The other day I received the following email from a Mr.Clifford Gilly...
Congratulation!!! (Yes, it was missing the "s" at the end!)
Greetings to you,
On behalf of the Bill Gates Microsoft donation, we wish to notify you as a
beneficiary of $500,000.00 USD in compensation. The Bill Gate foundation
have started the arrangement to give away $10,000,000,000.00 before the
end of 2011 and the search is done randomly with active email address in
the Microsoft system.
Do contact us with details as requested below for verification and release
of your $500,000.00 USD.
Please if you are willing to accept the funds, do get back to the Director
of the Bill Gate Microsoft donation with the following details:
 Full Names:________________
 Contact address______________________________
 Direct Telephone No: ___________________
|4| Occupation : ____________________________
You can read this link for more information:
Bill Gates Foundation.
New York, USA
IF I am willing to accept the funds? Well, gee thanks, Mr. Gilly, but I think I'll NOT click on the link and possibly infect my laptop with some crazy trojan or virus. I just got the desktop computer fixed. Yikes! Plus he put "Bill Gate" instead of Bill Gates. Twice.
Maybe Kathryn can look into this for me? Since she's tight with Bill and all. What do ya say, Kathryn? :)
So anyway, I thought it would be fun to dream a little. What would I do if $500,000 got dropped into my lap? Hmmm ...
Of course, I would donate some. A lot actually. To my church. To the American Cancer Society. To Samaritan's Purse. Just to name a few.
I would pay off our house. Then pay someone to finish the work on our house. Then we would sell our completely finished, paid-off house and buy something somewhere that we really liked. Like Tennessee. I don't know why, but I'd like to live in Tennessee. Although I would NOT become a Titans fan. No way. Not gonna happen. :)
I would take a cruise. I've never been and I think I would love it. Probably an Alaskan cruise, that way Doug would actually want to go with me. He's not into tropical places. He prefers the cold. Although we would not go when it is cold. That would defeat the purpose of taking a vacation.
I would take the kids to Disney. We've been talking about it for a while and we just haven't gotten around to starting that savings plan yet. Still working on the full emergency fund.
Oh, which is another thing I would finish. The emergency fund. That would actually go higher up on my list.
I would buy a new DSLR camera. Like a Nikon D3100. Not that I don't like my current camera but they have ones now that record video. How cool is that?! I almost never use my video camera anymore. But I would love to have on record some things about the kids. Like Alex's giggle. And Nick's ability to tell a really good fish tale. And Keira's violin music. Okay, so now I'm going to have to break out the video camera and record those things.
I would buy Doug a new-to-him truck. Whatever he wanted.
Then I would buy myself a newer vehicle. I'm not sure if I'd get another van or an SUV. A big gas-guzzling Cadillac Escalade? Or a Honda Odyssey? With "magic" doors. :)
And if I still had money left over, I'd buy a few horses to have on our property in Tennessee. Because we'd have enough property to have horses.
Is that too practical of a list? Am I not dreaming big enough? I guess I'm just not into all the material things.
What would you do with $500,000?