Thanksgiving Freedom From MegaCorp Nonsense

My first year of working out of college came with a lesson in corporate culture.  It was the day before Thanksgiving 1989 and our Division VP told everyone to head out early that Wednesday at 3:00pm to beat rush hour and get an early start on the holiday. This was before the days of flextime,…

FIRE Station Fun – Drinking On The Job

When I resigned from MegaCorp early last year, I brought a bottle of fine Scotch Whisky into my boss’s office to toast my farewell. We didn’t crack it open because he wasn’t feeling well that day and he told me it would have been a violation of company policy.  I suppose that makes sense on…

Have A Great Day, MegaCorp!

It’s now been a full year-and-a-half since I left MegaCorp and early retired.  I drive by the corporate campus on the freeway almost daily and always give a quick wave or salute to my former colleagues that are still in the main buildings we used to work together in. Before I announced I was leaving…

No Vacation Nation?

My wife and I are on vacation in Great Britain this week. She read in the newspaper that the average English government worker gets 28 days of vacation a year.  Almost a month! While that seems like a huge amount relative to the United States, the below chart shows how many average hours are worked…

Summer’s Over – Back to Work

Labor Day weekend brings an end to summertime and a return to work and school. While this is the second start to Autumn in which I’ve enjoyed having no job, I definitely can still relate to the ridiculousness that happens in the workplace. Instead of giving you a post this morning, I thought I would…

FIRE Station Fun – Back To Campus

We dropped our son off at college yesterday to start his sophomore year.  Naturally, I am reflective this morning about him and his adventures.   He really had a productive summer.  He worked part-time at a retail store and took three summer classes to get ahead on his Bachelor’s degree.  My wife an I were astounded…

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…