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by Norris
Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CNN: HP's ousted CEO will take home $25 million
Replies: 31
Views: 3272

Seems like the $50 billion or so loss in market cap should be larger concern. Like, about 1000 times larger. People seem to forget this when bashing CEO compensation. It think it's often driven more by envy than reason. That was my point about the directors not having even met the guy. Doesn't seem...
by Norris
Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I've lost so much money...
Replies: 23
Views: 6250

Ya haven't lost a dime. It's all on paper. Stay the course!

Norris
by Norris
Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite song line?
Replies: 153
Views: 13592

...I've squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises. All lies in jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. Lie la lie..

From "The Boxer" by Paul Simon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW6RwcoT09I&feature=fvst

Norris
by Norris
Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody Ever Remove a Pillowtop from a Mattress?
Replies: 42
Views: 20959

The more I learn about mattresses, the less I'm impressed by all the hype. I think there are many variables where a good nights sleep is concerned. The mattress may take the blame/credit for a poor/good nights sleep when it fact the mattress has little if anything to do with it. Another solution I'...
by Norris
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: toronto: have a day open there - what to do?
Replies: 18
Views: 2330

Take a ride up the CN Tower. Great view. How they pumped that much concrete that high in the air is mind-boggling!

Also, I would spend a leisurely hour or more on Younge St. Nothing quite like it.

Norris
by Norris
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many friends do you have?
Replies: 52
Views: 7868

"If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world." Blaise Pascal

Norris
by Norris
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody Ever Remove a Pillowtop from a Mattress?
Replies: 42
Views: 20959

Turn it over :)

Norris
by Norris
Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stephen King Novels
Replies: 27
Views: 2743

I have read and physically possess all of King's novels, most in hardcover. I guess I've been hooked, not exactly sure why. His books are easy to read, don't get boring and keep you wondering what's gonna happen next.
by Norris
Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Living in US-Canada border town?
Replies: 18
Views: 4483

Canadian citizen needs TN1 (because of the NAFTA treaty) not the H1B. Same for Mexicans. The TN only covers certain types of jobs. They tend to be technical jobs that require Masters degrees. For anything else you would need a H1B even if you are Canadian or Mexican. In addition, TN is a "status", ...
by Norris
Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life Expectancy Calculator
Replies: 53
Views: 6684

I got 92 and 85. I guess it's true: Only the good die young :)

Norris
by Norris
Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who has retired early? What age and what amount did you have
Replies: 108
Views: 25992

Re: Your "number" may hold little meaning

Offshore wrote:I think this article, by Alan Roth, puts retirement into perspective.
Thanks for the link, Offshore. A provocative article.

Norris
by Norris
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone own a turntable?
Replies: 18
Views: 2206

1975 Pioneer with Audio Technica cartridge. She's a little slow getting up to speed (so am I for that matter!) but after about thirty seconds I'm rockin to the Night Moves..oh yea..the sweet summertime!

Norris
by Norris
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: good day to rebalance
Replies: 13
Views: 1797

I rebalanced some money from VG Limited-term Bond fund to VG Total Stock Mkt.
by Norris
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Central Air Replacement
Replies: 68
Views: 9893

I just had a 13 Seer Payne installed. Payne is owned by Carrier who in turn is a subsidiary of United Technologies, Inc.

Years ago I had an interuptible meter installed and have always had low A/C bills with no noticeable effect on home comfort.
by Norris
Wed May 25, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Which Vanguard bond funds are you currently using, and why?
Replies: 96
Views: 19137

Total Bond Fund-TIRA
Tips Fund-Roth IRA
Limited term tax exempt-Taxable

Norris
by Norris
Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What would you do with 15m?
Replies: 52
Views: 8115

What would you do with $15 mill?

Retire

Norris
by Norris
Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gold 1500!
Replies: 37
Views: 4050

Hawkeye5 wrote:
MWCA wrote:What about silver? Been putting gold to shame lately. Alllll that glitters..
I think the time to sell is coming soon.
Some say silver is rarer than gold and used more in industry and, as a result, will appreciate more than gold on a relative basis.

Norris
by Norris
Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Has Vanguard lost its way?
Replies: 53
Views: 8175

FWIW, the OP's e-mail and IP addresses don't tell us anything positive or negative. However, what the poster says in their first post and the tone of the message says a lot about them. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Jerry The title of the thread tells even more. Jeff Indeed, t...
by Norris
Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tracking outside investments at Vanguard
Replies: 9
Views: 4152

I have my 401k and I-Bonds through Treasury Direct linked. They are automatically updated daily.

Norris
by Norris
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogle: Stocks Are Expensive, Expect Lower Returns
Replies: 60
Views: 8664

4. All of the above I never hoped for more than 3% real - and planned for less. Grandma told me not to count the chickens before they hatched. 7% sounds like a free lunch these days. Dale I agree and your Grandma is wise. Although I'll be happy with more as Mr. Kleintop suggests, 7% is nothing to s...
by Norris
Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fitness - what works for you?
Replies: 231
Views: 39875

Not too many swimmers here? I was pretty fanatical for about a decade, going to the outdoor pool 5 days a week in all SoCal weather for about 1.5 miles per hourlong workout. But it's not much of a weight reducer ... I'm 6'2, about 185 pounds, age 42. Haven't been in about 6 months and feeling guilt...
by Norris
Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fitness - what works for you?
Replies: 231
Views: 39875

Walking to work and back works for me, about an hour and ten minutes a day. I think staying in shape can be a simple thing or complicated, sort of like investing. Granted, we all have our limitations, but seeking simplicity seems to be a wise endeavor.

Norris
by Norris
Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stephen King can be horrifying
Replies: 15
Views: 2611

I've read most all of King's books and have them in hardcover version. He takes me out of this world when I've had enough. It probably helps that we are from the same generation. I also subscribe to some of his real-world philosophy such as can be found in "On Writing" and the afterword to "The Colo...
by Norris
Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads 9 2010 Reunion DVD set
Replies: 48
Views: 12682

I received mine yesterday. Very informative. Thanks again, Sunny!

Norris
by Norris
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why does our work become less interesting as age?
Replies: 32
Views: 4058

There are only so many years that we have on earth (actually the past is past and the future is unknown) and when we become older and see many of our peers retiring and exiting to the Great Beyond, it causes us to reflect on our own mortality. Our attitudes about work, life, etc. are subjective. Wor...
by Norris
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Kiplinger advises caution on Vanguard TIPS Fund
Replies: 41
Views: 6056

Re: Kiplinger advises caution on Vanguard TIPS Fund

Sounds like it's gonna be (is) a buying opportunity for my Vanguard TIPS fund! Norris Isn't that a funny statement? Every time I see that written, it not a simple choice to smile vs. to get irritated. If your human capital is depleted, it is always good to protect future income from your portfolio ...
by Norris
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Kiplinger advises caution on Vanguard TIPS Fund
Replies: 41
Views: 6056

Sounds like it's gonna be (is) a buying opportunity for my Vanguard TIPS fund!

Norris
by Norris
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What was your first fund that you brought
Replies: 92
Views: 9175

Vanguard's Windsor fund in (I think) 1985. John Neff was at the helm. I thought I would hold her forever, but alas, she is only a memory.
by Norris
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Bogleheads 9 2010 Reunion DVD set
Replies: 48
Views: 12682

Thanks, Sunny for your time and effort and you too, Mel for the bumps. I'm looking forward to the DVDs and at a Boglehead bargain rate to boot! :)

Norris
by Norris
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: New to the game....
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

mtritt2 wrote:Thanks for all the help!
Stick around, there's a lot more where this came from!

Welcome to the Bogleheads 8)
by Norris
Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2011 BOGLEHEAD CONTEST REGISTRATION
Replies: 374
Views: 37804

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by Norris
Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To Taylor Larimore: Nuts!
Replies: 38
Views: 8891

Same here. My father-in-law was also in the Battle of the Bulge. Wounded in the line of duty - hit by shrapnel. He's still around to talk about it. My father fought with Taylor as a 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagle". And just like your father-in-law, he was wounded in the line of duty - hit by shrap...
by Norris
Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport visa question
Replies: 9
Views: 1447

Re: .

It depends on the rules of the country that issued the visa. And since those rules can change, you should contact the embassy or consulate of the country in question. I speak from experience. One of the countries I visit frequently just changed their policy. They used to allow one to present a curr...
by Norris
Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport visa question
Replies: 9
Views: 1447

They just sew in a new set of blank pages. For the fees, as mentioned above. Make sure and check that your passport is not expiring soon. You really need a new passport if is it going to expire within a year. Depending on when your passport expires, it may well be cheaper just to get a new one. U.S...
by Norris
Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is anyone using Vonage for their phone service.
Replies: 25
Views: 6391

We've had the Ooma since March, no problems and no phone bills. It cost about $249 including number port. We're just about at the break even point and so should be free sailing soon. 8)
by Norris
Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: comfortable walking shoe.
Replies: 13
Views: 2837

Re: comfortable walking shoe.

I have a eee width and a high arch. any suggestions for brand names for a men's walking shoe? thanks I wear orthotic inserts for moderate pronator and can't speak for high arches, but I see Walmart has inserts you can buy based on measurements taken at the store and are made on the spot. Maybe some...
by Norris
Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: comfortable walking shoe.
Replies: 13
Views: 2837

Seem to recall ads for "Wide Width" New Balance shoes. I like them. Nice looking, reasonably durable and affordable. Read somewhere where you should buy "running shoes," even for walking. They are supposedly built better to give more support and durability. I concur. I walk but use New Balance EE w...
by Norris
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Do you have any TIPS (e.g. VIPSX) in your portfolio?
Replies: 79
Views: 12761

26% of Bonds allocated to TIPS and I-Bonds (7% VIPSX, 7% Individual TIP and 12% I-Bonds), 41% G Fund, 24% Total Bond Mkt Index Admiral, and 9% Ltd-Term Tax-Exempt Admiral. I'm a proud Boglehead and subscribe to the Boglehead philosophy.
by Norris
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: would a Boglehead own BRK?
Replies: 26
Views: 3509

FredPeterson wrote:
Rick Ferri wrote:You only need 1 share to be invited to the annual meeting. That's how I get my ticket!

:D
A or B? :P
Either one or both, makes no difference.
by Norris
Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "In the Vanguard"
Replies: 8
Views: 1701

Re: Performance Profile

I went back to getting the quarterly "In the Vanguard" but they no longer enclose the list of funds and data. I really miss that too. I don't know if Vanguard quit producing it. It had all the fund ticker symbols. I also miss the "Facts on Funds" booklet. . Norris, From my conversations with Vangua...
by Norris
Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "In the Vanguard"
Replies: 8
Views: 1701

I went back to getting the quarterly "In the Vanguard" but they no longer enclose the list of funds and data. I really miss that too. I don't know if Vanguard quit producing it. It had all the fund ticker symbols. I also miss the "Facts on Funds" booklet.
by Norris
Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bogleheads Guide To Investing Quoted
Replies: 16
Views: 3531

Freedom of speach is a wonderful right but unfortunately integrity isn't a pre-requisite in it's use.
by Norris
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I've been selected!
Replies: 24
Views: 4335

I was selected too, a couple of months ago. I neglected to participate. I guess I was special but that may not be the case now.. :)
by Norris
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Taylor
Replies: 138
Views: 22920

"...so much fund" and fun too, right Taylor? :lol: Sorry, I couldn't resist! You are indeed loved and respected by many and we wish you all the best.

[I fixed it. Nothing new; I'm constanly correcting Taylor's mistakes. - Mel] :D :D
by Norris
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Nisiprius' 10000 posts
Replies: 54
Views: 7833

Thanks and congratulations Nisiprius! You epitomize what makes this forum so great :)
by Norris
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: TreasuryDirect, any utility?
Replies: 26
Views: 5044

I have purchased I-Bonds over the years through Treasury Direct. They offer tax deferral, not unlike a traditional IRA. But because TD offers no "receipt" for electronic purchases, I have printed out copies of my online account holdings and balances. I seldom access my TD account directly but obtain...
by Norris
Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Jack Bogle on CNBC
Replies: 55
Views: 7886

matt wrote:Poor bastards.
I may well have been a "poor bastard" had I not the "good fortune" to have stumbled upon John Bogle and Vanguard...and, later, the Bogleheads 8)
by Norris
Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any guitar player out there?
Replies: 33
Views: 5406

A tuning fork is fine if you know how to use it. The one I use is A440 which basically means that you tune the A string, once you have that, you tune the other five strings by ear based on the A string. It's really not difficult once you learn to tune by ear. No sense in tuning by ear or using a for...
by Norris
Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The beauty of a traditional pension
Replies: 59
Views: 9376

Re: The beauty of a traditional pension

I was talking to a friend who's a GS-13 federal employee. He can retire in two years, or stay on a bit. He tells me his pension will be somewhere in the range of $80K/year. It occurs to me that at a "safe withdrawal rate" of 4%/year, this is the equivalent of having savings of $2,000,000, except th...
by Norris
Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Is a Vanguard Financial Plan worth the fee?
Replies: 17
Views: 4984

Voyager Select, i.e. assets of 500K or more, get the free Financial plan.