Trees in Spring

Monthly Update

The weather has not improved much lately here in Minnesota, but the bathroom remodel project has made good strides – all that’s left is the painting and I can call it a day. To that end though, the fallout from my epic disaster with my roommate’s girlfriend continues. He decided to stay with her (despite the mess she’s made of…

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Book Review: Why the Rich Are Getting Richer by Robert Kiyosaki

Why the Rich are Getting Richer is the latest book in the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, and Kiyosaki continues giving readers nuggets of wisdom distilled from decades of thought about personal finance. Nuggets is an apt metaphor however, because like real gold the reader needs to sift through pages of repetitious fluff to find the hard-hitting material, all while…

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The Creator of the Sun and Moon

Even God Agrees: You Should Retire Early

That’s right, I said it: Even God thinks that you should retire early.  I know what you’re thinking: “Man, I just wanted to learn about early retirement. Why did you need to bring religion into this? We were getting along so well.”  I’m sorry, but I bring it up to make a point. Many here in the FIRE community propose…

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Morning Meeting

Be Wealthy with Others, or Poor on Your Own

It’s often said in the self-help literature and online articles that social/emotional intelligence is a key determinant of economic success, particularly in helping people up the career ladder. I can say that this is true from experience, having witnessed brilliant people get fired due to their social incompetence, and having struggled controlling my own emotions under stress. But what does…

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Progress chart

2018 New Year’s Resolution Update

Today will be a short post. Its been a few months since I’ve last discussed my New Year’s Eve goals, but I feel that now is a good time to rehash it. The more I focus on them after all, the more likely it is that I will attain them! after all! Spend next to nothing outside of food &…

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Contemplation by Thomas Couture, 1875

Is Early Retirement the Moral Thing to Do?

I was reading an article on The Green Swan recently, and blogger JW’s article Why The Government Doesn’t Want You To Retire Early which struck a chord with me. JW argues that of the US governments $6.5 trillion in revenue, 2/3rds of this comes from the income tax and associated FICA (social security and medicare) tax. Moreover, for many Americans the…

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Winter landscape

Monthly Update

Last month has been a whirlwind of activity for me – spending 8-10 hour days at work, then another three or four after work on the bathroom.  Just finished grouting the shower tile and will post pictures afterwards. I’m really looking forward to a week from now when all of this activity is done and I can focus on my…

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House Framing

Bathroom Remodeling – Framing and Electrical

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been working on remodeling my bathroom downstairs to increase the rent of my mother in law suit. Alas, like all good projects we hit a snag! First, we lost the battle with the city inspector and had to call the plumber back in to replace the coupling in the floor. Then we invited my Dad…

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Work can be Hell

The Job Strikes Back

A dark shadow looms over the land. An oppressive power holds the people in chains. Lives are crushed at a whim and the power that symbolizes it hangs in the sky like an ever-present reminder of doom.  No, I’m not talking about a science fiction classic. I’m talking about a job. I’ve been driven to write this due to my…

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