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"...

12 comments:

Chorus said...

Hmmmm.... Prob'ly the trust fund is best, I'd wager...

;)

Great Play!

Crimson Rambler said...

well the trust fund thing can be Hideously Frustrating too, I know...
it is a puzzlement.

Shalom said...

You are very practical! (And admirable for putting the church giving first - I got it on my list, but a bit later...). Happy weekend!

Auntie Knickers said...

I was beginning to be distressed at your practicality until I got to the part about the parties and Italy! ALso, catching up, good work on the TV paying for the boilers!

Singing Owl said...

LOL at #3....heh heh heh...and I like LutheranChik's idea too.

Stealthy Dachshund said...

I spend some of it on loose women and cheap liquor.

The rest I'd just waste.

SpookyRach said...

I'm available for adoption. Have no preference as to whether its a trust fund or cold hard cash.

Chunklets said...

You could hire some Italian guy to paint the ceiling at MH&U!

Jan said...

Practical and good ideas. I don't know what I'd choose. . . .

Diane said...

Italy...wow! yeah.

I like the crappy day fund too.

Jane Ellen+ said...

Considering the financial state of my seminary alma mater, I'm delighted that you are making theological education a priority.

johnieb said...

One word (well, after doing the right thing): Provence.