Of luck, the lottery, and real wealth

If I won the lottery

I don’t know if you’ve been following the news. If you have, the lottery got up to $1.6 billion. That’s real wealth.

It’s funny. Even I bought a ticket. I pondered what I’d do with a billion dollars. And I decided that I’d simply give it away.

No, not to people. There’s an old adage that says “give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

Most people don’t get that. They think you can continually give people money and fix their problems. This is especially true in California. They have this money guilt thing that’s downright retarded.

For instance, when a certain rich man announced that he would use his money to send people into space, you literally had protests of idiots saying that that money should go to the poor.

No it shouldn’t. That’s not your money. It’s his.

Plus, had that money gone into space, it would have employed smart people. Smart people need jobs too, you know. That’s a concept these idiots cannot grasp.

“Do you play the lottery?”

Usually, no. However, my wife and I were at the liquor store and on our way to a barbecue. We picked up some beer and thought “what the hell?” so we bought a lottery ticket as well.

We won.

$2. It’s not even worth the drive back. So if we’re in that area the next few days, we’ll claim it. If not, it will sit there until it expires.

Had I won the jackpot

I would have used that money to reforest areas that need reforesting. Great for the bears, the wolves, the birds, and the other wildlife that needs it.

I don’t need vast wealth. We don’t have “enough” yet to retire. I got fuck you money a long time ago. However, not enough to retire outright.

Well, I sort of take that back. Not enough money to retire outright if we decide to stay in California. We probably won’t though. We intentionally keep the future uncertain though. I like it that way. I like open doors.

Also, I would have setup some scholarships for orchestral musicians. I love Classical music because for one, it’s simply better. For another, I take beauty very seriously.

Too much of today’s music isn’t beautiful. It’s just plain stupid for low IQ people (the majority of the world).

I’d keep a few million. That’s all I really need. I’d like to buy a few cottages in two parts of the country. I don’t believe in living in one place. I prefer the idea of two residences.

Then from there, I’d quit consulting and paint and compose full-time.

The odds

I’m not going to win the lottery. It’s just another random thing. I had $2 in cash. I spent it on a ticket. Not anything I’d cry over.

I went into it knowing that I’d be way more likely to get hit by a car crossing a street than winning this silly thing.

The lottery is really a tax on the poor and the desperate. Should it be legal? Well, that’s another debate. I’m very libertarian (small l, not affiliated with any political party), so I could care less what you do, as long as you don’t wake me up. What does that have to do with the legality of the lottery? Who knows?

Unfortunately, I’ve encountered a lot of people who would gather pools together. I know people who were throwing everything from $10 a week each to $100 at it. Once again, a tax on the poor and the desperate.

None of them won. Just a random guy from South Carolina that you and I will never meet. Bless the guy. Hope his friends and family don’t drive him crazy.

That’s yet another reason I’d give it all away. “Nope, it’s gone,” I’d tell everyone. I’d hire some scientists to advise me what part of America needs the money the most.

Habitat loss

I’m all about beauty and open space. The more open space, the better.

Go to any zoo. Look at the threatened and endangered species. Every single one of them – they are threatened or endangered due to “habitat loss.” What does that mean? Too many fucking people. We are literally breeding ourselves to other species’ extinctions.

So yeah, if I had the money, I wouldn’t fix over there. I’d fix over here. What animals in the USA are dying out due to habitat loss? I don’t know. I’m not a scientist. That’s why I’d hire a panel to advise me where I should replant those forests.

But it didn’t happen. Just a random thought.

So, I’m going back to painting. Happy Sunday folks.

By the way, if you have an Instagram account, follow me. I just started this thing. I’m going to start selling my paintings starting next year. They’ve gotten to the point where friends were saying they’re good enough to sell.

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Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie, and he can still throw a football

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