Autumn On-Campus – Lifelong Learning Classes

Autumn is in the air and for the third straight year, that finds me back on campus. One of the most interesting things I’ve been able to do in Early Retirement is take university classes on a variety of subjects. Two years ago, when my own son was just starting college himself, I took advantage…

Achieve The American Dream In Just Three Simple Steps?

Perhaps because it is a midterm election year, the media is filled with stories about the “Death of the American Dream”.  This is a popular political narrative that both major parties love to play on – and play against each other.  Vilifying the other party for “ruining America” has long grown tiresome to me, but…

Not Much ‘Price is Right’ in Early Retirement

Earlier this week I turned on the TV as I was making myself breakfast. The game show, “The Price Is Right” was on and kicking off their 47th season and an Emmy win with a special episode. Everyone was dressed in formal wear and one contestant won $100,000! I loved this show when I was…

Biggest Financial Regrets – Have Any?

Someone recently started a thread on Reddit asking “What is your biggest financial mistake/regret?” I posted a couple articles on our biggest mistakes in the past and so I perused the Reddit thread to see if our misery had some company. Here were the responses – in order of how often people mentioned them: Spent…

Cost of a Speeding Ticket – Worth It?

I received what I call an ‘excessive velocity tax’  – more commonly known as a speeding ticket – a couple of weeks ago on a charity road rally to Chicago and back.  I wasn’t really ripping down the road when I was pulled over (above picture).  In fact, both my navigator and I felt that…

A History of Time & Timekeeping

I’ve written before that the biggest difference that I’ve come to associate with early retirement is that your fundamental relationship with the concept of TIME changes. That is, instead of time being USED as a resource of productivity, it becomes SAVORED as a resource of lifestyle enjoyment. Recently, I’ve been reading the magnificent history book…

Funniest FIRE Reactions

On a recent sunny day, I was picking up a friend at my former MegaCorp headquarters building to go out for lunch.  I was pulled up in front of the visitor entrance in my sporty, summer car with the top down. I must have looked pretty relaxed sitting in the convertible when a woman –…