Author Archives : Mr WoW

Off the Eaten Path with Venice Bites


Let’s start off with a little thought experiment: It’s Monday morning and you walk into the office. You go to your desk and turn on your computer. Then you get up for a cup of coffee and you start BSing with your co-worker about the stuff you did over the weekend. When you walk back to your desk, there’s that…

The Point of Inevitability


The Chautauqua in Ibarra, Ecuador was quite an amazing trip. We got to meet so many amazing people. Throughout the week, we found ourselves mentioning to each other, “These are our people, This is our tribe.” It’s quite amazing to find such a diverse group of people that have so much in common. Ages varied drastically, career paths varied (although…

The Power of the Cash Stack


FIRE is a long journey, it’s a marathon if you will.  And it takes a long time to finally reach FIRE, and once you’re there, I can only imagine the freedom and relief you get when Sunday evening rolls around.  You get ready for bed.  Then you get up Monday morning… and you continue on with your weekend.  What a…

Going for A Bike Ride – Part 4


To the typical rebuttal to the frugal way of life, and working toward our FI plans: But, what if you get hit by a bus? Well… I did, only it was a car.  This is Part 4.  You can catch up on Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. Recap It’s been almost a year since I was run over by a…

Hold Me Accountable


Accountability is the reason that many of us start this whole blogging thing.  It’s amazing the power of putting goals out into the world and seeing an interaction of people with them.  They hold you to it.  It’s so easy for you to just shy away from a difficult task if it’s just you.  But, once you tell someone else,…

Happy National Waffle Day!!!!


Today, August 24th, is National Waffle Day!!  At least here in the US, March 25th is National Waffle Day in Sweden. According to the Smithsonian: On this day in 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, N.Y. patented his invention, the stove-top waffle iron. While waffles irons of sorts have existed since the 1300s, Swarthout intended to perfect the design by adding a handle…

FIRE is a Marathon


A Marathon History Legend has it that Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to spread word of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.    He ran the entire distance and busted into the assembly of the government, proclaimed, “Victory!” and promptly dropped dead on the scene. Apparently, this distance between Marathon and Athens is precisely…

Not all Debt is Bad


Debt is a 4 letter word in the personal finance community.  Rightfully so.  It’s a dangerous drug that can be extremely addictive.  You can get what ever you want with a simple swipe of a card, or a signed piece of paper at the bank. I mean think about this… You take out a 30 year mortgage and depending on…

Side Effects of Enough


Enough.  It sounds like something my parents would say to my sister and I as we were driving down the road to our grandparents house.  Or something Mrs. Wow says to me as I’m trying to make her laugh by dancing in my speedo.  I never really put much thought into what that really meant until recently.  But really applying…