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by Hristo Botev
Fri Apr 12, 2024 12:51 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1242
Views: 242671

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

Question about the low profile fan. Where did you get it? Link? How many inches does the bottom extend from the ceiling? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Decorators-Collection-Ashby-Park-44-in-White-Color-Changing-Integrated-LED-Brushed-Nickel-Ceiling-Fan-with-Light-Kit-and-3-Reversible-Blades-5924...
by Hristo Botev
Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:14 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1242
Views: 242671

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

First post from the "shoffice"; I still have the trim work to do (and then I need blinds for the window), but it was finished enough for me to finally get moved into. https://i.imgur.com/MIbTDKB.jpg https://i.imgur.com/vGNhhVA.jpg I ordered a small bluetooth amp/receiver to power those bad...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Apr 11, 2024 4:03 am
Forum: Technical Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Where do you get music?
Replies: 16
Views: 888

Re: Where do you get music?

We have the family spotify plan for 5 of us total ($17+tax for 6 slots I think). We enjoy music enough that it's really worth it. Same, though we have the 2-user account that we share among 4 people (the kids’ phones can’t download Spotify). We used to all share a single user account but I eventual...
by Hristo Botev
Tue Apr 02, 2024 3:55 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Suomalaisen Päiväkirja
Replies: 751
Views: 178763

Re: Suomalaisen Päiväkirja

Great update Suo; thanks for sharing. I've mentioned before that DW is a clinical dietitian, and she "figured out" food a long, long time ago; not just the science of it, but what a healthy relationship with food looks like. It's all second nature to her. She came to mind a lot when I was ...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Mar 28, 2024 12:33 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bostonimproper's journal
Replies: 435
Views: 120345

Re: bostonimproper's journal

Filial piety Thanks for sharing this update; I empathize and have been struggling with much of this myself, which is part of why we moved back home. I've not gone back and looked at my ridiculously rambling journal entries over the years, but I suspect I could probably pinpoint in there the point a...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Mar 28, 2024 12:12 pm
Forum: Housing and Transportation Questions
Topic: ERE City (US)
Replies: 506
Views: 161566

Re: ERE City (US)

I'm primarily focused on what the right conditions for a scene are. The equivalent analogy here would be "the idea of an online forum---by no means a trivial concept insofar it wasn't so familiar" (as opposed to a mailing list = club). Since I'm not nearly as experienced in IRL scenes (in...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Mar 28, 2024 9:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1242
Views: 242671

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

An update as it's been a few months (a quarter of a year, in fact), and I've got a lot on my work to-do list that I don't want to get started on. First of all, happy holy week to you all. Money: We officially (finally) joined the 2 comma NW club, which we celebrated with some sparkling wine. I've ha...
by Hristo Botev
Wed Dec 20, 2023 9:41 pm
Forum: Friends, Family, Relationships, and Community Questions
Topic: Tips for toddlers?
Replies: 20
Views: 1965

Re: Tips for toddlers?

Goodness, this thread is giving me the opportunity to think back on some great times. I envy what you have coming; the toddler years are wonderful, but so are all the years you get to spend with your kiddos.
by Hristo Botev
Wed Dec 20, 2023 11:58 am
Forum: Friends, Family, Relationships, and Community Questions
Topic: Tips for toddlers?
Replies: 20
Views: 1965

Re: Tips for toddlers?

+1 on the potty training. DD was potty trained at daycare by a beloved daycare worker who made it her mission to check that box for every kid that came through her class. DS, however, went to a different daycare at potty training age and it wasn't going to get done there, so I took 2 days off of wor...
by Hristo Botev
Wed Dec 20, 2023 11:43 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1242
Views: 242671

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

I've never done this comparison before, but it looks like our family's net worth is pretty deeply tied to the strength of the US economy, or at least to the S&P 500.

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by Hristo Botev
Sat Dec 16, 2023 5:59 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1242
Views: 242671

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

I ask because we are set to finish our attic and would love to do everything myself except for the drywall, electrical and HVAC. YouTube yes, but also I have a good friend/neighbor who is an architect by profession but who owns a lot of rental units that constantly need upkeep and he always has som...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Dec 14, 2023 3:48 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 1242
Views: 242671

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

Quick update,* as it's been a few months and my work to-do list is so overwhelming I'd rather just procrastinate for a little while than try and figure out how to tackle it. First of all, this is hilarious to look back at: First, I turn 45 this year and am going to try and hit a 1RM of the 1-2-3-4 &...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Dec 14, 2023 2:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy and Lifestyle Questions
Topic: what if you would have done this in life: Stay Hometown and "make a family" or Go Abroad and "make a career"?
Replies: 16
Views: 4804

Re: what if you would have done this in life: Stay Hometown and "make a family" or Go Abroad and "make a career"?

@chenda: In post above, Hristo strongly implied that he was the sort of boy who would come to school with naked ankles. Full disclosure: I've always been more of a moccasin or "camp-moc" kinda guy; the only really acceptable "boat shoes" down here, as far as I'm concerned, are f...
by Hristo Botev
Thu Dec 07, 2023 10:12 am
Forum: Friends, Family, Relationships, and Community Questions
Topic: Marriage: how to maintain it
Replies: 54
Views: 13383

Re: Marriage: how to maintain it

Love is a verb as well as a noun. This is good; well said. Aquinas defines love (as in the theological virtue of love) as the "choice to will the good of the other." I suspect you could be married 75 years and still have not fully unpacked that definition; I know I'm still working at it. ...
by Hristo Botev
Wed Dec 06, 2023 5:13 pm
Forum: Friends, Family, Relationships, and Community Questions
Topic: Marriage: how to maintain it
Replies: 54
Views: 13383

Re: Marriage: how to maintain it

My 2 cents, perhaps not worth even that amount: Cent 1: We think prioritization is important --> priority 1 is God; priority 2 is spouse/marriage; priority 3 is kids (depending on the day I might put one kid above another :lol:; as in, I'm not too thrilled with DS right now as he just kicked the soc...
by Hristo Botev
Fri Nov 24, 2023 1:10 pm
Forum: Philosophy and Lifestyle Questions
Topic: what if you would have done this in life: Stay Hometown and "make a family" or Go Abroad and "make a career"?
Replies: 16
Views: 4804

Re: what if you would have done this in life: Stay Hometown and "make a family" or Go Abroad and "make a career"?

(young Republican boys in boat shoes now older successful men in suits, yawn.) Hey, wait, did we go to HS together? :lol: FWIW, DW and I are from the same small southern town and met in middle school and dated off and on in HS but then left town for separate colleges, then separate travels, then se...
by Hristo Botev
Wed Nov 22, 2023 2:21 pm
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: How is the FIRE movement doing?
Replies: 337
Views: 129049

Re: How is the FIRE movement doing?

FWIW, some recent stories from the past week or so related to the FIRE world: 1. The trailer park millionaire: https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/us-man-who-lived-in-trailer-park-hid-a-5-7m-secret-20231122-p5elsn 2. Dave Ramsey getting trolled about the 4% rule by this guy: https://www.youtube....
by Hristo Botev
Wed Nov 22, 2023 10:24 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: How is the FIRE movement doing?
Replies: 337
Views: 129049

Re: How is the FIRE movement doing?

That being said, I don't think collecting easy money by leveraging an advantageous labor market is anti-ERE or anti-FIRE. I don't see it as that much different than leveraging an advantageous financial market. Personally, my job got a lot more tolerable/ lucrative after covid and as a result I work...
by Hristo Botev
Wed Nov 22, 2023 9:52 am
Forum: Emergent Renaissance Ecology
Topic: How is the FIRE movement doing?
Replies: 337
Views: 129049

Re: How is the FIRE movement doing?

Keep in mind that the stereotypical FIRE adherent is a knowledge worker and many of the MMM followers worked in careers with higher than median salaries like tech, finance, business, etc. Many now work from home, work a lot less hours than they used to, and in some cases get paid even more! . . . ....
by Hristo Botev
Wed Nov 22, 2023 9:00 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Great Books Seminar Recruiting
Replies: 0
Views: 2834

Great Books Seminar Recruiting

The Great Books platform I've been using for the past 2.5 years, onlinegreatbooks.com, is closing up shop in its present form at the end of this month for reasons some of us are still trying to make sense of. The various seminar groups in that program are all trying to figure out where to go from he...