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The weather in Minnesota in November was AMAZING! We had above average weather for most of the month. I LOVED IT. I am sorry to sound negative but I really dread winter. I’m a wimp, I admit it. Have I mentioned I have a dog that needs to be walked every day' Yes, that means even […] The post Net Worth Update – November 2017 appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Dec 03 2017 @ 12:31 AM
We entered The Copper Hen in Minneapolis on a Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. The hostess asked, “Do you have reservations'” After we said we didn’t, she continued, “The first table is available at 1:00 p.m.” Luckily there was space at the bar for us and the seats were just fine. We sat at an […] The post Make Reservations at The Copper Hen appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Nov 30 2017 @ 11:41 PM
Today was a big day. I accepted a new job at a new company. This means I also gave notice at my current company (yay!). I’ve been less than thrilled with my job for a while, which ultimately lead me to find the Financial Independence (FI) community (so it wasn’t all bad). I don’t know […] The post Joining the Million Dollar Club appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Nov 21 2017 @ 9:54 PM
Have you heard anyone say you shouldn’t invest based on emotion' Well, I heard it, ignored it, and then learned the hard way. As of November 10, 2017, my (emotional) stock purchase is at an 84.49% (unrealized) loss. In August 2015, I used $4,000 of a severance package to invest in GoPro, Inc stock. It was […] The post My (emotional) 84.49% Unrealized Loss appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 9:21 PM
Even though I moved off the farm many years go, I still love watching the seasons in the fields. Each year a farm family that lives close to a well traveled road in my suburb decorates bales for Halloween. This year I happened to be walking my dog when the family preparing the display. One […] The post Net Worth Update – October 2017 appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 2:50 PM
Brasa in Minneapolis is a gem. Now that the temps are dropping outside, I think of Brasa as a perfect place to go for some comfort food. Don’t get me wrong – Brasa is great eating all year round! I love the Chorizo-Potato Chilaquiles. Yum. (Bonus: The serving size is large enough to have left-overs.) […] The post Brasa in Minneapolis – Comfort Food appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 11:15 AM
I’ve decided to go back to college, for FREE!  Oh, okay, I’m not going back just yet. I recently learned of a Minnesota statute which states: “…a senior citizen who is a legal resident of Minnesota is entitled without payment of tuition or activity fees to attend courses offered for credit, audit any courses offered for […] The post Back to College, for FREE! appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Oct 22 2017 @ 3:53 PM
Health care is a difficult topic for me, not because of the money but because it involves my youngest son.  In ninth grade, my son was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. We are extremely fortunate he had an awesome team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic who helped him get his illness into remission. He […] The post The Real Cost of Health Care appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Oct 08 2017 @ 9:36 PM
I attended a football game at the University of Minnesota in September. My friend and I have seniors attending the U. I’ll be sad next year when I don’t have a kid in college. I love the college atmosphere. It’s kinda funny, I’ll say to my friend that I loved college and wish I could […] The post Net Worth Update – September 2017 appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Oct 01 2017 @ 8:23 PM
¿Comida Cubana' ¡Delicioso! The waitress at Victor’s had such a lovely way about her. She made me feel as though I was at home and we were part of her family. She also made me feel like we were the most brilliant customers ever to order food. It was like we picked the best dish […] The post Victor’s 1959 Café appeared first on aHalfStick. ...
Posted: Sep 17 2017 @ 8:05 PM


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