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Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 07:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 785
Posted By marko
I could've written this. As I noted above,...

I could've written this.

As I noted above, this was our exact experience.

We sold our forever home (my grandfather's homestead) which was gut wrenching and very emotional.

Plunking down...
Forum: Other topics 04-21-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 785
Posted By marko
We just moved to an HOA neighborhood. After...

We just moved to an HOA neighborhood.

After years of putting up with neighbors' inconsideracies, large commercial trucks left idling in driveways for hours, junk in yard, clotheslines, clothes...
Forum: Other topics 04-20-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,553
Posted By marko
DW, who was about 75 feet away from the Boston...

DW, who was about 75 feet away from the Boston Marathon bombings, would strongly disagree.
I also lost a co-worker on 9-11.
FWIW



Agree.
Forum: Other topics 04-19-2021, 06:19 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,929
Posted By marko
My family has wintered in Fort Lauderdale since...

My family has wintered in Fort Lauderdale since the 1940s.

It's not about the weather per se, but the overall lifestyle itself.

There's just something about sitting on an outdoor patio of...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-19-2021, 04:11 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,370
Posted By marko
Then, as now it might be a matter of degrees. ...

Then, as now it might be a matter of degrees.

Some people think that they can't RE unless they can maintain their big house, expensive vacations and cars. Others find that a more modest...
Forum: Other topics 04-17-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,553
Posted By marko
I've posted the following once or twice before,...

I've posted the following once or twice before, but here it is again:

"Maybe I'm just getting old, but over my lifetime I've been warned about Communists, nuclear war, over population, running out...
Forum: Other topics 04-17-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,295
Posted By marko
But let's be fair to Bernie's victims. IIRC...

But let's be fair to Bernie's victims.

IIRC the genius behind his scheme was that he wasn't offering obscene profits--always a red flag. He was claiming a steady 8%; a relatively modest gain,...
Forum: Other topics 04-16-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,754
Posted By marko
I'm actually surprised no one on this forum has...

I'm actually surprised no one on this forum has made an offer!
Forum: Other topics 04-16-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,754
Posted By marko
One can always find a reason to not do something...

One can always find a reason to not do something but considering the remoteness of the land and an even greater remoteness of that happening, its not something that would stop me. That's what...
Forum: Other topics 04-15-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,754
Posted By marko
For $25 a year in taxes, what's the downside of...

For $25 a year in taxes, what's the downside of holding onto it? Sort of a "living memorial " ( I'm assuming there's trees there) to your dad.

"Yup, somewhere up that mountain is Dad's old...
Forum: Stock Picking and Market Strategy 04-15-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,802
Posted By marko
Late to the discussion, but for the past 15...

Late to the discussion, but for the past 15 years, we've been living quite nicely off of MF dividends. Haven't owned individual stocks for years and years.

That's until this past year-end...
Forum: Other topics 04-15-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,805
Posted By marko
Googling me would show my relation to my...

Googling me would show my relation to my great-grandfather and my grandfather who were both wealthy and well known.

They'd likely both get a whole lot more ink in my obituary than I would myself.
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-13-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,836
Posted By marko
The fact that I was able to RE with a low 7...

The fact that I was able to RE with a low 7 figure starting point (50/50: 401K plus pension lump sum.) just shows how powerful the stock market can be over time and how even an idiot can do well.
...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-13-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,836
Posted By marko
True. But my personal experience was this: While...

True. But my personal experience was this: While working I paid absolutely no attention to investing other than making sure my 401k was maxed and matched. I didn't know a MF from a dividend. I'm...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-13-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,368
Posted By marko
Had mine removed 5 years ago. I had had...

Had mine removed 5 years ago.

I had had several attacks per year for a couple of years. Didn't know what it was. Finally, had a bad one, didn't go away, went to the ER; my BP went up to 250.
...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-12-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,153
Posted By marko
AFAIK, the down payments are for facilities that...

AFAIK, the down payments are for facilities that offer more than just LTC.

They are intended for healthy, independent 60, 70 and 80 year olds, who live a normal life, come and go as you please;...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-11-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 793
Views: 57,715
Posted By marko
When we lived in Paris, asking what street or...

When we lived in Paris, asking what street or neighborhood you lived in was very impolite.

Where you live implies a certain income level so even idle curiosity or just making conversation of such...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 04-10-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By marko
While I love, love Googlesheets, I've found the...

While I love, love Googlesheets, I've found the dividend, dividend dates and such no longer work like they used to--or at least don't work reliably. I also found TAWCAN's info outdated.

BUT! ...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-10-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,841
Posted By marko
Similar. I was an SVP, Director and Officer of...

Similar. I was an SVP, Director and Officer of the Company. Two full years after I left, the company that acquired us was still sending me paperwork and release forms to sign!
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-10-2021, 06:11 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,153
Posted By marko
Spending vs Leaving a Large Estate

This is a bit of a spin-off from the "My net worth has increased 74% since I retired" thread.

First world problem:

As I'm a stone's throw from hitting age 70, (i.e. the horizon is no longer...
Forum: Hi, I am... 04-10-2021, 05:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,385
Posted By marko
Congrats. I also RE'd at 53 (involuntarily) 15...

Congrats. I also RE'd at 53 (involuntarily) 15 years ago but I must credit much of my post RE success to this forum!

I've learned so much early on here; it made a significant difference both...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-10-2021, 05:21 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,836
Posted By marko
RE'd 15 years ago with $X in a 60/40 dividend...

RE'd 15 years ago with $X in a 60/40 dividend heavy portfolio.

Over the years we've withdrawn a little over that $X amount. Now, 15 years later we have over $2.5X from what we started with...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-08-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 15,138
Posted By marko
+1. That's it. DW worked with guys making...

+1. That's it.

DW worked with guys making $1MM and up annually. Every week they were bumming $50 or $100 bucks from her until payday because there wasn't even that amount left in the lobby ATM.
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-08-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,841
Posted By marko
I WAS the SVP!

I WAS the SVP!
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-08-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,841
Posted By marko
They knew I was going long before THEY made it...

They knew I was going long before THEY made it official.

The company was acquired and I was part of the 'redundant team'. That was ok because I had an [-]incredibly[/-] obscenely lucrative...
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