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Update: Last week, I posted on reddit about my home being consumed by a fire and losing my three beloved cats and all of my worldly possessions. Our story was very well known as we offered a bitcoin reward for our cats (when they were presumed alive) and their were known for their Guinness World Records. I had listened to advice on a subreddit regarding placing my trezor in a firesafe that was ultimately destroyed and soaking wet. Yet, when I pulled my trezor from it, it was intact. Their product is awesome and the people at the company are even better. When they read my story, they offered to donate a portion of any sales** from this post to the Ferndale Cat Shelter, the local 501c Charity shelter my cats raised money for before they perished. I can’t say enough positive things about SatoshiLabs and anyone with crypto should 100% invest in a trezor because not only is their product quality, but their employees are class acts as well. Visit their website to check it out.
About 6 weeks ago, I had a house fire. It consumed everything. I did my best to fight it, and when I failed at that, woke my friend up who was staying in a guest room, then gave my all for about 15 minutes to find my cats in the blaze. Ultimately got dragged away by the FD and taken to the hospital. I didn't even think about my bitcoin, as honestly, my cats were all I cared about.
3 weeks earlier, I realized I had a stupid amount of money sitting in a wallet.dat file on my computer, and that I really really should put it on a hardware wallet. So I did. I bought a trezor, loaded it up with my BTC and most other coins I had, and put it in a fire safe:
Here it is. Thanks Trezor. Your product is amazing. The house burned to the foundation, and the firesafe was externally destroyed, but despite the external appearance, inside was a toasted piece of paper with my seed words and this little guy. He was cooked from the heat, and sopping wet from the flood of water they poured on the house (nearest hydrant was a mile away and so it took an hour to start fighting it).
On that day I lost literally everything. Everything I have ever owned in 33 years of life, and my cats. Since that time I've been emotionally devastated, and I'm working really hard on recovering from that. But because of listening to advice on this sub, I had a trezor in a fire safe. I didn't lose anything but some byteball/pivx/dash I had on my desktop computer I forgot to backup. 95% of my holdings since 2012 remain.
Thank you /r/Bitcoin and thank you to SatoshiLabs, the makers of Trezor. That little guy is tough as hell. I dont think its advertised as waterproof but I pulled it from an immersed box sopping wet. I let it dry and here is how it looked after when it worked. I now have two cloned trezors in different locations and a safety deposit box with my seed. Saving my bitcoin and this price rise has allowed us to pay for pretty much everything we need since the event happened.
Please, do not offer any donations to me, I'm fine. If you want to support anything, support the Ferndale Cat Shelter or any local cat shelter in your area. I'm the president of the charity. We take care of Detroit Strays. My cats had Guinness World Records and did charity events to raise funds for them. Now that they are gone, we lost that revenue stream for the charity. We accept bitcoin locally at the catfe for donations, adoptions and coffee but I won’t post that info here.
You'll know when you're there as our old address started with 1Catfe and our new address starts with 1CatCafe =) Took ages to offline hash that one out!
Anyways, that's the story, thanks again /r/Bitcoin, you made the worst day of my life less terrible.
Edit: The Fireproof safe was literally a 40 dollar Walmart special. Would only recommend getting water and fire proof in the future as some medicine I had in there was destroyed due to getting wet
**This post has an affiliate link. All proceeds will ultimately be donated to the Ferndale Cat Shelter. A registered 501c3 Charity.