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by Doom&Gloom
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New hotel issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: New hotel issues

Our bathroom in our master bedroom has no door at all. It took a bit of getting used to at first. The barn doors we have seen at hotels recently gave us the idea of putting one on our bathroom door, but we decided the look was not something we could live with. To us, hotels designing their rooms lik...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Estate Planning Books [“Beyond the Grave” by Jeffery Condon Esq.]
Replies: 19
Views: 2550

Re: Estate Planning Books [“Beyond the Grave” by Jeffery Condon Esq.]

Just a big shout out of thanks to someone along the thread of a thread who suggested “Beyond the Grave” by Jeffery Condon Esq. What a helpful read in attempting to update our 20year old estate plan which we review every 2-5yrs.. and I’ve read quite a few books on saving the family compound. Really,...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14681
Views: 1129005

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

An encouraging article posted by the WSJ this morning. https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-stocks-are-participating-in-rally-an-encouraging-sign-for-bull-market-11618738201?st=2n6vnulmlqg5tzy&reflink=article_copyURL_share The first paragraph of the article says: A greater num­ber of stocks have b...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?
Replies: 134
Views: 10577

Re: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?

This past Christmas DS gifted me a coffee subscription that sends coffee from various roasters periodically. After that subscription expired, I renewed it on my own dime. I'm still enjoying the variety even though I occasionally get a dud. It's a little pricey, so I guess I'm going to have to find ...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14681
Views: 1129005

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

Company 1 sales at $524 billion per year. Company 2 sales at $221 billion per year. Company 3 sales at $172 billion per year. Company 4 sales at $58 billion per year. Company #5 sales at $32 billion per year. All from 2020 10K annual reports. For the percentage guru...company #2 is valued at over $...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?
Replies: 134
Views: 10577

Re: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?

I'm surprised of all the Folgers coffee drinkers here with the $5K watch, $2400 Breeo backyard fire pit with options, Wolf/Subzero appliances, and $200K sports car typical BH crowd. Not sure what BH you visit, but I see a lot more "Should I transfer to a new brokerage for a fund that offers 0....
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 1582
Views: 94870

Re: What are you listening to now

Steep Canyon Rangers... This band is capable of some superb original contemporary bluegrass music. Beyond that, they seem to be just a super nice bunch of guys. (When power failed at a festival a few years ago, instead of sliding out of town, they spontaneously started playing unplugged — literally...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prenuptial arrangements
Replies: 123
Views: 8936

Re: Prenuptial arrangements

Need more info to give tailored advice. What are your ages, jobs/incomes, and plans for children? If you both are young and have similar education and careers, then there's not much benefit of a prenup. I still think you need to get on a similar page and discuss finances, children, life goals, etc....
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip insurance for beach vacation?
Replies: 13
Views: 816

Re: Trip insurance for beach vacation?

If you are driving, try to find lodging with a reasonable cancellation policy. IME that's seldom easy for beach properties that we generally frequent, but some are more forgiving than others. May be tougher this year with all the pent up demand though. edited: to change "refund" to cancell...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoker recommendations? Meat, not Marlboro.
Replies: 31
Views: 2774

Re: Smoker recommendations? Meat, not Marlboro.

Wow, thanks for all the responses everyone! I've got some things to look through!! What's your budget? I was hoping to stay in the $300 ish range...but seeing some of these options...I'm wondering if that's feasible! What do you want to smoke? Long cooks like brisket? Sure! Chicken, chops, whatever...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14681
Views: 1129005

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

dogagility wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:42 am
AerialWombat wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:15 pm New S&P500 all time high today, and I captured enough of it to be happy.
To quote Arlo Guthrie... "Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?" :D
heh heh

"You can get anything you want ..."

Well, I want more soaring and I want it now!
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tax bill split between spouses
Replies: 81
Views: 4280

Re: Tax bill split between spouses

DW & I split our finances and struggle over this every year, but always arrive at something we both think is fair. However, our incomes are much closer to equal than yours. Our issues usually derive from different withholding amounts. In your case, I would suggest that the lower earner receive a...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How to lose the desire of outperforming the market?
Replies: 112
Views: 7253

Re: How to lose the desire of outperforming the market?

Do it until it hurts.

Then do what you knew you should have been doing in the first place.
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 69
Views: 5888

Re: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla

Do yourself a favor and find something safer and likely more reliable to put your daughter in. I'm all in favor of giving a beater to a kid to bang around town in early on in their driving career, but this would be a bridge too far for me.
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Parent contribute to child IRA
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

Re: Parent contribute to child IRA

Not sure if VG will allow you to link your bank account to grandchild's Roth IRA unless grandchild's name is on your bank account. I’ve linked my bank account to both my daughter’s and my son in law’s Vanguard account to make contributions and neither of them are on my bank account. There was some ...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Browser/Website Issues: Where do you get help?
Replies: 18
Views: 1182

Re: Browser/Website Issues: Where do you get help?

Very few sites that I use don’t have alternatives. If something dot com goes wonky, I shit to something else dot com. Some exceptions like bank, Vanguard but I don’t need them daily so it usually resolves itself. I have five browsers installed so chances are good I can switch browsers and get it to...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco/Kirkland Premium Paper Towels (Roll Size?)
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Re: Costco/Kirkland Premium Paper Towels (Roll Size?)

Such a laughable rationalization.

DW may be the pickiest person in the world when it comes to paper towels. When we first got a Costco in our area, I thought there was no chance that she would even try the Kirkland brand. She did and she loves them!
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Incredible stock market gains the past year - probably due for a major pullback
Replies: 89
Views: 10826

Re: Incredible stock market gains the past year - probably due for a major pullback

to quote John Denver: Some days are diamonds, some days are stones Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone Tom Petty either felt similarly or liked what John had to say: "Some days are diamonds, Some days are rocks, Some doors are open, Some roads are blocked" Don't overlook Rodney ...
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2782
Views: 276181

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

We signed up for Brit Box this week and are wading into A Touch of Frost from the beginning. Enjoying it so far.

We're also revisiting Fawlty Towers for short dead gaps in our evenings.
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it time to replace my Roku 3?
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Is it time to replace my Roku 3?

What is a Roku 3? I don't see numbered devices on the Roku site? A couple of years ago I decided to try out a Roku and went with the lowest-priced model, Roku Express. It's been working just fine for my needs, but on several occasions I have found that the sound is out of sync with the picture and ...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 22960
Views: 3012062

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

The 2021-24 Bear Market begins with problems at the periphery (Turkey, hedge funds holding Chinese tech). Final official prediction . I will not post in this thread again if I am proved mistaken. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5766473#p5766473 Looks like Forester is not a man of h...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taxes on Sportsbook/Gambling Winnings
Replies: 30
Views: 2132

Re: Taxes on Sportsbook/Gambling Winnings

Be sure to check how your State taxes gambling winnings. Some States have some very quirky, illogical, and unfair laws. I know that Wisconsin does--or at least did several years ago. I think perhaps IL and MI do/did as well, but I am not sure. IIRC those laws were more easily tracked by slot machine...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it time to replace my Roku 3?
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Is it time to replace my Roku 3?

My Roku 3 still works perfectly after all these years with none of the problems you have. My guess is you got a lemon. I would buy a new Roku. +1 I have two Roku 3s that I bought several years ago. One gets a lot of use; the other, not so much. Never a problem with either, but I've never used the R...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife needs hearing aids, cost concerns
Replies: 51
Views: 4037

Re: Wife needs hearing aids, cost concerns

Saw the thread title, and came to say go to Costco and forget the other options, but it's clear that's been covered! As has been noted above by others, it can be overwhelming when you first wear them. My wife was exhausted after about 90 minutes because her brain was processing all sorts of noises ...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When Credit Card Fraud Happens Stay on Top of It!
Replies: 52
Views: 4998

Re: When Credit Card Fraud Happens Stay on Top of It!

Good god, I'm about to have AMEX issue my 3rd card in a year because of fraud. Luckily, only tiny amounts have been used, but it's nuts. And frustrating. Guess I will have to use the reporting mechanism noted in the thread b/c my digits are bouncing around out there somewhere. Any suggestions are a...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife needs hearing aids, cost concerns
Replies: 51
Views: 4037

Re: Wife needs hearing aids, cost concerns

I know it's individual, but do you think high quality hearing aids are worth paying for if they will only be used 1-2x/week for several hours at most? (cost is not a concern as much as getting something I don't use) thanks again aloha jim :D Might be worth doing a little digging into the ties betwe...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 45
Views: 2854

Re: Bathroom Remodel

In lieu of a stone bench in the shower, add a niche down lower for shaving. Having recently recovered from surgery that required me to sit on a bench in the shower, I discovered that my built-in stone bench did not allow me to safely reach the handheld sprayer, so I purchased a surgical supply stor...
by Doom&Gloom
Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: exipred / obsolete propane jugs
Replies: 58
Views: 3923

Re: exipred / obsolete propane jugs

Out-of-date tanks can be exchanged for new tanks. I've done it myself with no questions asked. But the only time I do an exchange is if a tank is out-of-date; otherwise, I have the tank refilled (see below). Yes Blue Rhino fills to 15lbs. I can get my tanks filled for $10 at my local Ace Hardware; ...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: exipred / obsolete propane jugs
Replies: 58
Views: 3923

Re: exipred / obsolete propane jugs

Out-of-date tanks can be exchanged for new tanks. I've done it myself with no questions asked. But the only time I do an exchange is if a tank is out-of-date; otherwise, I have the tank refilled (see below). Yes Blue Rhino fills to 15lbs. I can get my tanks filled for $10 at my local Ace Hardware; ...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14681
Views: 1129005

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

I put $1000 to work in DS's Roth 65 minutes before closing today. After moving the market so easily, I think I'll tackle a mountain tomorrow. Anyone got a mountain they'd like relocated? No but I have a boat that could use a push. LOL I was afraid somebody would mention that. I'm not sure that my s...
by Doom&Gloom
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: exipred / obsolete propane jugs
Replies: 58
Views: 3923

Re: exipred / obsolete propane jugs

Hate to be "that guy" but you can just go to Blue Rhino's website and the information is right there in the FAQ: What's this thing about the shape of the handwheel? To enhance consumer safety from overfilled tanks, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has enacted code 58-2.3.1....
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14681
Views: 1129005

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

I put $1000 to work in DS's Roth 65 minutes before closing today. After moving the market so easily, I think I'll tackle a mountain tomorrow. Anyone got a mountain they'd like relocated?
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 22960
Views: 3012062

Re: U.S. stocks in free fall

^^^
Seems about right :(
by Doom&Gloom
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Irrevocable trust proposed for parent with early dementia
Replies: 18
Views: 2088

Re: Irrevocable trust proposed for parent with early dementia

DW's family situation is very different from yours, but she has been the trustee for her widowed mother's irrevocable trust since it was established for similar reasons 5 or 6 years ago. DW is not very sophisticated financially, but it has not seemed to be much of a burden. It may or may not become ...
by Doom&Gloom
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repairs without authorization
Replies: 16
Views: 1132

Re: Repairs without authorization

If he is the famed "trusted mechanic" of this forum, I would say "thanks!"
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring entire 500k taxable account to Bitcoin?
Replies: 169
Views: 9816

Re: Transferring entire 500k taxable account to Bitcoin?

jello_nailer wrote: Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:33 pm When you walked away I thought at first you were a cowboy, then I realized you liquidated $500k of your taxable and went all in on bitcoin.

I was listening for brass clanging but I just couldn't hear anything...
:wink:
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Transferring entire 500k taxable account to Bitcoin?
Replies: 169
Views: 9816

Re: Transferring entire 500k taxable account to Bitcoin?

Seems like your second paragraph answers the questions in your first paragraph.

But I have no way of knowing what might happen. I wouldn't do it, but I've missed opportunities before ...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard alternative
Replies: 57
Views: 4599

Re: Vanguard alternative

I have accounts at Vanguard, Fidelity, and Schwab. I do not like any of their websites. I do not hate any of their websites enough to take my business elsewhere for that reason. Good luck in your quest, OP. Please let us know when you find a website that passes muster. I would sure like to move my a...
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Barclaycard Rewards World MasterCard promotion: 10X points
Replies: 9
Views: 883

Re: Barclaycard Rewards World MasterCard promotion: 10X points

czaj wrote: Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:50 pm Checked my account today and the 60,000 points were there to redeem.
Just went and checked mine. My points posted a few days ago. Regrettably, I did not max them out :oops:
by Doom&Gloom
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks continue to soar!
Replies: 14681
Views: 1129005

Re: U.S. stocks continue to soar!

Regularly contribute to my Vanguard account on schedule. Deciding if it's worth it to drop a good amount of $$ into AAPL at this time. Wouldn't mind buying 30-40+ shares or so or would this be better off in VTSAX? Decisions decisions. Better to ask this in the Personal Investments forum. This threa...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?
Replies: 73
Views: 5257

Re: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?

Unless your son has an overwhelming desire to pursue a field that is particularly stronger or more emphasized at one of the two Alabama schools, I would lean heavily toward choosing based on school/town size. If he will do well at a large school and be able to keep his head down during all the dist...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?
Replies: 73
Views: 5257

Re: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?

You have three reputable schools to choose from. If nothing else, understand that you cannot make a bad decision here. There are many (many, many) examples of successful business women and men that have done well from all of three of these universities. +1 He could do worse than a bit more of sweet...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?
Replies: 73
Views: 5257

Re: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?

You have three reputable schools to choose from. If nothing else, understand that you cannot make a bad decision here. There are many (many, many) examples of successful business women and men that have done well from all of three of these universities. +1 He could do worse than a bit more of sweet...
by Doom&Gloom
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2936

Re: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)

After seeing the picture, I would definitely go with a self-propelled walker. If that still takes up too much of your time, I'd find a neighborhood kid (or someone else less than a full-blown lawn service) to do only the front and continue to do the back myself. The front should be a snap to cut wit...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?
Replies: 73
Views: 5257

Re: Baylor, Auburn or ‘Bama?

BBQ & sweet tea rankings:
1) Bama
2) Auburn
3) Baylor


But Ole Miss would beat all three.
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2936

Re: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)

Do you happen to have a good friend with a riding mower (and trailer) close to you who would let you use his mower a couple of times to see how much difference it makes?
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2936

Re: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)

What is the max time that you would still enjoy push mowing? Assuming the speeds are the same, the extra 8 inches might save you 15 minutes. Riding lawnmowers are a big step up from push. Much larger to store, more work to maintain, but also more fun to operate. For your yard, I would stick with pu...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with Covid-19 vaccination record cards: where are you keeping them?
Replies: 179
Views: 15697

Re: People with Covid-19 vaccination record cards: where are you keeping them?

While the CDC COVID card may or may not be accepted by foreign governments, it is accepted by Krispy Kreme for a free glazed donut once a day for the rest of 2021. https://www.krispykreme.com/promos/vaccineoffer This is the first time I have been happy that the nearest Krispy Kreme is ~15 miles awa...
by Doom&Gloom
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital Music/Audio Makeover
Replies: 27
Views: 1782

Re: Digital Music/Audio Makeover

I would consider a Vortexbox. This is a linux front end for the discontinued logitech squeezebox system. Logitech has made its software "LMS" open source for over ten years and it is well supported by a large community. The beauty of Vortexbox is that it meets a number of Boglehead criter...