05 January 2011

The Lottery

Yesterday I received e-mail from a co-worker about a lottery pool she was putting together for the $300+ million drawing. I'm not usually a lottery player, but my philosophy on office pools is that there is no way I'm going to be the only person coming to work the day after all of my co-workers win the lottery, so I'm in. It's worth a couple of dollars as insurance against that awful (albeit exceedingly remote) prospect.

I also think, from time to time, it's worth the entertainment value of spending the day dreaming about what we would do if we won. Apart from the usual trips, charitable endeavors, and gifts to people around us, the first thing that came to mind is that I would buy my next door neighbor's house. He recently told us that he and his wife are thinking about moving in the spring, and I would love to have an extra lot. Ideally, we would have had two lots before we started construction so we could have torn down both houses and built our current house in the middle of them, but that ship has sailed and even winning the lottery wouldn't help us get a time machine, so we'd have to make do with an extra lot on one side. (The logical solution -- in lottery-winning dreamland -- would be to buy our other next door neighbor's house, too, so the house would be in the middle of three lots, but we love that neighbor and couldn't bear to see him go.)

Anyway, once we had two lots, we would tear down the other house and landscape the heck out of our new, much larger yard. Still with water conservation (and composting, vegetable gardening, etc.) in mind, but without cost so much in mind.

But alas, we didn't win. Sigh.

1 comment:

  1. I love the first paragraph there--no way would anyone want to be that person who didn't go in on a winning office pool!

    We haven't built our house yet, but we've got 9.5 acres in the middle of cornfields, perhaps a mile from anyone. Of course, that could always change, and we miss out on having a great neighbor too. So it goes. :)