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,…

Minimum Wage Jobs – Worker Profile

Regardless of your politics, you can’t help but notice the discussion around minimum wage that has been on the news over the last year.  I won’t make this post political, but at the risk of great blogging danger, I wanted to share some information I researched (as part of my Sociology class) that describes who…

Time Cruises In Early Retirement

Summer is over and I’m reflecting today on how quickly it seemed to go by. I thought time might slow down in early retirement, but it turns out that it feels about as quick as when I was working full time.  While I certainly have more time, it still cruises by unexpectedly fast.  The change…

“What Does Your Dad Do For A Living?”

For today’s Mr.FireStation post, I decided to turn the space over to my 18 year old son who starts his freshman year of college on Wednesday.  Just as MRS FireStation posted her perspective on our early retirement a few weeks ago, I thought it would be interesting to hear from the other member of our…

Death by FIRE?

I’m dying early, it seems. I didn’t realize it, but a recent Oregon State University study claims to show that people that retire early are “11% more likely” to die earlier than those that work past age 65.  Perhaps reaching FIRE (financial independence and retiring early) is bad for my health? The 18 year long…