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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Aug 31 10:27 PM

Sept 1st, 2016: Question

Here's something a little different for the IOtD, a question...



Seven to one odds.
Is it worth the risk?
Do you feel lucky, punk?



BigV  Wednesday Aug 31 10:31 PM

When do I get shot?

When do I get the money?

What currency?

How many times may I spin?

How can I trust that the payoff will occur?


My answer: interesting question..



Clodfobble  Wednesday Aug 31 10:41 PM

Nope.



I know, I'm not super interesting in the "would you rather?" game either.



lumberjim  Thursday Sep 1 12:51 AM

Shot in the head. We assume fatality. Die instantly or be given at least $500k. What dollar value do you put on your life?

My kids are nearly grown. If I died today, they would still live good lives. They would be a bit sadder, but they would be fine. If I suddenly had any of the top 4 amounts of money, all motivation for bettering themselves would evaporate. We would all be worse people, creating our own adversity because money would wipe away any real life challenges.

I'll pass. I'd rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery. [/brighteyes]



lumberjim  Thursday Sep 1 12:54 AM

That is, unless this I the price is right or wheel of fortune wheel, and I get to physically spin it. I'm confident enough in my skil that I would bet my life that I don't land on red.



Snakeadelic  Thursday Sep 1 08:33 AM

2-part answer...

Part 1: No. I'm a coward.

Part 2, borrowing from lumberjim: all motivation for bettering themselves would evaporate. We would all be worse people, creating our own adversity because money would wipe away any real life challenges.

That's exactly why I welcome challenge and adversity in my life no matter how hard I whine about them. Replace those with money...nope, still don't wanna be Gwyneth Paltrow when I grow up. Having that kind of money handed to me would turn me into someone I don't want to be--someone without ambition (when I barely have any to start with) and without a reason to mentally or physically work for anything again. I'm better off poor and pissed, methinks!



limey  Thursday Sep 1 08:45 AM

nope



glatt  Thursday Sep 1 08:54 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
If I suddenly had any of the top 4 amounts of money, all motivation for bettering themselves would evaporate. We would all be worse people, creating our own adversity because money would wipe away any real life challenges.
I like your thinking.

Rich people build walls. It's what they do. Do you want to be walled off? You would have a dozen compounds around the world and would have an entourage sucking up to you. No actual relationships with anyone. You wouldn't trust anyone because they all want your money.

It would be too easy to turn into a Donald Trump.

Every once in a while, you hear about someone who breaks that mold. Like the 4 hour caffeine drink guy who apparently set up a research lab with his riches in order to find inventions that would further mankind. It would take discipline to do that.


Undertoad  Thursday Sep 1 09:35 AM

That's excellent parental thinking, wanting them to better themselves, but now that they're nearly grown, it's a trap. How much better do you need them to be?



lumberjim  Thursday Sep 1 10:47 AM

Better than me



Undertoad  Thursday Sep 1 11:15 AM

Mission Accomplished?



HitTheLake  Thursday Sep 1 11:44 AM

Give me two practice spins, and yes, I'd do it. I have excellent fine and gross motor control.

Otherwise, I think I'll pass too.



lumberjim  Thursday Sep 1 12:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
Mission Accomplished?

in some ways yes, but in others it's too early in the game to tell. They need to be self sufficient and have some adversity to overcome before I can really say. Who can really say who is 'better' anyway. I'll be happy if they live happy lives.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 1 12:27 PM

I'd do it in a heartbeat.
If I lose, no one gets hurt, no one cares.
If I win, even the smallest prize, I could do a lot of good with that money.



Diaphone Jim  Thursday Sep 1 12:34 PM

Can I wait until after the eclipse?
Welcome back, Bruce.



Gravdigr  Thursday Sep 1 02:15 PM

Today? Yep, I'd spin that wheel. And I'd be trying for red. Not that much to lose.



Clodfobble  Thursday Sep 1 02:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
If I win, even the smallest prize, I could do a lot of good with that money
I actually didn't think about this--I was thinking I wouldn't be especially interested in the huge payouts, for any reason. Forget the risk of dying, I probably wouldn't even do something relatively inconvenient for it, because I've never been comfortable with the idea of being rich to begin with. I only want enough that I can do what I want without having to worry about it, "what I want" being a relatively modest set of things. I'd like to travel a bit, I guess, pay people to do some chores I find annoying, but I'd refuse to get a fancy car or house or anything even if money were no object. I'd hate even looking at the stupid thing in our driveway, and be embarrassed to walk inside the house.

But you've reminded me that I could give the money away. I still wouldn't risk death for it, but yeah, I'd do some unpleasant things to be able to help others with it.


lumberjim  Thursday Sep 1 02:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Today? Yep, I'd spin that wheel. And I'd be trying for red. Not that much to lose.
Shut yo mouth.


footfootfoot  Thursday Sep 1 02:51 PM

Do you remember the trees? Do you remember all the different ways of the trees? Do you remember that? Do you remember? Huh? The mountains? Do you remember all that?

One shot.

One shot, one shot.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 1 03:39 PM

I remember the trees, tall, short, many colors, some dead.




Gravdigr  Thursday Sep 1 05:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Do you remember the trees? Do you remember all the different ways of the trees? Do you remember that? Do you remember? Huh? The mountains? Do you remember all that?

One shot.

One shot, one shot.
That's three shots.

Come to think of it, I could use a shot or ten.


Gravdigr  Thursday Sep 1 05:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
Shut yo mouth.
Meh.


Carruthers  Friday Sep 2 03:51 PM

No. Not a snowflake's chance in Hell.



gozar  Friday Sep 2 10:27 PM

Well maybe...



Sure, why not.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 3 12:16 PM

Money doesn't have to ruin your life...




sexobon  Saturday Sep 3 12:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carruthers View Post
No. Not a snowflake's chance in Hell.
How about if we replace that paltry $500k with a day in bed with Emma Watson, hmmmm?


orthodoc  Saturday Sep 3 07:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Money doesn't have to ruin your life...

A paraphrase of this post would make a good epitaph.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 3 09:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by orthodoc View Post
A paraphrase of this post would make a good epitaph.
My epitaph, soon.


Clodfobble  Saturday Sep 3 09:30 PM

Soon?


You know something you ain't sharing?



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Sep 3 09:52 PM

Yes.



Clodfobble  Saturday Sep 3 10:09 PM

Dammit.



Gravdigr  Saturday Sep 3 11:12 PM

...the fuck?



glatt  Saturday Sep 3 11:42 PM

I'm genuinely sorry to hear that.



SPUCK  Sunday Sep 4 03:44 AM

Indeed...



Undertoad  Sunday Sep 4 09:11 AM




Griff  Sunday Sep 4 09:17 AM

Damn it, man.



sexobon  Sunday Sep 4 10:32 AM

Party till you drop!



lumberjim  Sunday Sep 4 10:59 AM

The fuck Bruce



classicman  Sunday Sep 4 11:25 AM

Ummm ... What just happened?



Diaphone Jim  Sunday Sep 4 12:36 PM

Your epitaph, Bruce? Got a billion?



sexobon  Sunday Sep 4 12:50 PM

I would take it to mean that when he dies his assets will exceed his needs and go to charity (without a dollar amount attached).

YMMV.



Sundae  Tuesday Sep 6 05:31 AM

I'd spin that wheel in a hearbeat.
Nothing more to lose. I'm going anyway soon and no-one will benefit and my family will have to pay my funeral costs.
May as well give them something to party on.

ETA - Bruce? Oh no. Please say it was an answer about the frailty of life.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 6 06:58 AM

My mother said, Do it in your sixties, you won't be able to in your seventies." She knew how steep the slope becomes.



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