Wednesday, July 18, 2007

In hindsite...

I have read on the internets that Daniel Radcliffe (He who is Harry Potter) will turn 18 this month and when he does, he will obtain control of $40 million dollars.

Wow. I was, you know, going to get him a card...or something but uh...

Anyway. I can only hope that Mr. Radcliff will have wise and helpful hands to guide him away from the kinds of temptations $40 MILLION can buy. I am tempted to look back at my life and wonder what I might have done with $40 million when I was 18 and am forced to conclude that I would have no freakin clue. I would likely have saved some of it, but there would be some pretty large purchases that I would be regretting about now.

Like the full sized millenium falcon in my back yard, or the Hoth Base (complete with Imperial walkers) I built in Norway. Or perhaps the strip club with a Star Trek theme. The possibilities are endless.

What would you regret having bought or done with if you'd been given $40 million on your 18th birthday? And if you say "I would have invested it all in a broad range of well managed blah blah blah: you're LYING.

11 comments:

Cat said...

I would have started a comic book, rented an apartment away from my folks, and put off college for another few years to write, draw, and act. But when I finally went, I would have gone to Yale.

Today, I'd just buy a pirate ship.

Ed said...

I would have invested $10 Million and spent $30 million trying to become a race car driver.

Or maybe whores and beer, not sure which...

Anonymous said...

I would have traveled the world!!! Oh wait, I already did that :) Wen

Anonymous said...

Dude,

This is me we're talking about (the 18 year-old me that is). And at 18 I would have spent it all on cheap hookers and good drugs (or is that good hookers and cheap drugs). At any rate, I would now be mugging people in the red light district of Amsterdam and living in a box behind some brothel.

I am truely blessed then that I did not win $40,000,000 in 1982 or I would never have started working on my Master's Degree or have the two lovely little girls that are now the center of my Universe.

-Olias

(Oh yes and my lovely, neurotic wife would be a much happier person for never having met me.)

Anonymous said...

A Sci-Fi themed strip club?!? I LOVE that idea! -Di

duff said...

Honest to Dog, at 18, I really and truly *would* have invested a big chunk o' change... AFTER hiring someone to determine exactly how much $$$ I would need to Never Have to Worry About Medical Expenses Ever Again. Then I would have bought Ed's love.

...and every book I could conceivably want. Gone to a school with a good pre/veterinary medicine program (but NOT OSU). Become a vet. Lived as a hermit in Alaska or the Canadian Rockies for at least a few years, surrounded by books, cats, and dogs (Norwegian Elkhounds and Huskies). Naturally, I'd take a break from the hermit lifestyle to do Pennsic in an Absurdly Huge and Decadent RV (filling it with lots of lovely shiny sparklies from Merchants').
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Now, at my advanced age, I'd pay off all the bills, buy a newer construction home on a vast, wooded lot (with plenty of room for veggie and flower gardens, a multicar garage for Ed's fleet, a volleyball court, and a Back Forty for the inevitable Shortage of Corgis). And *still* do vet tech school.

Anonymous said...

Buy Ed's love? I thought that was free?

Chris said...

Well, believe it or not. I would have given $30M of it to an investor (not Billy Joel's Uncle), more like my father who is good with investments.

The $10M Balance: Hookers, Strippers, D├ębutantes, Large Quantities of Jack Daniels (like boat loads), and a open line of credit at the bunny ranch.

and I would Franchise that SCIFI Nudie bar

Monkey

Steve said...

Monkey wins.

Anonymous said...

I would have been looking to buy a small island-nation with cannon on the battlements and a phat satellite feed!

Nims

Anonymous said...

I would have diversified my portfolio among (1) secure government bonds, (2) Blue Chip stocks with a health annual dividend payment and (3) a blend of stocks in international emerging markets, energy, materials and health care.

On second thought...screw it. Place it on Double Zero and let it ride!!! Yeee Haaaa!!!!

Sir Constantine.