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Corporate Monkey, CPA

(Don’t) Push The Red Button

I’ve always had a real problem with authority.  Especially the incompetent kind.  If someone tells me not to push the red button, they’d better give me a damn good reason.  It’s part due to my curiosity, and part the rebel in me.  

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Why My Flights Are Always Fantastic!

Seems like all the news these days is about someone else getting dragged off, beaten, forced to pee in a cup, or otherwise just generally having a poor time during air travel.  

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How to Avoid Taxes on A Backdoor Roth Rollover

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What’s the hands-down easiest way for the 99% to build wealth?  Answer: index investing in tax-advantaged retirement accounts like IRAs and 401ks.  The more you can contribute into your retirement accounts, the better.   The benefits are truly astounding –

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People Think I’m From Another Planet

If you have a somewhat-above-average professional salary, saving at least half of your income is totally doable.  I’ve been doing it for many years, even while I was the sole wage earner for a family of four living in high-cost California.  

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Safety During Our Family Gap Year

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Personal safety is a big deal – especially if you have young kids.  Our family is about to head off for a year-long adventure to a whole different continent.  And that means a whole different type of risks to our personal safety.  

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The Short-Timer: A Corporate Superhero

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I finally dropped the bomb last week: 5 weeks notice to my employer before we head on our year-long journey to South America.  (Surprise, Surprise!).  What a load off my shoulders that was! There is no longer any need for pretenses.  

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7 Days of Awesome: The 2017 Ride Across California

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What a ride!  On April 15, we finished our 7-day bike ride across California with 100 5th graders and their parents.  I’m happy it’s done (safely), but I already miss it too.  What an experience! There’s something special about rolling for hours a day across beautiful countryside.  

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