My sister was telling me about how the lottery jackpot in the state that she’s currently living in (California) is like 200+ million dollars, US. But then after taxes, it’s a lot closer to a 100 million dollars. Due to taxes and whatnot. I can only imagine what kind of advertisements I’d see in Canada if they did that as well for lotteries. But here, the winnings being advertised as usually the winnings that you get (unless 3 other people draw the same numbers as you do) because the winnings are taxed prior to you receiving them, and they advertise the post-taxed total only. So she was lamenting about that. And all I could say was “Why are you complaining? Hey, if you happen to win the lottery and you ‘only’ get a hundred million, I will gladly take it off of your hands so that you’re not burdened with it!” I’m a great sister, I realize.
I’d set $5,000 into a Tax-Free Savings Account, set aside the maximum that I could put into an RRSP (can’t remember the percentage of your annual income anymore), set aside $30,000 for future education costs (whoot!) and the rest can be put towards my own place (~$1 million, max), a practical car, my parents (… because I’ll never hear the end of it if I don’t give something to my parents… And then, just to be fair, my sisters – so let’s say $10 million each, if I’m feeling generous). So that’s up to about like… $41,145,000… And since the jackpot’s going to be around $120 million, that’s a lot left over to play around with. I could try the stock market, buy up a lot of real estate, donate to worthy causes, travel around the world (in style), try a few business ventures (and can afford to have them fail). Or buy approximately 11,588,550 domains (well, not counting .nu names) (if I was feeling frivolous). But that’s only if she decided to give me her winnings. Which I doubt she would (but hopefully she’d be generous, like I would be to her, in the event that she wins?) I am an awesome younger sister. I should remind her of that. Oh, and I should remind her of the fact that she loves me very much because there’s only one of me in the whole wide world.
So I hope you all have noticed the new look and colour scheme… I was feeling a bit into the neutral tones (besides the green) since I went and made a somewhat bright and cheery theme for Chelle-Chelle.com for the month of March. I couldn’t resist the fishes. But then I stumbled across the lovely photo that’s gracing your computer monitor right now and I couldn’t resist it either. Since CC.com got the more somber theme last time, I figured it was time for IS.com to get something that was a little on the neutral side (in terms of colour). Changed up the coding a little bit (I’m gesturing to the dotted line right now) and the placement of the comments link. Apparently I’m a fan of the left-alignment? Who would have thought!
I’ve driven my sister absolutely insane for the last 6 hours by listening to the Lily Allen album (It’s Not Me, It’s You) on repeat. I’m a great sister. But hey, at least now I can make a half-decent attempt at singing in a British accent. Plus, you know, it’s nice to be able to hear what people are singing when they’re singing (rather than listening to pop-opera, I kid you not, because my sister thinks that they’re brilliant – even if she can’t know what the words are unless she’s attempting to follow along with the lyrics on the computer screen in front of her).
1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it?
2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately?
3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)? Oh, plus it should be either black, silver or red. And a non-Apple product.