I can see the dock, I think (or random babbling)
So, I think I’m drifting into the dock, the FIRE dock. We’ve checked into some of the logistics items. My wife has learned that I can get onto her insurance. I have been trying to learn the nuts and bolts of setting a business up. There’s a lot of information out there, it’s just weeding through it that’s the challenge.
In thinking about this, I also ran across a Blog that mentioned “Barista FIRE”. It was on the “Financial Panther” blog. The concept was that once the heavy lifting of the accumulation phase is done, all you need is some spending money. I think I am there. I don’t really want to be a Barista, but I could.
One of my daily practices is listening to some radio on our Sonos speakers. I used to be an avid Dave Ramsey listener, but I kind of grew out of it. He’s very repetitive and there’s not much new information on his shows. But he is very inspiring and it’s interesting to hear the fixes people get into. But I’ve been listening recently and hearing Dave talk about the baby steps, and guess what...I’m done. All I have to do is give and become wealthy. Life is good.
Does Market Volatility blow me off-course? Nah…not much.
So today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down over 400 points. Would I be honest saying that it doesn’t bother me? No I wouldn’t. I certainly get a better feeling when it’s up than down. But I have read enough in the FIRE blog world to know that the downs are a part of everyday market life. If you’re playing the long game, a down period is as natural as the wind sometimes coming out of the west and sometimes out of the east, north or south. My little motor boat with the 10 hp (or 7% gains) motor will get me there. I think I just stumbled onto an analogy.
We had a very nice Easter. We went to see some of my family. We spent a couple of days with my dad who lives in the Atlanta area where I’m originally from. He remarried many years ago. He’ll be 91 in a couple of weeks. Both my wife and I noticed that their conditions have degraded noticeably.
Over the past few years, we have tried to talk to them about an alternate living situation. They currently live in an area of Atlanta that has gone way downhill. It’s a beautiful piece of property, but it’s just in the wrong place. I ran it through Zillow and it had a value of around $90K. And financially, I don’t believe that they have the means to go into an assisted living situation. I’ve offered to help, but they don’t want to talk about it. I think they want to stay here for the rest of their lives. This makes me a little sad.
I spoke with her grandson about possibly getting some in-home help once or twice a week. He seemed like a really good guy and I think he’ll be a good advocate to help them out as they’ll be sure to need it sooner than later.
Easter Sunrise Service
For Easter, we actually went to visit some family from my mother’s side. They are in the Winston-Salem NC area. The Moravian Church in Old Salem does Easter right. The Sunrise Service draws a couple of thousand people. The Moravian Church is big into music, big brass bands and there must have been two hundred band members, all or mostly congregants.
Small portions of the band are stationed along the path to God’s Acre, the cemetery. The path is probably a quarter of a mile and smaller portions of the band play a few bars of a song and the other portions on down the road answer with a few bars in continuation of the song. I’m sure there were tons of musical imperfections, but to me they were pretty darn good.
Once everyone gets into the God’s Acre area, all of the smaller band portions proceed to the front stage area and they play together along with the rest of the service. During this time, the sun comes up and it’s beautiful and moving.
I mentioned my dad and his wife’s grandson above. My dad has a little under 200 acres in central Georgia not too far from Augusta. It’s been in our family for a couple of generations. It will, I’m pretty sure, be passed down to my sister and I on my Dad’s passing (note that I have told my Dad that if he needs to sell it for any reason, I will be fine with it).
His wife’s grandson is leasing some of this property for hunting. He is also puttering around and cleaning up some of the property for fun. He indicated that it’s therapeutic to turn off the cell phone and do some gentleman farming work. Part of this property has a grove of pecan trees. I would very much like to get these trees producing again. My research tells me that a pecan tree can produce as long as 300 years. I want to find an expert to tell me whether these trees are salvageable or not. I will work on it.