When I first started writing professionally, one of my mentors offered me some sage advice – never read the comments.
I’ve not been particularly successful in following that advice much to my sanity’s consternation. Because I’ll tell you what – the comment section can be a brutal place.
If you are a longtime follower of SchiffGold news, you may recall that back in 2016, a piano tuner in Shropshire England discovered 13 pounds of gold stashed inside a piano. At the time, I said the story should be filed under the category of “worst places to store your gold.” I haven’t changed my mind on that, by the way.
Anyway, this week, there was a story about this find that updates some of the details.
In the Friday Gold Wrap podcast this morning, I talked about the minimum wage. Making a point about how raising prices lowers demand, I pointed out that McDonald’s wouldn’t sell many $15 hamburgers. But you know, there is a way Micky-Ds could make that work. Wrap those burgers in gold.
Over the years, I’ve done a number of Fun on Friday posts about eating gold. You can have gold on your steak, on your desert, and even in your beer. Well, apparently some ancient Egyptians wanted the taste of gold in their mouths for all eternity. Archaeologists recently discovered a 2,000-year-old mummy with a gold tongue at an ancient Egyptian site called Taposiris Magna.
Confession time — I couldn’t find a darn thing “fun” relating to gold this week.
Honestly, it wasn’t exactly a fun week to begin with unless you’re into political theater. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not. We certainly had all the political theater we could ever want with the inauguration and all. About the only thing I can say about that is it reminded me of the Hunger Games movies, especially Lady Gaga singing the national anthem decked out with that massive gold dove broach.
I would make the world’s worst archeologist. I’m just not good at finding things. I’m the guy who stares into the cabinet right at the salt shaker and then asks his wife, “Where’s the salt.” So, yeah, a job that involved searching for stuff that has been hidden for hundreds or even thousands of years is not for me. But I have to admit, it would be a pretty cool job. I mean, imagine finding thousands of coins.
The last time I wrote about gold smuggling, I was impressed by the pain a man was willing to endure in order to hide gold from authorities. He literally stuck gold bars up his rear — two pounds of gold.
But today I have a different kind of smuggling story. It is impressive not because of the smugglers’ dedication and ingenuity, but their sheer laziness.
It’s time to bid a fond farewell to 2020. Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!
Of course, the New Year also means it’s time for — resolutions.
Confession: I’ve never been good at resolutions. In fact, I refuse to make them. Why set yourself up for failure? But get this; now I’m not only supposed to make resolutions for myself. I have to make them for my pets!
Ummm – no.
Have you heard about the guy who’s spent five years in federal prison because he won’t give up the location of about 500 gold coins he found in a historic shipwreck?
Yes. Five years.
How many years would you spend in prison for millions in gold?
I love music. A good song can comfort, inspire or motivate. There are a lot of really good songs out there. I found one the other day. I’ll get to that in a minute. But first, I have to say there are also some real duds.