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Potter’s Field

My grandson, the one who was counting to ten at ten months and so on? He’s starting kindergarten this year. Lest you think I was exaggerating about how smart he is, his mom told me he’s reading Harry Potter books now. BEFORE starting kindergarten. I mean, granted, there are little ones reading newspapers earlier, but not many in that age group have either the ability or the stamina to get through a full fledged novel. Little Guy also knows how to multiply and divide. Ya think he might get a little bored by kindergarten? Just a wee bit? It pisses me off, because his parents kept him BACK a year. He was supposed to start last year. Unless something drastic happens, I assume he’ll get moved ahead at least a little, but I hate seeing him handicapped that way. At least if he was with us and bored to death at school, I could work with him and try to keep him engaged, but that’s not an option. Bad enough the schools seem intentionally designed to stomp out intelligence these days..

Meanwhile, back at the black hole of mental processes that’s my business plan, I think I spied a glimmer beyond the event horizon. It can’t happen for a couple of more days, but the plan is to drop a couple hundred bucks into some stock purchases. It’s chump change in terms of stock buys. I believe this little beast may technically be considered “penny stocks”, though it’s on the NYSE. (A lot of the penny stocks aren’t.) We shall see if my hunch plays out. I’m not betting the proverbial farm on it, but we can risk that much without going up in financial flames. I’ll be less cryptic if and when the purchase goes through successfully. Then I’m closing eTrade and not looking for a few months, because I’ll drive myself nuts if I follow it daily.

I’m giving hubby two weeks to come up with a viable business, then I’m done. I suggested an option for us for a mostly hands-off business (vending machines). He turned up his nose at it. I told him at the end of two weeks, if he doesn’t have a better idea, I’m going ahead with whatever I decide at that point. To be fair, it most likely won’t be vending machines, because while they require very little time invested, they also make very little money. It’s not worth investing a few hundred bucks for $15-20 a month income, which is well within the realm. (Keep in mind when someone calculates the income from vending machines, it’s ALL vending machines, including the 25 cent gumball machines. They make very little money but you also have a lot less invested in them.) The reason for the ultimatum is we have mumblethousandmumble in savings, specifically for this purpose. I closed out a retirement account so we could start a damned business. And the longer we wait to start the business, the more that money’s likely to be pissed away with nothing to show for it. If that happens, I’m going for the jugular. We already did this once, I followed hubby’s grand ideer I already knew would tank. Two years later, we spent it all and have nothing to show for it. Never made a single penny. So while I’m not going full screaming-banshee on him, neither am I waiting while he hems and haws for two or three more years.

Hubby accuses me of being impulsive.

I DO jump too fast sometimes. But most of the time (case in point, aforementioned stock), you snooze, you lose. Can’t tell you how many times that’s happened. I refuse to snooze. Cutesy rhyming 100% on purpose.


  1. Dangerspouse Dangerspouse August 8, 2017

    “Leap, and the net will appear.”

    The advice a pro golfer’s father gave him as a young man when he was contemplating the uncertainties of turning pro. He related that to me in an interview some years ago. I don’t even remember who the pro was anymore, but that advice stuck with me. I wish I’d heard it when I was a young man, before I decided to not go down certain paths out of fear of failure….

    • leilani leilani Post author | August 8, 2017

      True, but when playing leapfrog you need to see at least a couple of jumps ahead, to be sure you’re not leaping into a frying pan or stew pot. I HAVE leapt. I’ve got a couple of books out – overhauling ye olde dragon tome and putting it out in paperbook, and have another one that’s through the first/worst draft stage, and have part deux of the dragon tome in progress, should I decide it’s worth the energy to carry it forward. I think I’ve made about 79¢ to date, though I’ll grant you, I didn’t do much to promote the dragon monster. Once I have a few more titles out I’ll promote again, because that’s when you’ve got a shot at making something with your work.

  2. Terri Tinkel Terri Tinkel August 8, 2017

    Sure hope the grandson has a teacher who sees the potential and works with him.
    You might be interested in reading He has just started a trader’s blog. He used to be in NYC and has been traveling around the world with his wife and 2 children for several years, still doing trading.

    • leilani leilani Post author | August 8, 2017

      Thanks, Terri. I’ll definitely check it out. I am NOT a big stock person. Don’t trust it. But this particular stock is very specific and I think it’s got a legitimate shot of taking off. We’ll see.

  3. Hil Hil August 20, 2017

    I love that you are sharing your business ideas. I don’t find that in blogs often and I am very interested in seeing your success!
    As for your grandson…holy crow. Remember, gifted falls under special ed and the state MUST provide for him.

    • leilani leilani Post author | October 11, 2017

      I just now saw your comment, Hil. No clue why it only just now came into my mailbox! But yes, I believe in sharing my ideas. Brainstorming is a heavy chunk of the startup process, and finding a source for the product is HUGE. We truly lucked into this one. Still think I’m going to pursue it, just decided to kind of turn 5 degrees off center for legal reasons.

      Cross your fingers. Filing for our LLC today.

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