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Old 05-25-2010, 06:58 PM   #321
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Ziggy, good luck to both of you and if it is what you both want, then I really hope it happens.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:16 PM   #322
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Ziggy, good luck to both of you and if it is what you both want, then I really hope it happens.
She feels really energized about this and for the first time it feels like she knows what she wants to do "when she grows up" -- even if it means "growing up" at age 41.

We'd likely have to relocate somewhere in the region, and while I reserve the right to "veto" any place I really, really don't want to live, I don't suspect it would come to that. And as far as my w*rk goes, all I need is high speed Internet and a telephone, and we'd likely be within a couple hours of a company office if I had to go in for some reason.

And as for what I want, mostly for her to be happy... but consistent with me being able to pull the plug at a reasonable age and maybe even "retire" before she does. And if she liked her work, she's made it clear to me she's okay with that.

We shall see. Again, several hoops remain but one of the biggest hoops was navigated successfully last week. And I don't want to get ahead of ourselves.
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Zig, have you thought this through completely? Are you going to be able to keep your nose clean and fulfill your obligations as the parson's proper, upstanding spouse?
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Zig, have you thought this through completely? Are you going to be able to keep your nose clean and fulfill your obligations as the parson's proper, upstanding spouse?
Also maybe you would have to sell your stone house and live in a parsonage.
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With a bag over his head.
Per your suggestion, I have changed my avatar.

But it will be only temporary, as I like my earlier one better.

PS. Did someone mention Edith Piaf? She was a favorite of my mom, but was really before my time. I am still young, you know?
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:13 PM   #326
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Also maybe you would have to sell your stone house and live in a parsonage.
Not necessarily. We could keep it as a rental, and possibly even to my FIL within the next couple of years as he's hoping to move down this way closer to us.
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And as far as my w*rk goes, all I need is high speed Internet and a telephone, and we'd likely be within a couple hours of a company office if I had to go in for some reason.
It does not look like your wife's income will match your current salary, so it appears that you are planning for a simpler lifestyle if you want to ER. But, it appears your job isn't too bad, and not having to commute is a big plus. Why not hanging on a bit more to beef up your portfolio for a higher safety margin?
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It does not look like your wife's income will match your current salary, so it appears that you are planning for a simpler lifestyle if you want to ER. But, it appears your job isn't too bad, and not having to commute is a big plus. Why not hanging on a bit more to beef up your portfolio for a higher safety margin?
I think you misunderstood. I can work from home wherever I have a high speed Internet connection and a phone.

I plan to w*rk for a few more years if they'll have me. I merely said this *could* accelerate when I can pull the plug. But until then, I'm not tied to where we live by my j*b.

Didn't mean to hijack the thread, really...
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Ziggy,
spiritual journey is priceless - good luck to both of you.
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Yesterday, consumer sentiment was reported UP.
Today, durable goods order UP.
In my before-tax account, I just sold some boring consumer staples stocks to buy a 3X technology ETF.

No, it is not that radical. In fact, it's only as a lark, and less than 0.5% of portfolio.

PS. In my after-tax account, I am also on margin but less than 1% of portfolio. Moemg (that gutsy lady) may come along shortly to make fun of my timid market moves.
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Looks like Steve O was right - headed to 8500 over the next two days... It COULD happen.
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Looks like Steve O was right - headed to 8500 over the next two days... It COULD happen.
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She feels really energized about this and for the first time it feels like she knows what she wants to do "when she grows up" -- even if it means "growing up" at age 41.
It's worderful you're supporting her Zig. I respect her wanting to do something to help people even though the monetary rewards are not great. The world could use more people like your DW
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But I really wanna poke the bear!
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Is that similar to screwing the pooch?
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Riskier. But less likely to land you in jail.

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OK, so my earlier gains of the day evaporated at the market close.

Down 0.11% in MF, and 0.13% in my larger individual equity portion. Overall only 0.09% down. S&P down 0.57%. So, I can claim I beat the market.
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This is great news. I have about run out of tax deferred space for bonds and had been chasing my AA for months. Now I can go back to buying equities!

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