I am a 40 year old meat cutter/ trophy husband from Kansas. I am trying to learn as much as possible about investing and my ultimate goal is to retire at the age of 55. I tend to buy large cap companies with good dividends and my hope is to generate enough dividend income to fund our retirement. My wife and I have been debt free since 2006, (including our mortgage) which we are very proud of. When most Americans were running up credit cards and buying gas hogging suv's, we were pinching pennies and buying a hybrid. I don't have any friends or family that are interested in investing to bounce ideas off of so it has been hard for me to know if I am headed in the right direction. I have been learning a lot from a select few people on Seeking Alpha and have changed my investing style because of them.