In late June, I traveled to Switzerland for a good friend’s 50th birthday party. Money-wise, things looked good from the get-go: I had a free place to shack up as well as free airline tickets from all the credit card hacking I had done over the past few years. So far, so good. A cheap trip to one of the most expensive countries on earth – SCORE! But soon after arriving and settling in at my friend’s smart, modern row house outside of Zurich, I started getting pangs of spendthriftery. My buddy had two BMWs parked in the underground garage, and man are they pretty. In contrast, I drive a … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Inner Spendthrift Emerges
Travel and Places
Enjoying one's surroundings is a pretty fundamental, dare I say essential part of a balanced breakfast. Rich people flock to coastal California for never-ending sunshine, water, and arid warm temps. Some aspire to move to Colorado for mountain views, outdoor fun, and fairly moderate winter weather. Question today is, should we move to Longmont? If so, why? We just got back from Colorado where home-base was the sweet little berg of Longmont. We met up with some wonderful people who had moved there themselves within recent years, looking for a better quality of life. I wanted my family to … [Read more...] about Should We Move to Longmont?
Thanks to being an urban planning major in college, I have a pretty good pulse on how cities develop, change, decline, and gentrify over time. Fair to say that some cities are better than others when it comes to emergency response times, access to clean, potable water, and parks. If I had a choice over where to retire, I would probably look for a mountain retreat, far away from the city AND the suburbs. But this is a post about the lesser of those two evils. Let's dive into City vs. Suburbs: Why the City Always Wins... A Walkable Place Why the city always wins? For one thing, the … [Read more...] about City vs. Suburbs: Why the City Always Wins
June 8, 2018: Rest in Peace, Tony. You will be incredibly missed. Thank you for inspiring us all to be better human beings. Anthony Bourdain: My Hero. Talk To Someone Now If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. 1-800-273-8255 ------------------------------------- Don't know much about the world outside your safe little zone of Americana? Too afraid to venture out more than a few states from the hospital you popped out of at birth, because you're afraid of the … [Read more...] about Anthony Bourdain: A Hero of Mine
I've complained a lot lately about the weather here in Minnesota. It's supposed to be spring, and the mid-April norms are upper 50s. And yet, the blizzard whipping through outside is oblivious to these meteorological statistics. The despair has me wondering, is it possible to be Financially and Locationally Independent while pursuing Early Retirement? Where should you live? My current crush is on Colorado, specifically the front range. I grew up in the absence of mountains, so when we had the chance to hike about the RMNP a few years back, I was in hog heaven. The views are great, but so are … [Read more...] about Where Should You Live?