Browsing Archive May, 2011
Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater redux
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater redux

Last week we hiked Maui's Haleakala Crater again.  This post stands on its own, but you'll appreciate the background if you first read the post about our introduction to this beautiful yet harsh environment. Four days, three nights, 20 miles of lava-rock trails at altitude. (Here's a two-page Haleakala Crater map ...

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Retiring Early — with Kids?
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Retiring Early — with Kids?

Let me start by saying that kids are totally worth it. (There, now my daughter can relax.) If you're the kind of person who wants to have kids someday, then feel free to start a family when you're able to support that. Off-topic for a second, if you just can't see yourself having kids then don't worry about it. ...

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Building the Ultimate Investment Portfolio
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Building the Ultimate Investment Portfolio

I've been reading financial discussion boards for over a decade, and they tend to converge on a few perpetual topics. One of them is "How's my portfolio?"  Here's a typical example: "Hi guys glad I found this board great to be here. So dudes im reading alot of financial books this month and heres my portfolio ...

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Would you like a financial planner with that?
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Would you like a financial planner with that?

A reader asked questions about choosing a financial planner: First time to your blog. Thanks for setting it up. I am retired military working for a defense contractor and contemplating retirement. Your financial experience parallels mine (except for the no-longer employed part). I am an engineer. In addition to ...

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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater
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Lifestyles in military retirement: Haleakala Crater

My friend Jay asked me to post this before we go to Maui.  He either wants to check our morale or get our final thoughts on record... A year ago we got a call from a good friend. He grew up on Maui and had hiked Haleakala Crater for over 50 years. He and his spouse had formed a 12-person group for their next trip but ...

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Sea story: “If I was in the Air Force”…
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Sea story: “If I was in the Air Force”…

When I was at my military training commands, our instructors would naturally gravitate toward college classes. If they were on shore duty for long enough, they'd get their bachelor's and sometimes even their master's degrees. If they were enlisted when this happened, then their thoughts would even more naturally ...

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