Thursday, December 17, 2009

What would YOU do?

So the other night I had a very vivid dream that I won $138 million.

$138 MILLION!!!

How does my brain, in a state of dream-like consciousness manage to come up with such an untidy number? Well, at least it's an even number.

But here's where it gets really weird... Having won the money in my first dream, I segued into a second dream where I was telling David Cassidy I had a dream I'd won $138 million dollars. For what it's worth, I don't think David Cassidy was all that impressed by my dream... Now that I think about it, I'm willing to bet your reaction at reading this post is in line with David Cassidy.

Anywho, turns out sharing my dream with our friends the other night led to quite an interesting conversation over just what we'd do if we were to win $138 million. Everyone seemed to agree they would hide under a rock somewhere and tell only those folks closest to them (spouse, kids) and the first thing they'd do is find a GOOD lawyer (which could obviously take a serious amount of time.)

Past the intial plans, most folks decided to keep enough for themselves so they could live off the divendends (In today's economy we never did arrive at what figure that should be) and with the remainder they would become philanthropists. Others came up with some crazy ideas. It's been a fun question to ask people and here are some of the answers I've received:
  • Offer $100,000 grants to anyone named Zak.
  • Build a Lego bridge across the Elk Neck River.
  • Open a rent free hotel for people down on their luck, help them get back on their feet through education and job opportunities.
Note: I asked how they'd handle deadbeats and the answer was they'd be incorporating their 'Bullshit Meter' which is highly sensitive.
  • One gal said she'd hop in her car and travel from one side of the U.S. to the other, visiting small towns and the overlooked and under appreciated parts of America.
I think she's interested in channeling Charles Kuralt.

As for myself? I can't even fathom what I'd do with that kind of money. It's painfully obvious even my sleeping brain couldn't conceive of an answer, as the dream ended before I even had a check in my hand.

Now, I'd like to propose the question to you... What would YOU do with $138 million? I'm sure David Cassidy would like to know.

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Blogger Chris said...

I'd spend it on gambling, drugs, and wild women.

Wait, I'm not a professional football player, I'm not qualified to do that:)

1:41 PM, December 19, 2009  
Blogger kiddiesandkitties said...

I love this dream! I would set up trust funds for the kids, buy a 40 acre tract of land in the country, build a nice house with an awesome pool, and while the contractors were working on that, I would take the family on a year long world cruise/tour. I would also give 20 acres of the land and building funds for Mel to build her dream school/community for Omnia, so they could be right next door!

1:41 PM, December 19, 2009  
Blogger lime said...

good lawyer, proper investing to live off dividends, scholarships for zak-named boys. yes to all the above.

after that pay off the mortgage for both my mom and me and travel the world in that charles kuralt described way. actually i think i'd do a massive blog tour and go visit all my blog buddies and other pals i know from other countries all over the world and ask them to show me what makes home special...see the place through their eyes.

8:09 PM, December 20, 2009  
Blogger Jon said...

Hmmm.. First I would pay for some sort of cutting-edge experimental brain surgery that would prevent me from dreaming about David Cassidy ever again.

Then, I would start a charity to get inner city kids off drugs. Once they're clean, I'd pit them against each other in a series of underground steel cage death matches, where I would rake in another $100 million or so in gambling revenue.

Then I'd take THAT money, and buy an island somewhere tropical, where I'd impress women with tales of my philanthropic endeavors.

8:06 AM, December 21, 2009  
Blogger Whiskeymarie said...

I'd build a totally self-sufficient/eco-friendly house (with a pool) up north, with 2-3 guest houses, I'd set my sisters up however, I'd start an organic garden & greenhouse and a small farm, I'd open a restaurant and a bakery, I'd give a bunch to charity, and I'd get those solid-gold shoes I've had my eye on for a while now.

Oh, and I'd build a fleet of robots to work for me, 'cause robots don't talk back.

8:52 PM, December 29, 2009  

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