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Forum: FIRE and Money 05-13-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By justplainbll
Since JP Morgan's hedge operations have been...

Since JP Morgan's hedge operations have been referred to as betting; they need to become better card counters. Most any investment decision contains an element of risk that could be referred to as...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-13-2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,683
Posted By justplainbll
Years back I had a store credit card with...

Years back I had a store credit card with Wallachs. I ordered 3 Silver Trumpeter suits for about $1,400. When I came in to pick up the altered suits, they had the suits ready but told me my credit...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-13-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,683
Posted By justplainbll
No room in my wallet for all of my credit cards. ...

No room in my wallet for all of my credit cards. Keep them in a brick held together by an Andy Boy broccoli rubber band.
We have a couple of debit cards but neither carry nor use them.
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-13-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,669
Posted By justplainbll
I lost my SS card 40years ago, never replaced it...

I lost my SS card 40years ago, never replaced it and began receiving my SS monthly retirement benefit 16 months ago. Scanning one's Medicare card into their computer might be a good idea.
Forum: Other topics 05-13-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 819
Posted By justplainbll
Happy Hallmark cards day. Why are Snap On tools...

Happy Hallmark cards day. Why are Snap On tools appropriate for Fathers' Day and a $900+ vacuum cleaner not appropriate for Mothers' Day?
Forum: Other topics 04-27-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 264,486
Posted By justplainbll
IMHO; Hot weather is great for bugs. snakes,...

IMHO; Hot weather is great for bugs. snakes, lizards, many veggies, and some people on meds.
Forum: Other topics 04-27-2012, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4,550
Views: 264,486
Posted By justplainbll
Great weather (under 70* F) & no sweat on cool...

Great weather (under 70* F) & no sweat on cool beer bottles (or me). Cool enough to bake without going to the outdoor kitchen.
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-24-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,257
Posted By justplainbll
What's the dividend yield on the current value of...

What's the dividend yield on the current value of your equities?
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-24-2012, 06:03 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,068
Posted By justplainbll
Interesting how things change. What used to be...

Interesting how things change. What used to be termed a contribution (Federal Insurance Contribution Act- FICA) is now commonly referred to as a tax. What kind of earnings have been realized on...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-24-2012, 04:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,257
Posted By justplainbll
At current market prices it seems unlikely to be...

At current market prices it seems unlikely to be able to build a diversified $2 million portfolio of well capitalized equities that provides pretax dividend income of more than $60,000.
The...
Forum: Other topics 04-21-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,825
Posted By justplainbll
Most all the 'oldies' that I find pleasant to the...

Most all the 'oldies' that I find pleasant to the ear are circa pre-1950's.
Forum: Other topics 04-21-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,825
Posted By justplainbll
Somewhat assured no hassle and quiet requires a...

Somewhat assured no hassle and quiet requires a minimum of 10 acres on high ground and a Dodge Power Wagon.
Sixty years ago such property could be had near Harrisburg for less than $100 per acre:(.
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-21-2012, 06:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,378
Posted By justplainbll
I've been retired for 17 years, have a current...

I've been retired for 17 years, have a current income that is about 2X my final annual salary, and doubt I would be any better off if I'd relied on the advice of a CFA .
Forum: Young Dreamers 04-19-2012, 03:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,893
Posted By justplainbll
Cruise low cost bars and thrift shops.

Cruise low cost bars and thrift shops.
Forum: Other topics 04-19-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,588
Posted By justplainbll
The one I see most regularly is a retired grade...

The one I see most regularly is a retired grade school teacher collecting a $69K pension. When we go to a restaurant he either asks for separate checks or goes through the bill with a fine tooth...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-16-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,324
Posted By justplainbll
If they put you on tamoxifen, I suggest you...

If they put you on tamoxifen, I suggest you become familiar with some of the potential side effects of this drug (e.g. blood clotting & pulmonary embolism).
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-15-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,921
Posted By justplainbll
Under the advice of her physician, my wife was on...

Under the advice of her physician, my wife was on Premarin for about 10 years. It spared her some of the symptoms of the change of life, but I was concerned about the increased incidence of...
Forum: Other topics 04-14-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,254
Posted By justplainbll
Word Art?

Word Art?
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-13-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,105
Posted By justplainbll
Our Vanguard ROTH account limits investments to...

Our Vanguard ROTH account limits investments to mutual funds.
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-11-2012, 06:23 AM
Replies: 19,090
Views: 1,382,265
Posted By justplainbll
Please let us know what you settle on. You're...

Please let us know what you settle on.
You're lucky to have a bride that still enjoys that 'outdoorsy' stuff.
I often reflect on the 3 week camper trip from San Francisco to Vancouver that I...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-11-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 19,090
Views: 1,382,265
Posted By justplainbll
After making do with a 12" hacksaw for 20 years,...

After making do with a 12" hacksaw for 20 years, I finally broke down and ordered a 16" stainless steel butcher saw with two extra 8tpi blades. As usual, I got an earful from my wife.
Wish I had...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-09-2012, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,780
Posted By justplainbll
+1 We did the bulk of our ROTH conversions in...

+1
We did the bulk of our ROTH conversions in 2010, and barring unforeseen circumstances, do not anticipate touching that asset pool until 2025.
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-06-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 19,090
Views: 1,382,265
Posted By justplainbll
Verified that the Fed and State bloodsuckers...

Verified that the Fed and State bloodsuckers received my 2011 tax returns, assisted my wife in the prep of our dinner, cooked enough ice cream mix for 6 pints of ice cream, calculated the weekly...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-06-2012, 04:04 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,612
Posted By justplainbll
+ 1

+ 1
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-04-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,975
Posted By justplainbll
What about the divies?

What about the divies?
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