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by AerialP
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a trip to France in June 2019 - ADvice ?
Replies: 28
Views: 2313

Re: Planning a trip to France in June 2019 - ADvice ?

Of course Paris, Normandy, Lourdes, etc are amazing and drenched in history. They will not disappoint. But...please find time to visit a smaller city for a day or even a couple of days. Relatively easy with France's excellent rail system. I recommend off the top of my head Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy, ...
by AerialP
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair car, new or rent for cross country trip
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: Repair car, new or rent for cross country trip

Depending on pricing, which can vary widely if you are onewaying, I generally recommend folks rent a vehicle for long trips. Keeps the wear-&-tear off of your own vehicle (at roughly $0.54/mile), often get better fuel economy, generally the latest safety technology, and embedded 1-800 number assista...
by AerialP
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anniversary trip for young active family (Southeast Coast)
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Anniversary trip for young active family (Southeast Coast)

Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island comes chiefly to my mind.
by AerialP
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 trip to France and Switzerland
Replies: 10
Views: 1110

Re: 2019 trip to France and Switzerland

I heartily agree with the recommendation to investigate the value (pricewise and timewise) of flying an open-jaw itinerary. I almost always do that on European vacations. For example with your rough outline above I personally would likely fly in to Paris Charles De Gaulle and then weigh flying back ...
by AerialP
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gray hair
Replies: 130
Views: 10389

Re: gray hair

What's Bogleheads perspective on gray hair? Do you care to hide it by coloring or don't bother? I am in the mid-40s, ignored it for the past 2,3 years for the additional work every month and also feared it might cause bald head. Now gray hair is spreading more rapidly, wife and kids are stressing t...
by AerialP
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Swiss Rail - Point to Point Tickets
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: Swiss Rail - Point to Point Tickets

Keep in mind the train from GVA airport is only to the Geneva Central Station, and is free of charge. You can also get, from a little machine at the airport, a ticket which is specific to tourists and is free of charge and allows 80 minutes of free travel on all public transit in the Geneva area, in...
by AerialP
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-alcoholic drinks for wedding
Replies: 79
Views: 4558

Re: Non-alcoholic drinks for wedding

In reference to responses which are grumbling about potential inevitable grumbling, it is my general personal belief that funerals are for those left behind and weddings are for the happy couple. The ceremony and celebration should be on the couple's own terms! If it bothers attendees that there wil...
by AerialP
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-alcoholic drinks for wedding
Replies: 79
Views: 4558

Re: Non-alcoholic drinks for wedding

Perhaps something along these lines?: https://www.southernplate.com/wedding-anniversary-punch/ Or a make-your-own rootbeer float station, with various brands of the soda and some differing icecream selections, might be good fun. In my grandparents' non-alcoholic household, the usual New Year's Eve p...
by AerialP
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting video from Ramsey today [How Ramsey Outperforms The Stock Market]
Replies: 134
Views: 13661

Re: Interesting video from Ramsey today

JoMoney wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:01 pm
I like the bit between 4:32 - 4:46
:D
Bingo.
by AerialP
Thu May 31, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steel cut oats in bulk
Replies: 50
Views: 5101

Re: steel cut oats in bulk

If you have a local food co-op they almost certainly have bulk steel-cut oats which you can buy in practically any quantity you want, from 1 cup to pounds and pounds.
by AerialP
Thu May 31, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: moto g6
Replies: 9
Views: 1300

Re: moto g6

Google Fi just announced the Motorola G6 among their latest compatible phone offerings. Their phones ship without any bloatware or proprietary apps.
https://fi.google.com/about/phones/#compare
by AerialP
Sun May 27, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single People and Retirement Question
Replies: 132
Views: 20974

Re: Single People and Retirement Question

Not sure how I missed this substantial discussion when it was active, but I'm very glad I found it. I've been pondering some circumstances in my life and on a bit of a whim I searched my beloved Bogleheads community forum with the sole search term of "single", and this was the first return. The many...
by AerialP
Thu May 24, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I join AARP and turn off all snail mail from them ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2128

Re: Can I join AARP and turn off all snail mail from them ?

Since you're in the middle of this decision, you could also forget AARP and consider AMAC as a better alternative. I'm not sure how much I would trust anywhere that advertises gold bullion and rare coins as a "top member rated benefit" on the home page. That jumped right out at me too. And that is ...
by AerialP
Tue May 15, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car mileage, Fuel additives and other
Replies: 31
Views: 2049

Re: Car mileage, Fuel additives and other

I like Marvel's Mystery Oil. We have used it regularly in the past as a fuel additive in aircraft engines, per mechanic recommendation. It is hailed as an excellent top-end lubricant. It is anecdotally also often used in the oil fields out West in pump engines which run for long periods of time in r...
by AerialP
Thu May 10, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which City to spend 4-6 weeks?
Replies: 48
Views: 6220

Re: Which City to spend 4-6 weeks?

I agree with splitting your time across a couple of different cities. Of your short list, I recommend Vienna. Of others' suggestions, I recommend Amsterdam. My own thought, however, is that you weigh the merits of basing in Switzerland: Berne especially, but also Geneva, Basel, or Strasbourg (close ...
by AerialP
Wed May 09, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 8256

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

livesoft wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 2:37 pm
I'll say that outdoor cats are a nuisance and reduce the local bird population.
Amen. The impact of domesticated cats on songbird populations and many other bird species' fledglings is, to me, a disgrace.
by AerialP
Wed May 09, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?
Replies: 28
Views: 2400

Re: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?

For staying near Jacksonville, look a bit in to Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach. Excellent compact historic downtown, great restaurants, no highrises.
by AerialP
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?
Replies: 55
Views: 7932

Re: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?

I think this is sensationalistic selective squeamishness. The most dangerous aspect of flying ANY airline is the drive to the airport, seconded by preparing and eating breakfast before leaving the house.
by AerialP
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any hardworkers here who half-a** at work?
Replies: 27
Views: 4277

Re: Any hardworkers here who half-a** at work?

It is the rare office environment which is not toxic to some degree, and most that I've worked within are seemingly high on the scale. Field work is my preference, for many reasons. Does your field/employer have a role which operates mostly if not entirely outside of the office? If so, perhaps aim f...
by AerialP
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is Lockheed Martin about to become the biggest company in history?
Replies: 66
Views: 9071

Re: Is Lockheed Martin about to become the biggest company in history?

Isn't solar power actually nuclear fusion power but with the dangers of a reactor essentially situated 93 million miles away?
I like how photovoltaic panels can enable a very distributed generating network.
by AerialP
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Savannah or Charleston?
Replies: 49
Views: 5514

Re: Savannah or Charleston?

Of the two I personally would recommend Charleston. Last time I was there (August 2017) I was amazed at the density and diversity of "foodie" choices. Very unique architecture. Overflowing with history. As a gentle suggestion, also consider the merits of Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach as well as Geo...
by AerialP
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I’m looking for a word...
Replies: 114
Views: 11939

Re: I’m looking for a word...

Feedback loop?
by AerialP
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fast IRS refund
Replies: 41
Views: 4593

Re: Fast IRS refund

quizzer25 wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:46 am
How many days is it taking for people filed returns in March? I filed on 5th and its still in process.
I clicked to file mine via TurboTax on the evening of Monday March 12th and just today (Monday the 19th) my bank indicates the pending deposit. I suppose that counts as 4 business days?
by AerialP
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 20% of US population are millionaires !!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3304

Re: 20% of US population are millionaires !!!

I would refer to that as "A Painting A Target On One's Self Party".
by AerialP
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which book for an 18 year old who is asking about investing?
Replies: 45
Views: 3840

Re: Which book for an 18 year old who is asking about investing?

The best eye-opener for me when I was about 23 years old was: "Get A Financial Life: Personal Finance in your Twenties & Thirties" by Beth Kobliner. It has been recently updated for 2017: http://www.bethkobliner.com/get-a-financial-life/ After that I pored over my sister's personal finance and budge...
by AerialP
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lexington Kentucky [recommend financial planner and CPA]
Replies: 3
Views: 547

Re: Lexington Kentucky [recommend financial planner and CPA]

Hi Alevent1,
Any luck on this?
Curious how you've found Lexington to be.
AerialP
by AerialP
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacement Suggestions For Microwave Oven
Replies: 22
Views: 2412

Re: Replacement Suggestions For Microwave Oven

Ever since I bought my Breville Smart Oven I very rarely use my aging microwave. It's the same size as my microwave, has convection oven capabilities, also toasts bread/bagels amazingly, can broil a steak, and frozen pizzas are cooked to perfection. I suggest doing a bit of research on it. Is it 100...
by AerialP
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Europe Suggestions
Replies: 44
Views: 3947

Re: Europe Suggestions

If into natural beauty, Switzerland is a must. +1 I highly recommend basing in Bern and using the Swiss Pass (available beforehand in the US via raileurope.com) for unfettered travel on almost every mode of transportation and almost every route in the country, as well as free (or greatly reduced) a...
by AerialP
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Google Earth Pro users? (displaying shapefiles)
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Re: Any Google Earth Pro users? (displaying shapefiles)

.Shp files are becoming a thing of the past in many respects. Generally at a minimum one needs three files: the .shp, the .dbf, and the .shx file all named the same and all used together. .Kml (& .kmz) files are widely popular, and there is an increasing shift to .geojson files for many mapping appl...
by AerialP
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London (UK) Recommendations – Theater, Comedy, Tea, Activities
Replies: 8
Views: 1085

Re: London (UK) Recommendations – Theater, Comedy, Tea, Activities

I highly recommend that you look in to and considering visiting The Wellcome Collection. Free admission, and fascinating.
by AerialP
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: London & Prague recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

Re: London & Prague recommendations

Two suggestions, in my belief both under-reported and both extremely satisfying: For Prague strongly consider visiting the Mucha Museum. Alphonse Mucha was probably THE mastermind of the Art Nouveau movement and has an incredibly compelling body of work. His imagery is considered quintessentially Cz...
by AerialP
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Project Fi experience? [WiFi from Google]
Replies: 42
Views: 8223

Re: Project Fi experience?

Three months in and I love it. Great integration with the whole Google experience. Monthly update push to the operating system. Super call quality. I travel fairly extensively (not enough to Europe and/or other overseas locales, so haven't tested the touted international capabilities) and haven't ha...
by AerialP
Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine with Tannins, bang for the buck
Replies: 17
Views: 2774

Re: Wine with Tannins, bang for the buck

I also highly recommend trying some Malbecs and Carmeneres. Pretty easy to find delicious bottles at almost entry-level prices.
Also look into Tempranillo and Bonarda.
by AerialP
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Verizon-Wireless Points - best use?
Replies: 15
Views: 4253

Re: Verizon-Wireless Points - best use?

The points scam is one of the many components of Verizon's modus operandi which finally pushed me to leap in to Project Fi. So far I'm loving it. I encourage other Bogleheads to investigate it as their 2-yr contracts transition into month-to-month.
by AerialP
Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Project Fi experience? [WiFi from Google]
Replies: 42
Views: 8223

Re: Project Fi experience?

I have been researching Project Fi recently as well, and am ready to make the jump from Verizon. I've only heard directly from two friends who have also switched, but both are happy so far and are discerning consumers of technology. I myself am not an early adopter of tech and tech services, but in ...
by AerialP
Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:21 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Biking to Bogleheads
Replies: 14
Views: 3047

Re: Biking to Bogleheads

Excellent! Thanks for the thrill. I hope to do bike touring, in the US & France, after retiring early a Boglehead!
by AerialP
Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer items that are worth the initial investment?
Replies: 110
Views: 17996

Re: Consumer items that are worth the initial investment?

1) Lodge Cast iron cookware - very affordable and excellent. 2) Brother laser printer - affordable, low operating cost and very reliable. 3) Good hiking boots and backpacking gear. 4) Garmin nuvi GPS. You just described 4 things at my home. And I'm a frugal bachelor so there's not a lot of things. ...
by AerialP
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best HSA custodian
Replies: 54
Views: 25925

Re: Best HSA custodian

Yes indeedy, what's the sense of the game currently for year-end evaluation purposes? I'd love to move my HSA from the meager account at a local bank of which my former employer was on the board, to a better earning situation. I generally prefer local banking when possible but this is my stealth ret...
by AerialP
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Louisville KY area
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: Visiting Louisville KY area

We will be visiting the Louisville KY area in mid August for a family event. We plan on seeing the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, etc, while we're there. Does anyone have any other sightseeing suggestions for that area? Thanks Louisville is not a small city, LOTS to do there, but for ge...
by AerialP
Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Journal of 3-day bike ride down N. California Coast
Replies: 12
Views: 1732

Re: Journal of 3-day bike ride down N. California Coast

I always enjoy your adventures and their posted journal reports! Thanks as always Raybo.
by AerialP
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good restaraunts in Lexington, KY
Replies: 11
Views: 1399

Re: Good restaraunts in Lexington, KY

Excellent! I am so glad you enjoyed your weekend in Central Kentucky, and that you savored my recommendations in particular! You'll have to return someday soon to go on more distillery tours and try more delectables...
Safe travels,
.P.
by AerialP
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good restaraunts in Lexington, KY
Replies: 11
Views: 1399

Re: Good restaraunts in Lexington, KY

We get in early Friday morning...maybe lunch at Ramsays...then bourbon tour at woodford?...then dinner at X...9pm toast bride and groom at horse and barrell....brunch at X Satuday...marriage not til 5:30...reception at Historic Round Barn The Red Mile?...leave Sunday AM.... Can spend $ at a nice pl...
by AerialP
Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good restaraunts in Lexington, KY
Replies: 11
Views: 1399

Re: Good restaraunts in Lexington, KY

I can't believe I logged in to Bogleheads for my weekly fix and saw among the top 3 most recent posts a question about my hometown! I grew up here and live here in Lexington. I'm not as hip, finger-on-the-pulse-of-the-town as I once was but I know the scene decently well. Ramsay's is indeed a great ...
by AerialP
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: maxed 401k, roth what now ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2245

Re: maxed 401k, roth what now ?

Is an HSA an available option for you?
by AerialP
Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good walking hiking shoes?
Replies: 27
Views: 4176

Re: Good walking hiking shoes?

I am not a big "brand" kind of guy but I swear by Keen shoes for footwear, and, yes, also swear by REI.
And, yes, also swear by Vanguard. But that's about the limit of my brand allegiance!
by AerialP
Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Bogleheads 10 Report?
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Bogleheads 10 Report?

I attended the Bogleheads' Reunions in '09 & '10 and found Victoria's subsequent synopses to be incredible.
I very much look forward to her write-up of this year's reunion as I know it will be as close to being there as the written word can achieve!
:D
by AerialP
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: when can I contribute to IRA 2012
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: when can I contribute to IRA 2012

The markets are closed January 1st for the New Years Day federal holiday, so the first day following that on which the markets are open. For 2012 it so happens that New Years Day is a Sunday, on which the markets are closed anyhow. I do not know if the observance of New Years Day will be on Monday, ...
by AerialP
Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage for Int'l Travel?
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

Eagle Creek, Rick Steves, Osprey

I can also highly vouch for Eagle Creek and their outstanding repair policy. Rick Steves, while I've not tried his line of luggage or accessories, is spot-on as far as I'm concerned when it comes to travel in Europe. I will also recommend Osprey's line of luggage. They make superlative backpacking g...
by AerialP
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: 23 yr male / full-time / looking to max-out 401(k) + more
Replies: 41
Views: 3403

Were I you, being me, at 25 with that income, opportunity, and menu of selections...... I'd max the 401k for certain. 21%, or whatever you said, of your income. Don't count on employer contribution, like you said, but if profit sharing happens, it's icing on the dessert of the "free lunch" that is t...
by AerialP
Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a backback rec for Europe trip
Replies: 13
Views: 1716

I agree with REI & Osprey recommendations. Quality stuff and, yes, REI is having their big summer sale right now!
I would also add in to consider Granite Gear - very lightweight but well designed and rugged.
Have fun, and safe travels!