I was just chatting to some retired friends of mine called Bill and Talita. I was saying that if I were to ever win the lottery, I would love to retire myself so that I could have the time to do the stuff I really want to do, which would include:
- Writing books on technology for kids (I've got all sorts of cool ideas here).
- Go back to college a couple of days a week (not to get another degree ... rather to "cherry pick" topics I want to learn, like "Ancient History on Tuesdays" and "Java Script Programming on Thursdays")
- Dorking around with projects like my Manhole Cover (see #212001806) and my "Display-O-Meter" (see #212903198)
- Pottering around in the garden building water features and raised flower beds and "stuff" (good grief, I'm turning into my father)
- ... the list goes on ...
The conversation then turned to what one would do if one were to actually win a really substantial amount of money (like $10 million or more). This is the sort of game we've all played at one time or another. Amongst other things, you usually say to yourself that you would give all of your friends a certain amount of money.
I remember a friend of mine called "Little Steve" (to distinguish him from our other friends "Tall Steve" and "Old Steve") once saying that if you gave the same amount to each person, it would seem like a lot to some and not much to others (depending on how affluent they were). So his idea was that he would pay off everyone's mortgages, because he said that this was the largest bill for each person and it would have the same relative effect on everyone ... I thought that was a jolly good idea.
But we digress... Talita said that one good use for the money would be to help put underprivileged kids through college. Then she completely blew me away when she told me that, some years ago, she and five of her lady friends formed a little group to do just this. Apparently they meet up for lunch every now-and-again and come up with activities to collect money between them, and they then use this money to put kids through college. It seems that they've done this for two kids so far – one is now a doctor (I can't remember what she said about the other but I do recall that it was another success story) – and they are currently working on raising the funds for a third.
Well ... all I can say is that I was very surprised and EXTREMELY impressed ... what a FANTASTIC thing to do ... knowing that there are folks like this has really cheered up my day and given me a warm fuzzy feeling inside!
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=36, R=329|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=108.00, A=126.47, Δ=+18.47, R=873.53|
|Note:|| I'm more than 5/40ths of the way there!|
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