Project House Update 2: Better With Friends

Welcome to Update 2 on our project house remodel! See the first post here. With almost every home project I’ve done, I’ve worked alone. This is good and bad: The Good Quiet meditation time: I’m an introvert, so I don’t mind hang...

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Oops I Did It Again

When Mindy and I first moved to Colorado, we spent $400,000 on a nice house. We had just completed a huge remodel and wanted a place that didn’t need any work. We’d enjoy Colorado life. But we weren’t happy with our new neighborhood. ...

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The Real You, Mile High FI, Orlando, And Dinosaurs

Hey, I’ll be in Orlando this week! Perhaps I’ll see you there? Read on! I started writing this blog to amuse myself. I never thought anyone would read it. I also didn’t care. I liked to write and this exercise would be a way to work t...

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Performance Update (July): Dunno.

My main goal* was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* ($1,000,000 to retire on and $120,000 to pay off the house) in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal in 2016, my&#160...

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Have You Tried To Buy An EV Lately?

Readers of this blog will know I’m a fan of Tesla. I bought the stock back in 2012 on a silly whim and it became a super-rare, super-lucky, super-unicorn purchase. Some of my shares are up 15,000%. I expect Tesla’s future to be bright as th...

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When The Game Doesn’t Feel Quite The Same

On a recent trip, I downloaded the book It to my Kindle. Light reading, right? The book quickly drew me in. I hadn’t read fiction in a long, long time. The most recent issues of The Economist gathered dust while I plowed through Stephen King&#821...

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California Slow Coasting

This blog will return to normal programming shortly (finance, farts, and dinosaurs). However, summers are pretty busy with the girls out of school. Posts where I show you some pictures are easy, so this is what you get! Hey, at least I’m honest! ...

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Performance Update, June 2022: COVID Blows Up Life (Again)

My main goal* was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* ($1,000,000 to retire on and $120,000 to pay off the house) in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal in 2016, my&#160...

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Road Trip: Update 2! (Boise And Sunriver)

And we made it to Sunriver! But not without a little drama. The Check Engine light came on somewhere in Idaho. We took the car to an auto parts store for diagnosis and fortunately the problem wasn’t a serious one (bad gas?). One of the best parts...

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Inspiration Stagnation/ Road Trip!

I’ve been writing here for almost 10 years now. For most of that time, I’m never at a loss for inspiration. My crazy brain is always throwing ideas at me. But lately, I haven’t been feeling it. I ask my brain for ideas and it’s ...

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Performance Update, May 2022: Maximum OOF!

My main goal* was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* ($1,000,000 to retire on and $120,000 to pay off the house) in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal in 2016, my&#160...

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Random Adventures In Germany!

I don’t appreciate travel as much as others in the FIRE community. Seeing other parts of the world is fun, but there is a lot of value to being in the same place with the same friends and same routine. But, that doesn’t mean I like to sit a...

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Why Your Future Is Going To Be Awesome

When I first discovered FIRE, I dove in and started consuming All. The. Things. Mr. Money Mustache. JD Roth. JL Collins. I devoured the information and embraced FIRE without hesitation: Financial Independence is awesome! I can’t wait to quit my j...

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The Right Question To Ask About The Crazy Markets

I fully admit that I did the wrong thing back in 2008 when the stock market got walloped. I had only been investing for about 10 years and I freaked out: I logged into my 401(k) account late one night and lowered my contributions so that I put in exact...

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Performance Update, April 2022: Zoom Out

My main goal* was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* ($1,000,000 to retire on and $120,000 to pay off the house) in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal in 2016, my 1500 Days are over,...

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5 Years Of FIRE Life

I’m typing this early in the morning at the coworking space that I co-own. I like coming down here before anyone else has arrived. I begin my day by finding a quiet spot and meditating. Five years ago when I left work, I never would have anticipa...

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Tesla Cyber Rodeo (Extreme Nerd Debauchery!)

Reader note: While this post is about my recent visit to Austin, it’s mostly about the Tesla Cyber Rodeo. This was the party Tesla hosted to celebrate the opening of the Austin factory. I even made a YouTube video that I embedded later in the pos...

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Performance Update, February 2022: Time To Pivot

My main goal* was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* ($1,000,000 to retire on and $120,000 to pay off the house) in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal in 2016, my&#160...

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Seattle And Friday Harbor!

The girls are on spring break this week, so we got out of town. We flew into Seattle and spent time with friends near Alki Beach. We then headed north to Friday Harbor. Longtime readers of this blog know that I’m obsessed with Tesla. I don’...

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