ahead (and please let Vanguard handle the transfer) you will sleep...
by Exuberent
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do we bogleheads Splurge?!
Replies: 138
Views: 11995

Re: Where do we bogleheads Splurge?!

Travel with my wife. Thoroughbred race horses (50% lease in one, 50% and 25% ownership respectively in two others). Gets me up and out in the morning to help out at the racing yard and last October at the ripe age of 50 and change I got to ride a thoroughbred at the training grounds in company with ...
by Exuberent
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Pat is coming home !
Replies: 115
Views: 12698

Re: Pat is coming home !

Hello Taylor, Hello Pat,
That is wonderful news for us to hear.
Enjoy!
Mark and Cynthia
by Exuberent
Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1473272

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Just finished "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel. Enjoyed it.
Just started "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy Tolan. Subtitle is "An Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East". 100 pages in and looking forward to discussing it at my wife's next book club meeting.
by Exuberent
Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to live somewhere beside USA, where would it be?
Replies: 106
Views: 7114

Re: If you had to live somewhere beside USA, where would it

My wife and I have lived in France now for five years. We have been living in Maisons-Laffitte for seven months at present and hope to stay. We enjoy the people, the food and the pace of life. And it is a great location for short trips to the rest of Europe and beyond.
by Exuberent
Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 373191

Re: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/201

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marias
Halfway through and enjoying it.
by Exuberent
Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Europe in September
Replies: 36
Views: 5346

From my wife (and I concur): You could fly into Nice or even Marseille.....most of the stereotypical beautiful villages in Provence are further west than Nice. Nice is magnificent, however, and just driving from Nice westward is lovely. Driving in Provence is a pleasure, and going along the coast fr...
by Exuberent
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Europe in September
Replies: 36
Views: 5346

My wife and I have lived in France for over 4 years now (originally from New Jersey) - all of that time except for the last week in Paris (now 20 minutes away by train). The Paris / Provence trip sounds great and a good time of year to go. (That is the first trip we did to France many years ago usin...
by Exuberent
Thu May 26, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My parents best advice ?
Replies: 65
Views: 7108

Travel light.

The more things you own, the more they own you.

You couldn't afford that house if you got it as a gift.
by Exuberent
Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Board Game?
Replies: 66
Views: 7483

I grew up with the early Avalon Hill games but I would have to say SPI's Wellington's Victory was my favorite - also a PBM game (now that is dating me) called World Conquest run by Bill Rapp / Prime Time Simulations - been a while.
by Exuberent
Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tough Decision: Move or Stay???
Replies: 18
Views: 3371

Stay where you are. Concentrate on finalizing the divorce. That is the one thing that will really allow you to get on with your life.
by Exuberent
Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? Part IV. (07/04/2010)
Replies: 1507
Views: 373191

Lustrum - Robert Harris (2nd in a trilogy about Cicero)

Lord of Misrule - Jaimy Gordon (glimpse of life at a backwoods racetrack)
by Exuberent
Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:09 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What is YOUR bond/equity ratio compared to your age/horizon?
Replies: 80
Views: 13202

Me 58 wife 45 60 stocks / 40 bonds still working, no pensions ahead.
by Exuberent
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you consider traveling abroad?
Replies: 67
Views: 7005

I plan to go horseback riding in Albania in June and my wife and I plan to go horseback riding in Georgia in August. We were in Syria about a year and a half ago and were thrilled to see how happy and welcoming people were when they found out we were American. On the same trip we also visited Lebano...
by Exuberent
Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Other Forums Do Bogleheads Frequent?
Replies: 39
Views: 7163

www.gallopfrance.com

I'm in France and have a goal to become the "exercise rider of last resort"
for Madame Rarick.
by Exuberent
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you had a choice, would you still live in the USA?
Replies: 153
Views: 15156

My wife and I are US citizens and moved to France 4 years ago. We were very happy to live in the US and are very happy to be living in France now. Just an addition for the poster above - we have found the health care here to be very good, public transportation top notch and there is mandatory vacati...
by Exuberent
Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: About to buy a suit, any deals right now?
Replies: 25
Views: 3633

I always used to wear my suit pants out on the inner thigh area - solved it by paying a bit extra to have lining put in in that area - really helpful for me because I am not that comfortable wearing a heavier wool so always wore summer weight wool.
by Exuberent
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing from France
Replies: 44
Views: 7454

Hello Phantom,
Are you working in France? If so, are you being paid in euros or dollars? If you are receiving a paycheck is it being deposited in a US bank or a French one?
by Exuberent
Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non frugal vice
Replies: 107
Views: 14122

Non Frugal Vice

Race Horses - my wife and I moved to France several years ago and I started helping out at the yard of Gina Rarick, the only American woman licensed to train thoroughbreds in France. Since then I have bought ownership / leased interest in several race horses trained by Mme. Rarick. Statistically not...
by Exuberent
Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART III (12/11/2009)
Replies: 424
Views: 75163

Yankee Doodle Dandy - The Life and Times of Tod Sloan by John Dizikes

I had no idea that Tod Sloan revolutionized the sport of horse racing, that George Cohan wrote a play about him and that Ernest Hemingway may have used the story of Tod Sloan's life as the subject of one of his stories.
by Exuberent
Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are YOU Currently Reading? PART III (12/11/2009)
Replies: 424
Views: 75163

The Essential Marcus Aurelius

Short / sweet / insighful. Fascinating to imagine him writing it on the frontier.

About to start Caravaggio, Painter of Miracles.
by Exuberent
Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio

Hello livesoft and PiperWarrior, Thank you again for your input – you gave me a bit to think about and I appreciate it. The article on where to put emergency funds was an eye opener and we will take the advice given. So you know, we have already moved my wife’s 401K to the ING VP IndexPlus LargeCap ...
by Exuberent
Tue May 27, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Hello livesoft – thank you for the follow-up and the advice in regard to my wife’s 401K – we will invest that in the ING VP IndexPlus LargeCap Portfolio and reduce the amount we had planned to put in the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) by that amount. Will also take your advice on the eliminat...
by Exuberent
Tue May 27, 2008 6:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio

Thank you livesoft. I have simplified it a bit and taken into account your recommendations. This is what I have now as proposed: 20% Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI – exp .07% ) 5% Vanguard Small Cap Growth ETF (VBK – exp .12%) 5% Vanguard Small Cap Value ETF (VBR – exp .11% ) 15% Vanguard FTSE...
by Exuberent
Tue May 27, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Finally managing finances - need help allocating portfolio

Some background : My wife and I recently have decided that we would like to manage our own finances. We parted company with our management advisor, which is why you will see so much cash in our portfolio. We are willing to liquidate any positions we currently hold to make our future portfolio easy ...