Nover: You notice that all of these early retirement stories use the same age: 30. It seems that nobody retires early at 36, 39, 42, or 48. Only 30, and these people have the magical secret. These people are same as the people in the ads about buying/selling real estate quickly. Again I ask, how on earth would these people pay for health insurance for the rest of their lives? They also would not get full Social Security.
Bill: Not to be picky, but I think standard sizes (I.e., weights and measures) were first implemented about 6,000 years ago…
JAFO: It reminds me of the pilot who successfully ditched that airliner on the Hudson. For a change, the man on the spot happened to be very well prepared for the crisis and handled it admirably.
Toddy Cat: Smoking is almost certainly bad for you, but there was, and is, a lot of hysteria and bad science surrounding the entire topic. A lot of the studies on second-hand smoke are pure pseudoscience, for example. It was somewhat like Allied propaganda in WWII. Yeah, the Nazis were bad and deserved to be defeated, but that doesn’t mean that everything put out by OWI in the years 1941-45 was true.
Grasspunk: Too funny, he uses “hardcore” in the first sentence on his home page.
Grasspunk: If he’s hard core enough to do this, then he’s now free to go equally hard core on whatever it is that he wants to do next. And he won’t have a boss. Oh yeah, he’s going to be OK with “retirement” .
B.J. Dubbs: So at 55 he’s going to look back at 25 years of retirement behind him and 25 years ahead of him and think, “Oh yeah, that was a good choice.”
T. Greer: If you actually read his site from the beginning, he answers just how he manages to pay for all of those things in 8 years. He had no college loans because he went to a cheap local school on in state tuition and scholarships. Rent was cheap because he lived in a crappy place. Car was cheap because he didn’t have one for many years and specifically chose to live where he does so he can get most of his transportation needs done by bycycle. He even uses a bicycle trailer for his groceries,...