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Re: What would you have done with $500 million?

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Wile E

11-29-2012 17:41:40

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Here is what I would do, and you would do some of the same things.

1. Get your own security force, a dozen men watching your home, family all the time. I know I would. I would have 3 of these guys at the school my children go to......The threat of kidnapping and being held for ransom is very real.
Former co-workers wife worked at a bank where a large sum of money had to be taken by the FBI for a ransom drop. (just like in the movies) This really happened several years ago I am told. 2. Build the most incredible fortress I could imagine. Gorgeous home. I would still have a shop with a heated barn for storage of tractors and other toys. My home would have double brick on it for repelling attacks. And I would have Lexan polycarbonate windows for bullet resistance. Underground bomb shelter with living quarters too.

3. My own power plant. If and when the electric grid takes a dump.

4. Have a small community of close friends and family on a large parcel of land to look out for each other.

5. Destroy the political careers of some of the bums in DC.

6. Buy businesses that are good investments also land and raw materials. And I want a big new gas guzzling diesel truck too.

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Fuel economy

11-29-2012 21:39:55

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Wile E, 11-29-2012 17:41:40  
A gas guzzling DIESEL truck... Where exactly would you drive it? Why not just dig a big hole in the ground and go into hiding for the rest of your life. No amount of money would be worth having to live in a constant state of paranoia that someone is out to get you. If someone wanted to get you they wouldn't have to get into your fortress, they'd just have to keep you from getting out.

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Wile E

11-30-2012 01:28:21

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Fuel economy, 11-29-2012 21:39:55  
Would you just walk around town unarmed? IF you had over 200 million dollars you WOULD be a target of kidnappers. The wealthiest people in this country take precautions. I sure would.

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Fuel economy

11-30-2012 15:55:03

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Wile E, 11-30-2012 01:28:21  
There are lots of millionaires walking around every day. I'm sure they take precautions but not to the extreme like you are talking. They probably have a security system and maybe even a bodyguard/driver but the majority of them don't have a security force that would put the secret service to shame. I kind of doubt the multi-millionaires walk through the sleazy part of town at 11 pm but I'm sure most of them aren't paranoid about being kidnapped. A lot of rich people aren't in the spot light, so how would anybody even know they were rich. The guy that got gas in front of you yesterday could have been a multi-millionaire. Living in bubble worried that someone might be out to get you would be a horrible way to live.

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Wile E

11-30-2012 16:04:28

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Fuel economy, 11-30-2012 15:55:03  
I will tell you right now that the people at the bank will know you and how much green you have, friends will talk, your former co-workers will talk. Word will get out and you will become a target. Think about Governors, and Senators, the Secret service is with them. I have a former neighbor that was a state cop years ago. He now does security for a wealthy family, very wealthy. Yes, I am serious. He is basically a bodyguard. How he got in is that his former captain runs the private security for this family and he must Always carry a side arm. And he has to train with it every few months. It is better to be careful then dead or have a family member kidnapped. Yes it happens, Yes you will live in a shell to a point. But........that is the cost of being super wealthy. There are lowlifes in the world that will kill you for $5k, or less. Desperate losers that will do anything for money.

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Fuel economy

11-30-2012 21:45:33

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Wile E, 11-30-2012 16:04:28  
One bodyguard not a dozen like you mentioned. You seem paranoid that someone would start WW III and attack your residence. Who would want to be super wealthy but always looking over their shoulder thinking someone is out to get them. I've known a few very wealthy people and if they were as paranoid as you, they'd probably end up in a padded room. You said previously that you don't even let your kids friends come in your house unless they go to your church. I'm sorry but that's already paranoid. Most people would be a basket case if they already felt that way and came into a lot of money.

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Wile E

12-01-2012 08:40:13

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Fuel economy, 11-30-2012 21:45:33  
Are you stalking me?

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11-29-2012 18:19:56

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 Re: What would you have done with $500 million? in reply to Wile E, 11-29-2012 17:41:40  
You're right. I didn't take into account the very real downside.

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