Category Archives: pre-FIRE

FIRE.151 SNAKE Surprise

I went for my desert trail run a few days ago—like I do every week—and it was great.  I started a little earlier than normal, about 7:30am.  It was still cool out, probably in the upper 70s.  I didn’t have a lot of energy so I was careful to make sure I lifted my feet …Read More

FIRE.148 I know, I know, a Tech Bro?

I have an observation today that is far from my normal thoughts—it’s even geographically distant. I was able to take a long “schetchled” trip driving the west coast from San Francisco to Portland.  I’ll write more about that next time.  Today’s thought came about before I even arrived in San Francisco. Being a tech guy—apparently, …Read More

FIRE.147 Wait! Net Worth…Weight?

I’ve learned a lot in my life and I love that I keep learning.  Over the past few years, I’ve realized my learning has often shifted from tactical/functional learning to more often being thought-provoking and even possibly philosophical (scary!) learning. One thing that has always been clear to me is that setting a goal and …Read More

FIRE.146 20/20 Vision

I was thinking about the wise people that say it’s a great idea to spend time with people who are 20-years older than you, as well as 20-years younger than you—or something to that effect. Think about that for a few minutes.  You most likely spend time with people that are very close to your …Read More

FIRE.144 Chautauqua or Minitauqua?

So it turns out money nerds like hanging out with other money nerds.  It’s like the cool club, but only if you know about it.  I’ve only been to the small-scale gatherings and medium-scale gatherings of this type.  I’ve never been to the granddaddy of FI gatherings. SMALL GATHERINGS are what I consider local meetups.  …Read More

FIRE.143 Another Decade

I’m still thinking about life.   I’m thinking about chunks of time.  I think decades seem to be a logical chunk of life-time even though planning 3, 5, 7-year chunks seems easier to plan for.  So here I go with more random thoughts: At 25, maybe you were working a good job.  Your life was rolling …Read More

FIRE.142 Structure yourself for decades

Sometimes my head just starts thinking.  This thinking can head down many paths, and frequently calculations are involved.  I don’t know why, they just are.  In one recent brainwave activity pattern, I realized that one day you’re 25 years old, and then the next week you are 45.  That is almost how the decades happened— …Read More

FIRE.140 Breathing Around…

I’m interrupting some of my CampFI sequential thought-posts for this out-of-nowhere surprise. I guess I’ve been out-and-about, and irresponsibly breathing around. So, the crowns attacked me.  I can’t believe with all my healthy lifestyle activities and my double-dose vaccine barrier, that the little crown viruses attached themselves to me and broke through my defenses.  I …Read More