FIRE Milestone – The Glorious Farewell Party

I can’t begin to describe the almost dreamlike surrealness that comes with walking into a beautifully decorated restaurant and reading a BIG banner and cake that say “Congratulations on your Retirement!”  YOUR retirement.  This is IT.  If you aren’t 1000% sure you are ready for early retirement, seeing the BIG cake at the YOUR farewell…

Final Week of Work – A Bang or Whimper?

Entering the atomic age, T.S. Elliot  remarked that the end of the world would likely come now come with “not a bang, but a whimper”.  As I enter the final week of my almost 27 year professional world, I am not sure whether to expect a bang or a whimper myself.  Will this be a…

FIRE Station Fun – Frivolous Travel

We are on the last day of spring break and enjoying beautiful 80-degree days in sunny Florida, while our home in Minnesota got hit hard with almost a foot of snow (Minne-snow-da).  One of my brothers posted a picture of his long driveway freshly plowed after 11” of snow! It’s more than escaping the cold…

Magical Escape From Work Email

  This week we are on Spring Break – enjoying the sunny weather in Florida.  When I get back, I only have one week left in the office before I leave for early retirement, so I’m kind of feeling retired already.  Kind of like the ‘practice early retirement’ I imagined when I was home for…

FIRE Milestones – Taking Stuff Home From Work

With just a few weeks to go before early retirement, I’ve started the process of taking things home from my MegaCorp office.  My plan is to take home bits & pieces until April Fool’s Day, when I turn in my badge & laptop on my final day.  It’s a small but meaningful milestone in my…

FIRE Station Fun – Life Of Independence

In the MegaCorp world, you are in the Navy.  Most everything is respectable, most everyone follows the orders, and most everybody works to get along.  While the discipline and diligence drives efficiency and executional success, the lack of independence and spontaneity can be huge demotivators to people over time. Achieving FIRE (financial independence & retiring…

One More Year Effort Becomes “Angel Fund”

For those of you who have been following MrFireStation.com since early last year, you know about our plan to devote all of our final year’s paychecks and bonus to a good cause. We first wrote about our “One More Year” fund last April and gave more detail on the background on the idea and an…