If I Had a Million Dollars, I’d Be Rich

March 24, 2010

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If I had a million dollars, I’d be rich.

Well, that’s what Barenaked Ladies would have you believe. In actuality, a million bucks doesn’t stretch as far as it once did.

If you were indeed rich, how would you spend the money?

First, I’ll set down a few rules.

First, let’s assume that you have already donated a sizeable chunk to charities and taken care of your family.

Second, let’s make these without any thought as to what your spouse or kids would think of the decision.

Yes, this is a nice, breezy little “we can always dream” article.

Where to Live

I’d definitely want two homes. I’d want a summer home in the Florida Keys. I like the laid back atmosphere in the Keys, love being surrounded by water (which is odd, considering that I can’t swim), and most importantly, I intensely dislike cold weather. Lay under a palm tree reading a book and listening to Jimmy Buffett. Yeah, that’s the life.

Summers would be spent in the mountains of Colorado. Sadly, I’ve only been to the mountains once, but I absolutely love them. I’d spend lots of time hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and shooting the wildlife and scenery with my digital camera.

Oh, and Colorado has one distinct advantage over other locations – it also happens to be the home of my favorite baseball team. I’d plunk down the cash for season tickets right behind home plate. None of those fancy skyboxes for me – I want to be able to hear that batter arguing with the umpire.

The House

There is one aspect to my dream home that has never wavered over the years – the presence of a large library. When I say large, I mean something that would rival the libraries in some small towns. Not only do I love to read, but I’d happily lend tomes to visitors. The library would have a media center with a couple of high end Power Macs.

I’d definitely want to grounds to be landscaped with synthetic turf in order to minimize the maintenance. They make some very realistic synthetic turfs these days. Grass is overrated.

The rest of the details are relatively unimportant.

The Cars

Lamborgini? Porsche? Mercedes Benz? Nah, just keep a Ford Taurus in the garage and I’ll be happy. My first car was a Taurus (had 96,000 miles when I bought it), as is every car I have bought since.

Could I spend lots more on a fancier car? Sure. But I see a car as a way to get from point A to point B. If I’m going to waste a lot of money, it’s certain not going to be on a luxury car.

Hobbies

What would I do with my spare time? Well, as mentioned above, I would read, hike, watch baseball, and listen to Jimmy Buffett. But I’d do other things, too, right?

I’d definitely try to make the cut for Jeopardy. I don’t watch a lot of TV – and even fewer game shows – but Jeopardy has been a longtime favorite of mine. I wouldn’t necessarily have to win – competing would be enough fun.

On there is one other thing. I want to go into space. Not just as a tourist, mind you. I want to take a space walk – tethered to civilization by just a thing line. I can only imagine the thrill this must give astronauts. The only downside is that I’m not much of a handyman, and most spacewalks involve fixing some sort of equipment.

Maybe I could hold the ladder for the other guy.

What would you do if YOU were suddenly rich?

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aimee
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 14:40:47

    Funny, my 6-year-old asked me this just the other day. I told him I’d take him to Egypt. (He’d prefer a trip to Ancient Egypt, but given the technological hurdles involved, I talked my way out of that one.)

    I would…we would travel the world during school breaks. I’d have a personal chef & trainer…because I’m starting to think the only way I’ll ever stick to a fitness plan is if someone is physically forcing me to. I’d take every class in photography and graphic design I could find.

    And I’d probably stop denying my love of handbags.
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Milestones =-.

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  2. kosmo
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 15:19:00

    Ooh, good catch, Aimee. The pyramids and Egypt and Mexico were included in the mental version of my article, but didn’t make it into the computer.

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  3. Squeaky
    Mar 24, 2010 @ 16:31:34

    Rock on Kosmo. This is a fun dream. I could think about this for hours. I’d spend more time golfing, I’d spend more time skiing, taking in Bronco games, etc. I’m gathering some cheap used fly fishing equipment and I’m going to learn fly fishing this summer.

    I’d buy a nice camper and spend more time camping with my kids. We camp now, but in a tent. I would love to get them out in a camper and be able to be more comfortable. For now they’re young and they still enjoy tent camping. I’m sure that will change once they’re teens. =)

    We all need to revisit the Barenaked Ladies song every now and then. It seems like most of these things I can do without being a millionaire. Of course my family makes me feel like a millionaire every day.

    Squeaky…

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  4. poch
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 00:06:52

    What I’d like to do isn’t so different from what you like and plan
    except about the spacewalk! I’d rather timetravel 😀

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  5. Martin Kelly
    Mar 25, 2010 @ 17:46:37

    Space travel, time travel, island paradise, mountain get away, profesional sports (Pittsburgh Steelers for me), and don’t forget about the underwater tourism I wrote about last month – yeah that is the ticket. I have actually written up the charities I would support if I won the lottery, and planned what would be payed off first of all the debts.

    So if you ever do get rich, Kosmo, take me along!

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  6. Peter Rabbit
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 16:27:38

    If money was no issue I would not even buy a house. I would just travel the world and live in different cities for like 2-3 years at a time. Learn the language, travel the country side, eat good food and watch good sports.

    Material things like a house are only fun when that is as far as the dream can go.

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  7. miko
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 09:58:36

    If I had a million dollars, I would pay my debts, buy a small house and a small car. Then I would go to work everyday without the feeling that I’m not good enough for my wife and kids.

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