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Someone got me thinking. What WOULD I do if I won the lottery? Would I lose myself because I had no financial goals? What would change?

  • I wouldn't stop working - I LIKE my job. I like my co-workers, and my clients, and fixing things. If I needed to make more money than I do right now, I would go work at the Four Seasons. And I could, but I'd have to dress better, act like I have class, wear make-up and do massage on people who didn't really need the work. It wouldn't be fun, or feel useful. No.
  • I would probably buy one of the local foreclosed-on churches and have it made into a house. Chapel/workshop/party & venue space? It would be fucking rad.
  • I would pay off everyone's credit card debt that would let me. You can worry if you want to, or if the challenge enriches your life. If it doesn't, then scrap it.
  • I would buy some new shoes and work pants, an iPhone, and a food processor.
  • I would hire a rotating set of underemployed friends to be part-time personal assistants to the artists I know who can't keep track of their bills, where the charcoal pencils got to, or where their beige taffeta is. I know a lot of people who are good artists, but don't get much done because their skill set applies only haphazardly to the real world. Paired with people who could handle organization and one extra person with marketing skills, they could have a tiny corporate entity with everything they need to keep making my world shinier without torturing themselves trying to handle the external world that they dislike.
  • I would probably sink most of it into one of those organizations that does microlending, but one here in the American Southwest geared toward Native Americans and the rest of our local poor. We have a better chance of fixing problems we understand and are a part of, right?
  • The Make Dallas Weird plan and the rest would be largely unaffected since those are social initiatives and not susceptible to market influences as I understand such things.

    So at that point I wouldn't qualify as "rich". I would still live on a budget. I would still put money aside. Most of the problems I have currently that concern money are about spending choices, which will still apply. And I'm not sure that I want to spend all that much time with anyone who gets weird about it, although I'd like to believe that most of my friends would be largely unaffected by material envy since we're all nerds. I have a few friends who are materialistic, some who are just pack rats. I'm not sure how they would handle it.

    EDIT TO ADD: I don't actually play the lottery, since I agree with Robert Heinlein that it is basically a tax levied on people who don't know how to do math. I do not endorse the idea of spending money on games of pure chance.
  • flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (city)
    The Bad: I spaced out a lot at Flipside, and then again at A-kon. I thought it might have been the heat at Flipside, but A-kon was indoors and mostly air-conditioned. :\ There really are a lot of budgetary concerns for my attention. The more things there are to pay attention to (like 16,000 geeks in one place) the easier it becomes to drop all of it, and I'd forgotten about that. No wonder I was such a space cadet in school.

    As far as bad things go, that's not that bad, and the software changes that I'm trying out seem to be functional.

    The Good: I got to spend four days with art freaks and then another three days with anime nerds. MY PEOPLE! I LOVE YOU ALL. I have bathed in weirdness and belonging, and my soul feels clean. Clean enough to identify some goals!

    The Thinky: Some of these goals require successfully predicting the behavior of large groups of people, figuring out ways to put safety features into social technology, and
    The Make Dallas Weird project is going to take about 90 years, I think. I'm going to have to become a political creature in order to make the city ordinances more accepting to the things that attract geeks to a city. And I need a second branch of this plan to transform nerds into geeks so that the ones we have already become visible.

    Listing out unfulfilled human emotional needs will help us predict the shape of the future. Basically all the people who've ever been right about what the future had in store went with predicting that humans want emotional fulfillment, convenience, comfort, and fun.

    In other news: I am now reading Soulless by Gail Carriger. It's a steampunk Victorian comedy of manners, the kind of book the Anita Blake series could have been if it had an ounce of proper decorum. It is hilarious, and I owe many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mig_unit for it.

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