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Forum: Life after FIRE 03-11-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 12,842
Posted By Urchina
I've never lived in a house bigger than 1700 sq...

I've never lived in a house bigger than 1700 sq feet. 1000 is ample space for 2 people. As other posters have said, making sure you can age in place is important. Two bedrooms or more will secure...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-11-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 18,093
Posted By Urchina
I am an average investor, which is why it's index...

I am an average investor, which is why it's index funds all the way, baby!

Where I really shine is risk tolerance. We have a very aggressive stocks allocation and I never lose sleep over it.
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-18-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,246
Posted By Urchina
Tb001, a couple of questions: 1. Is your...

Tb001, a couple of questions:
1. Is your groundwater basin under adjudication, or headed that way? That will impact the quantity of water you can pull. Your regional water board will be able to tell...
Forum: Young Dreamers 06-02-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,520
Posted By Urchina
Physics Guy, Portland OR is a great walkable city...

Physics Guy, Portland OR is a great walkable city with wonderful public transit --- as long as you live in the city. We found the same to be true for Chicago when we visited a couple of years ago. I...
Forum: Other topics 06-02-2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,527
Posted By Urchina
Thanks, Chuckanut. We are not interested in a...

Thanks, Chuckanut. We are not interested in a hybrid for this particular purpose. Any EV drivers out there want to chime in?
Forum: Other topics 06-01-2019, 11:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,527
Posted By Urchina
Kia Soul EV vs Nissan Leaf?

Hi, all. We're electric car shopping right now and have narrowed it down to two contenders: a used Kia Soul EV or a used Nissan Leaf -- 2016 models or newer. Right now, I'm leaning towards the Soul...
Forum: Other topics 06-01-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,145
Posted By Urchina
We live in earthquake, wildfire and debris flow...

We live in earthquake, wildfire and debris flow country in a relatively geographically isolated area. We've also just gotten notice that, as we live in a designated hire-wildfire-risk area, we should...
Forum: Young Dreamers 04-06-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,920
Posted By Urchina
I, too would not let this comment slide. I'd ask...

I, too would not let this comment slide. I'd ask for an appointment with your boss and follow up in a non-confrontational way, saying something like "at my annual review I noticed a comment you made...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-06-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,093
Posted By Urchina
Right there with ya, MarielG. $10,000+/year for a...

Right there with ya, MarielG. $10,000+/year for a 1600 sq. Ft 60+ y.o. house.

It's a lot, but we're pretty happy with what we get in return -lots of great public parks, excellent public schools...
Forum: Life after FIRE 03-27-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,954
Posted By Urchina
I find that a whole-foods lunch keeps me fueled...

I find that a whole-foods lunch keeps me fueled through the day. I usually have homemade soup and some sliced veggies/ fruit (in winter) or a salad with cooked beans or lean protein (seasoned tofu,...
Forum: Young Dreamers 02-19-2019, 11:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,193
Posted By Urchina
If you are single with a six-figure salary as 31,...

If you are single with a six-figure salary as 31, you can probably retire well before 56 if you want. You might look at Tanja Hester's book "Work Optional." It just came out and is well done. She...
Forum: Young Dreamers 02-16-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,773
Posted By Urchina
OP, I'm reading your post as having 3 main...

OP, I'm reading your post as having 3 main issues:
1. You are anxious because you don't know where your money is going or if it's ok for you to spend on items at any given time;
2. You and your...
Forum: Other topics 12-12-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,634
Posted By Urchina
Our 2006 Odyssey had one of the problem...

Our 2006 Odyssey had one of the problem transmissions. Honda replaced it free of charge less than a year after we bought the car. We've since replaced it one more time (a year ago, different...
Forum: Young Dreamers 10-17-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,115
Posted By Urchina
OP, I'm curious. What made you choose kid-...

OP, I'm curious. What made you choose kid- going- to- college as your retirement date, as opposed to kid- graduating- from- college?
Forum: Other topics 10-16-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,190
Posted By Urchina
I prefer Jonagolds, Braeburns, and Winesaps - and...

I prefer Jonagolds, Braeburns, and Winesaps - and Golden Delicious but only when fresh off the tree. Store bought Goldens are a total disappointment. Just-picked they're incredibly good.

Of...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 09-19-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,284
Posted By Urchina
Enough sleep. For most of us, that's at least 8...

Enough sleep. For most of us, that's at least 8 hours a night.
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-05-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,764
Posted By Urchina
I've taken the Pacific Surfliner to Orange...

I've taken the Pacific Surfliner to Orange County. We were delayed due to freight trains. Train was comfortable, and the view on that run is amazing (hugs the coastline). Best part is I didnt have to...
Forum: Other topics 08-01-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,078
Posted By Urchina
I'm right in the middle of the GenX cohort as...

I'm right in the middle of the GenX cohort as well. I'm pretty happy here, the loss of pensions and SS issues notwithstanding. All those Boomers are retiring, which means great career opportunities...
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-01-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,804
Posted By Urchina
There's a lot of good discussion here on college...

There's a lot of good discussion here on college and leading for it. But I'm interested in the assumption that retiring is the only way to deal with your health issues.

A standing or treadmill...
Forum: Travel Information 07-10-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,455
Posted By Urchina
My aunt and uncle have a sweet little RPod that...

My aunt and uncle have a sweet little RPod that she tows with their VW Toareg. They are both over 6 feet tall and have enough headroom. It's pretty neat.

Here's the link to the website:...
Forum: Other topics 07-04-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 3,607
Views: 340,590
Posted By Urchina
I just finished "The Big Ones" by seismologist...

I just finished "The Big Ones" by seismologist Lucy Jones, about massive natural disasters and what we can learn from them. It's a very accessible, non-dramatic book and one I highly recommend.
Forum: Life after FIRE 11-07-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,449
Posted By Urchina
I think it's really interesting that, other than...

I think it's really interesting that, other than family and Athena, nobody has talked about the social impacts of moving. DH and I aren't from our town and moved here for work, but I really can't...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-07-2017, 01:05 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,832
Posted By Urchina
Graduated from college (undergraduate and...

Graduated from college (undergraduate and graduate degrees) without debt. Funded with scholarships, some help from Mom & Dad, and good old-fashioned work. My graduate degree years were also pretty...
Forum: Life after FIRE 11-07-2017, 12:56 AM
Replies: 3,425
Views: 341,237
Posted By Urchina
Oooh, just had to share: paid off the last of a...

Oooh, just had to share: paid off the last of a six-figure debt today.
So. Freaking. Glad.

Now we can really start making headway on the FIRE funds!

P.S. Deeply amused by those of you...
Forum: Other topics 03-19-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,688
Posted By Urchina
I'd try, in order of preference: 1. Walking....

I'd try, in order of preference:
1. Walking. After a few trips back and forth you may find the walk home less tiring since you will get used to it.
2. Bus? Is there one that will take you to the...
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