I think it's strange how much people care about this. After carrying kids around on my right hip for so long, I am used to using my left hand for things. Since I don't actually have a camera crew that follows me around, that's how left-handed pictures turn out. I don't like posting pictures of myself nearly as much as people like to chide me for. I don't like it all. I hate it. Try and find a picture of me in my 20's or even in my early 30's. Do you think any woman thinks "Now that I'm 41, it feels like a good time to start taking pictures of myself to share online in a predominantly (young) male industry, filled with vitriol, that scrutinizes every breath I take, and actively hates me?" No. I do it DESPITE that. Contrary to what dude's with middle-aged, single mom fetishes may think, I post pictures for the women. Like attracts like. I want to be visibly present and this is the best that I can do. People who like to talk about all of the attention I crave are never able to explain why, then, have I turned down every single interview request over the years? I push myself to be as personable as I can be because I want to be understood and I want to be visible to the other "regular people" in the world.
Agreed. I was embarrassed at some of the comments and behavior coming from XRP supporters. It would be analogous to one flavor of Bitcoin making fun of another flavor of Bitcoin because their mempool was full. Same thing could happen to you, dude. Even more importantly, those people failed to recognize that the Stellar network SUCCEEDED, as designed, and stopped forward progress until it was safe. That was a victory for anyone championing Consensus over PoW.
Thank you for this.
Up until recently, I have never *only* liked XRP. One of the main features of the XRPL that originally attracted me to it is that it's currency agnostic.
I am uncomfortably open about things so people don't have to speculate. I try really hard to do the right thing, knowing full well that not only are strangers online watching closely and judging, but my 2 kids as well. They are teenagers now and I have to atone for all that I do. They read every word written about me.
I am sad at the way Bitcoin turned out. I didn't get involved in crypto to make a financial investment. I have always been poor. When the financial/housing crisis hit, I had a baby and a toddler and I felt terrified and helpless. The houses on every side of me went into foreclosure. They stayed empty for a long time. When somebody bought the house next door, they bought it for $12,000. When learned about Bitcoin, I latched on like it was a life raft. This is the Bitcoin that I was out evangelizing for:
The entire article is good but it turned out to be ********. I was hopeful when Bitcoin forked that there was a chance to salvage it, but then Craig Wright showed up and there was just more infighting than I have the energy and capacity for, mostly because being an XRP supporter has been so damn taxing as well. And it's gotten worse lately.
Nonstop **** like this. I don't know why, but as crypto enthusiasts poor into this space and grow in their knowledge, thoughts and reasoning, new XRP supporters have taken a different route, embracing ignorance and deciding to hunt cartoon bears and create conspiracies instead.
Jed reached out to me, in a sincere way, because he felt misjudged by me and wanted a chance to be heard. I have no reason to hate him and everything he touches into eternity. Life is short and I don't enjoy fighting with people or holding onto hate. The second news broke about Steller and IBM, everybody was trying to make it sound like a loss for Ripple/XRP. Good news for Stellar doesn't mean bad news for Ripple and vice versa. I'm not willing to spend one second getting into an XLM/XRP ******* match. And I don't want to participate in the cheering that goes on whenever another project stumbles.
I learn by doing and I'm here to learn.
Because, for the most part, if one of you gets screwed over, nobody will care. I have a small platform and try to use it to amplify the voices that don''t get heard.
I disagree. Neither my opinion of Ripple nor XRP has changed. It's because I am secure and feel confident in XRP that I don't feel the need to hate everything that isn't XRP.
There are lots of cool projects popping up everyday. I think it's exciting and I definitely want to be a part of it. I don't view crypto as a spectator sport.
You're right, it's all about location. I have just about 10 years left until I hit retirement the normal way, and I'm putting aside money every month to ensure a retirement account at that time to be about $4-500K. Beyond that it'll be pension money, and then social security eventually. Access to a healthcare plan is probably the largest hurdle after finishing the 10 years of employment.
My XRP is something that just adds to that cake, but isn't counted on at all. If XRP turned me into a millionaire overnight, you can bet I would have sold $400K worth an funded that retirement account now, then left the rest in XRP. I didn't hit $1M in Jan though, so I'm still holding everything.
And to those pointing out that people simply knowing how much money you have causes problems, I second that. If they even think you have money then you'll be asked to give it to them. I've told many friends and family that I don't actually have any savings and I buy stuff on credit all the time. If they knew I had cash sitting around for early retirement and my kids college funding, they'd ask me for it. I've seen them accuse other people of not sharing enough, being selfish, complaining about how unfair their own lives are, etc. My wife is the only person that even has an idea of how much we've saved. My mother, siblings, kids, etc. all have no idea. They think I live on credit and drink away my earnings, and get paid far less than I really do. Bright side, I can drink a lot at family parties and they all just accept it as me being who I am. They don't know that I only drink at parties XD
Hey guys. We have had a few questions lately about how to get invited to the Zerpening Club?
What is the Zerpening? If you have to ask then you don’t want to know lol
Its a relaxed hang out where we talk about XRP in a positive no trolling fashion. We also talk about a lot of crap too. It’s like your favourite bar/pub hangout with your mates.
If anyone wants entry we welcome new members. Conditions of entry are:
1) Minimum 25 posts of not being a douche; or
2) Being a member of XRPChat for more than 6 months; or
3) A mod will vouch for you; or
4) You know what Chewsday, Bendsday, ZPI, When Philakone, Denzel Washington, Fibonacci Carbonara and the Green Goddess means !!
PM a mod if you want in.
Me, @RegalChicken @zenkert @Ripple-Stiltskin @XRPisVELOCITY @Snoopy @LilBender