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Author: tmeri Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5068  
Subject: Re: Investment or Indulgence? (long) Date: 8/31/2003 1:20 AM
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We do intend to attend games of all kinds for as long as we can (i.e. well into retirement.) Even though we presently live only 45 min away, even when we were 8 hours away we attended all home football games. I don't expect we would ever move more than 8 hrs away again.

I'm late to the party, and a skunk at that. There is nothing worse than a late skunk at the garden party, unless it is an early skunk, I suppose.

So I'm going to say something you probably don't want to hear. I feel entitled to say it, though, because I'm so much older than you. I've been your age. Bet you haven't been mine. ;-)

My caution to you is this: the things you love now may not be the things you love 10 years from now. This may be a lesson you have to learn on your own. But I'm telling you anyway, just in case you are open to examining the possibility.

I think it is entirely possible that the joy you are so clearly getting from alumni activities with your school could last your entire lifetime; I know a few people who are like that.

Unfortunately, I know many, many, many more who were greatly in love with their alma mater the first few years out of school, but after a while, their interest waned.

So my question is, if your love of these kinds of things gets replaced by something else, will you feel like kicking yourself for spending $50K on something that ends up being worthless in value to you?

Just askin'.

Experience is an excellent teacher, but he charges dreadful wages.

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