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Trader at a BBQ

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Im interested to know how you deal with the ‘What do you do’ question at social events.
So I was at a BBQ yesterday and going through the usual small talk when the inevitable question of employment popped up. Heres how it went:

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Other person: So what do you do?

Me: Im a trader.

Other person: So you gamble for a living, haha. I once traded forex and ....
[insert approximately 20 minutes of monologue on how rigged the markets are until eventually Im asked]: So what do you trade?

Me: Actually I trade on the futures market.

Other person: [ignoring my answer] Have you tried Bitcoin?? Bitcoin is amazing! They say its going to be 30,000 in 6 months!!
[Insert about 10 minutes of bitcoin monologue].

Me: Nope. Dont trade bitcoin but Ill look into it. Sounds amazing.

Other person: Yeah man do that! If you had bought $50 two years ago you would be rich now...
[monologue about how rich I would be if I had got in a few years back and how easy the money is]

Me: Sweet. Thanks. Ill try and remember that. Um..Im just going to go over there and get myself a drink Ill catch you later.
[I go somewhere else and get into another conversation].

New person: So what do you do?

Me: Im a tool and die maker.

[End of occupation question]
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great stuff Grantx....no doubt, beeen there many times...as an ....aspiring trader, im actually in a less favorable position.What do I say, ...."im trying to be a day trader"....never a fun place to be for me.Heres a good one...I actually am a stay at home dad.My wfe has a good job, and I refuse to hire someone to watch my kids while I go back to work.Telling people that at parties gets a different reaction every time....But typically, they utter something like "well,thats pretty noble," or "wow , im impressed" or some other horse %$#@ line.I make it a point to never ask people I meet what they do.IMO, trying to be a consistent trader has been the hardest thing i have ever done.We all know the challenges that have to be overcome,and then some putz at a party tells you about bitcoin

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