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Forum: Life after FIRE 04-22-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 29,426
Posted By Robert the Red
Countdown app on my desktop say "649 Days left"....

Countdown app on my desktop say "649 Days left". I'm not expressing it in minutes (would be 933,344 - at least it's under a million now).
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-18-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 29,426
Posted By Robert the Red
My plan is retire at the end of Jan 2021 - when I...

My plan is retire at the end of Jan 2021 - when I make 20 years in Federal service, the point at which the pension calculation jumps up by 10%. In my case, that will amount to about $3500 per year...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-18-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,191
Posted By Robert the Red
I suggest a look at this forum, which is...

I suggest a look at this forum, which is specifically about TIAA:
TIAA Funds (https://socialize.morningstar.com/NewSocialize/asp/AllConv.asp?forumId=F100000044)
Forum: Travel Information 07-30-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,229
Posted By Robert the Red
Of course, the article is about climbing Everest,...

Of course, the article is about climbing Everest, not about trekking to the lower reaches of it to get a good view.
Forum: Travel Information 07-29-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,229
Posted By Robert the Red
Wife and I are planning to go in...

Wife and I are planning to go in December-January, to do the EBC + Gokyo trek.

The best sites for getting information are the Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor Nepal forums.

Nepal Forum, Travel...
Forum: Travel Information 08-14-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,179
Posted By Robert the Red
Angkor is one of the top places I have ever been....

Angkor is one of the top places I have ever been. In the last 10 years, I've been to the Egyptian Pyramids, the Mayan Pyramids, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall, and more that I can't jot down quickly. ...
Forum: Travel Information 08-14-2012, 11:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,512
Posted By Robert the Red
I live in Bethesda -- there are a lot of...

I live in Bethesda -- there are a lot of restaurants in the area around the Metro station. My favorite not-expensive places are

Cafe Deluxe -- good inexpensive American food -- especially the...
Forum: Travel Information 01-27-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4,221
Views: 356,258
Posted By Robert the Red
I strongly recommend you fit in a trip to Angkor...

I strongly recommend you fit in a trip to Angkor Wat and around (Siem Reap, Cambodia). Of all the places I've been, this is easily tops on my list to re-visit:
...
Forum: Travel Information 10-19-2009, 01:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,704
Posted By Robert the Red
We're planning 3 weeks in Egypt in January 2010. ...

We're planning 3 weeks in Egypt in January 2010. DIY, not a package tour. Cairo, Western Desert, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel.
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-15-2009, 07:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,479
Posted By Robert the Red
I have a friend who volunteered for medical...

I have a friend who volunteered for medical studies (MRI scans) to get the payments, which count as earned income, to go on his SS record. He managed to eke out a few extra years on his SS record...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-06-2009, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,567
Posted By Robert the Red
See sscritic's reply under the thread Bogleheads...

See sscritic's reply under the thread Bogleheads :: View topic - Spouses and Soc Security Benefits (https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30982) -- the correct term is "file and suspend...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-05-2009, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,567
Posted By Robert the Red
A far better place to ask this question is at ...

A far better place to ask this question is at
Bogleheads (https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=2) where poster 'sscritic' seems to know more about SS than anyone else on Earth.

Also,...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-14-2009, 03:19 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,778
Posted By Robert the Red
Applied mathematician turned brain-ologist by...

Applied mathematician turned brain-ologist by accident.

Edit: and I love differential equations -- parabolic ones in particular. Linear algebra, of course, every mathematician has a very soft...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-28-2009, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,502
Posted By Robert the Red
Because there are so many people in the US and...

Because there are so many people in the US and there are so many different situations. It is confusing, but the plethora of choices does give each individual/couple the chance to adapt the SS payout...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-27-2009, 07:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,502
Posted By Robert the Red
The poster "SScritic" over at the Bogleheads...

The poster "SScritic" over at the Bogleheads forum knows a huge amount about Social Security rules, and he's the one to try to get a response from. When he's not away, he seems to reply pretty...
Forum: Travel Information 06-15-2009, 07:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,404
Posted By Robert the Red
If you have both a Visa and a MasterCard...

If you have both a Visa and a MasterCard (sometimes called EuroCard in Yurp), take both with you. Some restaurants only take Visa and some only MC. And some only take cash.

When we go, I usually...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-08-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,216
Posted By Robert the Red
This, at least, is not quite true. If you are 65...

This, at least, is not quite true. If you are 65 and still covered by an employee group plan, you can delay your Medicare Part B enrollment until you leave that plan (say, at retirement), and then...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-29-2009, 07:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,850
Posted By Robert the Red
Somewhat off topic: We just saw the newish play...

Somewhat off topic: We just saw the newish play "A Sleeping Country". If it comes near you, see it -- it is hilarious and poignant. About a woman who can't sleep at all, and her attempts to find...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-22-2009, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,910
Posted By Robert the Red
Historically, the rate of increase in...

Historically, the rate of increase in unemployment peaks at the trough in GDP. That is, unemployment growth may start to slow now -- which is one sign that the economy will start growing -- but...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-20-2009, 06:17 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,559
Posted By Robert the Red
(1) How could one think that one of the most...

(1) How could one think that one of the most important decisions of your life could be a "no brainer"? Thinking is required.

(2) See https://bobsfiles.home.att.net/PrepareForRetirement.html for...
Forum: Travel Information 05-03-2009, 01:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,213
Posted By Robert the Red
I used to live on San Juan. I also recommend the...

I used to live on San Juan. I also recommend the shoulder season for cycling there -- from the residents' point of view. In the summer, the hordes of cyclists riding in thick packs on the curvy...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-30-2009, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,577
Posted By Robert the Red
See Bogleheads :: View topic - 1929 crash: 4.5...

See Bogleheads :: View topic - 1929 crash: 4.5 not 25 years for recovery (https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36732) for a lengthy discussion of this issue. It's more complicated than...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-29-2009, 07:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,948
Posted By Robert the Red
The OP's friend's only realistic hope is SS +...

The OP's friend's only realistic hope is SS + Medicare -- work until his late 60s and his SS payout will be enough to get by on -- not rich but if his house is paid off by then, he'll do OK. ...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-28-2009, 02:39 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 12,007
Posted By Robert the Red
I figure that by the end of May we'll be fighting...

I figure that by the end of May we'll be fighting swine flu zombies in the streets. Fortunately, we've got plenty of old LPs with which to defend ourselves (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365748/). ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-26-2009, 11:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,110
Posted By Robert the Red
Another option is to delay SS until age 70, which...

Another option is to delay SS until age 70, which will increase your payout to about $49K per year, which will come near to meeting your "needs". To do that, you need about $400K (plus inflation) to...
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