March 9, 2008
Post Cheating
Don't judge! This is a bona fide entry!

Not really. But I'm so intrigued that I couldn't help myself, much like the pull I feel to both the Titanic soundtrack and men with wayward eyes. Word on the street is that the most recent Powerball jackpot was more than two weeks' salary for any of us, save The Oprah. Like 200 million duckets. Or 200 gazillion Meximelts. Topped with fat full sour cream and a cubic zirconia.

The death of my father has made me an expert in both the workings of the IRS and polite ways to tell well wishers that I don't feel that God was doing the right thing. I'm choosing to focus on the former.

If I were to gift you $12,000, what would you do with it?


48 Comments:

Blogger Mamma said...

$12K??

New boobs and a tummy tuck.

Or a sick vacation to Tahiti.

Or...I'd take my blonde friend out for drinks if she wouldn't bag claiming a migraine. ;) We missed you--and porn was discussed.

grad school. and maybe a european vacation.

Blogger Mamma said...

Actually, that was my old single self talking. I'd make renovations on my house. How boring is that?

Blogger Dr. Bad Ass said...

Pay my husband's hospital bills.

Blogger surviving revival said...

i would... pay my daughter's school tuition for a couple of months, catch up on gas & electric, water bills, etc. (and buy myself a paper journal.)

i hate being an adult! :)

Blogger Pare said...

I'd go on a fast-food road trip. You know, road-tripping around to all my favorite fast food places.

White Castle, Sonic, Rally's - dear lord how I miss you!

Blogger HKW said...

I'd start a photography studio.

Blogger Gwen said...

Pay for my trip to Europe this summer and spring for the nice Parisian hotel. Will that do it?

No, I mean, give it all to an African charity of your choosing. Yup, that's it.

Blogger Scarlet Hip said...

I'd either work on my new house (!) or I'd blow it all on a trip back to Australia.

Blogger I-66 said...

I'd eat it.

Blogger Paige Jennifer said...

$12,000 buys a lot of boxed wine and Doritos...

But I'd take a piece and do something that would have made the gifter smile. Like my dad? He has always loved model airplanes so I'd donate some to the model plane field in Florida in his name. If it were my mom? I'd buy the Cartier watch she has always deprived herself of and I'd have something inscribed on the back and wear it daily.

Is it sick I'm having way too much fun with this question...?

Blogger the gazelle said...

1/2 to debt repayment
1/4 to savings
1/4 to trip to europe

random spare change left over? drinks for everyone who shows up in portland!

Blogger Erin and Liann said...

1/2, I'd go back to to Venice and travel This summer. And 1/2 I'd save up for moving to NY this coming September.

Lee

Blogger Elizabeth said...

it is funny that you raise this question now. my Dad died in October 2007, and we are close to settling his estate. I feel so ghoulish planning what to do with my 1/4 of the estate.

Liz.

Blogger Beth said...

I should probably use it to pay down some of my massively crushing student loan debt, but I'd rather use it for laser eye surgery and a trip somewhere off the continent.

Blogger Snakebite said...

I don't do well with money that was given to me versus earned. It has no value to me. A local charity would be pretty darn happy, though.

Blogger dee said...

i work for a nonprofit mental health agency and one of my clients has NO teeth. he had open heart surgery a few months back and they pulled the few he had left and medicaid won't pay for dentures--just extractions. he already has enough of a hard time with nutrition and is underweight and not very healthy. so, i would get him a nice set of dentures.

Blogger JordanBaker said...

$4000 to pay down extant debt (if any)

$3000 to savings

$3000 for some sort of nice vacation--not necessarily the furthest away/best place I could get for that amount, but a city where that would keep me in a nice hotel, well fed, and enjoying a spa treatment or two.

$2000 for sundries--clothes/shoes/etc. that I'd otherwise regretfully pass on.

Blogger Mia said...

First a week in mexico drinking as many fruity drinks as I can hold.

Then.. eh.. put it in the bank and wait for something really cool to come along that I can't live without.

Oh, and buy another handful of lottery tickets.

Blogger jessabean said...

Mmmm Doritos.

Maybe I'd buy some men's deodorant...if it works. I still have to find that out.

And yes, porn was discuss. Lesbian porn.

I'd pay for grad school, pay down my debt and splurge a little on myself! :)

Blogger Heather said...

Finally FINISH my house. All at once. Not room by room. Boxes everywhere. Plastic dropclothes on everything. Crap. Actually, I should be working in my kitchen right now instead of commenting. Eh, it'll still be there...

Blogger YCCM'S' said...

Either invest it or, better yet, go on a very long trip to places you've never been in order to meet people you've never met. It'll do wonders for your perspective.

Blogger Chantel said...

pay my rent and buy a new couch.

Blogger Kelly said...

Pay off debt, than buy a burger. That's about it.

WWYD?

Blogger Tracy Lynn said...

I'd pay off my debt, which is about $10,000 (goddamned credit cards) and then I'd give the $2,000 to Toys For Tots and the Ronald McDonald house in my city.

The first because everybody should get Christmas and the second because when my youngest niece was born, she spent several weeks at the NICU and Ronald McDonald House put her parents up, gave them a place to shower and sleep and fed them.

Blogger FoodRockz said...

I would prepare for you the most decadent meal you've ever eaten, with wines paired, of course . . . and use the rest to pay off the credit card debt I've accumulated in recent years in the name of food, wine and photography.

Blogger Michele said...

I would put a fence around my yard to give my two 3 year olds freedom to roam. Well, at least as far as the end of the yard. And I would grow real grass, instead of the sad, clumpy stuff that we have now. I want a big garden filled with tomato plants, and cucumbers and lettuce and herbs. I'd put in a few trees for shade, and a firepit because I think everyone should be able to roast marshmallows on any day they damn well please.
And then I would put in a hot tub, for when the three year olds go to bed. And my husband and I would sit in the tub and watch the fire.
i dont need to win the lottery. I just want a nice back yard.

Blogger Kristen said...

What I would do if the world were a nice place and no one needed anything: Go on a massive shopping bender like you read about in tabloids.

What I've always said I'd do if I ever won the lottery: Open a no-kill animal shelter/rehabilitation center for wayward and forlorn pets.

I'm a sucker for little furry creatures.

Blogger Alexandra said...

Travel.

No doubt about it in my mind.

Blogger pbnjammy said...

i'd adopt another baby (or two!) in a heartbeat!!!

Blogger Lisa said...

$12,000 is almost half a million pesos. I'd use it for my photography business and ease my anxiety on where the hell we're getting the next month's check when we go full-time. That's like three years' worth of rent here. And maybe travel. Because it's going to take us five years to save up enough money for Italy from the looks of things. Then donate to animal shelters and put up one for rabbits, because there aren't any here. Can you tell I've given this much, much thought?

Blogger ramblin' girl said...

one of two really outrageous things... pay off the medical bills from my car accident that insurance didn't cover or replace my sewer line... aren't I fun?

Blogger Freewheel said...

If you hand over the $12,000 now, I promise to provide a full accounting later!

Blogger Scott said...

Cuff links (with pictures of burritos on them). An endless supply of condoms for my freinds at rock concerts. Product. Season tics to the Tigers...you know the good seats with the wait staff. A stadium buddy...ahem. And if there were any monies left in my lint lined pockets....a TOMMY BAHAMA shirt for Kiki!!!! I can see the caption on the back of the shirt now "Mama LURRVES Bahama!!!" or is that Obama? *cul de sac crickets*

Blogger gorillabuns said...

Get everyone's teeth fixed and then re-stock my liquor cabinet.

Blogger mrs. j said...

You. Me. Beach (something way more interesting than the Caribbean - you can pick). LOTS of alcohol.

Screw the house renos we need. I need a vacation.

:)

Hugs.

PS: going back to work sucks ass. Two weeks left....

Blogger Meg said...

I'd have to get each one of my parents something really cool. Then I'd get another horse and go on a trip back to Europe. Or Alaska. Oh, and wine. Red wine.

Blogger Elisse said...

I'd pay off my credit cards and use the rest for living expenses.

And I'd be very, very grateful to you. :)

Blogger Ryane said...

After last week, hospital bills, most likely. With a possible trip to Jimmy Choo thrown in. You know, just to keep things interesting. ;-)

Blogger Jorge said...

I would build an extension on my house so we could keep you there.

Chained up and with an endless supply of lotion in baskets.

:)

Blogger Lemmonex said...

I would buy a stand mixer, pay off some debt and take a trip to Greece. Oh, and a Chloe Paddington bag, how ever frivolous that is...

Blogger Karen said...

My conscience, unfortunately, would only allow me to "play" with a meager portion of said fundage, and I'd likely give most to an array of deserving charities. I'd pay off some bills and probably go to a few extra concerts this year.

I might also leave some $50's in random places. Like bathroom stalls or park benches. Just to make people's day.

What would you do??

I put put some towards my two little ones' college funds and the rest would be saved for a down payment on a house. My surgery wiped out our savings, so it would help us start over.

Blogger kris said...

Since you asked . . . ;)

I'd spend most of it on travel as well as a fountain soda machine for my house. Clearly I'm not as philanthropic as 99 percent of the human population. Murr.

Blogger suddenly suburban said...

I'd get a car. Not a brand new one, but one that would get me back and forth where I need to go. I don't have one at the moment and it sucks badly. I'd spend probably half of it on that. The other half would go towards my crushing debt, which I would finally be able to start paying off if I had a car to go to a second job with.

Blogger Jessica said...

Most likely debt repayment. However I'd be torn by fixing up my house. Siding, windows and a driveway. Exciting, huh? Oh, and some to Doctors Without Borders.

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