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People are assholes, part 3924

I came home tonight and found this outside my front door.

Why are people so inconsiderate and throw or leave their garbage outside another person’s door?


Hopefully this streak continues…

Tonight (Monday, April 24, 2023) was lucky because the Lakers came back to win and covered, and the Kraken also won their game. The Texas Rangers blew their 5-1 lead, which was not the outcome I wanted.

But this winning has continued… Saturday, the profit was $2,633. Sunday, it was $1,651. Tonight, it was 2,776.

I invested $800 on Julius Randle to hit his point targets on Sunday but he had a tough day vs. the Cavaliers. If I had followed the scouting reports (which all said he would not be back to his scoring ways because of his injury), then I would not have picked him. That would have made Sunday’s profit much higher. But I thought he would have a big game at MSG. I was wrong. Oh well.

But hopefully the winning will continue.

To be clear, I don’t classify this as “gambling” or “betting” – nor are these sports “bets.” I call these “smart investments.” There are a couple of very reliable sources that I use and I also spend a lot of time looking at trends and scouting/injury reports. So, let’s hope the success continues.

My sibling continues to be an ungrateful jerk

My sibling continues to be an ungrateful jerk.

Nothing new here.

This week, because I’m a kind person who likes sharing (and because my sibling keeps asking me to do so), I gave $192.31 worth of investment profit to my sibling on Tuesday. I gave $115.20 worth of investment profit to my sibling on Wednesday.

This is even though my sibling has not paid rent this month (I am solely responsible for the mortgage at my place and my sibling is living here).

This is even though my sibling does not contribute anything to my smart investments. (ie. no funding, no research/knowledge)

When the building management sent out a memo saying there are rats/mice in the building, I got mouse traps. I set the mouse traps. When the mouse traps caught some mice, my sibling does not contribute by disposing of the mice but complains that nobody is doing that (without stopping to think that my sibling never contributed to anything).

Then this Thursday, my sibling came to me and started saying our mother is an idiot for not understanding how to do her taxes. I had just come home at 9:45pm after having left home at 9:05am for work. I had not been home for more than 12 hours and one of the first things my sibling wants to do is complain, complain, complain.

I told my sibling to stop because I had no idea about taxes. I repeated I had no idea, no idea, no idea, no idea. Keep in mind I had just come home after more than 12 hours of work.

But of course, my sibling becomes offended and storms off. And it’s back to my sibling’s old ways. Yeah, of course when my own boss supports that kind of attitude and behaviour, that sort of behaviour and attitude will continue.

Instead of helping out and contributing, my sibling just wants to be an ungrateful jerk. Interesting that my boss, who is supposed to be an educator and is herself a mother and daughter, endorses this sort of attitude.

Wait…isn’t that…?

There have been people who’ve asked, “Wait, isn’t what you’re doing gambling or betting?” Or: “How’s your betting today?

Well, I don’t consider this gambling or betting. I read scouting reports when I’m sitting inside an Uber and when I have a couple moments to do research. I look at trends and statistics. I look at patterns. Heck, when a game is on (doesn’t matter whether it’s basketball, football, hockey, or baseball), the “betting” lines are prominently shown on the screen and analysts even give their picks before the game about whether or not Jayson Tatum (or whoever) will get X number of points or assists in the game that the network is about to show.

But a lot of research goes into it before making specific investments.

It’s not the same as what people do at the casino — one Uber driver told me recently that he picks up passengers from the casino all the time, and one passenger apparently told the driver that he’d lost $20,000 gambling that one night.

No, I am doing smart investing.

I need to do so to finance things around me. For instance, I have a mortgage to pay every month, and my sibling has chosen to live with me on the property but is paying well below market value. And this month (today is the 7th of April as I’m typing this) my sibling hasn’t paid this current month’s rent money yet. The funny thing is my sibling has actually asked me for a loan this month so that the (below-market value) rent can be paid to me.*

What the heck is that?

Well, I am employed and I am kept busy at work, but this smart investment helps to pay for many expenses, that’s for sure.

Hey, it will even come in handy if my sibling (who’s older than me) decides to stop paying (below-market value) rent altogether. When one of your own bosses plants this idea into your sibling’s head (jokingly or not) — my boss’s exact words to my sibling were, “If K.P. bullies you, don’t pay him any rent!” — well, you never know.

*Speaking of “funny” things, when my sibling found out I was doing these investments, my sibling actually asked me for a cut of my profits — but doesn’t want to contribute any funding or research/knowledge. My sibling’s idea is that I should fork out several hundred dollars out of my own pocket, invest on my sibling’s behalf, and then actually give cash payments to my sibling directly on the profits made. Isn’t that “funny”? And my sibling acted as though I was insulting my sibling when I didn’t want to do it.

People ask me how and why…

People ask me how I can afford so many different sports jerseys and why I often have food deliveries. 

To answer the second question first, let me explain that I’m always busy because I’m always in demand by schools. The administrative staffs in these schools are often asking me to teach new classes and work on other projects. I sometimes say yes, and I sometimes say no. However, I do receive many requests. I am so busy that I haven’t had time to write. Also, I need time to pursue my hobbies, so I’m busy. (Unfortunately, some people keep telling me to “drop” my hobbies so I can spend that time to make more money. I’m like, “What?” No thank you.) The point is I don’t have time to do a lot of other things due to my busy schedule, so I often have food delivered to me.

Just to give an example, my of my schools scheduled me to be teaching a class Mondays from 9:30 to 2:30, with the school location being in Richmond. The other school scheduled me to teach in-person classes in Vancouver (25 minutes away by car) from 2:30 to 9:00. I have said I couldn’t do too many classes, but the schools have told me I’m their best, their superstar, their best player, and I ultimately agreed. 

So, to make things work, I teach on Mondays in Richmond with this class being online starting from 9:30. Then, we take a break for lunch at 12:15, and I hop into an Uber to head over to the Vancouver school (it’s a separate school with no affiliation to the Richmond school) to resume that class at 1:00. Then that online class finishes at 2:30, and I’m able to have my Vancouver in-person classes beginning at 2:30. 

During such a busy day, I need to be commuting and teaching, and I literally have no time to prepare my own lunches or pick up food, etc. I have them delivered. I’m helping keep people employed (ie. being delivery people).

As for the first question of how I can afford so many different sports jerseys, well, I would say that most of these classrooms are hot and have no windows, which make the rooms very uncomfortable. Even with the fans on, it’s still the same. So, I go with a casual look and I go with sports jerseys. They make me feel more comfortable. 

To be able to afford these jerseys, well, I have made some smart investments in picking sports teams and player stats in my (almost) daily investments. Julius Randle was one player I picked at the start of the NBA season, and I have made some profits picking his point totals for various games as well as his PAR (points, assists, rebounds) totals. There were also other investments with point spreads and winners. I have made enough money with these small investments to be able to afford rides, jerseys, and food deliveries. Then, I have reinvested the profits to, some days, have more daily profits in my investments than what I make in teaching in a week. Sometimes more than what I make in teaching in two weeks. So, I have food deliveries. I have rides. I have sports jerseys to make me feel comfortable in hot classrooms.