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#1 of 28 DaveF

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Posted July 24 2008 - 05:36 AM

I've come into a small inheritance, of $500, and the terms are that it be spent on something fun and unnecessary. I'm not allowed to abide by my nature, and save it, invest it, or pay bills with it. Posted Image

So my wife and I are discussing how to blow our windfall.

What would you do with such a sum?

#2 of 28 Chris Lockwood

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Posted July 24 2008 - 05:42 AM

Terms for real? Is there some way it can be taken away from you if you put it in savings?

If I left money to people I would want them to do whatever they want with it.

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Posted July 24 2008 - 05:42 AM

Two backpacks for back country hikes, if you're into that kind of thing. If not, I still vote for the backpacks (the tent and other gear is another issue).

Balloon trip.

Parachute drop.

Helicoptor scenic tour.

All of it on black! (if you gamble)

#4 of 28 Jason Kirkpatri

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Posted July 24 2008 - 05:48 AM

..or Ipod, new shoes (shoes that are too expensive otherwise), some crazy bottle of wine that is more than $20, but less than $500 (maybe $300?), new 24" computer monitor, a nice piece of art for the home, a new light fixture for the home, multiple annual magazine subscriptions, personal trainers at a gym...too-many-ideas Posted Image

#5 of 28 Marianne

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Posted July 24 2008 - 06:05 AM

A weekend break - you should be able to get a couple of nights in a fairly good hotel and a nice dinner, and pay for the gas to get there, if it's not too far!

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Posted July 24 2008 - 07:07 AM

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Terms for real? Is there some way it can be taken away from you if you put it in savings?
It's from my dad, of the modest inheritance from his mom's passing. The "terms" are what he asked of us, to remember and honor the gifts grandma gave us as kids: fun, generous, and impractical Posted Image

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Two backpacks for back country hikes, if you're into that kind of thing. If not, I still vote for the backpacks (the tent and other gear is another issue).

Balloon trip.

Parachute drop.

Helicoptor scenic tour.

All of it on black! (if you gamble)
We've done the balloon trips (3 times now) and the helicopter tour of Toronto. Posted Image I'll see if my wife wants another balloon ride. We're not hikers, but good idea!

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A weekend break - you should be able to get a couple of nights in a fairly good hotel and a nice dinner, and pay for the gas to get there, if it's not too far!
Interesting idea. It's not enough to fly anywhere, but a driving trip would be fun. Will ask the wife.

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..or Ipod, new shoes (shoes that are too expensive otherwise), some crazy bottle of wine that is more than $20, but less than $500 (maybe $300?), new 24" computer monitor, a nice piece of art for the home, a new light fixture for the home, multiple annual magazine subscriptions, personal trainers at a gym...too-many-ideas Posted Image
iPod Touch is tempting Posted Image Maybe a game system; my wife wants to play the new Lego Indiana Jones game and I need a new game system for that. We've got a zillion magazines already.

A personal trainer is very intriguing.

Artwork for the house... Hmm....

My wife wants a dog. We could pay for half a purebred with this (the gift that keeps on taking. Posted Image)

#7 of 28 Dave Poehlman

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Posted July 24 2008 - 07:39 AM

Two words: Rock Band.

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Posted July 24 2008 - 08:14 AM

Anything outdoors is good.

Indoors, Playstation 3.

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Posted July 24 2008 - 08:39 AM

Get yourself a pair of bass shakers for your home theater, with a dedicated amp. It's in the price range, totally fits the category of unnecessary but fun, plus you can tell us all about it!
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#10 of 28 Lew Crippen

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Posted July 24 2008 - 10:09 AM

Six months of that life insurance. Posted Image
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Posted July 24 2008 - 11:52 AM

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Six months of that life insurance. Posted Image
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My wife wants to retroactively apply it to our theater season tickets. I'm not sure that's allowed. Ah the burden of unexpected wealth Posted Image

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Posted July 24 2008 - 11:58 AM

A black market kidney... and some salsa.

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Posted July 24 2008 - 04:10 PM

Well, since I finally received my $600 check from the Feds I'm kind of in the same situation. I thought there were three ways to go. #1-something activity based (parachuting? Don't think so). #2-something tangible (BluRay player? Posted Image ). #3-something irresponsible (one helluva night at the Pub? Posted Image In my younger days, maybe). So I decided on #2. A Samsung 1400 BR player and two discs are on the way. Still have $280 left so maybe a couple of sway bars for my old Fiat.

As for you, Dave? I'm sure #3 is out of the question so I'd say #2 as well. Get something(s) that you can get the maximum enjoyment out of for the longest period of time. Or go jump out of an airplane! But don't forget the chute. And maybe some more salsa.
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Posted July 24 2008 - 04:50 PM

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Maybe a game system; my wife wants to play the new Lego Indiana Jones game and I need a new game system for that.

There's your answer: Playstation 3, and assorted games for it including Lego Indiana Jones. I'm playing Lego Star Wars at the moment and it's a hoot!

(And you get a BD player to boot, assuming you don't already have one. But that might violate the "unnecessary" condition -- us HT enthusiasts "need" to have the latest bestest home video format, no? Posted Image )

But the trip also sounds good.

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Posted July 25 2008 - 12:00 AM

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There's your answer: Playstation 3, and assorted games for it including Lego Indiana Jones. I'm playing Lego Star Wars at the moment and it's a hoot
Lego Stars II in particular was super! My wife and I played co-op all the way through both. She really was Lego Indy, and then maybe Lego Batman. Alas, my GameCube is obsolete so I need a whole new system to get these games.

They're a real consideration: Wii, XBox, PS3 are all intriguing.

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Or go jump out of an airplane! But don't forget the chute. And maybe some more salsa.
The salsa's on the ground in case the 'chute doesn't open.

I was telling my wife that no matter the windfall, it's never enough. Were it $25, I'd be wishing it were $50 to buy a new game. At $500, I wish it were $1500 for a new TV or speakers. Were it $10,000, I'd wish it were $15k to build a new deck. Were it $100k, I'd grumble that it's not enough to retire and live a life of leisure. Posted Image

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Posted July 25 2008 - 12:15 AM

I'm getting ready for my yearly October Horrorthon...so....

22" LCD widescreen monitor...probably Samsung ($300)
PC sound system of some significant wattage...probably Logitech ($200+)
Then I'd...erm, well, that's it! Wow! Took care of that wad fast enough!
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Posted July 25 2008 - 01:44 AM

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I've come into a small inheritance, of $500, and the terms are that it be spent on something fun and unnecessary. I'm not allowed to abide by my nature, and save it, invest it, or pay bills with it. Posted Image

So my wife and I are discussing how to blow our windfall.

What would you do with such a sum?
A pair of Forbes-approved dress shoes? Posted Image
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Posted July 25 2008 - 04:00 AM

2 hours at Pandora's Box in Manhattan.

Even have enough left-over for lunch in Chinatown (may I suggest Wo Hop on Mott st. Get the fried dumplings and the duck mei fun)
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Posted July 25 2008 - 04:10 AM

If it has to be fun and impractical: an HD-DVD player and discs. Posted Image
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Posted July 25 2008 - 06:22 AM

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I've come into a small inheritance, of $500, and the terms are that it be spent on something fun and unnecessary.
Me. I am fun and unnecessary.

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