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Some worthy craziness to fritter away 180 million bucks


Of course, it's not really 180 million, the PB illusion. 

Probably more like 90 million before the feds take their cut to help finance the various wars, pavement repairs, mind control, salaries, bad neighborhoods (such as Washington DC), copshop grants for more tools to keep people from going 5 miles over the speed limits and kevlar suits to make a smaller window of opportunity when they kick down the doors of the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

But I digress.  I'd suppose the 90 million will find itself losing a lot of weight, once the feds take what's due them, maybe bring it down to $45 million.  Then the State will nibble a bit, maybe bringing it down to what?  $30 million?

Still a pretty fair hunk of change for your average person who used to dream about someday getting a fancy 2-story mobile home with pink flamingos and ceramic elves prancing around the front yard, a living room full of television and plenty of candies and plastic monsters for the brats to make every day into Christmas.  Lots of booze and maybe some nose candy would sneak into the equation just so's to assure the great American success story manages to run the whole gamut.

On the other hand, a person might begin by buying a piece of remote real estate surrounded by public lands, build a Zen Temple on one hilltop, a Hindu Temple on another, and fill in the space in between with cabins and comfortable meeting areas invisible to one another.... cabins where people so inclined could come meditate between sessions of learning a different way to look at reality, meeting rooms where they could spend their days learning Silva.... a miniature Robert Monroe facility.... Zen.... Reiki..... Remote Viewing.... spiritual healing and psychic surgery, all rolled up in a place so remote and inspiring as to make it impossible to spend time there without having an earthquake in the spiritual well, just for the price of a person wanting to do it.  Drive the money changers out of the temple, you might say.

Cool thing about that, aside from the mere fact of it, is that most of that could qualify as a religion by almost any definition.  Tax attrition of the 180 million might hang a hard left and skid to a stop, narrowly avoiding a collision with the First Baptist Church of the Latter Day Scientists or whatnot.

One of you folks here on the Lottery Post are bound to win that 180.  How could it be otherwise.  What's it going to be?  A fancy two-story mobile home, or a Zen temple with tentacles into OBE and Silva?

Something to consider.









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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - May 22, 2005, 5:33 pm
i would buy a nice house in a nice place and then buy a nice car and put the rest in the bank and sit back and relax.those three simple things and then the fourth...relax forever!
Comment by Rip Snorter - May 22, 2005, 6:05 pm
"i would buy a nice house in a nice place and then buy a nice car and put the rest in the bank and sit back and relax.those three simple things and then the fourth...relax forever!"

Relaxing forever mightn't be on the agenda when you get out of this particular slaughterhouse, Mike. If it is, you'll get it whether you wish it or not. If it isn't, believing you're going to get out that easy isn't going to make it happen.

But the good news is that it probably doesn't make a lot of difference whether either of us believes it or not. Reality has a way of having things the way it wants, no matter what we believe.

Meanwhile, I'll opt for the fancy two story mobile home, the porcelain dwarfs and the pink flamingo, room full of television set and Christmas every day for the kids scenario. Unless I happen to notice I don't have any kids, which I don't, and that I like solitude and the temple scenario better than just about anything else I can think of on the spur of the moment.

I like the idea of a lot of people who don't believe in much of anything having the opportunity of going to some pleasant setting where people do believe in something, nobody hectoring them with a collection plate, where there's a cadre of people who do believe in something and who can demonstrate the reality of it in a way that leaves no room for argument or disbelief.

But that's just me. I won't begrudge you your house and car if you won't begrudge me my Zen temple. Besides, I'll get to give the axe to the taxman when he comes begging.


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