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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2012 9:52 PM


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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 3:11 AM
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After I'd made sure the kids had a fund to allow them to go to university I'd probably go back to University myself and study something for the fun of it.

I'd probably do a few big cycle trips and explore a few places.

I'd learn the guitar and probably resume my piano lessons.

Then I'd get a lower paid developer job for the joy of it.


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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 3:25 AM
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I'd make video games. And if the FU money was sufficient, I'd donate the profits to charities. In fact, maybe I'd even setup my own charity and fund it through the sales of games.

One thing I'd really like to do is setup an outdoor walking/running/cycling/dog-exercising area. Maybe buy a big area of land/forest or something, and then setup various different trails. I'd try and make it a real destination for people who want to enjoy an active lifestyle. The trails would be separated to some degree too, so cyclists wouldn't be on the same trails as walkers/runners, and dogs could have an off-lead and on-lead trail and so on. I'd hold events throughout the year, 10k charity runs/cycles and the like. There would be good facilities on site too, so you can have a shower, get changed, buy some good food and so on.

Yeah, I'd really like to do both those things.
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 3:58 AM
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It's really hard to answer a question like this, because it's not a position I've ever been in...the idea of being in a situation where I literally could do what I liked with no money worries at all is way outside my experience! I can absolutely guarantee that I'd buy a new house, a new car, and take my mother on holiday, but beyond that, who knows? Maybe I'd sit down and write the next Minecraft...
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 6:21 AM
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Without a doubt, go back to school for fun, add to my home studio, and be even more of a regular at the local pub.

Cheers!
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 6:43 AM


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I like your idea about Habitat for Humanity Steve.

I have one of those "dream jobs" when it comes to technology, great use of technology, busy with challenges, work from home 100%, etc. Really couldn't ask for more. When people ask me what it would take for me to leave the only thing that I can come up with is a job where I could help other people.

That being said, when the end of our life comes the things that we have tasted, felt, owned, will not be what matters, it will be the lives that we touched.

In the words of a Christian singer - "When it's all been said and done, there is just one thing that matters, did I do my best to live for truth, did I live my life for You?"

I couldn't agree more.


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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 6:50 AM
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I would dedicate my time to my children, but I think while they were at school, I would do Yoga each morning then film editing during the day-with a new computer just for that. And sometimes I would just hang out with my husband and other family members, lounging around the new built-in swimming pool. I would also do volunteer filming and film editing for the school events, continue to coach my girls soccer teams, do some volunteer work, and maybe fund a few events for the PTO.

After my girls leave for college, I might volunteer for 4-H or some other worthly organization.

And, we would travel-I have only been to about 30 countries so far, so there's lots more. First though, we would see all US states rather than just the 28 I have been to so far! Perhaps a place Belize would be in order.
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 6:59 AM
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Even with a lottery win I'd probably stay at my job for a while. I'm the only SQL person here and I've built all the infrastructure for reporting and data interchange between our systems. I also suck royally at documenting so if something went wrong it wouldn't be easy for someone to fix it. (i'm trying to fix that particular deficit). I ike my job and I like the people here so I'd train my replace ment and document everything before I'd feel comfortable leaving.

I think with FU money I'd find somewhere out of the way and just dissappear. I'd bring my bike,skiis, guitar and music collection and leave everything else. Maybe I'd bring a computer so I can build AS Cubes on long cold winter nights.
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 7:16 AM
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With apologies to Janis Joplin,

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Corvette? My friends all drive Porches; I must make amends".

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted a Corvette. I would also get a DSLR (full-frame) with the big supertelephoto lenses. A house on the lake, boat included of course. And set up a university scholarship.

I still enjoy programming, so even if I won the lottery, I would probably still work. When I saw an MSDN article about Visual Studio Tools for Office, I got the project idea to write a program that reads the Excel file that NASA publishes Space Shuttle mission schedules in and create appointments in Microsoft Outlook.

I have a few project ideas, one of those is for an Android app.
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Posted Friday, January 13, 2012 7:29 AM


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I'd retire, travel around the world, and when I got bored with that, I would teach SQL Server, but only to interested adults (no kids) and totally on my own schedule. No more someone else telling me where and when to be.

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