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(Yahoo)   Old and busted lottery winner: I'm not going to quit my job. New and hot lottery winner: I'm going to stay homeless, I like my tent   (au.news.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2013-04-05 01:39:33 PM  
He only won 50K.  After taxes that's  35K and he's been homeless by choice for 35 years.
 
2013-04-05 01:43:39 PM  
As soon as the nuns get a permit, he'll be back to getting free food.
 
2013-04-05 01:44:52 PM  
I bet he'll be homeless within a week....
 
2013-04-05 01:46:17 PM  
In all fairness, it is a pretty sweet tent.

myweddingnigeria.com
 
2013-04-05 01:46:40 PM  

borg: He only won 50K.  After taxes that's  35K and he's been homeless by choice for 35 years.


Yep, and if he did use that money to upgrade his living standard he'd find himself back on the streets in no time, best to keep his standard of living unless he wants to use it to invest in himself (getting a job, paying off debts, etc)
 
2013-04-05 01:47:52 PM  

MindStalker: borg: He only won 50K.  After taxes that's  35K and he's been homeless by choice for 35 years.

Yep, and if he did use that money to upgrade his living standard he'd find himself back on the streets in no time, best to keep his standard of living unless he wants to use it to invest in himself (getting a job, paying off debts, etc)


I'd imagine the dental work he was talking about after 35 years of homelessness both counts as investing in himself and would use up most of the post-tax money.
 
2013-04-05 01:51:16 PM  
If I won millions in the lottery I wouldn't quit my job.

I'd run around the office yelling "WOOOOOOOOO!" at the top of my lungs until people showed up to drag me out of there.
 
2013-04-05 01:51:28 PM  
Why is it the homeless community member would be willing to help all his fellow homeless friends instead of keeping all of it to improve his own situtation? Maybe that's why he's homeless? Too kind for his own good.
 
2013-04-05 01:55:35 PM  
I wouldn't quit my job.  I'd just do all the things we always wish we could do but know we'd probably get fired over.  You know, until they fired me.
 
2013-04-05 01:57:39 PM  

Honest Bender: I wouldn't quit my job.  I'd just do all the things we always wish we could do but know we'd probably get fired over.  You know, until they fired me.


What if they promote you?
 
2013-04-05 01:58:24 PM  

Rhames: In all fairness, it is a pretty sweet tent.

[myweddingnigeria.com image 700x413]


But keepin' out the heat's hard.
 
2013-04-05 01:59:20 PM  

Honest Bender: I wouldn't quit my job.  I'd just do all the things we always wish we could do but know we'd probably get fired over.  You know, until they fired me.


Yeah if you had that kind of cash you could be incredibly honest at work and not fear any backlash. That would be the greatest freedom to have in the workplace.
 
2013-04-05 01:59:37 PM  

Dog Welder: If I won millions in the lottery I wouldn't quit my job.

I'd run around the office yelling "WOOOOOOOOO!" at the top of my lungs until people showed up to drag me out of there.


There's an old joke. "I wouldn't quit my job if I won the lottery... But I sure would have an attitude adjustment"
 
2013-04-05 02:03:47 PM  
Breaking News: Some people have a hard time dealing with change, even positive change.
 
2013-04-05 02:07:50 PM  

Kanemano: Honest Bender: I wouldn't quit my job.  I'd just do all the things we always wish we could do but know we'd probably get fired over.  You know, until they fired me.

What if they promote you?


cdn.werun.se
 
2013-04-05 02:17:18 PM  
There are two ways to get rich:

1. Increase your money.
2. Decrease your desires.

Most people make the mistake of increasing both.
 
2013-04-05 02:19:03 PM  
Why shouldn't he, when Fartbama will supply him with the best medical care in the world, deluxe accommodations, and top-tier meals, all for free?
 
2013-04-05 02:21:14 PM  
'"He also plans to have some dental work done"

Money gone, that was quick.
 
2013-04-05 02:21:47 PM  
I wouldn't quit my job....

I would demand to work from home in part time consultant role.
 
2013-04-05 02:22:36 PM  

Jubeebee: I'd imagine the dental work he was talking about after 35 years of homelessness both counts as investing in himself and would use up most of the post-tax money.


That's America.
 
2013-04-05 02:23:46 PM  

SwiftFox: Rhames: In all fairness, it is a pretty sweet tent.


But keepin' out the heat's hard.


images8.yandy.com


You said hard.
 
2013-04-05 02:23:54 PM  

Begoggle: Why shouldn't he, when Fartbama will supply him with the best medical care in the world, deluxe accommodations, and top-tier meals, all for free?


That sounds pretty good. I think I'll go homeless once or twice a year just for the free medical care and the deluxe accommodations and top-tier meals. Thanks for the idea. That's a really good plan. Or it would be if you weren't just talking trash about Obama again. No, seriously. I have from time to time involved myself in helping out the homeless and your fantasy is utter crap. It doesn't exist.
 
2013-04-05 02:25:26 PM  

mazzz: You said hard.


Is that the good cop or the bad cop?
 
2013-04-05 02:32:45 PM  

This About That: mazzz: You said hard.

Is that the good cop or the bad cop?


Semantics.
 
2013-04-05 02:35:10 PM  

This About That: Begoggle: Why shouldn't he, when Fartbama will supply him with the best medical care in the world, deluxe accommodations, and top-tier meals, all for free?

That sounds pretty good. I think I'll go homeless once or twice a year just for the free medical care and the deluxe accommodations and top-tier meals. Thanks for the idea. That's a really good plan. Or it would be if you weren't just talking trash about Obama again. No, seriously. I have from time to time involved myself in helping out the homeless and your fantasy is utter crap. It doesn't exist.


Should I have included this tag?
img1.fark.net
I guess so, since this is what a lot of people actually believe.
 
2013-04-05 02:37:22 PM  
CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.
 
2013-04-05 02:39:35 PM  
best medical care in the world, really? you honestly really believe that?
 
2013-04-05 02:50:34 PM  

GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.


This.

Try living out of a backpack for an extended period of time.  It will change your perspective on everything.   The amount of stuff you "need" is actually quite small.
 
2013-04-05 02:50:56 PM  
If I won the lottery, I'd write a book on how long it takes to get fired from various jobs.

I would not:

1. Physically harm others or cause others to come to harm, or harrass others
2. Embarrass the company or damage its ability to do business
3. Steal or otherwise do criminal acts that would possibly involve arrest on top of termination.

Other than those rules, I'd love to do things like work for the IRS and see how bad of a worker I can actually be.  From some insiders, I've heard it can get really bad -- in some ways it's effectively a welfare project disguised as a job.

Others would be amusing -- like work in fast food and give out obscenely massive portions.  Oh, crap, Quarter Pounders are only supposed to have one slice of meat, not seven?  My bad.
 
2013-04-05 02:52:02 PM  
Bloomington, IN ... Come on, this is too easy.

/Go Boilers
 
2013-04-05 02:52:42 PM  

GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.


I used to knew a guy who made at least 60-75K a year working for a PR firm, ate every meal at restaurants, showered at the gym, then went and slept in his van, but his focus was on surfing everyday.
 
2013-04-05 02:53:12 PM  

MemeSlave: GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.

This.

Try living out of a backpack for an extended period of time.  It will change your perspective on everything.   The amount of stuff you "need" is actually quite small.


Periodically, I do contemplate the possibility of moving "Must Keep" items to storage for $100 or so a month and then living out of my car or rooming with friends for 6 months.  I figure with housing spiraling up in Austin the way it has, I could do some serious savings.
 
2013-04-05 02:54:51 PM  
I thought it said old and busty...
 
2013-04-05 03:00:45 PM  
I don't know that giving $100 to all of his friends is exactly the best way to spend the loot, but more power to this guy for having a good sense of perspective about his windfall. He sounds a lot nicer and more down to earth than that rich New York Times douchebag who wrote the column several weeks ago about the joys of living with less stuff. Don't get me wrong. It's probably wise not to be too attached to things, but the NYT fellow's commentary sounded like the kind of condescending, smug advice only the worst, self-absorbed attention whores would try to pass off as profound insight.

\Listened to the Okee Dokey Brothers' song "Tent" last night so I'm getting a kick, etc.
\\ Not the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song of the same name.
 
2013-04-05 03:14:19 PM  

CokeBear: Breaking News: Some people have a hard time dealing with change, even positive change.


i141.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-05 03:14:52 PM  

Begoggle: Should I have included this tag?
img1.fark.net
I guess so, since this is what a lot of people actually believe.


Hmmm. If your first remark was poking a stick at the so-called "conservatives" who worry about the gummint feeding soup to the homeless, then you might mean [satire] or [sarcasm]. If you are one of those "conservatives", then, probably [ironic] would do. I invoke Poe's law.
 
2013-04-05 03:34:56 PM  
Over/under on how soon before he's reported murdered?
 
2013-04-05 03:38:37 PM  
media.screened.com

must be a tiny bit obscure
 
2013-04-05 03:49:28 PM  

MemeSlave: GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.

This.

Try living out of a backpack for an extended period of time.  It will change your perspective on everything.   The amount of stuff you "need" is actually quite small.


I could see that.  This guys was as happy as could be with very little material possessions.  He had told one of my coworkers that he has a daughter and he was saving up all of his money to give to her.
I guess that is as good of reason as any to not pay rent.
 
2013-04-05 03:54:34 PM  

GalFriday: MemeSlave: GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

I could see that.  This guys was as happy as could be with very little material possessions.  He had told one of my coworkers that he has a daughter and he was saving up all of his money to give to her.
I guess that is as good of reason as any to not pay rent.


Wait.  Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but they have a $60,000 income and a child, but no home?  Where's the kid living?
 
2013-04-05 03:54:36 PM  
I am pretty certain this nice gentleman has erectile disfunction. If I were to get a prize of any kind, I would be off to the titty bar and celebrate in the Champagne Room until they either kicked me out or the money was gone.
 
2013-04-05 04:13:15 PM  

Dog Welder: If I won millions in the lottery I wouldn't quit my job.

I'd run around the office yelling "WOOOOOOOOO!" at the top of my lungs until people showed up to drag me out of there.


tribalwrestling.com
 
2013-04-05 04:26:51 PM  
50K is not much. The guy's smart. He's getting his teeth fixed and giving the rest to his friends. 50K is not going to get him an apartment for long and someone with a mental problem might give him the beatdown thinking he has the money in his pocket. If he gives 100 bucks to a lot of his friends, no one's going to lay a hand on him.
 
2013-04-05 04:28:13 PM  

MemeSlave: GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.

This.

Try living out of a backpack for an extended period of time.  It will change your perspective on everything.   The amount of stuff you "need" is actually quite small.


Spoken like someone who isn't a gifted sousaphone player.
 
2013-04-05 04:37:43 PM  

elchupacabra: GalFriday: MemeSlave: GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

I could see that.  This guys was as happy as could be with very little material possessions.  He had told one of my coworkers that he has a daughter and he was saving up all of his money to give to her.
I guess that is as good of reason as any to not pay rent.

Wait.  Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but they have a $60,000 income and a child, but no home?  Where's the kid living


In the back pack.  .
 
2013-04-05 04:56:53 PM  
If I won enough to retire (I'm not that far off, $1M would be plenty), I would retire the next day. Work is for suckers.

/love my job
//but looking forward to retiring
 
2013-04-05 05:30:04 PM  

LordOfThePings: [media.screened.com image 600x337]

must be a tiny bit obscure


"You give me a one pound note for every grain of sand in my hand and you can buy my beach."
 
2013-04-05 05:41:18 PM  
I would buy a small pharmaceutical company and would create great drugs and give them out for free.  Pray I win.
 
2013-04-05 06:09:39 PM  

stirfrybry: Why is it the homeless community member would be willing to help all his fellow homeless friends instead of keeping all of it to improve his own situtation? Maybe that's why he's homeless? Too kind for his own good.


When you're that poor, the best way to improve your lot in life is to have a lot of friends.  Don't mock the guy; in his position that's not a bad investment strategy.
 
2013-04-05 06:11:33 PM  

MemeSlave: GalFriday: CSS Time -

When I worked for the City of Indianapolis, we had two people (not in my department) that were homeless by choice.  One of them had, at the time, worked for the department of public works for 24 years and his salary was over $60,000 annually.  When he was asked why he didn't have a home, he said he didn't need one.  He slept in parks in a tent and showered at work at the end of his shift.  He said that he had everything he needed in his back pack and his car and his life was just fine.

The other employee was bat-shiat crazy.

This.

Try living out of a backpack for an extended period of time.  It will change your perspective on everything.   The amount of stuff you "need" is actually quite small.


it's a very liberating experience
 
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