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monkeon writes, "People tend to seek things that back up already held beliefs, but what books, films, or real-life events have actually changed the way you think about a subject?"

(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 14:27)
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A bit of an epiphany really.
Sitting in the lounge-room a few weeks ago after dinner, just talking as a family - nothing very special.
The topic of winning the lottery came up and my eldest (teen) suggested a game of "What if..." for winning 30 odd million dollars.

There was all the usual excesses - futuristic coffee machines, holidays in places like Florida and France, even buying vast property portfolios. EDIT: And pizza ovens, tear filled 44,000L pools and scooters to ferry people around during disasters.
Yes, I've been lurking and reading the archives.

But it was my youngest (tween) who is the star of this story. She rattled off a bunch of ideas including
- Properties she'd buy, where and why to maximise her capital growth.
- Investments, which blue-chips she'd buy and why.
- The amount she would donate to charities (which ones and why) in percentages, to ensure she would viewed as 'philanthropic' and to assuage her privileged guilt at being so filthy fucking rich.
- How she would structure her portfolio to not only minimise income tax immediately but also to try and avoid capital gains tax in the future.
- Which Pound puppies she'd buy for which friends since they hadn't been bitches to her this term.

I sat back, took a long look at her and realised that this precious little bundle who I've always envisaged having to protect from the outside world fiercely is actually going to be able to make her way in the world pretty fucking well without me. Maybe even a little too ruthlessly.
As a parent - one of the best and scariest feelings ever.
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 21:35, 9 replies)

poster parent
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 22:03, closed)

poster stirrer.
(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 22:06, closed)

stirrer stabber
(, Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:16, closed)
Yeah but if she doesn't win the lottery she's fucked.

(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:02, closed)
Good point.
Then again with me as a parent she's apparently fucked anyway.

I wonder what her numbers are?
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:23, closed)
With all due respect.
She sounds like a cynical little bitch. In case that offends I ought to explain it's about the highest compliment I have ever typed.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 17:44, closed)
Little bitch? Most definitely.
Cynical? At a long stretch.

Either way I shall inform little miss that username "Me, I'n not..." complimented her, on some website. She'll be stoked!
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 22:53, closed)
Fucking hell.

(, Sun 5 Apr 2015, 9:32, closed)
To paraphrase Sigourney Weaver in Alien Resurrection - "I'm the monster's daddy."
(, Sun 5 Apr 2015, 21:51, closed)

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