Welcome Neighbors! – Our Journey To FIRE

I was honored to have our journey to FIRE (financial independence & retiring early) featured in our suburban magazine this month.  My friend, Samantha, suggested they interview me for a feature in their December issue because people that ridiculously walk away from a perfectly good career before they are 50 are pretty unusual.  🙂 I…

Did You Play The Lottery This Week?

I didn’t buy a ticket for this week’s $1.7B MegaMillions lottery.  While I love the basic idea of getting a chance to be an instant billionaire, doing the math on the odds spoils the fun for me. While now commonplace, lotteries are certainly one of the most interesting social concepts of all. “Let’s have tens…

Hobbies That Cost, Hobbies That Pay

My friend Russ approached early retirement hobbies much smarter than I have financially.  He performs with friends in a rock band and I’ve enjoyed our sports car and participating in performance driving events.  While we’re both investing extra time into these hobbies that we enjoyed before careers and kids got in the way – I am…

FIRE Travel – Delightful York, England

One of the most delightful cities we’ve visited in the last 10 years is York, England.  Most Americans never set foot too far out of London or Edinburgh when they visit the UK, but multi-layered historical York is a treasure not to be missed. We stayed there for three days on an autumn trip last…

FIRE Travel – Electric Tokyo, Japan

Our son graduated from high school in 2016 and we let him choose a big international trip to mark the occasion.  No surprise that the boy who grew up loving Nintendo, Pokemon, and electronics chose Tokyo!  I’ve written a couple posts about it – packing for the trip & Japan’s unique retirement perspective – but…

Update – Is Bitcoin a Bust or Bounty?

It’s been almost a year since I published my initial post on cryptocurrencies and I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on how our foray into this Wild West of personal finance has advanced – and what I’ve come to believe about their benefits and the confusion around them. PORTFOLIO…

Are You Retiring ‘Early’?

I retired much earlier than most people. I was 49 years old, just two weeks short of my 50th birthday. As I talk with people about early retirement, I find that most people don’t really know how early is ‘early’. The average retirement age in the USA is 62. That’s a bit higher than it…