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Meme via rosefox, what I would do if $N dropped into my lap in… 
14th-Feb-2013 10:02 am
Meme via rosefox, what I would do if $N dropped into my lap in some legal non-taxable (or post-tax) way:

$10: Just keep it in my wallet, I think, because I never have cash and I know I should.

$100: Buy curtains for my living room. It *almost* looks perfect, guys!

$1000: Two new pairs of glasses. (Yes, that would take most of it. Ultralight progressive multifocals.)

$10,000: Pay down debt.

$100,000: Pay off debt entirely. Pay most of Elayna's college education? Depends where she ends up going! Make it so she's not encumbered by hella student loans, at the very least.

$1,000,000: We'd buy the dream house. Which, in many of the dreams, is a dream apartment building that we remake to fill our own purposes, with apartments for everyone who we want to live with us (and some apartments kept for visitors, and one or two set aside for writer/artist residencies) + big communal spaces, including a house concert venue and an amazing kitchen, and... that takes more than a million. (Yes, I still want Tamson House. You must admit that Boston would be a perfect place for it.)
14th-Feb-2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
1. This is a good game that perhaps I will play later today.
2. My siblings in and I long ago spoke of living together so our kids could play together and we could share cooking and singing and playing, but then geography got in the way. We would totally go moshav if we could all find jobs in close proximity to each other... assuming we could talk our spouses into it, which is also a realistic obstacle... *sigh*
14th-Feb-2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
I've said sometimes that what I need is a converted warehouse, one of the really big ones, and set it up more as a community thing with my friends.
14th-Feb-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
I know a bunch of folks who have warehouses set up like that in the bay area, and at least one such in Boston. It's definitely in the realm of things a group of people with tech-job incomes can afford.
14th-Feb-2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
I want a house like that, or maybe a little community with cottages. And at least one yurt. I want a yurt. But all on board with friends and visitors and writer/artist retreat space. And lots of books, not necessarily in a central location known as a library. :)
14th-Feb-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, your dream house/apartment complex sounds like a wonderful place to live!! I love it!
14th-Feb-2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Tamson House is one of my favorite literary things. Can't you just imagine a block of South End townhouses, all connected? Reference FTW.
14th-Feb-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
My dream house/community would involve rebuilding Rivendell. It could still have all of those spaces, but I want the architecture and TREES EVERYWHERE aspects from the movie sets. The second time we went to see the Hobbit, I definitely spent more time studying buildings than paying attention to the scenes.

And yes, it'd be trickier to build that IN Boston, but I'd definitely want it in Massachusetts. We have strong ties to Western Mass, and I think that sort of building complex would work nicely out there.
15th-Feb-2013 06:22 am (UTC)
Northern Berkshires, tucked in the shadow of a mountain. Southern Berkshires are too stuffed full of rich/annoying/pretentious folks.
15th-Feb-2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Central-west MA has lower property values and, I think, better zoning for communities. At least, that's where the women's land communities in MA that I know of have mostly been. (That said, most of the women's land communities I know about are not in the Northeast, see ref property values, zoning.)

(I have heard of a women's land in New Zealand or Australia that has lost most of its residents over time, and, IIRC, it's built in a forest and all the houses are built out of mahogany that they salvaged from automobile shipments because the crates that cars were delivered in were, in fact, mahogany.)
14th-Feb-2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
I have long thought that a whole apartment building is the solution to community housing problems; everyone gets their own kitchen so the varying ideas of when dishes should be done do not clash, but one giant kitchen for community dinners, and a space for parties and concerts always exists, and is not covered in everyone's daily clutter and oh man a communal library space, I want that to exist too!
14th-Feb-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
The meme I saw had $10,000,000 and $100,000,000 categories. (And my response is on DW).

The dream house sounds amazing. I really really wish we could make something like that happen but yes, it would cost far more than a million bucks.
15th-Feb-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
I added those because I dream on a large scale. ;)
14th-Feb-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is feasible with your prescription requirements, but have you looked at Zenni Optical? They sell lenses and frames at much more reasonable prices than physical eyeglasses stores, mostly because they don't carry designer frames. I got my last pair there, I love them, and I didn't spend hundreds of dollars.
16th-Feb-2013 11:04 am (UTC)
I love the lists people have been sharing :). Money can be such a depressing topic, so it makes me pleased as punch to see friends putting their imaginary funds to such wonderful uses.

Also? You can never go wrong with glasses...;)
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