Stacking is Like Golf

Who needs some irreverence?  Good, me too.

Golf is exactly like stacking.  There are pundits aplenty that extol the virtues of the game, the relaxing nature of it, the serenity of the courses, the simplicity of hitting a stationary golf ball, watching it travel in flight, alight gently upon the grass, roll softly across the manicured green, and fall into the cup with that unmistakable sound.

But, in reality, golf is FRUSTRATING.  It is super technical.  It is maddeningly able to dishevel even the most humble of souls.  There are countless tips, pointers, magazines, blogs, websites, etc., all designed to keep the average hacker out on the course.  The golf product marketers are wizards at getting the average joes to buy the latest, greatest golf balls, shoes, clubs, tees, whatever, year after year, after year, while the poor slob hacker golfer NEVER, and I mean NEVER has a chance to improve.  

What happens instead is the golfer HOPES to improve.  "If only ________________."  Fill in the blank.  E.g., "If only I could take lessons and improve the driver . . . If only I could get better, more expensive clubs . . . If only I could get out on the course more often, instead of going to soccer games with the kids, or doing errands, or working . . . Etc."  In the end, nothing matters.  

Your same sorry lame excuse for a golf swing dooms you to perpetual mediocrity.  But every once in awhile, you do manage to hit a great shot.  That memory alone spurs the constant desire to play golf, with the irrational thought being that the entire round can be as good as that one, six deviation perfect swing.

How many missed two footers did you make on the last round?  How many greens in regulation did you hit?  Really, be honest, don't count the fringe as hitting the green.  How many fairways did you hit?  How many long iron shots actually hit the green and stayed on?  How many balls did you lose, but not claim the stroke penalty, but took a drop to "speed up play?"  See?

Stacking is EXACTLY LIKE THAT!

We stack, HOPING price will recover past the point at which we purchased the coins originally.  We rejoice when there is a price spike, believing that today is the day we will have a significant price upswing, thus allowing us to reclaim our glorious reputations for financial genius, which were so aptly bashed during the price smashes of the past three years for sure.

I could go on and on about the comparisons, but there is one more point to this story.

Let us not forget that we chose freely to partake in this activity.  We do so for reasons as varied as wanting financial security, to a belief that financial collapse is imminent.  Some of us enjoy hunting down bargains.  Some of us enjoy collecting different coins.  Some of us enjoy the raw beauty of the precious metals simply because they are in fact precious metals.  Face it, we enjoy the activity, for many reasons.  

So, like golf, let us not be frustrated when price drops.  Let us all be happy for engaging in the activity that has given us so many fond memories.  Let us all remember that stacking is enjoyable, and that eventually, over time, the price of the metals, like the actual scores on the score card are not what matters at all in the long term.  

It is the peace of mind and experience that have enriched us all.  Remember that as things get crazy in the next few months.

Oh yeah, keep stacking.

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Dr Jerome's picture

Firstiest?

Can it be? I suppose I ought to post something with substance though...

Ukraine Gold
I recall a movie scene where a retreating group of para-military terrorists had just completed a skirmish and were low on ammunition. Their Cuban mercenary commander ordered the men to set their Kalashnikovs to single shot to preserve ammo as they ran away firing.

It appears that the bankers did the same thing the past two months from 1180 up to 1390 retreating and shooting just enough to keep the bulls from totally overrunning them as they backed off. Then they were resupplied with Ukrainian gold ammo, took a stand, switched back to full auto and started blasting away at the bulls.

Stacking and golf! I do enjoy the clink of metal on my desk just as much as the sound of a putt dropping into that cup. Its a fair comparison. Lovely, enjoyable vs. maddening and complicated. But the stacking part is easy with regular purchases that add up over time. Enjoy the ride. Our kids will sure be glad the old man was a stacker. I suppose I am doing it for them ultimately anyhow.

arch stanton's picture

2nd

for the turd time in 2 days

edit :  Now that I've read your piece Cal Lawyer, I agree stacking is just like golf for me.  I played for twenty years and never once kept score.

silver66's picture

Fore!--but really third

silver66

stack till it hurts cheeky

F.Capra's picture

Keeping One's Eye On The Ball

I know little about the game of golf and have a bit more experience with baseball, football and basketball. In all three and perhaps from this CL posting, golf as well, a critical dimension to success is keeping one's eye on the ball and the direction of the action. Checking long term charts or reading commentaries like the recent one for Alex Merk helps one place current and future purchases not so much as hitting a "hole in one", "homerun", throwing a successful "hail Mary" or making one at the buzzer, but keeping one's thoughts and activities aligned with the bigger picture. Currencies like the dollar should be used for day-to-day transactions but the long term direction is down for the dollar and up for gold and silver. Helps to remind oneself of that during a week like this one.

silver66's picture

Some golf advice

It's not how good your good shots are in golf that matters. It is how good your bad shots are that can make you a better golfer. 

To put a stacking spin on that point. Yes, it is better to stack at $19, but $23 is better than $24. And $24 is better if you have none at all.

Silver66

treefrog's picture

sex!

suxth!

too pretty a day to be inside!

Mr. Fix's picture

Seventh heaven?

I stack in the hopes of preserving some wealth.

If I were to play golf, it would be for the purpose of pissing it away.

That's why I don't play golf.

I do find target practice relaxing however.....wink

R man J's picture

Massaging the Score (Stackers vs Bankers)

Stackers, when they golf don't take mulligans,  they don't shave strokes off their score when their fellow golfers are looking the other way, they accept the penalty strokes, and their final score is really their final score.

Bankers, when they golf, always seem to beat stackers (not due to having better clubs - which of course they do) but rather because to them 8 means 6, and 6 means 4-- and their conscience does not bother them.

Stackers can only discover that Bankers cheat when partnering up with them in a Scramble Tournament. The banker will insist that his stacker partner cheat along with him.

Don't play their game.

Sound Money Minnow's picture

Against the Wind

I find this song to be an encouragement to those of us that stack, and invest against the wind. Listen to the words, if you have the time. Some songs are timeless. Bob Seger certainly captured things that could be transposed into many areas of our lives. Best of everything to my Turdite friends. Just waxing sentimental as later middle age approaches.

Terabyte's picture

I'm not a golfer, but I am a

I'm not a golfer, but I am a stacker.  What I've learned from stacking is that if you buy by the monster box they're a lot easier to stack and don't require the gentle touch that golf and individual coin stacking entails.  Now, if I just hadn't started when the price was in the $40's I'd feel a lot more relaxed today.  But no matter, I'm in for the long haul so if it goes to $10 I'm still in.  Then our heir can worry about the value.

Nevertheless, very good article CF.  I always enjoy your writings, as well as all the others.

Magpie's picture

:D

ag1969's picture

Do you think Nuns stack?

A nun is sitting with her Mother Superior chatting.

"I used some horrible language this week and feel absolutely terrible about it."

"When did you use this awful language?" asks the elder.

"Well, I was golfing and hit an incredible drive that looked like it was going to go over 280 yards, but it struck a phone line that was hanging over the fairway and fell straight down to the ground after going only about 100 yards."

"Is that when you swore?"

"No, Mother," says the nun. "After that, a squirrel ran out of the bushes and grabbed my ball in its mouth and began to run away."

"Is THAT when you swore?" asks the Mother Superior again.

"Well, no. says the nun. You see, as the squirrel was running, an eagle came down out of the sky, grabbed the squirrel in his talons and began to fly away!"

"Is THAT when you swore?" asks the amazed elder nun.

"No, not yet. As the eagle carried the squirrel away in its claws" , it flew near the green and the squirrel dropped my ball."

"Did you swear THEN?" asked Mother Superior, becoming impatient.

"No, because the ball fell on a big rock, bounced over the sandtrap, rolled onto the green, and stopped about six inches from the hole."

The two nuns were silent for a moment.

Then Mother Superior sighed and said, "You missed the f---ing putt, didn't you?"

rl999's picture

BO wants to smash the PM & miners too

ZH

*TREASURY ADDS 20 INDIVIDUALS, BANK ROSSIYA TO SANCTIONS LIST

*OBAMA SIGNS DECREE ON POSSIBLE INTRODUCTION OF SANCTIONS ON KEY SECTORS OF RUSSIAN ECONOMY

  • *U.S. SANCTIONS MAY TARGET METALS, MINING, DEFENSE: OFFICIALS

Is this why the miners got pounded yesterday? Or is it why they are recovering today? Neither of those really seem to make sense but it does send me looking for the best PT & PD miners available. Already own some SPPP. Also reviewing my uranium miners.

rl999's picture

golfers should become shooters

shooting is much more useful, far less difficult, and probably on par as far as cost goes.

SS121's picture

Human Nature

The timing with which some stackers-

A- get into stacking Silver, and 

B- realize that "Silver is Money" and is actually completely separate from the fiat system within which they sort of thought they were investing in (even via Silver)

can make for some interesting dynamics.

Like the guy who is begrudgingly persuaded to start stacking at 35 only to later watch the chart quickly drop to 20.  His 'investment' mindset is now angry with his friend who talked him into stacking, but he will also hold his position... probably thinking he will wait until it comes back and then sell.

Now, if he had NOT been persuaded to stack, and then saw the price drop to 20, he would likely have made such a big deal out of being "right" not to stack as his friend suggested, that he would now never get in at any number.

So, stacking at 35 put him in the best position, even though he's going to be angry and confused until he realizes it.

And, NOT stacking at 35 put him in the absolute worst possible position, but he is very happy and will feel great about his decision.  (Until it's proven incorrect and too late to change)

That old "investment" mindset is hammered into prisoners of the World Fiat Currency System for the obvious reason.

It's like mental baggage that needs to be shaken off on the way out of the system and into Silver.

But everybody has their own transition pace, their own path, and the chart price milestones along their way.  All making for this grand calamitous exodus that is never short of conversation.

Only Silver and Gold are Money.  Keep stackin it up, indeed.

R man J's picture

Madness of the March Variety

DollarMenu2's picture

FWIW...

For those interested,  Clif High of Half Past Human says that "the herd has been spooked, the stampede has started".

Link:

http://www.halfpasthuman.com/essays/perpetuo_autem_2.html

Blythesshrink's picture

Russian miners

I don't think much gold leaves Russia from their mines, although I might be wrong on that. If I am, all the gormless BO's sanctions will achieve will be to reduce physical supply available to western bullion banks.

IMO, Putin should ban German car imports, that would make the EU squeal.

Mr. Fix's picture

There should be a law against this: . . . . . . ;>)

What A Surprise! It Turns Out They Lied About The Deficit Last Year

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/20/2014 - 14:44

Truth can be a damn difficult thing to digest sometimes. Despite the Obama administration touting a budget deficit of “only” $680 billion in 2013, the GAO’s more accurate accounting shows a total government cost of $3.8 trillion on total revenue of $2.8 trillion. In other words– the administration wasn’t exactly honest with the American people– the deficit was more like $1 trillion, not $680 billion. But it gets worse.

ancientmoney's picture

Has Obama ordered Russian troops out of Gatlinburg yet?

I would think it would be a top priority for the POTUS to expel Russian troops from our soil . . . maybe he has?  Anybody in Gatlinburg area (or other places they've been squatting) know if they are still here?

Galearis's picture

GOLF????

Decidedly not! But at the risk of appearing frivolous and argumentative please consider that  stacking is a lot more than golf. And I am not talking about a greed thing here.

Golf is a metaphor for the game of life; as such it is a closed ended pursuit measured by a closed ended goal of mastering some skills that service no other ends. It is actually a poor game because it can be said to offer little back that is useful in succeeding in life.

Most games and sports are similar and philistine in nature.

Pick a game, bird watching, plant hunting, weather watching, gardening, or even prospecting for minerals that are open ended and give one a return by teaching about the nature of  the world. This includes skill in stacking.

A successful stacker gains a lot more than a lower handicap. The game of stacking improves ones life skills by demonstrating a need for knowledge in completely open ended ways - in other areas of intellectual disciplines. It is not just an intellectual and physical development to improve the score in a meaningless game...A successful stacker learns about the world and THAT is the gain over and above the profit goal.

Personally, I have learned a lot about life in being a successful stacker. It has shown me how the world really works and that is a LOT more than golf has to offer....

FWIW,

G.

Motley Fool's picture

Eh.

"We stack, HOPING price will recover past the point at which we purchased the coins originally.  We rejoice when there is a price spike, believing that today is the day we will have a significant price upswing, thus allowing us to reclaim our glorious reputations for financial genius, which were so aptly bashed during the price smashes of the past three years for sure."

Well, no. No hoping for price going up, no rejoicing spikes, no intention of looking like a financial guru from price rises. Not for me at least. 

I would prefer it to go down more. Lots more. 

Why?

Cause I'm a confident soab. 

To me the market price going up implies rising confidence in the paper-gold market. That does not interest me. In fact it outright annoys me. I am confident I am correct, and the fastest way to see if reality matches my perspective is for the whole illusion to go to hell. 

So from me at least, three cheers for the recent drop.

...my 2 cents.

ancientmoney's picture

@Motley re: paper prices . . .

"To me the market price going up implies rising confidence in the paper-gold market. That does not interest me."

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Agreed.  The prices we are allowed to see must approach zero before physical gold and silver are set free.

edvardd's picture

Without firing a shot , - say in the news.

Real insider information from a real person , whom I know .
Girl writes her brother-in-law near Evpatoria is :
You know, like today russian capture Ukrainian  military base ? Without firing a shot , although the main headquarters - a patriot of Ukraine to the bone , and was born and raised in the Crimea ... They were ready to die defending his country's flag . Russian surrounded the school and kindergarten. And the military unit said - not lay down your arms - enter the children ... Natasha writhing in hysterics , she never NEVER nobody wished evil. Today she wished .. through what she experienced . And the fathers of these children ... who are faithful to the oath ... but who above all value their children's lives ... I now have tears rolling down my cheeks ... She hates Russian . Anyone with such joy rubbing his palms tends to select Crimea ...... And the daddy ... daddy silently put machine gun on the ground ... A Russian TV to tell that without a drop of blood ... "

Без единого выстрела, - скажут в новостях. Хочется взять автомат и всех стрелять!

Реальная инсайдерская информация от реального человека, которого знаю.
Девчонка пишет, у нее шурин под Евпаторией служит:
Знаешь, как русские сегодня захватили Украинскую военную базу? Без единого выстрела, хотя главный в штабе - патриот Украины до мозга костей, а родился и вырос в Крыму... Они готовы были умереть, защищая флаг своей страны. Русские окружили школу и детский садик. А у военной части сказали - не сложите оружие - войдем к детям...Наташа билась в истерике, она никогда НИКОГДА никому не желала зла. Сегодня она пожелала.. пережить то, что пережила она. И отцы этих детей... которые верны присяге...но которые превыше всего ценят жизнь своих детей...У меня сейчас катятся слезы по щекам...Она ненавидит русских. Всех, кто с такой радостью потирая ладошками стремится отобрать Крым... ...А папы...папы молча положили автоматы на землю...А русские на ТВ расскажут ,что без капли крови... "

ancientmoney's picture

The fraudulent "taper" . . .

Marchas45's picture

I Was An Avid Golfer

With a 11 handicap but I gave it up about 7 years ago as I was spending to much time on the courses, nearly every day and sometimes twice a day. I was costing me a fortune to play, beside the fees, I had to look good and wear something different every day and all the best gear to keep up with the Joneses.

So I quit to save Fiat and boy did I ever but I turned around and became a Stacker and I've been spending ever since, usually a lot more than the golf.

But one good thing about Stacking over Golf is: I'm always in the hole with Stacking. laugh Keep Stacking

Mr. Fix's picture

@ ancientmoney:

Were you serious when you asked “Has Obama ordered Russian troops out of Gatlinburg yet?”?

Our traitorous aspiring dictator will need those Russian troops as his own personal security  detail if he finally pulls off the  false flag he needs to declare martial law in the United States.

It is entirely possible that World War III may have to be postponed, because the American military will not accept orders from Barack Obama. The Russian troops, as long as it means shooting innocent Americans will be happy to do Obama's bidding. 

Those Russian troops are not going anywhere until after Obama is carried out of the White House either wearing handcuffs, or in a coffin. Short of that, he's not going anywhere.

Most Americans are unaware that Obama has invited in Chinese troops, Russian troops, Muslim terrorist sleeper cells, and  many other kinds of human debris to assist him in the destruction of the United States.

President Putin already knows they are in place, and that the plan is to destroy the United States from  within.

A war in Ukraine involving US troops is not even plausible at this point. All the hype is a diversion.

I anticipate an epic false flag, probably involving the Malaysian jetliner, more likely than not nuclear in nature,

with an immediate declaration of martial law, and then  the pre- positioned rogue gallery mentioned above will be ordered to remove all guns from the populace, with shoot to kill orders if there's any resistance.

The only thing that works in our favor, is that the American military was originally intended to be positioned in the Ukraine to be used as cannon fodder, while being cut off from the United States, with no way to defend the homeland. 

Since things are not going exactly according to plan, Obama is in the process of trying to  re create a plausible scenario by where he can destroy America while sitting in the White House. 

At this point, along with the alphabet agencies, those  Russian troops are Obama's friends, and they will get all the reinforcements and tactical advantages he can possibly give them. 

This is what predictably happens when America allegedly votes in a communist foreign agent for president.

Mr. Fix's picture

@ ancientmoney:

Everyone needs to see this, and at least partial reprints are allowed. Good find! I've been saying this for months, every time they announce another  “taper”, I've always declared “the only thing that's changed is the size of the lie”. I've always said that the money printing is accelerating, not decelerating, but at least this article explains how it is being done.

Fed Fraud and Hostage Markets

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The descent into Wonderland continues. After five years of promising an Exit Strategy; in September of last year former Fed-head, B.S. Bernanke finally confessed that any “tapering” was impractical (if not impossible), as the U.S. economy was now a Ponzi-scheme which required ever increasing money-printing to avoid implosion, as clearly illustrated below.

monetarybase_fredgraphjuly13.png

Yet here we are in mid-March, and now we have new Fed-head Yellen telling us that the “tapering” (begun by B.S. Bernanke) is now smoothly proceeding on schedule. How is this possible? It’s not.

Here is what is really happening. First of all, there has been no “tapering”. All that has happened is that a Cheap Magician has reduced the quantity of money-printing in one program – the only one publicly disclosed. But he/she has increased the money-printing in the programs they refuse to disclose to the public, such as their fraudulent “0% loans” to Wall Street banks.

Much, much more here:

http://www.bullionbullscanada.com/silver-commentary/26508-fed-fraud-and-hostage-markets

sierra skier's picture

I never took up golf and

I never took up golf and honestly I am thankful for that fact. Besides saving ungodly amounts of fiat, time and frustration I have spent the time and fiat on other sports and stacking. At least with stacking I still have value for the fiat spent and I have in hand rather in my mind and memory.

The most golfing I ever did was a series of rounds with my father-in-law who was on his last year or so. We played several holes then fished balls for the kids local golf club. Donating balls for the kids to use was one of the things he truly loved.

benque's picture

Remove all guns from the populace

They could go door to door, maybe.  And while they're at it, they could raise some cash for their bankrupt master, by selling red-guard cookies.

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