Category Archives: pre-FIRE

FIRE.159       Whacked

Life around me keeps changing.  Life around all of us keeps changing.  I’m sure that our normal pattern of whack-a-mole issue resolution is very common.  It’s our nature to fix each problem that pops up and then move on, often to the next problem. I’m suggesting that we take a moment—many moments—to stop and recognize, …Read More

FIRE.158 Throttle Up

I’ve often thought of activity and effort in relation to gear shifting in a car.  More specifically, to me downshifting at times.  Some of us understand the concept of shifting from 4th gear to 5th gear and driving harder or downshifting from 5th gear to 4th gear for an upcoming corner. Recently I was driving …Read More

FIRE.156 40years of finance

I’m 52 and I realized that I’ve now reached 40 years of finance/saving/planning experience.  I’ve mentioned before that my dad started teaching me about our family finances: spending tracking, saving, bond investing, home mortgage, etc when I was 12 years old. Saving I had to open a savings account when I was 12 after I …Read More

FIRE.155 Claiming your Place by the FIRE

I’m thinking way out of my knowledge zone here, but here goes… I understand that tribes tend to gather around a fire for community and cultural activities.  I heard on a podcast that the tribes often put their most experienced or most influential storytellers close to the campfire.  It’s like center stage in the tribal …Read More

FIRE.153 AWE-some

As a teenager in the 80s, many things stick into your core— into your expanding nature, and your nurture—just as anyone teenager’s decade.  But I never realized such a simple connection existed between terminology and its definition over the past 40 years. While traveling (driving) around the Pacific Northwest area I listened to a LOT …Read More

FIRE.152 Anything

Somehow along the way I’ve become encircled with gratitude. While I do take the moments after reaching my first-morning consciousness to take some breathes and appreciate my morning/day/life, I also have other gratitude times. I know, I know, again with my “commute,” but when I’m sitting in my spa, or on my patio each—and every—morning …Read More

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