I had a very odd experience this winter, where a stranger told me one of my own stories. It sourced from this blog; although he did not know that. Briefly:
I was out ice climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park with a new partner. It was our second time out together, and we were still getting a feel for one another, as humans and as climbers. This involves a lot of discussion of life, philosophy, and (mostly) previous climbs. My partner asked if I had climbed the Diamond, perhaps Colorado’s most famous alpine wall, to which I answered: yes, I had.
It’s not too bad but you’ll need to move fast, I said to him. Yeah I’ve heard, he says. My favorite story of the Diamond is some guy is up there, pitching it out, going all slow, when suddenly Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell just simulclimb by! Leaving them in the dust.
That event happened to me and my partner Beth, the first time we climbed the Casual Route. I mentioned it in the trip report I published here on this blog, and on Medium. Thanks to SEO, and because lots of people are interested in climbing the Diamond, those posts see a good amount of traffic (and they will see more this summer, as we enjoy Diamond season). Somewhere along the way, this person had read that post, or discussed it with someone else who had. My own story was getting away from me; taking on a life of its own in my community.
In the course of my job, I read a lot about cryptocurrency. Really. Like, too much. And for a long time, I barely understood any of it. DeFi? Blockchains? Staking? Hashing? As someone who is definitively ‘not a math guy’, I let it all wash over me.
However, I recently decided I had to learn a bit about this sector which was becoming a big part of my everyday world. So I started doing some due diligence and tuned into the space with a bit more intention. Eventually, figuring I would learn more with some skin in the game, I opened up a Coinbase account.
In my humble opinion, the Coinbase Card is the single best rewards card you can get in 2021 (for those in the USA — in Europe, this card is plagued with fees & is considerably less useful). Let me explain:
The Coinbase Card is a no-fee debit card (not a credit card), which currently pays you 4% back on every purchase you make. These rewards are deposited instantly into your Coinbase account in the form of selected cryptocurrencies.