Mommy, my sister is teasing me!

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Are there any joys greater than having "fuck-you" money?
I might add one of the great things about being a freelancer is that, if you have enough clients, you can similarly turn down work that's too much of a hassle.


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Stahlmann
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hmmm.

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I think I read somewhere that doctors and lawyers are among the two most regretted career paths

You really just want enough to pay for a small house in a (resilient) area you want to live, healthcare insurance, safe transport, healthy food, and reasonable hobbies. Most everything else is bullshit meant to keep people at their desks working 60 hour weeks.

If I earn 25k/yr working from home 20 hours/week, while enjoying a paid off 150k 750 sq foot house house in a western state with plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors, I am infinitely richer than the lawyer in NYC earning 250k/yr and working 80 hour weeks. In fact, I may very well literally be richer, because the lawyer is getting taxed three ways and may only be able to pay for the interest in their massive student, home, and auto loans.

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Uhh wow @Stahlmann where do you dig this stuff up and why?

Man, a lot has changed since I whined like a little kid about my siblings. Back in 2012 my siblings were attacking me because I was lazy and irresponsible. Four months into retirement (I’d retired in May and posted this in August) my family hadn’t really figured out I had a properly engineered retirement. It turned out all of their unpleasant behavior came out of sour grapes. Plain old garden variety jealously. And a dash of misunderstanding. Nothing exciting or new.

Fast forward seven years. Sister makes her way from a newer BMW to her same office with a walker at 59. She has a crippling disease disorder but cannot stop working...or so she says. Actually I believe her. She’s so messed up any logical person would take a leave of absence but she says her job will disappear.

Brother was laid off from his job a few quarters ago. He’s 60. I asked my dad what he’s doing and he apparently still shows up for work regular hours because they let him work for free till they get another round of VC. He hasn’t told me this in our conversations but it sounds sad. He likely has saved more money than my sister. Actually dad admitted he’s helping with some of bro’s bills. I’ve kept out of it.

Not quite the ending I predicted when I put down the first post here. Funny how things play out in this wonderful real time experiment we all live in. It’s actually a little unsettling to read my posts and see where I was back then. I was upset and it didn’t really matter in the big picture.
TopHatFox wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:06 am
You really just want enough to pay for a small house in a (resilient) area you want to live, healthcare insurance, safe transport, healthy food, and reasonable hobbies. Most everything else is bullshit meant to keep people at their desks working 60 hour weeks.
You bet. It’s taken me seven years of retirement to figure this out. I was kind of lost in 2012. Now I just want the above. And a warm blanket.

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