If I won the lottery...

Old May 6th, 2006, 07:53 AM
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It's irony, for heavens' sakes. And I am smiling, here.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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I'm going to add the following plan to my non-defective lottery ticket dream:

I'd take languange immersion classes around the world. Then I'd travel back to reinforce my retention rate.

I hate that I have lost my ability to speak French (1 year intensive in college) due to the fact that I never really used it once my friend moved back to Paris!
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Old May 6th, 2006, 08:22 AM
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Start flying First Class.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 12:42 PM
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Irony? (a word which I think you use in the UK, to mean something akin to a mixture of either satire or sarcasm) - - which post?

The (incorrect) "correcting" Neo... attempted, of the original post made by rovespierre?

The (incorrect) "correcting" Robespierre tried to jab back at Neo?

or...

The (incorrect) "correcting" you felt obligated to throw at me?
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Old May 6th, 2006, 02:04 PM
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Back to the subject....

I have decided that I will also buy my own plane.
Don't worry, I won't fly it but I will be able to fly with Pup, worry-free ((&))
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Old May 6th, 2006, 02:13 PM
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I would hire someone to plan this trip for me, make all the reservations, then I would fly first class and enjoy the fruits of someone else's labors.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 02:17 PM
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P.S. Yes, yes, I know that's what travel agents are for.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Easy question for me to answer. I would buy a beautiful apartment in Rome (one with guest quarters) and always fly first class.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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...I would miss you all.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 03:08 PM
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Seamus, no you won't! You will run into us all over the world now
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Old May 6th, 2006, 03:11 PM
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I would buy grand apartments in Paris, London, Venice and Rome, then lecture on American folklore at esteemed insitutions of higher learning, and take Americans on free walking tours.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 03:37 PM
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So far…

… we’ve bought two houses somewhere in Italy, one of which is being converted into a B&B…

… and three flats/apartments in Rome…

… and two houses in Tuscany…

… and two apartments in Paris…

… and one (and another for combining) in Barcelona…

… and one residence (apartment, flat, cottage or hoose) each in London, Yorkshire, Venice, the Cote d'Azur, Crete, somewhere in the Western Isles and somewhere else in the West of Ireland (glad to see the Gaeltacht getting some action…)

Eleven of us want to ride in first class all the time…

… and two want their own planes. Clearly they won el Gordo, or else they have never spoken to an insurance broker…

As for the lottery, this week I'm trying 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Something tells me these are significant…

:-?
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Old May 6th, 2006, 03:39 PM
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Gardyloo, I am counting on the 30 million lottery and up.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 08:49 PM
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Thirty million at least dear Scarlett, after taxes of course. Gardyloo, you do know how you have made everyone "dream the impossible dream" don't you? LOL.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 09:05 PM
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Hm, I was banking on a lottery pot of about $20 mil. But I just found out the bounty went up.

So...in addition to what I already mentioned above, for $66 mil I'd also invest in a villa somewhere in Italy. Or maybe something near my friend's house in Premia de Mar, near Barcelona. And I'd invite fellow Fodorites to party in my new home (homes if the prize amount continues to climb!).

I guess for me, the dream continues
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Old May 6th, 2006, 10:22 PM
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Dear Santa, A place in London, Paris, New York to hang my bra.
A getaway in Tuscany and Provence to be one alone or entertain when one feels like wanting to invite the non intruders.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 05:48 AM
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Rex

You cannot be correct, yourself, to speak of what the answer to x times zero is, when there IS no zero.

In other words, it isn't correct, in the first place, to speak of "the odds of winning if you don't play are zero" - if only because the games and prizes involved are different. (The 'prize' for not playing is the money saved on all those defective lottery tickets - a prize not available to those who play.)

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Gardyloo,

I think missypie is onto something. The curve of happiness/freedom versus money flattens out at some point. If you win fifty million, say, heaven help you should travel to some places in the world without a phalanx of bodyguards. All of a sudden, the 'world's most dangerous places' would expand rapidly. Money might not be the root of all evil, but enough of it sure seems to attract same.

See, maybe those 'defective' lottery tix weren't so defective after all.

Now, I'm back to planning our next trip, which, after other responsibilities, will probably not materialize until 2008 , at least.

Dreaming comes free.





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Old May 7th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Interesting take on "outcome odds of any given dollar", whether played on the lottery or not. But it's changing the assertion, and the original assertion is true: the odds of winning a lottery are zero if you do not buy a ticket.

But it's also true that it's mathematically uninteresting... to talk about the "trueness" of zero odds of something occurring - - in a situation, where by definition, it cannot occur.

An infinite number of such occurrences does not change the trueness of the odds being zero - - but it remains mathematically uninteresting to tallk about it.

The horse is truly beaten to death, and then some.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 08:04 AM
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Rex -
So the horse is indeed well dead. May I suggest an epitaph creditable to a learned colleague?
"Playing the lottery is retirement planning for the mathematically impaired"
;-)
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Old May 7th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Sue_xx_yy, I sort of regret using the lottery teaser - all the talk of infinity and zero makes me remember Ben Casey. Probably I should have asked what would you do if you sold your aunt's ranch-style rambler in Los Gatos...

What strikes me, though, is how modest (really) many of these "visions" are. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams they're not. One actually can buy an apartment in Paris without winning the lottery; one can indeed fly first class (or at least Upper Class) as one's chosen cabin. Yes, it will cost more than coach, but it's not a mortgage-the-future sort of choice. Sometimes daydreaming out loud can reveal that one's dreams are not that unattainable.

There was a great dessert-only cafe here in Seattle for years, called the Pacific Dessert Company. Its motto (I don't think they invented it) was memorable: Life is uncertain; eat dessert first.

In the meantime, like I said, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.
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