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…

Summer’s Over – Back to Work

Labor Day weekend brings an end to summertime and a return to work and school. While this is the second start to Autumn in which I’ve enjoyed having no job, I definitely can still relate to the ridiculousness that happens in the workplace. Instead of giving you a post this morning, I thought I would…

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 – Decluttering Work Clothes

  My closet has a big hole in it.  Last weekend, while getting home from a weekend trip, I noticed how many dress shirts I have clogging my closet.  I decided it was a good time to go through my former work attire and “declutter” my wardrobe.   While I did some major decluttering immediately…