Saturday, January 6, 2018

Been a Little Chilly


  Not a lot going on since we left Disney World ten days ago. That has been fine since neither of us caught a cold or worse. Simple days at the Cabana, a few warm ones and then intense rain before we said goodbye to the 60's. The temps have been mid 50's afternoons to low 40's in the mornings for the last several days. Have not used the furnace, but I have enjoyed having a little ceramic heater to keep it cozy inside the Cabana. I am so glad the very cold did not make it to our island. 

  We took a drive and had a nice diner out a few days ago. We were seated in a corner and enjoying the outside view. Then a couple sat next to us and my hearing is too good. It must have been a 1st date type of thing ( last date in my opinion.) The woman sixty something spent the whole time telling him how great her life had been and never let him even ask a question. After her leftovers were boxed and he paid the check, she said " So, what did you do for a living?" He seemed happy and proud to say he had worked in a ***** plant. She responded " So sad you wasted your life that way." She then got up and without a goodbye, walked to the exit. I was looking at the man and he looked up at me and then shrugged his shoulders and chuckled. Yep, he is not her type and happy about that. 

  Kathy started and finished a very hard puzzle and I got educated on Block Chain C++ program and the so dangerous Bit Coin investment craze. My tech friend was so happy to tell me about his $ 1000.00 investment this year was now worth $ 20000.00 and it was not too late to jump on the investment train. I read the white paper and took an online course on the operational concept. Then went to youtube to get all the tech info and pro's and con's about this whole block chain alt currency thing. After getting well versed and the mystery was gone, I am convinced it is not for me. I was stunned to learn it consumes about 5% of ELECTRICITY produced on Earth.  Video game boards are used by the thousands to crack the proof of work code and then make a new transaction log block to add to the chain. Each transaction is broadcast on the web and every available processor starts working on it until they solve it or get a proof code from someone who beat them to it. This is a massive waste of energy and where about 25% of hard cash invested into coin goes.  

  Otherwise not a lot going on. Just a much needed break between travels. 

7 comments:

  1. Very interesting stories and amazing at the same time. Glad to hear you kept warm and enjoying your time at your winter home/area. I know what you mean by "not a lot going on" ... but it's still better than going to work every day. LOL

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  2. We both were amazed by the self centered rude woman, yet it did not interfere with our great diner. It just provided entertainment and I would never date if my wife kicks me aside someday. Not worth running into someone like her or worse.

    Hope you got into bit coin for less than a dollar or stay completely away from it. Common people are acting insane putting money into that market that is doomed to fail by design. Got an alert yesterday, Bit Coin transactions delayed by 72 hours due to network congestion. A persons coffee or pizza would be mighty cold by the time it was paid for. But stats show that less than 2% of bit coin is used for purchases. The 98% is people buying into the coins which were trading at 17, 340.00 at the time. They may be $5 or 30,000.00 today, no value in them other than someone willing to pay more than you purchased it for. It is a neat concept and may be mature in five years, but not a viable system at this time. IMO

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  3. Geez... I hope the guy told her to come back and pay her half of the bill.

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    1. Nope, he was a gentleman with a nice retirement. Do wonder how he got matched with her though.

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  4. Boy are you guys lucky to have missed Florida's cold spell and especially the winds AND to never seem to pick up any of the germs we always seem to get at Disney. A $1000 investment turning into $20K sounds fabulous but if you looked into it and think no thanks, then I'm not even going to bother.

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    1. Yes I am happy for the palms that have not lost their green. After reading your post about the 'crud.' I have considered taking zinc for a day or two before going back. Happy to hear you are not joining the 10K people a day investing a $ 1000 or more into a system that can't function as designed. The people promoting the coin are stating it will be worth one million US dollars soon, yea right. I am just happy to be wearing shorts and sandals for the last two days.

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