So my two nephews and my niece arrived this week to spend a few days on the beach. My brother and his wife are here too, of course–the kids didn’t hop in the van and drive themselves here. I was on the way to the store tonight with my nine-year old nephew and he informed me that he’s going to be richer than Bill Gates some day. “How are you going to make your money?” I asked. He thought for a moment, then answered, “I’m going to invent a hover-car…or maybe a spaceship.” Then he thought some more (with his face all contorted in a thoughtful frown) before adding, “Actually I’m not very good at math, so maybe I can’t invent anything. But my DAD could!”
So here’s the question: What would you invent if you could? And would you like to be as rich as Bill Gates? And if you were, what would be the first thing you bought?
PS: Me? I’d invent a machine that can change a person’s appearance convincingly enough that I could truly find out how it feels to walk in other people’s shoes (ie. other races, other ages, other social groups, other professions). I’d LOVE to be as rich as Bill Gates, and the first thing I would do is BUILD BFA A THEATER THAT HAS CHANGING ROOMS, A BACKSTAGE AREA, A PNEUMATIC STAGE, AND A FABULOUS LIGHTING SYSTEM!!