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Re: Master Thread of Pet Peeves
Well I hope you guys won't mind me saying that stuff right back.
Going to a DO? What's your wife saying?
Got cheap tickets? Wife must be thrilled!
Got a new cc? Lucky wife gets to help meet the spend!
Writing a tr? What did your wife really think of the view?
Leasing a car? Well what would your wife rather drive?
Going to Israel? Does your wife have family there?

This is gonna be fun. So annoying! But damn fun.
What makes you think we care that much about the wives??  :-[

September 27, 2016, 11:54:38 PM
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Re: Prison Before I proceed, whatever crimes I may mention here are beyond their statute of limitations or have already been prosecuted. So I am aware of the consequences.

Graduating from Law School I started working for a small firm. I left after 9 months to start my own practice. I was very successful. In 2007 I saw the real estate market (and my business) slow down significantly. In looking for new revenue streams I found day trading in stock and options market with its unbelievable volatility. With millions of dollars sitting flowing through my escrow accounts it was easy to "borrow" from my clients without their knowledge to play the market. That was the beginning of the end.

On Day 1 I made 5 figures. On Day 2 I lost 6 figures. It was a chase to recoup my losses from that day forward. It was that simple. Yes, I thought I could "borrow" (read:steal temporarily and replace later) and not get caught. Day 1 gave me the taste of easy money. Day 2 gave me the need to chase replace. Whether it was a desire for financial stability or just more money, I will never know and it doesnt make a difference, as long as I never repeat the same behavior.

"Playing" the stock market is gambling. Legal as it may be, it is the same as putting a bet on a horse, bet on a sports game, bet on the outcome of a hand of cards, throw of a die or spin of a wheel. All those are legal in certain places. So I became an addict without knowing it.

Every moment of every day was spent raising money in trying to recoup those losses and when I did win big then it was spent seeking to replicate those wins to make more money then I needed. It was a chase up and a chase down. Along the way stealing became second nature. As long as my clients got their money when they needed it hey didnt know where it came from or that it came at the expense of other clients. 

At some point in 2009 the real estate market dried up totally and I resorted to borrowing from people to replace the stolen monies. In the summer of 2010 I was only down 5 figures overall. All I had to do was stop right then and there and I would have been ok. Instead I was in the options market every day. I played the monthly options as well as the weekly options. One fine day I awoke to a $300k gain on a $10k bet. That was the end of me.

All I needed to do was stop. I just couldnt. My addiction was so strong that it convinced me that I could replicate that win. In chasing that dreamI lost $1MM in less than 10 days, including over $600k of my clients money which i had misappropriated from the sale of his building and which he had entrusted me to hold until he needed it for further projects.

Thats enough to chew before shabbos.  TR starts next week.       

December 01, 2017, 02:29:17 PM
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Re: Prison
Wow. Just wow.
That is one scary and dark path to go down.
Sharing my experience will hopefully help someone who is suffering in silence. There are many out there.

December 01, 2017, 02:49:43 PM
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Re: Prison
As he said this is pure gambling. I am not going to say it can happen to anyone but it can happen to many. No need for my story now.  :)
There is always a use for more stories. War stories which can teach people criminal behavior IMHO have no place. But stories of suffering and triumph over addiction, I cannot see the harm

Most people dont see it as gambling because its legalized and regulated. Its also a mainstream activity of normal people. How many Wall Street types do any of us know?

December 01, 2017, 03:00:38 PM
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Re: Prison
just wonder if OP thought this thread would go to where it is now....
@hvaces42  thanx for sharing . seems like most people here are like me and are walking away inspired by you
Doubt he did. And I haven't even gotten to any of the inspirational parts yet. There is still some real darkness...

Appreciate the support though. This aint easy and many have been trying to dissuade me. i've been here long enough that I think its time for me to share. I see the comments in other threads about related topics and I cannot stand by.   

December 02, 2017, 10:13:02 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread TIME TO RENAME THIS THREAD

If Trump is poison, Id like to have as much of it as possible.

December 20, 2017, 05:43:44 PM
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Re: Rubashkin freed from prison.
Is the sun still shining in crown heights  :)
The sun never sets in Lubavitch.

December 21, 2017, 01:05:18 AM
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Re: How many non-Jewish people use this forum?
Do you guys find the jewish-centric stuff annoying?

The topic is How Many Non-Jewish People Use This Forum.  But then you ask if people find the Jewish-Centric stuff annoying.

It's pretty obvious to the most casual of observer that this is a Jewish-Centric site on the whole.  As a non-Jew, I understand that and it is what it is.  I definitely don't find it annoying because again, it is what it is and if it was annoying i'd just never come back.

In my opinion, I would say it is more about irrelevance.  What airlines have the best kosher food, what airlines will reheat my kosher meals, where to find the best Chabad in Zimbabwe, what hotels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have regular keys for Shabbos.  That stuff is irrelevant to me, so it makes the trip reports and such less helpful/useful.

But definitely not annoying.  That would be petty on my or anyone elses part.

February 05, 2018, 02:50:51 PM
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February 13, 2018, 02:54:01 PM
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Re: Another mass shooting!!!
OK I get it. You are drinking the Kool-Aid.  :)
Come on. You could do better than that. How about I watch too much Hanity. Or call me a gullible. Or I'm ok with the guy in the White House who's is a pervert.......
And while we at it let's decide if Trump didn't respond quick enough. Or he responded too quick. Doesn't really matter because either way it's his fault and that's all that's important.

February 14, 2018, 11:09:20 PM
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