I just bought some cryptocurrency. Am I rich yet?

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The New York Times had a very impressive spread in its Sunday business section this week, ‘The Latecomer’s Guide To Crypto,‘ by Kevin Roose. It was very well done, and it spoke to me as I am definitely a latecomer to the world of crypto and bitcoin and NFTs and DAOs and apes, and well all of it.

Including things like web3 and the Metaverse, I’m woefully behind on what’s next. The relativity of the phrase ‘woefully behind’ is in the context of expectations for myself. I’ve never been a first-adopter. I’ve been a second-adopter, letting a braver group of people dive into the lake so that I could tell if there were sharks.

All that to say that Roose’s work and the encouragement of a colleague at work (@erikaleetv) helped me take those first steps. I downloaded a wallet and bought some bitcoin and ethereum – $50 of each.

In one day, it grew by $3.16 or nearly 3.2%. That’s in one day.

For the record, it’s down a little bit on Day 2, to $102.77 as of 10 p.m. CT.

My plan is to watch the ups and downs of both bitcoin and ethereum and invest more when and where appropriate. My goal is to learn as much as I can about this world along the way.

For what it’s worth, I’ve opened my wallet about 45 times since Sunday night. I’ve kind of become obsessed watching the numbers rise and fall. I’m searching for any notable patterns I can glean. Although I’m sure it’s ridiculous, the highest growth appears to be at night (CT, America).

That’s two days worth of casual observation, which makes me an expert. (Heavy sarcasm)

The question now is, “Am I rich yet?”

Kidding aside, this feels like when I first logged on to the Internet some 26 years and two months ago.

It’s a whole new world!

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