Daily Archives: May 13, 2015

New Hampshire: Buying Car Out-of-State & Transporting It Back.

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As far as I can see, and I have spoken at length with DMV folks at Concord, N.H. and our (always extremely helpful) Tax collection ladies at Alton Town Hall here are the only valid LEGAL options for purchasing a car out-of-state and bringing it back to New Hampshire.

1. Have it transported to N.H. via a transport service.

2. Trailer it yourself using a flatbed trailer.

3. Go buy the car, out-of-state, bring the title, bill-of-sale and odometer statement back to N.H., get PERMANENT plates, go back, out-of-state, PUT the plates on and drive back.

4. Get valid ‘Transit Plates‘ in the state of purchase and use those to drive the car back.

5. Convince the seller to drive to N.H., with the plates they have, go to a DMV or to your town, complete the purchase and then get plates.

Things that will not work and those that are NOT legal.

** Contrary to what the seller might tell you, you CAN NOT just take N.H. plates from an existing car and use them on the out-of-state car, temporarily, to bring it back. That can land you in some very hot water. A number of sellers that I have spoken to have told me to do this BUT I am not that stupid — contrary to what I may look and act. DMV and others have confirmed that this falls under misuse of plates and is considered a serious crime — as it should be.

** Massachusetts State Troopers (depending on their whim) will refuse to recognize N.H. 20-day Temporary Plates and ticket you! This came as a surprise to me. I know that during my last 30 years in N.H. I have been to MA in cars that had temp plates. I wasn’t stopped BUT it appears that this happens. Check it out.

** N.H. Towns, like Alton, cannot issue 20-day temp. plates. Only DMV locations can do so and you have to have registration, bill of sales etc. in order to get one.

I have been finding all of these to my costs because I have been looking at buying a car out-of-state.

Over the years I have bought a few cars in MA, a Jeep Cherokee in 1989 in Lowell, a red Camaro Z28 in 1987 in Lowell and a Cadillac. I bought a black, fully-loaded Cadillac STS from ‘Cadillac of Norwood‘, in MA, on Thanksgiving eve in 1996. I had done the whole deal over the telephone. Drove down in a Green Firebird that I was trading in and drove back in my black ‘Rocket Ship‘ STS. Can’t remember how the plate situation worked. This was a long time ago and I bought all of these from large dealers. I guess they put some kind of dealer plates. Never had any problems.

But now I was looking at private out-of-state sales.

Transportation is not as bad as it sounds. You can get a car from the East Coast for between $250 and $500. If you have AAA you can get it trailered relatively inexpensively.

Going out-of-state buying the car coming back with the paperwork, getting the plates and going back only really works if the distance is not that great. Once you get to around 100 miles it becomes impractical because you are talking two full round-trips.

The seller driving up to N.H. works but as you can imagine many will not be motivated to do so UNLESS they start getting desparate. I did have a seller who was willing to drive up from Plymouth, MA — but only after he realized that I had ruled him out.

Thought that this might help you. 

Omni Hotel Independence Park, Philadelphia Sets Out To Profit From Fatal Amtrak Crash.

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I had a call from a manager at the Omni this morning. They had obviously seen the media blitz I had done about this cancellation policy, including taking to Yelp. I also contacted their HQ. he said that they will not be charging me the cancellation fee nor anybody else impacted by the Amtrak accident.

I am glad. They should have had this policy within hours of the accident. Shame it took them 48+ hours — and it came after I went to town.

Hope this helps.

Omni Hotel Independence Park, Philadelphia

Click to ENLARGE and read. This sucks. Omni Hotel Independence Park, Philadelphia — how low can you stoop. Shame on you.

Omni Hotels & Resorts are despicable.

Trying to profit from an accident.

Wow. Things must be desparate.

I said I would GLADLY reschedule. Change the reservation to next week. NOPE.

They want their pound of flesh.

Take it. If you are that desparate.


Right now there is no Amtrak service from New York to Philadelphia.

Amtrak is NOT sure about Thursday, i.e., May 14, 2015. I am not going to take a chance.

Amtrak allowed me to cancel, 100% refund, no hassle. I am impressed.

I had bought travel insurance through Allianz. I didn’t need the insurance because Amtrak cancelled without a fee.

ONLY entity that gave me any trouble is Omni BLOODY Hotels and BLOODY Resorts.

Shame on them.

Trying to profit from an Amtrak accident where 7 people died.

Shame when businesses stoop that low.

Eye-Catching Google Doodle For Danish Inge Lehmann, Discoverer Of Earth’s Inner Core — 127th Birth Anniversary.

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Permanent access, independent of date,
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Impressive Worldwide reach as befits a Doodle
that deals with the Earth’s inner core.

Click to access Wikipedia entry for Inge Lehmann.

Amtrak Handling Of Philadelphia Train Situation Following Tragic Crash Beyond Unacceptable.

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Of course the derailment of Amtrak train 188, from D.C. to New York, north of Philadelphia, last night, and the consequent loss of life (7) and injuries is a tragedy. We should not has as many train accidents as we do — not in the U.S. and not in 2015. This to me appears to be another instance of human error, excessive speed due to some form of impairment — who knows, the engineer could have been texting or browsing his new Apple watch.

As the media have also been quick to point out Amtrak, especially of late, is no stranger to accidents.

So how come Amtrak is acting CLUELESS about how to deal with the aftermath.

Amtrak should have a detailed, bang-bang-bang, plan as to contingency plans after an accident — with no two accidents ever been the same.

Amtrak’s latest post is as of May 13, 2015, 2:45 AM!

That is NOT acceptable in today’s Internet world. We should have more regular updates ESPECIALLY about the train service — NYC to Philadelphia and beyond — given that this is the MOST travelled of rail corridors in the U.S.

Why am I so put out. Because I am on train 177 from Boston to Philadelphia tomorrow. It is 1:30 pm Wednesday and Amtrak has NO idea whether they can get me to Philadelphia tomorrow or not. All I want to know is should I make alternate plans. They can’t tell me.

I don’t think that that is OK. They should be able to do better. Don’t you think an Airline would handle this better?

I do understand that in the scheme of things, with 7 poor people dead and countless others seriously injured, this may sound like small potatoes. But my point is that Amtrak should be MORE on the ball. They seem, and I have spoken with them, by phone, all at sea.

Four Impressive (3 Very Good Looking) Diné (Navajo) Folks From Our Stay In The Navajo Nation.

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He was a vendor at ‘Four Corners’. We didn’t buy anything from him, but did so, from his niece, in the stall next door. As soon as I saw him I thought he looked like a movie star Navajo. He agreed, quite graciously, to be photographed. I think he has some classic features.

She worked as a cashier at the “Thunderbird Cafe”, at “Sacred Canyon Lodge”, Canyon de Chelly. I was struck by her looks. Alas most of the Navajo women do not look like this, So she stuck out even more. Even Deanna commented on how pretty she was. She too let me take her picture. She thought it was funny. But she also admitted that people would often comment on her looks. That is good.

Antonio Carroll, Canyon de Chelly — artist, raconteur and ambassador. We met him at the first outlook, on Day 1. He engaged us in a conversation as soon as we stepped out of the car. Very nice guy, very talented. There was no way Deanna was leaving without buying one of his pieces. We ended up with two because he took a liking to Deanna and gave her an offer that even I could not refuse.

Very nice, jewelry maker, who we met on our third day, while touring the northern rim of Canyon de Chelly. Yes, Deanna bought jewelry for herself and the girls from him. He insisted on having his picture taken with us.

The Diné. Lovely people. ‘Navajo’, as at least three of them pointed out to us, quite forcibly, is the ‘Spanish’ or ‘white’ name. They like to be called Diné.

I started spending time in the Indian reservations in Arizona from my very first visit in 1980. When I was 30 pounds heavier than I now am I looked like a Navajo. The first time I visited Canyon de Chelly, in 1986, the locals would often talk to me in Navajo and be surprised when I could not talk back.

Lovely people. I am very fond of them. Deanna took an instant shining to them. We spent a lot of time chatting with them on this trip. We gave rides, on two separate days, to two different female hitchhikers, one old, one young. They hitchhike a lot because many don’t own any transport. In the case of the latter we drove 22 miles out of our way! It was 2pm, it was hot and she was, at best, in her late teens. She didn’t say much. The older lady, a mother of eight, talked non-stop. Told us all sorts of things including stories about rattlers and how one of her sons got bitten by one on a fishing trip.

Just wanted to share these pictures with YOU. Enjoy.

Finally A Final ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ Adieu To Aberdeen (Artio) Global High Income Fund, BJBHX.

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Well it had been on the cards for months. BJBHX was going nowhere, but down. Interest rates are due to rise and according to all junk bonds were due to take another hammering as that happened. The dividends, always BJBHX’s one redeeming trait, were also beginning to dry up. I could NOT take it anymore. I will be the first to admit that BJBHX helped — nay, enabled — me to weather the 2008ish financial crisis. BJBHX did good, very good, in those dark and uncertain times.

But things have changed and with that BJBHX’s value-proposition. I started to wind-down my position about 7 weeks ago. I did not want to pull-out, overnight, cold turkey. Why? I did not want to hurt my fellow shareholders! Yes, I am strange. I have never denied it. I am what you might call an altruistic investor. I do not like to hurt others. Yes, I know. Crazy. But then again I am also not greedy. To also be fair, most of the time I do not have anything to worry about since the most I usually have to invest is around $2 (as you might know from my posts). But in the case of BJBHX I had a few shekels in the pot. If I had withdrawn it all, one night, as I was certainly entitled to do, since I have held these shares for years, it could have hurt the NAV. So I opted to withdraw in batches to limit the outflow. I finally made my last withdrawal as soon as we got back from Arizona. I am GLAD I did.

I am using the proceeds from BJBHX to play options. Yes, the ability to write more options was another reason I wanted out of BJBHX. I think I have a problem. I am addicted to writing options! As far as addictions go this is not too bad or painful. I only do out-of-the-money options using good underlying stock. It is fun. It is white-collar gambling. But with the options I stand a chance to make some money, and that had ceased to be the case with Aberdeen (Artio) Global High Income Fund. So bye, bye blackbird. IF I never own another Artio product, that might prove to be too soon. Coincidentally, or otherwise, that is when the rot set in, when Artio acquired Aberdeen,

I also, a few weeks earlier, be it, also got rid of all my shares in YACKX, Yacktman Fund. I had been a (secret) YACKX holder for a longtime. 7+ years I think. It was the fund I never talked about. I had found it after years of diligent research and I didn’t want it spoiled. It (again prior to an acquisition) used to be a little champ. Delivered on its promise and dolled out some healthy dividends. It too has since lost its way. I didn’t, in reality, have much invested in it and as such it was no big deal closing it out, overnight. I did that about 6 weeks ahead of BJBHX. So that is bye, bye to two mutual funds. I now have just three more, one of them NOIEX, ‘Northern Income Equity Fund’, that no longer generates income! I have sold some NOIEX shares in 2015 and I am pretty sure that NOIEX will cease despoiling my portfolio within the next few weeks. I think my patience has finally started to run out. That will leave me with just two funds, one that I just acquired at the end of 2014. It hasn’t done much but it shows promise. The other I had had for a ‘long’ time. Maybe 4+ years. It delivers on what it says in its prospectus.


AMG Yacktman Fund, YACKX, data from MarketWatch.com. Click to ENLARGE and look.