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Old 06-19-2007, 12:05 PM   #61
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Nords, You should be proud of your accomplishments. However, I'll not be "pinning up" your photo for inspiration...

Maybe Linney's, though...
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:42 PM   #62
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Grats to you both! If you don't mind me asking, how did you two end up being interviewed for the magazine? And what made you feel comfortable giving up your anonymity?
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:16 AM   #63
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If you don't mind me asking, how did you two end up being interviewed for the magazine? And what made you feel comfortable giving up your anonymity?
Corey Hajim posted here asking for volunteers. The Kaderlis had interviewed me a few months before so I pointed her to their website where Billy & Akaisha's work convinced her to send a couple freelance photographers an extra 2500 miles.

While she was checking me out, I was able to find enough of her articles to convince me that she knew what she was doing. When we read as many journalists on this board as we do, it doesn't take long to separate the skilled from the, uhm, not-so-skilled.

I'd already surrendered my anonymity before Corey posted. What originally led me to that decision was curiosity over why so many veterans pursue a second career after the military. I want to hear from more vets about what they're thinking (in my case it was "not much") and why they made their decisions.

Having a COLA pension and $460/year health insurance would help anyone (let alone active-duty retirees) to become ERs but it just doesn't seem to happen. In my case I never even considered that we'd be able to make it work until my father prompted me. But if spouse & I knew at age 21 what we knew at 41 then we would have been much better prepared with purposeful (not deployment-imposed) LBYM and maximized tax-deferred savings. I would've learned a lot more about asset allocation and low-cost index funds, too. Admittedly the 1982 literature was a little sparse but it was there.

So far the answers from most veterans & spouses are:
1. We didn't save any money, and/or
2. It never occurred to us to retire before age 65...

Of course the answers from this board's veterans are pretty much "Run, Forrest, run!!" One of the military couples on this board even managed to leave active duty for ER before they were eligible for pensions or cheap healthcare. Admittedly they could be accused of practicing "extreme ER" but if they can do it their way then the pension & healthcare can make it a slam-dunk.

An additional factor with Corey was that she really didn't want to talk about money or investing. Her focus was lifestyle. All the pension/salary info in my part of her article is publicly available on DoD websites.

I'm not sure that I'd be interested in having a financial magazine pore over our brokerage statements. Short of guys like Bernstein, Ferri, Burns, & Swedroe I haven't met many journalists who understand more than the rudiments of asset allocation & volatility risk. Trying to deal with the reasoning behind our pension & portfolio would blow the gaskets of the Money & Kiplinger's writers...
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:17 AM   #64
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Nords, You should be proud of your accomplishments. However, I'll not be "pinning up" your photo for inspiration... Maybe Linney's, though...
So you aspire to be a girl on a surfboard? :confused:




(Connie and Nords -- I read both your articles online at CNNMoney.com. Great job! And I'd be interested to hearing your responses to the question that NinjaPigeon just posted....)
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:18 AM   #65
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Thanks to both of you for being such great role models--I'm pinning those pages up in my home office for inspiration, next to my thermometer graphs!
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If you don't mind me asking, how did you two end up being interviewed for the magazine? And what made you feel comfortable giving up your anonymity?
Corey Hajim posted here asking for volunteers. The Kaderlis had interviewed me a few months before so I pointed her to their website where Billy & Akaisha's work convinced her to send a couple freelance photographers an extra 2500 miles.

While she was checking me out, I was able to find enough of her articles to convince me that she knew what she was doing. She's not just a freelancer hoping for a hook. When we read as many journalists on this board as we do, it doesn't take long to separate the skilled from the, uhm, not-so-skilled.

I'd already surrendered my anonymity before Corey posted. What originally led me to that decision was curiosity over why so many veterans pursue a second career after the military. I want to hear from more vets about what they're thinking (in my case it was "not much") and why they made their decisions.

Having a COLA pension and $460/year health insurance would help anyone (let alone active-duty retirees) to become ERs but it just doesn't seem to happen. In my case I never even considered that we'd be able to make it work until my father prompted me. But if spouse & I knew at age 21 what we knew at 41 then we would have been much better prepared with purposeful (not deployment-imposed) LBYM and maximized tax-deferred savings. I would've learned a lot more about asset allocation and low-cost index funds, too. Admittedly the 1982 literature was a little sparse but it was there.

So far the answers from most veterans & spouses are:
1. We didn't save any money, and/or
2. It never occurred to us to retire before age 65...

Of course the answers from this board's veterans are pretty much "Run, Forrest, run!!" One of the military couples on this board even managed to leave active duty for ER before they were eligible for pensions or cheap healthcare. Admittedly they could be accused of practicing "extreme ER" but if they can do it their way then the pension & healthcare can make it a slam-dunk.

An additional factor with Corey was that she really didn't want to talk about money or investing. Her focus was lifestyle. All the pension/salary info in my part of her article is publicly available on DoD websites.

I'm not sure that I'd be interested in having a financial magazine pore over our brokerage statements. Short of guys like Bernstein, Ferri, Burns, & Swedroe I haven't met many journalists who understand more than the rudiments of asset allocation & volatility risk. Trying to deal with the reasoning behind our pension & portfolio would blow the gaskets of the Money & Kiplinger's writers...
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So you aspire to be a girl on a surfboard? :confused:

Not much surfing in Missoula Texas...
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Good article Nords

Going on the talk circuit anytime soon?
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Good article Nords
Going on the talk circuit anytime soon?
Hey, we already have the world's best audience right here on the board, and without jet lag or hotel food!

I've learned that I can write or talk but not both...
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Was helping housemate clean out the magazine "pile" - and lo and behold, the issue that is the topic of this thread surfaced...addressed to a tenant of hers from several years ago! (yes, the magazine keeps coming, and since it is $$$ related, gets tossed in the basket. I was flipping through (since the cover mentioned early retirement success stories) and went. "wow - here is Nords, here is Connie!" - she was very impressed that I "knew" these folks! Thanks to the ER board for a few more heartfelt smiles and retirement discussion topics in real life
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Hey Nords,

LOVED the article! I'm trying to convince my DH to grow his hair out long again when he retires next year. When we met in 1970, he had long hair. For the past 30 some years, he's been the squared away type. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all!
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