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by Barkingsparrow
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Japanese Destroyer Captain - Capt Tameichi Hara Memoirs of a Japanese naval captain who fought and survived something like 12+ major engagements in WW2. Very interesting to see things from the Japanese point of view - and he holds nothing back relative to his contempt for the inflexible Japanese co...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

My Life is Murder (Amazon Prime/Acorn). Just finished season 1. Breezy Australia mystery series staring Lucy Lawless. We liked it, does not take itself too seriously, and with an appealing cast. Enjoyed seeing the scenes around Melbourne where the series is based. Series was renewed for a season 2....
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

My Life is Murder (Amazon Prime/Acorn). Just finished season 1. Breezy Australia mystery series staring Lucy Lawless. We liked it, does not take itself too seriously, and with an appealing cast. Enjoyed seeing the scenes around Melbourne where the series is based. Series was renewed for a season 2. ...
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Third stimulus payment - mega-thread]
Replies: 362
Views: 25885

Re: Received 3rd stimulus check 3/12/21

Barkingsparrow wrote: Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:23 pm My stimulus deposit this morning was a whopping $131.88. Why even bother?
I just got the notice in the mail today from the IRS today that my EIP2 payment amount should be $737.85.
I have no idea what is happening - as to what this $131.88 deposit is all about.
by Barkingsparrow
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Third stimulus payment - mega-thread]
Replies: 362
Views: 25885

Re: Received 3rd stimulus check 3/12/21

My stimulus deposit this morning was a whopping $131.88. Why even bother?
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving Retirement Notice - how did it go?
Replies: 133
Views: 13399

Re: Giving Retirement Notice - how did it go?

I try not to be "that guy" for this reason, as well as my leaving would impact a few of my co-workers (at least for a few days/weeks) and they don't need to stress about that [nothing they can do about it], and as I don't want to give my manager/employer any ideas so they end up showing m...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving Retirement Notice - how did it go?
Replies: 133
Views: 13399

Re: Giving Retirement Notice - how did it go?

I saw a coworker talk incessantly about retirement and how he only needed 1-3 more years. Yep. Anybody who has ever worked at Megacorp has encountered this guy. I'm surprised that there's not a generally accepted nickname for such a personality. That probably describes me. I'm terribly afflicted wi...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Psychology of Money - Morgan Housel I borrowed this book from the library based on the reviews from Bogleheads, and I don't think I have anything more to add that hasn't already been said; other then I plan to buy this book as a reminder to ignore the noise and stick to my simple strategy - whi...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

The Last Place On Earth - IMDB (Amazon Prime) Old BBC mini-series, a historical account of the race between Amundsen and Scott to the South Pole. Once they get past the initial episodes that details the politics/business maneuvers to try and finance the trip, the series really takes off. To the bes...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 6535
Views: 1449391

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Mystery Road - Amazon Prime After watching the TV series of the same name - went back to watch the original movie. Australian outback sort-of-noir slow burn about a newly promoted aboriginal detective assigned to a case of a murdered aboriginal girl. Really liked it. Has Hugo Weaving as the intrigui...
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Advice on how to ease the anxiety of deciding to retire.
Replies: 91
Views: 10489

Re: Advice on how to ease the anxiety of deciding to retire.

This has been a good topic for me as I'm 65 but still really like my job. They say retirement is based on two points: 1. You have enough 2. You have had enough I meet criteria 1 but not 2 (yet). I've never forgotten the saying though: few people on their death-bed say "come to think of it I wi...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Bordertown - Season 3. Finnish nordic noir. We really loved this show. The lead role - Sorjonen - was just such an engrossing character, a brilliant detective with some issues such as Asperger's. The lead actor played this role so well. Ostensibly - season 3 was going to be it for this series - but...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Last Place on Earth - Roland Huntford Engrossing book. Huntford obviously has very strong biases here - a bit strident at times even, but I would say I'm glad he was able to undercut this whole Scott myth, which frankly, annoyed me greatly. Before I read Huntford, I had read a number of other b...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

His Dark Materials - Season Two Enjoyed it, did not love it. Quality fantasy series but the narrative is choppy. Bordertown - Season One Nordic Noir from Finland. Really enjoying this one. I believe I had it listed on Netflix from a prior recommendation here. Engaging characters, especially the two...
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Causes Burnout at Work?
Replies: 124
Views: 10146

Re: What Causes Burnout at Work?

I also work in IT. Mild burnout is common. I personally don't think it has anything to do with compensation or quality of one's boss. You can have a great boss and be well paid, and still suffer some level of burnout. The reality is most people in IT, especially those in management or tech leadersh...
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medicare signup
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Re: Medicare signup

I am 65 and still employed and have medical insurance thru work. It is a mega corp with a large plan. My wife will turn 65 in March and is getting bombarded with mail and info. Generally speaking, is she allowed to remain on my employer plan? Are there benefits to being on medicare? What should we ...
by Barkingsparrow
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Great Influenza: Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History - John Barry Currently reading this absorbing book. First part details the evolution of medical science in the US. The 2nd part, and where I'm at now, is a detailed look at viruses. Scary stuff. Maximize Your Medicare: 2020/2021 Editio...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

GG1273 wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:13 am Thanks to all for the great recommendations!

Right now, my nightly book has been Andrew Roberts' Napoleon: A Life
This is a great book. I found it so engrossing that even at 900+ pages it never dragged.
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Index fund portfolio to "bookend" Wellesley
Replies: 18
Views: 2061

Re: Index fund portfolio to "bookend" Wellesley

I know that Wellesley is used by many as an all-in-one complete conservative portfolio but I'm interested in "bookending" a ~50% allocation to it with a simple (either fund-of-funds or 3-6 individual fund) portfolio that offsets Wellesley's concentrated all-U.S., value (equities) and inte...
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Index fund portfolio to "bookend" Wellesley
Replies: 18
Views: 2061

Re: Index fund portfolio to "bookend" Wellesley

I"m transitioning to a similar plan - i.e. - Wellesley supplemented by other funds to approximate 40/60 or 50/50.

Maybe the following link will provide some ideas: https://www.caniretireyet.com/my-invest ... olio-2021/
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

I just finished the queens gambit, really like it. I am on season 4 of Criminal Minds, surprised I didn’t watch these when originally broadcast. Waiting for last season of Better Call Saul. We just finished season 15 of Criminal Minds. Like you - I'm also surprised I did not catch the original broa...
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone REGRET retiring too soon?
Replies: 77
Views: 15219

Re: Anyone REGRET retiring too soon?

The number one on the runway reason to retire is "I don't want to do this any more". You're at that point. Go for it. How many people say that, despite a low-stress job at a good company, great managers, good people, and good pay? Sorry - to clarify - that is me. This is my situation and ...
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone REGRET retiring too soon?
Replies: 77
Views: 15219

Re: Anyone REGRET retiring too soon?

LadyGeek wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:04 am
The number one on the runway reason to retire is "I don't want to do this any more". You're at that point. Go for it.
How many people say that, despite a low-stress job at a good company, great managers, good people, and good pay?
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Overall retirement plan - retire at end of 2021.
Replies: 4
Views: 955

Re: Overall retirement plan - retire at end of 2021.

Thanks. I think the #1 item to be concerned about, and to plan for, is health care. In short, the timing of the transition from my wife's corporate plan to Medicare for both her and for me. If I turn 65 late summer and am on her plan, should I just make the move to Medicare and drop off her plan, or...
by Barkingsparrow
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Overall retirement plan - retire at end of 2021.
Replies: 4
Views: 955

Overall retirement plan - retire at end of 2021.

I am trying to outline my retirement plan. I've messed up somewhat with my planning as I'll be tIRA heavy with no taxable balances to help even things out, and probably will get an IRMAA hit from Medicare. Would appreciate a review and comments on my assumptions. I would say expenses are overestimat...
by Barkingsparrow
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regrets postponing retirement too long?
Replies: 171
Views: 15578

Re: Regrets postponing retirement too long?

+1 So much retirement advice I read echoes this - all the experts inform you that you need goals, plans, purpose - you need to stay busy, challenge yourself, etc. It's probably because all the "experts" are type A personalities who can't imagine themselves being content not "working&...
by Barkingsparrow
Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regrets postponing retirement too long?
Replies: 171
Views: 15578

Re: Regrets postponing retirement too long?

MikeWillRetire wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:00 pm Keep in mind that some of the people who waited too long can't respond to your question. They retired to the afterlife.
My grandfather worked in the coal mines most of his life. A good friend of his died in a cave-in just one night before the friend was to retire.
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Got my stimulus check, how about you?
Replies: 212
Views: 16269

Re: Got my stimulus check, how about you?

Received $732. Promptly made a $250 donation to Gleaners. The rest goes into my savings.
by Barkingsparrow
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Terra Incognita - Sara Wheeler Continuing with my recent obsession with Antarctica travel/exploration. A travel narrative where she spends nearly a year staying at various research stations while also visiting historical sites such as Scott's hut at Cape Evans. The narrative is interspersed with hi...
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for relatively Low Net Worth Retirement
Replies: 40
Views: 3233

Re: Advice for relatively Low Net Worth Retirement

I guess compare to the average Bogleheads poster these days, who seems to have a household income of $500k and has socked away $5 million by 45. I've severely curtailed my time spent on this site as I just can't relate anymore to what passes nowadays as "average income" or "low net w...
by Barkingsparrow
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

The Valhalla Murders - Netflix Nothing really new here in terms of plot - but the setting is Iceland, during the winter - something unique for us. It's what I think what some here have referred to as "Nordic Noir". Maybe somewhat predictable, but nevertheless we found it absorbing. What r...
by Barkingsparrow
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 12934

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

New Zealand Trips 1. Catlins road trip. Flew to Dunedin then slowly drove around the Catlins coast, to Queenstown. Beautiful, pristine country, virtually no tourism. 2. Hiked the Milford track + Routeburn track. Milford Sound cruise. 3. Hiked the Greenstone track + Routeburn track. The Routeburn jus...
by Barkingsparrow
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 12934

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

niagara_guy wrote: Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:16 pm 1. Kruger Park (South Africa)
2. Australia (3 times, thinking about 4th)
3. Alaska, including almost every ferry
4. Niagara Falls (couldn't resist!)
Where did you go in Australia?
by Barkingsparrow
Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

The Mandalorian - Season 2

Enjoyed it more than season 1. Last 3 episodes were particularly entertaining.
by Barkingsparrow
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 12934

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

Last year I was fortunate enough to travel to Australia for 3 weeks and spent 2 months traveling through Western Europe. Was a really amazing experience. Also have road tripped across the US twice. Highly recommend for those who haven't done it. Where did you go in Australia? It's #1 on our list wh...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

He is absolutely on the autism spectrum. My wife said watching his interaction with his GF was like watching her life on a screen (I have Asperger's). Mountain climbing documentaries may be my single most favorite genre of entertainment, and "Free Solo" is definitely among the best. Do yo...
by Barkingsparrow
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

New DNA studies are showing that there was mixing/contact between the Polynesians and the South Americans ... https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/dna-pre-columbian-contact-polynesians-native-americans/ Thanks for that link. I do think it's more likely that Polynesians may have sailed...
by Barkingsparrow
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sea People - Puzzle of Polynesia - Christina Thompson Informative and (to me) engrossing historical survey of the various theories as to the origins and timelines of the migration into the "Polynesian Triangle" - the area between New Zealand, Hawaii, and Easter Island. Every time I flew t...
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 497
Views: 88359

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

I just bought all three - Salvation , Salvation Lost , and The Saints of Salvation (published Oct 27, 2020). I've read several Peter F. Hamilton books, he's very good. I just started Salvation and am already hooked. I'm thinking to read the Night's Dawn trilogy next - The Reality Dysfunction , The ...
by Barkingsparrow
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 5075
Views: 1323642

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Sea People - Puzzle of Polynesia - Christina Thompson Informative and (to me) engrossing historical survey of the various theories as to the origins and timelines of the migration into the "Polynesian Triangle" - the area between New Zealand, Hawaii, and Easter Island. Every time I flew t...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are 55+ Communities a Baby Boomer Thing Only? If so, who will buy when Boomers want to sell?
Replies: 232
Views: 24318

Re: Are 55+ Communities a Baby Boomer Thing Only? If so, who will buy when Boomers want to sell?

I have noticed, in the 55+ community where my mom lived from 1980-2005 (I owned it 2005-2018) as well as the surrounding communities, that the typical resident age seems to increase along with the age of the community. When my mom bought in, the community was new and there were a majority of reside...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laid off at 34, another degree/career thread and financial advice.
Replies: 71
Views: 9233

Re: Laid off at 34, another degree/career thread and financial advice.

I read an article on the Wall Street Journal yesterday that Amazon is having a hard time finding qualified cloud computing candidates. Amazon is finding that they're training hires that are under qualified anyway. Supposedly they'll be offering training courses for people that have zero background ...
by Barkingsparrow
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Travel Experiences
Replies: 178
Views: 12934

Re: Favorite Travel Experiences

oxothuk wrote: Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:14 pm Hiking the Milford Track in NZ
Hiking the Milford, Routeburn, and Greenstone tracks in NZ.

I'd like to go back and do the Milford one more time before I hit 70. Or maybe 80.
by Barkingsparrow
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you still wear a necktie to work?
Replies: 202
Views: 12444

Re: Do you still wear a necktie to work? OLD THREAD ALERT

When we go back to the office, I have already decided that I will be wearing a tie at least one day a week, even though nobody at my office wears a tie unless we have a board meeting. I enjoy dressing up and I plan to celebrate the freedom that comes with a vaccine by doing just that. Tie, suit (or...
by Barkingsparrow
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 374
Views: 47591

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

Today is Cyberpunk 2077 day. After reading the reviews i'm a little cooled off on it, but i'll give it a go. I'm holding off til the spring on that one. I'm not about to play a buggy mess of a game. I'll wait until they fix it up. I waited until there was a "Game of the Year" edition with...
by Barkingsparrow
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What video games are you currently playing?
Replies: 374
Views: 47591

Re: What video games are you currently playing?

iPhone: Addicted to "Wordscapes". Sort of a combo of crossword and boggle.

PC: Trying to get moving forward on GreedFall. More of a AA title rather than AAA (like The Witcher 3) - but similar in many respects, first person RPG with side-quests, exploration, combat.
by Barkingsparrow
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hate My Job
Replies: 239
Views: 21269

Re: Hate My Job

I'm in a very similar situation and I am waiting to see what happens this spring with the SCOTUS ruling on the ACA before I make a move. My research of the prevailing analysis of the potential outcome of that ruling is fairly positive but you never know. I'm also waiting for clarity on the SCOTUS r...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Commuting after COVID
Replies: 133
Views: 8285

Re: Commuting after COVID

I'm planning to retire in October. I've been home since March and I hope it continues until at least the summer. October would be even better. I'm planning to retire Dec 2021. I've also been WFH since March. Virtually every member of my team has made it clear that they want to continue WFH 100%. Fu...
by Barkingsparrow
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2743
Views: 273496

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Dark - Season 3 The first 6 episodes of this season seemed to be putting too much weight on the narrative and I was getting somewhat impatient. The final two eps however, seemed to wrap things much better than I expected, given how many plot loopholes that there appeared to be. Definitely an ending...
by Barkingsparrow
Tue Dec 01, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YouTube TV just dropped Tennis Channel...
Replies: 50
Views: 4004

Re: YouTube TV just dropped Tennis Channel...

DW is a dedicated tennis fan, and I have to listen to some of those players grunting as they hit the ball all the time. The problem is that ESPN has a contract with someone in the tennis world that gives them exclusive rights to broadcast the finals of the majors and the ATP 1000 events. So, you ne...