Winding Down 2017

I sat on my couch last night, watching The Parent Trap (1961 original) with my family. I had never seen this movie before but Elisa grew up on it. We had so much fun just relaxing and taking in this classic. The kids hung out with us (Sydney watched the movie. Caleb got bored and built a tent). We currently have one boy in our care through the break who watched most of the movie but crashed towards the end.  Continue reading “Winding Down 2017”

40 Ways to Make More Money Now

I’m always looking for ways to bring in a little extra income. It is not that I am money hungry or anything. I just know what it is like to feel like you’re barely hanging on financially and I want to help. Many of you are likely in that position. I say that, not as a judgment of your character or resolve, but because the statistics support it. Many Americans are barely getting by and they feel like their only option is to just wait it out.  Continue reading “40 Ways to Make More Money Now”

Bitcoin… and then what?

A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me some advice that I probably should have followed. He simply said, “Zach, you need to buy some Bitcoin.” Now, I was aware of Bitcoin at the time so his advice did not confuse me. However, I was not convinced that it would ever actually be a thing that people were making tons of money off of. I thanked him for the advice but dismissed it in my mind. There were simply too many red flags / concerns about its stability to pay much mind to it at all.

However, if I could turn back time…

This article was up on Wall Street Survivor last week and details a handful of options in regards to cryptocurrency that a person could explore if they were looking to get in on this new craze.



With the eye-popping price increases of Bitcoin over the last few months, and truthfully the whole year, it can be tempting to want to buy Bitcoin right now.

That might be a mistake. Buying at all-time highs can be a risky proposition. Instead, it would make more sense to build a position in other, more undervalued coins while waiting for a dip or crash on Bitcoin to carve out a substantial stake in the cryptocurrency.

That said, here a few of the best cryptocurrencies to buy right now.


Litecoin is one of the oldest cryptocurrencies out there and was founded in 2011. It is a mature coin if that’s even a thing. Litecoin was inspired by Bitcoin but has few advantages over the original, namely the speed of its transaction processing.

Founded by a former Googler, Litecoin has grown to become the fourth-biggest coin by market cap. At $13 billion, it’s nearly twenty times smaller than Bitcoin, but it benefits from not having as much hype around it as other coins. In fact, it’s managed to sort of fly under the radar, and that’s why it could be a good buy right now.


Ripple is a company aimed at bringing blockchain solutions to enterprise clients. The blockchain is a unique type of ledger that helps people transact with one another without needing to trust one another. By working with high-profile clients like banks and other financial institutions, Ripple is well-placed to become incredibly valuable as the blockchain of choice for big business.

Ripple is the 6th biggest cryptocurrency by market cap and has around 38 trillion coins in circulation. They already have relationships with the likes of UBC and Bank Santander so look out for Ripple in 2018.


Golem recently cracked the top 50 cryptocurrencies by market cap and is poised to take off.

It’s another coin that seems capable of delivering real value. The idea behind Golem is to create a network of computing resources that can then be loaned out to anyone who needs it. Someone in South Korea needs extra computing power to run Final Cut Pro? No problem, you can help them out through the Golem network and earn cryptocurrency while doing it.


 Ethereum is likely going to be the Ruby on Rails of the crypto world. Just like how developers can use Ruby On Rails to help build applications and websites, Ethereum allows companies to make decentralized organizations and apps. Developers and entrepreneurs can build their decentralized operations right on top of the Ethereum blockchain rather than having to create one from scratch. In fact, if you were so inclined, you can create your own crypto-coin using Ethereum right now.

It’s this sort of universality and scalability that has propelled Ethereum into second place behind Bitcoin in the cryptocurrency race.

Yes, “King Coin” itself is the last cryptocurrency on this list. That’s because it is still the top dog. With a market cap five times its nearest competitor, (Ethereum) Bitcoin is the market leader and has immense brand name pull. It is undoubtedly what everyone hears about first when they are exposed to cryptocurrency. For that reason alone, Bitcoin finds itself on the list. Just do yourself a favor and wait until you can buy some at a serious discount.

While it is probably too late to make loads of money off of Bitcoin now (simply because it is sooooo expensive), there are other options. Another friend (apparently I have at least two) was just telling me about Ripple last week as he intended to pick up some of that currency. At this point, cryptocurrency appears to be a thing that is not going away. With that in mind, if you are looking to get involved in the investing aspect of this new money, this is a good way to do it.

Life is Strange. Live it Well.

Trump Hearts Havana

I woke up in Illinois this morning. Currently, I am sitting at my mother’s dining room table enjoying the finer side of the internet. The sun is shining through the window and the mood is extremely light. That’s about as far as I am going to get into the old blog for today. In a while, we will be getting out and visiting some friends. However, I wanted to leave you with this gem before I go. Continue reading “Trump Hearts Havana”


Over the past year and a half, I have been back to Illinois around 6 or 7 times. I know that’s funny to say because I should know exactly how many times I have made that trip but I cannot be certain. However, I think it is six trips now that I have made between April 0f 2016 and now. Tomorrow evening, around 6:00, we will begin number seven. Continue reading “I-64”

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