Chatting with Friends – Odd Comments & Snappy Remarks

When I talk to friends, family and neighbors about my (mostly) secret plan to escape MegaCorp next April and live a life of early retirement, I’m starting to notice that the reactions people have result in one of about a dozen predictable comments. Most people (90%) are nice and say “good for you, that’s amazing”.…

James Bond … Donated His Salary To Charity?

This weekend’s launch of SPECTRE puts James Bond back on the big screen in the 24th official film of the series. Our family is a big fan of the franchise and my son & I saw (and rated) all of the movies over the last year.  We enjoyed the new movie a lot, but you…

FIRE Milestones – Reaching Millionaire Status

I’m going to start this post (part of a series of posts about retirement milestones), with the assumption that most early retirees in the developed world will reach millionaire status as a matter of course in achieving financial independence.  I know the FIRE community is filled with a good number of frugal-living devotees, but I…

Early Retirement FIRE Escape – 5 Months Left

Well, this has certainly been the most dramatic month in the nine months I’ve been posting about our countdown to early retirement. The stock market surged back to positive this month – even my MegaCorp’s stock as they aim to layoff 1,500 useless corporate bureaucrats like me by end of year (Merry Christmas!).