FIRE Travel – Chicago, City of Big Shoulders

Chicago, Illinois is known as the “City of Big Shoulders”.  While it is in the middle of the introverted American midwest – it thinks big and carries itself as a hardworking blue-collar city.  Little cultural pretense, yet world class sights and amenities. We’ve been to Chicago many times but hadn’t been there on a family…

FIRE Station Fun – Back To Campus

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…

FIRE Station Fun – Independence Day

As tomorrow is Independence Day, I will tell you that I never appreciated the idea of freedom as much as I do in early retirement.  Living a completely autonomous lifestyle – independent of an employer’s bureaucracy, policy-making, or decision making – is the happiest way of living I can imagine.  Even if I owned my…