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Old 09-05-2007, 03:54 AM   #21
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First off I'd be stinking rich. And with that money I would set up a really cool arts complex -- creation space, living space, performance/exhibition space -- for a variety of art forms (2D and 3D visual artists; musicians; dancers; etc.) that would be accessible for artists from student/beginning level on. I'd make sure it would be both affordable (since I'm stinking rich I can afford to subsidise it) and yet have a bunch of very cool bells and whistles for both artists and patrons alike. I'd also set up grants and scholarships and such for individual artists (in all fields) and arts organisations. And I'd fund a few of my favourite bands.

I would live on a nice chunk of land (at least 200 acres -- more like 300) in a part of the country where there are four distinct seasons well outside any city. Partly wooded rolling land where my cats and dogs could roam outside without fear of cars (we'd be well back from any road...and the closest roads would be lightly travelled back roads anyway). I'd have horses -- at least a few. I would have employees to maintain the fences and grounds (I always did suck at that stuff), and someone to clean the house. The house would be set up to be very green -- solar panels and all that -- and would have a very open floor plan but wouldn't be huge.
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I would have to live on water, with trees and hills or mountains. I need the differential in height. I need to look up at things and I need to look down at things. I need to hear and smell water.
I would rather earn a lot of money than be given it. (But if somebody gave it to me, I wouldn't say no in case anyone is inclined to offer). I'd be a screenplay writer of dark and hilarious films and maybe I would write a humor column and short stories. I think I would do just one novel. I'd teach one or two literature classes and nurture a promising young writer or two.

I'd have enough fame to have clout and access, but not enough to have celebrity. I'd rather a cult following than a mass following.
I'm needy of ego stroke, but it doesn't have to be universal.

I'd have more than one place to live, maybe a working farm in Washington state (I'm NOT the one doing the working, lol, but I can handle the morning chores) and a house on water in France.
I would need a lot of space. A lot of land, many rooms. And a small place along the Mexican border. I'd speak fluent and fluid Spanish and French and have a stable of horses including a black stallion and a chestnut mare and rangy dogs and marginally friendly cats.

Although I need privacy, I need to be close to my friends. I'm not good at long distance friendship. And I'm social, so I would need people not too far from me I could relate to. I'd have a string of relationships because even in a parallel life I can't imagine myself doing marriage well.
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I would have to live on water, with trees and hills or mountains...
I'd be a screenplay writer of dark and hilarious films and maybe I would write a humor column and short stories....

I'd rather a cult following than a mass following.
I'm needy of ego stroke, but it doesn't have to be universal....

I would need a lot of space. A lot of land, many rooms....

and rangy dogs and marginally friendly cats....

Although I need privacy, I need to be close to my friends. I'm not good at long distance friendship. And I'm social, so I would need people not too far from me I could relate to. I'd have a string of relationships because even in a parallel life I can't imagine myself doing marriage well.

I want to be you when I grow up.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:36 AM   #24
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Awsome thread, I just don't know where to start. I have been making up "parallel lives" for myself since I was a child, I have always thought up imaginary friends and people I would like to be surrounded by. Guess that says a lot about my real life, doesn't it?

In my parallel live I would be prettier and have long dark hair. I would be writing books and poetry and be able to live as a writer and artist. I would also paint and have a lot of friends who are artists. I would have a nice appartment in a European city, not too big, in an old house, I would live with two cats and have a big library and a nice office with a green park or garden view.

Apart from that, I'd like to have a house (not a villa or a mansion, nothing big or lavish) at the countryside, maybe even somewhere at the sea, where I can go and be creative. I would like to grow my own fruit and vegetables in the garden and have people coming over for dinner and/or a drink.

I would be much more communicative than I am now and a litle less introvert and have friends who like to have discussions about all kind of topics. I would be really into music, also classical music and the opera, and very well educated about music, literature, art, science and many more things. I would know a lot about wine and maybe have a little vinyard myself.

I would also like to be friends with Bono and I would like him to call me or write me e-mails and letters and I would like to have long hours of discussions and conversations with him about all kinds of topics. Maybe he'll hire me to write a biography about him or the band, and I could accompany them on tour.

I would also like to take more action for social causes and help those whose lives are less fortunate. I would love to be involved in different projects and work with inspiring people, who are passionate and commited to what they are doing.

I would also travel much much more than I do now.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:38 AM   #25
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Edited: I was chuckling at Anna's post, not last unicorn's. Simultaneous posts. There is something so bohemianly peaceful about last unicorn's parallel.
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In my parallel life I am actually getting through on the phone to order tickets to see Bono in Philly.

OH wait, that's probably not what this thread is looking for.

I can't really answer this because I'm a senior in college and I am figuring out my life right now...so I could say my fantasy life/career but it would be more goals that I still might acheive and less parallel life. I guess that I could say that while I'm on a career track to become an expat and work in refugee and conflict issues, my other careers that I will always nostalgically look back on and think "what if" are doctor/MD-PhD working in emergency medicine or a novel and short story writer who gets to travel a lot.

Speaking of, as maycock said, I too have been laying off the FYM because classes have started.
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Career: I run a thriving theatre company in a US metropolitain area that's not New York (Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle) that has an educational component and where the "real" actors come to work when they're tired of being offered shitty Hollywood scripts.

I also work with a non-profit group that uses the arts to raise awareness of pertinent social issues in developing nations.

Leisure: Since I run the theatre company, I can choose to direct when I want to and have plenty of time for my family but there's also plenty of time for travel to Europe, South America and Africa.

Personal: My husband gave up his lucrative career as the drummer in a band called U2 to join me in my worldwide artistic endeavors. My son is still the cutest thing on the planet.
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:33 PM   #28
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I want to be you when I grow up.


me too. i really can't expand on that any further.

except i'll swap "Washington farm" for "Central California Coast villa" and add a loft in Manhattan as well, and i'd like to set aside one month a year where i'll rent an apartment in a different city across the world and attempt to live as a local and write about it the whole time.

and everyone will flock to my blog to read my humorous-but-penetrating insights.

ETA: i'll take a year and study the culinary arts, yet miraculously never gain a pound
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:56 PM   #29
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If I do my research right and save up my money, my parallel life could come true this summer. I found a site that helps college students find summer jobs in the UK and Ireland!
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If I do my research right and save up my money, my parallel life could come true this summer. I found a site that helps college students find summer jobs in the UK and Ireland!
Is it BUNAC (http://www.bunac.org/)? Most other schemes will charge fees for things that you could do yourself for less money.
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Is it BUNAC (http://www.bunac.org/)? Most other schemes will charge fees for things that you could do yourself for less money.
Yeah it is...so do you recommend BUNAC? I'll be going to the study abroad office here at school in the next few days to see what they think.
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Yeah it is...so do you recommend BUNAC? I'll be going to the study abroad office here at school in the next few days to see what they think.
i'd say take a look at programs your school has to offer. often they are in bed with some other groups abroad. i'd be more inclined to trust something that is sponsored by your school than to go with an outside organization.

that being said, i know there are loads of study abroad (even over the summer) opportunities with the irish govt. i wish i had kept my resources to share with you, but i'm sure the SA office can be more helpful.
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... just to butt in, but what i would recommend is taking your junior year study abroad to go some place you'll never get to again -- go study in South Africa or India or go somewhere that you'll be forced to learn a 2nd language, like France (or, a combination of the two, Morocco) or wherever.

and then, after you graduate, find a job in the UK/Ireland -- American citizens can get 6 month work Visas without much of a problem (though we're not treated as well as the Commonwealth, as Aussies and Canucks and others who didn't have the gumption to fight a revolution can get 2 year work visas).

just my totally unsolicited $.02.

and if you want to be a politican, i would highly recommend learning spanish.

so go to, like, Argentina or some Latin American country where democracy is tenuous, and see if you can't do some volunteer political work counting ballots or something grass roots or whatever.

*sigh*

to be in college again ...
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Working for the govt would be very cool.

I really just want experience outside of the United States my last summer before I have to enter the real world

ETA I'll probably do the peace corps after I graduate, so that'll give me my chance to go places I normally wouldn't.
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I'm a nurse who is so damn smart I found a cure for every ailagment that's baffled scientists for years. However since finding these cures one random day, I've made so much freaking money, I've given up nursing as a profession and live in my quaint cottage in Ardamore, Ireland. My house is filled with Waterford crystal and fresh flowers, it's never dusty or dirty or messy. I have a renowned chef for a husband, and the body of a freaking super model. I can eat anything, anytime, and it doesnt stick to me!

well....when fantasy does become reality, I'll be a published writer, hopefully strike gold like JK Rowling and have that cottage near Waterford city, and fill it with waterford crystal!
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mmm Waterford, very nice


Oh for this summer I want to do something that is financially feasible since my dad will be retiring at the end of December.
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I'm a well known photographer, and a writer of several best-sellers. I back-pack across Europe, which inspired one of my best selling memoirs. I have a cottage in Ireland, a house in Hawaii, and a penthouse apartment in DC. Everyone is understanding toward everyone else. There are no major diseases that kill millions of people, there aren't any wars, and the world lives in peace. I'm friends with the members of U2. I'm a millionaire, because of my best-sellers. I brig my family and friends to trips around the world, all for free. I also have super powers.
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My alternate life:

* I am actually a great jazz and blues guitar player. I sing - not 'well' by popular standards; my voice is too gritty, too 'unusual' for that.

* My only home is the road, my only possessions are my guitar, a Harley, and my road dog is - you guessed it - a dog.

* I make millions, but look like a hobo.

*And, by the way, I'm actually a guy, even if people sometimes mistake me for a girl.

*I'm 95 pounds lighter than I am now.

* Nobody dares call me Shirley.
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I'm a respected photographer with a few well received books and National Geographic covers under my belt, living somewhere close to the mountains and the sea with my wife. We live a fairly quiet life, with a close-knit group of friends and a house big enough to invite friends and family over often.

I make a comfortable enough living to be able to spend spend weeks, maybe even months at a time traveling to distant locales and submersing myself in the landscape - hiking and camping in rainforests, mountain landscapes, unspoiled tropical coastlines... taking pictures of the beauty I'm lucky enough to see in person and share with those who can't or haven't yet seen it themselves.
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