The Sunday Best (5/21/2017)

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.

Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.

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Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:


The family behind Freedom 35 chose to FIRE last fall and travel across the country. With a toddler and a baby on the way, how do suppose they’re doing? Six Months Jobless and Homeless: Financial Update.


Financial Independence can be hard to define. Has Passive Income MD become FI in sunny California? Maybe… I’m Financially Independent! If I Move…


Using Morningstar’s Instant X-Ray, the Big Law Investor breaks down one reader’s 10-fund portfolio. Take a look under the hood in Case Study: Reader Portfolio Review.


Internist and potential future business owner Investing Doc ponders the state of doctors shying away from ownership and towards employment, asking Is Entrepreneurship Still Possible For New Doctors?


Mark, the Bare Budget Guy and cancer survivor is taking his family of six down south. Way down south. It’s Official! We are Moving to Central America.


Dr. P.I.E., Ph.D. and his family of four are counting down the months to FIRE and having a blast along the way. Check out their Adventures in Travel Rewards and a FIRE update.


Those sound like some totally great adventures! What does it take to qualify as great? Let’s let Ms. Montana break it down real proper like. 4 Elements for Great Adventures.


Rogue Dad MD addresses doctoring when not working. From “hey, what do you think of this rash?” to having a sick kid of his own. How does he handle it? Dr. Dad.


Ten years ago, we had a real estate bubble. Some think we’re looking at a stock bubble. And anyone who has studied economics knows about the tulip bubble. I got caught up in a different bubble in my youth, and The Economist recently featured it. The baseball-card bubble.


Australian otolaryngologist Dr. Eric Levi discusses the suicide of a busy gastroenterologist and the many issues faced by physicians worldwide in a trilogy of thoughtful posts:

Don’t Leave Us, Eddie.


I first heard your heavy voice as a freshman in high school. The year was 1991. You stated loudly and not so clearly, “I’m Still Alive.”

“Is something wrong?”, she said. “Of course there is.” “You’re still alive,” she said.

But your contemporaries are not. Not anymore. I’m sorry, Eddie.

You ushered in an era of music that would become the soundtrack to formative years. You remember, right? You were there. You were there with Jeremy who spoke in class today. He spoke loudly and clearly, kinda like your friend Kurt.



Yes, Kurt.

Your neighbor whose flame was extinguished before it had a chance to really light the world on fire. He certainly left his mark though, much like his predecessors Jim, Jimi, and Janis who also left the world decades too soon at 27.

But most of them left their mark on a different generation. They were there for my parents and my pothead uncle.

You were there for me. You were there with your buddies wearing flannel if anything. You were there with Kurt, Chris, Layne, and Scott, redefining rock for my generation.

Kurt left us long ago. Lane succumbed to the needle and the damage done. Scott met a similar fate a few years ago. Chris has chosen to join them. I can’t imagine why.

Fame. Fortune. And then Nothing.

Eddie, you’re still alive.

Please don’t leave us, Eddie



-Physician on FIRE


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23 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (5/21/2017)”

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  2. I agree with you on Eddie. I feel the same about Dave G.

    I’ve always thought their song “Walk” would be a good anthem to critically ill patients who are starting to recover or maybe the same for an addict in recovery, but since you were referring to suicide I hope more of these musicians will dance on their graves never wanting to die!

    To keep alive, a moment at a time
    That’s still inside, a whisper to a riot
    The sacrifice, the knowing to survive
    The first decline, another state of mind
    I’m on my knees, I’m praying for a sign
    Forever, whenever, I never wanna die
    I never wanna die

    I never wanna die
    I’m on my knees, I never wanna die
    I’m dancing on my grave
    I’m running through the fire
    Forever, whenever
    I never wanna die
    I never wanna leave
    I’ll never say goodbye
    Forever, whenever
    Forever, whenever

    Learning to walk again
    I believe I’ve waited long enough
    Where do I begin?
    Learning to talk again
    Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?

  3. Thanks PoF! Excited to read Dr. Fawcett’s book!

    I look forward to financial independence and what impact that may have on my life. You are an inspiration that a doc can still enjoy their job yet “purchase” the luxury item of “extra time” away from work. Hope your journey to part time goes well and I’ll enjoy reading about it

  4. ^^
    I agree re: Dr. Levi. Powerful material there.

    Disagree re: kicking Mrs. Groovy off site. You would have to kick me off the site, too. ? It was a great tribute, POF, to a musical legend that I never heard of until last week!

  5. Our youth has faded. We are now our parents generation with the death of our rockstars and our own children growing older every day. My 2 year old and I were jamming at bath time to Sound Garden and Pearl Jam. I was happy to say he seemed to enjoy it thoroughly.

    Nice round up as always PoF. Have a great week!

      • As another ray of hope for the next generation.
        My family and I were out to eat last week and the restaurant was playing lots of quality 90s grunge and other alternative favorites.
        I asked our 24 year old waiter who chose the music and he said that half the waitstaff loves 90s music and play it every chance they get.

  6. Just had to comment to share my love for Grunge rock and Pearl Jam, my favorite all time band, and Alive, my favorite all time song. Cornell was a big loss, but losing Eddie would be unthinkable.

  7. OK please don’t toss me off your site but I had to google Eddie to find out who y’all are talking about.

    Sticking to things I know — thanks for shouting out Mr. PIE. I love his writing and forgot to subscribe to his blog for notifications so I just did.

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  9. I was listening to some Pearl Jam the day after Chris passed away and had that similar thought. In one of my post I talked about overcoming fear. And for personal practice I reached out to Pearl Jam for an interview….twice. Shockingly I haven’t heard back yet. 🙂 But now I might just keep trying.

    • That is a bold move, but as my Dad likes to say, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” I’d be happy if I could get a ReTweet from Pearl Jam, let alone an interview.

      I wrote my plea to Eddie the day the news came out and I realized how many of the grunge era icons had left us so early. Those guys are only about 10 years older than me. So sad.


  10. I would love to put Eddie in bubble wrap for the next 20-30 years to ensure nothing happens. To me Eddie has the signature voice of the grunge era although Kurt isn’t too far behind. Definitely a sad week and a reminder of all that have been lost from that era.

    • Well said, MSM. Cornell had quite a voice, too, with more range than any of them. I’m going to have give Singles yet another watch when I have a free evening. I’ve watched it at least a couple dozen times and it never gets old.



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