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What would you pay for?(18 posts)

What would you pay for?Len J
Nov 30, 2001 4:57 AM
The post on the general board about how much would you pay for speed got me thinking.

If you could buy anything for you, what would it be, and how much would you pay for it?

Some rules (it is my post afterall);

1.) It has to be something for you personally. (This rules out world peace, health for a loved one, etc.)

2.) It should be something that you can't buy now. (I'm interested in dreams).

I'll start. I would pay anything, go into debt up to my ears, if I could wake up in the morning and see the alarm clock. I was born legally blind and stayed that way until I got my first pair of glasses (or should I say coke bottle bottoms) when I was 6 years old. It still takes about 6 weeks for them to grind hard contacts to the odd shape of my eyes to allow me to see. (my left contact alone costs $650, just to give you an idea). I keep a pair of glasses on the nightstand in order to see what time it is if I wake up at night. I can't imagine what it would be like to wake up roll over & be able to see, to look out the window laying in bed & see the world. Yes, I would pay al\most anything to be able to see. And no, laser surgury will not work (Yet?) on my condition, believe me I've tried.

So gang, what would you pay for & how much?

Len
Can't top thatmr_spin
Nov 30, 2001 8:16 AM
Anything I come up with is going to sound trivial compared to your dream. So I might as well go all out with my triviality.

I want a private jet.

To me, that represents total freedom from the tyranny of air travel. No delays. No reservations. No bike "handling" fees. No other travelers to deal with. No missed connections. No sitting around waiting. No 2-hour ahead check-in. No bad food. No limits.

If I ever become a billionaire, I've promised to do three things:

1. Finance construction of a paved path from Los Gatos to Lexington Reservoir, which all road bikers and many others in the area would love to have. (This means nothing to anyone not from here!)

2. Buy a private jet.

3. Date a supermodel.

Right now I'm just about $1 billion short of becoming a billionaire. But I'm working on it.
Not trivial....Len J
Nov 30, 2001 9:11 AM
it's not a matter of comparison. I just want to know what people would want. There is no "right" answer.

Len'
The currency is timeTig
Nov 30, 2001 11:24 AM
If I had more free time to ride, I'd be able to improve my speed and endurance. In other words, work on the engine more. A few thousand dollars to replace my bike could help a little, but not as much as more riding. ...Make that quality riding!
I misunderstood the question a littleTig
Dec 5, 2001 10:36 AM
I was looking at it from a pure riding perspective. I could never have a better answer than your vision, Kristin's wish to raise healthy and well adjusted children (talk about a tall order to live up to!), or Dino's value of the most precious gift, time.

So, other than those wonderful wishes, I'd want to have a body that wasn't sore all the time. I'm only 38 and have enough arthritis and recurring muscle pain for a lifetime already. I hate complaining about "ailments", but to not have constant pain is something I miss. A close second is to be able to sleep longer and deeper. Insomnia limits me to about 5 hours a night, even after a hard ride.

Wishes are nice, but we have to live with what we have. I'm thankful to be married to my best friend and perfect match. That is something not everyone gets to have and I cherish it every day.
I've learned in all things...Kristin
Nov 30, 2001 1:09 PM
...to be content. Really, there is nothing I can buy that I am in need of. Things I'd really like:

* A bike that doesn't throw me into pain everytime I ride

How much would I pay? (If I could?) $2500 for a Roark.

* My 16 year old figure back AND as much chocolate cake as I want

How much you ask? $549.99

* A spouse (I think you can buy these, but I haven't found a store that sells them.)

A compatable, healthy one is worth $1,000,000!

* The emotional/mental readiness to raise healthy, well-adjusted children. I'm already ivesting whatever is necessary for this goal. And will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Hopefully, I'll get good returns on this investment.
Somebody told me once.......Len J
Nov 30, 2001 3:01 PM
that the best thing I could do for my kids.............
........was to work to be the best me I could be.

Sounds like you learned this earlier in life than I did. Congrats.

Len
re: What would you pay for?zzz
Nov 30, 2001 2:11 PM
Everything I have to be able to see, touch and talk to my son who we lost to Leukemia at the age of 7. Kristin has it right. Being able to help/raise/guide children to become healthy, caring, intelligent and honest adults is the most satisfying experience there is. The true value in my life is not my possessions or the accumulation of money. It is my wife and daughter,
Amen & condolences........Len J
Nov 30, 2001 3:02 PM
sounds like you got your priorities right.

Thanks for the lesson.

Len
So sad.look271
Nov 30, 2001 5:01 PM
I have a 7yr old daughter and a 9yr old as well. Can't imagine losing either of them. My heart aches for you. Makes our little "desires" so trivial and shallow. God bless you and REALLY love your daughter, as I'm quite sure you do. Children are the most precious gifts we can possibly have.
re: What would you pay for?DINOSAUR
Nov 30, 2001 8:09 PM
Good point, money can't buy happiness. I'm content with what I have. I like being with my family. I lost my dad, mom, and a younger brother in a three year period. I learned to appreciate what I have. My wife has a back problem, I'd like to see her pain end. Seems like everything I've always wanted I got, then I wanted more.
I'd just like to live a simple life with good health for my family and myself. I said screw it and took an early retirement at the age of 56. Best thing I ever did, I miss seeing the people I used to work with, but that's it...

"To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of all riches."
Marcus Cicero

I guess the Roman's had the same problem way back when...
I'm with zzz--something for the kids.cory
Dec 4, 2001 5:12 PM
My son is a leukemia survivor, diagnosed at 2, now a 21-year-old college student. No bad news so far...but I don't know if you ever do put your full weight down.
One of the effects of that experience, though, is that it changes your perspective on just about everything else. There's plenty of stuff I'd like to have, from $1 to probably two or three million...but when I try to pick a single thing to buy, it all seems trivial compared to what I'd give for him NOT to have had that disease. Cherish your children!
Have you heard about this?look271
Nov 30, 2001 4:56 PM
They're called corneal implants. They make a small incision under your cornea and insert what is essentially a contact lense, only much thinner. It's not for everyone, but given your situation, you may want to check it out. What I would want spareing no expense? Several houses, one by the ocean, one in the mountains. Sun, sand, sea, and riding in summer; snow, skiing and hot tubs in the winter.With my on personal massage therapist.
for my wife to "get it"spookyload
Dec 1, 2001 7:38 AM
I love my beautiful wife to death, but she just doesn't get the whole riding thing. She doesn't understand the passion and craving for riding. She would rather drive down the street than ride her bike that far. It is a pitty too, because she has the build to be a great rider. 5"9" 115# is the perfect size for a rider in my book, hell I would love to be built like that instead of 5
'9" 170#. This may sound petty, because it doesn't have an effect on our relationship, but I would love to have her share the passion for the sport the way I do. She is a wonderful woman who works and helps raise our two children, and I would change nothing about her other than this one thing. To have her drop everything on a Saturday to watch the Tour with me would be the best. Come to think about it, maybe who she is is what I love, so maybe I shouldn't want that change. Just give me a 4,000 foot house in Durango(paid for in full)and a good job there to support myself that only requires 15 hours a week at $75,000 a year instead.
thats your job...er .. sorry was thinking something else nmdupe
Dec 4, 2001 6:38 PM
On 2nd thoughts....DINOSAUR
Dec 1, 2001 12:36 PM
I'd like someone to invent a time machine so I could go back about 30 years to my youth again. I'd like to live the past over again knowing now what I didn't know then. I'd pay more attention to my health, exercise more and avoid the complaining that goes with life gripping about the little stuff that doesn't matter. I'd spend more time with my wife and family and gotten to know my younger brother better who died in 1997. What would I pay? Vanity and self obsession....
AmenMe Dot Org
Dec 3, 2001 3:39 PM
Time is the greatest gift. Time gives you knowledge. Knowledge leads to "if I knew then what I know now", which leads to the wish for time.

Time is precious.
Dreamsbrider
Dec 7, 2001 2:57 PM
Dreams. One of my favorite subjects. Do you know that you can have them? It's possible. Find the people who have what you want (and be careful of the whole package, as there are people who have the material things I want, but not the non-material), and find out what they do, then do that. I hang around with several multi-millionaires who are totally time rich as well, and have great family lives. I've picked their brains for a few years now, and I'm on the road to that life. It's soooo cool to see it in your future. Here's the thing -- I'm not willing to go into to debt to get it. I don't have to. So with all that said, I can agree with the jet idea. I want 4 houses -- Seattle area, Oregon coast, Phoenix, and Montana ranch. Gotta have the jet for transportation. I want to fund a bike team. I want to help my friend open a restaurant (his dream for years). I want to open a homeless shelter. I want to provide college education for my nieces and nephews. I want a mid-60s Corvette Roadster and a new Shelby Durango. I want to buy a housekeeper for my houses. I want to build my own velodrome (you're all welcome to use it). The list goes on...