I sometimes wonder if game show contestants and sweepstakes winners really want the (non-cash) prizes they’re awarded. It seems like the mere possession of such things can make life unduly complicated (and possibly more expensive). I like to imagine how I’d respond if offered some of these “finer things” of life.
If it was free, would I really want…
An enormous McMansion. No, thank you. I’m a minimalist at heart, and would hate to have a bunch of rooms I never use. I’d also find the cleaning, maintenance, and utility bills overwhelming.
A fancy car. This gets a resounding “No!” I simply wouldn’t want the headache (or the insurance bills). I’m the type that parks a new car at the far end of the parking lot, and doesn’t start to relax until it’s at least three years old. Compound that with a fancy hood ornament and I’d go crazy.
Expensive jewelry. I’ll pass on this one, too. Even if it was free, I’d worry about losing it; and I certainly wouldn’t want to pay to insure it.
A designer wardrobe. I’d only accept it if it had no visible labels or logos. It’ll take a lot more than some free swag to turn me into a walking billboard.
A membership to a super-exclusive country club or spa. There are probably a million other things I’d choose to do before spending my day at such a place. I’m afraid it would almost feel like an obligation to go.
The chance to meet a pop prince or princess. Something tells me we wouldn’t have that much in common. And after the obligatory handshake and photo-op, I think things might possibly get awkward.
A giant flat-screen TV. I’d take it, but only in order to give it away. In the intervening period, I’d enjoy the extra attention from all the men in my life.
A new laptop, iPod, cell phone, or other electronic gadget. If I need one, I already have one. And if I already have one, the last thing I want to do is learn how to use a new one.
A year’s supply of [fill in the blank]. To be honest, it doesn’t sound like that much fun to have a year’s supply of anything.
An all-expenses-paid trip around the world. Yes, I’ll take that one. I’m frugal, not crazy.