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    Only if you've saved enough, reduced expenses...

    Only if you've saved enough, reduced expenses enough, or have a side business to provide cash flow. This is especially tough if you have kids.
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    Sounds like a lot of "It's not what you make,...

    Sounds like a lot of "It's not what you make, it's what you keep" going on.

    Whatever class $250k/year puts you in, there are a lot of places where that isn't going to be enough to save for...
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    That video is long. What's the synopsis?

    That video is long. What's the synopsis?
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    This helped me understand a lot, after I read the...

    This helped me understand a lot, after I read the linked articles.
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    Can anyone explain to me what's going on in the...

    Can anyone explain to me what's going on in the bond market in basic terms. I know diddly squat about the bond market, but it sounds like things are getting worrisome and will eventually impact...
  6. 1996 Lexus LS did over 1,000,000 - pretty amazing...

    1996 Lexus LS did over 1,000,000 - pretty amazing
    https://jalopnik.com/matt-farahs-1996-lexus-ls-actually-made-it-to-1-million-1832770418
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    Range anxiety in not a concern for me - my other...

    Range anxiety in not a concern for me - my other family car is gasoline powered so that's the longer road trips (or otherwise concerned about range) vehicle. Trips from Portland to Seattle, up to...
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    I've got Tesla fever, I want one bad - but I...

    I've got Tesla fever, I want one bad - but I don't want to lay out that much cash, even for a used one. I'm not that crazy about other EVs on the market since they do not have the same range,...
  9. Congrats to your daughter! I hiked the AT when I...

    Congrats to your daughter! I hiked the AT when I was 23 - one of the best things I ever did for myself. She will draw strength from this experience her whole life long.
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    how is everyone invested in the market keeping...

    how is everyone invested in the market keeping their cool this week?
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    C'mon man, if you read the sentence past the one...

    C'mon man, if you read the sentence past the one you quoted you'll see that I don't want to keep grinding until 65. It's nice to have a solid start on the nest egg and the goal is to not have to go...
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    Sail the Baja-ha-ha, that way you still get that...

    Sail the Baja-ha-ha, that way you still get that mid-life crisis boat purchase in with your adventure!

    What about some sort of long volun-tourism project or farming for peace (or whatever they...
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    This thread is less fun than now it was a year...

    This thread is less fun than now it was a year ago or five years ago. Stop bickering!

    Looking back at my contribution to the thread, very early on, I've made a lot of progress. I am currently on...
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    This book is necessary - it's the go-to for...

    This book is necessary - it's the go-to for everybody.

    A couple highlights from my trip last year:
    - a tiny snorkeling spot about 40 minutes north of Kona called Kapa'a, it's just a little park...
  15. That is an excellent article, ranging further...

    That is an excellent article, ranging further that just Uber. I have passed this along to a number of folks - thanks for sharing it.
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    I'll chime in with an opinion on TWTR. They need...

    I'll chime in with an opinion on TWTR. They need to continue to make clear that they are all about one thing: Live, in the moment, right now for news, finance, culture, sports, silly shit, whatever -...
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    This is exactly what I see on the streets of San...

    This is exactly what I see on the streets of San Francisco every day
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    That is such a poor list. I have been to a bunch...

    That is such a poor list. I have been to a bunch of those places and I know there are many better. There's only a few west coast entries, none from the PNW. None from Canada. Ridiculous.
  19. I use Chutes 'N Ladders...

    I use Chutes 'N Ladders (https://www.yelp.com/biz/chutes-n-ladders-portland) on my house in Portland, Jeff and his wife are a nice small family company. They have an twice a year visit deal where...
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    A buddy of mine just bought a boat and is...

    A buddy of mine just bought a boat and is following through with his plan to name her "Deez Knots."
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    If you need a business dinner spot, The Grill on...

    If you need a business dinner spot, The Grill on the Alley has been my go to when I'm with clients. It's not extraordinary, but it is reliably good and the service is very good. They also have a...
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    A lot of employees over there sold out their...

    A lot of employees over there sold out their shares after the big drop, a number of people hired with strikes priced over $150 moved on thinking their options were worth less than nothing. Nobody...
  23. A few ideas, by no means an exhaustive list nor...

    A few ideas, by no means an exhaustive list nor the undisputed greatest hits:
    - Multnomah Whisky Library for drinks followed by Higgins for Dinner (Near downtown, west side)
    - Andina for...
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    This is the world I live in, so I tend to develop...

    This is the world I live in, so I tend to develop strong opinions. I'll take it as a compliment.



    The user acquisition thing is based on a couple of things: 1. logged in users are tremendously...
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    Betting they improve or waiting for the...

    Betting they improve or waiting for the acquisition?
    Several board seats belong to founders, so acquisition is gonna be a hard sell. Jack doubling up on CEO duties has not made TWTR any stronger....
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    You talking about Aswah? If so, I don't think...

    You talking about Aswah? If so, I don't think that is his bus - similar paint job but not the same.
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    I used Mint and it had trouble with some of my...

    I used Mint and it had trouble with some of my accounts - it would get locked out and create blind spots. I didn't think the insights they provided, beyond the ledger, were that interesting or...
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    I dumped them, too. I believe they will turn it...

    I dumped them, too. I believe they will turn it around, but I don't want to wait it out. A lot of their talent feels the same way. They are/were heavy with ex-Google folks, but there is plenty of...
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    Either bribe him in some way (offer to throw...

    Either bribe him in some way (offer to throw extra business his way, buy him a spiff like tickets to a game or event) or give him something to lose (hold back repeat business or make him feel...
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    Read this article at lunch:...

    Read this article at lunch: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/08/is-silicon-valley-in-another-bubble
    The table next to me was chatting using their available cash for angel investing (by way of...
  31. Having a strong union pension that players are...

    Having a strong union pension that players are compelled to buy into would do a lot more than advice. There is/was some notion of this, perhaps more than a notion, as OJ Simpson still gets paid a...
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    What about people who go to a coffee shop to...

    What about people who go to a coffee shop to read, or to browse the internet without working? Are those folks in equal violation? For crying out loud, everywhere you go everyone is staring at their...
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    I still love the Blazers, but this coming season...

    I still love the Blazers, but this coming season is going to be tough.
    The Milwaukee Bucks are going to get a lot of my attention next year - I'm stoked on the line up, the youth, the heart, and...
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    Anybody read the recent Tony Robbins book on...

    Anybody read the recent Tony Robbins book on Money?
    I was given a copy, but have yet to crack it. I heard him talk about it on a few podcasts and I am intrigued, but some of the claims seem a...
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    Stock market took a hit today. Media talking...

    Stock market took a hit today. Media talking about it like it's the beginning of the end.
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    Me too, me too, and I totally agree. Meditation...

    Me too, me too, and I totally agree.
    Meditation (especially transcendental) and other mindfulness practices are all the rage these days in the SF/Silly Valley area.
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    I'm running on Betterment. They did not tell me...

    I'm running on Betterment. They did not tell me SP500 is the benchmark, but I use that as a comparison since it was just as easy for me to put my money into the SPY ETF through my Vanguard account....
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    Future Advisor, Personal Capital, Wealthfront,...

    Future Advisor, Personal Capital, Wealthfront, and Betterment are all very similar and mostly buy low fee index ETFs for you and add value by re-balancing regularly and making tax optimizations....
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    I really like the suggestions of Chris Rock and...

    I really like the suggestions of Chris Rock and Amy Poehler - both would slay. Alec Baldwin would be interesting, he hosted a podcast called "Here's the Thing" where he showed some good interviewing...
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    Google will be fine. I've been competing with...

    Google will be fine. I've been competing with them or selling against them for 8 years and it is not getting easier. As the competition gets better, so does Google. Facebook gives Google some pause,...
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    Whine whine. I well wished that they got their...

    Whine whine. I well wished that they got their money and got out - if that's slinging shit then I'll sling all day. If someone is taking swings based on ski message board tips I hope they are playing...
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    Well, AXAS took a dump today, so I hope you got...

    Well, AXAS took a dump today, so I hope you got out before the drop.
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    You invested on a stock tip from the Padded Room....

    You invested on a stock tip from the Padded Room. Bold move, enjoy the spoils!
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    I've watched every second of The Wire at least...

    I've watched every second of The Wire at least twice and I didn't think it applied much to Serial. What are you connecting between the two?
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    The ability to pull in spending data and classify...

    The ability to pull in spending data and classify it is pretty standard across a number of services like Mint and the services offered by banks like Chase and Wells Fargo. Mint is owned by Quicken...
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    Back in my Oregon days I was in a fender bender....

    Back in my Oregon days I was in a fender bender. No cops called. Exchanged insurance info.
    Got a thank you letter from the people I bumped because my insurance company was so nice to deal with.
    A...
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    I think you're talking about me.

    DWB/MSF has saved over 1000 people infected with Ebola during this current outbreak. A few members of their staff have become infected, only one has begun to show...
  48. Well I'm from Portland but I live in SF now and...

    Well I'm from Portland but I live in SF now and work in tech, so go ahead and hate me in the SF is the douchiest city thread, too.
    What a fucking asshole I am for being from a place and giving...
  49. So do donations to Doctors Without Borders - even...

    So do donations to Doctors Without Borders - even if there's no reason to be concerned about Ebola in North America, it's still critically important to support the folks trying to limit the impact of...
  50. Also fascinating is the number of founders who...

    Also fascinating is the number of founders who have taken significant money off the table, particularly in early rounds.
    The Snapchat founders all took $10mm plus out of their (I think) Series B,...
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