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I majored in two seemingly useless fields (Greek and religion).

No! Not useless! Not useless!

The purpose of my Retire Early plan is to spend more time on things like Greek and religion. I realize you weren't saying what you yourself think, but just to read those words felt like a stake though my heart.

Gosh, I'm sorry -- I didn't mean to put a stake through your heart. Unless you're a vampire, that is . . . in which case, I can see why it'd be interesting to you to figure out how to stretch your savings for a very long time . . . never mind!

I was just trying to forestall what I figured others would say. I get a little tired of defending my choices of major.

They've both come in handy later, especially the Greek.

Now, that's the spirit.

And that's how I really feel, too. For example, our dog is in surgery today. He may have a histocytoma. If one knows Greek, it's a piece of cake to figure out what that means. (Basically, a cyst that stands up, from what I can tell.)

But it's also been wonderful to know Greek just to enrich my life. I love knowing what words mean and where they came from. It's one of my life's passions, and I wouldn't trade my knowledge of Greek and Latin for anything.

There, hocus, are you happy now? ;-)


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