Carl is behind the financial independence blog 1500 Days to Freedom. He’s recently been made famous in multiple New York Times articles, Yahoo Finance, and on Good Morning America. I first met Carl at FinCon 2018 (a personal finance conference) where I scored an email invite to his “bring your own” local craft beer party. Since this was my first time at FinCon I wanted to make sure that I fully participated. The idea of the party was to bring a local craft beer from wherever you were flying in from.
Carl had mentioned in an invite email about packing the local beer rolled in t-shirts in your suitcase and flying down on Southwest to avoid any baggage fees that would generally accompany checked baggage. Given my experience with checked baggage, I skipped that part since I’ve lost or had damaged luggage in at least 4 different countries and the US. Traveling to Italy, the airlines lost all our luggage for over a week on two different occasions 10 years apart. WTFrug Italy!
I decided it would be better to purchase my beer locally. After I checked into the resort, I decided to walk about a mile in the Florida heat to a nearby Publix. Unfortunately, there was a 6 lane road with very few stoplights (Thanks, Orlando). Luckily the Publix had a decent selection of craft beers from Maryland and Virginia so I picked up some 6 packs of Flying Dog and Devil’s Backbone and was on my way. Before the party, I could’ve told you which specific flavors I picked up, after the party, I have no recollection.
The craft beer tasting and FinCon was a smashing success. The two really go together quite nicely. So, when I had the chance to answer 10 questions on 1500 Days I jumped on it. I’d already discovered other great blogs like Burrito Bowl Diaries and Freddy Smidlap through Carl’s 10 Questions series.
1500 days is a great blog if you’re interested in financial independence, dinosaurs, and craft beer. Also, you’ll learn a little bit about “Fart Fire” from my 10 questions, so head on over and check ‘em out. Or you will never know what Fart Fire is.
Speaking of #FinCon, we just had a local meetup promoting the #FinCon19 event in Washington, DC. Based on the turn-out for the meet-up, DC should be the best one yet. If you’re interested in personal finance, blogging, or podcasting I highly recommend it.