Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead Or The Handmaid’s Tale – In Which Dystopia Would You Rather Live?

Where would you rather live? In a zombie apocalypse where the flesh-eating dead run rampant and the comforts of modern society have disappeared. In a totalitarian government where fundamentalist religious zealots run rampant and personal freedom and liberty have disappeared? I have been thinking a lot about this question lately. Dystopian Television Series For the last 10 to 15 years or so, dystopian TV shows have been in vogue as a genre. Most of them have been set after an…

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Forest Trail

Our Journey Down the FIRE Trail – Part 4

This is the final installment of a 4 part series in which I share some of the details of the road my wife and I took to pursue financial independence. In Part 1, I explained our backgrounds, shared some details of our married life together, and discussed the first key factor which enabled us to reach FI (namely, Motivation). In Part 2, I talked about four more key factors (Salary Growth, Controlling Lifestyle Inflation, Long-Term Investing, and Real Estate). In…

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Forest Trail

Our Journey Down the FIRE Trail – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a 4 part series in which I share some of the details of the road my wife and I took to pursue financial independence. In Part 1, I explained our backgrounds, shared some details of our married life together, and discussed the first key factor which enabled us to reach FI (namely, Motivation). In Part 2, I talked about four more key factors (Salary Growth, Controlling Lifestyle Inflation, Long-Term Investing, and Real Estate). Our Keys…

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Forest Trail

Our Journey Down the FIRE Trail – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 4 part series in which I share some of the details of the road my wife and I took to pursue financial independence. In Part 1, I explained our backgrounds, shared some details of our married life together, and discussed the first key factor which enabled us to reach FI (namely, Motivation). Our Keys to Reaching FI (Continued) In this post, I will talk about four more key factors in our journey. Salary Growth…

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Forest Trail

Our Journey Down the FIRE Trail – Part 1

I’ve written about the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) several times since I launched my blog. I’ve also made a few references to my FIRE journey. What I have not done to date is share any details about my FIRE story. In this post, I’ll rectify that by coming into the light and sharing my path to FI. I think telling my FIRE story is important for several reasons: To establish my credibility as an occasional writer on the topic.…

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Milo in a Box

My Guest Post on We’re All About Cats

Since I have a short attention span, I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned that I LOVE BOXES! How much do I love boxes? I love them so much that I wrote an entire guest post about them on We’re All About Cats. If you’re not sure what the big fuss is about boxes, then head on over to my post, The A to Z of Boxes. Feel free to comment here, there, or anywhere. (Note on comments: Don’t bother…

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Marriott at Poipu Beach

Timeshare Presentation Travel Hacking

Travel Hacking via credit card incentives is a popular money saving strategy in the FIRE community. However, credit card companies are starting to tighten up the rules of their offerings. The new rules are intended to limit the frequency with which consumers can apply for new cards and earn sign up incentives. I recently read a blog post which surmises that timeshare ownership (a.k.a. vacation ownership) may be the next popular trend in travel hacking in part due to the…

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Radio Studio

Remembering Mornings with Alex Bennett, the King of Comedy

If you were plugged into the stand-up comedy scene in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s and 1990s, then you most likely remember The Alex Bennett Radio Show, where nearly all of the comics of the day appeared to promote their gigs. If the name Alex Bennett does not ring a bell, you still may be interested in reading on — provided you have a passion for radio or interest in stand-up comedy. For everyone else, this post may…

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FIRE Trek

FIRE Trek: Parallels Between the Financial Independence Movement and Star Trek

In the three weeks since Suze Orman’s comments about FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) thrust the movement into the national media spotlight, I have been reflecting on a more philosophical level about why FI principles resonate so much with me. As a result, a new (and profound) reason has emerged from the back of my mind: The principles of the FIRE movement have uncanny parallels with the core values of Star Trek! The congruity between the communities is so clear…

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Milo In a Small Box

The 7 Pillars of Feline Frugality

I was recently listening to one of my favorite pawcasts (“The Scratching Benjamins”) where the host led a roundtable discussion about extreme frugality. As you probably know, frugality is one of the key principles of the FIRE movement (Feline Indifference Rest Everyday). To achieve heightened states of indifference, and peak levels of rest, you can’t be worrying about buying stuff or your bank account balance. As I mentioned in my previous post, I live with a bunch of primitive bipedal…

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