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If You Didn't Need Money, What Would You Do?

Cliff posted more than 12 years ago | from the trade-and-barter dept.

The Almighty Buck 201

permaculture had this simple but philosophical query to run by you all, today: "I was once asked this question: 'If you didn't have to work for money, what would you do with your time?' I've put that question to many people since I first heard it, and got a lot of different answers. It seems to me that the answer to this question is what you should be aiming for even though you do have to spend most of your time earning a crust."

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Easy (3, Funny)

quintessent (197518) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202361)

Slashdot 24x7, baby!

Work. (2, Interesting)

jdclucidly (520630) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202367)

I would continue to work to satisfy the basic human need to feel worth something.

Re:Work. (2)

TRACK-YOUR-POSITION (553878) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202436)

The need to WORK in order to satisfy that need, if not the need itself, is most certainly CULTURAL (and probably a product of Puritan-thinking America), not a basic characteristic of human instinct.

Re:Work. (1)

matzim (468452) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202509)

The need to WORK in order to satisfy that need, if not the need itself, is most certainly CULTURAL (and probably a product of Puritan-thinking America), not a basic characteristic of human instinct.

What's your definition of work? Are you saying that if you had all the money you need you'd spend the rest of your days in your underwear eating Cheetos? Maybe "work" isn't the right word-- but I would think that most intelligent, creative people, IRREGARDLESS of culture, would want to exercise whatever talents or skills they have.

Re:Work. (2, Insightful)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202953)

I know several people who were born into substantially wealthy families. The important things they learned/were taught is that having money doesn't mean spending money, and the privilege you have of being here deserves your contribution.

You wouldn't know they were rich when you met them, nor when you saw the cars they drive, nor their houses. Their children do not have every toy they ever wanted.

If I didn't have to worry about money, I would still work, but I doubt that I would be as committed, or as financially savvy.

I think I would start a company, and work on the ideas and dreams I have. I think the dangerous thing for people who "come into money" is the ability to follow through on flights of fancy, where most people sort out their priorities and make goals of those dreams they have.

Re:Work. (2)

pthisis (27352) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203515)

I think the dangerous thing for people who "come into money" is the ability to follow through on flights of fancy

Dude, that's also the thing that makes people like Howard Hughes so compelling. He was nuts, did crazy stuff, and it kicked butt. Built the biggest plane ever and flew it once. Built a ship with a 2-mile long claw to raise a submarine off the seabed. Had an army of people spread across the US to find him the most, um, pneumatic woman, then cast her in the Outlaw, then called up preachers and conservative groups telling them how immoral it was so they'd protest and give it free publicity (thereby making Jane Rusell a star).

And all those billionaires who want to parachute out of a balloon at over 15000 feet just to beat (google for "Project Excelsior" for a description of the original). []

Sure, it's not _useful_. But it's entertaining as hell.


Re:Work. (4, Insightful)

TRACK-YOUR-POSITION (553878) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204514)

Are you saying that if you had all the money you need you'd spend the rest of your days in your underwear eating Cheetos?

I might. Or I might wander through the wilderness in quiet contemplation. Or analyze great tomes of philosophy in the Library. Journey across the world. Talk to interesting people. I

It strikes me as sad that so many (perhaps not yourself) wouldn't be able to find something to do without asking some company or government for a job...

Re:Work. (2)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203381)

Of course its a basic characteristic of humanity. Its not a cultural product.

The idea that work is bad-- that's a cultural idea. It goes with the idea that people are bad, money is bad, and all that other puritan thinking.

IF you're not creating, you're doing nothing worthwhile.

Re:Work. (2)

Clover_Kicker (20761) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204016)

Have you read Pekka Himanen's The Hacker Ethic ?

He talks extensively about the "work ethic".

You seem to have strong opinions about the topic. I predict you'll either really enjoy the book or else totally hate it :)

Re:Work. (3)

PD (9577) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202506)

I'd do a lot of open source software. Work isn't really good unless it's fun.

I'd be (1)

rodentia (102779) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202371)

tanning with implants, baby.

Ah, Ms Garst! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4204519)

Nice to see you.

Troll Slashdot (1, Funny)

wdr1 (31310) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202378)


Does this mean I have all the money I need? (3, Interesting)

roachmotel3 (543872) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202390)

If I had functionally endless money, I'd do the following:

I'd give lots and lots to charity -- I don't want to leave any money to my kids -- they need to earn whatever they get in the world

I'd buy a farm -- 1000 acres or more, build a sweet house, build barns and outbuildings, raise horses, and grow and harvest my own hay.

Yeah, that's about it.

Re:Does this mean I have all the money I need? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4202439)

I think your missing the point

Re:Does this mean I have all the money I need? (1)

roachmotel3 (543872) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202462)

It depends on the question, right?

Essentially, what I'm saying is that I'd love to be a rancher, or some other such thing -- but I don't have that desire unless I can fully provide for myself and my family -- it would lose the mystique and enjoyability for me if I were doing it to survive and living on a subsistence level income. I want to be a gentleman farmer, I have no desire to do the ranching gig unless I was financially independent.

If I wasn't financially independent, which, incidentally, I'm not -- I'd keep doing what I am doing. Which I am ;) And I'm happy about it -- the problem with the question is that it assumes money isn't important in life or the world, which it is -- otherwise we'd have great teachers, honest police officers, and a lot of other great public service positions being filled to their ideal skill level and commitment level. But, instead, those who can't, teach, etc.

Re:Does this mean I have all the money I need? (3, Funny)

trentfoley (226635) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202861)

and grow and harvest my own hay

Call it whatever you want. We know what you mean :)

what would you do? (0, Offtopic)

sideone (256163) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202454)

i would advertise my site 24x7 on slasher.

sideone [] - Your reason for leaving work!

You mean besides 2 chicks at once? (5, Funny)

smalloy (600866) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202456)

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

mod WAY up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4204010)

Propz to Office Space

I'd do what I'm doing now... (2, Funny)

blackcoot (124938) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202457)

... which is something I guess many people can't say. Of course, I'll eventually grow out of the student phase, but I'm hoping that I'll have my tenure by then ;-)

Re:I'd do what I'm doing now... (2, Insightful)

roachmotel3 (543872) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202524)

Gah -- I hated being a student that last year at college -- I couldn't wait to get out and be a productive member of society, pay taxes and whatnot, blah blah blah

Now, I'm married, own a house, have a stable 9-5 job, and am compensated handsomely. And I want to go back to school ;) The grass is always greener on the other side!

Police Officer (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4202463)

If money wasn't an issue, I'd join the force tomorrow. Unfortunately, you can't afford a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and a Westminster apartment on the salary that this lot [] pay.

But, you can't have it all!

two chicks at once (5, Funny)

Satai (111172) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202484)

Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do, man, two chicks at the same time, man.
Peter Gibbons: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I had a million dollars I could hook that up, cause chicks dig a dude with money.
Peter Gibbons: Well, not all chicks.
Lawrence: Well the kind of chicks that'd double up on me do.
Peter Gibbons: Good point.
Lawrence: What about you, what would you do?
Peter Gibbons: Besides two chicks at the same time?
Lawrence: Well yeah.
Peter Gibbons: Nothing.
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter Gibbons: I'd relax, sit on my ass all day, I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Just take a look at my cousin, he's broke, don't do shit.

Re:two chicks at once (1)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203788)

Ah Office Space!

A precise look into the world we live in on a daily basis. Except for the superman hack of course.

Perhaps, (3, Insightful)

psicE (126646) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202485)

We should rephrase the question a tad bit.

The question is not (or at least, should not be), what would you do with infinite money? Rather, it's, if you could earn your current salary doing anything at all, what would it be? What would you rather be doing from 9 to 5 (or before, or after)?

In my mind, that's a very important distinction. I don't care if you'd buy a Beowulf cluster of Xserves. I don't care if you'd buy enough food to feed the world. I don't care if you'd buy Australia. All I care about is, if you received the same amount of money you do now, but you didn't have to work for it, what would you do?

Re:Perhaps, (1)

Dausha (546002) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202544)

You mean Austrailia's up for sale?! Deal me in . . .

If I could make my current salary doing whatever, then I would say that I'm where I want to be. I enjoy the challenge of tackling new challenges through programming and teaching mundanes about computers.

Re:Perhaps, (3, Insightful)

ip_vjl (410654) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202571)

I think the honest answer for a lot of us would be "... the same thing I do now, just less of it."

I think a lot of us like what we do (otherwise we'd be in a different profession already.) What gets to be a drag about any job is the fact you do it whether or not you feel like doing it on any given day.

There are things I do on the side that I do for enjoyment, but if I switched careers to do those things full-time, then they would become tedious too. Doing things when you WANT to do them is fun ... doing things when you HAVE to do them is work.

Re:Perhaps, (4, Insightful)

psicE (126646) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202720)

You and Dashua are on the right track. It would be great if everyone could say the same as you, that the thing they're doing now is what they'd most like to do for 8 hours a day.

Sadly, not everyone can say that. Many people are forced into doing a job that they dislike, or truly hate, just because they need the money and they have no options. Maybe no one's hiring in their field, or they don't like the particular job they have though they like the field, or maybe their field just doesn't lead to a specific line of work. Either way, it happens, and those people are who the question's directed at.

Re:Perhaps, (1)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203267)

Nobody is forced into a job, unless you were drafted into an army.

If you compromised your principles and took a job you didn't like then that was your choice-- note, choice, not force.

Yes, its true, far too many people choose jobs that are illsuited for them or for idiotic people and they do so out of FEAR of being without a job.

Which is pointless and silly when there are so many good jobs out there, and in the end you don't even need a job-- freelance work is not impossible and there are few professions where you can't do it.

What's that you say? You're an automotive assembly line person? You can't do that freelance because you don't have a billion dollar factory?

Forget it, I say-- you don't need the factory. Start building kit cars for people. Or do electric conversions for people. There are lots of people who would like to have a kit car or an electric conversion but don't have the time to do it. Start in your spare time, keeping your job and build it up until you have a profitable enterprise and can dump the job you hate. Will it take work? Of course! IS it hard? Of course.

But nobody owes you a "living wage" or happiness.. only you are responsible for it.

Note, I just tried to think of something that required a big factory, and even auto workers could do custom work for people... there are very few jobs you can't do alone, and most of them you could join with your coworkers and do some version on the side and eventually become independent of the company you hate.

Look at it this way-- MOST of the reason companies suck is because people don't leave when they are treated poorly. IF people left when mistreated, no company would be poorly managed-- every company is needs employees to function. But so many people sell their souls by staying in these poor jobs because they don't have the backbone to stand up for themselves and they only make it worse on others by saying "Yes, I'll take this treatement, slap me around some more" until virtual slapping is just part of the corporate cutlure.

Hate your job? Get another one. Bad economy? Pfooi. There is opportunity everywhere, you just have to look for it.

Re:Perhaps, (3, Interesting)

psicE (126646) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203335)

Uh, thanks for your political rant, but you did an excellent job at missing the point.

The question has nothing to do with politics. It is not, should everyone receive a living wage without working, or should everyone be given a living wage while they're finding work, or anything like that. It's a philosophical question: *If you didn't have to work, what would you do?*

Anything about politics is missing the point (unless, of course, you'd go into politics with your free time). Anything about money is also missing the point; that's why I put in the bit about assuming not infinite money, but the same amount of money you make now.

Whatever you may wish to be true, the fact is there are many people who take whatever job they can get, because they need a reliable source of income, and those people would much rather be doing a different job. And there are other people who simply can't find a line of work the enjoy. So the question is directed at those people: *What would you rather be doing?*

Re:Perhaps, (2)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203552)

I gave a philosophical response. You wanna call it a political rant, fine.

You miss the point.

People aren't forced into jobs they hate. They settle for jobs they shouldn't settle for.

Wishing it werent' so, doesn't make it so. Maybe you hate your job and want to believe you didn't have a choice. Fine.... but you'd be happier if you went and made the correct choice.

Re:Perhaps, (2)

psicE (126646) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203627)

Look at it this way-- MOST of the reason companies suck is because people don't leave when they are treated poorly. IF people left when mistreated, no company would be poorly managed-- every company is needs employees to function. But so many people sell their souls by staying in these poor jobs because they don't have the backbone to stand up for themselves and they only make it worse on others by saying "Yes, I'll take this treatement, slap me around some more" until virtual slapping is just part of the corporate cutlure.

Yessum, that's a good piece of philosophy there.

Now, I could say just the opposite - *if* people had a guaranteed source of income, that they received whether they made $2 bil, didn't have a job, or anything in between, then perhaps you'd gain that additional flexibility?

Many people are already working well over 40-hour weeks, and they still barely make enough to feed their family; do you expect those people to start a business? No, though you occasionally hear "success stories" where people are catapulted from poverty to upper-class, most entrepreneurship comes from people who can work on it full-time.

Read my other post to this article, and give me one good reason why that would be a bad idea. We're talking philosophy here :), so ignore feasibility.

Re:Perhaps, (2)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203753)

Many people are already working well over 40-hour weeks, and they still barely make enough to feed their family;

Actually this is a common notion but its false. The reason most people don't have enough money to invest much of it is that they took on way too much debt and rather than pay it off, they continue to live beyond their means. But also, those who choose to have so many children that they can barely support them have also CHOSEN to be in this situation-- they didn't have the job forced on them, they choose to have too many children. Did they think children were cheap?

But excluding those with lots of kids, the average family is short on cash only because they are carrying way too much bad debt, often at %18.

do you expect those people to start a business?

Hell yes. How else are they going to get out of the quagmire. There is no other way. Pay off your debts, cut up your credit cards. Then start putting all that money that was sucked away into the cards into a prudent investment for your future. A side business is an excellent one, or if you like your job and want to keep working there, put it into stocks and other investments. Hell, many people have gotten wealthy by buying real estate for investment-- I'm not talking the peopel you see on Tv, I'm talking my friend the CPA-- the tenants pay the mortgage, and you have to deal with toilets. For me, the toilets aren't worth it, but the leverage you can get with real estate loans is huge and this makes the bar for entry to this kind of business rather low, if you want to do it. And you could do something like that on the weekends. AFter all, if you have a duplex you're renting out they aren't going to have 4 breakdowns a month! So, most of your weekends would be free.

No, though you occasionally hear "success stories" where people are catapulted from poverty to upper-class, most entrepreneurship comes from people who can work on it full-time.

Wrong. This is quite factually wrong. Most entrepreneurship is done part time. Eventually it becomes full time, but for every startup business with venture capital there are 10 or a hundred small side businesses done by housewives in their part time, or people who are moonlighting.

As to people escaping poverty-- I have first hand experience with this. All it takes is working, even at a minimum wage job, and managing your money carefully while getting the job skills to get better jobs. The opportunity is there for anyone who wants to take it. In the US at least, being in poverty is a choice.

Hell, you talked about working over 40 hours a week just to put food on the table-- I know its a common expression, but literally it is wrong. There are many agencies that will provide enough food for free that you never have to buy food to live. In this state someone who gets minimum wage with a full time job has $852 a month after taxes. With free food and a $300 apartment, a $100 bus pass, that leaves $452 a month to put into something useful that improves ones situation. If there are two of your, then your apartment costs are cut in half. If you have 6 children, well you chose to have them... but at least you can feed them for free.

You don't have to work full time to start a side business. Most people who do, do it part time. And the vast majority of people who chose not to are doing so to their own detriment... its not like they are being prevented.

There is plenty of opportunity.

Re:Perhaps, (2)

psicE (126646) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203918)

A social Darwinist, eh?

It seems that your beliefs can pretty much be summed up in one sentence: It is possible, with extreme amounts of work and self-discipline, to pull oneself out of any situation into success, therefore anybody who doesn't do that deserves their place in life.

While that is valid philosophy, I personally find it morally repulsive. Give me one good reason why we, as a society, should not consider it our obligation to ensure that every member has as high a quality of life as possible, even if for some reason they are unable to do work. I don't mean that people should be paying for other people to have Mercedes-es, just that it's an outrage that in one company, you have one person whose job it is to pass down management decisions from a higher-level manager to a lower-level manager, and he gets paid about 100x what the janitor does.

Your arguments also assume that society bears no blame in people's misfortunes. Maybe people have so much debt because credit cards are so agressively marketed? Studies have shown that the human brain is wired to cooperate; you can derive from that that, unless taught otherwise, people are naturally gullible, and thus will believe a credit card company's ads. People from better backgrounds, in addition to being able to pay off debt, generally know better than to fall prey to those cards.

Also, what about illegal immigrants? They sneak into the US, attempting to find whatever job they can get; there's a house-cleaning service around where I live, staffed by Portuguese immigrants - though I have no evidence to back it up, I'd be surprised if a single one was legal. And these immigrants provide many services that US upper-class citizens enjoy, that very few non-recent-immigrant US residents want to do. Yet, because they don't want to get deported, these residents are unable to qualify for any benefits - so they really are working huge weeks to put food on the table.

Here's my point. In a "perfect world" (though such a world isn't perfect in my mind), what you're saying would be true; the amount of success people get would be directly proportional to the amount of work they put in, and people would be able to get a job doing whatever they want. In the real world, opportunity is not as widely available, and many factors can mean that certain people are unable to achieve success on the scale you describe, even if they worked 150 hours a week (ignoring the fact that they would die after about a month of working such a schedule, from lack of sleep). A civilized society cannot rightly ignore such factors, and should insure, at the least, that nobody starves.

Re:Perhaps, (1)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203137)

I concur. Though I would likely shift my job to somewhere "more risky". Like computer gaming or programming. Sure people already do this for a living, but what I do now isn't so bad, and more importantly it is more likely to be here.

(ironically I was just released via merger, and have enough of a payout from said merger to not work for a few years if I chose to. I will likely look for a similar job, and use said cash for a house elsewhere.)

Re:Perhaps, (1)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202575)

If I could get paid for my current salary doing nothing I would ask for a raise.

Re:Perhaps, (1)

bellus quies (585501) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202899)

Ahh, this question is the stuff of daydreams...

I would open a store that would be one part herbal tea (and coffee to, I guess) shop, one part studio space for local artisans and craftsman to sell their work, one part work space for painting/ceramics/glass-work/metal-work/etc.

Sounds fun, maybe I'll try this someday soon.

School. (4, Insightful)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202491)

I'd go and take classes in whatever interested me. Possibly become a doctor of something. Then dedicate my life to helping others*.

(Note: Getting revenge on those that bother me, such as religous fundies, classifies under "helping others".)

Non-Prophet Organization (1)

Dausha (546002) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202522)

Hmm, I have a feeling that my response may stand out a bit here. If money were no object, there are two things I would do. One is ensure that life was real cushy--automated house, yada, yada; by investing in real estate. Second, I would form a non-profit (or non-prophet?) organization dedicated to providing quality web hosting for Protestant churches here in the US--low cost or no cost depending on their ability to pay. Web hosting would also include web development and in the right markets, ISP.

Losses from the .org endeavors would offset gains made in investments I would otherwise make in real estate.

We've had this discussion a few times at work (3, Interesting)

GregWebb (26123) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202526)

Last I recall, two musicians and a fisherman.

Speaking personally, I love performing. I love jamming music, I love writing music, I love listening to music. I even enjoy the physical act of playing (I'm a trumpeter). The idea of being able to dedicate myself to that properly is immensely tempting. Heck, when writing music I've got many challenges similar to writing software.

I'll probably always write a little software for personal amusement but it's not exactly a relaxing discipline, as I'm showing by posting this from the office in the UK and I've been here at or around this time for most of the last week.

If I wasn't a musician, I'd teach. Infant or lower primary, so probably the under 8-9s. I do a bit of voluntary work with that age group in my spare time and it's immensely rewarding, but quite frustrating in that you just don't get to see that much of the kids' development.

Equally, I know that there's a strong theory going round in the UK now that says part of the reason we have significantly lower educational attainment in boys than girls is that most primary school teachers are female. The girls have teachers to look up to - the boys have footballers, TV presenters, parents (who, statistically speaking, aren't likely to be models of educational attainment) ... and so tend to gravitate towards a culture of success in sport being good and in class being bad, almost social death. Not good. If I could help turn that around for just a few kids...

(Yes, I know teaching's hard work and it wouldn't be an easy ride after software!)

actually "live" for once (2, Interesting)

C4-GodH8sMe (67047) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202541)

Maybe I wouldn't need to watch Fight Club at least once a day to keep my sanity. Well, since I was beaten to the mandatory "Nothing. I would do absolutley nothing" post, I guess I better fess up a real answer. I, as would most of you, probably get around to the million projects I have on my to-do list. *Weekly streamed radio show *Free, open, project of some sort *Create a game with some close friends *Read (for pleasure) more *That thing called "sleep" I hear so much about *Get to know my elders *Attend cons *Fish *Smile once in awhile *Contribute more to things I believe in We would all probably live a lot longer.

Re:actually "live" for once (1)

schmink182 (540768) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204032)

In case you missed the title, I believe the "nothing" post to which you refer mentioned two women at once, so that was still an option :)

I would... (2, Interesting)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202556)

Aquire a Sail boat and sail around the carribiean island hopping.

Aquire a small plane and fly around the world.

Play Hockey alot more.

Those are just a few of my dreams for when I retire so I guess I could get a head start on them.

Start now... (3, Insightful)

Da VinMan (7669) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202882)

You may not (probably will not) be able to do those things when you retire. If your body isn't shot by then, you'll be among the lucky few. I bet you could get a very serious start on all of those items, except for maybe the first item.

If you wait to do these things, you may never get to do them. Besides, when you retire, do you think you'll still be interested in those things?

We're all here for a very limited period of time, so chop chop!

Oh, and stop stressing out about death. You don't remember the time before you were born do you? I didn't think so. So don't sweat it. What will be, will be.

So just be.

Re:Start now... (1)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203661)

You don't remember the time before you were born do you?

Actually I have a vivid memory of being a WWII fighter pilot. I always thought I was a airforce pilot in the war in a previous life. I can't tell you what country I flew for so I don't want to think about it to much in case it was for the wrong country.

Re:I would... (3, Interesting)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203345)

Aquire a Sail boat

IF you live near water, I say, start now. I've gone down this path. This is my retirement dream.

You can get a small old sailboat for $2,000 to learn on and get used to sailing, and then get a bigger better one when you retire.

The years of sailing on the weekends will come in handy when you're island hopping and will make you happier in the interim than you would be otherwise.

Sailing isn't somethign you stop work one day and go do the next... so start early.

There are those who say "if your dream is to sail around the world, just do it. You don't need money, you don't need nothing. I did it, I get by on odd jobs". And they are right. I'm not "just doing it" in part because I want more sailing experience and to get my lovers up to speed so that they can sail well too... but if you want to sail around, mostly hitting third world countries to dock (Say the pacific, the carribian, south america, etc.) you can do it very cheaply.

Say, $5,000 a year. And a little work getting a skill can make it free-- one couple knows how to repair sails and goes to antigua for regatta week-- spends the whole week repairing blown out sails working 24x7 and then has enough money to fund the rest of their year!

Don't dream it, be it. :-)

me? (1)

DonFinch (584056) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202562)

Be a policeman and have lots of kids.

Ph.D. (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202569)

I'd get my Ph.D. in Comp Sci and then become a professor. In my spare time, I'd write whatever software came to mind and release it under the GPL.

A few simple things (2, Informative)

tdelaney (458893) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202612)

1. Get a personal trainer who will help me lose weight.

2. Build a house with all the stuff I want in it.

3. Take the time to see my friends and meet other people.

4. Open source development - probably starting with Python.

Books books books! (2, Interesting)

matzim (468452) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202628)

Anybody else have about umpteen thousand books on their to-be-read list?

First thing - read until my eyes hurt!

(And then go to the optometrist.)

Re:Books books books! (1)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202648)

Man that wouldn't last long for me.

My eyes hurt after reading the two sentences you just wrote! ;-)

Re:Books books books! (1)

matzim (468452) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202671)

If I'm on your reading list I think you need to revise it. :)

Re:Books books books! (1)

RedWolves2 (84305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203691)

Slashdot is on my reading list!! Is it not on yours? ;-)

hobbies (1)

voisine (153062) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202636)

Spend my time persuing my many hobbies. Auto racing,
skating, skiing, rock climbing, traveling, sky
diving, open source projects, computer games,
movies (good ones), books, etc...

Forward Engineer Life as Toys (2, Interesting)

airuck (300354) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202705)

As a biologist, I have spent a lot of time reverse engineering life. If I had the time and funding, I would pursue my hobby of forward engineering life. A lot of subsumptive architecture theory in the field of robotics focuses on emulating insects. I figured I just use insects as the platform to begin with. I am experimenting with bees right now, but would like to start working with other insects. It would be heaven to hack at it full time.

travel (1)

JofCoRe (315438) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202734)

I would see the world.

Travel from place to place, experiencing it all... and eventually, I'd probably find a place that I would be happy with, and settle there. Live a simpler life. Spend time on my hobbies. Spend time with my wife and friends...

If all ur ca$h r belong 2 me (-1, Troll)

PrinceGrammarTroll (606511) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202758)

If Eye didn't need ca$h,
All day Eye'd read slash,
And troll all the peeps,
While normal folks sleep!

Eye'd whore out 4 karma,
And bitch about grammar,
Pour grits N my trousers,
Get Portman so plastered!

Imagine beowulf clusters,
Of first posts and blusters!
Write gay homo spiels,
About cowboy neal!

Complain about speling,
Ranting & yelling
BSD is Dead!
Bill Gates Eye would wed!

Proclaim Linux sux!
Link to!
Claim every patent
Kill Wil Wheaton & Katz

What a hero I'd be
If ca$h Eye didn't need
Move out of the basement
And have sex FINALLY!!!!!!!!

Thank U, Thank U! 1st Eye'd like 2 thank God, ur mother, trollaxor, PhysicsGenius, Jethro Troll, Anonymous Blowhard, and to all the people I forgot, FU - you didn't do shit anyway!

But mostly, I'd like to thank our brave and heroic moderators, who, under the most horrific adversity, make this site the steaming pile that it is! Bob bless u all!

Mods have no sense of humor (0)

PrinceGrammarTroll (606511) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203230)

gee, and what a serious question it was.

FIRST POSTS!!!! All day long!! (0, Troll)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202843)

This isn't a first post, is a legit answer to the question.

Go ahead and mod me down, or do you have a sense of humor?

No, That question is bogus anyway (0, Troll)

Monokeros (200892) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202872)

Otherwise there'd be no janitors because noone would want to clean up sh!t for a living.

If it were up to me... (5, Interesting)

j-turkey (187775) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202921)

If I didn't have to show up at work, and I still got paid, I would do the following

  • Sleep later
  • Get a part time job (or contract) to supplement my income
  • Probably smoke alot more pot
  • Get serious about my music...learn to play better and put a real band together
  • Read
  • Chill with my friends
  • Devote more time to amateur auto racing
  • Watch more TV & movies
  • Do more fun computer stuff (ie, not the stuff I do all day at work)
  • More sex
  • Masturbate
  • Ski
  • Write angry letters to politicians
  • Excercise more
  • Work on old cars
  • Possibly experiment with some new (to me) psychoactive/hallucinogenic drugs -- such as DMT and peyote
  • Cook better food
  • Start a business
  • Maybe get married and start making babies
  • Basically, do all of the shit that I fantasize about while I'm at work all day

Why are you asking? Are you looking for the best answer and then giving that person a stipend to quite their job? If you are...I can come up with fifty other things I'd rather do.


compassion for suffering humanity (2)

aminorex (141494) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202922)

I'd make a beeline for henan and start a group home
for the orphaned children of AIDS victims.

Go outside (2, Interesting)

aoteoroa (596031) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202933)

There are 196 lakes within 2 hours north, and east of my home. Getting out into nature is my idea fun. Rafting, camping, hiking, kyaking, even just rollerblading 'round the neighbourhood.

Sketching with graphite, charcoal, and chalk pastel is another good way to relax and loose track of time.

Now that you have brought up the topic I have to ask myself, "why I am sitting in a dark room posting platitudes to slashdot while the sun is shining outside?" I'm logging off, see y'all tommorow.

Raising a family (5, Interesting)

trentfoley (226635) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202934)

I'm not certain that I would have necessarily chosen this path, but it happened. And, I really like it. About two years ago, I got fed up with cubicle life. After 20+ years of "hacking for the man", I was burned out. Fortunately, my wife's law practice was doing well, so I quit my job and began to look for a career change. I have two (4 and 7 yrs old) boys. I ended up pulling my kids out of day care and have not looked back. I have had one of my best summers ever. My 7 yr old just stated back to school (2nd grade) and I've been teaching my youngest his letters and numbers in preparation for Kindergarten next year.

But, the number one reason I enjoy it so much: I get to play with Lego's every day!

Re:Raising a family (2)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203297)

Hey- and there's nothing to stop you from working while you take care of the kids.

Become a freelance programmer.

Make a product you like and sell it.

you have the perfect opportunity-- what you save in daycare will more than cover the costs of funding a one man software development house.

And in my experience, when you go this route you find there are others who are doing similar things who can use the business to help you out in areas you're not good at (designing the icons for your application, maybe?)

Taking a couple years and just spending them on the kids-- no problem. But when you start wanting more challenge for yourself-- at least try going into business for yourself.

There's nothing like being a self employed programmer-- my boss works me hard, never forces bad technology decisions on me, does put a lot of pressure on me, but I do get all the financial rewards. ITs a great life.

While my previous company was a wonderful one to work for, a team of engineers is always going to involve compromise. With modern tools, I've found that one person can get an amazing amount of development done and a one-person product done in a couple months that is worth paying for is totally possible.

Re:Raising a family (3, Interesting)

ealar dlanvuli (523604) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203593)

Taking a couple years and just spending them on the kids-- no problem

Actually I would recomend against doing *nothing* but caring for the kids. Be sure to do some community service or volunteer work that will count as "experience" to a future employer. My father did this for 10 years after my brother and I were born, he spent almost 5 years after reentering the workplace to get a reasonable job, and the first 2 years were actually as a telemarketer because he couldn't find a better job.

If nothing else, offer to be a jr. coder for a larger non-profit group (volunteer). Explain your situation clearly, and say that your family currently comes first in your life. You will find in the long run it's far more productive to volunteer 15hr/week (or whatever) than to play catch up in a few years.

Re:Raising a family (2)

trentfoley (226635) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203609)

I've been thinking about just that. Since I haven't been "working" on computers for a while, the joy has returned.

Here's my dilema:

Good: I have a good idea for a web application

Bad: I don't like the business model for web services. I don't see a way to measure your sales pipeline to be able to accurately forcast.

Good: I have a marketable idea for a business automation application.

Bad: I'm not a salesman and don't know how to sell it.

Bad: If I became successful, I'd be too busy to play with Lego's everyday.

...actually, CyberKnex have been a lot of fun lately

Re:Raising a family (2)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203704)

Yeah, I have some web business ideas too. One with a bad business model, one with a good one... but it was inferior to the idea I eventually went with.

You don't have to sell software one at a time. you can sell the application wholesale to a company that then sells it to its customers. Don't forget that.

This type of sales is more like an interview combined wiht a demo than the typical salesman's selling on the road bit (I've actually done that and learned a lot.)

You have a leg up in that you know a lawyer too.

But the other thing I've found is that learning the technology and doign the work in creating this stuff is rewarding, but also gives new ideas for new products, and eventually one of them will be right. I spent about a year working down paths of ideas that ended up being non-workable (Bad business models, for instance) Before I hit something that I think is really workable...

Good luck...

R1 (4, Interesting)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 12 years ago | (#4202977)

that is too easy. buy an R1, and big chunk of land in a semi-hilly region, build a F1 spec race course, and ride ride ride. then, when i get bored, promote as many races as possible, of all types (car, truck, bike, go-cart, tank, snowmobile, lawnmower etc), on that very track.

likelihood: zero


Here [] is what I want...

Re:R1 (2)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203411)

Now that's an excellent example of turning the dream into a business.

If you built your track in a wise location, you could end up making more from it than you did working.

I'd chase my hobbies... (2)

mfarah (231411) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203010)

If I earned the money I have now, without working, I'd chase my hobbies full time: I'd read all the books in my "read pending" list; I'd dedicate mornings to photography; I'd listen to the music I like. I'd code. I'd play Civilization II/Freeciv all the time and

Oh, my... my last wish has just blown up my time. I'd play Civ II/Freeciv all the time, do nothing else and THEN I'd complain of lack of time.

OTOH, if I had infinite money to spend, I'd mount my own FM radio and play the music I like (which you can't hear on radio anymore), free of commercials, free of "radio friendly format" and all that.

Learning stuff (2, Interesting)

chrismear (535657) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203030)

I've never really understood people who say "But what would you do if you won the lottery; wouldn't you be really bored?" Perhaps it's because I don't automatically come from the perspective that says 'work is my life, and anything I do outside of that is frivolous entertainment'. I find it's more like 'work is something I do to survive, and unfortunately it takes up a lot of time that I would rather spend doing things I enjoy'.

I would love to have all the time in the world to study and learn about all the subjects I'm really interested in, but don't have time to get deeply into because of real life. I'd read into academic subjects, like genetics, neuroscience, philosophy, pure maths; I'd spend much more time practising the piano, improving my technique and increasing my repertoire; I'd read lots of novels; I'd learn all the programming languages and other techie stuff that I never have time to devote to.

Basically, without the pressure of having to focus my attention on skills that will make me attractive in the job market (or at least in the able-to-make-money market), then I don't think I'd ever run out of interesting things with which to occupy my mind!

Work on my farm (2)

jsimon12 (207119) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203074)

Probably work on my farm, tinker with various electronics projects, read more, and generally spend time enjoying my family and life and the outdoors. Rather then being an Engineer cooped up in a 60 degree datacenter all the time ;)

my essay (2)

drDugan (219551) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203099)

I wrote an essay on this a while back. never had much time to update it after it was written...

see my sig

Grad students already do this.... (1)

James McTavish (244393) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203124)

Presonally, I would be going to school for the rest of my life. I'd be taking anything and everything that sounds interesting, from theoretical physics, to conversional german. If I get a degree, that's a bonus, but I just want to take the interesting courses.

Don't belive me? I'm a grad student right now wrapping up my masters in electrical engineering. For the last two years I've been making slightly less than $20k, while several people from my graduating class are making around or over $80k now. I can testify that every grad student I know is not doing it because they thought they would make more money (in fact they know that it is costing them far more than the tuition that they have to pay), they're doing it because they want to further their minds.

Grad students are the perfect example of people who don't work for money. They need money, and get paid a small ammount, but they don't work for it.


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What I would Do (1)

dvicci (22294) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203175)

I've been unemployed [] for the better part of a year now, thanks (in part) to the market. I would do exactly what I've been doing, minus the job-hunt and independant contracting parts...

  • Get up early, say... sometime around 7 or 7:30am.
  • Shower, eat breakfast and have my morning coffee.
  • Spend a couple hours browsing around the web, hitting the computer gaming (mainly rpg) and pool/billiards sites and newsgroups.
  • Watch a little television (The Practice [] ... 10:00 CST on FX) while I eat an early lunch.
  • Spend the afternoon on my personal sites, and any chores around the house that need to be done, or reading any of the various books on my list. Alternatively, I'd spend the afternoon at the local pool halls.
  • Have dinner with my girlfriend
  • Hit the local pool halls around 6:30-7:00pm and play until they close.

I'm already fairly single-minded when it comes to pool and billiards, but if I didn't have to worry about income, I'd sink into full-on obsession. Thing is, I'd still maintain a certain structure to my days. I'd have a couple things that I *always* tried to do at the same time (such as The Practice at 10:00am, and dishes at 4:30). I find for me, and think it's generally true, that a completely unstructured life is a wasteful one.

Lots and lots of puppies! (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203187)

I would run some sort of long-term animal shelter for cats and dogs.

And I'd hire two chicks to help me run it!

Photography (2)

schwap (191462) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203195)

That's what I would do--real photography, film. As if I don't do a lot of it already. I would do what I have always wanted to do: No computers, no phones, no gatgets, just a dark room and some chemistry. I would travel the world and take pictures.

Start A business. (3, Insightful)

BitGeek (19506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203199)

I'd start another business.

Somehow people got this idea that working was dirty and only necessary for money. But if I had a million bucks (About twice the amount necessary to retire and never work again) I'd start a business.

Sure, I'd spend a couple years travelling the world, but that would be the early, formative years where I was working out the idea, methods and execution of the business plan. There's nothing, for getting creative juices flowing that I've found better than being in an extremely remote place, chile, north of the arctic circle in alaska, ... yeah, travel. But I'd be working on a business.

Working isn't what we have to do rather than what we really want to do-- that's the recipe for an unhappy life and its no suprise so many are unhappy. Working is the expression of our highest human self. The most noble and heroic thing any person can do is start a business. Not only is it the most fun, but it brings to your core the challenges, self realization and self understanding necessary.

I know there are lots of people who will say self indulgent things like "I'd go feed poor people" or "two chicks at once" --- hey if that's all your life is worth, fine. (BTW, two chicks at once is a lot of fun, I do recommend it.) But these things will only entertain you for awhile.

Eventually, you'll be at a crossroads and you'll have to choose between two courses- on one hand you can be a lazy person just doing nothing but spending money (this goes for both the "feed the poor" and the "party every night" types) and on the other hand you can pursue a challenge that brings out the best in you.

Challenge isn't hardship-- its opportunity to excel. Butsiness isn't about money, its about personal expression. Sure, money is involved.. but if you're only interested in money you won't get much of it and you won't be happy. If, instead, you're pursuing your personal best, both money and happiness are easy to come by.

Its unfortunate, though, that there are so many who tell you that you don't have a right to be happy, and they give you the recipe for unhappiness to insure it. Don't fall for it.

Since many people will probably post in response to this that they'll do something that involves sacrificing their lives so that others can be better, I've got a little quote for you. I'll leave out for now the proof that this activity actually damages the people you try to help, more often than not... but I provide rebuttal for the many voices insisting that EVERYONE should be sacrificing themselves:

"...just listen to anyprophet and if you hear him speak of sacrifice-- run. Run faster than from the plague. It stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where' there's service, there's someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master. But if ever you hear a man telling you that you must be happy, that its your natural right, that your first duty is to yourself-- that will be the man who's not after your soul. That will be the man who has nothing to gain from you. But let him come and you'll scream your empty heads off, howling that he's a selfish monster. So the racket is safe for many, many centuries."

I know some people who are amazon wealthy, and do a person they are not out challenging themselves. They are being lazy, pointless people. And they are not happy.

If you find yourself in this position-- rise to your highest, most noble calling. Start a company, or pursue an invention. Create.

Re:Start A business. (1)

khodsden (141859) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204149)

Ayn Rand. Haven't read her books in a long time. Time to dig them out. Thanks for the nudge.

besides two chicks at the same time? (2, Funny)

cpex (601202) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203232)

Seriously I would enjoy eternal school and spending time with the wife and kids. I am still working on my BSCE but i could see myslef in school for a lot more, then maybe become a seeminly absent minded prof and confuse students all day long and then go and play with my "LASER" (in a dr. evil voice). yes i know that my subject line has been used but i couldnt pass it up

Minor League Baseball Team (2)

FatRatBastard (7583) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203380)

I'd want to help run a minor league team. Do everything from serve hot dogs to marketing to raking the infield between innings. That's my idea of heaven.

That, and own a pinball shop.

Full disclosure: (2)

psicE (126646) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203406)

(I'm being a hypocrite, as I criticized somebody else for giving a politicized rant, whereas that's exactly what I'm about to do. This one's different, though, but I apologize in advance.)

Right now, the government uses welfare and other means-tested programs. They very strongly encourage people to get to work. They also make it very hard for anyone without hordes of money to be an entrepreneur.

Now, suppose that the government eliminated welfare and all other means-tested programs, and replaced them with a single program, providing every citizen a guaranteed income; say also that that guaranteed income was the same as the federal poverty limit.

I personally think that instituting such a plan would do wonders for... well, everything. Companies would be free to hire and fire workers at will, without notice or severance, because they wouldn't be denying anyone a livelihood; and likewise, employees would be free to leave a company at any time, because they wouldn't be leaving their family stranded. And many people might choose to eschew a proper job, or work part-time, and become an entrepreneur.

As far as I'm concerned, the only thing missing is the money.

I had a idea once (4, Funny)

ealar dlanvuli (523604) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203564)

It was a jump to conclusions mat. See, one would stand at one end, and there would be conclusions writen all over it. You would then jump, and land on a conclusion. Get it?

Thats what I'd do if I didn't have to worry about money.

If I repent of anything, it's my good behaviour (2)

Kirruth (544020) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203596)

I'd probably do a master's degree in the liberal arts at St John's in Anapolis, before buying a farm in Iceland and raising ponies, from which I'd launch my campaign for high political office.

Hell - I might just do those things anyway...

Aaron the Moor (OT)? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4204006)

If so, that makes two people who thought Titus Andronicus rocked...

Work some more, sorta (1)

Sandman1971 (516283) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203733)

If let's say I won something like 20$ million at the lottery.

I'd quit my current job (I don't hate it, in fact I love my job. But I'd still quit).

After getting a house built as I want it, furnished, get a finincial advisor and invest (aka the usual)

I'd then travel the world for 6-12 months, going to every place I've ever wanted to go.

I'd probably go back to school and get study something related to my next point.

I'd start my own bar. This was a dream of mine when I was in my teenage years. Totally unrelated to the tech industry I work in. Plus, you can hire people to do the day to day management. So if you take off for a 2-4 week trip somewhere, you're not totally foobared (I know a few trustworthy ppl already that I would hire). And owning a bar would fit my lifestyle. Stay up late and wake up late.

and of course, give money to charities and such and volunteer some of my time with local children (IE: sports coach, etc..)

If I had unlimited cash (2)

scrytch (9198) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203754)

I just might then be able to afford to live in San Francisco. Probably need more than that though.

Toys (1)

SofaMan (454881) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203837)

I would spend time making toys. Not just wooden toys, but learn how to vacuum cast resin as well, just to make things interesting. Maybe learn some electronics for them too. I think I could have a lifetime of fun just making all sorts of toys, vehicles, action figures, plushies, you name it, out of all sorts of things.

And after a long, tiring but satisfying day in my workshop, I would sit on my porch and play my banjo. I need to practice more anyway. :)

Kill Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4203890)


Two cases... (1)

fok (449027) | more than 12 years ago | (#4203937)

There are two different situatins here:

Do I have a shitload of money

Do I have just enough to keep on a good life

Didn't need money or earned same amount? (1)

fireserver (606599) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204003)

If I didn't need money it would be great.. but that would also imply i would get the things that i wanted (such as new computer parts, new books and lots of new stuff in general) Life would be great. I would get fat(or fatter). I would spend most of my time reading (learning about various things that interest me and trying to learn about lots of things in general(not doctor though i don't have stomach).Oh and I would also play lots of PC games. As for if I earned the same amount that I do now... I would prolly still do the same things at first... then I would prolly go insane because I would soon realize that I will NEVER get my credit cards paid off....ARGGGHHHH!!!!!

Two Women at the Same Time (1)

alatesystems (51331) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204049)

I tell you what I'd do man. Two women at the same time.

Two women at the same time?

Two women at the same time.

Go into Politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4204064)

Work for charity
Get a Body Overhaul
Buy Huge House with Huge Yard
Donate to Good Causes
Be more Religous
Spend more time Loving my Lover
Begin Building a Castle, yes I am in the SCA

Really good movie about this: "About a Boy" (1)

[Rainer] (65672) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204143)

There's a really good movie (based on a best-selling novel) which talks about this: About a Boy (2002) [] .

Plot: Hugh Grant plays a rich selfish layabout, Will, who cruises through life on the royalties from a song his deceased father penned years ago. He finds a great way to meet women who don't want to get involved through a single mother's group - which is where he meets the strange twelve year old boy Marcus (Nicholas Hoult), who lives with his depressed, suicidal mother Fiona (Toni Collette). A tragic event sees Marcus seeking comfort with the indifferent Will who begins to realise that there's more to life than sitting around at home all day.

My need no money dreams (2)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204228)

1. I would program for fun whatever little thing I thought might be useful to the world....
2. I would write books, scifi books, and since I don't need money who cares if anyone ever reads them I wrote them because I had Ideas and I wanted too.
3. Travel, Lots of places I want to see....
4. I would not donate my time to some worthy cause, honestly I see doing such as a way of gicving time to something I believe in as an escape from the things I have to do....If I have to do nothing then donating my time would feel like work I wouldn't want to do it selfish if you like but thta my opinion....

I think I'd mostly keep on going (2)

jht (5006) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204384)

I'm a network manager. I like the work, for the most part. If I had enough money to not care about working, I'd still work - but I'd probably cut back my hours a little and perhaps go off and do more fun stuff. I'd play a little more golf. Spend more time on my bicycle. I'd definitely spend a lot more time with my newborn son.

My all-time favorite job was when I worked as a bicycle mechanic (about 16 years ago), though it did not exactly pay the bills. But it was a lot of fun, and I was pretty good at it. If that wasn't a concern, I might well give thought to going back into it. But maybe as a sideline.

I think, ultimately, work should be fun, at least to a degree. If you enjoy what you do, there's no reason to not work even if you don't need to. In fact, it might be more fun then because all the financial pressure is off.

I'd probably write books. (2)

Maul (83993) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204430)

Seriously. I think someone else said this, but I'd probably work on writing a book. I've always wanted to do that. ^_^

Learn (1)

jjwahl (81757) | more than 12 years ago | (#4204503)

Study/learn all those things that I learned in college/high school but never deeply understood. Like Calculus. I learned it, knew when to use what method to solve an equation at what time and subsequently got A's.
The problem is that I never deeply understood it.
I would learn more about physics, electricity and chemistry.
I would learn COBOL just for the hell of it.
I would take a classes on ADA and APL (if I could find any...).
I would learn to write a compiler.
I would learn more about XML.
I would learn .NET.
I would become really really good at security - taking classes on white hat hacking.
Why don't I just do that now you ask? Because I have a family and financial and time commitments that dictate that I spend my time and resources on more practical pursuits.

When it comes down to it, learning is what really, truly turns me on.

Oh and two chicks at the same time does quite a bit for me too...

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