I read an interesting post today from CorporateMonkey about children in the workforce and its relative cultural appropriateness. It got me to thinking. Childhood is a relatively new concept, even in America. Probably a good idea. We protect our children from the rigors of the grownup world and allow them to grow, learn, play, and … Continue reading What Do Kids Know Anyway?
A question as old as time. Handiness vs Frugality and When Do You Call The Guy? The answer varies from 'never' to "before anything actually goes wrong....just in case." Like most of the FIRE community, I hate parting with money. I usually don't unless I have to, or at least when it feels like I … Continue reading When Do You Call The Guy?
One of my favorite weeks in coming up soon. My kid's school does a 'SCREEN FREE WEEK' in early Spring. No Technology. The first day or so hurts because we have become so entwined with our various gadgets. It's like my kids are little junior Borgs, my wife is 'Seven of Nine' and I am … Continue reading Unplug and Unwind
We all have our crosses to bear, mine is an in-law problem named Maria. My wife is a lovely, intelligent, emotionally balanced, funny, kind woman, her older sister is a train-wreck. Since their parents are both deceased, Maria has become my wife's family problem and therefore my in-law problem. Maria chose to divorce her husband … Continue reading A Problem Like Maria
I read a depressing stat today on CNN; The average cost of a wedding was $33,391 last year. This is according to The Knot's Real Weddings study. Every 6 months or so, my wife and I high five each other and reaffirm that NOT having a wedding was one of the best ideas we ever … Continue reading Weddings are for Suckers