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by Crimsontide
Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which city to start early retirement?
Replies: 128
Views: 18285

Re: Which city to start early retirement?

Boise??? Don't they play football on BLUE turf? That ain't right. I'm not having anything to do with folks that think it's OK to play football on a BLUE field. You should cross Boise off the list right away :twisted:
by Crimsontide
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Currently in Austin, TX and New Job Opportunity in NJ - Good to take?
Replies: 26
Views: 3444

Re: Currently in Austin, TX and New Job Opportunity in NJ - Good to take?

gks wrote:biscuit,

Why in the world would you want to move from Austin to new jersey????????????

see above posts.

Greg
+1, don't see how this is even open for debate. No brainer for me. Staying in Texas wins every time...
by Crimsontide
Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 142
Views: 17300

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

Whataburger for breakfast (#20 with sausage), Whataburger for lunch (Green Chili Cheeseburger when out west) otherwise the A1 Thick and Hearty. I usually eat healthy, but hey, this is a road trip :P
by Crimsontide
Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you buy a house....
Replies: 19
Views: 2548

Re: Would you buy a house....

Not me, if they play ball like they do here in Texas (pretty much year round) you will never get a break from the traffic and light pollution.
by Crimsontide
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The True Cost of Owning a Dog
Replies: 176
Views: 24510

Re: The True Cost of Owning a Dog

We have a dachshund, my daughter bought him for me when she left home nine years ago. I estimate we've spent close to $10k just treating his allergies with no clear allergen defined, he's basically allergic to everything outside....
by Crimsontide
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: You have $10 Million and 10 years to live. What would you do?
Replies: 55
Views: 8700

Re: You have $10 Million and 10 years to live. What would you do?

I would move to Colorado, buy a mountain cabin with winter access and immerse myself in the cannibis culture :twisted:
by Crimsontide
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone else noticing the economy improving?
Replies: 78
Views: 7904

Re: Anyone else noticing the economy improving?


Charlotte's definitely booming. Cranes everywhere, construction everywhere, traffic all the time, stores packed all the time.
Sounds exactly like The DFW Metromess. Booming...
by Crimsontide
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents TOO frugal - leave it be???
Replies: 34
Views: 5488

Re: Parents TOO frugal - leave it be???

mnnice wrote:My mom is much the same, except that she likes to give money to her Edward Jones guy. It irks me to no end but what are you going to do?
Mine too, so frustrating :oops:
by Crimsontide
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Marriage, budgeting, and taxable accounts
Replies: 41
Views: 4313

Re: Marriage, budgeting, and taxable accounts

Agreeing with what Toons said. We've been married 32 years and its always been "ours", no his or hers, everything except 401Ks and Roths in joint accounts. All big purchase decisions are discussed before hand, definitely not sweating the small stuff. Maybe this is a generational thing, I d...
by Crimsontide
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank Website Inaccessible all Week
Replies: 16
Views: 2276

Re: Ally Bank Website Inaccessible all Week

tbradnc wrote:I've been logging in all week and as a matter of fact have a tab open this very second. No problems here.
Me too. No problems at all accessing the website...
by Crimsontide
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suckered into Marriott Kauai Timeshare Presentation
Replies: 100
Views: 23017

Re: Suckered into Marriott Kauai Timeshare Presentation

Why do people keep buying into these stupid things??? I hear a dozen commercials a day on the DFW airwaves for firms that help you escape your timeshare. They have created an entire industry dedicated to helping people dump stupid timeshare purchases... Don't play with these snakes, eventually you w...
by Crimsontide
Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your plan if you lose job tomorrow ??
Replies: 73
Views: 10800

Re: What is your plan if you loose job tomorrow ??

rakamaka wrote:In this age of uncertain economy/jobs what will you do if you loose job tomorrow?
Me?? I'm sleeping in :happy After 30+ years of getting up at 4:30 am, I'm having brunch in bed...
by Crimsontide
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Evicting a tenant-Hire lawyer?
Replies: 200
Views: 36852

Re: Evicting a tenant-Hire lawyer?

Very interesting thread on so many different levels. Firstly, this is a good reminder of why I have avoided becoming a landlord like the plague, I'll take my lumps in the market anyday over dealing with a stressor like this. Secondly, it's a great reminder of how in the real world (outside the Bogle...
by Crimsontide
Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a fairly new RV, suggestions.
Replies: 48
Views: 7693

Re: Buying a fairly new RV, suggestions.

Save up and pay cash for your toys...
by Crimsontide
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traits of Happiest Retirees
Replies: 82
Views: 16670

Re: Traits of Happiest Retirees

I have them all covered except #4, #5 and #9. Something tells me the sum total of all the others will not come close to compensating for missing #4 and #5...
by Crimsontide
Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's up with 4K tv? Should I buy one?
Replies: 101
Views: 17164

Re: What's up with 4K tv? Should I buy one?

Have a 65 inch Samsung 4K. The difference in picture quality compared to 1080p is noticeable and is amazing. It looks like you are looking at something outside your window. The issue of course is the limited amount of content in 4K. Netflix has a decent selection (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Ma...
by Crimsontide
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on???
Replies: 149
Views: 24420

Re: What do you spend your money on???

Marjimmy wrote:"What is the point of having money? If you don't enjoy buying anything?"

Money is just a unit of measurement toward happiness. If you already have that, why buy anything? :beer
Because you can :happy
by Crimsontide
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning to relocate to Austin, TX
Replies: 48
Views: 6159

Re: Planning to relocate to Austin, TX

Thanks to this forum. I am seriously considering to look for a properties in Dripping Springs. I view as little remote and growing. Are there any shopping center like home depot and lowes, walmart, pharmacy etc in Dripping springs? I like the idea of big lots but would like the developed environmen...
by Crimsontide
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I Go After American Airlines?
Replies: 45
Views: 6396

Re: Should I Go After American Airlines?

I recently cancelled a nonrefundable ticket on AA (within 24 hours of the flight). They gave me a voucher for the full amount (that is good for 12 months). To answer the question "should I go after American Airlines?" I would say no, unless you have an army of lawyers and really deep pocke...
by Crimsontide
Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you spend your money on???
Replies: 149
Views: 24420

Re: What do you spend your money on???

With our long commutes and long hours at work we don't have a whole lot of time for hobbies. After reviewing our recent spending with DW it appears we spend a lot on tires and oil changes :oops:
by Crimsontide
Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money vs. Happiness
Replies: 94
Views: 15620

Re: Money vs. Happiness

When I first read your post I thought, "pfftt, this is a no brainer, I'm milking this job for all it's worth". But then I thought back to my first lonely years away from home and how much I wanted someone to share my life with, not just playing house but really committed to living our live...
by Crimsontide
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please help! Buyer's remorse, need advice
Replies: 104
Views: 14779

Re: Please help! Buyer's remorse, need advice

I was at Toyota until 11pm last night and now have a new Tacoma double cab 3" lift, 4x4 My new Taco is more fun to drive, easier to get where I need to go and enough room. Why did you get a 4x4 truck with a 3" lift & oversize wheels/tires to use as a commuter vehicle in Austin, TX? Ju...
by Crimsontide
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frameless shower glass
Replies: 20
Views: 2700

Re: Frameless shower glass

We have frameless glass on top of a pony wall. It replaced an old dungeon-like enclosure. It really opens up the whole bathroom and makes the shower feel even more spacious.
by Crimsontide
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is the Bogleheads position on Long-term successful daytraders?
Replies: 104
Views: 12498

Re: What is the Bogleheads position on Long-term successful daytraders?

Pacman wrote: I don't think the roulette table example applies.
I think it's perfectly applicable...
by Crimsontide
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where were you financially when you were at 30?
Replies: 226
Views: 45905

Re: Where were you financially when you were at 30?

When I was 30 I was still sleep walking through the financial side of life. I had been married for 9 years and had a 3 year old child. I'm sure we had a couple of car payments, a hefty mortgage, a boat payment, lots of rotating balances on credit cards (interest was tax deductible back then, party o...
by Crimsontide
Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity bulletin board
Replies: 18
Views: 4750

Re: Fidelity bulletin board

That's a great idea. I just registered the domain name fidoheads.org. For $1 million they can buy it from me :happy
by Crimsontide
Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Loans to Friends
Replies: 73
Views: 6007

Re: Loans to Friends

Yep, brother-in-law called again looking for a quick hit loan. Just told him, "sorry, we aren't in a position to lend right now. You might try opening an account with the Lending Club or Prosper".
by Crimsontide
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dogs scratched my car on country road
Replies: 27
Views: 3847

Re: Dogs scratched my car on country road

I would report it to animal control. The next victims might be kids on bicycles. +1 on this Agreed. We have a leash law in our county, even in the unicorporated areas and it drives me nuts when people let their dogs roam like this. It is not safe for the dogs, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrians...
by Crimsontide
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite country to possibly retire to?
Replies: 88
Views: 12097

Re: Your favorite country to possibly retire to?

madbrain wrote:
takingcharge wrote:
hirlaw wrote:
Herekittykitty wrote:Texas.
+1
+1
Did I miss the part where Texas became its own country ? We just had Brexit, do we really need Texit too ?
Our old tourism campaign used the tag line "Texas, it's like a whole other country". Texit, I love it :happy
by Crimsontide
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Southeast coast beach cities for raising a family
Replies: 29
Views: 3760

Re: Southeast coast beach cities for raising a family

Look to university towns like Chapel Hill/Carborro. My wife and I met at UNC in grad school. Maybe Athens, GA. I like the look of Tuscaloosa, AL and it is more progressive than the rest of the state. None of these are on the ocean. Thanks, I'd be interested in checking out the other places you ment...
by Crimsontide
Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your favorite country to possibly retire to?
Replies: 88
Views: 12097

Re: Your favorite country to possibly retire to?

I live in it :mrgreen: I'm with Toons, USA all the way. I think doing 3 months or so every year in a different locale (as long as you're healthy enough and can afford it) is a great idea. But completely uprooting your life away from family and lifelong friends just doesn't hold the same appeal for ...
by Crimsontide
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading the news/newspapers [in digital format]
Replies: 16
Views: 2471

Re: Reading the news/newspapers [in digital format]

My questions: How do you consume or use digital media? Yes, tons of it. Does a larger screen help? Depends on what I'm reading. I do most of my reading on my iPad Air. I would imagine an iPad Pro would be awesome. Does a larger screen with touch function help? Not sure I would like a touch screen de...
by Crimsontide
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: decision between jobs
Replies: 16
Views: 1959

Re: decision between jobs

lmbebo wrote:Both make my wife happy. Both get us out of the current city. Better transportation avenues to see her family. Better job prospects for her, maybe better with current job counter. Both have better medical communities.
I'm completely lost now...
by Crimsontide
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High End Wrist Watches (Gone Crazy)
Replies: 254
Views: 36286

Re: IWC Watch, any thoughts?

I just don't get it... Something about these kinds of threads just seem very wrong to me. Maybe I'm not BH material after all :confused
by Crimsontide
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet/WiFi speeds and costs
Replies: 54
Views: 7753

Re: Internet/WiFi speeds and costs

Crimsontide wrote:Just a pet peeve here.

M= Mega or 1,000,000
m= milli or .001
What? Nothing about B (byte) versus b (bit)? :mrgreen:[/quote]

No, saving that one for the RAM upgrade threads :happy
by Crimsontide
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank Credit Card
Replies: 31
Views: 5656

Re: Ally Bank Credit Card

I ran Ally's online spending calculator, compared straight up to the Quicksliver it comes just a little bit short...Definitly not in the same league with the Citi Double Cash Card...
by Crimsontide
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can an entire country retire?
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Can an entire country retire?

Well, it would be very difficult to get any services there. Who would maintain the roads, etc.? And who would handle the flood of immigrants when they get a whiff of this??? I would assume it would be only for citizens, which would make it at least possible to hire immigrants to do all the work tha...
by Crimsontide
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet/WiFi speeds and costs
Replies: 54
Views: 7753

Re: Internet/WiFi speeds and costs

Just a pet peeve here.

M= Mega or 1,000,000
m= milli or .001

mbps= is indescribably slow....

When discussing DL/UL times please use Mbps.

Sorry, engineers are just anal like this :happy
by Crimsontide
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Can an entire country retire?
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Can an entire country retire?

technovelist wrote:Well, it would be very difficult to get any services there. Who would maintain the roads, etc.?
And who would handle the flood of immigrants when they get a whiff of this???
by Crimsontide
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leasing a car at age 23
Replies: 51
Views: 10093

Re: Leasing a car at age 23

LarryAllen wrote:I leased once and didn't like it. I got tired of the car and was stuck with it.

Buy a junker for $5k and drive it until the wheels fall off.

You'll thank me later for that great advice.
+1 DO NOT LEASE. You will regret it if you do. :oops:
by Crimsontide
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Bank Credit Card
Replies: 31
Views: 5656

Ally Bank Credit Card

Noticed today that Ally has launched their own CC. Looks pretty good. No annual fee 2% cash back on gas and groceries 1% on everything else $100 bonus after $500 purchases in first 3 billing cycles 10% bonus for redeeming rewards into eligible deposit accouts What do you think? Worthwhile alternativ...
by Crimsontide
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Didn't Pay Off the Mortgage Today
Replies: 85
Views: 11966

Re: Didn't Pay Off the Mortgage Today

Congratulations,,, I guess. Paid mine off years ago and couldn't be happier. Plan to remain debt free for the duration :happy Whatever works for you and helps you sleep at night...
by Crimsontide
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants
Replies: 51
Views: 5081

Re: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants

Rudy's BBQ Because it is a stones throw from McKinney or Plano. To be honest sort of surprised no one has thrown Babe's Fried Chicken out as an alternative. FWIW, isn't Hard Eight a chain also? Technically it's a chain since there are a whopping FOUR locations (Coppell, The Colony, Stephenville, Ro...
by Crimsontide
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: leadership buzzwords
Replies: 14
Views: 2237

Re: leadership buzzwords

No one used "synergy" or "synergistic"? No wonder it's only a $6 billion organization...
by Crimsontide
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leave garage door open?
Replies: 109
Views: 20993

Re: Leave garage door open?

Accidentally leaving our garage door open is like putting out a welcome sign to every traveling salesman, "donation" seeking shyster, or Edward Jones representative in the county :oops:
by Crimsontide
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 12003

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

If you are not moving then you really need to build a fence. This will not go away and you will get more bitter everyday...
by Crimsontide
Tue May 31, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?
Replies: 139
Views: 17540

Re: Would you pay 6x face value to see Hamilton on Broadway?

Nope, then again I'm in the mlebuf camp :happy
by Crimsontide
Wed May 25, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Geico or State Farm - auto insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 3160

Re: Geico or State Farm - auto insurance

I just switched from SF to Geico and like you saved over $900 per year.
by Crimsontide
Tue May 24, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone use Ally bank as their only bank?
Replies: 34
Views: 13801

Re: Anyone use Ally bank as their only bank?

I'm just curious when a cashier's check or certified check would be needed. I remember needing these thing a few times over 20 years ago, but not in modern times. Thanks. Well for example we're about to close on a house. Other examples might be buying a car in cash, or transferring large sums betwe...