Saturday, July 8, 2017

I went to Eldorado to pan for gold.

It was a bust because the water was way too deep to actually get into the water and do any panning. It was a, somewhat, wasted trip.
I talked with Brian about the trip yesterday and he pointed out that it would have made more sense to google about the water levels in Eldorado before going there.
While I was doing research on gold panning in Iowa on the internet I found that gold had been found on the Volga River a long time ago. Since that is only 10 or so miles South of Eldorado I could have gone there as well as to the Turkey River in Eldorado.
I'll keep that in mind for the next trip.
Brian seemed genuinely disappointed that I went on my quest for gold without him. I simply didn't see him that morning so I took off on my own.
I still need a few things to adequately pan for gold, such as a bucket or two and some small flags on wire posts. I would use them to mark the place where I think there is gold.
I was thinking about talking about my schizophrenia tonight. I decided against it to a large degree. It's too embarrassing to admit to all of my wild hallucinations and delusions.
Let's just say that a lot of my delusions involve time travel to battles that (usually) the Marines were involved in for the last couple of hundred years.
If I really look into it I usually find small details that weren't as I remembered them.
An example is that the river at Trenton NJ flowed the wrong direction in relation to my memory. Today I did some research on the battle at Remagan Germany and it was nothing like I remember it.
It's strange when you can't trust your own memories. I don't know how much of what I think is just some sort of hallucination.
I hope I didn't hallucinate my missing Bitcoins. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cryptos are Quiet.

Not much is happening with cryptos today. I'm in litecoin, unleveraged, while nothing is moving much. I'm waiting to get back into ether at 5 to 1 leverage.
I guess it just has to calm down for a while; at least it's not going down.
I went to Onalaska, today. I went to church and afterwards I went to Gander Mountain.
The metal detectors were gone at Gander Mountain. I was tempted to buy some store-able food. It was still a little pricey for me. They were also out of ammo for the Mosin. I guess their sale is moving along pretty well.
I went to the RV place but I forgot to stop at Lansing to price apartments.
The RVs I was interested in were too expensive. I could buy something at about the same price in Cresco.
I forgot to go to Manpower to see about the job in Lansing. My job search needs to be kicked into gear.
It looks like I won't be able to make any money in cryptos; so I'll have to actually work to bring in income.
I just need to find and easy job; I'm getting too old for most of the factory jobs that are available.
It's open mike night at Java Johns and the music just started. I think I'll listen for a while.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I'm Getting Murdered in Crypto.

I'm getting whipsawed by crypto currencies again, today.
When it's going down, I bail out at a loss. Then it goes up and I buy at a peak. It's just human nature to do the exact wrong thing when you are trading something. If I just sat it out I would be in better financial shape than I am by actively trading.
I'm down to close to $100, today. The big problem is that Ether is going down; as well as the rest of the crypto currencies.
On other news, I saw that Troy (on the YouTube channel "The Do it Yourself World") bought a pop up camper for $30.
Why don't deals like that come to me?
I decided to run a "wanted" add on I'm asking for a good deal on a camper or trailer.
We'll see what happens with the add. I offered to pay in precious metals since I don't really have any money.
I didn't get to hold the sign at J.C. Penny's today. It was too windy and they didn't want anyone today or tomorrow for that matter.
I'll have to go by Manpower, Monday, and see if they have any work for an old fogy like me.
Well, ether is down again; it's time for me to take another loss.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I'm down again in Crypto.

I'm down to about $380 in crypto currencies. My high point was $1200. That was a week or two ago.
I quit my job at Walmart and I now wish I hadn't.
I made a little, yesterday, by holding a sign for J. C. Penny's going out of business sale. Today, it was too windy to work there. The sign is 10 or 12 feet high and the wind whips it around like crazy.
Tomorrow, I'm running by Manpower and seeing what jobs they might have. They are pretty good about keeping me employed.
If I just force myself to stay at home and not go out and eat a lot, I can keep my expenses down to where I can live on my Social Security. I don't really have to work if I don't want to and I can escape my credit card bills by declaring that I'm disabled and not able to pay them. That's what the company that contacted me about debt forgiveness is a about.
I think I'll go to Manpower and keep working and pay off the cards anyway. That way I'll be in better position to get a trailer when it's time.
I still want to have a small acreage and a garden and a few animals as well.
I just have to face the fact that crypto currencies is not the way to wealth for me. It's too volatile. For every big up, there is just as big of a down.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

After a Roller coaster ride in Cryptos I still have $350.

What a ride; at one time I was over $1200 but I was taken down to $350, now. I'm out, for now.
I left my money at Kraken so I can get back in but it's too volatile for me. I thought it would just go straight up for a month or so. I was wrong. I'll be patient and get back in, later.
I quit my job at Walmart when I was up $1200. Now I kind of wish I hadn't. I need something to bring in more income. Maybe some sort of sales job wouldn't be too physically demanding to me.
 I also was contacted by an organization that will get me out of credit card debt. Apparently I just quit paying my debt and get it written off as being disabled and not able to pay it. I just have to cut back on my dining out and cut back my spending.
On a different topic, I got a check from the U.S. Treasury, today. I don't know what it was for but I put it into my bank account. There's no use in looking a gift horse in the mouth.
I'm trying to organize a group trip to Deadwood South Dakota in the middle of July. There is a gem and mineral show there, then. I'll also do some gold panning.
I think I'll add to this later.

Friday, June 9, 2017

l didn't borrow more to get into Ether but my $100 is now $280.

I decided not to borrow more to get more into Ether but my original investment is now worth over $250.
I contacted the people who are going to help me get out of debt. Instead of paying over $700/month I'll be paying the $260/month. And it's over at the end of 21 months. It sounds good to me.
I gave my 2 weeks notice to quit at Walmart. It was simply too hard for this 69 year old body. I'm doing the work but I'm drained severely by the end of the shift.
I'm going to retire; that's it for working. I might do some snow shoveling this winter because I enjoy it and nobody pressures me very much. But I'm not even running out to Manpower to see about jobs, any more.
As I mentioned, I'm doing well with crypto currencies. It's still small numbers but I doubled my money in a week. If that keeps up I won't need any other source of income.
The trouble is, that I've done this a dozen times with futures, stock options and such, and I always end up losing and regretting quitting my job. I always end up in worse financial shape when I go "all in" on whatever "sure thing" I'm trying currently.
I hope that this time is really different.
On the metal detecting, I didn't get out to Seed Savers like I said I would.
Neither Brian or Raymundo showed up and I didn't feel like going out on my own.
Something that looks hopeful is a gold panning expedition to South Dakota. I have identified at least 4 people who might be interested in going on such a trip with me. They include Dave, Brian, Dalton, and his girlfriend.
We might get something going after my last day at Walmart. That's a week from Wednesday.
I think I'll buy more gold with crypto currencies than I'll ever find in a stream bed.
Oh well,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

So Should I Borrow Money at a High Interest Rate to Buy Ether Coin?

Ever the gambler, I'm tempted to borrow money to buy crypto currencies, especially Ether Coin.
I've already have over $100 in Ether, now.
A couple of weeks ago I had over $500 in it; but it collapsed and then in the last few days it's coming back.
I think I'll get some of my high interest credit cards paid off (either with a lower interest loan or simply paying them down).
I simply hate paying over 15% for a credit card or a loan. When I'm paying that much for money I feel that I'm being discriminated against due to my poverty.
I applied for an increase in my credit limit on one of my Visa cards today.
I also went by the credit union to see about a loan. I have to have a pay stub for them.
I'll get one tomorrow.
Bitcoin and Ether are both moving up strongly. Ether is taking the lead; actually Bitcoin was a little weak today.
I don't think I'll borrow to buy coins in the near future.
That has always turned out to be a bad idea. I always lose when I'm using borrowed money; then things turn bad quickly. That's when I lose jobs and get sick or something.
I think I'll just be a little patient and pay off my debts.
Of course, if I can arrange a loan at a lower interest rate it would help.
I wasn't going to but I bought an old laptop to fix up again. I just have so many good parts, laying around the apartment that I'm always tempted to assemble another old laptop from those parts.
I saw a laptop (an HP dv6000) that shouldn't be difficult to get running. I think I'll have it running in an afternoon.
I'm making progress in going metal detecting. Both Brian and Raymundo expressed interest in going with me.
I went by Seed Savers to ask Tom for permission to metal detect, there.
He wasn't there but I got a phone number for his direct line. I'll call him tomorrow.
That's all for now.