This is the first installment in a four-part series. See part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Note, names have been changed for privacy.

I was in Gold Rush Territory(1), and it was a strange place. I had heard about this place, of course. It advertised itself everywhere — billboards on the Bay Bridge, seemingly constant articles and whispers about 22-year-olds becoming millionaires. I had an uncle who spent a lot of time in Gold Rush Territory, and a few people I knew from high school, and a lot of people they knew. But I had never been here myself.

Charlie B.

My crowning accomplishment is that I once came second-to-last in a pun competition.

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