The Little Things In Life

Some say not to ignore the LITTLE things each day because you might discover that they are really the big things in life. I have written a bit about some of the big things that have changed in our life since retiring early last year. The BIG things are the easy things to notice that…

FIRE Station Fun – Boat Life

We declined on rejoining the boat club we belonged to for the last five years and now that the weather has jumped up into the 80s, I’m wondering how much we will miss it? Financially, it certainly was a terrific deal.  We paid $3K a summer and had unlimited uses of a terrific fleet of…

FIRE Station Fun – Bond On Life

Roger Moore, most well-known for his seven movies as James Bond, passed away earlier this week at age 89.  It was a long, grand life for this military officer and well-known actor, who in addition to acting served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations/UNICEF and was knighted by the Queen for his charitable work.…

FIRE Station Fun – Gaining Work?

One of the funny things about being retired early is that people are always suggesting jobs that you can do.  People say, “Oh, you should get a job as a golf course ranger,” or “With your extra time, you could get a side hustle flipping houses”.  Many people focus on what you have given up…

FIRE Station Funny – Conversation Pivot

When people learn that I retired early, they will almost always enthusiastically ask “what it is like to not go to work?”  In response, I often say “Truthfully, it’s the best job I never had.”  That answer is always worth a quick laugh, conveys the truth of the situation, and provides me just enough ‘cover’ to…

FIRE Station Fun – Calculating Returns

Most of 2016 did not bring a lot of growth in the stock market.  It wasn’t until Election Day that the S&P500 really took off with gains of +15% behind the so-called Trump Rally, which seems to hinge on corporate and individual tax cuts and simplification.  Heaven knows how the Federal government is going to…

FIRE Station Fun – Get Climbing!

I’m picking up my son at college later today.  He is coming home for a party this weekend and will be home for the summer in just a few weeks.  While he is only finishing his Freshman year at college right now, I know that soon he will be graduating for college and establishing himself…