Life is short – Do you really want to spend it working?

A relative of mine recently visited us in Asia for two weeks.  She works a normal kind of job.  Nothing fancy or high powered.  She is paid by the hour.  Dreads some aspects of work, loves other parts, but for the most part just does what she needs to do to bring home an income to keep the household going.

About a week into her visit, she pulled me aside and said, “Mr. Zero [no, she doesn’t really call me a Zero], I am worried about you.  You are obviously doing great, but the amount that you work is just not right.”

A typical week for Mr.
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October Update and an Exhale

Well, it’s been five months since my last post.  Rather than rattle off a litany of excuses, let me just say that my work has continued to expand in scope to the point that most days (and nights) there isn’t much of me left for anything else.    I have seen some posters on various FI blogs discuss their reluctance to pull the plug on a good paying, stable job.  While I understand the sentiment, this year has done nothing but solidify my desire for something different.

Exhale slowly, Grasshopper.

Thankfully, despite a particularly rough five months, there were some bright spots!… Continue reading

What’s a day worth to you?

Tiananmen Square Beijing- Entrance to the Forbidden City.

My marathon of travel has continued through May. One of the most enjoyable aspects of being an engineer is having the opportunity to solve problems. As I have moved up the ranks in my company, opportunities to personally lead difficult problem solving activities has decreased significantly, but on rare occasions, when the problem has large financial or customer implications, I get tapped on the shoulder to do my thing. For the last 6 weeks, that is exactly what I have been doing.

I originally traveled to Beijing for a quick three day stop to check-in on my team who was already on the ground troubleshooting the issue.… Continue reading

April Financial Progress and Some Complaining

It’s been a slow month for posts but that’s because it’s been quite busy in other areas of my life.  After returning from our sailing trip to Thailand, I have been on a marathon of business travel.  In the last three weeks, I have been home with sweet Mrs. Zero a grand total of two days.  Mega-Bummer –  but my company doesn’t send me those paychecks every two weeks for my good looks.   No, lately it seems I am paid for blood pressure points above 110/70.

I am currently in Beijing China taking a break from work, spending an afternoon at an outdoor cafe’ with an incredibly overpriced Stella and the accompanying  “free” Chinese style spicy peanuts.  … Continue reading

Excuse us while we pursue our dreams

Apologize for lack of posts, but we have been a little distracted with a sailing vacation, a completion of another step toward our plans of early retirement and extended cruising aboard a sailboat.  I am also moving into a much busier time at work when I need to travel considerably more than the last few months.  I am writing this post from my hotel room overlooking the city of Osaka, Japan, sipping a cold Asahi beer purchased in the hotel vending machines (God, I love Japan).  A few years ago, we called Osaka, or more precisely Kobe, home.  … Continue reading