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If I Had a $1,000,000

I joke a lot about "when I win the lottery." I do play, not regularly, but as the mood strikes me. That means winning is a possibility, even if an extremely remote one. I essentially feel that I get my five dollars' worth of entertainment thinking about what I would do if I were rich.

Tonight's jackpot is over $200 million. What would I do, if I won the lottery tonight?

First, I think, I'd find myself an accountant and a financial planner. I would want experts to make sure the money was secure and well-protected, and to set up the most sensible way for me to have enough money for the rest of my life. With that much, I don't think that would be a problem. My tastes are moderate. I would also make a will.

Then, I would buy a new car. With heated seats.

Next, I would buy a house, near my friends. (This provides hours of entertainment all by itself, as I design my dream house and then furnish it, all in my head.)

Only after that would I quit my job.

Once I'm settled near friends, and never have to work again, then I start traveling. There are so many interesting places to go! At the top of the list:

- the British Isles
- Italy
- Australia
- India
- Japan

But I wouldn't stop there. I'd keep traveling, to 2 or 3 international destinations a year, until I'd seen all of it.

I would travel inside the U.S. as well. I would go to all of the National Parks (actually, that's not a bad idea for a lifetime goal as it is). I'd visit every state, and do as many of the interesting things as I could. I would go to every ren faire in the country at least once. I would go to SF cons, all over the place. Wherever I went, I would visit the zoo. And I'd ride every old-fashioned railroad.

In between trips?

- Blog it all, of course. Actually, at that point I think I'd do a proper website of my own, for pictures and travelogue.
- Volunteer at the Philadelphia Zoo. And other places, as I find ones I like.
- Study as much as possible of the language and culture of my next international destination.
- Take classes in all sorts of interesting things.
- Be home a couple of weekends a month for gaming, of course.

And that's just what I've thought of so far this morning...

I would want to take people with me on my trips, of course. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, and the only restriction was that I would be going with you - where would we go? What would we see? What would you think of to do that might not occur to me?

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amy_pearlman
Apr. 22nd, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Joust. Duh.

(sorry, I'm boring)
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collacentaur
Apr. 22nd, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Also nifty.
collacentaur
Apr. 22nd, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
*grin* Well, yeah.
collacentaur
Apr. 22nd, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Added:

- Go to the theatre, and to concerts.
- Learn to dance
johnstevensaul
Apr. 23rd, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Ooooh Oooohhh
I'll be your dance partner if you pay for the lessons...
johnstevensaul
Apr. 23rd, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
And as far as dancing goes...
St Petersburg in one of the beautiful palaces or museums during the White Nights Festival....
talanos
Apr. 22nd, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
I volunteer for the Australia trip. Also, New Zealand. Sydney Opera House, tour the Outback and climb Ayers Rock, stay at this cool rain forest resort I once saw on the Travel Channel. ;-D
collacentaur
Apr. 22nd, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
*nodnod*

No strange and unusual places that I didn't mention, though?
talanos
Apr. 22nd, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Alaska. You must go to Alaska. Preferably in August when it's nice. Walk on glaciers, travel through Denali and see Mt. McKinley. Alaska was the best family vacation I ever had as a kid.
collacentaur
Apr. 22nd, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Did the cruise part of that two summers ago, didn't have the time or money for the land portion. See http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=collacentaur&keyword=CFV+2003&filter=all if you're interested in the details...

It was the end of June, the longest days of the year, and it was indeed nice then.
leftsphenoid
Apr. 22nd, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
i'll be your dancing buddy :) (but i'm a follow too, so i can't be your dancing partner ;))
as for places to go, i'd go anywhere, give me five minutes to pack and i'll be your travel buddy :)
but egypt is rather high on my list...
collacentaur
Apr. 22nd, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
I would definitely take you to Egypt! Just not in the first couple of hyopthetical years, because I have been there...
turtle_morn
Apr. 23rd, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
Train around the country. I know you've done it, but that would make you an awesome tour guide.
collacentaur
Apr. 25th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Well, and I did it when I was 12. There's a lot I don't remember.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
Have millions, will travel
Antarctica. When I was working as a travel agent, I saw this amazing brochure on it - sail out from Argentina, spend a couple weeks living on an uber-luxurious research-esque boat, hiking amidst the penguins and seals. I just think it would be absolutely amazing. Of course, it would take something like a lottery win to be able to afford it! If someone in Michigan was going to win it, why oh why couldn't it have been me?!? But I didn't even have one number correct... *sniff* Que sera, sera.

~Grania
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