Old man with wrench

Work Until You Die

“Life is very different now. Don’t you know that 100 years ago the average life expectancy was 40?” This random comment wafted my way last week after some coworkers started chatting the next cube over. They were talking about how people needed to pay more attention to their health, and plan for their retirement earlier, since what we were experiencing…

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Victory

Bathroom Remodeling – Complete!

Its been a while since I last wrote anything about the bathroom remodel, but I can happily report that it is finally finished. We completed building the walls, mudding the corners, and putting in the vinyl plank flooring about a month ago, which was quickly followed by the toilet, shower base, shower tile and vanity.  Though I didn’t do much…

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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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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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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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Adventures in Life Style Design (pt. 1)

Lately I have been reading Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week (of which I will write more later in a book review) and was inspired by his rendition of the  Pareto Law and Parkinson’s Law. The former states that 80% of results come from 20% of causes, and the latter that the importance and complexity of any tasks grows the…

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