I met a former MegaCorp colleague for a beer on Monday. He’s not someone that I worked with directly, but we had a lot of friends in common. He said he had heard about me from others at MegaCorp and had been reading this blog. He is in his early 40s and well on his way to FIRE. He was talking about ‘FIRO’ … Financially … Continue reading What Do You Do With Your Time?
After two years of full & partial pandemic restrictions, it feels like summer is really back in full force this year. The CV19 precautions had locked down a lot of the concerts, festivals, and events that summer typically brings. This year, the Thursday newspaper events listing for the weekend is fully-loaded again with car shows, new bands on stage, small town festivals, and blockbuster summer … Continue reading Summer Is Back … !
The Minnesota State Fair – is the traditional end to Summer in our state. The 12-day event started last Thursday and will end on Labor Day Monday. In our family, we mark the exact moment the summer ends by saying that it happens when one of us sips a glass of cold apple cider at the Minnesota Apple Growers booth at the State Fair. Sorry, … Continue reading Which Season?
My first boss taught me the old adage “if you don’t measure it, you can’t do anything about it.” I have to admit that I am pretty fanatical about counting & analyzing things. It made me effective as a business leader and helped me focus on what was needed to reach early retirement. Just because there isn’t a daily sales sheet or budget to focus … Continue reading Pandemic Spring/Summer Activity
When I was working, the Friday after Labor Day was always one of my least favorites of the year. It was the first full Friday after ‘summer hours’ ended. Summer hours became a phenomenon back in the 1990s, and I always thought they were one of the best MegaCorp perks we ever got. The design was simple – work an hour longer Monday thru Thursday … Continue reading End Of Summer Bummer
We declined on rejoining the boat club we belonged to for the last five years and now that the weather has jumped up into the 80s, I’m wondering how much we will miss it? Financially, it certainly was a terrific deal. We paid $3K a summer and had unlimited uses of a terrific fleet of speedboats, cruisers, pontoons, and water ski boats. I wrote in this … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Boat Life
My mind has been thinking back to school days lately. Three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit my old elementary school in Michigan for the first time in over 38 years. This past Friday, our son graduated from high school with a big ceremony at the Cathedral and and enjoyed his all-night senior party at school. He went to the same high school … Continue reading Summer Break – Class of 2016