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by AerialP
Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon dot com hilarious product reviews
Replies: 29
Views: 5279

the book itself, as well as the comments

I tend to think this is about as good as Amazon gets:

http://www.amazon.com/How-Good-bye-Depr ... =8-1-fkmr0

...reminds me of something from a Daniel Pinkwater story...
by AerialP
Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEADS 8 ANNUAL REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT
Replies: 265
Views: 98599

Boglehead books

For that matter, will there also be latest edition of original Boglehead's book be available for sale to purchase and have autographed for gift giving over the following holidays?
by AerialP
Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: DB(k)
Replies: 6
Views: 1456

DB(k)

Anyone have any knowledge to share about the DB(k) investment vehicle? I just heard about it for the first time today, having read an article on Yahoo Finance which in turn was a reprint of a Kiplinger article. Allowed by legislation from 2006 to be able to be offered starting Jan 1st 2010, it melds...
by AerialP
Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine - What's your type?
Replies: 69
Views: 11996

South American

I'm hooked on Malbec & Carmenere, as produced contemporarily in Chile and Argentina.
by AerialP
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:56 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's the Best Spyware
Replies: 21
Views: 5208

Try Malwarebytes' AntiMalware program. Might be prudent to try a multi-pronged approach: also install Spybot Search & Destroy and give it a run. Should be able to get them from download.com or tucows.net I think. Or, if you like, search for either or both in wikipedia and see where it points you at ...
by AerialP
Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone buy a combo washer/dryer?
Replies: 14
Views: 3093

LG All-In-One

I love my all-in-one. It's an LG WM3677HW. I bought it new about 4 years ago to install into my newly-purchased condo. The condo was built in 1968 as apartments and converted to condos in the early 1980s, so did not have provisions in each unit for laundry. I decided that I would like a front-loadin...
by AerialP
Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electrical jobs - with respect to upcoming energy changes
Replies: 15
Views: 2769

I am glad that the conversation continues and really appreciate the input.
I had been wondering about ITT Tech - I reckon that education is mainly what one puts in to it, but wondered if they had any reputation, skewed good or skewed bad, within the electrical industry.
by AerialP
Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electrical jobs - with respect to upcoming energy changes
Replies: 15
Views: 2769

Thanks

Thanks for the input, y'all. I would lean towards doing the field work so that does seem to strongly lend itself to the trade school path of learning. The thought of such a long apprenticeship at this point in my life (I am approaching 36 years of age) is daunting, though. I suppose my main query wa...
by AerialP
Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electrical jobs - with respect to upcoming energy changes
Replies: 15
Views: 2769

Electrical jobs - with respect to upcoming energy changes

This is not meant to flirt with politics of new legislation pertaining to energy supplies. I have been interested in 'alternative energy' since I was a child. I thought wind turbines, photovoltaics, etc. were the neatest things... and still do. I very much would like to get in to this potentially bu...
by AerialP
Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rock and Roll influence...here we go again.
Replies: 24
Views: 2953

Robert Johnson

Blues legend Robert Johnson, I think, sowed some of the very first seeds of rock & roll...not only did his sound propagate through to the rockers of the 50s-70s, but if one is to believe the whole 'sold his soul to the devil' legend then you've got one of the first instances of the whole rock connec...
by AerialP
Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Billy Mays found dead
Replies: 49
Views: 8173

I've finally realized celebrities are people like you or me!

The only thing that we ALL have in common is that we were born and that we will die some day. It has been estimated that around 250,000 people die each day around the world. That a few of them should be celebrities, or even just widely known, is of no surprise.
by AerialP
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Weekend Getaway in the Midwest? Where?
Replies: 36
Views: 6094

Traverse City...or Duluth?!

I agree that the Traverse City area is a wonderful place to visit for several days and has options to appeal to just about everyone. BUT, have you considered Duluth, MN? I don't think it's much further of a drive than Traverse City, depending on where in Chicagoland you live, and it really is a hidd...
by AerialP
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: CD's too risky?
Replies: 23
Views: 4413

letting CD ladder expire, holding savings in money market

My money market savings account at my bank is set at about 1% interest. The "high yield" CD is 1.5% for a year (yipee!). Ally Bank is I believe about 2.3% for a year CD. 2.3% sounds pretty good, but will it in 9 months? I'm thinking staying in the savings account and playing that by ear may be wort...
by AerialP
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping the housekeeping staff at hotels?
Replies: 79
Views: 15308

[quote="Cherokee8215"]I don't know if this factors in, but if I am staying multiple nights, I always leave the do not disturb sign on the knob until I check out. I don't like anyone to be in my room when I'm not there. So they only really have to clean up after the last night, not every day. And it ...
by AerialP
Tue May 26, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Continental Airlines Retiement Scam - who is loser?
Replies: 49
Views: 8250

ethics

I agree that the core issue is highly unethical behavior. I sorta hate to break it to the public, but most pilots are assholes. I hope that term is okay to use on this forum, but it really is a good description. I've worked with many, mostly those who are committed to general aviation but also sever...
by AerialP
Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: BOGLEHEADS 8 ANNUAL REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT
Replies: 265
Views: 98599

Texas/Rhode Island

King Ranch!
I've helped survey it - sucker is huge!! Tight security, too.
by AerialP
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maine Travel
Replies: 19
Views: 3448

Maine-iac

I really like Maine. Been there a handful of times for my job and as far as the southern part of the state I can recommend: Portland, of course. What a neat port city with a great arts and culinary scene. Auburn-Lewiston. Fantastic waterfall smack dab in the middle of the downtown of these twin citi...
by AerialP
Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Environmentally friendly carpet
Replies: 7
Views: 1648

Wool, Marmoleum

Gail, When I was renovating my condo 3 years ago I went with wool carpeting for most areas and a 'true linoleum' (Marmoleum) for some other areas. Mostly for the 'green' aspects, but also to combat potential allergy problems. I have been pleased with both products. Only 900 ft2 total, though, so pri...
by AerialP
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you related to a well-known person?
Replies: 88
Views: 13153

Relations with well-known folks

It's not so much that I think about how I am related to some famous folks, but that they think about how they are related to me! ;P
by AerialP
Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a new washing machine
Replies: 71
Views: 12011

Fels-Naptha!

rcshouldis wrote:Image
Cool pic.
My uncle uses this soap both on his clothes AND on his body.
Yipes!
by AerialP
Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Eating Cheaply
Replies: 179
Views: 38214

Easy. Number one: eat vegetarian. Cheaper from the outset, with associated lower health care costs. Number two: buy in bulk those items which lend themselves to this. Pasta, beans, grains, etc. Number three: grow a garden! Even if you just have a deck or balcony you can harvest fresh tomatoes in sea...
by AerialP
Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a new washing machine
Replies: 71
Views: 12011

save money by not using fabric softeners and dryer sheets!!

If you search, you'll see my previous posts about my love affair with a front-loading washer/dryer combo. As in washer and dryer in the same drum! Not stackable, but one unit. Worked GREAT for my constraints of living in a condo - no need for ventilation ductwork, higher voltage electric service, la...
by AerialP
Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: MSNBC: Words Of Wisdom For The Young Investor
Replies: 35
Views: 6576

Doing most of those things doesn't appeal to me. I'd rather go to sporting events if I'm going to blow money. I have no desire to leave the country or ride my bike across a country. I'd honestly rather watch King of the Hill re-runs than hike the Appalachian Trail or ride a bike across Siberia. A t...
by AerialP
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Dupree Muni Funds ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2751

KYTFX

I am a Kentucky resident and a fairly new investor in my accumulation phase. Even though I don't have an income which would usually be a prime justification for investing in muni bonds, I have gladly put a portion of my overall asset allocation into KYTFX (Kentucky Tax-Free Income). One of my reason...
by AerialP
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best store-bought salad dressing...
Replies: 41
Views: 17381

Our favorite is Annie's Dressing, Goddess variety. Daaaaaang it is tasty.
by AerialP
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "The Paradox Of Thrift"
Replies: 61
Views: 9863

not well read on this, but...

the posts about consumerism remind me of the magazine I used to read and who I know has a web presence. Adbusters - Journal of the Mental Environment

adbusters.org I think?

I'll have to dip my toe into econtalk, too.

Thanks all!
by AerialP
Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Office 2003?
Replies: 24
Views: 4622

OpenOffice.org

I have enjoyed using OpenOffice for a couple/three years now. I often use it interchangeably with MSOffice. In fact, it's at least once a week that I use files with OpenOffice on my laptop and then take them to the office and open them in MSOffice, and vice versa, with the only issue ever being that...
by AerialP
Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: disability insurance pre tax dollars?
Replies: 5
Views: 1767

I had much the same question a while back

I, too, wondered about these factors and posted and got quite a response a while back.
http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtop ... 18&start=0

Cheers,
AerialP
by AerialP
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you buy your overseas flight tickets?
Replies: 13
Views: 2970

sidestep.com / kayak.com

I believe sidestep.com and kayak.com merged within the past year, being the same now for all intents and purposes.
by AerialP
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you buy your overseas flight tickets?
Replies: 13
Views: 2970

sidestep.com

I've been using sidestep.com to find the desired flight, then going to the airlines' websites to book the desired flights directly.
by AerialP
Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a TV
Replies: 41
Views: 7204

bookmark this resource

www.freecycle.org

I also like Chaz's comment about donating it to a shelter or other such worthy cause whose having a TV would prove useful.
by AerialP
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Energy efficient homes
Replies: 19
Views: 4570

Solar in KY

Fisherman, I too live in KY and have found a great resource for all things solar in KY, as well as efficiency in building practices and alternative housing options. It makes a bit of a difference whether you live in Western KY, Central KY, or Eastern KY. The Kentucky Solar Partnership can be found a...
by AerialP
Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental Cleanings
Replies: 36
Views: 7587

toothses, not totally off topic

I had been seeing the same dentist since I was a child and, while I loved how thorough and gentle and kind my regular hygienist was, the dentist himself grated on my nerves (figuratively) with each passing visit. He wanted to pal around with me by talking golf and motorcycles, neither of which I hav...
by AerialP
Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Saving too much? Probably.
Replies: 34
Views: 8450

Penny Pinching

I thought I was a tightwad until I dated a girl who pinched pennies so hard that I swear I once saw a booger squirt out of Abraham Lincoln's nostril. My Mom gave me a copy of the Tightwad Gazette compendium for Christmas when I graduated from college - didn't think much of it at the time but now tha...
by AerialP
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does a leveraged buy-out affect an employee?
Replies: 5
Views: 1458

How does a leveraged buy-out affect an employee?

I am wondering if any of you out there have experienced working for a small business (we are in the civil engineering realm with less than 200 employees total, multiple offices in a handful of different states) who is purchased by a leveraged buy-out from a private capital management firm? Any red f...
by AerialP
Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Anyone use credit unions instead of banks???
Replies: 16
Views: 4608

I use both

I use a local bank, which has some of its locations in area supermarkets near my house and these are open until 8pm during the week with good Saturday hours, too, for my employer to direct deposit my paychecks. This is where I keep my liquid money for day-to-day expenses. I use a local credit union ...
by AerialP
Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Journal of bike tour across France
Replies: 15
Views: 3554

inspirational

I haven't finished your travelogue but am enjoying it immensely so far. Very well done! And also nice to know that there's at least one other fellow vegetarian on this message board! My girlfriend and I are heading to France in just less than a month for our second trip together. Your e-journal migh...
by AerialP
Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How would your life change if you got a huge windfall*?
Replies: 31
Views: 6890

Been sorta thinking on this

My thoughts are: Purchase ~40-60 acres of good bottom land within 30 miles of Lexington KY. Build a modest earth-sheltered home on it and a very large garden. Purchase a small older commercial building in downtown Lexington KY, living very part-time above in an apartment, leasing the street level po...
by AerialP
Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money's 100 Best Places to Live (Small Towns)
Replies: 28
Views: 7153

Amen on KY

hello77 I couldn't agree with you more. incredible natural beauty, some of the most fertile soil in the world (our garden is going bonkers right now!), within just a few hours' drive of most of the nation's population, low cost of living, high quality of life... a true shame that Kentucky isn't repr...
by AerialP
Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Long Term Disability Insurance premium- before or after tax?
Replies: 20
Views: 8560

If only I'd memorized The Bogleheads' Guide To Investing

Thanks for the input on this.

Last night, as I was going to sleep, I skimmed around through my trusty copy of "the book". I found where this very scenario was addressed by a couple of paragraphs near the back.

Some day I'll have "the book" memorized and won't have to come here with questions. :P
by AerialP
Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Long Term Disability Insurance premium- before or after tax?
Replies: 20
Views: 8560

Long Term Disability Insurance premium- before or after tax?

My employer has always offered, and paid for, our Long Term Disability Insurance. Today we just received a letter which details how we can now direct them to either: 1) make the premium amount, which they have always paid, be counted as part of our income stream (which will be taxed as income) so th...
by AerialP
Sat Dec 22, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Investing" in a front load washer
Replies: 53
Views: 12698

washer-dryer combo (in same drum)

I adore my front loader. Grew up doing my laundry in a top-loader so that's all I knew. Then I bought my condo and wanted to have laundry capabilities. Never even considered a top-loader, for so many reasons as mentioned above. I purchased an LG Tromm WM3677HW. It's an all-in-one washer-dryer - not ...
by AerialP
Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who (among Americans) has traveled to Europe this year?
Replies: 23
Views: 5084

it's hard to say...

I was in France for about 7 days in May. Almost all of our hotel rooms were taken care of with frequent-stay point redemptions so I can't comment on their price. Only ate in restaurants a couple of times, sticking mostly to bakeries and grocery stores for food. When we did eat in restaurants, though...
by AerialP
Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: OT: Found a 1960s Photo Negative To Develop
Replies: 1
Views: 1003

don't go the internet route

I would not send it off. This negative may end up being valuable to you and to entrust it to the mail and/or someone unseen could prove disappointing if it gets lost or destroyed. I recommend looking in your local phone book for a nearby photo lab. Even though they are starting to disappear one-by-o...
by AerialP
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For, and about, 'Road Warriors'
Replies: 6
Views: 2221

Yes, I should have been more clear about what I am asking about. I suppose I am searching for coping mechanisms that y'all have learned in regards to a life spent on the road for a paycheck.
by AerialP
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: For, and about, 'Road Warriors'
Replies: 6
Views: 2221

For, and about, 'Road Warriors'

I have been wondering something about this wonderful group... How many of you consider yourselves to be 'road warriors'? I have been with my current employer for 8 1/2 years. The last 5 of which have involved extensive field work. I have literally been anywhere from Los Angeles, CA to Presque Isle, ...
by AerialP
Sat May 05, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What funds would you like to see Vanguard add to it's menu?
Replies: 41
Views: 18760

international bond index...?
by AerialP
Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Series E Bond
Replies: 17
Views: 5898

I was looking on savings-bond-advisor.com for something else today and there's a blurb talking about much the same issue.

Essentially, it points to a story from Saturday's Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=591028

Cheers,
AerialP