My original thought was to present a statistical analysis of the 24 posts I have published so far. This probably would have ended up being a bit of self promotion, dressed up as a well researched piece with lots of data and graphs. It would most likely been pretty boring, unless of course you are into numbers like me.
But while lying on the couch I had a better idea, instead I would publish something from the heart.
I was initially attracted to Publish0x by the lure of free BAT for reading other peoples articles. After a couple days I decided I could do this too. That was three weeks ago.
I have ended following 40 authors who I found had a sense of humour or produced thoughtful or well researched articles. This list is currently being whittled down to a core of consistent authors who always provide me with a stimulating or enlightening read, gets my emotions running or just makes me chuckle.
Then I discovered
His story struck a chord with me. My wife is originally from Brasil and it reasonated with me.
She has told me stories about how her mother used sell baking from her house to get extra income. She ended up being able to buy a small piece of land and build a modest home.
Her sister started a shop/bar in her lounge. Just knocked a hole in the wall and put in a large door.
When I was in Brasil in 2014, we were driving through a small village. It reminded of a small french village with the houses virtually on the main road. You would step out of the front door onto the road. As we drove slowly through I noticed a guy with a home made cart selling Acai door to door.
Now I like Acai bowls or smoothies and had sampled everything from a McDonalds style establishment to corner diary (drugstore) to council owned stalls. I made them turn the car around and go back as I had to try the Acai and experience the street vendor.
The cart was made from 2 medium sized bicycle wheels. The ice-box was a polystyrene food box with a lid. Definitely homemade.
He was selling 4 sizes. The largest was half a litre and it was the first time I had seen that size for sale. So I had to one. The kids all went for the smallest cup. When I insisted they were happy to have all the sprinkles and chocolate stick added but would not upsize.
The vendor told my wife, in Portuguese, that was the first time he had sold the larger size cup.
Now I know I was being a F ing tourist. I honestly hope he charged me like a wounded bull but some how I doubt it would have occurred to him. But it would have been worth it cause it is still a highlight of my time in Brasil. And I still love my Acai.
I was fascinated by how people could start a micro business from scratch, build a house one brick at a time. No permits, licences or bureaucrats hindering them.
So back to Ramón Oropeza. He writes about his life in Venezuela and how he is trying to start a micro business. A Venezuela artesian bakery.
I can't even start to comprehend what it is like.
So I have been following his stories with interest. There is a crypto element for you Crypto Heads, as he now accepts BCH.
He needs all the tips he can get as he needs to buy real equipment if he is to realise his dream.
I realise that Ramón's stories could all be a work of fiction. But if this is true then all the more reason to tip him generously, as they are the best works of fiction I have read on Publish0x so far. And there are a lot of works of fiction on this platform.
I asked him if he could explain a bit more about hyperinflation and how that works. Does he have to put his prices up every time he has to buy more ingredients. He responded with his next post. I am now a little bit wiser but still hard for me to comprehend how it affects the ordinary person at a daily level. It is just beyond my experience.
So without further fanfare I present Ramón Oropeza's publications.
Por supuesto que es mi favorito. Tuve que escabullirse un poco de autopromoción allí en algún lugar.
No me importa si usas uno de tus consejos diarios en mi publicación. Pero si es su último consejo para el día, por favor considere darle Ramón Oropeza. Estoy seguro de que lo necesita más que yo. Voy a dormir bien esta noche.