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Christmas bucket list

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope you’re having a terrific Christmas week with family and friends. This Christmas is a bit strange for us. RB40Jr and I are in Thailand for 5 weeks while Mrs. RB40 enjoys a cozy Christmas with our cat in Portland. This is the first time we have spent Christmas apart as a family. It’s not ideal, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. We’re here to find a better living arrangement for my mom. She was diagnosed with dementia earlier this year and she was having a difficult time in the US. Basically, she kept getting more and more stressed out and anxious as the disease progressed. We figured it would be easier to take care of her in Thailand than in the US.

The first 10 days have been pretty good. She had a rough few days during and after the long-distance flight. Oh man, I was completely worn out after 22 hours, too. We had 2 stopovers, LA and Hong Kong. The good news is that she seems to be doing much better in Thailand than in the US. She is very happy to see her siblings and relatives. Her mood is really good as well. Of course, it’s only been a short time, but I already feel like it was a good decision for her to move to Thailand. We’ll have to see how it goes in the long term. From what I understand, you don’t get better from dementia so this reprieve is probably temporary. Anyway, I’m pretty happy so far. Also, we’re having a really good time in Thailand. The weather isn’t too hot and the food is excellent. I love it here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see the delicious dishes we’re devouring and get a glimpse of our vacation highlights.

On to the bucket list! I like to review my bucket list during Christmas vacation because it’s the end of the year and we have a few days off. I can go over the list to remove or add new goals as needed. This year I’m going to revamp the bucket list extensively. Now that I’m older and wiser (45!), I want to simplify it and focus on the things I really care about. I’ll divide them into a few broad categories. Check them out.

Financial Bucket List

My main long-term goal is to simplify our finance and generate enough passive income to cover our cost of living. Currently, our passive income isn’t quite enough to fund our retirement yet. I still depend on my online income to help pay the bills. Also, Mrs. RB40 is still working full-time. However, all her income goes to savings and investing. She could retire in 2020 if she really wants to. Here is my financial bucket list.

  • Become debt free (2029): Currently, we have 3 mortgages on 3 properties. I plan to consolidate our holdings down to just one property by the end of 2019. Even with that, we’ll still have one mortgage. I don’t foresee us being debt free until RB40Jr goes off to college. At that point, we could sell our home and ride off into the sunset.
  • Net worth > $3 million (2020): We’re close, but we’re not there yet. The stock market didn’t do so well in 2018 and next year isn’t looking too hot either. We’ll just hang in there and keep investing. I’m hopeful that we’ll get there by the end of 2020. Of course, once we’re there I’ll change the goal to 10 million dollars! 😉
  • LWR > 100%: Check out my Lifetime Wealth Ratio post for more detail. Basically, this is our net worth divided by total earned income. It’s ridiculous, but we made over $3 million over 20+ years of work. That’s a ridiculous amount of money. Our LWR is currently about 90%. You can make the calculation if you’re curious how much the RB40 household is worth. Actually, it’s less than 90% because a large part of our net worth is in our pre-taxed accounts.
  • FI Ratio > 100% for 3 years: The FI ratio is our annual passive income divide by our annual expense. In 2017, our FI ratio exceeded 100% for the first time. That was exciting, but we regressed a bit in 2018. My goal is to have enough income to pay for our cost of living indefinitely. But we’ll just start with 3 on this bucket list. That’s already difficult. You can read more about our passive income here.
  • College: Help RB40Jr graduate from a 4 year public college with no debt. If he wants to go to Harvard, he probably will have to get some scholarships and/or student loans.

Fun Bucket List

Whew! Now you see how a personal finance blogger (ex-engineer) thinks. Yes, I’m a numbers nerd and I’m quite happy with that. It helped me retire early, after all. Of course, life isn’t all about numbers. That’s why I need some fun stuff on my bucket list, too.

Let’s see… I already tried skydiving, bungee jumping, snowboarding, surfing, riding an elephant, white water rafting, shooting a gun, and a few other fun things. I’m glad I did these when I was young. Right now, snowboarding doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. My knee is gimpy and I can’t handle the cold anymore.

  • Swim with whale sharks: This sounds like an incredible experience. Is it worth $2,000 for 30 minutes of fun? I don’t know. I’ll have to find a better bargain. Background here – Am I depriving my family?
  • Hot air balloon ride: Mrs. RB40 has always wanted to do this. I think this will be a fun family activity once RB40Jr is a bit older. He’s not a big fan of heights at this time.
  • Zip lining: We missed the chance to try zip lining when we visited Costa Rica in 2015. RB40Jr was too small. He still doesn’t want to try it. Hopefully, he’ll change his mind when he’s a teenager.
  • Experience a solar total eclipse (Done in 2016!): We experience totality in 2016 at the beach in Oregon. It was totally awesome and such a powerful experience. It made me feel a part of the universe. I highly recommend it.
  • RTW trip (?): I want to take a year off and go on a family trip around the world. I figured we could take RB40Jr out of school after 4th grade and just go. There are a lot of logistical issues, though. We might not be able to do this anytime soon. It might have to be just Mrs. RB40 and me after RB40Jr goes off to college. I don’t know… It’s a stretch goal at this point.
  • Live in Thailand for a few years and explore SE Asia (203x): I want to live in Thailand for a few years and explore SE Asia. I think this will work out nicely because I’m familiar with Thailand and flights are cheap around this part of the world.
  • Live in South American for a few years and explore that area (203x): After we get bored of SE Asia, we’ll go live in South America for a few years.
  • Take Mrs. RB40 and Junior on a long road trip around New Zealand: I drove around New Zealand for two weeks in my 20s. It was so much fun and I’d like my family to experience it, too. Not sure when we can get to it, though.
  • Visit space: This is a stretch goal. Hopefully, space tourism will be somewhat affordable before I’m too old. If not, maybe I can get my ashes shot off into space. Why not? It’s the final frontier, right?

Ultimate Goals

Here are some very long-term goals that didn’t quite fit the categories above.

  • Stay married: We’ll celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2019. I think that’s a huge accomplishment. We have a great relationship and we need to keep working on it. My goal is to stay married with Mrs. RB40 until I kick the bucket. Who else would carry my weight? Hahaha…
  • Build the RB40 family compound on a tropical island: I want to buy 3 to 5 acres on Hawaii (the Big Island) and build a self-sustaining compound. I want a small main house, communal kitchen and eating area, indoor recreational space, art-making area, a few small huts for families (Airbnb?), BBQ area, vegetable gardens, chickens, and a lot more. I don’t know if I can achieve this pipe dream because there are a ton of obstacles in my way. Hey, a guy can dream, right?

Some Easy Ones

I need to add some easy goals so I can cross them off the bucket list occasionally. All of the above goals are very difficult to achieve. It’s no fun when you can’t achieve anything…

  • Go to the Olympics: The Olympics are coming to Los Angeles in 2028! It’d be a ton of fun if we can see a few events. Mrs. RB40’s family lives somewhat nearby so we could make it a family visit.
  • Learn Tai Chi: I tried Tai Chi a while back and I enjoyed it a lot. I need to get back into it by joining a real class and dedicate some time to it.

Some of the stuff I gave up on

I removed all of this stuff from my bucket list. There were too many things on it and these aren’t important to me anymore.

  • Join the Peace Corps: probably not realistic. Mrs. RB40 isn’t gung-ho about this anymore, either. She already volunteered in her 20s and those were rough years.
  • Join Toastmasters: I haven’t been able to work TM into my schedule. It’s probably because I don’t really want to do it.
  • Become a Buddhist monk for a season: I’m entirely too materialistic to become a monk even for a few months.
  • Learn to speak Mandarin: ??
  • Build an outdoor pizza oven: I rolled this into my RB40 compound goal.
  • Build a tree house: Same as above.
  • Volunteer to help recent immigrants: Maybe I can do this later when I’m not stressed out all the time.
  • Ride in a fighter jet: I’ll get to this someday, but it’s not a priority.
  • 20th anniversary wedding celebration: Mrs.RB40 isn’t into the idea. She doesn’t want a big party. Oh well, I’ll just take her out to a nice restaurant and buy her some Snoopy toys or something. She’s very difficult to buy for and she doesn’t like jewelry (Thank goodness.)
  • Own a convertible again: Not a priority.
  • Live in Santa Barbara for a while: Not a priority anymore.
  • Various travel goals: Pyramids, Eastern Europe, Vietnam, etc… We’ll get there when we get there. No hurry.

Whew! My trimmed down bucket list is still pretty big. I’m happy with it, though. Most of these goals are realistic and I can work on them incrementally. I will keep working on them and update this post every Christmas.

What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Please share some of the things on your bucket list here. Don’t wait until you’re 65 to make one because cliff jumping at Rick’s Café in Jamaica (check) won’t be so appealing anymore.

Happy Holidays and safe travels! 

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  • Pretired Nick December 25, 2013, 7:24 am

    Great idea for a tradition, Joe! Good list, too!
    Next year we can try to meet at the property I own near Portland and you guys can go crazy. We have lots of trees.
    Isn’t Jiro getting kind of old? You might need to rush that one. I wouldn’t worry about rushing skydiving, though. My grandfather went skydiving on his 70th birthday. (:
    Have a great Christmas!

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2013, 4:58 pm

      That’s be great. Let us know when you’re coming down. Yeah, Jiro is getting kind of old, I’d better move that one up the list.
      Have a great Holidays!

  • Prasun Choudhury December 25, 2013, 7:46 am

    It seems that I have quite a bit in common with your wish list. Travel is also my highest priority (I am currently traveling in Spain’s Andalucia region for the winter holidays) and I plan to explained my horizon with time. New Zealand’s south island is on top of my travel list and so are all the east European countries that you mentioned. As of now, I will restrain my ambition and keep the space travel away from my check list!

    Just curious, I see you have been to French Laundry; what’s your impression on the same? Is it worth the money? I guess, when you visited French Laundry, you were not tracking your daily/monthly expenses that rigorously. One French Laundry visit per family will cover up the lion’s share of the monthly expenditure.

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2013, 8:46 am

      I love Granada and Sevilla, but wasn’t impressed with Barcelona. Enjoy your trip!
      We went to the French Laundry years and years ago. It was definitely worth it. We enjoy good food and it expanded our horizon. I don’t know if we’ll go back though. It’d have to be a really special occasion. Once is good. 🙂

  • Pauline December 25, 2013, 8:03 am

    Lots of cool items in your list. When you live for 6 months in Central America, stop by Guatemala, you can hike the Pacaya volcano and see the melted lava a few meters away from you, and do the helicopter ride to see other active volcanoes in eruption by night. That is pretty impressive.

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2013, 4:59 pm

      That sounds like a great plan. Thanks for the tips. 6 months in Central America is probably 20 years away though…

  • C. the Romanian December 25, 2013, 10:42 am

    Great bucket list! And if you get to visit Eastern Europe (Greece is actually considered here part of Southern Europe), make a sure to have a few days in Romania too, I am sure you will like the country as well. As for Turkey, a summer spent at their all inclusive resorts will surely be great!

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2013, 5:00 pm

      I’ll add Romania to the list and will drop by to say hello. 🙂

  • Done by Forty December 25, 2013, 11:12 am

    That’s one hell of a bucket list, Joe. Way to swing big. You can’t hit a home run unless you do.

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2013, 5:00 pm

      Well, I think the only one that seems out of reach is the space. Hopefully the price will come down in 20 years or perhaps I’d win the lotto. 🙂

  • Melanie December 25, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Wow you are pretty adventurous! I want to visit China too. It’s my all time dream. I really like to esperience their culture and visit the historical places.

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2013, 5:01 pm

      China was great. One trip isn’t enough and we definitely need to go back.

  • Ryan December 26, 2013, 9:40 am

    Your list totally sounds like my dream year (or 2 or 3 years) if I were to win the lottery tomorrow. My wife and I love travelling, but the one place I want to go that she has no interest in is space. That is a definite bucket list item for the ages. I’m right there with you. Hopefully in 30 years, it will go from being 250k to maybe 25k, which even though it would be for about 30 minutes of enjoyment, is totally worth it to me.

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2013, 10:07 am

      Good luck! My list will take forever to finish off. Yeah, winning the lottery would help a lot. 🙂

  • jon_snow December 26, 2013, 9:49 am

    Have you seen Gravity? **** space travel.

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2013, 10:08 am

      Hahaha, I haven’t seen Gravity. I figure space travel will be a space shuttle ride up and down. I’m pretty sure we won’t have to spacewalk.

  • Little House December 26, 2013, 9:52 am

    I haven’t put together a bucket list yet, but I really should. Most things I would want to add would be adventuresome and should probably be done sooner than later! (Like hiking the South to North rim of the Grand Canyon! – Did the south twice when I was in my early 20’s.)

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2013, 10:09 am

      You really should. It will be fun to cross off.

  • Justin @ RootofGood December 26, 2013, 10:09 am

    Looks like a good list, Joe. One that should keep you busy for a couple of decades at least.

    Neat to see Argentina on your list. Definitely worth a visit. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city.

  • Sandy December 26, 2013, 10:46 am

    When you come to the Big Apple you have to reserve space for pizza at a few different places! One does not just have ONE slice of pizza from ONE place in NYC.

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2013, 10:10 am

      Reserve? Can’t I just walk in a get a slice? I’ll try to get in a few places and some delis too.

  • Nate @ TheyBuyTime December 26, 2013, 10:55 am

    “Have a 20th anniversary vow renewal. We just went to the courthouse when we got married 15 years ago. We need to have a big celebration and invite all our friends and family since we never had a wedding.”

    Joe — this brought a huge smile to my face 😀

    Having an excellent marriage is key. I think it’s awesome that you have prioritized this item on your list. All of the travel sounds like a blast as well – go forth and conquer!!!!

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2013, 10:11 am

      I really need to plan this. Hopefully we can do it in Hawaii or perhaps Santa Barbara. It should be a lot of fun.

  • Erin @ My Alternate Life December 26, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Awesome list! I’m considering doing a vow renewal for our 10 year anniversary (married 4 years so far!) as we did the small courthouse wedding as well. I’m a big fan of small weddings, but I would like to have a nice party with good food and drinks to celebrate that milestone.

    My bucket list (all in my head, not official) is made up of lots of traveling and starting a family 🙂

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2013, 10:11 am

      10 year anniversary would be a great time to do it. Have fun with your bucket list!

  • Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans December 30, 2013, 9:40 am

    I hear great things about the French Laundry. I live relatively near Napa and would love to save up the money to go there, but I’m afraid the whole experience has already been over-hyped for me.

    • retirebyforty December 30, 2013, 2:11 pm

      We didn’t know much about the French Laundry when we went so it was a great experience for us. It’s hard to overcome the hype, but I think you’ll be satisfied. 🙂

  • Jon P. December 30, 2013, 10:29 am

    Just wanted to say that this year might be your year for a championship Trail Blazers game!

    • retirebyforty December 30, 2013, 2:11 pm

      I hope so, but they always choke at the finish line…

  • Erich December 31, 2013, 7:29 am

    WOW do I agree with you on Jiro’s. That man is unique and astonishing, and won’t be around much longer. His son does seem ready to take over the reigns though. They mentioned in the documentary that the michelin judges were served food made by his son during some of their visits. He reminds me of the ideal of the samurai, focusing your life on doing each task to perfection.

    • retirebyforty December 31, 2013, 9:29 am

      Jiro is very admirable. I would be happy to be served by his son too. It’s too obsessive for me, though. I’d rather enjoy life and families than obsessing about something. It’s good that someone is that dedicated.

  • theFIREstarter January 12, 2014, 12:53 am

    That’s a pretty comprehensive list!

    I think I might do this soon but I don’t think there would be as much on it as you. We’ve done a lot of travelling already and I feel like I am getting into my “settling down” stage of life 🙂

    • theFIREstarter January 12, 2014, 12:57 am

      Oh yea Croatia is a stunning country… really different scenery and the islands are fantastic! Czech republic also very nice! Not been to greece though. Any particular reason why you picked out those few European countries? If you are in the area I’d also check a few of the other eastern European countries such as Slovenia and Hungary both of which are pretty cool. I’ve heard Serbia is nice as well but can’t vouch for that one. I expect all of them have very interesting places and lovely scenery but haven’t done them all myself either.

    • retirebyforty January 13, 2014, 9:28 am

      We stopped traveling for 4 years and no we are ready to get back to it. Have fun with your list!

  • Mr. Tako @ Mr. Tako Escapes December 25, 2015, 2:11 am

    Great list Joe. I can honesty say I’ve never had a bucket list before. Perhaps that’s because I only just came up for air a month ago.
    If all goes well with recent endeavors (and the stock market doesn’t tank for the next 20 years), maybe I will give it a go.

  • Kim December 25, 2015, 12:45 pm

    You should try to catch the steam train in Fort Bragg when you are in the bay area. It’s a great ride with beautiful scenery.

  • Go Finance Yourself! December 26, 2016, 6:49 am

    New Zealand has recently been added to our ever-growing list of places to travel to. Looks very cool. For a while now, I’ve had going to Vegas during March Madness on my bucket list. I also want to visit the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown. Long-term goals include becoming a millionaire by 40 and reaching FI by 45.

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2016, 9:40 am

      Good luck with your goals! New Zealand is a lot of fun. It’s much more relaxed than the US when I went.

  • Dividend Diplomats December 26, 2016, 8:04 am

    RB40 –

    Pretty awesome and love the continual updates! Pumped for you to start knocking more out and seeing the bold “DONE” at this time in 2017. Congrats on the year and best of luck ringing in the new year!


    • retirebyforty December 27, 2016, 9:41 am

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to crossing more items off the list too. 2017 will be slow, though. I think 2022 will be the big year. That’s when we plan to do our RTW trip.

  • FullTimeFinance December 26, 2016, 11:04 am

    Very cool list. Our bucket list is a goal to go one new domestic location and one new international every year. A bit more general but the locale list is otherwise a mile long. So far we have an international planned for next year.

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2016, 9:42 am

      That’s a great goal. We might take 2 international trips next year. A week in Mexico and another trip. 🙂

  • Matt December 26, 2016, 12:26 pm

    So you live in Portland and want to live in Santa Barbara – I’m from Santa Barbara and currently live in Portland. Maybe we should hang out sometime. 🙂

    • retirebyforty December 27, 2016, 9:43 am

      Santa Barbara is so much better than Portland in the winter. I love that area, but the cost of living is so expensive. Maybe we can just move down there and enjoy life for a year or two. Rent and just kickback.

  • Mr. Tako @ Mr. Tako Escapes December 26, 2016, 4:56 pm

    Love that you have a bucket list you review every year Joe! That’s a great idea!

    I’ve never been a bucket list kind of person, but if I was, I would definitely copy this idea!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Wes December 28, 2016, 9:30 am

    I love that RB40JR wanted Sushi! We just had our little baby boy last month… I wonder what he will want for the Holidays when he is old enough to eat!

  • Tom December 28, 2016, 3:04 pm

    I tried uzbek plov first time after reading your post. It tastes very similar to Biryani a popular dish in Indian restaurants. Delicious 🙂

  • John in Seattle January 1, 2017, 9:14 am

    Congrats on a great Christmas and year! My wife was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan too!

  • JC December 24, 2018, 3:28 am

    Joe, so glad your mom is doing well after the long journey back to Asia! I’ve taken my mom back the last two years as a winter getaway as well and Mental health is equally if not important as Physical health. How to Live long and prosper: https://youtu.be/ptIecdCZ3dg

    Love your dream bucket lists! Always add new ones and don’t be afraid to cross things off (or better yet even, do them early!)

    Unnecessary prerequisites and pre-conditional timetables:
    Years ago, I promised myself I would tour Europe and see Wimbledon and French Open once I got married… Well at 26, I got impatient and finding a woman who will put up with all my tennis habits and share the same adventure travel desire can be near impossible! So with $1000 and 2 weeks sabbatical between jobs, I took it upon myself to go – literally, one of the best investments of my life. It opened up the world, the cultures, the opportunities I would never have found sitting and daydreaming at my desk. I saw Spain, UK, France on my first Euro trip and was hooked: https://www.jctennis.com/2010/07/road-toward-rafas-renaissance.html

    Having a company mission is important – but having a Life Mission is paramount!

    Invest in yourself, your experiences, your education, your memories…I’ve never regretted it.
    Now, after 15 years of work in the IT industry – I quit my job this week. After years of prep and months of getting past cold feet, I have finally decided to enter my FIRE phase at 36 instead of 39 (saying you retired by 40 sounds good, but it’s only as arbitrary as any numerical “Base 10” milestone, 40, 55, 65, etc if you think about it 🙂 ). Sunny Cali, here I come…

    If I can only leave one thing to my coworkers, it is that one must have Courage of Spirit and a desire to grow, learn, expand, explore in order to escape the rat race. They may try to move your cheese, but they can never move your heart. – JC

  • Pennypincher December 24, 2018, 4:39 am

    So glad you survived the flight. Sounds like you made the best decision at the right time for your mom.
    I honestly don’t know how you would pull off the “round the world” thing at this point. You have too many holdings/responsibilities on the home front now. Maybe, if you let it all go, ha,ha.
    So funny about Mrs. RB40 loving Snoopy. She can have all my Snoopy stuff….. fat chance! Ha,ha!
    Happy, happy holidays to you and the RB40 crew. A year of great posts. Thank you!

    • retirebyforty December 24, 2018, 4:35 pm

      Thank you for your support this year. Your comments have been very helpful.
      I don’t think we can do the RTW trip anytime soon. Maybe in 5-6 years.
      Mrs. RB40 loves all things Snoopy. I found a couple of things for her on this trip. I think she will be very happy with them.
      Happy holidays!

  • Xrayvsn December 24, 2018, 4:46 am

    Merry Christmas Joe. That is wonderful news that your mother is doing better with familiar surroundings and being with her family there.

    I flew to Bali and it was about 24 hours of air time and feel your pain. Well worth it though if it makes your mom feel better though.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year. Safe travels my friend

  • Steps To Early Retirement December 24, 2018, 4:57 am

    Great list!! I especially like the stretch goals and a few easier ones… you’re right it’s not fun not crossing stuff off your list!

    That pic looks like Maya Mall! It’s so festive there!!

    My wife and I was in Chiang Mai a couple of weeks ago. We were there for about 2 months. We were in Vietnam (Hoi An / Da Nang) for a week and are now in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    Have a great Christmas and enjoy your holiday!!


    • retirebyforty December 24, 2018, 4:33 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it is Maya. My dad’s condo is close by. Enjoy your travel. Merry Christmas!

  • Susan @ FI Ideas December 24, 2018, 8:15 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’m happy to hear your Mom is doing well in Thailand, at least for this short time. Enjoy it while you can.

    I know this post is combined from 2013 and now, but I wanted to mention that my husband and I practice Tai Chi every day. He started in 1998 and I followed in 2004. It is a great practice, especially as you age. You get a meditative quality, gain balance, flexibility, learn to move your core/center, get those joints flowing and you can practice even when you have a small injury. I recommend it. We find it helps to be able to do other activities even when you aren’t “in shape” for them as the practice keeps you ready in subtle ways. I can point you to some resources if you’d like.

    • retirebyforty December 24, 2018, 4:28 pm

      Thank you! I need to find a Tai Chi group in Portland that practices at the right time. Early morning is tough for now because I have to get RB40Jr ready for school. Merry Christmas!

  • Helen December 24, 2018, 7:03 pm

    Hi Joe, Merry Christmas! Hope you folks have a great time in Thailand. Good to hear your mom seems liking there better. Hopefully she settles down there happily.

    Once a while I dream about joining the Peace Corps. But I’m not sure if I really want to do that, as the material comfort seems more important to me than experience. Skydiving and bungee jumping sounds a lot of fun. Did you like it?

  • WTK December 24, 2018, 9:13 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I hope that you will be able to achieve most of your bucket lists in time to come.


  • Freedom December 24, 2018, 10:36 pm

    Very nice Xmas post with a lot of insights on what to add in the bucket list (and before 65!!)

    Sorry for your mother condition…hopefully she will have a blast with you and kid in Thailand!

  • David Michael December 25, 2018, 2:45 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2019 to you and family.

    Glad to learn your mother is doing better in Thailand. We have some in-laws who are German, and they are in their 80’s. The Grandmother, who used to speak English quite well, now forgets most of it and speaks and writes only in German now. Just can’t remember the words and phrases, similar to your mom.

    Just finishing up two months of selling wine at Costco during the busy Holiday Season. A great, fun gig meeting so many friends wandering into my department. I don’t mind the six hour days but the eight hour ones standing on concrete floors are a challenge. But feel blessed to be in good enough health to compete with the young bucks.

    Have a great trip Joe. Best to you and family.

    David Michael

    • retirebyforty December 25, 2018, 7:16 pm

      Happy holidays to you as well. It’s great Ethat you’re enjoying work at CostCo. Eight hours on your feet sounds tough. I’m impressed.
      My mom is much better in Thailand. Hopefully, this will last a while.
      Best wishes, -Joe

  • Buy, Hold Long December 25, 2018, 6:21 pm

    What an awesome list. There really is such a variety of things you wish to do. I am still a long way away from having the freedom like that so I will keep my head down and keep working to make it happen! Happy new year!

  • Lily December 26, 2018, 9:32 am

    “Learn to speak Mandarin: ??”

    Aha did this never happen?!

    • retirebyforty December 28, 2018, 1:50 am

      No, RB40Jr has a hearing impairment so we’re focusing on English for now. We’ll try other languages later.

  • Mac | Finance Care Services December 29, 2018, 4:21 am

    It was wondering if I could use this write-up on my other website, I will link it back to your website though.
    Great Thanks.

  • David @iretiredyoung December 30, 2018, 9:50 am

    Your list is so eclectic, it seems to have all sorts of things on it. Some pretty big ideas too, but as you say, a guy can dream.
    I’m going to have to look at my list. I made one, but never remember to check on it. Heading off to have a loot at it now.

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