Friday, March 28, 2008
The Friday Five -- a Million Dollar Meme
Posted by Singing Owl on the RevGalBlogPals this morning:
"Lingering effects of a cold have me watching more television than usual. There appears to be a resurgence of the old daytime staple--the quiz show. Except they are on during prime time, and a great many of them offer the chance of winning one million dollars.
I think it started with Regis Philbin and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" but now we have a half dozen or so.
My husband and I started musing (after watching "Deal or No Deal") about what we could do with a million dollars. I thought I'd just bring that discussion into the Friday Five this week. It's simple. What are five things you would want to do with a million dollar deposit in your bank account?"
Actually I used to play this one with various of the Offspring Units -- we'd take whatever the Obscene Gros-Lot was that week, and say, "what would you do FIRST..." and so forth. We were always quite astonished by the moderation of our appetites, when we got done.
OK, a million dollars.
1. PAY YOUR DUES. 10% to the church -- 3.5 to the parish, 3.5 to the diocese, 3 to the national church. I don't know whether it should be a flat-out no-strings gift, or tied up as an income-producer. Have to think about that some more.
2. MORE DUES. 10% to the schools I went to -- 3 to my undergraduate college, 3 to my graduate school, 4 to my theological college. Actually, I might skip the graduate school, which isn't what you'd call HURTING, and send that 3% to the nearest Anglican theological college.
3. I think we're down to $800K at this point. H'mmm. I have three children. Again, I don't know what's best, kindest, wisest -- no-strings cash, or trust funds. (Speak up, offspring, don't stand there humming and hawing and scuffing your toes in the dirt!)
4. The remainder in good solid income-earning investments. And out of that income...fix my house...fix my yard...have the best parties EVER...and go back to Italy as often and for as long as I could manage!
I think that's it! Although I like LutheranChik's idea of the "Crappy Day Comfort Fund"...