March 26, 2012
Late last fall after a fishing trip with my dad I began to fantasize about one day owning a lake house. Not so much for fishing, but for swimming, relaxing, long weekends, etc. Of course, there is no feasible way that our budget could support purchasing a lake house so this was 100% a fantasy, but that didn’t stop me from bringing it up regularly in conversations with Dave. So, at one point in complete and utter exhaustion when I was pressing the issue Dave blurted out, “If we win the lottery, you can buy a lake house.” JUST the opportunity I was looking for.
This statement from Dave evolved into a New Year’s resolution… To play the lottery! I set parameters on the resolution, 1) I have to play it once a month and 2) the game I’m playing has to have a maximum jackpot that could actually pay for a lake house (after taxes). I highly recommend developing New Year’s resolutions of this nature. They are much easier to keep. After declaring this resolution I titled my project… “The Lake House Lottery.”
While I have never won the lottery, and never truly anticipate that changing, this has been one of the most enjoyable life projects I have participated in. For example, tonight Dave and I walked to the closest gas station and purchased one ticket (always a quick pick) for $1. This is money well spent. The 20-30 minutes that we spend walking back and talking/dreaming about how we will spend our millions is absolutely priceless. How will we gift it? Church? Education? Scholarships? Will we gift some to you? Will we quit our jobs (doubtful)? Buy a new car (no)? Does my mom get her red convertible (yes)? My dad a trip to Alaska (for sure!)? The biggest question… lump sum or payments over time?
Hopefully someday my photo of the day will be Dave and I standing in front of our lake house. Wish us luck!