Taking the Long Road

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

Puerto Vallarta

First Visit Impressions

To say I've been negligent in my writing would be an understatement, but with just getting home from our 10-day trip to Puerto Vallarta (PV), Mexico, and because it is relatively cold out and I don't want to go outdoors, I thought I'd fire a line or two about the experience. I would go all the way back to our third visit to the . . .

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December 30, 2017

We Are What We Pretend to Be

Silvrback blog imageAnyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows that I like a good phrase. One that might be from a movie or a quote from someone. A good line to me is one that provokes me to stop and read it again, and then again, and then to save it somewhere to consider it again.

I came across one a couple of years back when I was viewing a . . .

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April 17, 2017


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