The Sunday Best (04/02/2017)
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
“What kind of a car do you drive?” It’s a line from Swingers, the subject of a long-standing WCI forum thread, and the subject of this Rockstar Finance article from Mustachian Post. The Cars of Personal Finance Bloggers (including mine).
Have your New Year resolutions fallen by the wayside? Tips from another radiologist @ The First Habit: When Willpower is Not Enough — 7 Strategies to Build Strong Habits.
Surgery is expensive! The Investing Doc found out firsthand just how expensive when his mother was presented a bill for a surgery that insurance would supposedly cover. A $79,000 Bill for an Elective Hernia Repair.
I’ve admitted to being Frugal Without a Cause. The topic of day-to-day saving was a recent topic of discussion on the WCI forum, and Smart Money MD tackled the issue in Building Wealth — Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Unless You Should.
Some big-time bloggers were interviewed for a megapost on early retirement. I was, too. Check out how seven famous, successful bloggers and I answered targeted questions in this post coordinated by Ben Davis of From Cents to Retirement: Early Retirement Roundup With 8 Top Bloggers.
Spring has Sprung!
While the northeast is digging out from a major snow storm (or was that just an April Fool’s joke?), we enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend in the upper midwest. Sixty degrees, sun shining, campfires burning, and a few good beers.
I host a rare beer share that normally happens on fifth Thursdays, which occur four times most years. This month, I happened to be on call on the rare fifth Thursday, so I bumped it back to Friday. A group of us enjoyed everything you see above, which includes a wild rice porter, an Iceland Imperial Stout, and two “milkshake” IPAs (one coconut, the other boysenberry).
The favorite of the night was a Brunch Stout.
We’ve got company for the weekend. A college friend of mine happened to have two boys, each within a few months of my two boys. When our families get together, everyone has a blast.
The last time we hosted them, I took my buddy mountain biking. This time, we took the road bikes out for a spin. Having biked very little this year (I started biking for the season this week after a story about me biking to work was published), the 18 mile trek was a long one.
Fortunately, our destination was a small town that just happened to have a couple breweries. We enjoyed a sample or two on the patios of each of them, and started to make our way back home.
Somehow… and I can’t imagine how… we lost track of time. Our wives wanted to go out to dinner and if we biked all the way back, we would have arrived too late for them to get the early bird BOGO special!
Fortunately, my wife loves a bargain as much or more than I do, so she met us partway and ferried us and our bikes the last 11 miles home. It was fortunate because I had her bike and the seat isn’t much better than the one on my old school Schwinn Predator. My butt and I thanked her for saving us.
We had a great afternoon, the gals made it to the restaurant in time, the six boys made naan bread pizzas, and a good time was had by all.
How was your weekend?
Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE