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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1100 on: September 21, 2017, 10:14:02 AM »
Reading this thread is like an alcoholic casually browsing a liquor store.

You guys, I'm trying to quit this stuff!

For me it's more of a list of things I still don't want. But most mustachians seem to have a weakness for cars and tech that I do not share. My lust lies elsewhere.... [still sushi]

Great. Now I need sushi.


I share this weakness. If you love sushi enough that you're spending more than $50 a month on sushi, I'd recommend considering just learning how to do it yourself.

It was a little pricey to get into, but after buying a good sushi cooker (Zojirushi), a good sushi knife, rolling mat and some ingredients (I spent like $350 to get started), I began to make my own sushi. In lieu of raw fish, I used whatever frozen fish I had in my freezer and cooked that up as a substitute.

My rolls were pretty terrible at first , but I've gotten very good at it. What once was $50-75 Friday night outs of sushi turned into very cheap date nights. For $20 I can make enough sushi to feed 4-5 people. Plus there are a ton of recipes and different things to try.

After I gained some confidence, I started to order some frozen sushi grade tuna online.

$350 to start!?!

A bamboo sheet is <$5, some sushi rice and seaweed is <$10. Why do you need a sushi cooker? Legitimate question, because my rice in a pot doesn't really taste much different from the restaurant sushi rice...
Even a sushi knife isn't really necessary as long as you have a sharp knife and don't mind your sushi not looking 100% perfect.

It was before I became frugal, but I don't completely regret the purchase. It's my hobby, and it was a one time purchase. I didn't mean to suggest you should pay that much if you want to get started. It's just a matter of honesty on my part of what I did.

Also, a good rice cooker compliments the Instant Pot nicely. I have rice ready 24/7 on stand by. I eat lots of rice and beans (almost every meal), and prepare sushi every week (though not exclusively with raw fish).

When I got started, I basically had nothing as I just moved out on my own so maybe the $350 isn't correct, but :

I bought the Zojirushi for $150 as a recommendation from my friend who eats tons of rice. (no regrets)
I bought a chef's knife for $100 (which now in hindsight I see this may have been stupid).
Then I bought a bamboo bowl that was recommend for making the sushi rice for $50. (It's a bit silly - you could just use any bowl really - but it helps with not having soggy rice when you make the sushi rice).

I then ordered the frozen sushi fish because I was excited though I waited like 3 months before I used any. I still ate it eventually though! I spent like $40 on frozen sushi grade fish.

Then I bought avocados, canned tuna, and tilapia - but I tend to buy things in bulk.

In hindsight, I probably would have forgone the bamboo bowl and gone with a cheaper knife. I use my rice cooker constantly to have rice on stand by and it compliments my Instant-Pot that I use almost exclusively for chili and beans.

After the initial cost and a few years of practice, I can punch out 10 sushi rolls in less than 2 hours with little notice, and I'd say my rolls are on par (if not better) than my local sushi restaurant.

This has been a very long winded defense of my purchase, and I do feel shame; however, I don't go out for sushi! So I consider that a win.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1101 on: September 21, 2017, 10:35:56 AM »
https://anovaculinary.com/anova-precision-cooker/

And it's currently $50 off!  Sous vide on a budget, who'd have thunk it possible?!?  Next to the OTR ring, my new temptation.  :)

I've been lusting after the Joule immersion circulator, and I even have Sur la Table gift cards I could put towards it, but we have a perfectly good Sansaire (partially paid for with previous SLT gift cards from MIL).

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1102 on: September 21, 2017, 11:05:27 AM »
14' Oyster Tongs so I can get my own oysters whenever I'm in the mood.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1103 on: September 22, 2017, 06:32:56 PM »
Lusting after a radar jammer. A creepy neighbor has been flying his drone way too low over my backyard. Sigh. I'll content myself with fantasies of nighttime recon with a pellet gun or sling shot or something, and just keep going inside anytime it comes by. (And hope the rain fries it to tiny bits of uselessness).
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1104 on: September 22, 2017, 07:04:34 PM »
I've switched my lustfulness from a Porsche 911 GT-3 to a modded Corvette Z-06 with heads/cam and full exhaust.  Louder and faster.  I posted this in the "What purchase are you delaying" thread and then realized it would fit better here.  I've realized it's a disease.

Used to have the bottom two pics attached...


Now I want this.....
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1105 on: September 22, 2017, 08:00:27 PM »
I realize I may be getting in over my head with this question, but... why do you want your car to be loud? I have never understood.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1106 on: September 23, 2017, 06:25:41 AM »
I realize I may be getting in over my head with this question, but... why do you want your car to be loud? I have never understood.

I had an incredibly dysfunctional childhood....loud ostentatious cars allow me to make up for that.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1107 on: September 23, 2017, 12:40:06 PM »
I want this...



Thinking about selling my sports car (~3x the value of the bike) and buying one. We'll see if I can make myself do it - have had my car for nearly 10 years now and it's hard to let go.

Just do it already. :-)

I have a KTM 1190 Adventure. What I really want is a KTM EXC 500.

Adventure bikes are great. Very comfy for all day touring, without being heavy like a full on tourer. Great for camping. They handle dirt and fire roads just fine. They suck in technical terrain.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1108 on: September 23, 2017, 02:20:47 PM »
14' Oyster Tongs so I can get my own oysters whenever I'm in the mood.

Where would you store 14-feet-long tongs?

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« Reply #1109 on: September 24, 2017, 11:34:50 AM »
I want a Salsa Blackborrow. It has a rack that can hold up to 4 panniers. Way cool.

It puts my $280 Craigslist 29er to shame.

OK, coming to my senses now.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1110 on: September 25, 2017, 02:00:22 PM »
14' Oyster Tongs so I can get my own oysters whenever I'm in the mood.

Where would you store 14-feet-long tongs?

I don't live in apartment in the city so storage really isn't an issue (e.g. garage, barn, under deck, basement, on side of house, master bedroom, etc...
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1111 on: September 25, 2017, 02:04:14 PM »
14' Oyster Tongs so I can get my own oysters whenever I'm in the mood.

Where would you store 14-feet-long tongs?

And why does Oyster Tongs sound dirty?

Oyster Tongs doesn't sound too dirty to me...oyster tonging does though...  "Hey baby, lets go oyster tonging" or  "Hey sweet thang come check out my Oyster Tong"
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« Reply #1112 on: September 26, 2017, 08:20:06 PM »
Well, I just priced insurance for a C6 Z06 Corvette.  $110/month.

Suddenly, I don't want one quite so badly and I'm looking at motorcycles again (more like $110 a year to insure)...

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1113 on: September 27, 2017, 09:59:38 AM »
My DH's great aunt's antique Singer 201-2 sewing machine, complete with an original Singer cabinet number 48. It's being auctioned off online as part of the estate sale. Closes tonight. Currently at $18, but it will go higher!

Needs work, but it would be pretty (and possibly quite useful) if I were to win the auction.

However, I've been really trying to cut down on acquisitions...
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1114 on: September 27, 2017, 05:33:18 PM »
My DH's great aunt's antique Singer 201-2 sewing machine, complete with an original Singer cabinet number 48. It's being auctioned off online as part of the estate sale. Closes tonight. Currently at $18, but it will go higher!

Needs work, but it would be pretty (and possibly quite useful) if I were to win the auction.

However, I've been really trying to cut down on acquisitions...

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« Reply #1115 on: September 29, 2017, 07:30:40 AM »
Well, I just priced insurance for a C6 Z06 Corvette.  $110/month.

Weird, I thought it would be more.  I recall looking at WRXs when I was 22, and the insurance payment would have been more than the payment (~$350/month-ish). 

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« Reply #1116 on: September 29, 2017, 04:48:26 PM »
Well, I just priced insurance for a C6 Z06 Corvette.  $110/month.

Weird, I thought it would be more.  I recall looking at WRXs when I was 22, and the insurance payment would have been more than the payment (~$350/month-ish).

I'm 33 and C6's are a decade old now.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1117 on: September 30, 2017, 10:30:13 AM »
All of the Halloween decorations. No, literally, ALL of them. I have a thing about Halloween and I leave skull/bat/spider stuff up all year round anyway, so this time of year is when I end up getting random household stuff for everyday use. I mean, doesn't *everyone* need Day of the Dead pyrex containers? (last year's splurge.)

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1118 on: September 30, 2017, 10:37:58 AM »
New dining room chairs. I have an antique dining set, and the chairs are not comfortable. Apparently our asses were a lot smaller in the 1920's.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1119 on: October 05, 2017, 08:25:03 AM »
This:
https://earthroamer.com/xv-lt/

I would never buy it as the price is multiple times more than what I could spend without a heart attack and I have no need for something that overbuilt/heavy duty, but it's fun to look at the expedition vehicles and imagine all the places I could go(and w/ that power bank/water bank be able to stay for a good period)
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1120 on: October 05, 2017, 08:44:21 AM »
This:
https://earthroamer.com/xv-lt/

I would never buy it as the price is multiple times more than what I could spend without a heart attack and I have no need for something that overbuilt/heavy duty, but it's fun to look at the expedition vehicles and imagine all the places I could go(and w/ that power bank/water bank be able to stay for a good period)

I was convinced until I read the price tag.

We require a $50,000 initial deposit and a signed sales agreement to reserve the next available production spot in your name. Prices start at $438,800.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1121 on: October 05, 2017, 09:36:18 AM »
I just fell out of my chair.  ^^

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« Reply #1122 on: October 05, 2017, 09:54:56 AM »
I just fell out of my chair.  ^^

They also have one that's $1.5 million.

Deposit is $375k to start building.

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« Reply #1123 on: October 05, 2017, 10:46:36 AM »
Looks like you could tip over sideways in all kinds of new remote locations.

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« Reply #1124 on: October 05, 2017, 11:28:41 AM »
$1.5m.. Can almost buy a certified very light jet aircraft for that.. You can build your own for a lot LESS and cruise at around 400mph!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1125 on: October 05, 2017, 04:12:09 PM »
I'll take the jet.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1126 on: October 06, 2017, 08:22:56 AM »
Lusting after a radar jammer. A creepy neighbor has been flying his drone way too low over my backyard. Sigh. I'll content myself with fantasies of nighttime recon with a pellet gun or sling shot or something, and just keep going inside anytime it comes by. (And hope the rain fries it to tiny bits of uselessness).

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1127 on: October 06, 2017, 11:36:18 AM »
I just fell out of my chair.  ^^

They also have one that's $1.5 million.

Deposit is $375k to start building.

https://earthroamer.com/xv-hd/

Does the sales guy still get a commission?

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1128 on: October 09, 2017, 09:05:34 AM »
Lusting after a radar jammer. A creepy neighbor has been flying his drone way too low over my backyard. Sigh. I'll content myself with fantasies of nighttime recon with a pellet gun or sling shot or something, and just keep going inside anytime it comes by. (And hope the rain fries it to tiny bits of uselessness).

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Since the guy flies it to low over his backyard a powerfull leaf blower or high pressure hose would probably do the trick...
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1129 on: October 10, 2017, 11:07:29 AM »
I'm lusting over a time turner...


An actual, working time-turner. I would love a couple more hours each day :-P...
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« Reply #1130 on: October 11, 2017, 07:21:17 PM »
I don't want a time turner, but I could sure use a teleporter.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1131 on: October 11, 2017, 08:19:13 PM »
A year off work.  Stupid I think b/c we've got like 4 years left anyway and my job is cake and cushy. 
 
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1132 on: October 11, 2017, 08:57:40 PM »
Valentino rockstud sandals. Hopefully can find for less than 4 figures in ebay

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1133 on: October 12, 2017, 02:30:11 PM »
I just heard Amazon is making a waterproof Kindle. So now I am lusting after that, plus an apartment with a big bathtub, because all I ever wanted in life was to be able to e-read in the bath.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1134 on: October 12, 2017, 09:37:24 PM »
Valentino rockstud sandals. Hopefully can find for less than 4 figures in ebay

I may have missed a few, but this has to be a solid contender in the running for the stupidest thing...

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« Reply #1135 on: October 12, 2017, 09:40:12 PM »
Valentino rockstud sandals. Hopefully can find for less than 4 figures in ebay

I may have missed a few, but this has to be a solid contender in the running for the stupidest thing...

Seriously, if you're even remotely considering purchasing these and you aren't a multi-millionaire, your head is in the wrong place.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1136 on: October 12, 2017, 09:55:33 PM »
Lusting after a radar jammer. A creepy neighbor has been flying his drone way too low over my backyard. Sigh. I'll content myself with fantasies of nighttime recon with a pellet gun or sling shot or something, and just keep going inside anytime it comes by. (And hope the rain fries it to tiny bits of uselessness).

https://www.battelle.org/government-offerings/national-security/aerospace-systems/counter-UAS-technologies/dronedefender

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Since the guy flies it to low over his backyard a powerfull leaf blower or high pressure hose would probably do the trick...

Kinda depends on your water pressure and hose nozzles, but ours can shoot water >25 ft into the air. Our nozzles that look like a mini fireman nozzle. Let that drone pass by and blast it.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1137 on: October 13, 2017, 12:19:45 AM »
Valentino rockstud sandals. Hopefully can find for less than 4 figures in ebay

Here, spend one figure instead. They are close enough. 

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1138 on: October 13, 2017, 12:22:16 AM »
A booster box of Magic the Gathering trading cards, specifically Eternal Masters.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1139 on: October 13, 2017, 12:40:01 AM »
It's the Ironman World Championship this weekend, so I'm seeing a lot of very expensive bikes on social media. I would definitely be faster at my local 30km duathlon on a nine-thousand-euro bike...

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« Reply #1140 on: October 13, 2017, 01:32:23 AM »
I keep browsing local real estate ads. It makes no sense financially to move as this place (mostly) suits our actual needs, rather than wants and we've paid off the mortgage. But, I keep getting angsty about being in our current place. I've had some health issues which have meant spending a LOT of time at home and sometimes being at home feels like back when I was going through some serious medical treatment. I've also had to face up to some confronting mortality rate stats, and then I think, do I really want to be in this place that's ok but I don't love? I don't care so much about modern updated kitchens etc so much as wanting nicer views and a place that feels more like home.

So I keep looking at real estate and doing the what if scenarios. Haven't done anything yet but sometimes it helps to cope with something if you know you're not actually trapped there and can leave if you want to.

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« Reply #1141 on: October 13, 2017, 03:08:44 AM »
The SNES classic. I would not even play it, but everyone around me has one and  I'm growing frustrated that I cannot get my hands on it. Completely irrational "want", which is unusual with me (sadly not so unusual when it comes to video game gadgets)

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1142 on: October 13, 2017, 12:36:13 PM »
A country club membership to fuel my golf addiction...

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« Reply #1143 on: October 13, 2017, 03:42:05 PM »
The SNES classic. I would not even play it, but everyone around me has one and  I'm growing frustrated that I cannot get my hands on it. Completely irrational "want", which is unusual with me (sadly not so unusual when it comes to video game gadgets)

Facepunch please... I got one from a guy at work who scored 2.

I don't spend hours in front of it, but 10-20 minutes of nostalgia sure is fun. Wouldn't pay a dime over retail for it though. Scalpers can eat my farts.

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« Reply #1144 on: October 16, 2017, 06:14:21 PM »
The SNES classic. I would not even play it, but everyone around me has one and  I'm growing frustrated that I cannot get my hands on it. Completely irrational "want", which is unusual with me (sadly not so unusual when it comes to video game gadgets)

I preordered one in the ~3 minute window that it was live on Amazon. It still hasn't shipped..

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1145 on: October 17, 2017, 01:04:36 PM »
PhD. I never plan to teach or research. I hate school and am not fit for academia. It will push back my FIRE by at least a year (but probably two or more), so it's not exactly going to advance my career. But I would be the first Dr. <Lastname> in our family. And I feel like I'm a completely worthless person if I don't get external validation. And I have daddy issues and I just want him to be proud of meeeeeeee.
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1146 on: October 17, 2017, 02:19:46 PM »
PhD. I never plan to teach or research. I hate school and am not fit for academia. It will push back my FIRE by at least a year (but probably two or more), so it's not exactly going to advance my career. But I would be the first Dr. <Lastname> in our family. And I feel like I'm a completely worthless person if I don't get external validation. And I have daddy issues and I just want him to be proud of meeeeeeee.

I do not have a daddy issue, nor need external validation, but every once in a while I do think about going back and try to see if I can get a PhD.

If I do it, I would do it just "for fun". I do not mind research, but would not teach (I have done teaching, and find out I do not have the patience to deal with lazy students).

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1147 on: October 18, 2017, 08:42:54 AM »
PhD. I never plan to teach or research. I hate school and am not fit for academia. It will push back my FIRE by at least a year (but probably two or more), so it's not exactly going to advance my career. But I would be the first Dr. <Lastname> in our family. And I feel like I'm a completely worthless person if I don't get external validation. And I have daddy issues and I just want him to be proud of meeeeeeee.

I do not have a daddy issue, nor need external validation, but every once in a while I do think about going back and try to see if I can get a PhD.

If I do it, I would do it just "for fun". I do not mind research, but would not teach (I have done teaching, and find out I do not have the patience to deal with lazy students).

Why not wait till FIRE, then get a part time and/or easy job at a university to get a PhD for free?
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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1148 on: October 18, 2017, 11:46:39 AM »
PhD. I never plan to teach or research. I hate school and am not fit for academia. It will push back my FIRE by at least a year (but probably two or more), so it's not exactly going to advance my career. But I would be the first Dr. <Lastname> in our family. And I feel like I'm a completely worthless person if I don't get external validation. And I have daddy issues and I just want him to be proud of meeeeeeee.

I do not have a daddy issue, nor need external validation, but every once in a while I do think about going back and try to see if I can get a PhD.

If I do it, I would do it just "for fun". I do not mind research, but would not teach (I have done teaching, and find out I do not have the patience to deal with lazy students).

Why not wait till FIRE, then get a part time and/or easy job at a university to get a PhD for free?

OOhh.... I did not think about this. Seriously putting this down in my note on things I should do! Thank you so much!

This board is full of awesome people and awesome ideas!

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1149 on: October 18, 2017, 11:57:08 AM »
No Problem. I would check out the Mad Fientist blog http://www.madfientist.com - while most of his posts are about taxes and such, he did exactly this to go back and get a master's degree
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