This story is fiction.
This is the story of One Eyed Billy. The year is 2011.
As a young lad (as they say at the beginning of cheesy stories), Billy wanted nothing more than to strike it rich! Hit the Big Time! Bathe in dollar bills and champagne! Run naked through Times Square and not give a damn!
You see… Billy grew up in a world of absolute shit. His childhood years were a mixture of verbal and physical abuse. Billy was often embarrassed of going to school for fear the other kids would pick on him, as well. The thoughts of suicide entered his mind almost every day.
As Billy grew older, he desired to make something of his life and began working at ‘McDaniels Restaurant’. Hour after hour, he flipped those burgers and hated every minute of it. Nonetheless, he was bound and determined. Day after day, he would count his few crinkled dollars that he managed to save.
Week after week, those few dollars turned into a few more… then a few more.
After about a year, Billy saved a whopping $1,000. This is more money than he had ever seen in his life. Awesome imaginations of everything he could buy with his wealth began consuming his every thought. He needed more and more and more.
Billy continued to work his fingers to the bone, picking up extra shifts. He would ask for extra duty… saving every penny he could along the way.
About 3 years into his journey, Billy was rolling right along. He made it to a general manager of the restaurant and was happy as a lark. He had made it! “McDaniels will be my future! I am secure! I have my 401K and my medical insurance.”
That year, McDaniels abruptly went out of business, due to some diseased beef outbreak or whatnot. Billy thought he was fine. He had some savings and began to look for a new job. He became more and more depressed as the weeks went along. No one needed a manager and he didn’t want to start at the bottom again. His luck was running out.
In order to pay the bills, he had to dig more and more into his savings. Worry and paranoia set in. before long, Billy’s savings account got down to about $5,000. Crying out to God, one night, he prayed…
” What do you want from me?!?! I try and try and you always rip it out from under me! All I want is a life!!!!” – One Eyed Billy
In fact, his kitchen table looked like this…
One Eyed Billy Takes his Eye Patch off…
Billy began looking…searching… like a mad man. Every waking moment was spent trying to figure out a way to make some money. Billy wasn’t concerned about a little money. He wanted something that was life transformational, something that would be THE home run hit of his life.
Frustrated with all of the scams, like bogus network marketing or selling pre-paid phone cards and even fake penny stocks, he saw something that caught his eye. It was a small advertisement in the corner of his screen that said something about a little known movement called ‘Bitcoin’.
What the crap was a bitcoin? No one knew. He searched and started finding articles to explain it to him. He finally had a grasp on this newfound technology and it totally blew him away! He laughed though. He thought, ” The is technology that wont be here for another 20 years.” Even still, he was intrigued.
He made a check list of all the things this technology could change.
- Social Media
Blown away, he decided to look at where he could get involved with this stuff and came across a little chart…
He could see price was rising but didn’t know why. Yes, of course the tech was good but were people actually buying into it? He believed in the technology and wanted to change his life. Billy even thought about, “If I buy this with my $5,000 and price goes to $10, I will be a rich man but if I buy it and it goes to zero, then I am a loser.”
As he thought, he would keep an eye on a chart of bitcoin through the next few days. It seemed as if every time he checked, prices was a little bit higher than the previous time…
He finally contacted his best friend and struck a deal. Jack was his childhood buddy and they shared everything. Billy trusted Jack with his life. “Hey Jack, I have a favor to ask. Blah blah blah (they had a conversation about Bitcoin yada yada)… I would like you to hang on to my bank safety deposit key for 5 years (This is where Billy would keep his Bitcoin wallet keys). Under no circumstances can you allow me to have my key for 5 years from today.” Jack agreed.
PLOP! Billy swiftly bought $5,000 worth of Bitcoin, without thinking twice about it, at this point. He had totally convinced himself that this was the future.
Billy’s eyes were opened! He now KNEW this stuff would totally disrupt the markets and everyday life for everyone on this planet. He knew that if anything, Bitcoin could change the world. This was it!
For all of Billy’s life, he had blinders on. He could not see what was right there in front of him. Bitcoin removed those blinders.
4 months later…
In 4 small months, it seemed like the blink of an eye, Billy had made a mind boggling $100,000!!! OMG! This was more money than He ever thought He would see at one time. Profoundness set in. He was totally thankful to God for this wealth and said many prayers in appreciation.
Billy thought a million dollars was right around the corner. It was so close he could taste it! The only concern was the fact that no matter how high Bitcoin grew, he could not touch the money for 5 years. He was cool with it though. It grew so fast that it couldn’t fall now… so he thought.
Unbeknownst to Billy, there was something lurking from the dark side… something Billy was totally not prepared for. You see, This little known about technology was about to take a downturn…
Bitcoin price started dropping… $19…$18…$15…$14…
Billy was totally scared and had mixed emotions. “I am stuck. How do I get out?” He went to his best friend and asked for the key to his saftey deposit box. Jack refused, Billy begged and begged and cried and spit and moaned. Jack stood his ground and finally convinced Billy of one thing…
“You didn’t do this to just survive. You did it to get fucking rich and change the world!” – Jack…Billy’s Best Friend
Not too long after that, Billy was in desperation. What had he done? Was he the biggest fool on the Earth? He had a fortune within his grasp and let it all fall away, as usual. He was so angry at Jack that he thought about filing a lawsuit and telling the court that Jack stole his safety deposit key and wouldn’t return it. Billy’s world was turned upside down.
Billy felt like a loser. He cried and cried until he had no more tears. He became bitter and decided to forget about bitcoin for a while. “I have nothing else to lose so I will just get another job.” This was the most disasterous thing he had ever done. He just lost $10,000, when he didn’t have a pot to piss in, in the first place!
It took every ounce of his being to start job hunting again. Desperate, he took a crappy pizza delivery driver job at Father Johnathon Pizza Palace.
Billy forgot about all this Bitcoin nonsense and would even joke,
” Wanna know how to go to Hell? Buy Bitcoin and shoot yourself in the head!” haha!”
Slowly, all this bitcoin bull crap was leaving his thoughts and soon, he didn’t even think about Bitcoin anymore. It was just one of those stupid things we all did in our younger years.
Billy just went on living his life. Delivering pizza. Watching the TV. Cleaning the house. Going on dates. Shopping at Law-Mart… you know.. the usual, every day, ho hum life of a loser that just lost it all.
Rays of Light!
One Sunday morning, the light from the sun was shining through Billy’s window, casting sparkling rays all over his mirror. This woke him up quite abruptly as the light was shining directly into his pupil, seeming to burn a hole straight through his brain. Rolling over, he checked the news on his phone and saw something that made him jump out of bed faster than cowboys can meet at high noon on Sunday!
This is what he saw…
What the Whatface! “AHA!” said the Devil on his shoulder, “You were not paying attention!” Billy immediately opened Google and typed in, “Bitcoin worth” and was shocked to his core!
Frantically calling Jack…
Billy: Jack, please, I need my key! I will split it all with you if you just give me the key!
Jack: I can’t. I wish I could be we have an agreement.
Billy: Please! Before it all goes away!
Jack: If I did this for you and price shoots up to $1,000, you will hate me forever.
Billy: I wont! I promise! Please Jack! This could set me straight, forever! Please!
Jack: I’ll tell you what. I will give you the key if you only draw out half and leave the rest.
Billy: Agreed! See you in 10 minutes.
Billy Pulls Out
As Jack and Billy were at the bank, Billy was so so happy and Jack was rather pissed off. He could not just allow a $625,000 fortune just go to zero though so he gave in. After giving Billy the key, they both drove back home. Jack stated, “I don’t wanna hear your bullshit if this think goes to $10,000.”
“Yeah right! Ha ha! Anyone who thinks this will go to $10k is a joke! I can totally see $1,000 but to be $10,000, the market cap would have to be larger than we can imagine! Now, shut your hole and get me home, Dorkface!” Jack replied, “Whore!”
They both made it home raaaan to the computer, like 2 school children running toward the playground. Over the course of that day, Jack managed to sell half of his position for about $300,000. He left 2,500 Bitcoins on the table, vowing to never touch the account again until the 5 years are up.
From this point on, Billy closely watched the price of Bitcoin like a hawk. it was an obsession. He was sooo frikken thankful that he pulled some of his money out because, even though he believed in the technology, he also knew the timing was still off. More people had to get on board!
He had made $300k and was happy but wanted to really make a name for himself. Price was disappointing him though. It was like a roller coaster… Up 50%, down 50%, up 70%, down 80% and so forth…
Every time price would fall and Billy would bitch and moan, Jack was always there to say, “Listen. Nothing is forever. Everything is temporary. Price will go back up and in a few years, you will be glad I wouldn’t allow you to withdraw.”
Billy impatiently waited for the 5 looooooong years to come so he could withdraw the rest of his money. He was giddy, even if price fell a little, he wanted that cash!
Cheech & Chong
To celebrate the new wealth, Billy, Jack, and a bunch of their friends took a road trip to Vegas. They partied hard all weekend and then the dreaded Sunday night came. Time to go home and get back to reality. Billy was excited to get home though because he was going to begin planning what he was gonna do with his new $300k.
One of Jacks friends in the back seat lit up a joint and Billy almost had a heart attack! This wacky tobaccy was bad. The ganja was of the devil, or so he had been taught growing up. Even still, Billy decided to try this evil drug as he was a little curious. Jack took the wheel, at the next rest stop, as Billy toked on his first joint. They giggled like girls, strolling along the Interstate at 37 miles per hour.
BAM! A tire blew, sending the car into the side barrier. They hit the side barrier wall with a vengeance and the car was a total loss. Billy was somewhat pissed but thought, “That’s OK. I will buy another car tomorrow. I can afford it now.”
A tow truck driver pulled up to help them. In the distance, however, Billy spotted something that sent chills up his spine! Blue lights that shone against the haze of the desert air were getting closer and closer. “Oh Shit! Everyone get rid of your stash! The cops are coming!” They forgot the ounce in the trunk that ‘no one’ knew about.
As fate would have it, since the guys were involved in an accident while smoking the wacky weed, the police officer kindly allowed all of them to participate in our criminal justice system for a while. The Big House.
California is a pretty lax state about marijuana laws so Billy only had to spend a 30 days in the slammer (I don’t know what the law is. It’s a story so stop whining! lol). As he sat in jail, reading, sleeping, trying not to get shived, we would monitor the newspaper for Bitcoin pricing. He wasn’t allow internet access so he had to rely on print.
It was so damn difficult to get a paper every day though. He would try to watch the news from time to time until Big Boy Bad Ass would flip it to the next channel. Billy gave up and decided to just forget about Bitcoin again for the next couple of weeks until he was out. There was no sense in picking a fight with the baddest dudes in there.
The day came! His time was over and Billy was super thankful and vowed never to have a Stoned Vegas Trip again! Upon walking out of the Jail and grabbing an Uber home because he didn’t have a car yet. He flipped out his phone to check prices…
Something must be wrong. Is price really at almost a thousand Smackeroos? He check prices on multiple outlets and yep, it was $1,000!!! He could barely wait to get home so he could look on his computer…
By the time Billy got home, price was even higher! Over $1,000 and still rocketing to the Moon! There is absolutely nothing Billy could do though. He had a contract with Jack. The date he was allowed to get to his wallet again was February 1, 2016.
The weeks and months passed. Billy kept reading about Bitcoin and all that it could offer. He was totally stoked about Feb 1 and was planning on pulling all of his money out on that day because he had made a ton! He was very pleased. Price had pulled back again but Billy was used to that now and it didn’t phase him.
When February came, Billy was trying to decide on whether to pull his money out now or hold. If he pulled his money out now, he was sitting on about $1 million and after he calculated taxes, he was not pleased. He KNEW with every ounce of all that was good and pure that this technology would change the world. He had known this from day one. Whatever was this young lad to do?
His thought process was, ” I will place a stoploss on the low and if price drops to there, I will sell and be happy.” Until then, I have to let it ride. I just have to! This is the only opportunity that will come my way in this lifetime.
So gritting his teeth, he decided to hold for at least one more year. Jack was still in jail so he had to hang on to the willpower to stay the course for just one more measly little year. He kept reminding himself, “It has to go up. It has to go up. The fundamentals are so strong.”
NO WILL POWER!
Over the next month, price rose to $500, then $750 and the urge to close was so horrible that he could not take it anymore. He HAD to sell some! he just had to! If he didn’t sell now, price may never be at these levels again! Screw the stoploss!
With a bittersweet decision, Billy sold 1,250 of his remaining Bitcoin. He cashed out $937,500 in the largest payday of his life! He was hoping for more but getting a little scared as price continued to rise.
He sold 625 more Coins when price breached $8,000 for an additional profit of $5 Million
He sold 300 more as price topped $15,000 for an additional profit of $4.5 Million
He still has 325 coins valued at over $3 Million at today’s prices.
The Next Adventure of Billy!
Now that Billy is loaded, he can do anything. Would you like to know all the ways Billy can change the world with his new found wealth? Would you like to paricipate? Leave a comment on something you would like to see Billy get involved with. Maybe he invests in a blockchain startup. Maybe he helps impoverished children with this tech. You will find out in the next episode!