I was at our dentist earlier this week and he was asking me if I had seen the beautiful pre-sunrise colors that morning. I guess there were crazy orange & golden sun rays that lit up the clouds and vividly set off the autumn foliage. Unfortunately, I had missed them. I said, “no, I don’t work, so I don’t really see the sun come up … Continue reading Wake Up Times
As offices start to reopen across the country, many folks that have been working from home are wondering if they are going to lose the work-from-home flexibility they’ve been enjoying during the pandemic. A recent USA Today poll says that about 40% of workers want to keep working remotely when business gets back to ’normal’. For many, the biggest benefit of working from home has … Continue reading Stuck In The Slow Lane – Commuting
I had lunch with my former MegaCorp boss this week who is visiting after being away about three years. He retired to a North Carolina golf resort where he said he gets about 120 rounds a year in. I thought I would be golfing a lot more in early retirement, but it is one of the things that just never gelled. On Wednesday, I went … Continue reading Busier Than Ever
I saw this picture online and it made me think of how much we have changed as a society. Do you remember when we used to go to the grocery store and people weren’t wearing pajamas? It has been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t gotten that bad with my fashions in early retirement yet, although I am much more casual. In the summer, I … Continue reading Remember When …?
Our puppy, Riley, discovered my pile of slippers recently. He snuck in my closet and found that I had three matching pairs of navy blue, fleece Acorns. The great thing about dogs is that they don’t judge you. They don’t say, “why the hell do you have three identical pairs of slippers?” They don’t see the silliness of such obvious clutter. The slippers aren’t identical, … Continue reading Too Many Slippers? Too Much Clutter?
I am SO looking forward to watching the Summer Olympic Games over the next few weeks. I’m such an Olympic fanboy, I once told my boss I would work for free if we could explore a MegaCorp Olympic Sponsorship. He passed, and I quit. I’ve been retired 5 years now and this is only the third Olympics since my FIRE escape. Related: Four Years Is … Continue reading Summer Olympic Games
Thinking about retirement? Friends of mine are. I enjoyed a frosty refreshment with an old friend recently and he said, “I never thought about retirement until you retired. Since then, I think about it almost every single day”. Another friend recently called and commented, “we haven’t talked in a while, but I have to tell you – your early retirement is never far from my … Continue reading Very Visible Early Retiree
We were supposed to find a new everyday vehicle for my wife this month, but we haven’t gotten out to any dealerships yet. In the meanwhile, I signed a monthly lease for this nearby storage garage to hold a new ‘fun’ car for me. I have an SUV for everyday needs that my son and I bought in North Carolina a few years ago. I … Continue reading The New Branch Office
Everyone I know keeps quite busy in early retirement. It might in fact be true that early retirees are even more busy than they were when they were working. Summer, which gloriously exploded this week in MN, is an especially busy time. Whether it is the season or my age (I turned 55 back in April), I am finding myself too busy to accomplish everything … Continue reading Reading Goals – Abridged
They say that a puppy is a ticket to immediate exercise, but our 3-a-day walks of the new pupper have surprisingly been a ticket to something else …. getting to know our neighborhood in a completely new way. We thought we knew the neighborhood well already. We’ve lived here for almost 11 years and have met everyone up-and-down the street at one time or another. … Continue reading Neighborhood Tour Guide