Monday, January 30, 2012

Mind Games: Instant Wealth

I play a lot of these little games in my head. I call them mind games, because they take place only in the mind, but that phrase has some negative connotations so I'm open to other names.

One of the simplest ones is the classic "what would you do with an exorbitant amount of money?" I tend to set the number at around $100,000,000 because it's possible to get that via the lottery, and it's enough money that you could do some truly obscene stuff with it. Most of my answer is practical and fairly meager for one hundred million dollars, it's probably all within the bounds of one million dollars. That's not the point of this game though, it's a lot more fun if you think of the question as "what would you do if you had to waste an exorbitant amount of money?" When you're playing the game this way it's basically a Brewster's millions scenario. You need to spend all of that money, and not really gain anything from it. My answer for a long time was that I would get some very obscure songs into rock-band. To this day I still want them to release all of Alice's Restaurant as one track, twenty minutes long, with no bass and no drums.

I was playing this game again this morning while showering and generally making myself presentable (presentable in this case is defined in the terms of a male college student in their twenties.) I thought about it, and eventually I found a good answer. I would hire black-water, and the various other private security mercenaries out there, and have them serve as the defense force for Occupy Wall Street. I'm not sure what would happen, but I'm willing to bet the fictional amount of money we're dealing with that it would be interesting.


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