Taking the Long Road

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

Playa del Carmen

Not My Kind of Place

Silvrback blog imageBefore the visit to Playa del Carmen, Mexico fades into a distant memory (and that takes less time as I get older), I wanted to post some of my thoughts on our 16-day visit 19 December - 4 January. We stayed the whole time in Playa del Carmen.

It was not our intent to do so, but the lack of confidence in our supposed 5-day Cancun . . .

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January 28, 2019

Financial Wisdom of a Thousandaire

Silvrback blog imageA "thousandaire" is my made up term to describe those of us who aspire to be millionaires but have failed to this point.

Look, I'm a millionaire in the making here, until I'm not. There is still hope. The real question is what happened to slow down the accumulation phase of my life?

I've reflected on this for three or four minutes . . .

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June 16, 2018

She's Lost that Lovin' Feeling...

Watching HGTV

Silvrback blog imageThere are times when I feel like I'm not doing too badly in terms of having enough money to quit the job and do something else. Then there are other times when I'm seriously wondering about what I've been doing for the past 45+ years of my working life. I seem to have so little to show for it.

I'm an aspiring millionaire who has yet to . . .

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June 07, 2018


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