Your Questions About Successful Trading Stories

Richard asks…

“One Red Paperclip” style idea to pay for/get a hip replacement?

I’ll make a long story short…I’m 27years old, female,& with about$20.00 to my name – I need a full hip replacement

Since I was diagnosed with my hip problem when I was10,it is a“Pre Existing Condition”so even if I could work,no insurance company in the US will cover me & pay for it!

Hip replacements are VERY EXPENSIVE… But not as expensive as the House that the guy got off of Craig’s List got when he started “One Red Paperclip”.

I don’t see that ‘ploy’ working again… So I’m begging for ideas that might just end up as successful as “one red paperclip” but ‘new’ & ‘edgy’ so it will catch people’s attention.

I don’t want a house…I don’t want fame…I don’t want ANYTHING but enough cash/trade/favors to get my new hip before the pain gets so bad I am in a wheelchair (I live on the 2nd floor) or my walk makes the arthritis in my knees get so bad that I can’t sit, stand,or walk AT ALL…

NO TROLLS!
NO SMARTASS ANSWERS!
NO “Prostitute Yourself” answers!
Serious ONLY PLEASE!!!
p.s. Know any rich people that want a charatable deduction? I’m sure there is SOME way for a Corporate CPA to get this to be a write off!

John answers:

Have you applied for social security disability? Those on SSD qualify for Medicare insurance.
What about Medicaid?

Sandra asks…

shy guy, shy girl. prom. what to do?

Me and this guy have so much in common. Its crazy. We both have 7 siblings. We both want to go to Brown Univ or Univ of Penn. We both are kind of weird in one way or another. For him, he was home schooled up to high school and was very shy for a while. He is a smart and quiet jock. That’s just weird. Me, I’m just weird. I dress different. I act different. I guess you can call me quirky. We are both pretty attractive and popular. We share the same group of friends. He doesn’t hang out with us as much though because he’s busy with sports and school I guess.

It seems that for a while, we’ve been getting closer and closer as the years have gone by. (I don’t think he has any close friends outside of family, considering he is the middle child of eight. I am the baby of eight so I have tons of friends. Lately he has been talking to me more often.) We’ve talked about his life and my life. We just know each other much better now. We’ve talked on the phone late. I don’t know if that matters. His family knows me. They like me. His mom loves me.

He went to last year’s prom with some random girl. I guess they were going out. No one really knew her from our campus, considering our school has campuses. I did the same thing. But I didn’t go out with the guy. I was just the guy’s date. Maybe its the same story for him.

Anyway. I’m going to make a list of things that might mean he likes or might mean not.

Like:
We took pictures together at last year’s prom. He suggested it.
10th grade year, we traded Christmas gifts. He suggested it.
He’s my date to another upcoming event in May.
He texts me from time to time.
We call each other for homework help.
Our families know each other and like the two of us.
He compliments me when others don’t. He says I’m really smart and compliments my looks sometimes. But only things like hair, clothes, and all together appearance—never my face or anything.
He teases me out of no where sometimes. Not hurtfully but just funny and out of nowhere kind of.
Might I add, I’m awesome. I’m pretty. I’m smart. I’m student gov. president. He’s senior class vice president. Everyone loves me. I’m modest in public but in my mind I know I’m hot (I think he’s the same way actually). I unique.

Just Friends, Kid:
This girl in gym has been all over him and I don’t know how he feels about her. I’m too shy to ask.
Lots of girls like him. He’s smart, athletic, and bound to be successful. What’s not to crush on?
Everyone has been talking about me and this other guy so that might be throwing him off. Everyone thinks i like this other guy and I haven’t exactly been denying it. I’ve been laughing it off lol.
I’m a virgin. I think everyone knows that. I don’t know if he is. Maybe that’s a turn off for horny guys on prom night lol. Not getting any from me!

Doe she like me? Is he going to ask me to our senior prom? Is he going to get some random girl to go with him? Should I ask him (I don’t think I could. I’m so scared of rejection)? What do I do? I just want to go to prom with him but I’m so nervous!

John answers:

I once heard a girl say,after a guy left her presence “Yeah when the hell are you gonna ask me out ?” I knew he wanted to but was too shy.What a waste of time, This is you.
He needs to know that you’re attracted to him so try greeting him with a “hello handsome”

Carol asks…

A little high school teen confidence help!?

Well it may seem cliche, but i do feel like a dont have what others have. I do long to be loved by the people i met, and to be considered beautiful as well. As a 15 year old teen girl, i do have my role models such as Naya Rivera and Ariana grande. Beautiful, successful, talented woman. I dont feel as though i am content, confident or what people consider as pretty. I have been teased before for my height but nothing that i would consider bully or something that would make me go into a depression, though my height is one the things i feel that keep me from making friends, feeling confident or being taken seriously by my peers. I’m 5ft and 115 lbs, with a round face and chubby cheeks, baby hair on my hairline, always have my hair in a bun or ponytail, and have glasses. I do see the things i would love to change about myself like my smile ( I always feel awkward smiling a certain way but i do like my smiles most of the time), my height (I’d love to be 5’2 or 5’3), my voice ( I’ve been told by many that i am soft spoken but i can get loud. I also feel as though i cant get those clever things that pop into my head to come out of my mouth as clearly and as smoothly as i want them too) and my incapability of looking as nice as i do in the mirror while taking pictures (self explanatory) . Then again i do have things i like about myself. I feel like my glasses make me look better and even a little older ( I have a bit of a baby face), I love when i make people laugh ( its the best feeling to make some happy, although i feel like i’ve lost that aspect of myself as i get older) and i wouldn’t trade my talent for drawing for anything. I know adults seem to forget what its like to be this age and go through these issues that appear to be petty or just another thing that teens go through and i know when i get older and i look back i might feel the same way. On the other hand, im still young and cant see myself in that position as of now. I just want to know if anyone reading this has or is feeling as i do. If so, how’d you get over it? If you didnt why not? Do you feel you’ve grown from that time? Do any of those problems still linger in your mind? Just honest and true answers are what im looking for, something real from real people. Thanks to anyone who takes time to actually tell their story.

John answers:

Hiya 🙂
I’m now 21 and i still have some of the insecurities i had at high school.
Biggest thing for me has always been my weight, and i did used to get teased about it a bit in my first and second years at high school.
The only advice i can think of giving you is concentrate on the things and people who make you happy, those are the people who don’t care how you look or what ever, they love you for you.
About your height, one of my friends is 5ft as well and she always likes to say that “the best things come in small packages” don’t be worried about your height, you find that a lot of people who are a bit taller hate it their height too.
For a confidence boost, try wearing your hair down for a change, it might be that people will notice and compliment it as they’re so used to seeing you with your hair up.
I think these confidence things are stuff you do take with you as you get a bit older (not that i’m long out of my teens) and some people don’t ever truly get over them, but it can be easier to deal with and to learn to live with as you get older.
I don’t know what else to say so before i ramble on any more i’m going to leave it at that.
Good luck for the future, and keep the drawing up! You never know, you might be a famous artist one day ;)!

Ruth asks…

Could someone edit this to make it 250 words URGENT!!! plz help?

The making of art has always been a big part of my life.but I was not happy just drawing and painting. I wanted to experience, to learn, to create in every medium. I was First attracted to Photography at a very young age because I viewed it as an art form not a trade.My parents still have some early photographs of mine, beautifully framed, and hanging in our home in Kingston. Although I have not had any professional experience I feel the personal experience I have gained over the many years in which I have been working on my own personal photography I feel it has tought me a lot more than any professional experience would have I have learned to create and problem solve and to teach myself new things and push the limits because of the lack of any other experience other then my own and other the my Grade eleven and twelve photography classes in high school I am solely a self taught photographer.
This is my passion I am a inspired, creative and unique photographer and have high professional goals for myself. Editorial photography is my main goal. I love portraiture wether done in a studio or on location and telling a story is always what I endeavor to do in my photographs. Editorial photography shows what words cannot communicate. in which case I could visually perceive myself with a magazine such as National Geographic. In choosing Sheridan’s BAA(photography)program I feel I will facilely be able to reach these goals. The program would be able to prepare me for a high end career in editorial photography as well as other types of photography and will help me to better get across my conceptions in my photographs. With Sheridan being one of the best-equipped photography colleges in North America It will teach me every compulsory adeptness needed a along with opening up doors and giveing me opertunities to reach my goals that no other school would. Sheridan will teach me the essential skills that I will require to succeed, by being taught by successful photographers I will acquire the help and adivce that will help my move forward and improve along with it’s fourteen week internship at the end of your third year you can experience more hands on photogrpahy as a career.
Thanks you so much for looking at my materials. I eagerly look forward to continuing my artistic and professional growth at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in the BAA Photography program.

John answers:

The making of art has always been a big part of my life.but I was not happy just drawing and painting. I wanted to experience, to learn, to create in every medium. I was First attracted to Photography at a very young age because I viewed it as an art form not as a trade.

My parents still have early photographs of mine, beautifully framed in our home. Although I have not had any professional experience I feel the personal experience I have gained over the years. I am solely a self taught photographer.
This is my passion I am a inspired, creative and unique photographer and have high professional goals for myself. Editorial photography is my main goal. I love portraiture whether in a studio or on location. Telling a story is always what I endeavor to do in my photographs. Editorial photography shows what words cannot communicate in which case I could visually perceive myself with a magazine such as National Geographic. In choosing Sheridan’s BAA (photography) program I feel I will facilely be able to reach these goals. The program would be able to prepare me for a high end career in editorial photography as well as other types of photography and will help me to better get across my ideals and conceptions in my photographs.

I will acquire the help and adivce that will help my move forward and improve along with it’s fourteen week internship, you can experience more hands on photography.

Write short sentences. Reduce too many clauses in sentences

Robert asks…

Would you say I am a good writer?

Okay, so I’m 17 years old and still in 10th grade English; pathetic, I know. I just have a horrible work ethic and never do homework, literally. On the contrary, I absolutely love to write. You might say this is conducive to academics, but in my case, it’s not as I neglect to apply it to school. But here’s a few short pieces of my writing bellow, let me know what you think.———————–Saki, author of the realistic fiction “The Interlopers,” illustrates the theme of this short story to be that of the futility in long term conflict. This grows increasingly apparent as the plot progresses, as both George and Ulrich, the main protagonists of “The Interlopers,” eventually become conscious of the fruits to be reaped from a friendship with one and other. The duo had been feuding for countless years over a mere property dispute, blinded by pride to the resolution and other benefits to be found in a simple compromise. Regardless of the conditions of any given conflict, accommodation for all can always be reached when egos are put aside and rationality prevails. The aforesaid theme is substantiated by George and Ulrich alike coming to the striking, yet relatively elementary, revelation that their disagreement bears no merit. They opened their eyes all but too late, however, as the realization proved rather untimely… Their demise at the hands of a hungry pack of wolves followed shortly thereafter.—————-Mom,
Even after nearly 23 years, you remain the epitome of benevolence in our eyes. Although your good will sometimes comes under the guise of questionable intent, we know, deep in our minds, that you have only ever and always will have our best interests at heart. We hold the upmost pride in the kind, charismatic, beautiful woman we know and love as our mother; neither of us would trade you for the world, mom. Your wonderful ways will not go unnoticed, happy birthday mama!
Love your children,
Annie and Dan
———————————————— Mom,
You have shown to me the true meaning of altruism, far more definitively than any dictionary ever could, without even using the word itself. In my eyes, two of your greatest attributes, selfless motivation and genuine integrity, have been and still remain nothing less than instrumental to my development and well-being. Since the day I was born, you have continuously prioritized my welfare over your own and for that I cannot begin to thank you enough. It is now ever apparent to me, after much thought and consideration, that you have only ever had my best interests at heart, regardless of my perceptions in the past. For ever questioning your motives, for casting bad feelings upon you, for simply being ungrateful for the invaluable amount you have done for me, I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. With that said, it is my responsibility to ensure that your work is not fruitless. I will do everything in my power to become the successful man you have always strived and hoped for me to be, I promise you that. Happy Mother’s Day Mom, let this be the best yet.
Much love,
Dan

John answers:

Abraham Lincoln made an effort to use less of pronouns such as “I, and me, maybe you could get your statement across in a better context when using less of your ego stated mental capacities in a general sense of expired provinces we call boosting the environment by subjugating our own selves to the features of hungry dominated people living approximately next door to our known addresses.

Keep writing!!

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