Saturday, October 28, 2006

Day 3: “... and then press Enter.”

For starters, a little bit of “cultural exchange” to all my wonderful&beautiful readers. In northern Europe you have two sets of tires for your car. One for summer time and the second for winter. Because there's snow and ice on the road during the winter, we have to have specially designed tires in order to avoid slipping and sliding. So, the tires are usually changed just before the first snow and of course, first snow came today. Well, it didn't seem such a trouble for lucky millionaire to get the tires changed by someone else. But I wasn't that eager to start searching some repair shop that would do the thing, because I would also have to drive there with my summer tires. Since the changing usually takes max. 1 hour, I decided to do it by myself. So I was out there in the cold, spending that 1 hour on my knees.

After the change I was happy, I had just saved 20 euros :) I had read from somewhere, that James Hetfield of Metallica still changed the oils to his car by himself, so maybe I can continue to change the tires.

For a millionaire, everyday is a new chance to make some good investments. Today I decided to invest in clothes and McDonald's. Once again we packed our family to the comfortable station wagon and drove to the mall on our recently changed winter tires. My wife went to the supermarket with the kids while I went to look for the clothes I desperately needed.

OK, first stop. Bought 5 pair of jeans with 5 different belts. Then 10 T-shirts and 5 sweaters for the cold, cold winter conditions. Couple of cool new jackets and caps. Ten pairs of boxers. My shoe collection now shines with 20(!) new pairs! Oh man! What next??? Better to take a breath and continue some other day... I went to pick up my family, but they were stuck in very long register line. Hmmm... let's share the fun. I bought 20 lottery tickets from the kiosk and went to the line my family was in. I took a deep breath and talked to the gentleman in front of us:

-Sorry, sir. My kids are already tired and we would like to get home as soon as possible. Would it be possible to change places in the line? I can give you 2 lottery tickets as gift for your kind gesture.

Well, the gentleman was ready to change the places even without the tickets, but we insisted that he would take them. I repeated the same procedure and eventually we found ourselves at the register. Hope that some of those tickets will win – BIG TIME!

We continued to McDonald's, we ate well and finally we were back at home. I took a beer and started to prepare some late night snack for our friends that were coming. My mother took the kids for the evening, so we could celebrate as long as we wanted. The evening was just perfect. Once our friends were at our place, I told them the good news. I was pleased to say that the drinks were on me, for the first time in my life. And it felt sooooo good. We ate and drank, took a taxi to the city, partied to the morning and then we checked in to the hotel. Suites for everybody, of course... What a lifestyle.

The best for the last. My older son is about 3,5 years now and he is already familiar with computers. He has been playing some games and typed letters with Word. Today he had build a gun from Legos. My wife was a bit surprised, because this was the first time my son even mentioned the word 'gun'. So, to check what our son knew about guns, my wife asked that how the gun works. And the boy explained:

-First you have to pull from this switch. Then you put two balls in here. After that you aim to the target and then press Enter.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Day 2: Hide from the rain

Today the weather was absolutely terrible, so we spend the day inside. Of course I had to make a 1 hour long phone call to my parents. I also called to couple of my best friends and invited them to visit us during the weekend. I'm going to surprise them :-)

Just to get some money spend, we ordered pizzas twice from the nearby restaurant. I also bought couple of books online, they should arrive in a week or two. It's amazing that we are still in the stone age when it comes to logistics: why do I have to wait 2 weeks just to get 400 pages of paper delivered to me?

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Day 1: First "investment"

I couldn't sleep well. Three hours of sleep and I was up again at 5:30 AM. My wife and kids were still asleep, so I just went to lie on the couch.

After the kids woke up, I made breakfast and started up our PC. I opened my bank's web page and went to wake up my wife.

-... I know you are very tired and you would want to get some more sleep, but I have something to show. Something that I have talked a lot lately. Could you come with me?

Still feeling a bit sleepy my wife got up and I seated her in front of the PC.

-Now check this out...

I login to my bank account and made some stupid drumming sounds... and vĂ³ila! There was the 1,000 052 euros showing on the screen. Pause of 1 second. Then screaming and then some more screaming together. I hugged my wife and we jumped together across the living room. Our kids were feeling something between fun and fear. Of course due to their young age (3 years and 9 months) they couldn't understand what were raving about, but I tried to explain it to the older one as clear as I could:

-Daddy doesn't go to work anymore.

Maybe he understood or not, but he continued to eat his breakfast and asked if he could watch the cartoons at the same time. Things calmed down a little bit, but we were still trembling...

Thursday morning in autumn. It's dark and the temperature is about 8 C. What a happy day! I kissed my wife and kids, and went to work. I was 1,5 hours late, but it was not bothering me at all. First thing to do was to write a resignation letter. Boy, has it ever felt so good to get your ass kicked out of a company. Due to the law I still would have to work for 1 month, but for starters I took 5 days vacation and went home 1,5 hours earlier as usual.

Back home I noticed I was hungry, since I hadn't eat anything. I packed my family to our station wagon and we went shopping. I left my wife and the boys to the supermarket and then I headed to the nearest kebab restaurant. This time I didn't even thought what I could order, I just ordered two of my favorite portions and a beer. I enjoyd myself and left with full stomach. Ok, now it was time to make my first move. I went to the biggest car seller I could find and ordered a new Audi with all the goods. The price was around 55 000 euros, but this time I gave myself the permission to spend the money without a second thought! Still 4 weeks for delivery, but I would manage that time with my old reliable station wagon.

So, I went to pick up my family and we loaded their shoppings to the back of the car. Clothes, shoes, toys, CDs, books, DVDs, whatever the western individual needs to survive. 750 euros well spend.

The evening was a hassle with all the new things we had bought. I managed to order contract papers from one fund, so that I could invest my earnings. This evening I fell asleep within a second.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Dream Begins...

The last thing in my mind before I shut my eyes was that million euros on my bank account. Whew!!! Finally it had happened! No more counting the pennies and wondering how to pay the bills. I was finally where I wanted to be - an economically independent freelancer. My life would be totally different tomorrow, since it would be my first day as a millionaire. Now how good is that? I just can't wait tomorrow, when I'm going to tell it to my wife... Sweet dreams, baby!

And so the story begins. This is an imaginary blog about a guy with 1 million euros. Read on...