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The Sunday Best (2/26/2017)

The Sunday Best is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.

Every featured post should be of interest to any physician seeking financial independence. Some will be written by your physician colleagues; others will be written by our friends and patients who share common goals and interests.

Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:


I revealed my current net worth and cracked a few jokes as ESI Money asked me a series of probing personal questions in the latest installment in his Q & A series, Millionaire Interview 5.


Do I have to choose? The Financial Samurai makes excellent observations in Do You Want To Be Rich Or Do You Want To Be Free?

When you eliminate debt, self-insure, and “cheat” in other ways, the dollar can be stretched a lot further. Justin @ Root of Good describes Living a $100,000 Lifestyle on $40,000 Per Year — 2016 Expenses in Review.


A physician abruptly attempts suicide and nearly succeeds. He lived to tell Dr. Pamela Wible @ Ideal Medical Care the story. Doctor Revived After Suicide. Here’s What He Says.


In an oldie but goodie, Joe @ Retire By 40 gives us a retrospective review in How’s Life 2 Years After Early Retirement?


Done By Forty talks unhealthy competition and income mobility in a thought-provoking The Unsustainable American Dream.


The Investing Doc is inching closer to his wedding date, which makes him highly qualified to share some important Financial Discussions To Have Prior To Marriage.


You’ve been told to live like a resident. Our lawyer friend, the Financial Panther, applies the same concept to the populace in Live Like a Student: Embrace Non-Traditional Ways of Living.


I thrive on geographic arbitrage, but we can’t all live in low-cost of living areas. Linda @ Brooklyn Bread shares her tips on living somewhat frugally in… you guessed it… Brooklyn in this guest post @ Freedom is Groovy: How to Survive Expensive Urban Life.


Speaking of survival, I survived my week as a solo stay-at-home Dad. Barely. More on that below, but first I’d like to share a bit about one of our site sponsors, Curbside Real Estate.

Started by physicians for physicians, Curbside is a concierge real estate brokerage founded by anesthesiologist Peter Kim, MD. He shares his story that led to the creation of Curbside here. In essence, he found finding a home loan and quality realtor to be a difficult task to take on as a trainee about to start his career. Curbside provides those services for busy professionals.

On the website, Curbside has a Mortgage Calculator and offers a Free Physician Loan Guide Book. They also have a charitable mission, which I love. If you buy a home using one of their network’s realtors or lenders, they will donate towards helping children living in poverty.

If you have questions, there is an extensive FAQ. If the answer cannot be found there, you can contact them via numerous channels.


Hooray! She’s back!


I got my wife back yesterday after 9 days away on a gals’ family getaway. It’s wonderful to be a family of four again. I believe this is the third or fourth time in eight years that I’ve been the sole provider for a week or so.

How do I do it? Not all that well. But the house is still standing, the dishes and laundry are clean, and I managed to provide reasonably healthy meals all week long. It also helps that I find little ways to reward myself, like reaching for the laryngoscope after the boys have gone to bed.


laryngoscope beer
8 pm happy hour


Every two or three years, I’m reminded just how much goes into maintaining a household, and learn to respect all that happens while I’m at work, in my office, watching football or basketball, or somehow being generally unhelpful.

While I respect the households that share most of the work equally — as it probably should be when both parents work full time — that’s not how things work around here.



There are certain household responsibilities that we share pretty equally. We share cooking duties, and grocery shopping seems somewhat evenly dispersed. We’ve both read to our boys a ton, we take turns assisting with brushing and flossing teeth, and putting them to bed in the evening. We each have our own goodnight song we’ve been singing for over eight years.

There are some household chores that fall mainly under my purview. Among them:

  • earning money
  • lawnmowing / landscaping
  • snow blowing / shoveling
  • grilling meat
  • pulling loose teeth
  • killing spiders
  • brewing beer
  • providing adequate, highly audible support to televised local sports teams


Other duties are performed mostly by my wife. She does most of the ferrying of our boys to school, activities, and back. She shoos me away when I try to do dishes, and I don’t put up much of a fight. I’m not quite as worthless as the guy in The Mystery of The Basket, but I’m not that far from it.


YouTube video


It turns out my wife actually launders the laundry, also makes the boys’ lunches, is the enforcer when it comes to homework getting done, and is a stronger disciplinarian than awesome, cool Dad. You know, the fun Dad that says it’s time to go grocery shopping, and takes them to The Lego Batman Movie. Great movie, by the way.

After a week with no magic laundry basket (or magic sink, magic coffee table, etc..) my appreciation for everything my wife does to keep our household running like clockwork has been reaffirmed. There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes, and she does it all so much better than me. She took a well deserved vacation, but boy, am I glad she’s home.



Have a great week!

-Physician on FIRE

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18 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (2/26/2017)”

  1. I learned a new word: laryngoscope
    I love the appreciation that comes from absence, I think that’s why it doesn’t pay to be one of those people who refuse to take work vacations – you miss out on being appreciated. Not to mention the actual vacation you miss out on!

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  3. This is my favorite Sunday Best.

    I learned a lot about your journey from the ESI Monday interview that I didn’t know before. I didn’t realize we were essentially the same age. Matching up the obviously way above average income with the way above net worth is helpful. That’s why my wife went into pharmacy.

    However, what really made this post pop for me was the personal anecdote about the week with the kids. My wife’s military pharmacist job can mean long hours, so I do most of the kids getting ready and household chores. (She definitely pitches in, probably more than I should let her). It’s nice to see that recognized regardless of which gender is doing it.

  4. I loved your interview over at ESI Money! You are a funny guy 🙂 Have a good week, looking forward to March!

    • Thanks, FP! I finally got around to getting one done. I learned enough in the process to just about do it myself.


  5. Great articles, PoF. I read the article on Dr. Wible’s blog when it first came out. Definitely struck a chord with me given my medical specialty.

  6. That video is hilarious. Definitely more that goes into running a household than meets the eye sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 1. Thanks again for the interview! Loved doing it!

    2. My wife was gone last week as well. Thankfully, the kids know how to do the laundry and I know how to boss them around. 🙂

    3. LOVED Lego Batman too! We went to see it while my wife was away and will go back this week with her.

    • We have more in common than I knew, ESI Money!

      We are working on “executive functioning” with the boys, but there’s only so much we can expect from 1st & 2nd graders. They do each clean a bathroom every weekend.


  8. Ah to have the wife home…I have yet to take the leap to solo provider except for 4 hour jaunts. That may change in June with an upcoming Bachelorette party. I think I can survive, but appreciate how hard taking care of a toddler is when I am the only one doing it. Kudos to stay at home spouses (yes spouses, not wives, as I have 2 male friends who are the stay at home parent!).

    Nice round up as always!

  9. Nice roundup, PoF. I especially appreciated Pam Wible and Done By Forty’s thought-provoking articles.

    Will there be a lot more of these types of weeks once you’re retired / semi-retired from clinical medicine?

    • I try to work in some articles on the human side of being a physician both here in The Sunday Best and in my own writing. Money issues certainly contribute to burnout and feelings of hopelessness, and physicians are among the target audience, so I believe it’s important to bring physician issues to light.


    • Thank you for the kind words, and, a big thanks to Physician On Fire for sending so many good readers my way.

      Very humbling to be included in something like this.


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