Adventure in Ohio?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by somecallmetim, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    There's a saying that if you gave all the wealth of the rich to the very poorest people, in a single generation the wealth would be back in the hands of the former wealthy again.

    Give someone with not a shred of experience handling money lots of it, and they do stupid things. When was the last time you heard about a lawyer or doctor hitting the lottery and ending up broke? Somehow they manage just fine, it's the unemployed guy living in an airstream that hits it and pisses it away...and who plays the most lottery? Airstream Charlie.

    In any case, I'd like to have 500 million little problems to contend with. If you took half of the payout after taxes (probably $140 million or so) and stuck it in a VERY conservative investment portfolio, you would probably have several million per year in interest to live on, for the rest of your life. And, that's in addition to the other half you have to spend or live on, or invest....plus the $140 large that was your principal.

    If you blow $500,000,000, you're one stupid SOB.
  2. dox

    dox How much for the ape?

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    You ever read about Black-Hat Jack Whittaker in WV and what happened to his family after he hit it big? The guy's family is a living train wreck.

    He was already wealthy prior to winning the country's largest jackpot, but even after his wealth was increased by a factor of 20x, the whole thing went sideways. His daughter, granddaughter and granddaughter's boyfriend have all died from drug OD, been sued numerous times, had half a million in cash (!!!) robbed from his vehicle (at a strip club :lol3) and various other oddities. :eek1

    Being close to the WV border, we still hear about him occasionally on the news, even though it's been probably 8 or 10 years since he hit the jackpot.

    :loco

    There was an old story floating around about the time he got arrested for DUI and told the cops he had "not yet begun to drink!" And how at his DUI trial he accused them of targeting him but not finding the murderer that killed his grand daughter.
  3. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    I think there should be an experiment on this whole who does well with money thing. So give me the 500 mill and we'll see how I do. :lol3
  4. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    I'd spend $100 million on motorcycles and sports cars and high priced call girls

    the rest I'd waste on stupid stuff :rofl
  5. indypup

    indypup ╭∩╮( º.º )╭∩╮

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    +1... :d
  6. mmc45414

    mmc45414 Adventurer

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    I think I remember that movie, we can wager one dollar...
  7. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    See you're already doing it wrong. Only 100 million? Cheap ass. :deal You'd probably have a garage full of used KLRs. :lol3
  8. Solace

    Solace Been here awhile

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    I think it was comedian Ron White who said "You can't fix Stupid!"

    So is the next drawing for the big lotto on Friday night? For 500M I'll buy a ticket. What do I ask for - is it the Mega Millions or something else?

    Later,
    M
  9. buildit

    buildit Guns, bikes and Bows

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    Mega Millions. But why play? I said it's mine. :lol3
  10. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    So I tend to dream big.....and sometimes it gets me in over my head. :D (my favorite modern artist always says to "fake it til you make it" well - I'm there!!)

    I submitted a proposal for a public art work grant and it got accepted! :clap

    The problem - it involves welding and I don't weld! :rofl

    So I can either a) learn or b) hire someone talented to do the actual welding of the work.

    I actually do want to learn to weld at some point but I'm thinking a public sculpture on Broad St isn't where I want to test my skills. I'm going to toss the job to the ADV community first - any of you know how to weld and want a cool side gig? The grant will pay you. And you will be able to see your work as public art!

    The piece - life size horse made of old street signs (I'm getting access to the ODOT salvage sign yard - how cool is that???? Trying to find as many US 40/National Rd signs as possible) Horse will appear to be like a carriage horse tied to a modern day parking meter. He'll probably be on a sidewalk but I'm trying like hell to have them put him in the street. I can pound and bend steel all day, I just need a welder to stick stuff where I want it to go. It will take place this summer, I think the opening day/deadline is Sept 8. The grant just got awarded so there's still a lot of details to work out. I don't know the exact compound of the signs at this point.
  11. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    I don't weld but that's pretty darn cool :thumb
  12. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    Thanks! Once it's done, someone HAS to make it a tag.

    We also might have to sneak something ADV in there.......

    Actually, I just thought of something.......if you guys/gals have scrap parts off bikes/cars that you want included, I'd take 'em. I was going to hit a junk yard for the "filler" pieces but how fun would it be to have the filler be from friends? And you could visit the piece and find your scrap! Just an idea - it might suck but I'll throw it out there.
  13. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    That is awesome! I've welded before, but wouldn't be comfortable enough to sign up for a job such as this. Plus I don't have the necessary equipment. Columbus state has a great welding program. Teachers name is Mike, and he was fantastic.

    Oh, and I would absolutely pitch in towards a custom ADV sign:
    http://www.safetysign.com/Traffic+Signs/Custom+Traffic+Signs.html
  14. indypup

    indypup ╭∩╮( º.º )╭∩╮

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    Those signs are probably aluminum too so that stuff is harder to weld. TIG welding anyone?
  15. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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  16. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    I'll see what my boss will let me steal from the pile out back. I think we have a 1/4 of a dumpster filled with scrap signs.

    You may be able to just rivet/bolt the aluminum signs together. Also, you can only bend those so far or they break, I've tried. The seat base on my trials bike is an old street sign.
  17. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    In for which ride?
  18. OhioPT

    OhioPT Adventure Wannabe

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    My friend Sailah (Inmate here, see his build threads) has a TIG and would probably love the practice. I just sent him a notice about this.
  19. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    I'm talking Thursday, as in, today now. Didn't know I had options? Gonzo_Matt and I are meeting at Iron Pony just after noon and heading north-easterly.



    And Carrie, I'm thinking (with a better quality pictures, and permissions from Meef) something like this:
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  20. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    I have ideas