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Old 01-13-2006, 08:35 AM   #61
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DUH! The little niece is the smartest one - BUT she married a MARINE (lifer).

Who says brains and common sense go together.





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Re: Anybody like their job?
Old 01-13-2006, 08:48 AM   #62
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The only jobs I could enjoy are being a professional sports athlete or a poker player......


I have no idea why my personality limits me to those two things.


So, with that said, I hate selling property tax services.
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Old 01-13-2006, 09:43 AM   #63
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unclemick2,

What I meant by managing your investment / business is do whatever you're good at (not trading or market timing if you're not gifted for that) but have a plan and follow it. Could be selecting commercial RE and leveraging, buying / refurbishing and re-selling props, condos, etc.. whatever. Could simply be LBYM, save and buy Vanguard, that's a plan. They are better plans than others, but have a plan was my message. Dont expect someone else to take care of you.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:14 AM   #64
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Nords,
Great list and as usual, great insight or maybe foresight is a better term.

Your list can easily be "translated" into any large organization be it military, public service, or corporations; just change a few of the terms and you have a generic list of crap that every big organization shares.

Once you get hit with a 2X4 the reality of what kind of life you are living and what you can expect for the next X number of years, the smart folks find a way out. The folks who are searching for FI and ER are those that "get it." Some people will never have that epiphany and will work until they drop or until they get pushed out the door at normal retirement age.

Some folks will want to work until they can't because they like what they do. I respect that and would like to feel that way about my job; but I don't. I like what I do but am burned out and crispy around the edges. But I don't hate my job; I just dislike working for a corp. with all the BS and all the idiots that get paid 3X what I do making dumb choices about how things should work with no true idea of how things actually work.

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Old 01-13-2006, 10:22 AM   #65
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unclemick2,

What I meant by managing your investment / business is do whatever you're good at (not trading or market timing if you're not gifted for that) but have a plan and follow it. Could be selecting commercial RE and leveraging, buying / refurbishing and re-selling props, condos, etc.. whatever. Could simply be LBYM, save and buy vangard, that's a plan. They are better plans than others, but have a plan was my message. Dont expect someone else to take care of you.
I like the point you made poyet. I keep pondering ways to make money from various activities and I honestly do not see them. The efforts have to relate to activities I am good at and enjoy. I am amazed how I do see that work for friends and relatives of mine. My brother's wife is a dentist and they bought a small office building. Sudenly they are landlords and in RE maintenance. But he is good at that. My brother in law had a small plumbing business which struggled for 25 years. In the last few years it has exploded. A truely remarkable cash flow, adding buildings, equipment and employees and making more every day. And he likes it and is good at it.
So I was "looking" for a plan without realizing that I already had one that works for me. LBYM and saving via Vanguard and various index funds. Its not sexy but over time has proven above average. It does not look as good as the sudden wealth of my BIL but I have other realtives and friends who have done less well. So thats the horse I rode in on and it does work. Just wish I had some sexy stock trade or real estate deal I could talk about, it would make for more interesting party conversations.
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Nords, a dumb question for you: what's a wardroom and why is it so hazardous to one's health?
Physically it's the officer's dining space/conference room.

It's also the collection of officers, as in "What's the wardroom thinking of now?!?"* As a junior officer working for department heads you have shared misery to encourage teamwork, but as a department head you have to compete a little more directly for shared resources... and perhaps with less teamwork than would be desirable.

As to the hazard, if there are three department heads of the same rank in the same wardroom, one of them will be ranked #3 on fitness reports. If it happens to the same guy more than once, it's going to be very difficult for him to advance. This can adversely influence everyone's relationships.

I've been in good wardrooms more often than the not-so-good wardrooms, but one of the latter will wipe out all fond memories of the former.
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What I like about my job:

-I work part time and still made more than a hundred grand.
-I get excellent benefits like health insurance, profit sharing, continuing legal education junket expenses, subsidized diet coke, and lots of free lunches.
-I am friends with some of the guys at work and I enjoy BSing with them.
-Legal issues can be interesting.
-My staff likes me and thinks I am funny.
-Security, security, security.

Yet for some reason I still don't like working. It must be that defective work gene.
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Martha,

I'm with you partly.

I am a government attorney with five weeks of vacation and 10 paid holidays, so you could almost say I work part time.

I have benefits, the most notable of which is health insurance, but I have no profit sharing, but then I don't have to share the deficit either.

I like to BS with my contemporaries too and I don't have to find somebody to bill it to.

Legal issues can be interesting, but most aren't.

My staff thinks I am funny and doggone it, people like me.

Security, security, security unless you listen to all the nattering nabobs of negativity that want to shrink government.

I have the same work gene you have, but I'm okay with it.

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I spent more time in aggregate trying to figure out what piece of crap from a cafeteria machine I was going to eat at 7pm when I had to work late. It was usually the jimmy dean sausage biscuits by the way.
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That's "Mr. Nattering Nabob of Negativity"... 8)

I can find plenty of things to be skeptical, cynical, etc, about!!

It's part of my "Curmudgeon in training" program.

I've had quite a few "jobs" in my day, and the current on is by far the cleanest, most intellectually challenging, and most highly renumerated one of them all. After a while, though, the politics and bs, and just going in day-after-day for umpti-brazillion days starts to get old. Stupid little kid, defective work gene, nattering nabob, whatever. Looking forward to spending my days in productive beer drinking!!
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