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by dolphintraveler
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Bogleheads' Silent Majority
Replies: 255
Views: 47395

Re: The Bogleheads' Silent Majority

Almost always silent. Staying the course. Well technically we looked over our income versus spending this weekend and realized we could increase our after tax monthly contributions on an on-going basis. Many years until we retire but we're very thankful to all the advice we've seen on this forum (an...
by dolphintraveler
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?
Replies: 40
Views: 4564

Re: Valentine’s day dinner I could cook?

I would second the pasta with strawberries, chocolate, whipped cream, and pound cake. As an additional treat, get some bruschetta or artichoke antipasto (Trader Joes sells it) in a jar to eat with the bread (the bread is often toasted but works either way). Pasta seems like a comfort food.
by dolphintraveler
Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What age did you move out?
Replies: 117
Views: 9722

Re: What age did you move out?

18 - went off to college. Visited over holidays, but stayed away all summers and beyond. Planning to early retire and move when our kid goes off to college. Goal is traveling with no place for him to "come home to" (though we'd pay his tickets for him to visit us wherever we are). Nothing ...
by dolphintraveler
Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a home - 1st timer
Replies: 26
Views: 3785

Re: Selling a home - 1st timer

HGTV had (maybe still has) a few shows I used to see on occasion that cover this. Others do specific areas or rooms. Curb Appeal, Buying & Selling are the names of some I saw. Their online presence may give you ideas. Also, consider looking at your house from the other side first. Be a "buy...
by dolphintraveler
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What counts as "saving"?
Replies: 128
Views: 10876

Re: What counts as "saving"?

I've never counted the 529 as saving, albeit now that you raised the point, it is still over a decade away from being used. Also, when people site 15-25% I went with pure retirement numbers (pre-tax and taxable - that we have earmarked towards early retirement and no other purpose). I've never known...
by dolphintraveler
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida in the summer
Replies: 113
Views: 13503

Re: Florida in the summer

I can't wait to go back to Florida. I'm from Southern California. I've only been a few times, but the longest was a June-July-August period a few years ago. I left the extremely dry CA weather (itch like crazy, no matter how much lotion) for the humidity of central costal Florida. Sure, in my jeans ...
by dolphintraveler
Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermometer.
Replies: 11
Views: 1512

Re: Recommendations for bathroom scale and an oral thermomet

We have been using a forehead thermometer for about 4 years. We bought it for the kid, but use it for both adults as well now. It's proven quite accurate for all three of us and we own no other kind. We own the Vicks Forehead thermometer (can be found on Amazon). Others seem to have higher reviews b...
by dolphintraveler
Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here collect currency?
Replies: 38
Views: 4638

Re: Does anyone here collect currency?

Very cool!

No, we don't collect. At least, not yet...
by dolphintraveler
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here collect currency?
Replies: 38
Views: 4638

Re: Does anyone here collect currency?

If you mean a we-built-it-ourselves coffee table that has a removable glass shadow box where we put coins collected from our travels and a glass covered desk with bills collected from our travels then yes.
by dolphintraveler
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slovenia And Croatia In May
Replies: 25
Views: 2980

Re: Slovenia And Croatia In May

Currently starting to plan a trip to that region (and more) this summer. My (Lonely Planet Eastern Europe) guidebook (borrowed from the library) says "The immense system of the Skocjan Caves, a Unesco World Heritage site, is more captivating than the larger one at Postojna, and for many travele...
by dolphintraveler
Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Panama
Replies: 12
Views: 2144

Re: Panama

We were there in 2007 so information may be outdated. We took no tours. Spent a day exploring the colonial area (Casco Antiguo?) of the city. A really nice part of Panama City is the Parque Natural Metripolitano with pleasant hiking trails and some huge morpho butterflies to chase. Nice escape from ...
by dolphintraveler
Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tulum, Mexico
Replies: 11
Views: 2413

Re: Tulum, Mexico

We stayed in Playa Del Carmen (PDC) in May with extended family. It depends on where your interests lie. We visited Xcaret and Xel-Ha. Xcaret brings a little bit of a lot of Mexico to you. In honesty, it wasn't our style (but we've visited many places in Mexico and over the world), but worked really...
by dolphintraveler
Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Time Home Buyer dilemma in SoCal
Replies: 41
Views: 6299

Re: First Time Home Buyer dilemma in SoCal

SoCal as well. We bought our first house in 1997 and sold it in 2002 thinking it made quite a gain. Prices kept going up, but our lifestyle required renting. We left the country. By the time we returned in 2007 our jobs gave us triple the income and we had over double the downpayment we had in 1997....
by dolphintraveler
Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Int'l Train Travel
Replies: 28
Views: 2645

Re: Int'l Train Travel

Probably better to research it on a travel forum like Lonely Planet's thorn tree, you can get a good feel for prices for European train journey's from at Rick Steves's website (google: Rick Steves Europe train map). This is the worldwide trains guru: The Man in Seat 61: http://www.seat61.com/ Excel...
by dolphintraveler
Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Int'l Train Travel
Replies: 28
Views: 2645

Re: Int'l Train Travel

We've traveled by train in Europe, SE Asia, China, India, and Egypt as well as California/Oregon. I don't recall any in the rest of the Middle East, America's, or Africa that we took. In most cases it depended on the class of train travel. In Europe at the time ('95) the German trains were amazing, ...
by dolphintraveler
Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):
Replies: 144
Views: 20825

Re: List of Worst financial advice (what not to do):

"Even if you have the cash, always pay the minimum payment on your credit cards."
by dolphintraveler
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help holding persoanl finance workshops
Replies: 18
Views: 1993

Re: Help holding persoanl finance workshops

When I was in High School, Bank of America sponsored a free-to-me program for interested kids in the high school grounds. A few of us got job offers for the summer out of it. But that was a couple of decades ago. My husband said his community college offered one day workshops on this type of topic, ...
by dolphintraveler
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: engineers - please help with engineering school selection
Replies: 185
Views: 19240

Re: engineers - please help with engineering school selectio

Many points already mentioned but I'll add them again: 1. It's his choice 2. Going into less than one year of work debt for an engineering degree will allow him to work it off 3. School can matter. Top tier matters by field more so than name brand for first job. After that it could be either. 4. Jus...