Thursday, September 3, 2009


I think I mentioned before that what I would really like to do is to "retire" at the same time our mortgage retires which is a bit less than five years from now.

To that end, I've placed a ticking countdown on my Firefox browser:

And also put it on an Excel spreadsheet where I track all my finances:

Of course it is easy to have a goal like that but the hard part is how do I plan on getting there. Well, I'm still thinking about that one. It doesn't necessarily mean to be fully retired in the sense of not working anymore. What I mean is to be at a point in which I either don't have to work if I don't want to, or else I am doing something I am so passionate about that it doesn't feel like work at all.

The other day cruel Amazon suggested this book. I say "cruel" because they're always putting suggestions on my front page of things that look tempting and naturally I click to find out more and wind up spending more money.

I enjoy reading books about investing and finance; although I have come to the conclusion that the only reliable bit of wisdom gleaned from all my readings are that (1) when the market is going up, it is going up and when the market is going down it is going down; and (2) no one can predict the future; nonetheless I continue to be suckered into reading things that sound interesting in hopes that there is more wisdom to be gleaned. It looks like the people who invested their time into writing these books got a return for themselves!

So I persist in my quest for my Independence Day. Speaking of which, here's the trailer from what in my opinion is one of the funnest movies ever made (not "funniest" but "funnest").

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