• The Sprint to FI

    FIRE as a safety net

    I was reading a ProPublica study recently about age discrimination in the workplace and learned that more than half of those over 50 were laid off or otherwise pushed out of their jobs un-voluntarily. That alone is pretty grim, but what’s worse is this part: “Only one in 10 of these workers ever again earns as much as they did before their employment setbacks. Even years afterward, the household incomes of over half of those who experience such work disruptions remain substantially below those of workers who don’t. For the majority of older Americans, working after 50 is considerably riskier and more turbulent than we previously thought.” This kind of…

  • Disaster

    Unemployed and lost my income

    Just as the title says, I am now unemployed and have lost my income. Or as I like to put it: Oh Fuck! I used to work as a sales engineer for a silicon valley based semiconductor manufacturer. I say used to because I have just been laid off. Now I am unemployed. I was a senior field applications engineer covering the southeast region of the united states. That is I was a sort of pre-sales engineer. I was on salary and commission, and according to my manager I was the most highly compensated FAE on the east coast. I was doing something right. That was last month. Now I…