Gut Rumbles

January 25, 2006


Get ready, 'cause here it comes.

In the next couple of days, I'll be putting paid advertisments on my blog. Yes, I'm going to whore for the almighty dollar. At least I'm going to TRY to whore for it. Hell, I'll probably screw up attempting to install the ads and find some way to LOSE money on the deal. I'm a computer fucktard and a lousy businessman.

When I quit working at the chemical plant, I walked away with some stock and some stock options. The stock was given to me as a bonus for outstanding job performance. (Don't let this blog fool you. I really WAS good at my job.) I became fully vested in all of that loot this past December.

I exercised my options when Kerr-McGee stock hit $84 a share and the options were $42 per share. That price was DOUBLE the cost of the options. Can't do much better than THAT, right? Wrong. The stock continued to rise, so I sold the shares I owned outright when the price hit $95 per share after the first of the year. I made a KILLING, right? And cleverly spread the income over two tax years, too. Was I smart, or what?

No, I wasn't smart. I made a stupid move. The stock closed at $106 per share yesterday. That's more than $20 higher than when I exercised my options and $11 higher than when I sold the shares I owned outright. I figure that my shrewd business decision cost me one hell of a lot of money. (I'm talking more than 300 shares total here. You do the math.)

Oh, well. I never paid anything for the stock to begin with and "a bird in the hand" is better than blah, blah, blah... bullshit. I need to be dragged off and shot. Dumbass.

So, I'm putting ads on my site. I'm not sure how I can screw this idea up, but money is involved, so I probably can find a way.


Hey ... don't hang your head, Acidman. Prostitutes sell whatever principles they might have for money. (See "lawyer" or "politician" or "Kennedy".) Whores provide a needed service. Earn an honest dollar. Sometimes have hearts o' gold. Everybody whores sometime or other. Everybody. Some just don't have the cajones (or equivalent) to admit it. Hope you make some bucks.

Posted by: Will on January 25, 2006 10:43 AM

It has been my goal in life to put a cute kittycat in an ad banner on your site.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on January 25, 2006 10:53 AM

Well, the good news is that you don't have to give HER half of "whatever you lose".

Posted by: Maggie on January 25, 2006 11:10 AM

Laurence, pay me and I'll run it. When I whore, I whore completely.

Posted by: Acidman on January 25, 2006 11:26 AM

Hell, being a whore isn't a bad thing. If it is, so fucking what? I've been doing Google and Amazon ads for some time and they are hardly worth it. This week some one paid real upfront money to advertise on my site and I jumped on this potential "opprotunity".

I hope you make a shit load of money.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on January 25, 2006 01:20 PM

Rob, Darlin'...

As always, if you need help installing something or doing anything to Gut Rumbles, Paul WILL help ya, if not just do it for you, if you'd rather.
All ya gotta do is let him know.

On the other hand, I've told him as many times as you've been told that that you won't ASK for help because that's not what you do, how you were raised or whatever.

On the OTHER other hand, he won't do anything to your site if he doesn't have your okay to do it, so...

Now what?

You two are drivin' me nuts with this.

You need help, he'll more'n gladly help ya, but neither of you wants to say anything first.

Gotta love 'em or you'd kick their hienies.

Posted by: Stevie on January 25, 2006 04:03 PM

Don't worry about it Rob, you made a killing. It doesn't matter it if went up more because it is impossible to call the top just ask the employees of Enron who rode the stock from 70+ to 5,

Posted by: Starhawk on January 25, 2006 04:42 PM

I hope you got a sweet deal that will not interfere with what you want to post.

I always figured that whoring was not a bad thing. But pimping is better. Sell somebody else's ass instead of your own.

Posted by: GUYK on January 25, 2006 05:25 PM

What Starhawk said. You did make a killing. The rest is just greed and that will kill you in the market.

Posted by: JP on January 25, 2006 06:14 PM

You have serious traffic. May as well carry ads, even if they're just links from someone who wants to ride you into search engine nirvana. We have some of those, and they make blogging effectively a no-cost hobby for us. I'll get real ads too, soon as someone will pay any amount for them and not serve them up off a server that's cause my blog to load slowly, or even not at all sometimes.

Posted by: Jay on January 25, 2006 08:52 PM

Old saying on Wall Street:

Bulls and Bears make money; Pigs get slaughtered.

You did the right think Acidman, don't give it a second thought. It's not like you sold the last successful stock that will ever exist. Buy something else and watch that go up. Making money is fun, losing money sucks.

Posted by: DC Carter on January 26, 2006 05:49 PM

Don't sweat the stock sale. You made money -- there's nothing "stupid" about not being able to predict the future. The price could have just as easily dropped $20 the day after you sold it.

Two weeks ago my Apple stock rose about $10 (that's 13% or so). I sold some of it, and the following week It dropped back down $10.

The optimist says I was smart to sell what I sold. The pessimist would say I was "stupid" for not selling more of it.

Me, I'm an optimist. I made good money on that stock, and I still have more to sell down the road when it goes back up. :)

Posted by: Strider on January 27, 2006 12:02 PM
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