Quote of the Day “If I had a million dollars, I’d buy you a green dress; but not a real green dress, that’s cruel.” Barenaked Ladies
TB thought it would be a good idea to lighten the mood a bit heading in to tomorrow’s pickem post. Plenty of politics are down below if you’re up for the discussion. But in today’s hard economic times, I love to play the “what would I do with a million bucks game.” Here are the rules–none of it is taxed, none of it can be saved or invested, and none of it can go to charity, friends or family, TB excluded. Your job is secure, and you don’t have to work until the money is gone. You’ve got one year, spend away. Here’s my budget:
- Buy that convertible I’ve been waiting for all these years. About 60 grand will get me all I want and more. That leaves 940K.
- Tahiti, Bora Bora, Raratunga, and whatever other little Pacific Islands I can find. RMac might be able to help me choose. This I’m doing first class all the way–100K sounds right, leaving 840.
- I gotta go skiing. A lot. One trip to Steamboat for the January Music Festival that CCR and REK always play, a trip to Whistler, one in the Alps and one down in South America. No need to go overboard on these, but I’ll spend about 10K on each trip, leaving me with 800.
- When I get to South America, I’ll stay awhile. I’ll rent a villa, hire a consigliere to get me around and teach me the language and I’ll see Macchu Pichu at dawn. I don’t know how American currency is holding up down South, but I figure 100K would do the trick, so I’ve still got 700. It occurs to me at this point that having a million bucks to spend would be even sweeter than I first thought.
- I’ve always wanted to drive cross country, so in mid-spring I’ll hop in the convertible and go. First west until I have to stop, then up the Pacific Coast Highway to the border, then across the northern mountains, the Great Plains and eventually to Maine. By then I’ll be sick of the car so I’ll get someone to drive it back to Mississippi and I’ll hop on a plane. Fifty grand ought to be plenty for what I have in mind, so I’m down to 650 and I’ve already done most of my travel fantasies–but not all.
- It’s time to cruise to the Galapagos and see what all the fuss is about. Ten thousand will be plenty, and that will take care of my immediate travel wishes, with 640 burning a whole in my pocket.
- I want a high def TV and I keep putting it off. So I’ll get 4. Big ones. And pay somebody to come hang them on the walls and make them work. Five more grand spent and 635 to go.
- I really need a wheelbarrow to help me get the yard cleaned up. I think I’ll add a team of Mexican laborers to actually clean it. But I get to keep the wheelbarrow (pronounced wheelbarrel). That should set me back a C-note, so its now $634,900.00.
- Jimmy Buffett plays a concert in Ridgeland. I’d like to make it free and invite the public, but that would smack of philanthropy, so it’ll just have to be in my back yard with a few invited guests. Jimmy’s gettin old. I ought to be able to make this happen for under a 100.
- When you have a million and you are from Pascagoula there is one thing about which you have no choice. You gotta buy a boat. A big one. That’s where the rest of the money goes, save a bit for fishing gear and a couple of cases of beer. The rest of you Goula boys (and girls), I’ll see y’all out at Horn Island once you get your boats picked out.