Below is a picture of Michael Bolton. My strange mind has been waiting to use it in a post for a long, long time. We’ll get to him in a moment.
Last week I asked you to comment on two things:
Tell me about a ridiculous purchase.
Could you guess what my recent ridiculous purchase was? The only hint I gave you was that it’s a ball machine that will set me back $500.
I’ll tell you about my new ball machine on Wednesday. Here is what you had to say about your silly spending:
Reader Becky is hilarious:
I just asked the $80 remote controlled dinosaur sitting across the room from me if he can think of any silly purchases, but neither of us can come up with anything…
Jim from Route to Retire is the person that bought a Windows phone:
Gadgets have always been my thing (but I’m getting better). I remember buying the Windows Mobile phone way back before smart phones were popular so the cost was astounding… all for something you use for a couple years and then it becomes a useless brick.
Who hasn’t been coerced into dumping loads of money to watch someone get married? Reader Beth spend over $500:
Bridal party attire. $300 dress. $50-$100 shoes. $75 for hair and make-up. $50-$100 for what goes under the dress. $50-100 for accessories (purse, cover up, etc.) Smile and nod and pretend you’re going to use them again.
I’m not sure if they’re kidding, but where on earth do you eat Jolly Ledger???
How about $156,000 in restaurants and disposable junk over the last 10 years?
Reader Jeff from Jersey had a suggestion for my front porch that is flat out awesome:
First two things come to my mind…. An authentic disco ball from Studio 54 (would look great on that almost finished porch…
Ask the Readers: What will your FI life look like?
My silly purchase has to do with an activity I’ll be partaking in after I leave my 9-5. I’ll tell you all about it on Wednesday. In the meantime, other activities that I look forward to spending more time doing are:
- Walking the kids to/from school every day
- Exploring the mountains on my legs and on two wheels
- Ramping up my exercise routine
I sound like a broken record because I yap about this stuff all the time.
Now I want to hear from you. What activities will consume your life when you leave your job? Notice that I don’t use the word “retirement.” I avoid the word like a Miley Cyrus concert because it evokes images like this one last week on Marketwatch:
And this one from Google search:
And this one from Yahoo Finance:
Why is retirement so strongly associated with old people at the ocean? If I believed the pictures, beaches would be covered with acres of 70+ year old skin. When I go to the beach, I see folks of old ages.
Anyway, I hate the word retirement because is has that connotation of a life of leisure. Doing nothing in retirement is quite possibly the worst idea ever.
WARNING: Sidetrack time!
Other horrible ideas that have made life worse for humans include:
- Budweiser Clamato
- Michael Bolton
- Jar Jar Binks
- The Godfather 3
- the Ford Pinto
- Miley Cyrus
- the Snuggie
- synchronized swimming
Stop! OK, back on track.
My post-work life will be nothing more than an exaggeration of my current free time. Since most of that is NOT spent on the beach or sitting back doing nothing, my FI time will be active as well.
So tell me, what will your life look like post-job? What activities do you look forward to?
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