Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-17-2015, 05:27 AM   #61
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Marita40's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Paul
Posts: 1,215
My answer would be no. This thread is interesting to me and somewhat consoling. I thought the answers would be more yes than no, but they are not.

Marita40 is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-17-2015, 07:18 AM   #62
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 4,112
Just to add to my brief "no" response earlier, here are a few examples of how unalike my brother and I are:

He is married, I am single.

He has a kid, I am childfree.

He lives in a large, McMansion house. My apartment would fit into his kitchen.

He is outgoing, I am an introvert.

He plays sports, I am an indoors geek.

He is a Republican, I am a Democratic-leaning Independent. (We agreed to a cease-fire on political discussion 15 years ago.)

Also, we lives about 200 miles apart so we see each other about once a year. We exchange emails now and then and talk on the phone once in a while. We exchange birthday gifts.

If we weren't related, we'd have nothing to do with each other.

Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
scrabbler1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 07:36 AM   #63
Full time employment: Posting here.
UnrealizedPotential's Avatar
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 678
The answer to this question is no. I am so different from my brother and sister. My brother and sister are not that close to each other either. If we talk , it's always about the few things we have in common.
Understanding both the power of compound interest and the difficulty of getting it is the heart and soul of understanding a lot of things. Charlie Munger
UnrealizedPotential is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 07:49 AM   #64
Recycles dryer sheets
Revlefty's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Highland
Posts: 246
Are you kidding? My brother is a Chicago Bears fan! That's just too much for a Packers fan to swallow!

Actually... my family (25 of us) just spent the weekend together in Michigan celebrating my parents' 70th wedding anniversary. We had a good time together. But I don't think I have enough interests in common with any of them to consider them "friends."
Revlefty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 08:21 AM   #65
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
38Chevy454's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 1,692
Yes and No for me. I am oldest, and my next younger sister is 3 years less than me. We are complete opposites, and also did not really get along as kids. Funny thing is now as the executor for my parent's estate, I have had to help her get finances in order and she is becoming closer. But about 2 hours in-person is all I can take before she drives me crazy Visits 1-2 times/year is enough for me, although we stay in touch via email probably weekly. I do not see us as friends except we are related.

My youngest sister is 12 years less than me and we are very similar and get along great. We meet up when we can approx 3 times/year, and since our parents have passed, and her husband's parents are just not the grandparent type with almost no visits, me and DW are sort of the alternate grandparent role to her kids, although technically Uncle and Aunt. Youngest sister's DH is a good guy and we get along good. I would say we could be friends for sure. We are meeting up for camping trip in couple weeks, looking forward to that.
After Monday & Tuesday even the calendar says, W-T-F...

Semi-Retired 7/1/16: working part-time (60%) for now [4/24/17 changed to 80%]
Retired Aug 2, 2017; age 53
38Chevy454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 06:13 PM   #66
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Winnipeg
Posts: 1,526
Originally Posted by Marita40 View Post
My answer would be no. This thread is interesting to me and somewhat consoling. I thought the answers would be more yes than no, but they are not.
I wasn't sure what to expect, then I thought about all my friends who have siblings and realized that very few of them socialize with family outside of family functions. I'm sure most of us have some good friends who have siblings they've only met on rare occasions.

For example, I've only seen the brother of one of my best friends twice in the last 20 years...once at my friend's wedding, and once at their mother's funeral. Yet, my friend and I played sports together, went to the bar together when we were younger, and have been in a band together for more than 30 years.
Music Lover is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 08:47 AM   #67
ziggy29's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 15,624
Two of my brothers and I (I'm the youngest of 5) have a lot in common and get along wonderfully, and any time we get together we start having fun and goofing around like we were 12 again. Seems odd to talk about family and call them "friends", but yes, we socialized a fair bit by choice (at least when I lived closer) and not just because of family obligations, so I guess you could say that's a friendship.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)

RIP to Reemy, my avatar dog (2003 - 9/16/2017)
ziggy29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 09:29 AM   #68
Alan's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Eee Bah Gum
Posts: 22,040
One of the things we are really looking forward to when we move to England next year is being much closer to and seeing much more of our siblings (we have 3 siblings each).

We love staying at each other's houses, we go on vacation together and we laugh a lot together. My brother is in Australia but we are still in regular contact, and see each other every few years. Last year we spent a month with him in Australia, and one of my sisters is going out with her husband and son in a few weeks to stay with him.
Retired in Jan, 2010 at 55, moved to England in May 2016
Now it's adventure before dementia
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 09:45 AM   #69
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
frayne's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 19th Hole
Posts: 2,695
Nope here as well. I'm the middle of five and live the farthest away, 500 miles or so. Talk to my little sister every two weeks and only talk with the others if there is a family issue that I should be aware of. The four are fairly close and I have always been kind of the odd man out, which works for me.
A totally unblemished life is only for saints.
frayne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 10:01 AM   #70
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
RetireAge50's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,151
Yes and we are friends today. We had a family of 7 growing up.
RetireAge50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 10:25 AM   #71
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,605
There were 5 of us and I am the second oldest. My older sister (4 yrs 4 mos) and I are extremely close. We talk on the phone several times per week. We went to Disney World with grand kids in June, went to NYC with our spouses, went on cruise together and have been to the beach several times with family. I live in WV and she has a house in VA and PA. We always get together when she is at her house in PA. My brother who was 3 yrs younger died in 2001. He was a lot of fun and he visited with us often. My DH and him hunted and fished together and he always came for holidays and cook outs. My younger sister, who is 4 yrs younger and lives the closest, and I have grown apart. I have not been to her house in several years. She called and asked if her and DH could come to our house earlier this year, because she wanted to see our remodeled house. They came and we had a "polite visit". After talking about the kids and grand kids, I could was wracking my brain trying to think what to say. She told my younger brother that she felt like she lost her 2 sisters because she inherited everything from our mother and stepfather. She neglected to tell him that my older sister and I had asked her to hang out with us several times and she had declined and told us to have a nice summer and maybe next summer she would find the time to go to lunch with us. I called her again this month and asked her and she declined and said maybe next month, so who knows. I keep trying and I feel sorry for her, because I feel she is missing out. She definitely had the hardest childhood of all of us. My younger brother is 5 years younger and he will call and we will be on the phone for 1-2 hours easily. We are probably the most financially compatible and our philosophy on rearing our children was the closest. We only see each other a couple of times per year, but really enjoy it when we do. I would love to see him more often. I would be friends with 3 of my siblings, even if we were not family. I miss my brother that died and would love to be able to see him again. I would not be friends with my younger sister, because I feel like I am walking on eggshells when I am around her. (My niece was spending the weekend when she was younger and I asked her why she was not allowed to read the Harry Potter books. My daughter was really into them. I received a 4 page typewritten letter from my sister regarding this. Evidently, she questioned her daughter about every thing we did and said.)
Dreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 07:55 AM   #72
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
HFWR's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lawn chair in Texas
Posts: 13,124
I "like" my siblings, but have little in common with them...
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
HFWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 08:23 AM   #73
Recycles dryer sheets
GSMAN's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: League City
Posts: 67
I would love to say yes but that certainly isn't the case. I am the oldest of 3 siblings. My middle sister is 4 years younger and other than my parents we have very little in common. I never felt that I have known her. I get the impression that she only tells me what she wants me to know about her. Very strange relationship. Her husband is even more aloof. My youngest sister is just flat out nuts!! My parents had to raise her first set of kids, 2 boys, then she remarried and had 2 more which again my parents helped raise. She is 42 but still acts like a teenager. She is totally opposite of me. She has flaunted her crazy lifestyle to my parents with the drinking, partying, etc... That is what bugs me the most about her. My folks are very conservative and she has always been a rebel without a clue!!
GSMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 10:49 PM   #74
Recycles dryer sheets
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 257
No. I have 1 sister, have not seen her in years and she communicates with me only by Facebook Messenger. We really have nothing in common. I am sure she kept my only niece away from us because she didn't want the 'bad influence of me,' the only professional with an advanced degree in the family. Whatever.

As a kid I was convinced I was born into the wrong family as I was nothing like any of them. But I look too much like them for that to be the case. So many relatives are gone now anyway. I keep in touch with my first cousins and their children via Facebook and that's fun but I live 2,000 miles from all of them so I haven't seen them in years either.

Sent from my iPhone using Early Retirement Forum
iac1003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 04:07 AM   #75
Full time employment: Posting here.
Badger's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 908
Of the three of us I have been closest to my younger sister. She is intelligent, gracious, respectful of others, interesting to be around and married to a great husband. If she lived closer I would enjoy spending more time with them both. My older brother, on the other hand, exhibits all the signs of being a sociopath. He is well aware of how I feel about him and my displeasure with how he treated our parents, sister, and me in the past. As far as I am concerned he is a non-entity.

Badger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 06:39 PM   #76
Recycles dryer sheets
Dogman's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Chandler
Posts: 51
It costs you very little to be nice and charitable. Take the high road with your religious bother and show him you are not going to stoop to his level. If he goes overboard just tell him lets move on to another conversation. If he complaints or continues tell him your house your rules. If he wants to go let him go.

Dogman is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do you explain your ER situation to old friends or new people you meet? ICNTR Other topics 74 05-29-2013 06:34 PM
Druggie Sibling - What To Do? ProspectiveBum Other topics 33 07-10-2008 01:24 PM
Advice on sibling manipulation..... OldAgePensioner Life after FIRE 54 08-18-2005 07:15 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:04 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.