| O-T Lounge|| Ideas for Quick Snow Getaway - Bayou Tiger on 11/16/13 at 8:24 pm|
I was thinking it would be fun to take the kids (5 and 7) for a long weekend to go see some snow.
We are not looking to do any skiing, so it would be a quick trip to somewhere "wintery" with snow to play in and maybe something else interesting to do.
Any ideas for a quick trip to somewhere nea...
| O-T Lounge|| Getting Pulled Over in Rush Hour Traffic - Bayou Tiger on 11/4/13 at 5:34 pm|
Who are these people getting pulled over and ticketed in rush hour traffic?
Is it for speeding? This should be bonus points, not a ticketed violation. Please share any secrets to accomplishing this speeding during traffic. Thanks. ...
| Money Talk|| Income Tax Question - Property Tax Pmt Date - Bayou Tiger on 10/19/13 at 12:44 pm|
If I pay my property taxes on January 1, 2014, can I claim them on the 2014 income taxes instead of 2013?
Also, if I pay next year's property taxes at the end of 2014, can I conceivably count both years of property tax towards the 2014 tax year?...
| O-T Lounge|| Smear the Queer - Bayou Tiger on 10/11/13 at 1:51 am|
Do kids still play this game? For some reason today it popped into my head for the first time in many years.
One kid runs around a field or yard with the football while the rest of the group chases him. After he gets tackled, he throws the football up in the air and somebody else catches it and r...
| Political Talk|| Does the country need more toll roads? - Bayou Tiger on 10/4/13 at 11:01 am|
Lately the Hardy Toll Road in Houston has become more congested, even after a very slight increase in the toll amount. So I end up paying a toll to sit in traffic that is not as bad as the free interstate.
Counterintuitively, I find myself wishing they would just double the toll and clear out a l...
| Food and Drink Board|| Fleming's Steakhouse Wine App on iPads - Bayou Tiger on 10/4/13 at 10:52 am|
For those of you who don't go to Fleming's Steakhouse, they bring an iPad to your table with an app that guides you though their wine selection with prices, descriptions, and sorting.
At first I was aghast at this, but I have come to enjoy it. Now I am no wine expert or enthusiast, but I generall...
| More Sports Board|| Best College Football App? - Bayou Tiger on 8/31/13 at 12:19 pm|
Last year I used the ESPN college football app.
Is there anything better for the Android phone?...
| Money Talk|| 20 Habits of Wealthy People vs Poor People - Bayou Tiger on 8/5/13 at 7:15 pm|
Tom Corley is a CPA who interviewed ~350 people and evaluated habits of rich people versus poor people. He wrote a book about it.
50% of my habits are "wealthy" and 50% are "poor"
It's not quite what I was e...
| Money Talk|| Estate Planning by Burying Stuff - Bayou Tiger on 7/29/13 at 10:28 pm|
For a diversified estate plan, I was wondering about the tax implications of burying stuff and leaving a map for heirs to find it.
What are the tax implications? In other words, how long does it have to be buried before ...
| Money Talk|| Too Big to Fail - Angelic Character Portrayals - Bayou Tiger on 7/27/13 at 10:17 pm|
After reading through the first few chapters of Too Big to Fail, one thing that sticks out to me is how Sorkin portrays all of the key players in such a positive light - Fuld, Dimon, Paulson, Geithner, etc.
It makes me suspicious of the slant of this book in general. What are the opinions of som...
| Money Talk|| Books about 2008 Financial Crisis? - Bayou Tiger on 7/21/13 at 11:52 am|
Can anyone recommend any good books about the origins and mechanisms preceding the 2008 financial crisis - cheap debt, bubble economics, CDO's, credit default swaps, etc?
I was thinking about getting Too Big to Fail, but it seems to be more about the response and aftermath to the crisis than it i...
| Food and Drink Board|| Brooklyn Meatball Company - Houston Tunnel - Bayou Tiger on 7/12/13 at 12:02 pm|
Do any other downtown Houston tigers eat at Brooklyn Meatball Company in the tunnel?
Their meatballs and marinara are terrific. I started getting the turkey meatball poboys of all things and they are as good as the beef meatballs.
Anyway, it's money well spent in the tunnel and you just walk u...
| O-T Lounge|| BR Jewelry Store Suggestions? - Bayou Tiger on 6/15/13 at 11:35 am|
What are the OT's favorite jewelry stores in Baton Rouge?
We are passing through for the day and looking at some diamond jewelry for an anniversary.
Thanks in advance. ...
| O-T Lounge|| Romantic Baton Rouge Hotel? - Bayou Tiger on 6/3/13 at 9:51 pm|
My wife and I are heading back to Baton Rouge after being away for a while. Any recommendations for a nice hotel?
I have heard good things about the Hilton Capital Center downtown and the Hotel Indigo. We would like to stay somewhere near downtown but are open to other ideas....
| Money Talk|| Movie Theater Financing Terms - Bayou Tiger on 5/26/13 at 5:19 pm|
Where do movie theaters get their financing, and what kind of terms do they usually get?
On the surface, providing a loan for a movie theater seems like a good way to lose your shirt.
The movie technology changes so often that the theaters are quickly outdated. So it would be nice to have the...
| Money Talk|| Hallmark Card from Bank of America - Why? - Bayou Tiger on 5/23/13 at 8:18 pm|
Today I received an automated Hallmark card in the mail from Bank of America.
On the front "Thinking of You" with some flowers in the background.
"Wishing you a day filled with happy moments.
I enjoyed our conversation today.
[Name of customer service rep I talked to]"
Is this t...
| O-T Lounge|| Samsung Galaxy 3S Tracking App - Bayou Tiger on 5/19/13 at 2:45 pm|
My wife's phone got stolen last night during some bar fight chaos. We have tried to install the Plan B app to find her phone, but it doesn't seem to be compatible with her phone (Samsung Galaxy III, i-535). Any other ideas for tracker apps that can be installed remotely?
Also, she found out the...
| Food and Drink Board|| Dipping Cookies or Brownies in Cool Whip - Bayou Tiger on 5/19/13 at 2:12 pm|
This weekend my wife made some bite sized brownies, and we happened to have some Cool Whip in the fridge.
Dipping the fudge brownies in Cool Whip is delicious and balances the rich double chocolate flavor.
What are some other favorites for dipping in Cool Whip?
I will definitely be doing th...
| Gaming Board|| When did Stratego Change? - Bayou Tiger on 5/19/13 at 2:05 pm|
We bought Stratego yesterday and started playing. My son is 6, so this is the only version he knows.
So now the soldiers are spacemen, 10 is the best instead of 1, and there is the addition of the "Spotter" pieces that seem to throw off the game play.
Granted, my old board was probably from 19...
| Music Board|| Classical Music and Old Cartoons - Bayou Tiger on 5/17/13 at 7:27 pm|
How much of your appreciation and connotations of classical music were formed at a young age watching Warner Brothers cartoons?
For me it was a big driver. Do you think the lack of classical music in kids' shows today will gradually reduce the appreciation for it in society?...
| Money Talk|| Confessions of Personal Financial Quirks - Bayou Tiger on 5/16/13 at 6:53 pm|
Everyone has different views on how they manage their own finances. I've got plenty of quirks that I have learned not to ever mention in conversation due to their polarizing nature and/or people thinking that I am a complete idiot.
Despite being savvy in discounted cash flow analysis, many of th...
| Help Board|| Multiple Choice Voting Feature - Bayou Tiger on 5/12/13 at 9:25 pm|
So now that upvote/downvote is up and running, how long until we actually get a multiple choice voting feature (where the site tallies the results in the original post)?
This has worked well on other sites and would really catch on here....
| Money Talk|| Liability Umbrella Insurance - Bayou Tiger on 5/5/13 at 12:32 pm|
Has anyone ever made a claim on their Umbrella Liability Insurance? The policy covers a certain amount of liability above underlying coverage (home and auto, etc). So what is a typical lawsuit event that may occur and trigger this?
In other words, if a maximum judgement is close to $1 million, th...
| O-T Lounge|| Billing Rate for Tigerdroppings - Bayou Tiger on 5/3/13 at 3:47 pm|
Should hours spent posting on Tigerdroppings be billed out to clients at half rate or some other factor?
What is the generally accepted practice?...
| O-T Lounge|| Black Tie Western - Bayou Tiger on 4/27/13 at 6:43 pm|
What is the deal with this? Tonight is my first time attempting this, and I may be the only one there with steel-toe workboots.
What are the equivalents in other states? Seersucker in Mississippi?...
| Money Talk|| LinkedIn Questions - Bayou Tiger on 4/27/13 at 3:38 pm|
So after getting enough of the email invitations from people I know, I finally broke down and set up a LinkedIn page.
I'm not currently looking for a job, but when the time comes eventually it seems like a good thing to have set up. Plus it is nice to keep up with old colleagues with minimal effo...
| Gaming Board|| Pinball Machine Buying Tips - Bayou Tiger on 4/20/13 at 10:41 am|
I'm thinking about getting a pinball machine for our game room.
So I'm wondering about a few things:
- What are the best brands in terms of quality, reliability, and longevity?
- Where is the best place to find reviews of the specific pinball games? I don't want to buy one then realize it i...
| O-T Lounge|| Best workout tracker ap? - Bayou Tiger on 4/18/13 at 9:13 pm|
Does anyone know a great ap for tracking workouts throughout the week? For instance, which muscles groups were worked on which days, cardio, etc.
Simpler is better. What are you guys using?
i would have posted this on the Health & Fitness Board but don't see it on the list yet....
| O-T Lounge|| Fun Physical Activities for Couples in Houston - Bayou Tiger on 4/16/13 at 9:05 pm|
My wife and I like to do competitive stuff, like tennis, racquetball, mini-golf, bowling, etc.
We are looking for some new things to do around Houston, maybe shooting, rock climbing, or something like that.
Any suggestions on good places to do or stuff to try?...
| Money Talk|| Coding Boot Camps Challenge Traditional Educational Model - Bayou Tiger on 4/15/13 at 9:05 pm|
This is terrific. I hope we see more focused prac...