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fri posted: Fri 2017-11-17 14:33:18 tags: cars, finance
AutoBuy - There's probably a lesson I should have learned from REM reverse-splitting and MPLJ liquidating, but I'm not sure what it is. Maybe that ETFs with leading-edge dividend ROI are prone to irregular management? So if the strategy is "buy and hold for 15+ years" then I suppose I should consider what popular investment journals have to say. 2011-08-29 How to Watch the Market 2017-03-10 10 buy-and-hold mutual fund picks 2017-01 Kiplinger: 6 Va... (...more)
thu posted: Thu 2017-10-26 07:41:53 tags: cars
Good thing we went to bed early-ish. I woke before 7 and was ready at 7:30 to bring Nox in for a synth oil change and general inspection at 8. The mom and pop mech shop owners didn't arrive til 8:15, the filter was not a stock item so I had a bit of a wait while their supply brought it in, but the lube job was only $40 total and I was home by 10:20. I expected some issues, and I was not disappointed. First, the wheels are affixed with locking lugs, which require a special tool to remove. The tool was n... (...more)
wed posted: Wed 2017-08-30 10:25:20 tags: books, cars
3rd day of mocha-fied instant morning coffee; everything bagel w/herb chevre, thought about yogurt but decided not. I probably vaguely knew this when I had to read The Crucible in junior high, but this Mental Floss article reminded me about how it's a pointed allegory for McCarthyism. Fuel-up: 280.4 mi / 9.944 gal = 28.2 mpg Nox's fuel tank capacity is 10.5 gal, so yeah I cut it close but not really as close as it felt. * * * Yesterday's conflict did NOT sit well with me, and consequent preoccup... (...more)
wed posted: Wed 2017-08-16 10:23:01 tags: cars, finance
Update budget and projection with new auto ins figures * * * Some months back, I arrived at $100/mo as a target "car repair buffer" savings goal. That was based on the past 3 years, skewed by the transmission and then front suspension blowing out all in 1 year, on top of regular maint like oil changes and brake pads. Ballparking total costs across the life of the Lancer, 15.25 years, I think I paid about $18K financed against a $14K sticker price. I had A/C work a couple times, call it $800. 3 ch... (...more)
tue - Lancer sale posted: Wed 2017-08-09 09:52:43 tags: cars
Up bright and early to get the Lancer title transferred and registered to Cupcake Junior. Got to DMV a couple minutes after 8 and our turn was called a bit after 9, but due to a hurdle with the insurance (which was required for registration), we walked over to IHOP for lunch at noon and didn't finish up at DMV until ~1:30. Swapped plates, tracked down the spare key, spent about an hour getting him adjusted to the manual trans, and set him loose on the unsuspecting populace a bit after 4pm. Prayed hard ... (...more)