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 some level, but believe it or not, it came as … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Drinking On The Job
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 MegaCorp, I wanted to make sure that I was on … Continue reading Have A Great Day, MegaCorp!
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 across a number of developed countries. You can see that … Continue reading No Vacation Nation?
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 just share these work memes to get readers off to … Continue reading Summer’s Over – Back to Work
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 at how responsible he is. We met when we were … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Back To Campus
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 in all of us. A satisfyingly potent cocktail of independence … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Burning Bridges
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 from start to finish with an unending traffic jam. As … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Grinding Traffic