We are in the car market again after two years with our current fleet. Our SUV has reached the point when it is starting to require quite a few repairs and as I have written before, vehicles are a budget item that I confess to being a guilty pleasure splurge. The SUV we will sell is a 2011 model with 114K miles. We have really … Continue reading Car Shopping Framework – 7 Principles That Guide Us
Rome is my favorite city in the world. It is truly the Eternal City in the sense that ancient, Renaissance, and Christian history are very alive in the city – at the same time that people go about their work-a-day needs in a very modern, metropolitan area. We have been to Rome twice and on each visit I have found the interwoven layers of history … Continue reading FIRE Travel – Eternal Rome
I love this wry quote. It describes a desire that is very human. Although I have never been much of a bridge burner myself, I think we can all relate to the vengeful appeal of breaking free of an authority with no plan to ever return. There is something about this emotion that runs deep in all of us. A satisfyingly potent cocktail of independence … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Burning Bridges
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the crazy financial situation of Alyssa Milano, the actress who has apparently lost all of the millions she made on TV and is in a lawsuit with her former accountant. I wrote that it surprises me how many celebrities, athletes, and musicians seem to waste the great fortunes that they have been able to earn through poor management … Continue reading Deferred Compensation & Savings – Bobby Bonilla
I have commented before that Mr. FireStation is a pretty boring investor. My belief has always been that slow & steady wins the race. Our son, however, has delved into the mysterious world of cryptocurrency, which if you are not familiar with it, perhaps sounds like something only Superman would use. Beginning in January, when we were vacationing in Mexico, our 19 year old son … Continue reading Cryptocurrency – Fad or Future?
Today is the first day of a long summer weekend trip to Chicago for our family. We live in the Twin Cities – just about 400 miles away – but haven’t gone to Chicago for fun in more than 15 years. I’ve been there dozens of times on business – we even used to fly down and back for lunch meetings at our ad agency … Continue reading FIRE Travel – Life On A Different Track
As tomorrow is Independence Day, I will tell you that I never appreciated the idea of freedom as much as I do in early retirement. Living a completely autonomous lifestyle – independent of an employer’s bureaucracy, policy-making, or decision making – is the happiest way of living I can imagine. Even if I owned my own business, I would feel beholden to customers, employees, and … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Independence Day