10 Questions With Abandoned Cubicle

10 Questions With Abandoned Cubicle

At this second, I occur to be within the Deserted Cubicleland. AKA, the Twin Cities. Head author over at Deserted Cubicle, Cubert, resides within the frozen mosquito-infested north. I even obtained to see him final night time at an area watering gap:

Cubert! Beer!! Swimming!!! Hopefully not all on the similar time!

Though I really like Minnesota, I’m unsure I need to reside in a spot the place the selection is freezing to dying or being sucked dry by mosquitos which might be solely barely smaller than California Condors…

Take it away Cubert!

Your Web Ramblings

There are roughly 476,492,292,928 private finance blogs final time I checked. Why ought to we learn yours?

Wow! I had no concept that the quantity had grown to 928! Final I checked (yesterday) we had 476,492,292,900 in our group. Man. Any person at WordPress is raking it in… Anyhow, I reckon people would really like as a result of it challenges a few of the pollyanna on the market about early retirement. If you wish to hear from each side of the equation, i.e., “ought to I keep or ought to I’m going?” then come on over. Apart from, I sometimes write new posts, and the attitude is like butter. Golden dairy. Pure creamy delight.

What’s one submit that you simply’ve written that you simply want would have gone viral?

All of them. How can I probably decide one in every of my youngsters over one other? Humorous factor is, a lot of the posts I take pleasure in and recognize are likely to get probably the most views. Those I “mail-in” get what they deserve – crickets.

Why did you begin your weblog?

Nicely, again then there have been solely 476,492, 192,928 private finance blogs. So I figured there was a distinct segment or a niche I might simply fill, and make hundreds of thousands in flip. Issues have labored out precisely as deliberate these previous 2 and a half years. I’d be Richy Wealthy if I bought a tee shirt. Beginning a weblog was only a solution to channel a few of my creativity. Work doesn’t permit that. Beginning a weblog additionally gave me a group to maintain me accountable to some massive lofty objectives. Put up or shut up, I by no means say (however firmly consider).

Cubert’s kiddos: Monetary geniuses within the making!

What has stunned you about running a blog?

How the eagerness for it could actually ebb and move. There are seasons I’m “all in” and look ahead to writing up one thing juicy. Then, there’s a season the place I obsess over the technical particulars and go nuts determining how one can velocity up load occasions and optimize my UX. Then, there’s the season I’m in now, which is, “Shit. I’m type of out of latest info to share. Higher ease up on the publishing of crap simply to maintain a schedule.”

What’s a part of your weblog that you simply want you can do higher?

Write with extra consistency and flare. And monetize with out the weblog wanting just like the Vegas Strip.

Is there anything you’d like to advertise?

I actually just like the weblog “”. I HIGHLY advocate him to any of your readers who haven’t stumbled upon this little gem of a website.


The place do you reside? Do you adore it, hate it or simply meh.

We reside within the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I like it throughout Might, June, July, August, September, and October. I hate it throughout November, December, January, February, March, April. Do you assume snowbirding is in our future?

Do you lease or personal? What are your ideas on house possession?

We personal, and we don’t have a mortgage. Paid it off earlier this yr. I really like homeownership as a result of it fulfills a primary want for me: safety. One much less cloud of debt over our heads. Oh, and I really like that we will paint the partitions no matter shade we would like, and panorama how we want, and so forth. and so on.

Transportation (how do you get round): automotive, practice, bus, bike or VTOL.

Honda Match, child! MMM satisfied me I wanted to have this automotive, so I purchased a used ’09 one. It’s been a unbelievable little beater. Nice for getting round city on commutes and rental errands. It’s actually spectacular how a lot that little automotive can pack in. Oh yeah, I additionally bike to work (10 miles every method) when the climate is respectable. Thankfully, the place we reside we’re inside strolling or biking distance of many facilities. This can be a superb factor throughout these six months of the yr within the “love” class…

My steed!

How do you keep match? (Should you’re a type of loopy Crossfit individuals, please don’t inform me that I suck as a result of I don’t do it. This has occurred.)

Useful health (approach higher than crossfit – aka “damage central”). We use kettlebells, ropes, and physique weight workouts to get er accomplished. I sling 45 pounders for squats and presses. Then use a 70 pounder for deadlifts. The pull up bar mounted on a basement joist will get regularly used too. I wish to run 2.5 miles as soon as every week, and blend in a variety of informal biking and lengthy walks. I need a Idea 2 Rower for my birthday. (Thanks!)

Monetary Independence, Investing, and Cash

Is your aim monetary independence? In that case, the place are you on the journey?

I’d say my aim is contentment. That may happen whether or not or not you’re FI, although being FI positive removes a thick heavy cloud. I’m in all probability FI now, however such as you, I’m unnecessarily padding my stash.

Are you leanFIRE or fatFIRE or fartFIRE?

None of those. I’m in all probability greatest described as SemiFIRE. I subscribe to the Scandihoovian mannequin (blessed Danes) of labor much less, take pleasure in life extra. Not as drastic as “don’t work in any respect and determine it out”, which I do know works for a lot of, however I don’t assume it’d work for me. Not but anyhow.

Do you inform others of your FIRE plans or are you within the closet?

Only a few individuals at work – just one or two buddies know. However then, my plans maintain altering, in order that they’ve in all probability given up listening to my whiney ass.


You rub a magic lamp and an evil genie pops out and says this: “You should decide one, particular funding to have all of your cash in for the subsequent decade!” What do you decide?


Evil genies apart, what’s your investing technique? Shares? Index funds?? Actual property??? Crypto????

Simply kidding on that final one. My magic potion is 50% actual property leases, and 50% index funds (tax-advantaged – 401Okay, HSA, IRA).

What’s your favourite cash administration device? (Sure, you possibly can embrace your affiliate hyperlink.)

Microsoft Excel. I anticipate nice issues from this little software program store. You simply watch.


Do you monitor your spending? In that case, how?

I do and I exploit Excel. It’s for no higher cause that to attempt to maintain myself accountable and keep away from spending an excessive amount of.

What’s your worst cash mistake?

I don’t have one that stands proud. Not but anyway. Perhaps grownup braces?

What’s your splurge? Don’t be shy. Mine set me again $45,000.

Hookers and blow. However don’t inform my mother, please! Critically, I’d say our new kick-butt house theater is the newest. Not an enormous price ticket, however I’ve lastly acquired a hook-up that makes films at house much more enjoyable.

Your greatest good friend tells you that he simply acquired a increase at work and goes to purchase a brand new automotive to rejoice. His present automotive is in good working order. How do you react?

I suppose it is dependent upon the general image. If he’s joyful, and doesn’t have some main monetary disaster happening, then I’m not going to rain on his parade. Apart from, I’d take pleasure in a spin in these new wheels!


What did your mother and father do to boost you to be financially sensible?

The most effective factor they did, granted it was unintentional: They fought about cash. This satisfied me as a toddler that I didn’t need cash to be a supply of battle in relationships. In all probability a key cause why I’ve tried to be good about my funds. (Oh yeah – I additionally keep in mind my step-dad reinforcing the fable of the grasshopper and the ant. That grasshopper was a dumbass.)

In case your 18-year-old youngster advised you this: “Mother and father, I need to go to a $250,000 faculty and research doorknob design,” what would you inform her or him?

“Positive, however it’s a must to lock in scholarships and be prepared to work by way of school to pay for what we will’t cowl.” Luckily I’ve one other 10 years to think about the right way to greatest reply this one!


Very best trip: street journey, seashore, mountains, forest or metropolis?

I actually do greatest with mountain forests and forest-lined seashores truly. There’s a scientific discovering concerning the energy of a stroll within the woods – how therapeutic it may be (and such a stress reducer!) Cities might be enjoyable, but in addition hectic and traumatic. And costly!

What’s the most lovely place you’ve ever seen?

Fjords of Norway. Machu Picchu. A tie between these two.

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What journey vacation spot is highest in your bucket listing?

Italy. No wait. Japan. Ummm… Maui? Sigh… Okay, we’ll stick to Italy for now.

Massive Questions

How is the world going to be higher since you lived?

The narcissist in me needs to say it will be higher. I do hope that my contributions to charitable causes and taxes, plus elevating good youngsters, will generate one thing constructive to offset the craziness throughout us.

What’s one factor you firmly believed 5 years in the past that you simply not consider?

That I MUST retire early.

What’s one factor you consider that the majority others don’t?

You do not want a shiny, good, luxurious automotive or truck to be completely happy.

Should you might change one factor about your self, what wouldn’t it be?

My hairline.

What was the worst or greatest part of your life?

Greatest and worst: School.

What do individuals misunderstand about you?

I didn’t got down to be this clever. Reduce me some slack if I come off as smug or condescending. I’m making an attempt, dammit! (love, Sheldon) Critically, if I’ve discovered one factor through the years, it’s how LITTLE I actually do know, and the way rather more I study from others. Recognition that you simply’re not as sensible as you assume is a strong factor.

When you have a magical energy that allowed you to vary one set of beliefs in others, what would you select?

Violence towards different individuals is by no means okay.

Random Silliness

Identify one dwelling individual that you simply look as much as. Inform us why.

Elon Musk. He’s a horrible household man, and I don’t look as much as him for that facet. I do look as much as him for making his visions extra actual than 99% of us do. And I occur to understand a imaginative and prescient that transcends the issues our society is creating.

Elon Musk: Loopy megalomaniac or an excellent man who’s altering the world?

Megalomaniac. Certifiable. However we’re glad to have him, proper??

Favourite beer? Favourite pizza place? (this can be a throwback to the unique collection)

I’m huge into craft lagers. Can’t cope with wheat beers anymore – gluten delicate. Pizza – doesn’t take a lot to please me. Cheese pizza is the perfect.

What’s the greatest film you’ve seen lately?

Avengers Endgame. I don’t get to observe many grown-up films because the youngsters have been born. So once I do get out to the films, it’s sometimes a blockbuster movie. I’d describe this one as emotionally draining, exhilarating, and humorous. I didn’t anticipate that first high quality. Fairly a murals, should you ask me.

Cubert, our time final night time was brief, however enjoyable. I hope to see you once more quickly. Be good and beneficiant my good friend.

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