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Forum: FIRE Related Public Policy 12-20-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,419
Posted By bentley
Does our country's debt of $18T worry you?

I'll stay away from the politics, because all of our elected officials share the blame,....but..... Does our huge national debt have you concerned? $18 trillion and climbing....that's...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-20-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 61,168
Posted By bentley
34 years of full time, 30 with a mega corp. then...

34 years of full time, 30 with a mega corp. then 3 1/2 years part time working for a contractor I used to hire when working for said mega corp, who then became my customer. Retired from full time...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-06-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,715
Posted By bentley
NW - $2.4mm, investable - $1.9. Married (same...

NW - $2.4mm, investable - $1.9. Married (same lady sahm) 41 years, 2 kids, both doing well. Single income, started saving the second year of my 35 year career by matching the company match. A...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-30-2013, 11:26 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 48,081
Posted By bentley
$4000/month is just fine......as long as my 2...

$4000/month is just fine......as long as my 2 rental properties continue to have good renters that pay each month.

Actually, $5k/month is a workable number for us. But we have several hobbies,...
Forum: Other topics 07-13-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,067
Posted By bentley
We live on several acres in the country. I have...

We live on several acres in the country. I have about 18 blueberry bushes, with 8 of them being mature enough to produce a decent quantity of berries. In a normal year, it becomes difficult to keep...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-04-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19,090
Views: 1,666,622
Posted By bentley
Spent time with my daughter and her dh. Worked...

Spent time with my daughter and her dh. Worked on treehouse/clubhouse with my granddaughter. Sprayed liquid seven on vege's garden. Used my new (60 year old) planet jr garden wheel hoe to weed...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-04-2013, 08:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,389
Posted By bentley
Market predictions

Does anyone else receive market predictions from a guy calling himself James Horne? He makes some scary predictions of eminent doom in the market, and the entire economy.

Just curious if anyone...
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 12-25-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,407
Posted By bentley
Linn Energy- bought at $17 in '09, tody it's $36...

Linn Energy- bought at $17 in '09, tody it's $36 +/-
Chevron- bought at $57 in '09, today it's $107 +/-
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-25-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 11,851
Posted By bentley
I'm not sure how, but would be very interested in...

I'm not sure how, but would be very interested in the possibility.

PPACA does not compare in coverage to what we have now. Also, there is no subsidy available when income reaches a certain...
Forum: Other topics 11-24-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,387
Posted By bentley
This is a topic of interest to me. As an old...

This is a topic of interest to me. As an old fogie, I use my cell phone for one use....talking to whomever I need. DW and I currently have a phone each, and are paying $100/mo for that service. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-23-2012, 09:17 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 11,851
Posted By bentley
Health ins for DW and I is $850/mo, and will go...

Health ins for DW and I is $850/mo, and will go up on Jan 1. This is half the actual premium, as megacorp pays the other half. Great insurance with low deductibles, and copays. I'm just frightened...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-19-2012, 09:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 946
Posted By bentley
What will megacorps do with subsidized health ins?

I am almost 60, and have been retired for 4 years. Megacorp subsidizes health ins for DW and I to the tune of 52%. So far they have been silent on How Obamacare will impact this subsidy. I...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-06-2012, 09:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,005
Posted By bentley
I've dabbled in electronics most of my life, both...

I've dabbled in electronics most of my life, both professionally and as a hobby.
(Amateur Extra, and First class radiotelephone licenses). I used to love sticking my tongue to the terminals of a 9...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-08-2012, 07:10 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 24,464
Posted By bentley
There is no single clear cut answer to your...

There is no single clear cut answer to your question. Trust me when I say that I have sat down and cried out of pure frustration over this very issue. My analytical engineering mind was driven...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-04-2012, 06:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 24,464
Posted By bentley
Mr Speed; you make a compelling arguement,...

Mr Speed; you make a compelling arguement, however I disagree. For an older man who is not a good surgical candidate due to other health complications, you would be correct. Also, for a man who...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-02-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 24,464
Posted By bentley
fwiw, a low psa combined with a nodule is cause...

fwiw, a low psa combined with a nodule is cause for concern. Low psa cancers are often the more aggressive Gleason 8, 9, or 10's. These cancers are more aggressive than a Gleason 5, 6, or even...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-19-2012, 11:50 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 14,826
Posted By bentley
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Forum: FIRE and Money 06-21-2012, 06:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,389
Posted By bentley
Norms, my liability insurance agent also...

Norms, my liability insurance agent also recommended a clause requiring tenant homeowners ins. The reason was that, in the event of a liability claim, their ins would be the first to pay, and the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-20-2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,544
Posted By bentley
Rentals; How often do you raise rents?

Another thread about rental liability, reminded me of something I've thought about before. How often do you raise rents, and what factor determines the % increase?

I have two rentals; 2 bedroom...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-20-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,389
Posted By bentley
Before I rented my first unit, I formed an LLC...

Before I rented my first unit, I formed an LLC with my wife and I as partners. I now have 2 units which provide a combined $1150/mo income b4 taxes. This is enough to pay our health insurance.
...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-25-2012, 12:07 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,426
Posted By bentley
If you truly understand what a Gleason score...

If you truly understand what a Gleason score means, your opinion on this topic will be forever changed.

Does anyone understand that a Gleason 4+3=7 is 3x more aggressive than a 3+4=7 ?
...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-22-2012, 01:04 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,426
Posted By bentley
More than most posters here, I appreciate your...

More than most posters here, I appreciate your comments. I was 57 at first diagnosis of PCa. My psa was less than 3, however it had risen to 2.93, from 2.26 a year earlier, both tests from...
Forum: Other topics 03-24-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,961
Posted By bentley
How certain are you that the roof really needs...

How certain are you that the roof really needs replacing now? I'm not saying that your ins co was wrong 5 years ago,...but....it might be worth another evaluation.

It sounds like your home had...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-23-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 20,023
Posted By bentley
As I pose this question to myself, a number of...

As I pose this question to myself, a number of responses come to mind. I have two kids (both just over 25), and I have given both of them this advice.

When you buy your first home, do not, under...
Forum: Forum Admin 03-20-2012, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,756
Posted By bentley
No problems with Safari on the IPad. Everything...

No problems with Safari on the IPad. Everything is still quick.
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