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…

FIRE Station Fun – Birthday Freedom

It’s hard to think about financial independence and retiring early separate from the concept of AGE.  I’ve been early retired for a year now and I get the questions constantly: How old are you?  You look too young to be retired?  What will you do for the rest of your life? I retired two weeks…

FIRE Station Fun – Cleaning Stuff Up

There is probably no one more quotable when it comes to personal finance and lifestyle advice than Ben Franklin.  A prolific quipster, his proverbs on money and our relationship with it are short, snappy, and typically spot-on.  Much of our cultural ethos on work and money come from Ben’s writings in his Poor Richard’s Almanac.   It…

FIRE Station Fun – Let Me Count The Ways

A number of readers have been chatting about how many months they have until their own early retirement dates and how anxious they are getting.  I started this blog when I had 15 months left before my FIRE escape date from MegaCorp.  That seemed like a really long time at that point, but now when…

FIRE Station Fun – Running Through Life

My son forwarded me this sobering cartoon that he saw on Twitter yesterday. I’m not sure who originally drew it, but it does describe the dark side of the American Dream that we all worry about, doesn’t it? Sorry to not have something more cheerful to send you off this weekend.  If nothing else, here’s…

FIRE Station Fun – Possibilities

I am now closing in on my first full YEAR of early retirement.  I will hit the anniversary mark on April Fool’s Day this year.  It has been a terrific rotation around the sun and I haven’t regretted it at all. Not surprisingly, everyone is asking me “are you doing all of those things that…

FIRE Station Fun – Patient Profits

The stock market is off to a nice clip so far this year with the S&P 500 and International EFEA up more than 5% in less than two months.  Things are moving so fast that I am already losing my bet on where the market will be on the Fourth of July this year, as…