The Green Parrot, 2022: I just turned 55 and my trading education business was beginning to take off. I cannot attribute my market success in the previous year to luck. However, shadiness is my specialty. Just outside of JFK was the traders bar, aka The Green Parrot. I was following the advice of @Zodiac4u, "If you want something you have never had before, do something you have never done before." So on that particular night I hopped on Southwest and shared a cab with @vanzandt. Of course he paid for the cab, but more importantly he gave me some much needed advice, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." The bible I asked. He said he was quoting some dude named Bruce. Ahhh, what the hell, I might as well try that too. My main motivation for going to the traders bar was to hang around successful people - not to sponge as had been my pattern, but to find out what makes them successful. Then I overheard @lawrence-lugar, aka Larry Sugar, talking to @speedo. Larry made his money in options and I think Speedo was in a band or something. Damn, Larry is looking right at me! "Johnny, come here for a minute." Then Larry ordered me two shots and a sandwich. I tried to tell him I would pay for it, but Larry was pretty sure I couldn't afford it. The sandwich was called the big gulch! Oh shit! There is @Xela! "Hey, xela, I can't eat all of this, you want the other half? Everyone laughed. I'm still not sure why. That was a big sub, 12" long. Oh well, Larry was right, I was hungry - thus the trip. I put the other half in my backpack for later. "Johhny, I have a tip for you " Sitting at the same table was @comagnum. I don't normally take tips, but speedo, vanzandt, comagnum and Larry were already in. Comagnum tipped the table off regarding a tech company that would revolutionize America in the same way as cell phones did 25 years ago. I may not be able to pass college algebra, but I am not stupid. "I'm listening." "Hey, look over there, soes is crying." Speedo says he is always crying." Something about having lost his inside book two decades ago. I guess he was a specialist, or maybe he is just special. Dude sure has a crazy look in his eyes, but I don't feel sorry for him. He must be loaded to eat and drink at the Parrot. "Vanzadnt, why do they call this place the Green Parrot?" "Because that's how we tell which traders are 'green,' they PARROT each other, but don't know what the fuck they are talking about!" That was the evening that changes my life. I maxed out on LEAPS! That was not the shady part. I had brokerage statements to prove I made over $300,000 in one calendar year from the day I made the trade. I had been taking the writing gig pretty seriously, but had been to afraid to put myself out there, because I didn't want to risk failure. It sucks to be humiliated in front of people - even strangers in the internet! But you know what? As each week passed I watched my account grow. I hadn't seen anything like this since the bitcoin craze. Wow! It's still hard to believe Larry Sugar was so generous. In fact, I needed the food as bad as I needed the tip! So I decided to write a book, "How I made 300 large in the market!" I chose that title because my target market were gamblers. Those willing to take a chance. Those willing to pay for tips. Speedo tried to tell me about Karma, and I kept reminding him of the power of royalties! He made a good point about royalties - royalties belong to creators, not con men." Well, we all have to play the hand we are dealt! I followed the lead of Bo Yoder, and put on online classes at $750 a pop! Most of my students had read my books! The written word carries authority. My brokerage statements were the proof I needed. I had also sponsored the tax section of ET. That real estate was the cheapest, but more importantly, I knew where to find my MARKS. $200 for instant credibility where newbies were bound to show up asking questions. I never participated in those threads, but I would lurk there to find which traders lost a ton of money. Nobody admitted how much they lost, but if there was angst about wash sales for high volume traders, my guess was they didn't have an accountant. The class was set up in such a way as to show others how to take $7,500 and turn it into 300 grand. Not in one day of course. Over time, repeat business. I would call out real trades as I was making them. My account was just like theirs, 75 Hundo! The beauty was that 10 students give me a 100% return on my money. My preaching days taught me the power of asking for 10%, aka the tithe. We daytraded options that expired the following week. No one ever caught on to how I actually made my money. Well, that's not true! The guys at the table that night knew and I was the pariah of the PARROT! If there is one thing ETers don't like is a shady vendor. Oh well, thems the breaks! Oh yeah, I finally found out why the called the sandwich the Big Gulch, the 12 inches that few could handle. It was named after Larry Sugar's famous appendage. Now I know why everyone laughed when I said I couldn't handle it!