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by champ0608
Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Suburban T-ball: everything that's wrong with child sports
Replies: 12
Views: 2912

Re: Suburban T-ball: everything that's wrong with child sports

I ran cross country and track in high school. And while we didn't have much equipment we HAD to buy, there was a lot of peer pressure to constantly be buying new shoes. You weren't cool unless you had trainers, training flats, cross country spikes, mid distance spikes, and long distance spikes. On t...
by champ0608
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Am I really suited for ERE?
Replies: 9
Views: 3298

Re: Am I really suited for ERE?

When I hear or read things like this, I see it as a sign of extreme institutionalization. You've gotten to the point in life that you can't entertain yourself without a boss telling you what to do. I hear guys complain about their job all the time but follow it up with "but it sure beats laying...
by champ0608
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Containers! How to keep all your stuff de-cluttered and organized.
Replies: 9
Views: 1958

Re: Containers! How to keep all your stuff de-cluttered and organized.

I too am big on containers. Everything in the house that I consider mine is in a container. My clothes are in a plastic bin stowed under the bed, my valuable possessions are in a locked footlocker, my toiletries are in a case, and my tools are in the classic red flip top tool box. I'm obsessed with ...
by champ0608
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Average age of members?
Replies: 54
Views: 16206

Re: Average age of members?

I'm 27...turning 28 in August. Always felt like an old soul though.
by champ0608
Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: What would you take with you if your home was on fire?
Replies: 11
Views: 3783

Re: What would you take with you if your home was on fire?

I have a trunk with my most prized possessions in it. Once I'm certain my wife and our pets are safe, and if there's still time, I'd grab it. With the contents of that trunk, there's nothing else I own that I would miss. And to be on the safe side, I have a list of all the contents of the trunk. Sho...
by champ0608
Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is physical attraction a requirement for a long term relationship?
Replies: 32
Views: 8963

Re: Is physical attraction a requirement for a long term relationship?

Initially, yes, but I wouldn't say its a lifetime requirement. I may be wrong, but I doubt sexual attraction is still a requirement among couples who've been together for 60 years. And if it isn't at that point in life, it must be something that slowly fades as a requirement.
by champ0608
Wed May 20, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: losing at life, any advice?
Replies: 24
Views: 7285

Re: losing at life, any advice?

Part of the problem is that you've been raised by society to believe you can lose at life. Or for that matter you can win. The truth is you can do neither. All you can do is live it (and in some tragic cases, choose not to live it.) We all have our own opinions. In my opinion the goal of life is hap...
by champ0608
Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Do you have a hobby that funds itself?
Replies: 6
Views: 1926

Re: Do you have a hobby that funds itself?

I have two that pay for themselves. 1) Playing guitar. A beginner can get some equipment, learn a few chords, and be making money pretty quickly if they put themselves out there. I was making money at it almost as soon as I started. If you're willing to do the grind, you could make a few hundred buc...
by champ0608
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Art and ere?
Replies: 20
Views: 5247

Re: Art and ere?

My wife and I met when we were both "starving artists." She was making her living selling paintings to galleries in a tourist town, and I was making my living playing music. Jacob once made a blog post about living like a student. I thought it was a great post, though for me it reminded me...
by champ0608
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: what would you do? try to go to med school?
Replies: 25
Views: 4947

Re: what would you do? try to go to med school?

I manage a car shop in Sedona, AZ. Most of our clientele are retired rich folks. Lots of insurance and real estate salesmen. A real dull lot. I know two doctors through work. Both are miserable people. Both were pushed into the idea of salary chasing at a young age; one admits he'd really rather be ...
by champ0608
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Walkable and Affordable = Interesting?
Replies: 12
Views: 5171

Re: Walkable and Affordable = Interesting?

Check out Tucson. I don't think walk-score gives it a good enough score, but I think that's because its factoring in all of Tucson proper. Down town and University district Tucson fit your needs of being easily walk-able (though better with a bike...great biking town), its cheap (cost of living inde...
by champ0608
Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: multi-bicycle strategy for large urban area
Replies: 2
Views: 1482

Re: multi-bicycle strategy for large urban area

When I first moved to Tucson in college, I found a great 1970s steel framed ten-speed at a garage sale. It needed a lot of work of get it up and running, but it quickly became my road warrior. Now, I do all of my city commuting on it. Who knows how many miles I've racked up on it by now... A good vi...
by champ0608
Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Play
Replies: 4
Views: 1684

Re: Play

What does this have to do with ERE? Nothing, except that I find myself thinking that I'll have more "fun" when I retire, but I realized that I won't if I don't learn more about how to "play" now. In my world, play has everything to do with ERE. Maybe not the process of becoming ...
by champ0608
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Cabin Porn
Replies: 3
Views: 2036

Re: Cabin Porn

Love it. thanks
by champ0608
Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The Emotions of the ERE Mindset
Replies: 10
Views: 3688

Re: The Emotions of the ERE Mindset

I think I had a bit of self-pity before I found my way to ERE. I was in my mid-20s and my family called me a bohemian. I was working as a part time journalist, making little money, riding a bike everywhere I went, living in a tiny apartment, reading books for entertainment...and had allowed myself t...
by champ0608
Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is Induction Cooking or Microwave Cooking Bad for Health?
Replies: 17
Views: 6355

Re: Is Induction Cooking or Microwave Cooking Bad for Health

RADIOACTIVE FOOD! There's no evidence it causes any harm. I prefer to minimize use though. This is where we stand. We got rid of out microwave. 1) I don't like the idea of radioactive food, even if the science proves it doesn't cause cancer 2) Its a big, ugly, noisy, gaudy contraption I'm glad I do...
by champ0608
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What's your worst-case scenario plan?
Replies: 71
Views: 21583

Re: What's your worst-case scenario plan?

I don't know of there is a perfect response. My plan is to continue accumulating and investing money, even in retirement, allowing that money to compound upon itself. With time, hopefully that builds into enough of a small fortune to help defend myself and my family in such a scenario. I suppose tha...
by champ0608
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Who are your heroes?
Replies: 3
Views: 1946

Re: Who are your heroes?

I have a few heroes, but lately, they've been everyday people I meet or know who are living the simple, sustainable life to its fullest. For example, last year I took a trip to Italy. I stayed a few days in Maniago, and while I was there I met a gentleman named Filli. Maniago has a traditional, cott...
by champ0608
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:46 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Ways to Make Money while in College?
Replies: 15
Views: 4184

Re: Ways to Make Money while in College?

I worked minimum wage jobs. It sucked.
by champ0608
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What's the status symbol for the FI/ERE crowd?
Replies: 56
Views: 12831

Re: What's the status symbol for the FI/ERE crowd?

I've always looked at skills as status.In high school and college, I ran track. The fastest guy on the team or the conference had the most status. I've since taken up competitive bowling, and the best bowlers have the most status. I've tried my hand at woodworking and beer brewing, and the guys who ...