So, the last time I joined a forum was back when I played videogames. And the reason I started looking for a forum when I first "learned" about FIRE is because I totally think of this as a game. Have you guys every played those "idle" type browser games, like on Kongregate? I love those. Mostly because you get to watch your "account" grow.
This early retirement thing feels just like that to me -- and I want to win.
No real "target date" set, but I've just started saving in earnest and I'm very interested in optimizing my portfolio and taxes.
Spent many years trading stocks -- finally stopping that since it was such a waste of time, but I learned a lot from it and I think I've found the "optimal" way to invest. Learned that it's best to keep my emotions out of it, so going totally systematic. Want to compare notes with you guys though.
I do programming (wouldn't really call myself a "software engineer"). Pays OK. I think of it as a blue-collar job.