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…

FIRE Station Fun – Grinding Traffic

I had a painful deja vu moment last week when I left the house for a meeting in downtown at 9am.  It was the same route (and same building) which I had trekked to MegaCorp for more than a dozen years at the start of my career.  It was also a route that was choked…

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…