A Shocking Comparison for Tax Day

This is the final weekend to work on your income taxes. April 17th is the deadline this year because the 15th falls on a Sunday and the 16th is a District holiday in Washington. We filed our taxes earlier this week. We finally got the right paperwork from MegaCorp – whose bureaucracy still operates as…

FIRE Second Anniversary – Life Wheel Update (2)

This is the second of two posts that detail the eight dimensions on this ‘Life Wheel’ that I developed just before early retiring from MegaCorp two years ago.  It is a long answer to the most common question I get these days: “What do you do to stay busy?” Last week, I covered the first…

FIRE Second Anniversary – Life Wheel Update (1)

If I’ve learned one thing in early retirement it is that if you are worried you won’t have enough things to keep you busy in early retirement, you are very wrong. Simply put, the number of fun UNPAID things to do in this world greatly outnumber the quantity of fun PAID activities! Before I left…

MegaCorp Nonsense Doesn’t End in Retirement

Some people complain about the inefficiency of government, other people complain about the inefficiency of working for a big company. I’ve been spending hours dealing with the nexus of both of these time wasters in getting my income taxes together before the April deadline. Last year, I spent more than 20 hours on the phone…

What’s Your FIRE Splurge?

About 10 years ago, a product scientist that worked on my team at MegaCorp was getting ready to retire and bought himself a bright red Pontiac Firebird with the big hood scoop and body flares. He was a fun guy to work with and said he wanted to treat himself to something fun for retirement…