Monthly Archives: April 2012

Top 16 Reasons I’m Retiring Early

I’ve never done a cheesy ‘list’ post, so this should be fun. It’s like I’m a hack, Yahoo, finance writer. The top ten sixteen reasons I’m retiring before 30. 16. Studying I’m immensely curious and I like mastering subjects. I’m over educated as it is, but there are still a number of areas where I […]

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Small Town Lawyer

When I played football all through my youth one of my coaches was also the town attorney. He had a little office in the middle of town, and worked by himself, without so much as a secretary. On my way to my brother’s house to borrow a sawsall I recently passed by his office and […]

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Labor and Leisure

  I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. ~John […]

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The Job

So I’ve been working a job since the end of December. Four overnight shifts a week at a nonprofit residential home for people dealing with mental health issues where I hang out in case anything happens. With internet, tv and a full kitchen at my disposal, it’s pretty much like hanging out at home. It’s […]

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Landlording

Just as I was about to sit down and write a post about my first year of landlording in which my total time invested in the business was just from depositing the monthly check that arrived on time in the mail each month, I got a text message. There was a big damp spot on the wall of […]

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Are Mortgages Really a No-Brainer?

You hear it all the time. With mortgage rates so low, you best take out the largest mortgage you can, invest the proceeds into higher-yielding securities, and make minimum loan payments for 30 years in order to pocket some easy money. Sensible enough if approached with an appreciation for the finances involved. But then this […]

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Energy Independence

I have this fantasy of being completely energy independent. I don’t like contributing to air pollution. Or sending my money indirectly to people that kill gays and treat women like animals. And I don’t like the idea of my core sources of comfort and convenience hinging on a distribution system that can be relatively easily […]

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