The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

If I Won...



On a whim, today, I did something I rarely do.  I bought a single ticket for the regional "Mega-Lotto" game.  This is foolish, and I know I am simply throwing my money away, but for some reason it felt like something I should do today.  What my rather silly purchase did for me, however, was help me in a bit of daydreaming.  What would I do, if by some incredibly small chance, win this enormous amount of money?  My aspirations for the money... may seem modest to some, and perhaps extravagent to others, but here is what I would do.... IF money were no object:

1.  I would hire a professional house organizer for help and guidance to help us get our home into a more efficient order.  This would probably be a one-time occurance (or if I found it extremely helpful, perhaps we would do it once, yearly). 

2.  I would hire a part-time maid to come in, probably twice a week, to help us in general cleaning, to help my wife and I both free up some time. 

3.  Even though I have taken care of my yard (and before that my paren'ts yard as well) nearly my whole life, I would hire a lawn cutting service and a snow removal service... again to free up some of my time. 

4.  On the extravagent side, I would look about with my wife and try to find a small, modest, but neat 2 bedroom condo in Chicago for us to purchase as a family vacation spot.  Chicago is such a wonderful city, and we have gone their often.  But, to have a "home-away-from home" that could visit almost on a whim, that is close to the train lines would be delightful for our family. 

5.  Another on the extravagent side purchase, would be a similar, small condo in the Florida area for a similar sort of "on a moment's notice" vacation destination. 

6.  I would quit teaching in the Spring/Summer session to free up time for me to indulge in more camping and fishing. 

7.  I would take my beat-up, old truck, and take it to a body shop to have its rust repaired, a new back bumper put on (the original is rusting through), a professional cleaning of the interior, and perhaps a fresh paint job. 

8.  I would splurge and buy myself a new, pick-up camper for my truck, so that I could when so moved, travel around wherever, and camp, and experience new adventures in the same vein as Steinbeck wrote about in "Travels With Charlie". 

9.  I would quit all the committee work that is drugery, keeping only those that felt worthwhile and felt as if they were actually making a valuable difference.

10.  I would spend some of my own money to spruce up my research lab at the U.  Nothing particularly fancy, but updating, with a few new gizmos, replacement of some old machinery, and if possible, more space for the various lab research projects I will shift my (prior committee) time towards. 

11.  I would probably treat myself to 2 or 3 new, really nice new pipes.  It has been a very long time since I have done that. 

12.  I would quit being involved with the two people I dislike at the U.  I would devote myself to the joys of my job fully... teaching and research, with just enough enjoyable committee work thrown in to have fun.

13.  I would probably buy our first HDTV. 

14.  I might buy a "smart phone", even though I am not sure I would. 

15.  I would set up an organized plan to be able to donate funds to the causes I want to support and help. 

Those are the things I dreamed about this afternoon after spending my pocket change on a "Mega-Lotto" ticket.  Of course, there are other, more helpful things I would need to do to help my greater family, but from the selfish side of my daydreams, the above hits the keys of my wish-list.     

 

5 Comments:

Blogger BBC said...

I would buy 20 remote acres and a fucking backhoe, but I keep forgetting to buy those fucking lotto tickets.

I could care less about a fucking smart phone, I care less about the cheap piece of shit I do have. I'll never own a HDTV, I seldom turn on my piece of shit TV.

I'd tell asshole to go fuck himself, but I'd do that anyway cuz I'm not you. Ya fucking pussy, hehehehe

Saturday, 03 November, 2012  
Blogger austere said...

Win!

So many of these things you can still do, win or not. no?

Tuesday, 06 November, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good spending plan. Hope you win.

Wednesday, 07 November, 2012  
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Friday, 09 November, 2012  
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Friday, 09 November, 2012  

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