Travelling for Work? Here’s How I Rocked It!

Crawfish, y’all

Times Were Different Back When I Traveled for Work in the 90’s

I was working for a privately owned chemical company in those days and had just finished up my chemistry degree (they paid the last few years).  We needed a huge piece of equipment to manufacture this powdered resin that was a new product for the company and we didn’t want to buy this monster until we knew it was going to work.

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Lessons Learned from our 1st 6 Months Selling on eBay

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This original promo photo of Sheriff Bart can be yours for a low, low price

We first started all this around October, 2017 in a dual effort to douche from our lives a heap of good stuff and junk that took many years to accumulate.  We also wanted to replace some income since we had gone from two incomes to one several months earlier.  These are some of the lessons we learned. Continue reading “Lessons Learned from our 1st 6 Months Selling on eBay”

The Silver Lining of a Late Start to Financial Independence

Freddy and Mrs. Smidlap tearing up Bourbon Street

Sure, we made some mistakes along the way

A couple of months ago I posted here about how we made a few mistakes on the Yellow Brick Road to freeing ourselves from the shackles of full time employment.  This involved a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, some questionable financial moves like cashing out some small 401k’s combined with a little equine enthusiasm (horse gambling!). Continue reading “The Silver Lining of a Late Start to Financial Independence”

So, you like the idea of owning a big old f’ing house?

The Smidlap Estate in Full Bloom with Freddy and Bubsy

welcome, Smidlapper, to the mostly lower case (e.e. cummings) version of my babble.  this is an update of a post from 2017.  the updates are at the end.  some day, i’ll add the capital letters, but not today.

you might want to consider cost of ownership regarding repairs on the old beast before they arise.  i think i mentioned mrs. smidlap bought this monster house before we met and we generally love and appreciate living here and doing what we like with it.  hell, we might even retire and keep it as a rental property, who knows?  i just wanted to touch on the home maintenance bucket of your regular split of your income. Continue reading “So, you like the idea of owning a big old f’ing house?”

Are You Working for “Needs” Money or “Wants” Money?

Freddy with his friends at Bayona in New Orleans

Sometimes You Want to Do Something Special

I have been fortunate in life to have a few special splurges and last week we went to New Orleans to celebrate turning fiddy!  We were also lucky to be joined by old friends in that special place, some who came from out of town and were able to go out for a few nice meals and some debauchery on many levels. Continue reading “Are You Working for “Needs” Money or “Wants” Money?”

Freddy is Honest, Capable, and Fearless. What Can That do for You?

Saratoga State Park and Banjo!  He’s fearless but only slightly capable.

I’ll Start with a Little Work Story

About 10 years ago, way before my little family of 2 were anywhere near this whole financial independence milestone, I had a conversation with one of the shift supervisors in the middle of the night and probably on a weekend. Continue reading “Freddy is Honest, Capable, and Fearless. What Can That do for You?”