Another $1000 day

1kdlrI really can’t wrap my head around how well the stock market has done for me all last year and into this year.   It’s really amazing.  A while back I opened an account with Wealthfront, an automated investing service, and it is doing so well.  Quite often it will increase $1000 a day.   Today was one of those days.  On a minimal day it may go up $250.  That’s not bad either!

If you aren’t good at picking stocks but need to invest some money, I highly recommend trying Wealthfront.  It’s a no-brainer.  You aren’t going to get anything from a bank account or even a CD.

Wealthfront manages your first $10,000 for free, but if you accept my invitation, we’ll both get an additional $5,000 managed for free. Code: AFFD-IWML-XR6T-0EZG

Even then, the fees are minimal compared to the value you get out of it…Totally worth it.

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Icepocalypse San Antonio 2018

Yesterday I was working in the yard and wearing shorts.  Today it is 27 and there is a very thin layer of ice on many surfaces.  What does that mean?  It means the city is closed.

I woke up this morning, took my earplugs out and was surprised to not hear the usual roar of the city.  Silence!

I’m not complaining about it.  I was lucky enough to have had this day scheduled for vacation so I have nothing to worry about.  I did check my email to find that the place I work is NOT closed.  Can you believe it?  Every single school is closed but my place of business is open.  So glad I am on a vacation day.  That worked out well.  I was kind of hoping that we were closed so I could count this day as a weather day and get my vacation day back.

It might not be too late.  The temperature will not be above freezing until tomorrow afternoon and there is more ice in the forecast.   I’m hoping that they will come to their senses and send everyone home before it gets so bad people cannot go home.

LOL.  Yes.  You people from the north are laughing at us and I laugh too.  The problem here is that Mexicans come from Mexico where it never freezes and therefore have no experience with driving on ice.  To tell the truth, Natural born San Antonians haven’t seen snow or ice since 1985 so we’re pretty much the same.  Total idiots when the roads get slick.  We even have a hard time driving when it rains in the summer.  A little sprinkle and the roads are clogged with accidents for hours.

It’s not much but I’m going to enjoy the ice blast.  I have plenty of dry firewood and a book to read.  I hope the power goes out.  My generator is so bored.

 

Slow Down!!

I usually find myself doing everything frantically. I rush through it and often do a just good enough job.

I guess we all do it because there so much to do and so little time.  We get in the habit of rushing everything to try and make it fit into the tiny little slice of life we have left to spare in a day.

We sometimes make it a competition to get something done quickly which only makes matters worse.  Who are we competing against?  Ourselves.  Not good.  I catch myself rushing everything and not even remembering that I did it.  It’s also bad for your blood pressure.

All we need to do is slow down.  Live your life deliberately and appreciate the moment.  Do a quality job that takes as much time as it takes.  It’s better for your health and whatever you are doing will be done so much better.  Enjoy the task or just appreciate a little time for relaxation.  It’s difficult but if you take the time to learn then it will totally be worth it.

You’ll experience life as it should be as everyone else in the world spins wildly around like children’s toy tops until they fall over in exhaustion.  Don’t let it happen to you.  Don’t let it happen to me.

Finally decided to sell my Bitcoin

I finally decided it was time to sell my Bitcoin.  I’ve had it since 2014 when I bought it for $800.  Today it is worth $15,000.

There’s always a chance it can skyrocket some more but I feel that it’s run has pretty much ended mostly because of the slow transaction time and high transaction fees involved.  It can never really be the easy, inexpensive method of exchange that we are looking for.  My decision was based pretty much on that.  I will have some FOMO about it but I’m not out completely.  I also own Bitcoin Cash that I got for free and is now worth $2,500.  I have Litecoin, Ripple and Potcoin.

Of the $15,000 I got from Bitcoin I deposited $10K in my checking account and I may put the $5K into more Ripple.   If it goes from $2 to $4 then I’ve doubled my money.  I’m playing with the house money anyway so why not risk it.

It’s kind of funny too.  People kept telling me that Bitcoin isn’t real money.  Well, I just put $10,000 in my bank account.  How real is that?

I’ll probably transfer that $10k to my Wealthfront account which is currently pulling me in $1000 a day.  NOICE!!!!

The stock market has been really good to me last year and is off to a great start this year.  Thank you Donald Trump!  Early Retirement, Here I come!

Happy New Year 2018

Wow!  I can’t believe another year has passed by in only a few months.  Time is passing at a blinding rate now.  The end must be really close.  I’m so glad I can remember how slowly time passed back in the 70’s.   Once again, I feel sorry for the kids these days who will never experience that.

2017 was a really great year for me.  I officially beat my unhappiness.  I can now look in the rear view mirror at my depression.  Yeah, it still visits once in a while but it no longer lives here.

I’ve come to terms with my loneliness as well.  We are good friends now.

It was a great year financially too.  I made an incredible amount of money.  In just one year, my net worth went up $80,000.  Big thanks to my retirement accounts, my Wealthfront account and my forethought on buying crypto-currencies while they were cheap.  Thank you Bitcoin!  Smack!

I also finally found my land this year.  I searched high and low for so long and it just came to me like a lost dog.  I can’t tell you how much relief that has been.  The frustration was unbearable. Closing day is January 19th.  Things could still go wrong but I think it won’t be a problem.  I can’t wait to get the proverbial keys!  I finally have a solid ground to look forward to and make real plans.

2017 was a lucky and wonderful year for me.  2018, from all points of view, looks to be damn good too.  The economy is still on the rise so I’m crossing my fingers for another 80K next year.  My early retirement is really on track.

Happy new year to you.  Here’s wishing good luck to us all.  Clink.

Sleep Naked

I’ve been sleeping naked for countless years now.  There’s no doubt about it that it is so much more comfortable.

Last night it was really cold so I thought I might wear my pajamas.  Big mistake.  They kept getting all bunched up.  The pants legs kept riding up.  Strangely enough, I kept feeling cold and didn’t sleep well.

Finally I got up, stripped down and got back in bed.  So much better.  I was actually warmer because my body heat was allowed to warm the bed around me.

It made me think about all the regular people who don’t sleep naked.  I almost cried for them.  Can you even believe that people wear clothing to bed?  It boggles my mind.  Why?  What’s the point?  I’ll never understand the common humans.  They don’t know what is good.  Maybe they will never know what is good.

Want to make your life better?   Sleep naked.  Encourage your kids to sleep naked.  If they grow up doing it wrong then then how will they ever get a good night’s sleep?   I spent my childhood sweating and losing countless nights of sleep until I figured it out.  I could have done so much better in school had I been properly rested.

I’m trying to help you.  I’m trying to help the world.  Pay attention!

 

Dish Network Review

dshntwkAfter many, many years of enjoying DirecTV but not so much enjoying the slow-responding DVR and the overpriced service costing me $130 a month, I made the switch to Dish Network.

I’ve had DirecTV a few times as well as Cable.  I considered switching to Spectrum but they didn’t have the channels I wanted at the price I wanted to pay.  Their website is poorly designed and has limited information.  A bit of a turn off for me and most millennials.

Dish is somewhat of a secret TV company.  You don’t see them advertise much and the name was pretty much forgotten.  I remembered that they existed and went to the website.  I liked what I saw.  The base package had almost all the channels I wanted minus BBC America and DIY.   DIY has gotten boring and repetitive so I stopped watching it anyway.  BBC America has Doctor Who.  I’m sure I can get that other ways.

I went ahead and signed up for the service online and scheduled an installation date for Saturday.  The installer showed up on time and did a great job in a short amount of time.   He even brought with him the free Amazon Dot and Hopper GO box.

I was pleasantly surprised with the Hopper 3 DVR.  It is way more advanced than DirecTV’s Genie which seems thoroughly antique by comparison.  Dish’s DVR has voice control, Netflix and YouTube built right in.  It is easy to use and has plenty of configuration options.  It will even connect to your home media server to play your movies and music.  This is some forward-thinking stuff here.   You can even connect it to your Amazon Dot or Echo and voice control playback or ask it to play a movie or show off your recorded list.

The Hopper Go box connects to a USB port and allows you to transfer recordings to it so that you can take it with you and watch your shows on any wi-fi device.  I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds very cool.  Next time I go RV camping I won’t have to drag the whole DVR with me.

The picture quality is top notch.  1080i is as sharp as you would like to expect.  It also supports 4K TVs and has a couple of 4K channels so far.

Best of all, the cost after fees and taxes came to only $60.00 a month.  Half the cost of DirecTV and so much more value.

In conclusion, I am VERY impressed.   It’s a shame that Dish Network is not more proactive with their advertising because they have a quality service to offer. If you are shopping for a new TV services, be sure to consider Dish Network.  I think it’s the best bang for the buck.

Sign up here and use the referral code VCD0018694111 to get a Free Echo Dot, $50 in bill credits or 12 free pay-per-view movies.  You can also call 888-608-6768.

I’m not sorry I switched!!

See the channel packages here:  https://www.dish.com/programming/channels/