What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine? As much as I dislike routine, I have to say that I have one now. It sucks, but there it is. I basically get up, see to my morning toilette, get on the computer and the day goes by. I don’t do much else. When my body lets me, I do household chores — dishes, laundry, vacuuming, &c… — but those don’t happen every day. Our house isn’t a mess because it’s only the two of us and the dogs, and we hardly use any of our house but the living room and the bedrooms. But yeah, I don’t do much in the way of housekeeping unless I have the energy for it, or gets too messy — because I don’t like messes really. Then again my idea of “messy” and someone else’s idea of “messy” might be two different things. I know of at least three people who would think my house is a disaster area, and at least three more who would think it’s sparkling clean. So there’s that. But honestly, there isn’t much I do outside of that routine. And to tell y’all the truth, I hate being stuck in this rote. My mind screams about it all the time, but what can I do when my body isn’t willing to work with me? I try to do different things online, however as vast as the cyber world is, it’s pretty much the same ol’ same ol’ no matter where you go. Until I get my body back in line, I’m stuck, and there ain’t much I can do about it.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Douglas and I were just talking about this the other day. We’ve had that conversation before too, and the answer changes slightly depending on where we are and what our circumstances are. But the basics are always the same. Right now, the WA State Lottery is at $8.2 million (I just looked it up), and to tell y’all the truth, that ain’t a lot of money in this day and age. Now, after Uncle Sam takes his cut, I’m betting that we’d get a little over half that. So about $4 and a half million (I’m guessing and rounding for easier math, could be more, could be less). The first thing we do is what most people would do, pay off all of our bills, including our mortgage. And when I say that a few million isn’t all that much, I mean it. Because over half a million dollars would go to pay off the mortgage, the one credit card we have, and my student loans. Of course, then we’d be debt free with money in the bank, so there’s that.
Then there’s the choice between taking the full sum of money and taking an annuity. I’d go for the full sum and stock it away in a savings or something, because I damned sure don’t trust the state to keep it for me. I’m just not trusting like that. Douglas waffles on that issue. The problem with taking the lump sum is that you only get half of the winnings (for being greedy I suppose. I dunno), then Uncle Sam gets his cut of that amount. So say I won the $8.9 million that the WA State Lottery has now, and took the lump sum, I’d only get just over $4 million dollars for taking the lump sum, and then, after taxes, have only a little over 2 million dollars left (only ahahahahaha). Still, as I said before $2 million won’t go far in this day and age, but it will pay the bills and we’d be able to breathe easy for a while. I’d also tell all of the family standing in line with their hands out, the ones who haven’t spoken to me in years to take a flying fuck right off because I know they’d come crawling out of the woodwork as soon as word got out. But that’s just me.
Then we’d have another choice to make. Stay in this house and rebuild it like we’ve planned, or move to another, perhaps smaller, house with less land? We like it here, but we probably bit off more than we can chew with this acreage. I didn’t know my health would go down so rapidly! But it’s more than I can tend to at the moment. However, with a few million, we can build our fences and hire groundskeepers to help with the goats and chickens. For a little while anyway. Ha! One thing’s fersure, I’m not buying a grand place or fancy cars. I hate big houses. Hate them. Who needs all of that room? My 18 foot trailer was too big for me when I lived alone. Now I compromise with Douglas, he likes the room, I tolerate the empty space. No mansions, but a house with floors that don’t creak would be nice.
What makes you laugh the most? Too many things in this world make me laugh to point at one and say, “That. That right there is the thing that makes me laugh the most.”
What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology? That people don’t seem to remember a time before this technology existed. Like, any of the modern stuff we use today… cell phones, computers, internet, digital cameras… you name it. Even older people who should know better. It’s not like I’m asking them to step back and recreate a time before the internet, but damn, people, can’t you even remember that there was a time before Google was a thing? Or cell phones? I know they’re ubiquitous now, but they weren’t always. There was a time when they were the stuff of science fiction — a pipe dream in someone’s imagination. Now they are the hum drum of every day life and people just take for granted that they hold tiny technological marvels in their hands. I think people should be aware of that, of how rapidly we’ve advanced in recent years. In my lifetime, we’ve gone from dreaming about having a handheld device like a smart phone to actually achieving that goal. That’s kind of an amazing thing.
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