FIRE Station Fun – Bond On Life

Roger Moore, most well-known for his seven movies as James Bond, passed away earlier this week at age 89.  It was a long, grand life for this military officer and well-known actor, who in addition to acting served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations/UNICEF and was knighted by the Queen for his charitable work.…

FIRE Savings – Store Brand vs. National Brand

Readers that know me know that I spent my entire career across working for MegaCorps, running branded food businesses. My job was leading a team to figure out the best way to get consumers to choose our soup, yogurt, or frozen pizza over our competitors – which include the low priced store brand. Despite having…

FIRE Station Fun – Gaining Work?

One of the funny things about being retired early is that people are always suggesting jobs that you can do.  People say, “Oh, you should get a job as a golf course ranger,” or “With your extra time, you could get a side hustle flipping houses”.  Many people focus on what you have given up…

FIRE Station Funny – Conversation Pivot

When people learn that I retired early, they will almost always enthusiastically ask “what it is like to not go to work?”  In response, I often say “Truthfully, it’s the best job I never had.”  That answer is always worth a quick laugh, conveys the truth of the situation, and provides me just enough ‘cover’ to…

FIRE Politics – Seize The Rich?

I visited with a friend over a beer last week and we discussed a lot of things, including – inevitably – national politics.  As I wrote in my election day post about what the next President needs to do, I argued that the most important issue is government out of control spending.  Rein in the spending,…