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 –…

What’s Your FIRE Splurge?

About 10 years ago, a product scientist that worked on my team at MegaCorp was getting ready to retire and bought himself a bright red Pontiac Firebird with the big hood scoop and body flares. He was a fun guy to work with and said he wanted to treat himself to something fun for retirement…

FIRE Station Fun – Good Times

The whole Fire Station Family is out spending our money on good times this week.  We are on our summer vacation (to Tokyo & Kyoto) and not thinking this trip is money spent foolishly at all.  We each have our priorities that we budget for and travel is a big one for us.  Check out…

FIRE Milestone – Final Day: Blasting Into Retirement

Friday was my last day at WORK.  My last day EVER.  Just short of 10,000 days since I first started my professional career (about 6,300 work days).  The day had a range of emotions and activities that spanned excitement & ordinary.  The highlight was BLASTING out of the MegaCorp parking garage toward freedom! People have…

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…