FIRE Travel – Eternal Rome

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…

FIRE Station Fun – Burning Bridges

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…

Deferred Compensation & Savings – Bobby Bonilla

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…

Cryptocurrency – Fad or Future?

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…

FIRE Travel – Life On A Different Track

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…

FIRE Station Fun – Independence Day

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…