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by MDfan
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6271
Views: 1424539

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"Watched Hamilton as well. We liked it and it was very well done. But I'm very glad I didn't spend many hundreds of dollars for tickets." We bought Hamilton tickets for $40 each on the TodaysTix app. Wonderful cast in San Francisco. You might want to try it before ever spending "hund...
by MDfan
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6271
Views: 1424539

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Added Disney+ to watch Hamilton. Incredible! I expect we'll watch again in the next few days. I couldn't even make it through the entire trailer. Rap "music" ? Was the entire show really like that? You may want to expand your horizons a little. It is really well done. And I am by no means...
by MDfan
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6271
Views: 1424539

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Uncut Gems , on Netflix. ... You were lead on by the main character doing things that you wouldn't expect. I almost turned it off several times, but I stuck through to the end. You’re a tougher person than I am. I found the frenetic pace and anxiety too contagious for my sensibilities. Turned it of...
by MDfan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tom Clancy series book recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 1963

Re: Tom Clancy series book recommendations

One of my favorite spy/thriller books of all time is by Allan Folsom. It really was one of those where I couldn't put it down once I started reading.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Th ... frontcover
by MDfan
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who has long term care insurance?
Replies: 119
Views: 6280

Re: Who has long term care insurance?

Mutual of Omaha. Had it for over 5 years. Premiums have remained constant. We also had Mutual of Omaha. Premiums for 2 (ages 59 and 56) was about $3100 total. We had the police for a couple pf years (no increases) but decided not to renew on advice of our fee-based planner. He said we could easily ...
by MDfan
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

I just read that Harvard is going online for the fall semester, it seems like the first domino to drop among the elite universities. My guess is the rest will follow suit in the next two weeks. I feel sorry for the kids that got off campus apartments thinking they would be going back to in person l...
by MDfan
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

I just read that Harvard is going online for the fall semester, it seems like the first domino to drop among the elite universities. My guess is the rest will follow suit in the next two weeks. I feel sorry for the kids that got off campus apartments thinking they would be going back to in person l...
by MDfan
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 174
Views: 17670

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

YouTube TV = sports fan dream! But, since the [(removed) --admin LadyGeek] has shutdown sports, count me among those who cancelled. I can upgrade my OTA antenna setup nicely for $64.99/mo saved to keep the major networks and PBS. I agree about the sports thing. YTTV has the perfect combination and ...
by MDfan
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who has long term care insurance?
Replies: 119
Views: 6280

Re: Who has long term care insurance?

May I ask who the carrier is and any other details you would be comfortable in sharing? Mutual of Omaha. Had it for over 5 years. Premiums have remained constant. We also had Mutual of Omaha. Premiums for 2 (ages 59 and 56) was about $3100 total. We had the police for a couple pf years (no increase...
by MDfan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who has long term care insurance?
Replies: 119
Views: 6280

Re: Who has long term care insurance?

May I ask who the carrier is and any other details you would be comfortable in sharing? Mutual of Omaha. Had it for over 5 years. Premiums have remained constant. We also had Mutual of Omaha. Premiums for 2 (ages 59 and 56) was about $3100 total. We had the police for a couple pf years (no increase...
by MDfan
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your budget
Replies: 152
Views: 10378

Re: Share your budget

runner3081 wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:11 pm
mortfree wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:13 pm The true barometer of a good budget is the cell phone bill?

I pay $30 per month.

You?
3 phones here and $9.00 per month.
3 phone lines, too. But I pay about 12-15 times $9.
by MDfan
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 174
Views: 17670

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

The price increase sucks, but it's still much better than paying for cable and boxes, DVRs, etc. I don't have much problem keeping YTTV because I Iike their channel lineup and their interface. $15 a month is not going to break us and it's just an entertainment expense. We also pay for HBO, Netflix a...
by MDfan
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: does anyone have a subscription to youtube tv?
Replies: 118
Views: 8096

Re: does anyone have a subscription to youtube tv?

We're keeping YTTV as well. Still about $80 less than what we were paying for cable and it has the perfect mix of channels for me. I can stomach $64.99.
by MDfan
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

Anyone believe that college in the fall will be anything other than online learning? The amount of spread seems uncontrollable . I think that money will rule and lots of kids will go back. I have little doubt that many universities will start with face-to-face instruction, but most will likely reve...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

Anyone believe that college in the fall will be anything other than online learning? The amount of spread seems uncontrollable . I think that money will rule and lots of kids will go back. I have little doubt that many universities will start with face-to-face instruction, but most will likely reve...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 174
Views: 17670

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

Still prefer YTTV to cable. It has all the channels I need and it saves money vs. the cable package I have to get to have those same channels (mainly sports channels like Golf Channel and MLB Network). Plus, it allowed me to get rid of my cable boxes and DVR. Saving almost $80/month, even at $64.99.
by MDfan
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

Anyone believe that college in the fall will be anything other than online learning? The amount of spread seems uncontrollable . I think that money will rule and lots of kids will go back. Most of the large lecture classes at my daughter's college are moving on-line and they are still planning on h...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
Replies: 259
Views: 17483

Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

Hydrow. It's incredible. Hearing about the dedication people have with the Peloton made me want to try and find a "connected" device that was more than legs. The rowing machine supposedly works 86% of your body and Hydrow seemed to be the Peloton of rowers. It's going on 6 weeks and I've ...
by MDfan
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 21224
Views: 2880104

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

My gut feeling is that we are due for another downfall. South Korea is back to 2 digits in new covid cases. US covid phase 1 isn't over yet. Also the market reacted very quickly to the US China deal off "fake" news. When it is a bubble, even a small hole will cause it to deflate it pretty...
by MDfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurants recommendations
Replies: 73
Views: 5260

Re: Restaurants recommendations

Never understood the In 'n Out hype. Nothing special at all to me the few times I've been there. I think there are many better burger places in the US. Food being such an subjective thing, who can say who is right? Though if you were polling consensus say from the "foodie crowd", and also...
by MDfan
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurants recommendations
Replies: 73
Views: 5260

Re: Restaurants recommendations

Out of towner, but when I get to San Diego 3 restaurants there are a must: Crack Shack, In & Out, Tacos El Gordo. These recommendations also work for Vegas Never understood the In 'n Out hype. Nothing special at all to me the few times I've been there. I think there are many better burger place...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How often to contribute to Roth?
Replies: 38
Views: 1928

Re: How often to contribute to Roth?

Another question. If I have after-tax money sitting in a CD or cash (and am not eligible for a regular Roth IRA), would I be better off doing backdoor Roth conversions with that money as opposed to leaving it sitting in a regular brokerage account? We had an advisor tell us that it really would not...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How often to contribute to Roth?
Replies: 38
Views: 1928

Re: How often to contribute to Roth?

Another question. If I have after-tax money sitting in a CD or cash (and am not eligible for a regular Roth IRA), would I be better off doing backdoor Roth conversions with that money as opposed to leaving it sitting in a regular brokerage account? We had an advisor tell us that it really would not ...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 12238
Views: 945457

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

Apple closing some of its stores again is not good news. Yes, they're doing this because of rising levels of Covid-19, and unsurprisingly Disney (a highly covid sensitive stock) is taking it on the chin, down 2% to $115 levels...a price I remember so well... Jim Cramer: “I don’t know when they’re g...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 12238
Views: 945457

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

Apple closing some of its stores again is not good news.
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6271
Views: 1424539

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Geronkas wrote: Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:57 pm Da 5 Bloods on Netflix. Great movie, I highly recommend it.
I'm halfway through it and it seems to ramble a bit. Decently entertaining, but long.
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6271
Views: 1424539

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Petrocelli wrote: Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:23 pm Watched Hell or High Water on Netflix. Great Action. Great dialogue. Nominated for several Oscars.

Movie about brothers in West Texas robbing banks. Lots of good characters. Recommended
Hell or High Water is a fantastic movie.
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2021!
Replies: 133
Views: 13983

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2021!

My plan is to retire at age 60 in October 2021. FERS retiree and, after Covid, I don't think I want to go any longer (I have a 1.25 hour commute using public transportation). I'm fine taking a slightly reduced pension to get two more years of retirement. Life is way too short. Yeah, COVID sealed th...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2021!
Replies: 133
Views: 13983

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2021!

My plan is to retire at age 60 in October 2021. FERS retiree and, after Covid, I don't think I want to go any longer (I have a 1.25 hour commute using public transportation). I'm fine taking a slightly reduced pension to get two more years of retirement. Life is way too short.
by MDfan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 370
Views: 47880

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

I’ve never paid more than $5/mo for Sirius and I’ve had it for more than 10 years.
by MDfan
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House cleaning in Covid
Replies: 25
Views: 1676

Re: House cleaning in Covid

We started up again in June. Our cleaners wear masks and gloves. I have no problem. I just hang out and work in the basement while they're here.
by MDfan
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are any market timers cashing out soon?
Replies: 74
Views: 8178

Re: Are any market timers cashing out soon?

I plan to retire next year and I think we are going to move from a 60/40 portfolio to one that's closer to 45/55 for at least the next 6 months after talking with our advisor (fee-only).
by MDfan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

I understand. But you'll have kids who commute to school who will be going home every night, kids who live locally who will go home on weekends, and parents who will want to come and see their kids. Once the decisions are made to bring kids back on campus, and it looks like those decisions have bee...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

Too much money to be lost if they don't go back. I have a friend who is in the President's office at a large mid-Atlantic school and he said they're hemorrhaging money and things will be pretty dire if they have to go on-line in the Fall. My guess is, unless there's some unforeseen second wave befo...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

I understand. But you'll have kids who commute to school who will be going home every night, kids who live locally who will go home on weekends, and parents who will want to come and see their kids. Once the decisions are made to bring kids back on campus, and it looks like those decisions have bee...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

I understand. But you'll have kids who commute to school who will be going home every night, kids who live locally who will go home on weekends, and parents who will want to come and see their kids. Once the decisions are made to bring kids back on campus, and it looks like those decisions have been...
by MDfan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

I'm looking forward to a few trips down to see her in the Fall. Our large local college town University will be opening. However, they are asking students to agree not travel or have out of town visitors. They will be combining this with testing of every returning student, faculty and staff member ...
by MDfan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small antenna to pull in local channels?
Replies: 31
Views: 1732

Re: Small antenna to pull in local channels?

I started with one of these for indoor use but ultimately it didn’t pull in all the channels I wanted: Mohu Leaf - similar to this: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/mohu-arc-indoor-curved-hdtv-antenna-black-white/6062500.p?skuId=6062500 I ended up buying one of these instead and mounted it onto the old...
by MDfan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small antenna to pull in local channels?
Replies: 31
Views: 1732

Re: Small antenna to pull in local channels?

simpleliving1 wrote: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:35 am Have you looked into PlutoTV? https://pluto.tv/live-tv/nbc-news-1

YouTube TV has the perfect assortment of channels for us. I need sports (eventually) and YTTV has everything I need in that regard.
by MDfan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small antenna to pull in local channels?
Replies: 31
Views: 1732

Re: Small antenna to pull in local channels?

I started with one of these for indoor use but ultimately it didn’t pull in all the channels I wanted: Mohu Leaf - similar to this: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/mohu-arc-indoor-curved-hdtv-antenna-black-white/6062500.p?skuId=6062500 I ended up buying one of these instead and mounted it onto the old...
by MDfan
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small antenna to pull in local channels?
Replies: 31
Views: 1732

Small antenna to pull in local channels?

Can someone recommend a small antenna I can purchase to bring in over the air local channels. We are considering cancelling cable and switching to YouTube TV, but, where we live, we can only get the Baltimore local channels through YTTV and would prefer to get the D.C. local channels for news. What ...
by MDfan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 21224
Views: 2880104

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

love to dig up some of those panic posts from a few months ago..might be good for a few laughs. I don't think the world ended. "This time it's different" just doesn't work any longer. It's never that different when it comes to the market. And if completely shutting down the economy for mo...
by MDfan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you see a drop in your expenses in May?
Replies: 29
Views: 1848

Re: Did you see a drop in your expenses in May?

We spent more on groceries and takeout because we have kids back home for a while. Also, golf opened back up so I played a lot of golf in May to make up for lost time. So my answer is probably no.
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for some information on Italy trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1382

Re: Looking for some information on Italy trip

A couple of thoughts: One day is not really enough to see much of Rome. If it were me I'd either spend a couple of days there or skip Rome entirely and save it for another trip. Tuscany is great. I found Florence very crowded and touristy, but of course it has lots to see. We enjoyed staying in Sie...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for some information on Italy trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1382

Re: Looking for some information on Italy trip

A couple of thoughts: One day is not really enough to see much of Rome. If it were me I'd either spend a couple of days there or skip Rome entirely and save it for another trip. Tuscany is great. I found Florence very crowded and touristy, but of course it has lots to see. We enjoyed staying in Sie...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for some information on Italy trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1382

Re: Looking for some information on Italy trip

A couple of thoughts: One day is not really enough to see much of Rome. If it were me I'd either spend a couple of days there or skip Rome entirely and save it for another trip. Tuscany is great. I found Florence very crowded and touristy, but of course it has lots to see. We enjoyed staying in Sie...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much is your cell phone bill?
Replies: 341
Views: 41731

Re: How much is your cell phone bill?

6 lines on Verizon, all unlimited talk and text, but we only pay for 3 of them (kids pay for their own lines). Total is about $280.
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone booking flights for 2021 travel?
Replies: 68
Views: 5649

Re: Anyone booking flights for 2021 travel?

I am not booking anything for next summer until I see how things go this fall, and we get a better sense of if/when a vaccine is coming. Many states that reopened early are having (sadly predicted) hotspots re-emerge. I thinking continuing on and off lockdows will be with us for some time. Wish the...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College in fall
Replies: 549
Views: 47886

Re: College in fall

Personally, I'm glad that most schools seem to be planning to have kids come back and to be done classes by Thanksgiving. My daughter is ready to go back and, like i said before, I don't care at all about saving money for her to be on-line again. I'm ready to pay the full amount so she can continue ...
by MDfan
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Double Play (Internet and TV)
Replies: 28
Views: 1247

Re: Double Play (Internet and TV)

I currently have Triple Play with Xfinity for which I pay over $ 200/mo.. Why is it so much? I have Verizon Fios with 2 phone lines for $125. And whatever you do, don't drop a landline. Cell phones often have poor sound quality and it's bad enough when one person is on a cell. When both parties are...