We supplied to purchase a house for $128,000 over listing — but it surely wasn’t sufficient!

Sunday night, Kim and I made a suggestion on a home. The Greenwood Place (as we’ll name it) was listed at $649,000. We supplied $677,777 escalating to $777,7777; no repairs required; and a $50,000 appraisal hole waiver. Our provide was not accepted. That is proper: Two months after promoting our dwelling — and three months […]

Three Months of Slacking

Unsuccessfully however Refreshingly making an attempt to climb the native waterfall “MMM, are you continue to alive?”– anyone on Twitter Holy Shit! I simply realized that the final time I wrote a weblog publish for you was on April 18th, and now it’s late July. That’s a whole quarter of a 12 months that I’ve […]

A protected funding with a excessive return

I get a number of questions on cash. These questions are likely to fluctuate based mostly on the asker and her wants, however there’s one query I get extra typically than another: “What’s a protected funding with a excessive return?” For the previous decade or so, I’ve had no reply to this query. Financial savings […]

We offered our home!

June has arrived and it is superb! The sunshine and hotter climate make dwelling in Oregon great this time of yr. October is healthier, however June is a rattling high quality month right here in Portland: wild roses, blackberry blossoms, and strawberries; birds, squirrels, and bicyclists; outside eating, night strolls, and morning espresso on the […]

The Self Educating Youngster

Little MM and me self-educating with some Orson Scott Card, method again in 2017. We’ve come to this point collectively since then! So it seems like my 15-year-old is formally a high-school dropout. Midway via ninth grade, emboldened maybe by the style of freedom that Covid-era distant studying had supplied, he realized that the entire […]

An unsure future

On February seventeenth — in the midst of 9 days with out energy as a result of an ice storm — we had the inspiration contractor out to re-inspect our home. We skilled some settling final fall, and I used to be apprehensive which may point out deeper issues. For thirty minutes, the contractor explored […]

Watch out for the Bubble

“A Nation Which Forgets Its Previous Has No Future” These had been the phrases on a 20-foot-long banner that “Mr. Slick”, my highschool historical past trainer, saved rigorously pinned throughout the width of his classroom for your entire 4 years I had lessons with him. “That is mindless in any respect”, I assumed to myself […]

52 classes from 52 years

And now we’re 52… On at the present time in 1969, child J.D. entered the world. I do not assume there’s any approach my mother and father may have predicted the trail their firstborn would take by life. It hasn’t at all times been straightforward — no because of the obstacles I’ve positioned in my […]

My new Audible course on monetary independence and early retirement!

Practically two years in the past, I obtained an uncommon e mail at an handle I not often test anymore. The creator wrote: I’m writing to you at this time as a result of The Nice Programs in partnership with Audible is exploring the opportunity of making a high-quality sequence on Monetary Independence. We imagine […]

The facility of low expectations

On the finish of January, I had an epiphany. Kim and I have been sitting in the lounge one night, relaxed in our simple chairs, each studying books. All 4 of our beasts have been nestled close by. The home was quiet. For the primary time in without end, I felt fully content material. For […]