| Money Talk|| Help for a novice: is percent dividend payout a helpful factor? - islandtiger on 2/15/15 at 11:48 am|
My wife and I are finding that we are sitting on a good bit of cash since some high-performing bonds have been called. We will use some to catch-up our IRA contributions (generally market-tracking mutual funds), but are thinking of purchasing individual, large cap stocks that pay dependable dividen...
| O-T Lounge|| If you can't beat the public schools fairly...cheat. - islandtiger on 10/29/14 at 7:44 pm|
At the recent district BETA quiz bowl competition, BRMHS was leading the pack. During the final round, after correctly answering the math question, the follow-up questions were from the "literature" category. They were asked a series of questions about women in the BIBLE! Obviously, the Catholic ...
| Food and Drink Board|| 100 Foot Journey - islandtiger on 8/10/14 at 2:32 pm|
Saw 100 Foot Journey yesterday. Not a mastepiece of filmmaking, but it really gets at the essence of food, cooking and culture. Beautiful images of food and food preparation and Charlotte Le Bon is worth the price of admission....
| Political Talk|| Test your knowledge of world geography - islandtiger on 8/2/14 at 1:45 pm|
I am sure many on here will say "who gives a flip about Africa" but for those who think they know a good bit about world geography, this is a good test. I only got about a third right, but was in the right region ...
| Political Talk|| Where do you fit in the political typology? - islandtiger on 6/26/14 at 7:05 pm|
Yet another opportunity to learn who your peers really are...politically speaking. Pew published a poll of 10,000 people and identified 8 groups. Which one do you fall in? I fell in with "Next Generation Left." Other than age, it describes me fairly well.
| Money Talk|| New home construction financing - islandtiger on 4/16/14 at 10:43 pm|
I have purchased several homes and undeveloped land over the years, but we are now getting ready to start construction on a new home and I have no experience with new home financing. We have purchased the land, and although we put 25% down, with the drop in realestate values, we have little equity....
| O-T Lounge|| What is a reasonable amount for pain and suffering? - islandtiger on 11/11/13 at 9:19 pm|
My teen-age daughter was a passenger in serious head-on collision a little over a week ago. The other driver was at fault and has accepted responsibility. Both vehicles were totaled but the seat belts and air bags worked as designed. Extensive x-rays did not reveal any breaks, but significant bru...
| Food and Drink Board|| restaurants near NO Convention center - islandtiger on 10/24/13 at 8:38 pm|
I am coordinating a meeting at the Marriott across from the Convention Center and would like some recommendations for some moderate-priced lunch/dinner spots. The more "local" the better. Would be nice to not have to spend all our down time in the Quarter. I, and all the out-of-state folks, thank...
| More Sports Board|| Curious about pay for lower draft choices, undrafted free agents, etc. - islandtiger on 8/26/13 at 9:42 pm|
I have never really paid much attention to the financial side of the game, but all the news about cutting down to 75 has me thinking. If low draft choices that do not have guaranteed contracts or undrafted free agents get cut during preseason, do they get paid their full contract salary or is it pr...
| Money Talk|| Paying for new home construction - islandtiger on 8/25/13 at 7:57 pm|
We are unsure how to proceed with funding our new home construction. In the permitting phase now and should begin construction after the first of the year.
* we own our current home, mortgage-free
* purchased the lot for new home in 2009 with 25% down but with the decline in real...
| Food and Drink Board|| Are there any good breakfast tacos in BR? - islandtiger on 8/19/13 at 8:22 pm|
We run to TX frequently to visit family and I always head to my favorite "hole in the wall" in New Braunfels the first few days to fill up on chorizo-potato-egg-cheese-egg breakfast tacos. I have not found anything in BR that comes close. Any recommendations? Don't send me to McDonalds :lol:...
| Political Talk|| Has welfare destroyed the black family? - islandtiger on 8/19/13 at 7:22 pm|
I have read a fair bit over the years about the effects of welfare on the black community, especially how it may have contributed to fatherless families. However, most of those studies were done by white folks and being a white guy, it has been hard for me to develop a solid position on the issue.
| O-T Lounge|| Turns out Houston is a pretty nice place to visit! - islandtiger on 7/15/13 at 9:16 pm|
Always looked at Houston as a stop for food/gas on the way to the Hill Country to visit family or the pain of dealing with downtown for business. We decided to actually take a short vacation and see what Houston has to offer. I have lived in a number of the major cities in the US and did not think...
| Food and Drink Board|| what dishes are always best when made at home? - islandtiger on 6/23/13 at 10:16 am|
Each year at this time I look forward to picking that perfect tomato from the garden, cutting it int thick slices, cooking some high-quality bacon, lightly toasting some whole wheat bread, spreading some mayo and mustard, adding a few leaves of romaine. Pile it all together and digging in. I have ...
| Food and Drink Board|| Al-door Indian restaurant BR: first visi - islandtiger on 6/17/13 at 10:47 pm|
New Indian restaurant near Coursey and Jones Creek (old Pizza Hut). Caught the buffet Sunday...wanted to try a variety of dishes. Everything was excellent. Some really tasty chicken, lamb and goat dishes. Perfectly spiced with reasonable heat level. Family run and everyone was very friendly. O...
| Food and Drink Board|| Anyone have a great pickle recipe? - islandtiger on 6/9/13 at 9:24 pm|
Overloaded with cucumbers so I am making a batch of bread-and-butter pickles (normal recipe that I heat up with some hot banana peppers). I will can about a dozen pints tonight but would like to try something different next week when I have another truckload of cucumbers in the fridge. Suggestions...
| Political Talk|| what is your definition of poor? - islandtiger on 6/3/13 at 6:47 pm|
A previous thread has me thinking about this question and I am sure everyone has a different threshhold. I grew up in a "resource challenged" family. My definition would include: no money for things like eating out (even fast food), new clothes, toys like bicycles, vacations, college, etc. but en...
| Outdoor Board|| Have I got a dog for you! - islandtiger on 5/13/13 at 8:13 pm|
One of my colleagues cannot drive past a stray dog and picked this one up about a month ago. She has 5 dogs at home and could not keep another one so I agreed to foster the guy...
| Political Talk|| Which ones are most likely to be elected POTUS? - islandtiger on 5/9/13 at 6:04 pm|
Among the following, what is your guess as to order?
A) Straight Woman
B) Gay Man
C) Gay Woman
D) Hispanic Man
A, D, B, C, E, F
| Political Talk|| What if we never run out of oil? - islandtiger on 4/30/13 at 8:18 am|
Excellent article in recent Atlantic magazine on global energy supplies and the implications to political stability around the world. Reiterates the basic economic tennent that as a natural resource becomes too expensive to produce, we shift to an alternative resource rather than extracting the las...