Taking the Long Road

I Don't Like Weekends

As I look at the title of this article, I realize how odd that reads. After all, who doesn't like weekends?

I used to like weekends, especially three-day weekends. But since quitting my job this past December, I don't care for them much any more. 

I came to this realization a couple of weeks ago as I found I was more restless and . . .

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June 06, 2022

Lifestyle Is About Cash Flow

I read financial news quite a bit, perhaps too much. Typically Yahoo. One recurring theme in personal finance headlines reflects this obsession with how much one has saved for retirement. What is the value of your 401k or your net worth or some such tally of assets.

Questions like, "I have $3 in savings for retirement, am unemployed, and . . .

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March 11, 2022

Ukraine

What a Mess

Like many of you, my wife and I have been watching the unfolding events happening in Ukraine that have overtaken the news pages in recent days. For most folks, Ukraine is hardly a place they would know much about or have all that much interest in knowing much about.

My interest in Ukraine is a bit more personal. Aside from visiting the . . .

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February 27, 2022

Sunrise Sunset

We're in Mexico now and have been for the past three weeks or so. We've stayed in five different places so far with the aim of living in different locations of the city to see how each 'fits'. Our preference is always for places with interesting views, but also walking access to groceries, restaurants and easy access to the central historical . . .

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February 05, 2022

Still.... A Sense of Relief


Silvrback blog imageI submitted my final grades for the semester this past week.

That's not an unusual event for university professors as they have turned in final grades every semester for, well, a long time. It's usually done with a sigh of relief that reflects the fact that another semester has been officially put to bed. It's a natural cycle of the . . .

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December 27, 2021

Changing the Script

When Is Quitting a Job Retirement?

Silvrback blog imageI informed my employer in the spring semester that I was giving notice of my intent to quit at the end of the year. We're talking the year 2021, for future reference. In academia hiring windows begin primarily in the fall, so I figured I was giving at least some time to sort this out in terms of a replacement.

Anyhow, . . .

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December 05, 2021

Queretaro, Mexico

Now this was a pleasant experience....

Silvrback blog imageInga and I certainly can't say we've traveled all over the world in search of paradise in our brief seven years of marriage, but we have hit a few places along the way, particularly in Latin America. Let's see we've hit Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic (multiple times), Panama, Ecuador and a couple of places in Mexico (Cancun/Playa del Carmen . . .

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August 02, 2019

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