Tuesday, July 24, 2007
What did you think?
Monday, July 23, 2007
42.8%= If you want to retire young, you have to make sacrifices, I have sacrificed buying a new car, a larger house, driving in to work, and going out to lunch among other things.
25.5%= There are areas here I could definitely cut back on, but I don't want my wife to feel like she is living under siege, so for our happiness I spend more than I need to. Roughly 59% of my spending comes from mortgages and home ownership fees.
31.6%- Despite the fact that my wife and I pretty much max out our 401K, the Government takes nearly 1/3 of my income (not including sales, gas, or other taxes). I wonder what the percentages would be if they didn't use my money on pointless wars, farm subsidies, bridges to nowhere, and a social security program I won't get to take advantage of. By my calculations, if I didn't have to pay taxes, I could retire in 5 years.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
For me, it's vital I sculpt and follow through on my own unique vision of what my life should be, and not be beholden of what some established wisdom says my life should be. Part of who I am and hope to be is defined by comparison to this mold.
To define myself I have to do something truly unique and this requires that I sometimes be immoderate.
Here are some immoderate things I hope to accomplish:
- Finish in the money at the World Series of Poker- impossible? how to know if I haven't tried?
- Retire Early- How early? While I'm still young enough to appreciate not having to work.
- Skydive- Hopefully my chute won't be full of silverware.
- Visit the Galapagos Islands- not really all that immoderate, but definitely not the height of moderation.
- Move to a Caribbean Island-or a similarly sunny island. Sunlight and warmth= happiness. Given a choice, I chose a place with a headstart on making me happy.