December 04, 2003

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Time Challenge

Time not Quality? I expect only the highest quality, you wouldn't be on this if you weren't a high-caliber writer in the first place. You have 3 hours, first one wins. I will be out at lunch and will be back at 12noon, will post the Immunity 3 entries, and will officially announce the bonus votes. Jeff still waiting on your letter etc.

Topic: Asume for a minute that this is a Survivor game with a One Million dollar purse. You are the winner of the money, but the catch is, you cannot use all the money for yourself. Explain how you would use the money to help someone else in need.

Posted by Pylorns at December 4, 2003 10:00 AM | TrackBack


(As per requested, the Time Challenge entry is here, in the comments. If I've erred, please remove it.)

A million dollars. Say it in that Doctor Evil voice.... "one meeee-leee-on dollars!" Sounds nice, doesn't it? Hold it in your hands. Wallow in it naked. Marvel at the fact you ever saw one million dollars in one place.
Now, give it away.
It's hard, right? We all have debt. We all have our mental wish list. We all have wants and needs. But rules are, you have to give it up.
Shall I give it to my husband? Nah, because that would just be rule-tweaking. Sure, I'd be giving it to someone else, but dollars (a meeee-leee-on of them) to donuts says he'd spend quite a bit of it on us. On me. Not quite according to Hoyle, you see.
Shall I give it to my mom? Nope, because although I love my mom more than anyone aside from the GM1, my mom is finally, at this point in her life, able to say she needs nothing. She's finally at that point where vanity is gone, financial worry is gone, mortage is gone. My mom says she wants nothing except her kids to come visit once in a while.
Shall I give it to my family? Now we come to a crux. My sisters married well. Oh yeah, did they ever. My sisters have houses and cars and babies and more kitchen aids than can be stick-shaken. My brother... he took the proverbial bath in the divorce, and has the boys to take care of. He's not well-off by any shape of the term, and he wants what's best for his guys.
So my baby bro is in the line-up for a little cash prize.
Now, also in the running is my best friend Tonya, who is going through the most painful relationship trauma a person can have: needing to leave a bad marriage but lacking the funds to cover the escape. While a woman can flee and hide out with friends almost indefinately, a woman with two daughters cannot. Not without financial support, and jobs are hard enough to come by when you have only yourself to care for, let alone two kids.
Let's wrap it up, shall we, for the cash is getting colder and the day is getting older.
My brother gets 60%, because he's blood, he's got my nephews to care for, and because despite the years and distance he has always been one of my heroes.
My friend Tonya gets 38%, because sometimes friendship runs just as warm and red as blood, and everyone deserves a fresh start.
That last 2% ?
I'm sure our judges are in need of *something*, aren't they?

Posted by: LeeAnn at December 4, 2003 10:20 AM

Well, LeeAnn has won, but here's my entry anyway:

I don't want to play the sympathy card, but if I had a million dollars and had to spend it on someone or something else, I would probably use it to help try to find a cure or positive treatment for Pulmonary Fibrosis. It's the terminal disease that killed my grandfather and kept him on life support for 3 months while we watched him wither away. It has been the one of the greatest influences in my recent life, having to watch someone I loved slowly die in front of me. To watch a man with such passion slowly shrink into nothingness. I think I'd probably give half of it away to support research. It's just not fair that my grandfather is gone and Jerry Lewis, who has the same disease, is getting better.

After that, I suppose I would focus on my family and friends. I pay for drug-addiction treatment for my uncle. I'd send my cousins to college. I'd buy my mother a house. I'd purchase KW any car he ever wanted and help him start his own classic car restoration business. I'd move my grandmother back into her home and pay for round-the-clock care for her. I'd buy RN a new head full of hair.

And maybe, if there were a little bit left for me, just a little bit, I could quit working for a few months and KW and I could get married in Paris. I could spend the entire spring eating croissants, drinking wine, making love and wandering around the Louvre. Perhaps I could finish a little remodeling on my house, buy a newer car, and fix my leaky faucet?

Posted by: emily at December 4, 2003 10:22 AM

Emily, you won the one from yesturday. I'll post everything at noon. When I get back. Jim, post yours anyway if ya did it...

Posted by: pylorns at December 4, 2003 10:24 AM

Woo Hoo... it's 'cause I offered to get Luuk his own little Teddy girlfriend, isn't it?

Posted by: emily at December 4, 2003 10:26 AM

Good altruistic posts guys.

Posted by: pylorns at December 4, 2003 10:35 AM

Hey, I could've pimped for Luuk too. I'm sure we have lots of "loose" bearesses out here. :)
Nope, Emily did have the best one in that bunch, I must say that.

Posted by: LeeAnn at December 4, 2003 10:36 AM

If I had a million dollars?

I would buy you a monkey. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

Posted by: Jim at December 4, 2003 10:44 AM

No cows, Jim? You wouldn't move to Texas or Wyoming and buy and entire cattle ranch? You know, for the Bovine Addicts sancutuary that you'll be starting up there. That's a charity, right?

Posted by: emily at December 4, 2003 10:48 AM

I got yer monkey right *here*, baby.

I've always wanted to say that. :)

Posted by: LeeAnn at December 4, 2003 11:56 AM

If I couldn't spend it what what I do? Well first of all give it to someone... second of all cry about how I couldn't spend it myself -_-

Posted by: Blah (Anon) at March 18, 2004 08:08 PM

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