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Reader Case: Artist Family Striving for FIRE in L.A

Wow, what a week. Covid-19 wave 2, a nail-biting, anxiety-inducing election, and here we are, finally breathing a sigh of relief. Now that I’m no longer glued to CNN and can concentrate on day-to-day tasks without having to distract myself with deep meditation, let’s get back to our regular scheduled program. Today’s going to be reader case day, and I have to admit, this e-mail immediately caught my eye as soon as I read the words “post WW2 poverty” and “indebtedness to the Yakuza”. Geez, I thought growing up under a totalitarian government was hard. If you can survive the […]

How Does a Joe Biden Presidency Affect the FIRE Community?

The Trump era is now at an end. Despite a once-in-a-generation pandemic, blatant attempts at voter suppression, and unfounded claims of voter fraud, the US pulled off not just a free and fair election, but an election with the highest turnout ever in recorded history. And as of today, every news network (including Fox News) has projected that Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States. But, as with everything 2020-related, there’s always the chance that things go sideways. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, or in this case, until Trump’s army of Republican lawyers […]

Is There Another Upset Coming in the US Election?

Are you ready, America? Tomorrow, voters officially go to the polls and after that, everything in the world’s largest and most important democracy changes. It wasn’t that long ago (thought it FELT like ages) since Trump’s come-from-behind upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 turned the entire world upside down and sparked our national addiction to Twitter and Xanax. The similarities between that election and this one are striking. Like then, every credible poll is predicting not only a Democratic victory, but a landslide. Like then, an established Washington insider with decades of experience is running against a blow-up-the-establishment bomb-throwing […]

How to Get Free Food from Uber Eats

With covid-19 wave 2 upon us, I’m going a bit batty. The first wave was already cray cray but the second wave is so much worse. For example, here’s what happened the other day. One of my Chautauqua friends taught me how to properly maximize value out of Uber Eats and in true FIRECracker fashion, I drove that strategy straight into the ground, turning it so competitive, it was no longer fun. At 9:30pm, I realized I had a big, juicy $50 Uber Eats coupon I forgot about, and it was going to expire in precisely 30mins. Most people would […]

What is a K Shaped Recovery?

As a planet, we have been going through quite the shit year, to say the least. What started off as a strange-sounding disease being reported out of Asia has spun into a worldwide pandemic, a stock market plunge, and a worldwide recession. Through it all, economists and politicians (and one in particular) have been predicting an economic recovery, but the nature and “shape” of that recovery has been up for endless debate. Will it be a miraculous rapid V shaped recovery, as the President keeps crowing? Will it be a protacted U shape? Or maybe the math-nerdy Reverse Radical shape, […]

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