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Dr. Curious

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travel, early retirement, FIRE, travel, self experimentation
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Pennsylvania, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
Physician (Radiologist)

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Latest Blog Posts

Dr. Jim Dahle, aka the White Coat Investor, was gracious enough to allow me to write a guest post on his website about my (thankfully limited) experience with medical malpractice. I have been reading his website since near the time of its inception, and he played a large role in my financial salvation, so I am truly honored to be featured. Here is a preview: “Two days into it, and my tropical beach vacation ...
Posted: Sep 13 2017 @ 5:12 AM
My family is on the brink of a new phase in our adventures. Since the birth of our daughter, we no longer have the numbers advantage enjoyed on our trips with our older son. From here on out, we face a two-versus-two, parent-vs-child cage match on planes, trains, automobiles and everywhere in between. My wife and I love to travel, and we spend much of our disposable income on it. We ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 6:33 AM
[Recent events in our nation have brought discussions of race to the forefront, and I feel compelled to share my own experiences with racism. I do not write without trepidation; apart from my wife, I have never discussed these issues with anyone. Some of you will be disheartened or even disgusted by parts of this post. In spite of this, and even because of this, I think it is an ...
Posted: Aug 30 2017 @ 1:21 PM
It has been 8 years since my first outsourcing. The year was 2009. My wife and I had purchased our modest home a few years prior. Life was busy; my wife was in full-time medical practice and I was in the middle of residency training. Our house cleaning schedule was erratic at best, and we began to dread the few hours spent giving everything a once over. Slowly and grossly, we spaced out ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 6:15 AM
The next case opened and I began to scroll through CT images of the young woman’s head. It was around 11pm on a Saturday night, and the perfunctory history provided was “overdose, AMS (altered mental status).” As soon as the images of her brain popped up on the monitors, it became clear she had diffuse cerebral edema—swelling of the brain—a condition with an extremely poor prognosis. She would either die ...
Posted: Aug 16 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I am a few years away from financial independence. When that moment comes, it will arrive not with a bang but a whimper. One spring, or summer, or winter day, I will log into my accounts and see that I have hit my “number.” Then I will close my laptop, have another sip of coffee, and stare out the window awhile until my kids get up. Financial independence, in and of ...
Posted: Aug 09 2017 @ 5:56 AM
WANDERLUST Travel is a passion of mine. When I am not on vacation, I am planning the next one or reflecting on the previous. Research suggests that anticipation of a great trip can be a source of happiness in itself, and I could not agree more. Wanderlust is my periodic travel fix. I will either review one of my favorite destinations or share some research on a dream destination. My aim is not to provide a comprehensive ...
Posted: Aug 06 2017 @ 6:06 AM
I am on vacation this week in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, famous as the location of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. It’s a quiet and beautiful four-season destination*, and our rental home incredibly lacks wifi and cell phone service. It has been a nice break. I am not alone: my wife and two children are, as well as my brother-in-law, his wife, and their two children—and a sole grandmother to ensure ...
Posted: Aug 02 2017 @ 6:56 AM
I had a nasty summer cold last week. Like most upper respiratory infections, the virus likely gained access via the mucosal membranes of my mouth or nose, evaded my immune system, and started a house party in my body. My nose ran, my head ached, and I coughed uncontrollably for a few days. I had a poor appetite and little energy. My mind felt more sluggish than usual. It’s amazing ...
Posted: Jul 29 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Cooking is a skill I did not learn growing up. I would categorize 95% of my childhood meals as “meat and potatoes.” Any spices beyond salt, pepper, and onion were considered exotic and ill-advised. By age 20, the best home-cooked meal I could muster was grilled cheese and vegetables from a can. But during college and especially in the years that followed, my palate and subsequently my culinary skills bloomed, in ...
Posted: Jul 26 2017 @ 6:20 AM


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