I’ve written before about the fun of going on weekly ‘field trips’ and checking out a museum or taking a behind-the-scenes tour. One of the benefits of a FIRE lifestyle is having the time to go experience – and learn about things – you wouldn’t have had time for when you were working. Today, I’m taking a very literal ‘field trip’ down to Iowa and … Continue reading Fall Field Trip
I worked for three companies during the course of my career. I spent 12 years at the first, was ‘acquired’ by the second (where I spent another 12 years), and capped off my career at the third (for 3 years). All three were large, multinational ‘MegaCorps’ and blue-chip companies. Even though it’s been almost 4 years since I wound down my last days at my … Continue reading Tracking MegaCorp Performance
On my original list of 150 things I wrote down to keep busy in early retirement, I had ‘watching new movies more often’ as a fun activity. I love movies – our whole family does – and we are certainly in a ‘golden age’ of big screen entertainment. Related: Early Retirement ‘Not Bored List’ Before retiring, I expected I would watch about 30 new movies … Continue reading Movie Musings
When I was working, the Friday after Labor Day was always one of my least favorites of the year. It was the first full Friday after ‘summer hours’ ended. Summer hours became a phenomenon back in the 1990s, and I always thought they were one of the best MegaCorp perks we ever got. The design was simple – work an hour longer Monday thru Thursday … Continue reading End Of Summer Bummer
A couple of years ago, I commented how wonderful social media is to stay in touch with people. Some worry they will become recluses in early retirement, but I’ve found the opposite is true. Social media is terrific at what it is designed to do – keep people connected. Related: 15 Positives About Social Media In FIRE Recently, I had a great experience ‘take me … Continue reading Social Media & My Old School
I always say that no matter how bored you might think that early retirement can get, it will never be as boring as a budget meeting. That said, it has never been boring for me in the three in a half hours that I’ve been goofing off. Yesterday is a perfect example. I researched/booked some travel tour tickets in the morning, my wife’s book club … Continue reading Always Busy, Never Boring
You’d have to work to be bored in early retirement – there are always interesting things to do. This summer we’ve gone on some great trips (Los Angeles & Michigan), attended a big outdoor music festival, served as event chairs for our Zoo’s summer fundraising bash, and spun our sports car through a couple of great driving events. In between the ‘big events’ it’s been … Continue reading Batter Up!