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    Bio: Came to the USA from England in 1987 and returned to England in 2016 to be close to family and friends. Married while still in college in 1976, 2 kids, both through college successfully and now left home and working. Paid off mortgage to become debt free the same year that first kid went to college and retired as planned as soon as was eligible, end of January 2010.

    Location: N. Yorkshire
    Join Date: 07-10-2005 at 11:24 AM (Days: 6,544)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 03:32 PM
    Posts: 32,819 (Posts Per Day: 5.02)
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Andy R

    Bio: Andy was working at a financial advisory firm managing the the technology department when he got so frustrated with w*rk he quit and moved to Argentina to focus on making a business out of his hobby. He spent 4 years traveling around the world working from his laptop building Social Knowledge, the company that owns this forum community. Andy's hobbies include sustainable living and green building, learning about new cultures, researching investment options, technology and search engine optimization. He's married and has a really cute little daughter.

    Location: Dallas, Tx
    Join Date: 01-31-2007 at 02:33 PM (Days: 5,974)
    Last Visit: 07-07-2022 at 05:16 PM
    Posts: 1,219 (Posts Per Day: 0.20)


    Bio: Gumby sells velvet Elvis pictures from the back of a van. The voices in his head provide most of his investment guidance, although there are occasionally heated arguments among them prior to a final decision. He claims to be married, but no one really believes it.

    Join Date: 04-14-2006 at 02:01 PM (Days: 6,266)
    Last Visit: Today at 03:15 AM
    Posts: 21,033 (Posts Per Day: 3.36)

Janet H

    Bio: Janet is a working musician (which is similar to retirement) and enjoys traveling with her band across the pacific NW. A refugee from academia, she has learned to tend her retirement account diligently and tailor lifestyle to pocketbook. She is married and has one tuition sucking (but adorable) son.

    Location: Pacific NW
    Join Date: 02-05-2007 at 10:58 PM (Days: 5,968)
    Last Visit: 06-05-2023 at 10:15 AM
    Posts: 6,127 (Posts Per Day: 1.03)


    Bio: MichaelB is an avatar with a pseudonym searching for like minded beings. He broke out of the asylum at the end of the last millennium, and since then mostly listens to the voices in his head.

    Location: Land of Florida Man
    Join Date: 01-31-2008 at 01:56 PM (Days: 5,609)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 04:37 PM
    Posts: 38,815 (Posts Per Day: 6.92)

Support Admin

    Bio: Support Admin spends time inventorying office supplies and trying to sort out how the answering machine works and hopes to retire soon.

    Join Date: 11-13-2012 at 09:52 AM (Days: 3,861)
    Last Visit: 06-08-2023 at 09:31 AM
    Posts: 14 (Posts Per Day: 0.00)

Tech Admin

    Bio: tech admin is our forums tech guru. He spends his time keeping our board buffed up and running well and has distant dreams of retirement - very distant. Look for tech admin online at odd hours when most reasonable folks would prefer to be enjoying the sounds of crickets and sleeping on well stuffed mattresses.

    Join Date: 08-14-2007 at 09:37 PM (Days: 5,778)
    Last Visit: 05-27-2023 at 10:10 PM
    Posts: 71 (Posts Per Day: 0.01)

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    Bio: ER'd 2016: I make jewelry, play with my cat, tend to my orchids, and kill dragons.

    Join Date: 11-17-2015 at 08:36 AM (Days: 2,762)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 01:33 PM
    Posts: 12,277 (Posts Per Day: 4.45)


    Bio: Retired twice, first from the US Air Force, then later from the software world. Last day of paid employment was in 2001.

    Location: Flyover country
    Join Date: 02-20-2010 at 05:40 AM (Days: 4,858)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 12:33 PM
    Posts: 23,449 (Posts Per Day: 4.83)


    Bio: Lived and worked in Michigan my entire life/career. Early on I had a co-worker friend retire at 55 and realized I could do the same and that became a focus. Ended up retiring at 58. Enjoying my free time, golfing, family and grand children. Working on making the most of my retirement life and am focused on traveling, starting with places in the U.S. and also working on how to incorporate snowbirding into my future.

    Join Date: 11-26-2014 at 10:26 PM (Days: 3,117)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 03:29 PM
    Posts: 7,991 (Posts Per Day: 2.56)


    Bio: Married, six sons, three DDILs, three adorable DGDs, retired from high-stress job 12/31/21.

    Location: Long Island
    Join Date: 07-01-2017 at 03:34 PM (Days: 2,170)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 01:06 PM
    Posts: 3,643 (Posts Per Day: 1.68)


    Bio: After 31 years of IT management in two Megacorps, MBAustin ER'd in 2010 and now has no idea how she had time to w*rk. When she and her DH aren't traveling in their RV, she is a professional volunteer - serving with the local United Way, various church-related committees, and now here with the nice people at She enjoys choral singing, knitting, and photography.

    Join Date: 07-17-2010 at 10:23 PM (Days: 4,710)
    Last Visit: 06-07-2023 at 08:57 AM
    Posts: 7,669 (Posts Per Day: 1.63)


    Bio: rodi spent a few decades working in the cable television industry. She loved the fact she got paid to watch tv... until they limited the channels to kiddy channels and sports channels. She married late, had kids late, but retired early! (She got the important part right.) Now she spends her retirement coaching robotics, learning Italian, and reading the books she never had time to read before. rodi is not a rodesian wolf, despite what her husband says.

    Location: San Diego
    Join Date: 04-02-2012 at 09:48 AM (Days: 4,086)
    Last Visit: 06-07-2023 at 09:33 AM
    Posts: 13,635 (Posts Per Day: 3.34)


    Bio: sengsational is an engineer by degree, but being a software engineer paid the bills (and built the nest egg - retired at 54 (the year I turned 55 - no penalty 401k access!)). Got two kids through college and now trying to figure out what's next. Not super serious about any particular thing in life except family, but now that the kids are so capable, I've had extra time. I've tried some adventurous and not so adventurous travel, self-taught musician and perform several times a week (without an audience of course, nobody would sit still for my yodeling).

    Join Date: 10-13-2010 at 12:56 PM (Days: 4,623)
    Last Visit: 05-24-2023 at 04:29 PM
    Posts: 10,060 (Posts Per Day: 2.18)

simple girl

    Bio: In my late 20's I read "Your Money or Your Life", which inspired us to dream big and set a path to FIRE. We decided Mr. Simple Girl would stay FT at his job and I would change to part-time, allowing me to focus on our finances and manage our life. I joined this forum which was instrumental to achieving FIRE in our early 50's. Living small allowed us to invest significantly over the years - we have never regretted it. My screen name "simple girl" represents the fact that I don't need material things to be happy - just health and the time to enjoy life with those that I love.

    Join Date: 09-10-2006 at 06:44 PM (Days: 6,116)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 07:16 PM
    Posts: 3,468 (Posts Per Day: 0.57)


    Bio: After retirement bailed to West Virginia and found that being a lazy lout catches on quickly. He likes technology, especially photography, new tools, airplanes, motorcycles, boats, and anything else that goes fast. On a few occasions I post videos taken from an R/C airplane on youtube. I don't make any money or anything off it but some find it interesting:

    Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
    Join Date: 12-18-2007 at 03:16 PM (Days: 5,653)
    Last Visit: Yesterday at 02:53 PM
    Posts: 24,578 (Posts Per Day: 4.35)

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