Today was much more relaxing. I spent most of the day with the kids, we went to the library and took them to to the park not once but twice so they could burn off some much needed steam. (The kids wore masks.) They seemed in a much better mood today.
Our quaranteam family is now actually quarantining, after a trip to Tennessee where not one but two of the grandparents tested positive for COVID. So far none of them are showing signs, but we’re going on strict vid-chat only for the next week to make sure they’re clear.
My dad’s in the hospital today for his arrhythmia, this is the fourth time they’ve had to go up through his thigh with an electrode to zap his heart, a treatment for atrial fibrillation (afib) called catheter ablation. I’m not sure what the next step will be, but I know that he’s doing this to avoid a much more serious procedure that will require several days in intensive care.
His mom, my grandmother, called to day to check in on him, and it was good to talk to her for the first time in probably over a year. Younger doesn’t know who she is, but Elder seemed more caught up in her library books when we did vidchat. She’s been isolating, and didn’t even gather with anyone for Christmas, as COVID has been running rampant in the rural midwestern area where she lives. I promised we’d be out there to visit family right after we get our vaccines.
I didn’t spend too much time in the markets today. Things were down at the open, so I only checked in a few times. I put in another sell order on ETHE, to continue de-risking as we approach the share lockout I wrote about yesterday. The day ended up much better, only down two percent, and BTC looks like it’s starting up another run at $28,000.
There’s been a lot of good news today. More firms are planning on investing in BTC, and an NFL player just announced that he’d be receiving half of his salary in bitcoin.
There’s so much stuff that bothers me about the way this is being reported. The technical fact of the matter is that his salary is still paid in USD, but he’s converting it to BTC using this new service from Strike, which I assume is some sort of ACH or direct deposit service. They’re automating what I do every week when I deposit fiat and my cron job runs a Python script to place a limit order on the exchange and transfer the calculated amount of BTC to my hard wallet. Maybe I’m a bit salty about this, but I just don’t like the way it’s being portrayed.