I joined this FIRE forum several months ago, and since then have thoroughly enjoyed all the snippets of wisdom from the sages and gurus on this board. Really learned tons of relevant, ( and not so relevant ) stuff.
My job as a Regional Director for a scientific instrumentation company, responsible for Asia Pacific, kept me on the road often enough that I had confined myself to lurking on the few occasions I visited here.
Well, no more.
Two months ago, hung up the briefcase and passport, and took the giant leap of faith into the world of FIRE ( no boss, no reports, no commute, no TSA airport groping, no paycheck, no health benefits, no bonuses )
Now, with the newfound luxury of indefinite time on my hands, I believe I can now participate more often, and to contribute to the breadth & diversity of this forum.
I just turned 60, and own my home in Northern California free & clear. Retirement assets about $500K, and taxable assets right around $600K.
Large portions are in a Bond ladder and a CD ladder going out until 2020. I maintain a brokerage account for trading, and hope to be a little more aggressive in this area. Mostly invested in Oil Majors, preferred stocks, and energy MLPs.
Honored to be a member of this forum.