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by jodydavis
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Being a good Dad to your daughter....
Replies: 52
Views: 7317

Congratulations!

Congratulations!!! What wonderful news. I have a 9-year-old daughter and grew up in a family of boys, so had (and still have) little or no clue about how what girls are like growing up. That said, it has so far all come very naturally (though I am nervous about the teenage years). As others have not...
by jodydavis
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a week in Seattle, Vancouver, BC?
Replies: 12
Views: 2046

All good suggestions so far. Other ones not mentioned yet: 1. Mount St. Helens. Was there several years ago, and it was a pretty amazing sight - the destruction, recovery, etc. 2. Pike Place Market. A bit touristy, but can be fun. 3. Boeing Plant Tour. I've always wanted to do this, but have never g...
by jodydavis
Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I want to chuck it all, quit my job, and travel the world
Replies: 121
Views: 17615

If I were you I'd allocate that $700K into 3 categories: put $100K into education, $100K into travel to be enjoyed after education and the remaining $500K into a diversified investment portfolio that you won't touch for at least 20 years. Another idea: Why not look for a job you believe you would e...
by jodydavis
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need some career advice...
Replies: 30
Views: 5152

If you are playing poker for a living, you must be keeping detailed stats on performance, winrate, ROI, a database of played hands (along with analysis of your tendencies, leaks, etc.) and all that. If so, tracking and assembling this info might help with future employers (especially in finance), in...
by jodydavis
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions regarding Yale University
Replies: 71
Views: 10325

"The Disadvantages of an Elite Education" by a Yale English professor I don't know - I didn't find this essay terribly persuasive. Although it does capture some things accurately (i.e. the fear of taking risks, conformity, sheltering, and self-satisfaction that can occur at ivy-league institutions)...
by jodydavis
Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions regarding Yale University
Replies: 71
Views: 10325

Great advice

Lots of great advice so far. A couple of points/caveats that I haven't seen made yet (I graduated from Yale in the late 80s, so these points may be a bit out of date): 1. Take into account the difference in culture. If your brother lives in the Northeast, no problem there. But if he's coming from th...
by jodydavis
Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you Keep European Travel Costs Down?
Replies: 17
Views: 4438

An additional question about the unlocked phone. Is it likely to be usable in a couple of years when we return or do we consider it a throw away? Throwing a phone away seems wasteful. What about charging it in Europe? I don't know enough about the European cellphone market to know whether and how s...
by jodydavis
Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you Keep European Travel Costs Down?
Replies: 17
Views: 4438

Re: phone - I agree that getting an unlocked GSM phone and buying a local SIM card is probably the cheapest way to go. Was in France just last month, and this worked very well for me. You can buy unlocked phones pretty cheaply at a number of places. Since I only use mine for travel, I bought a very ...
by jodydavis
Wed May 21, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Separation advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 10375

Simon, So sorry to hear about your troubles. I went through almost exactly the same thing (10 years, out of the blue) several years ago. One piece of advice I would give would be to see if you can persuade your wife to go to couples counselling. Two reasons: 1. There's the chance it might save the m...