a99kitten's Musings

I blog about a WHOLE LOT of stuff :)

I love the idea of Bitcoin/cryptocurrency. LOVE it. Mostly because I love the idea of keeping big government out of anything and everything.

Does that mean I don’t believe oversight is needed? No. While I hate big government, I am also well aware that humans are retarded and most of them require supervision. That pretty destroys the ideals of Libertarians. You need common sense and decency for it to work. Sadly…that is not common.

I started buying crypto in 2016. I bought a Ledger Nano to store it on. The whole idea of cold storage was you keep it it a drawer (or fire-proof safe) and it was safe from hackers, government, etc. Sure. Sounds great. Crypto was finance embracing technology. Store your money *on* tech.

I take it out and check it every few months. Every single time there is some update that takes forever and I always wonder what if this thing just dies? It’s electronic – of course it will. That’s the nature of tech – you need the new upgrade every 2 years. Just ask Apple.

But the reviews for Ledger are always good. And I have my root words stored away. Because NOTHING says top tier, cutting edge technolgy and the future of money than having to keep your recovery words stored on a FN piece of paper someplace so it can’t be hacked. Sigh.

Today – open up Nano S. Move my ETC because I want to sell it. Get rid of shitcoins. Well – that transaction still shows pending after 8 hours. Fun times.

Also want to move some LTC. Decide to sell some to buy other crypto. LTC is a shifty crypto at best. Move some. THEN Ledger says I need to download/install their update to complete moving. Huh? Fine. Quick download/install. Plug Nano back in – the screen that you need to enter your passcode. Black. WTF? Then it comes back in spotty illuminated fashion – I am able to see it just enough to enter my passcode. After that screen – the illumination is JUST FINE. Only the most important passcode section is basically dead AFTER THE LEDGE UPGRADE. I try to complete the transaction but it says “OH IT MIGHT HAVE FAILED TRY AGAIN.” When I try – the passcode screen – black. DED.

Go online – search for issues about this. Yep – dead. You can order a new wallet. Or use an online one to recover your crypto BUT (and all warnings were strong and in capital letters) if you use an online wallet, you will need to enter your recovery words and they can be stolen, hacked, don’t trust the web, don’t trust online, don’t trust your computer – use a computer you only use or this!, etc etc etc.

So I need to order a new unit (which I did), or use an online wallet, to recover my money sitting in the ether USING MY PIECE OF PAPER WITH MY RECOVERY WORDS ON IT WITH MY PENCIL. Stored in the real world. Kind of like…my $20 bills would be….

You know….gonna start hoarding gold coins. F it.

So…it’s BAD to say China Flu. It’s BAD to say Wuhan Flu. This is per the media (who used both terms until Orange Man used them) and our new President.

BUT saying the UK Variant, the Brazilian variant or the South African Variant is 100% completely OK.

Huh? #middlefinger

Started the day with a hike up on Glacier. Was fun but at 39 degrees (at 8am!) and sunny – too hot for Smokey :( No more hikes up there unless butt cold or cloudy/windy.

Spent the early part of the day cleaning just like if I was having a SB party – lol. But I got crazy! Polished my wood floors. Everything looks so nice now – I don’t want to walk on them!

Took Smokey for an afternoon walk before the game started. Of course saw the a-hole dog. But Smokey is the best so we cruised right by as he barked like an a-hole.

Game was great. Glad Brady and the Bucs won. I actually like KC and Andy Reid and Mahomes. But after last year’s 49er loss in the SB – happy to see them get beaten down. #revenge

But first year in I do not know how many that I did not have a party or participate in any SB Squares, or bets or anything. Sucks. Pretty bummed about it to be honest but oh well. Even my friends who never seem to shut up when I am too busy to participate were quiet most of the night. lol. And I know no one was at a party! Whatevs.

Funny – I have friends who could never come to my party because of travel, or work. And yet even without those issues – no one said Hey – let’s do something. Probably best but still. Meh. My days as Cruise Director are over. #underappreciated So unless they initiate interaction – oh well.

Smokey would not eat anything all day and had a bad tummy. He didnt; even want his treats on our hike this AM. My neighbors invited me over for the game, but I knew that stress would not be good for his tummy so declined. But just now at 8:30pm ate his breakfast. So at least I do not have to stress about that tonight. I always do. #myboy

Sunday night. Market opens in a few hours. Another long week. I think I need to pull back a bit – in my trading, communication, social media. Focus on my process and eliminate noise. Less energy expended I guess. Tired of feeling like I am the one expending so much energy. #hippiedippie

I just now fully realized that this will be the first Superbowl Sunday that I will not host a party in years. Like…probably more than a decade.

That sucks.

I know I could invite some neighbors/friends and they would come. But honestly, I do NOT want to be the site of patient zero.

So…quadruple sucks. :(

What an insane week in the stock market (also 3 day blizzard.) I mean…it’s been a bit nuts since the crash in March but this week has been bananas.

I do love this stuff. And kinda hate it – mostly because I am so tired. lol I’ve been interested in this stuff since I was 19 years old. So I guess I am a nerd. But instead if caring about video games etc, I care about Wall Street junk. Well…obviously I care about some traditional nerd stuff: Star Wars, Marvel/DC, Star Wars, Disney, and oh yeah…Star Wars.

But I think what I hate the most is NONE of my friends care. I have no one to jibber jabber about this crap with. I mean…my ex and chit chat about it the most but beyond that – it’s a meme to people and they don’t really care. Weird. Because it effects you. A lot. Even if you do not realize it. But ok.

I’d say I need new/more friends but who has time for that. I have to trade! (and shovel snow…and collect Star Wars stuff.)

In my mission to stay off “social media” (twitter, FB) I downloaded the Topps Disney card app. I’ve had the Star Wars version for years, although had stopped even opening it for years. But I did it. Downloaded the Disney one, opened the SW one and now I am addicted to collecting “cards”.

Now…I have a crate sitting upstairs in my space bedroom of the ACTUAL physical Topps Star Wars trading cards from when I was a kid and collected them. I have been meaning to put them in binders – be able to look at them. Sigh…on that project list…

But in the meantime I am addicted to clicking on claim this pack and trading up cards to different ones and whatever I need to do to get the rare ones. Short of paying…but I know the minute that ultra rare Chewbacca or Uncle Scrooge McDuck shows up as a possibility in a pack… I do not know how they make money on this. But I guess if a ton of people think paying $0.99 for packs for that possibility of the rare version do it regularly? Oh…did I mention…you can sell the rare ones on eBay because of course you can.

Finally watched this movie and it was cute. I didn’t think it was as good as the first Ralph but it was cute. Best part was all the Disney “cameos”. Those were fun. But not sure if the morale of the story of “the girl needs to not always be attached to friend – a male friend obvs – and search for her own thing – which in this case is rolling with a street gang that commits crime…” is the best but ok.

Altho if the internet broke…would that really be such a bad thing? Really? I mean sure – I use it daily and love the convenience in some things for sure but I tried to stay off my computer, internet and especially social media this past Fri-Mon and did a 99% decent job. And let me say – it was glorious. Social media is toxic. Humans are toxic. Allow humans on social media – ugh.

I’ll be working on leaving social media more and more. It’s clear that unity = conformity in our new magical, glorious world and I say F U to that mentality anyway. I’ll still use it (Instagram) to post happy pics of Smokey because the world always needs more pics of cute animals. And maybe pics of toys. And monitor my FinTwit lists on twitter during market hours. But that’s probably it.

I will post here as my “diary”. This allows me to vomit out my thoughts. But since I am posting no links to this blog – and not allowing comments from the unwashed masses – seems ok.

But otherwise – F y’all (I really hate the usage of y’all unless you were born and bred in the south…)

I just finished S1 of Rebels – OMG! Why did I not watch this before?? The tie-ins for Mando, Clone Wars, THE MOVIES, THE BOOKS!

I simply cannot believe how awful I am for not watching Clone Wars or Rebels as they ran. I mean…I guess not watching Clone Wars until this final S7 was released last year was OK but man – SO GOOD!!!!! And now they ALL tie in to the The Mandalorian and the books (started Heir to the Empire).

GAH! SO GOOD!

Also…cannot help but compare the Empire’s drastic overreach on Lothal to the Democrats. But #nopolitics.

Finished my 2020 P/L today along with my weekly P/L. Needed to finalize 2020 tax planning. Always a fun Saturday when taxes are involved. Plus did some crypto trades today (24/7…yay…sonofa…)

Did well in 2020. But I think a blind monkey just banging on his keyboard could have made money this year. But I’m very thankful to have done as well as I did. Of course, now I am convinced of a market crash – like everyone – which is why it won’t happen quite yet I suppose. But need to stay on my toes. This week beat my 2nd best week last year by $90 (realized trades) – lol. I’ll take it. Did a LOT of trades. My long term positions did well for the most part. I did sell some $TSLA because it’s just. so . high.

Supposedly, the next 2 weeks are traditionally awful (although I have not looked up those stats.) And monthly opex is Friday and that always seems to mess with stuff. So we’ll see how it goes. Add a few crypto stock plays in AH on Friday on a hunch – hoping I’m not smacked upside the head on those.

Crypto trading is fun. Although only doing small trades. I still had my BTC, ETH, LTC and XRP from 2017 buys. All that is in cold storage. HODL! Luckily, I also started building a trading position in 2018 in BTC and ETH after the crash so I sold a 1/3 portion of that BTC this week to free up some trading cash. And have been buying BCH and OXT. Just sold all of my BCH for a nice win. Adding to OXT here.

Sadly, I should have been adding a lot more to my ETH. Seems like it can do well % wise this year if the crypto run continues.

Sometimes you have no one to talk to. You realize your friends – while you love them – are not like you. And that’s OK. Except when you need to unload. And Smokey has no interest in hearing it :)

But sometimes, I just want to shut down all social media. All text convos. Anything. Because I cannot believe you are so fn stupid. I just have no patience anymore. Would rather ignore you at this point. Sad but true. Thankfully I get over things quick. And by getting over I mean, I simply don’t care about you bit by bit.

Think I will go back to logging thoughts here. Not sharing these pages – who cares. But cathartic to type it out.