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Taking a break

Hey, everyone, I’m going to take a break from blogging. The football season just started.  As the weather gets cooler, it will be a great time enjoying the games. This blog has been going on for 10 months, much longer than I originally expected. All the topics I liked to talk about were pretty much covered. Here I would like to thank each of you for your time...

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Some thoughts after visiting the Air Force Museum

The National Museum of the US Air Force is located in Dayton, Ohio.  It’s about one hour away from where I live.  Having lived in Ohio for almost 20 years, I always thought about visiting the museum.  For some reason, it had not become a reality until lately. This summer, I went there not just once, but twice, thanks to my early retirement. I went to Dayton in...

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Retiring early is about embracing the unknowns

Retiring early was my dream for many years.  But I didn’t get serious until 2007, when there were a lot of re-shuffles where I worked at as an engineer.  And it got worse and worse as time went on. The overall moral was very low.  The work load and stress was suffocating.  As a result, I started speeding up my saving and investing, and preparing for my early...

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Wait, think, and wait before the buy

You can see that, I’m an introvert.  I like to think.  Sometimes probably I think too much.  Many years ago, one of my coworkers was joking about me.  He said: “if you ask Helen what she likes to drink, she would say “Let me think about it””. Today, I like to talk about wait, think, and wait, before you make the purchase decision.  Here I’m mainly referring to...

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Coming to America

Have you seen the movie “Coming to America” starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones?  I love that movie.  The three stars are fabulous and hilarious.  My favorite quote is: “Good morning, my neighbors!” by Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy). This summer marks my 22nd year in America.  In 1996 at the age of 30, I left Beijing, and flew to the Cleveland airport alone, with two...

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Take care of yourself first

I’m a strong believer of “Take care of yourself first”.  It had been a long way before I came to this point.  Let me share about my journey. Growing up: I grew up in the mid 60s and 70s in rural China, the time of the Cultural Revolution.  Like every youngster, I was heavily influenced by the political propaganda.  It was almost impossible to develop my own thoughts....