November 13, 2012

The Lottery

I got home tonight from a performance at Bones' Middle School and my husband had the news on.

Big as day, front and center were the nominations for Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense.

I busted out laughing. My husband was pissed, not at me, but at the situation. I couldn't quit laughing.

And suddenly I said to my family, "I know the Obama Administration's Theme Song".

Let's hear it again, shall we?

Clowns. We are being run by clowns.

OK, off that.

So Bones' school has a string group as well as vocal, band, theater, etc. Tonight was the first time I heard them. They blew me... away. I'll put a link at the bottom of this post, but listening to them, for some reason, had me think, "What would I do if I won the lottery?"

Chances are I'll be losing my job, so if I won the lottery, I'd not have to quit. That would work out, because if I didn't lose my job, I'd not be able to quit. I'm part of a team and I can't leave them in a lurch.

So the scenario is I have lost my job and I win the lottery... what would I do?

I'd take up the harp.

I'd buy a new car to carry my new harp.

I'd play the harp at the local Hospice center and for weddings and funerals.

I'd take up the cello.

I'd see if some community orchestra had room for a 16th chair cello.

I'd travel to NYC and see Broadway plays.

I'd travel to listen to the finest symphonies.

I'd go to the Opera.

I'd finish learning French. (I was halfway there... let's finish the trek.)

I'd get a personal trainer for 3X a week.

I'd hire someone to cook me healthy food. A food coach.

But I'd also never turn down a piece of chocolate mousse cake or flourless chocolate cake.

And I'd get a massage every week because I'd be working out so much.

That's it. What would you do if you won the lottery?

The String group I heard tonight...

Posted by Boudicca at November 13, 2012 10:23 PM

Lottery. Hmmm.
Buy a large horse property. Nice barn, big green paddocks. Covered ring. Give red her dream. Maybe even a pool and gym for the riders. Maybe rescue abandoned horses.
I'd start a blue heeler rescue. Heelers are a dime a dozen in Texas. Not many here in Carolina. I'd use part of my horse property to train heelers to work with cows, sheep, goats and horses. Make them cat and other dog friendly. Then adopt them out at minimal cost.
I'd buy Henry rifles for every member of my reenacting unit. Maybe even get an artillery piece. Start a civil war history camp where kids could come, learn about life, politics and warfare in the 1860's. I think a week in a military camp would do wonders for a lot of kids these days.
Then I'd ride, shoot, camp, teach and save dog lives.
Maybe travel if I had time. I think a honeymoon in Ireland sounds swell.

Posted by: K-nine at November 13, 2012 10:47 PM

Oh, and buy a vintage motorcycle. A triumph. Maybe a Vincent or norton.

Or a BSA.

Maybe an old Harley too.

And a 1936 gmc pickup truck.

And perhaps an old willys jeep.

Posted by: K-nine at November 13, 2012 10:52 PM

did you see the $18 chocolate bar with something like $12 shipping? I'm asking for it from Santa. I have to try something so outrageously priced.

I'd like to play the harp and see Broadway productions, too. Take me with you!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 13, 2012 11:05 PM

I could probably keep my minivan for the harp. There is just question as to how long it's going to last since it's got 212K miles on it and the driver's side window doesn't go down and it's starting to make a funny hum... but if I won the lottery and kept my van for the harp, I'd still get something red and zippy for me.

You'll notice, K-Nine, that my list didn't have me caring for anyone. Your list is full of caring for others.

Posted by: Bou at November 13, 2012 11:06 PM

Writersblock- I had to google that. I'd not heard of it. OK... for $18.00... it has to be dark and it appears it is. I'd like to just bite a square... but, if you win the lottery, buy two. One for you and one for me.

If *I* win the lottery, you're with me on the harp gig and Broadway.

Considering we're talking chocolate on your end, this could be an even trade... ;-)

Posted by: Bou at November 13, 2012 11:20 PM

The children's musical talent is amazing. I had my back to your dad's computer while listening and thought it was an adult group.

Posted by: mom at November 13, 2012 11:36 PM

After hearing the harp in Germany, I have brochures all over on buying one. Then I saw one in my son's piano teacher's room. Love it. SO, yes... you have another one for the harp to go to lessons with you... and... I'll make you fudge in return! ;-)

Posted by: vwbug at November 14, 2012 05:46 AM

Tbe Strings are amazing. And the crazy part is... all those kids will apply to the High School and only half of them will make it, a bit better stats than the vocal department. Less than 13% of the vocal majors will make it. So much talent. Here's another link to a performance last year... This first chair young man was in 7th grade at the time, he's a friend of Bones:

I can't find a video of their actual symphony. They have an orchestra with just about everything but saxophones, that I heard last night. Then they have a band and a Jazz band that will blow you away.

I spent the whole time saying to a buddy of mine, 'I paid $10 for this? I think tickets at the Kravis would be $75 for the professionals..."

VW- Hey, I'm game! BTW, I know of a harp instructor. I've been looking into it. I have this whole harp thing on my 'after my kids leave home' list. Just winning the lottery would make it happen faster.

Posted by: Bou at November 14, 2012 07:04 AM

Unless you are wanting to go full on classical harp - I highly recommend this man's harps
all the cool Irish and Scottish kids are playing them (and by kids I mean pros...)

Wish my Alex had had access to that sort of group to play with when she was in high school - never mind middle school!

She's married and going to graduate school at Maryland now - double masters performance/theory - then doctorate in one or the other.

Posted by: patti at November 14, 2012 08:29 AM

You'll notice you spent your whole life caring for others. Me... Well, not so much.

Posted by: K-nine at November 14, 2012 08:36 AM

First, I have a list of charities, friends and family that will be funded.

Then I'd buy a large property in the Texas hill country with a lake and a very tall fence.

Posted by: pam at November 14, 2012 09:30 AM

I'd buy my brother and his family a house and a new car or 2. I'd set up a trust fund for my great-nephew, who is being raised by my brother and his wife.

I'd give to charity of course.

For me and The Oracle - we'd buy an island for ourselves. Private, secluded, serene. Maybe we'd tell people where we went...maybe we wouldn't.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at November 14, 2012 03:48 PM

Wow...that String group is amazing. Amazing.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 14, 2012 05:29 PM

And a nice shop/garage where I could work on old bikes and jeeps and cars/trucks as well as restore old furniture and furnishings.

Maybe start a business that tears down derelict old houses and refurbishes the materials for restorations.

Posted by: K-nine at November 14, 2012 06:21 PM

Hmmm... pay off our mortgage. Pay off our daughter's mortgage. Buy a place for our son who hasn't got a mortgage yet... Replace my car (which I love, but is getting a bit long in tooth - so to speak). Travel - just go places and walk around.

Hire someone to cook for me and then clean up the mess. Other than that, I'm good. Maybe I'd blow some of it trying to start my own business... or not. ;) Maybe even take the pilates teacher training course... not to teach, but just to take it. I'd suck as a teacher.

Posted by: Teresa at November 15, 2012 03:54 PM

If I won the lottery, I'd buy a Swan 65 (maybe a tad big larger), or something similar (Sloop or Ketch rig, maybe a Yawl), and head south to the Caribbean.

The future here is dark.

Posted by: Yabu at November 15, 2012 04:07 PM

Our school covers 100 square meters.I like ice-cream.He is respectful to his elders.How should I tell him the bad news?The stars are too far away.How long will it take to get to your house?How long will it take to get to your house?His talk covered many subjects.What should I do? We can't go out because of the rain.

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