Author Archives : Mr WoW

Wisdom from Years of Bike Commuting


Given the time of year, I want to approach a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  Commuting on a bike, not that kind, like the good old-fashioned pedal kind. I figure there are plenty of you that either just got a new bike, or are preparing to undertake a resolution to start commuting to work on your…

Spreading The FIRE**


An on-going discussion in this blogging community is how do we go about spreading the word.  I’ve been privy to several discussions about how to breech the subject with people outside of this community.  How do you get them interested and bring up the topic, with out sounding like one of those crazy Southern Preachers? Everyone has tried various ways,…

What Ever Happened With The Weight Loss Contest?


In late July, Mr. 1500 and I decided to enter a clash of wills.  We were both looking to lose some weight, so we decided we’d track it to see who could lose the most by FinCon in late October. Hey Mr. @wafflesonwed, it's on! Bring it!!! pic.twitter.com/NAD0ZvpNER — Mr. 1500 (@retirein1500) July 21, 2017 Mrs. Wow and I started…

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…