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by sopogah
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 57
Views: 7285

2011 Infiniti G37 (to replace my 11 years old Toyota Solara w/165k)

Nikon D7000 (on order)

Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens

Nikon SB 400 Flash


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody :D
by sopogah
Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 9mm pistol for lefty at a shooting range?
Replies: 66
Views: 10875

Thanks for the responses everybody. The primary reason for the purchase will be for target shooting, but home defense is a secondary reason (that is why I don't want a 22). I also don't plan on carrying it with me and getting a concealed weapon permit, but I'm a never say never type of person. Last...
by sopogah
Tue May 11, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Happy Birthday Mr. Bogle
Replies: 39
Views: 5256

Happy birthday Saint Jack. Hope to celebrate your 100th birthday soon :D
by sopogah
Tue May 11, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: interactive chart
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Re: interactive chart

Does anyone know of a site where I can go for an interactive chart? For EXAMPLE if you have $10000 in an s&p 500 I would like to see how it did from 1981 to 1985. I would like to know if there is an interactive charts like that out there. Thanks go to www.finance.yahoo.com click on s&p on l...
by sopogah
Tue May 11, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: interactive chart
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Re: interactive chart

Does anyone know of a site where I can go for an interactive chart? For EXAMPLE if you have $10000 in an s&p 500 I would like to see how it did from 1981 to 1985. I would like to know if there is an interactive charts like that out there. Thanks go to www.finance.yahoo.com click on s&p on l...
by sopogah
Tue May 11, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: One day crash cause?
Replies: 16
Views: 4188

I think many people are jealous/pissed at Taleb for being right repeatedly,and showing how ignorant/stupid/corrupt are lots of people in the business. :lol:
by sopogah
Mon May 03, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many foreign countries have you visited?
Replies: 100
Views: 12717

11
by sopogah
Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Braking at Full Throttle
Replies: 45
Views: 6225

Toyota like most corporations cares only about the bottom line. So if people stop buying Toyota's, Toyota may get the message. I am surprised that Toyota sales dropped only 40%. It seems most people care about the extra 1000$ rebate on a Toyota than their safety. As a happy owner of two Toyotas (not...
by sopogah
Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which pocket sized camera is your favorite?
Replies: 34
Views: 5867

Thanks for all the info. It sounds like the oversll favorite is the Canon SD1200..and another favorite is the Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS3. (do they REALLY need to have so many letters and numbers in their names) I will check them both out..and I notice a favorite at the Steve's Cameras site..is a Fuji....
by sopogah
Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2010 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 284
Views: 34913

777 :lol:
by sopogah
Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Was it a lost decade for you?
Replies: 58
Views: 8067

I keep adding more (mainly reirement account), and the worst it gets, I like it more, given the fact that I am in my accumulation period. :lol:
by sopogah
Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which pocket sized camera is your favorite?
Replies: 34
Views: 5867

Canon SD line. Preferably one that starts with 28mm (equivelant zoom).

I have the SD 880 it is great, but currently discontinued.
by sopogah
Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the ultimate Boglehead's new car?
Replies: 181
Views: 43784

Snoopy wrote:PaPaw:

The link requires a login.

Thanks, anyway!
Subscription to consumerreports.org is $19 annualy. It is the most useful and money saving site ever . I seldom buy anything (especially cars) without checking the rating at CR.
by sopogah
Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A time to give thanks--10 years later
Replies: 14
Views: 3086

This is by far the most intelligent group of people I could ever hope to meet. I want to thank all the moderators and forum administrator, along with all the bogleheads who offer their advice selflessly everyday. Couldn't say it any better than mattman22. Great bunch of people. And thank you Taylor...
by sopogah
Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Los Angeles / South Bay Chapter Mtg. November 14, 2009
Replies: 30
Views: 8854

I am interested. (time permitting).

Jack
by sopogah
Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good wines for < $10. Add yours here.
Replies: 52
Views: 10855

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet! Excellent quality good price highly rated. Depending where you go it may be as high as $12, but I can find it under $10. Compares well against more expensive wines. The Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet is a very good replacement at a lower price. Their Merlot...
by sopogah
Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS [From JACK BOGLE]
Replies: 41
Views: 8661

Dear Jack,

Glad to hear from you.

Best of health to you.

Your wisdom will guide millions of investors for generations.

Thank you.
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can there be a total Bond Market Crash?
Replies: 61
Views: 9595

Re: Can there be a total Bond Market Crash?

What would devastate the bond markets? Global nuclear war, massive hyperinflation with concomitant interest rate increases, anything that would prevent bond issuers from paying their debts.[/quote] How about printing money like there is no tomorrow :x , increasing budget deficit :cry: . oh, I have a...
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why doesn't VG have an International Bond Fund?
Replies: 31
Views: 6024

Mel: Thanks for the quick reply. Did Dr. Bernstein give his reason for not having international bonds? Fillol I don't want to misquote what was said during the Q&A with the Experts at BH8 in Dallas, so perhaps we should simply wait for the DVDs an the transcripts. Personally, I don't care to ta...
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2201

Re: Computer issue

Has the website been going down intermittently the last few days, just 10 minutes at a time or so? I'm starting to wonder if it is my computer because it is starting to happen for multiple websites. I thought it was a firefox issue at first, but if I switch immediately over to internet explorer, I ...
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "The new normal"
Replies: 32
Views: 5682

rgarling wrote:
MWCA wrote:Ranting about stuff is getting old too... :?
its the new normal
Nice ..... :lol:
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Calculating the annual cost of having a child
Replies: 28
Views: 4530

Re: Calculating the annual cost of having a child

The calculator also said childcare was annually $1732. This seem very low. Daycare cost about $800 / month. Paul[/quote] They forgot the zero after the $1732. I know that for sure. We have 2 kids :lol: . Having said that; the happiest times/moments in my life, bar none ,were/are with my kids (ages 4...
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brazil to levy 2% investment tax
Replies: 25
Views: 4666

eurowizard wrote:Why is anti-government discussion allowed if its not the US government?
Home bias :lol:
by sopogah
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Brazil to levy 2% investment tax
Replies: 25
Views: 4666

kb0fhp wrote:Is that implying that the US is becoming a "banana republic" economically with regard to its currency?
We do not even grow bananas :lol:
by sopogah
Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vegas Hotel Recommendation?
Replies: 32
Views: 6131

Re: Vegas Hotel Recommendation?

[quote="RedTail"]My wife and I are traveling to Vegas for a weekend (2-3 nights) sometime between November and January. We've got a lot of patience/flexibility to book the best deal. I've been once before, so I'm familiar with the area. We DEFINITELY want to stay on the strip. We are in ou...
by sopogah
Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Maudlin says we will be Japan...
Replies: 27
Views: 5156

Adrian Nenu wrote:Right or wrong, who knows? But it is safer to be globally diversified and avoid a big bet on one region/country.

Adrian
anenu@tampabay.rr.com
That's why my equity portion is diveded 33%US, 67% international.
I think the latest numbers put the US around 30-40% of the world economy.
by sopogah
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: REITs
Replies: 49
Views: 7571

Vanguard REIT Index: People love it at $23 a share. They hate it at $13 a share. Go figure. I bought some REIT around $7.50 (with some of my 5% casino money), and sold it around $ 13. I guess that people who loved it around $23-27 are the same people who argued that real estate ALWAYS go up. I hope...
by sopogah
Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Cards adding fees before February Regulations
Replies: 14
Views: 3415

Re: Credit Cards adding fees before February Regulations

I have a BOA WorldPoints Visa card as my back-up for my AMEX Blue Cash. I only use it a couple times a month when a vendor doesn't accept AMEX. Received a letter yesterday that my WorldPoints card will be instituting a new annual fee of $49/year. It seems that some stricter credit card regulations ...
by sopogah
Tue Oct 13, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle To Supreme Court: Mutual Funds Fees Unfair
Replies: 28
Views: 3360

Every day I am glad(er) that I am a boglehead and thank Jack for what he has done for a common investor. I hope and pray that God gives him the strength to keep fighting for many, many years to come. Well said Simba. :thumbsup Amen My nickname for Bogle is Saint Jack :) . In my book he is better th...
by sopogah
Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Size Question
Replies: 14
Views: 2302

Re: Tire Size Question

A friend of mine insists that his wife's 15 inch tire car is 3 inches lower than his 18 inch tire car. I say the "inches" are the WIDTH of the tire and have nothing to do with the height. What are the facts? He needs to use a measuring tape, measure the diameter of the wheel and the tire ...
by sopogah
Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Size Question
Replies: 14
Views: 2302

Re: Tire Size Question

A friend of mine insists that his wife's 15 inch tire car is 3 inches lower than his 18 inch tire car. I say the "inches" are the WIDTH of the tire and have nothing to do with the height. What are the facts? He needs to use a measuring tape, measure the diameter of the wheel and the tire ...
by sopogah
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What's YOUR FinaMetrica "risk score?"
Replies: 96
Views: 14810

72. (eatimated 60)
by sopogah
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 70 mpg
Replies: 2
Views: 1062

Pray that you will not get in accident with a Mini Cooper while driving this car :lol: .

Who cares about mpg after becoming a road kill !!!!
by sopogah
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 2010 Buick LaCrosse
Replies: 34
Views: 4681

Re: 2010 Buick LaCrosse

Anyone have any comments? I am considering buying one. thanks, Sam I will not buy anything from GM (Goverment Motors). I rather spend my money on a none handout seeking, self reliant company. I will consider the new Ford Taurus, especially in SHO trim. The ES 350 is a better looking Camry in Armani...
by sopogah
Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home printer recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 4978

Re: Home printer recommendations

We are presently looking for a new printer for the home office. Most of our printing is of documents, and from time to time a photo. We'd also like to have the ability to fax and scan in a pinch. We presently have an Epson 925 which I have not been that happy with in terms of its ability to print d...
by sopogah
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus ES350 vs. Toyota Avalon vs. Toyota Camry
Replies: 13
Views: 10990

Re: Infinity

Edge's post indicated a totally different experience in the Infinity. Not interested in the BMW or Mercedes, but would like to hear the differences between the Infinity and the Lexus at the lower end of the spectrum. The Infiniti G37 is a competitor to the Lexus IS 350, which is rear wheel drive. T...
by sopogah
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus ES350 vs. Toyota Avalon vs. Toyota Camry
Replies: 13
Views: 10990

Re: Infinity

Edge's post indicated a totally different experience in the Infinity. Not interested in the BMW or Mercedes, but would like to hear the differences between the Infinity and the Lexus at the lower end of the spectrum. The Infiniti G37 is a competitor to the Lexus IS 350, which is rear wheel drive. T...
by sopogah
Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10x42 Binoculars...
Replies: 17
Views: 4050

Re: 10x42 Binoculars...

Nikon Monarch line of binoculars is great. Ithink it is a best buy in your price range. I looked at Nikon Monarchs, which come highly recommended. The PC ATB 10x42 is about $300 and their X 10.5x45 is $600, with nothing in between. When looking into an unlit room across the store I could see the di...
by sopogah
Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dollar Cost Averaging and National Media questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1424

czeckers wrote:I feel bad for everyone who abandoned their strategies on the way down. Those who stuck with their plans have certainly done alright. These are interesting times.

-K
I feel happy for the people who stuck with their strategies, but I am not sure if I feel bad for those who didn't. :lol:
by sopogah
Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Ben Graham on asset allocation
Replies: 35
Views: 6416

I follow Ben Graham's advice, worked beautifully for me in this last dounturn.

Some may consider it market timing, although I do not buy individual stocks, only Vanguard funds (no etfs), and I am by no means a day trader.
by sopogah
Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10x42 Binoculars...
Replies: 17
Views: 4050

Re: 10x42 Binoculars...

$500 range. Any opinions? I'll use them for hunting so they need to be waterproof, same issues if you are a birder I guess. Sturdy is better than lightweight. I looked at a pair of Vortex Vipers that seems to fit the bill, but maybe another model will give better contrast, etc. rg Nikon Monarch lin...
by sopogah
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Nikon lens for travel?
Replies: 17
Views: 3964

I would photograph people, scenes, etc. Really anything! I would like to carry 1 lens, but find the 18-200 very heavy. I am trying to see if I can get by with the 55-200 even though I would lose the close range. I know some people use the 55-200 as their only lens. I would use the 35 mm if I go out...
by sopogah
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bypassing the US dollar
Replies: 20
Views: 3320

"Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" :lol: (the world is learning). Many peolple from around the world I talk to, pretty much have the same impression that the world was let down by the US financial system's manipulation of the markets, and tarnishing the stellar reputati...
by sopogah
Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good entry-level DSLR?
Replies: 51
Views: 8277

After doing my own research I'm leaning towards either the Canon Rebel EOS XSi or XS, and I may also buy a new lens to go with it. Ideally I'd like to use one lens on the camera so I don't have to change them out frequently. Any recommendations on a good 18mm/200mm with IS? I have Nikon 18-200vr zo...
by sopogah
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: No naked links please
Replies: 12
Views: 3198

I'll bring up the issue of naked links to the Advisory Panel. IMO posting a link without explanatory text essentially says the poster believes his time is more important than the hundreds who will encounter his link and have to try to figure out what to do with it. I never check those links, exactl...
by sopogah
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good entry-level DSLR?
Replies: 51
Views: 8277

Best of health and hopes for easy pregnancy for your wife (and to you :lol: ). We had two boys in the last eight years, and trust me you will use you camera a lot. If you have currently any film SLR like Nikon,Canon etc., it is a good idea to stay in the same family so you can use the lenses on the ...
by sopogah
Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Wishes for a speedy recovery to Jack Bogle
Replies: 48
Views: 8409

Dear Jack,

Hope for a speedy recovy, and a very healthy and very very long life. :)
by sopogah
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ken Burns' "The National Parks" Series Starts 9/27
Replies: 36
Views: 5534

Very informative and well produced. I wish it was in high def though.
by sopogah
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: This American Life is at it Yet Again!!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 5749

I listened to the podcast today. It is awesome. Planet money is another NPR podcast (2-3 times a week) that I find it very informative, and worth listening. One of the facts about the current housing mess that caugth my attention is the fact that there is over 200,000 home owners who did not make a ...
by sopogah
Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uploading Photos: Snapfish vs. Shuttterfly?
Replies: 9
Views: 3129

I upload to Costco Photo. you have to be a member, and you have the option of full resolution uploads, or faster lower resolution uploads (good for up to 8x10 enlargement). Another (or additional) option is to burn you photos on a dvd and mail it to your home. Each dvd has 4.7GB of storage, and the ...