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Forum: Life after FIRE 09-28-2021, 07:13 PM
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Well the day finally came! I retired at 56 from...

Well the day finally came! I retired at 56 from my Fed job on Monday the 27th with a nice (low key) send-off. I already had my bags packed and took off from Texas for our home in the mountains of...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-28-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,568
Posted By ospreyjp
If you get nostalgic for that heat + humidity you...

If you get nostalgic for that heat + humidity you can always make the three hour drive over to Houston! That will definitely put into perspective 100 degree days in San Antonio.
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-22-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,568
Posted By ospreyjp
Not to beat a dead horse, but water bills in San...

Not to beat a dead horse, but water bills in San Antonio are also a serious consideration. To keep my old home's third of an acre lawn alive, I regularly paid in excess of $200 a month to SAWS (the...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-22-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,568
Posted By ospreyjp
NC statewide is 4.75% but counties add to that. ...

NC statewide is 4.75% but counties add to that. The total for the county we have moved to is 6.75% total. Score again...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-22-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,568
Posted By ospreyjp
Fortunately, filing jointly the first $21,500 of...

Fortunately, filing jointly the first $21,500 of a pension is tax exempt in NC. SS is fully exempt. In my case, I won't be paying any NC tax. Sales tax rates are more favorable than Texas as well.
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-22-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,568
Posted By ospreyjp
Just sold our home on the far north side of San...

Just sold our home on the far north side of San Antonio and bought a home in western North Carolina. Overall, San Antonio is a liveable, if sprawling, city but has two strikes against it in my book...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-03-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,929
Posted By ospreyjp
I've lived in San Antonio for most of the past 10...

I've lived in San Antonio for most of the past 10 years while I wasn't overseas and agree that this is a great town to visit, both the city and the nearby Hill Country. However, the heat and the...
Forum: Other topics 02-02-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 801
Posted By ospreyjp
Brisket for $3.50 a pound? I forget how lucky we...

Brisket for $3.50 a pound? I forget how lucky we are in Texas when it comes to beef prices. My local Sam's, and Walmart too for that matter, frequently have brisket for as low as $2.25 a pound. ...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-02-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,731
Posted By ospreyjp
For those that get to Florida and decide 9 months...

For those that get to Florida and decide 9 months of summer isn't for them, they can become "half-backs". That is they return halfway back to the Northeast or Midwest and settle in the Carolinas,...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-01-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,929
Posted By ospreyjp
I have lived there before (in the 90s) and am...

I have lived there before (in the 90s) and am doing an ER back to WNC this summer too. Depending on your budget, and where you are coming from, housing in Asheville is pretty pricey. Check out the...
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-22-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 11,471
Posted By ospreyjp
Terrific slides! Thanks for sharing... I would...

Terrific slides! Thanks for sharing... I would like to go back in the warm weather next time. Our trip was very atmospheric with snow on the ground and falling for most of the two weeks we were...
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-14-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 11,471
Posted By ospreyjp
We stayed a week in Sibiu on a trip around...

We stayed a week in Sibiu on a trip around Transylvania and loved it. Brasov and Sighisoara were other towns we stayed in but Sibiu was our favorite. That region of Romania felt like a spot I...
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-07-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 67,123
Posted By ospreyjp
I envy the sense of nervousness that the...

I envy the sense of nervousness that the imminence of being two or three months out will surely bring. September 2021 still feels like a long time away...
Forum: Life after FIRE 10-08-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 67,123
Posted By ospreyjp
Our positions often take a while to fill as well,...

Our positions often take a while to fill as well, although my new manager (coincidentally a GS-14) was recruited fairly quickly even in the midst of COVID this summer. I figure I will split the...
Forum: Life after FIRE 10-07-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 67,123
Posted By ospreyjp
Some of what I have been reading for Feds seems...

Some of what I have been reading for Feds seems to say that 2 months is a good minimum to make sure CPO has time to work on everything. That is interesting that the one colleague you mentioned...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 09-25-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,240
Posted By ospreyjp
I have had the GEHA Dental plan too for my family...

I have had the GEHA Dental plan too for my family for more than 5 years. It pays for cleanings twice a year and annual x-rays. With three children and a spouse that is not a bad deal. I also plan...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-21-2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,060
Posted By ospreyjp
I understand that there used to be a requirement...

I understand that there used to be a requirement to fill out a worksheet for the SSA to show where the funds were spent. Apparently that is no longer the case, which makes the whole thing less...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-20-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,060
Posted By ospreyjp
Thank you for the feedback on my post. Yes, I...

Thank you for the feedback on my post. Yes, I have run the numbers and am focused on the SS and am counting on using it in addition to a FED pension and drawdowns from investments (Roth, TSP,...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-20-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,060
Posted By ospreyjp
Retiring with children - dependent Soc Sec

I would love to hear from those who have retired with children and how drawing dependent social security at 62 factored in.

In my case, I plan to retire at 56 (2021) and bridge the gap through...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-20-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,725
Posted By ospreyjp
It really is true, I suppose, that a smoker is...

It really is true, I suppose, that a smoker is best for just that and not both grilling and smoking. I do enjoy chicken that has absorbed a good amount of smoke yet doesn't have rubbery skin. As...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-20-2020, 12:09 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,725
Posted By ospreyjp
The ash clean out is definitely a big plus on the...

The ash clean out is definitely a big plus on the CC. I have had pretty good success with the internal slide that allows some grilling for burgers, although I am sure the propane grill attachment...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-20-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,725
Posted By ospreyjp
+1 on Camp Chef. I have mine for a few months...

+1 on Camp Chef. I have mine for a few months now and really enjoy the results for smoking briskets pork butts, and ribs. With kids, we are also enjoying store-bought pizzas and smoking them at 400...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-20-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 67,123
Posted By ospreyjp
How long do you have to go, by the way? You must...

How long do you have to go, by the way? You must have the same birth year, so January at the earliest. If you don't mind me asking, have you informed CPO and your manager? I ask because I am...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-20-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 67,123
Posted By ospreyjp
goingtotravel, Yes, I am hanging in there to...

goingtotravel,

Yes, I am hanging in there to hit my FERS early retirement and more importantly keep my subsidized health insurance. The health insurance is big for me since I'll need to keep my...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-18-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 67,123
Posted By ospreyjp
I agree that WFH has come at a really good time. ...

I agree that WFH has come at a really good time. I attend meetings, try to judiciously delegate when taskers come my way, and (as you said) try not to leave my coworkers hanging. I have wondered...
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