Saturday we spent the day at the beach, cooking on the grill, and celebrating a friend's birthday. He's a young 28 this year, which seems like a lifetime ago to me. Given the fact that 30 is a mere 7 months away now, I've recently started thinking about several important factors in my life. I added another 10% to my 401K, started thinking twice about those shoe purchases (just walk away, if you want it that bad, you will be back...), and planning alternate ways to make extra income. If all goes well, I should be able to retire by my 89th birthday.