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Sep 17, 2009 2:51 pm

Recently moved to Rhode Island.  Anyone familiar with the area, or have any tips (moved from Florida, so this will be my first true winter).

Sep 17, 2009 3:03 pm

I am.  Send me a PM if you have specific questions.  Are you moving your practice there?

 
Tip #1 - Buy some boots and a coat
Tip #2 - Learn to fish and sail
Tip #3 - Change your name to Wet Blanketoni. It will help your business.  Immensely.  After you live there for a while, you'll understand what I mean. 
Sep 17, 2009 3:12 pm
B24:

I am.  Send me a PM if you have specific questions.  Are you moving your practice there?

 
Tip #1 - Buy some boots and a coat
Tip #2 - Learn to fish and sail
Tip #3 - Change your name to Wet Blanketoni. It will help your business.  Immensely.  After you live there for a while, you'll understand what I mean. 
 
I've been here for about two months.  Most important lesson I have learned: If it is further than a 8 minute drive, then its not worth going to (and that applies to everything).
Sep 17, 2009 3:56 pm

Oh yeah, and anytime someone says "It's right near Providence" take that with a grain of salt.  Everything in Rhode Island is "right near Providence". 

 
The other nice one...."It's right off 95".  No sh1t, really?
Sep 17, 2009 3:57 pm

Where do you live?  "Near the water."

 
OK.  You live in Rhode ISLAND you stupid mother fuker.  I KNOW you live near the water.
Sep 18, 2009 10:25 am

I'm not sure if this is little known or well known, but:

 
Little Known Fact: prostitution indoors is legal in Rhode Island.  Prostitution outdoors is illegal.  I wonder what they consider prostitution in a dumpster...
Sep 18, 2009 10:27 am

I guess a more specific question would be concerning apparrel.

 
Last night, after B24's mention of boots, took a look at my footwear, which ranged from tennis shoes, dress shoes, and flip flops.  Any specific recommendation for boots?
 
Also for jackets.  I have a pull over, and a snowboarding jacket( that's it) - don't really want to wear it into the office.
Sep 18, 2009 10:50 am

First: that prostitution law is well known by all (in this area...from what I hear....from others).

 
Second: If you have to do much outdoor walking in a suit in the winter, try this (I learned this trick from my Dad...worked great when I was working in NYC)....buy a pair of black leather army boots, and keep them shined.  People can barely tell the difference, and then change into your shoes at work.  And PLEASE no sneakers with the suit.
 
Third: For weekend boots, I personally like stuff from North Face, Merrill, or LL Bean.
 
Fourth: Not sure what you wear to the office, but if you don't have to wear a suit, a Navy Peacoat is great.  It can be worn with business casual as well as jeans.  But get a good quality wool one, not some crap from TJ Maxx.  It will last you forever.
 
Fifth: Get a good dress/casual raincoat - this will end up being a 3-season coat.  Get one with a removable liner so you can wear it in winter or spring/fall.  The weather can be weird (rain in February, snow in April,....).
Sep 18, 2009 11:02 am

Navy peacoat - didn't even think of that.  All very helpful suggestions - and I think I can knock out most of the list at the local army/navy surplus store.

Sep 18, 2009 11:09 am

I used to doorknock in a wool navy peacoat.  I could go all day long in that thing as long as my pen didn't freeze. 

 
B24 is right, there is a big difference between the cheap ones and the military grade ones.  The one I have was my dad's that he got back in the 70's.  It still looks great even though it's pushing 40 years old.  Wish I could say the same for myself.  
 
As for boots, make sure you get the ones that are Gortex.  If you can't find what you want at the surplus store, check out Cabela's or Bass Pro Shops online.  Lands End also carries winter stuff, so look there too. 
 
B - what's wrong with the Glenn Beck Chuck Taylor's with the suit?  You mean I should stop doing that? 
Sep 18, 2009 11:19 am
Spaceman Spiff:
 
B - what's wrong with the Glenn Beck Chuck Taylor's with the suit?  You mean I should stop doing that? 
 
Thanks.  Glad I didn't mention my suit/flip flop combo.
Sep 18, 2009 12:46 pm
Spaceman Spiff:

I used to doorknock in a wool navy peacoat.  I could go all day long in that thing as long as my pen didn't freeze. 

 
B24 is right, there is a big difference between the cheap ones and the military grade ones.  The one I have was my dad's that he got back in the 70's.  It still looks great even though it's pushing 40 years old.  Wish I could say the same for myself.  
 
As for boots, make sure you get the ones that are Gortex.  If you can't find what you want at the surplus store, check out Cabela's or Bass Pro Shops online.  Lands End also carries winter stuff, so look there too. 
 
B - what's wrong with the Glenn Beck Chuck Taylor's with the suit?  You mean I should stop doing that? 
 
Spiff, you're the guy I used to see on the "EL" on the way to work.  Blue pinstripe suit, white tennis sneakers, a baseball hat, and headphones.  Real chick magnet.
Sep 21, 2009 9:19 am

Just an update - went to Newport for the cliff walk - amazing.  Some of it is a blatant waste of real estate, ie. some school right on the water there.

 
Went to the firewalk - that was pretty nice and cheap.
 
And had a life changing experience - the Steak Bomb.  Don't know if this is RI specific, or a New England thing - but what a wonderful invention.  Never thought of putting pastrami on a cheese steak before.  That guy deserves a medal.
 
Also Hot Weiners (aka "Gaggers") are good as well, and an endless source for crude office humor.
Sep 21, 2009 10:27 am

The move is permanent - as far as I can see.  I didn't have much of a book of business to take care of, because I'm not in a producing role.  Any accounts that I did have were either family accounts that I directed them to Charles Schwab or Think or Swim, or small accounts that I sprinkled to various members of RR (those that wanted them) or had them denetwork to the fund (in the case of mutual fund clients).

 
But yeah, I didn't have to worry about it.
Sep 21, 2009 1:25 pm

What are you going to do now?  More of a producing role?

Sep 21, 2009 1:36 pm
UNDERMINDED:

What are you going to do now?  More of a producing role?

 
Nope, just a much higher paying role with a clearer career advancement path. 
Sep 21, 2009 6:57 pm

No, I was never a retail FA.  Now I am doing compliance for a RIA - used to be with an Indy firm.  I've contemplated being a FA after getting into compliance (and getting all of my licenses) - but I just enjoy the challenge (the job) too much.

Sep 21, 2009 10:34 pm
iceco1d:

Haha,

So you enjoy preventing business from getting done then?    Just kiddin'.


 
Ofcourse.  As a welcome to the firm, Sales and Marketing took me out for drinks...I'm on to them.
Sep 22, 2009 6:39 pm
Wet_Blanket:

Just an update - went to Newport for the cliff walk - amazing. Some of it is a blatant waste of real estate, ie. some school right on the water there.



Went to the firewalk - that was pretty nice and cheap.



And had a life changing experience - the Steak Bomb. Don't know if this is RI specific, or a New England thing - but what a wonderful invention. Never thought of putting pastrami on a cheese steak before. That guy deserves a medal.



Also Hot Weiners (aka "Gaggers") are good as well, and an endless source for crude office humor.





I hit Newport for a couple of weekends each summer. Place is great and It motivates me to produce more. Nothing like a stroll through the breakers to see what serious wealth actually looks like.



By the way, now that you live in RI, make sure you cut a hole in side of you house for the A/C unit.

Sep 23, 2009 8:42 am
Omar:


By the way, now that you live in RI, make sure you cut a hole in side of you house for the A/C unit.

 
Yeah, that's something that I still haven't gotten used to.  Looking at the enormous, old money mansions on the cliff walk - with a/c units in every window.  At least in Florida - that was a sign fo being poor, just weird to see them everywhere (our capital building included).