I recently saw a news item about a family whose elder members have sold up everything to make a big bet on bitcoin. While I applaud their daring, I am less certain of their wisdom. It reminded me of one of my favourite jokes – a joke that I always think of whenever I make decisions with my own money.
Here it is.
A middle-aged guy is sitting in his office at work, idly scrolling through emails when he hears a voice in his head.
“Quit your job, sell your house, take the money and go to Vegas,” it says.
He tries to ignore it but the next day, the same thing: “Quit your job, sell your house, take the money and go to Vegas.”
After a week of the voice constantly nagging him, he can’t stand it any longer. He goes to his boss, quits and takes a redundancy package. He sells his house and buys a plane ticket to Las Vegas.
When he lands, the voice starts up again: “Go to the Venetian! Quick! Take a cab!”
The man obeys and checks in at the casino. Before he can even unpack the voice is there again: “Use all your money for chips and go to the roulette wheels,” it says.
He gets his entire net worth in chips and hurries to the wheels. “Second table on the left,” says the voice, urgently. The man goes to the table and waits.
After three spins, the voice, almost screaming by now, tells him: “Put it all on red 14! Put it on!” The man does what he’s told and puts his life savings on number 14.
The croupier spins the wheel and releases the ball: click, clack, clack, clackety, click. The man waits with his heart pounding. The ball comes to rest … on 22.
The guy stands in silence taking in the shock then, quietly in his ear, he hears the voice again:
“Oh, fuck,” it says.
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October 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm
Kevin, news article in Sunday paper here in oz was about a women who runs pole dancing fitness classes turned 5k into 15k by ‘investing’ it bitcoin, she was described as very tech savvy. This has already gone past taxi driver tips.
October 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm
IF the bitcoin equivalent of red 14 comes up, she’ll look like a superstar. On the other hand, I was recently in Seattle and went to the gold rush museum. What was clear was that the massive, overwhelming majority of prospectors lost everything. The most consistent winners were the people who sold the prospectors their supplies. A good lesson from history.