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Writer's Block: Jackpot

If you won the lottery, what would you do with your newfound riches?

Pay off the house, pay off my son in law's student loan, buy some art supplies and a new laptop, then set it up so that I've got financial independence for the rest of my life. I would prefer doing it that way with a lump sum than the 20 years of payments version -- since I would actually expect to be around in 20 years for the payments to end.

Kitten is very good at tightwad planning. She's already been way ahead of her original plans of buying down debt and getting to where we have savings enough to cover contingencies. We're in good shape because of her planning and so if I won a Lottery or the Literary Lottery, she'd be my choice to set it up in a way that I didn't lose most of it.

I probably wouldn't otherwise change my way of life much. I might travel a bit more but that would also have to wait till I were stronger and whether I put that ahead of doing things in the fall in my best time of year is a big question.
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Feb. 19th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
I can think of one thing you didn't mention that you would probably sink the money into: a motorized wheelchair for mobility. They're not cheap; a couple of the girls over at BYDLS are getting them and the cost before insurance/state aid is $20,000. That's literally ten times more than we paid for our car!
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't mention that. I still haven't tried to get one. There is a version for $600 at Walgreens so I know the price range is pretty broad but you're right, it'd be on the shopping list. I am not sure about the range or durability of the one that might be within reach of reality. Or whether to just go through all the hoops to try to get the state to get me one.
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Ah, that's true. The girls getting theirs that are so much are custom-made to their personal specifications, high-quality chairs that are meant to last at least a decade.

It might be worth trying if it wouldn't cause too much stress, but... as I understand, the reason the state is helping out with the chair cost for one of the ladies is because it's in conjunction with vocational rehabilitation. Her doctors and theirs agree she needs a motorized chair to have a chance at even working part-time, so they're covering at least part of it.

I don't know how Kansas would work it. I don't know if they would provide coverage for someone that will remain self-employed in a work-from-home business.

I'd look into the possibility, at least. :)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, now that would rock. Yep. That's basically what Kansas said about it, that I had to need it for work or for education with a vocational goal.

Thing is that a good one would open that up by allowing me to "hike" to Main Street and hang out in the parks doing my old street art thing or holding open air classes in the park during good weather, as well as get out and do plein air painting. Also to be able to get my framed paintings down to galleries and so on. It would open up all the running around that I would be doing if I were abled and still doing this.

High end juried shows and competitions often require the artist to do his own reference photography. Also, good reference photography under my copyright would let me post good references with my online art lessons. There are a lot of reasons it would be part of the job, though possibly given the cost of the good custom ones (which might seriously improve my range, considering a custom seat might compensate for my bad hip and give better support especially if there's a footrest for my right foot to hike my knee up a bit) it'd help with my overall stamina for running around with less consequences afterward.

On the other hand if they're shelling out that much, they might also pop for a better camera for all those references and maybe a giclee printer, since even the artists who get thousands per painting make more of a living on artist grade prints.
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