I used to pay my bills by playing online poker and selling game chips online, and when Full Tilt poker got shut down out of nowhere by the government, I and a lot of other people got screwed over. So I was looking for alternative ways to play poker on sites and exchange money for it with people. That led me to find out about this new thing called bitcoins, and a site called betco in where you could play for them.
Given what I knew about economics at the time and my political leanings, it seems like it clicked in my mind pretty quickly. I also kept all my Yahoo messenger conversations since I used it for my online business, and I got access to that archive after all these years, and it happens to contain all my conversations about Bitcoin as well, including me showing other people how to use it to pay me, etc.
I’ve had a decent history with it, I did a radio journalism story on it called “The New Money,” to introduce people to it etc. Had Bitcoin in some amounts at various times from freeroll Bitcoin poker sites and doing business with them but never kept them (I knew Mt Gox was shady and didn’t leave anything on there). I had plans at multiple times to buy a significant amount of them for years, not to profit but just because I liked Bitcoin itself so much, but couldn’t spare the funds until a couple years ago. It turns out when I was searching for this yesterday that I even still have the Bitcoin client file from 2011, haha. Maybe it can mine some cheap coins for someone.
Someone told me I should post some of this stuff. I wasn’t sure if anyone else would find it interesting.