We're currently on a road trip that will span almost a month. When this goes live, I'll be on a bike, riding the farm roads of Iowa. However, the trip started in Colorado... First, we made a stop at Camp FI Rocky Mountain: The always excellent Anthony Ongaro from Break The Twitch Then we went to Minnesota. I'm a Midwesterner at heart and always love my trips back … [Read more...] about Midwest Roadtripping/ Questionable Swimming
Why FI??!!! Really Mr. 1500, what a crap title! Can't you come up with anything better? Yes, that is another horrible title. What I'm really asking is this: Why do you strive for Financial Independence? As crazy as it sounds, when I started this blog, I didn't really know what my goal was. I was running away from a stressful job, but not running toward anything except a … [Read more...] about Ask the Readers: Why FI?
In my real life, I work on a contract basis. I write code for a nice hourly rate and that's about it. Since I'm not an employee, I don't have to deal with stuff like reviews or silly employee surveys. I simply do my work and collect a check every week. The downside of this arrangement is that I give up some benefits. If I have to travel for work, I pay for it myself. While … [Read more...] about Thursday Rant: Disasterous Drivers and Airbnb Adventures
"If you hang in there long enough, you get your day; and its even better." -Eddie Vedder My main goal is to build a portfolio of $1,000,000 in 1500 days, starting from 1/1/2013. Every month, I provide an update on my status. My goal for 2013 is to get my portfolio up to $672,750, from a starting point of $586,043. Time to look back on the first quarter. Days elapsed: … [Read more...] about Performance Update 3 of 50: First Quarter is in the Bag
Today, I leave on a trip. I'm heading to lovely (even if it is super cold) Madison, Wisconsin to visit my sister for the weekend. On Monday, I'll drive down to Chicago to test a new computer system that I designed. I'll then head down to Memphis, Tennessee to visit my other sister who is attending college there. Finally, I'll head back to Colorado. My trip got me thinking about … [Read more...] about Hitting the Open Road, 1500 Style