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Forum: Other topics 03-27-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By smurray5991
I have used:...

I have used: http://www.yellowpages.com/reversephonelookup for free. Works for non-cell phone numbers.
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-17-2013, 12:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,075
Posted By smurray5991
Back on the NM water issue, groundwater shortages...

Back on the NM water issue, groundwater shortages that many communities depend on are also in critical mode. From a recent article:

"Depleted groundwater is a problem all over the Southwest in...
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-16-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,075
Posted By smurray5991
I lived in NM for 10 years (the entire 80s), in...

I lived in NM for 10 years (the entire 80s), in Espanola (north of Santa Fe), Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, and go back every few years to visit. I love the high desert landscapes, the climate...
Forum: Other topics 11-23-2013, 10:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,425
Posted By smurray5991
I used the Costco car buying service to help my...

I used the Costco car buying service to help my mother buy a car a few months ago, and agree it is super simple and gets a very good price. The quote comes back almost instantly, and the car dealer...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-14-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,317
Posted By smurray5991
I have to admit I'm really into credit card cash...

I have to admit I'm really into credit card cash back and I personally greatly prefer cash benefits over miles or any other perks.

All my numerous credit cards have cash back and no annual fee....
Forum: Travel Information 11-05-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,236
Posted By smurray5991
Well, I might have expected anal probes in...

Well, I might have expected anal probes in Roswell, but it does seem a little excessive in the rest of the state..... :laugh:
Forum: Other topics 11-02-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 918
Posted By smurray5991
The OP specifically asked about negotiating for...

The OP specifically asked about negotiating for purchase of a car (and also gave other examples of buying and selling) -- which is somewhat different than interpersonal negotiations such as neighbor...
Forum: Other topics 11-02-2013, 07:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 918
Posted By smurray5991
Ditto on the internet approach - with so much...

Ditto on the internet approach - with so much information freely available about what you should be paying for a car, I see little value in tolerating face-to-face pitches from car dealers. I have...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-01-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,248
Posted By smurray5991
Please don't forget about the environmental...

Please don't forget about the environmental impacts as well -- both wild and farmed shrimp can be extremely destructive to ecosystems (e.g., bycatch issues with wild harvesting, pollution and habitat...
Forum: Other topics 10-30-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,703
Posted By smurray5991
Just to be clear - on most US provider cell...

Just to be clear - on most US provider cell plans, you can add international data as a pre-paid plan with a data limit -- it's not 'data roaming' charges unless you are outside the eligible countries...
Forum: Other topics 10-30-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,703
Posted By smurray5991
Most carriers allow you to turn their...

Most carriers allow you to turn their international data packages on and off whenever you like. I have AT&T, and just do this online prior to traveling -- setting start and end dates of the coverage....
Forum: Other topics 10-30-2013, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 623
Posted By smurray5991
ATT vs. T-Mobile International Coverage

I'm just bumping this earlier thread to provide a chart comparing the available international coverage / countries for AT&T vs. T-Mobile. T-Mobile's all-inclusive new international data package...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-18-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,039
Posted By smurray5991
I am 58 and also grappling with what to do with...

I am 58 and also grappling with what to do with my TSP funds, especially since they are virtually all non-Roth. With SS @70 and pension I will be in 25% bracket when I hit MRD age, so don't want to...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-14-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,696
Posted By smurray5991
And of course, if you haven't ever had chicken...

And of course, if you haven't ever had chicken pox as a child, you can get that as an adult (It's rare for adults, but 80+ year old Barbara Walters got it earlier this year!!!). Fortunately there's a...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-14-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,696
Posted By smurray5991
Re: shingles vaccine. Although they officially...

Re: shingles vaccine. Although they officially recommend at 60, I just asked my doctor for a prescription which she gave (at age 57). (I don't have any particular risk factor, I just wanted it sooner...
Forum: Life after FIRE 10-10-2013, 07:13 AM
Replies: 867
Views: 56,519
Posted By smurray5991
Just updating to add the actual date of official...

Just updating to add the actual date of official ER from full-time j*b -- seven months out now, and I keep asking myself why I didn't do this earlier!!! :facepalm: ??? :dance::dance::dance:

1....
Forum: Life after FIRE 10-08-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,021
Posted By smurray5991
I have a Kangaroo Pro adjustable sitting/standing...

I have a Kangaroo Pro adjustable sitting/standing adjustable desk that I really love. You set it up on top of a regular desk, mount your monitor to it, and slide the monitor and a working surface up...
Forum: Other topics 10-06-2013, 10:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 871
Posted By smurray5991
I chose, and keep, ATT because it covers more...

I chose, and keep, ATT because it covers more countries internationally for their data plan (for Europe this shouldn't be an issue - I assume Verizon has similar coverage for those countries --...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-04-2013, 02:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,562
Posted By smurray5991
I lost my federal job back in March. After doing...

I lost my federal job back in March. After doing the math/analysis (and with support from fora like er.org!), I concluded I was FI, and could and would retire. What has actually happened since then...
Forum: Travel Information 10-03-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,985
Posted By smurray5991
Ditto on many of the other suggestions above re:...

Ditto on many of the other suggestions above re: air tickets.

I also like hotels.com for hotel reservations, as they seem to have as cheap a price as any of the online booking sites, and have a...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-17-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,107
Posted By smurray5991
Age 57 (a little over a month ago). A great...

Age 57 (a little over a month ago).
A great decision - even though I didn't actually plan it in advance (it 'presented itself' as an option because my job was eliminated).
It would have been...
Forum: Other topics 03-20-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Posted By smurray5991
I recently got an 'ultrabook' (combined laptop...

I recently got an 'ultrabook' (combined laptop PC/convertible to tablet) with Windows 8. I find the Windows 8 mostly relevant in the tablet format/touch screen. If I am doing any 'normal' PC work...
Forum: Life after FIRE 03-15-2013, 10:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,478
Posted By smurray5991
As others have already said, I have always...

As others have already said, I have always unwittingly been preparing myself to be FI with aggressive saving, LBYM approach to spending, and basic familiarity with investment approaches, etc. but...
Forum: Travel Information 02-08-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,128
Posted By smurray5991
I've successfully booked numerous FF award travel...

I've successfully booked numerous FF award travel trips in the last several years. I can't remember them all offhand, but in the last two years:
WDC-Honolulu (American)
WDC-Ft. Lauderdale-WDC...
Forum: Travel Information 02-02-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,250
Posted By smurray5991
On tips: I haven't been on any cruises in the...

On tips: I haven't been on any cruises in the last several years where they don't automatically charge the daily, comprehensive tip charge to your statement -- making changes upward or downward only...
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