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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:29 PM

 

If you could reset time where would you go?

How far back would you go?

Just for the hope something different might happen and the idea that you might be able to influence things in a way that wouldn't include a massive "butterfly effect?"

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Reply If you could reset time where would you go? (Original post)
Whovian Jan 2013 OP
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southernyankeebelle Jan 2013 #27
IDemo Jan 2013 #45
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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:31 PM

1. is it a complete reset

or can I take some of this stuff with me?

sP

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:33 PM

2. August 1960

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:33 PM

27. Me too. That was such a blast. I remember living in Italy and going swimming

 

at the beach and living the good life with my relatives and family. Remember when President Kennedy visited Italy and was so proud to see him in the motorcade. It was such an innocent time.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #27)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:06 AM

45. My family lived in Turin at about that time

Of course, I was in kindergarten and don't have a great deal of memories.

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Response to IDemo (Reply #45)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:32 AM

46. I was around 14 I think. We were stationed in Germany but we always visited the

 

relatives in Italy during the summer. I just loved it. I would cry when we had to leave. My cousins and my siblings use to live in their family Villa and in the mornings we walk down to the ocean and go swimming. We'd wear tennis shoes because you walk in shells then go so far and swim. We'd swim to this big rock that every called the rock of Francis. Then some would go spear fishing and after a while we bring our kill home and my aunt would cook it. Sometimes we walk up and down on the beach and find star fish. You put them in your hand and it was a neat feeling then we'd put them back in. So many, many fond memories when I was a kid. I loved living in europe. I only have one aunt left but my cousins are still around.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #46)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:02 AM

49. We lived in Ingolstadt, Bavaria for one year, followed by Turin

My father worked for a defense contractor. We were actually in Germany at the time the wall went up and apparently all the contractors had plans for a quick exit of the country if things got worse. I remember visiting the dairy down the hillside from our place and getting milk squirted in my face by the old lady milking a cow.

In Turin, I remember my sister and I joining the babysitter in spitting watermelon seeds onto people on the sidewalk below our apartment. The smell of the deli right across the street (wonderful!). The night-time train ride to France, where we took the SS United States across the Atlantic to New York. I'd done all the world traveling I'll ever do before ever entering the first grade!

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Response to IDemo (Reply #49)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:17 AM

50. My dad stayed in the military after WWII and made it a career. He wasi

 

in the Army then switched to the Air Force. I felt I was lucky to travel the world also. I would never change that experience. I spent most of my childhood in europe. Although I started school in the Philipines at Clark Air Force Base. Of course it isn't there any longer. Then from there we went to Germay,and Italy allot. Travelling to different places on tour buses. Then I married a military man I met at work on a military base. He and I travelled the world again. He retired in 95 and I miss it. I wished we had retired around a military base were allot of people retire. I live in a rural area where people can't relate. They are nice but it's different. I guess that is my I feel am more liberal. Living in different countries giving me a chance to see their health care system and their governments. People in europe seem less stressful. Of course both my parents were dems always. Especially my mother. After all she came from Italy were they are more openned minded. But I do miss the life style and easy going way of life.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:34 PM

3. tough one

There are so many options, of course the first one that comes to mind is to see Jesus, or some other enlightened master like Buddha, and that would be very enticing. But then, the time the pyramids were being built is a very alluring option as well.

Finally, to go before known human history would be another one that would be very exciting, to see dinosaurs roaming around and the Earth as a paradise all but untouched.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:34 PM

28. Neither of whom speak English


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Response to jberryhill (Reply #28)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:15 PM

71. that is ok

If I have a time machine then I better have the tech of a universal translator implanted in me.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #71)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

81. Considering the contentious history of Biblical translation...

I am not sure that a controversy-free translator of religious instruction is possible.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:39 PM

4. I'd rather go into the future

that any time I can think of in the past.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:44 PM

5. 1860s NYC to meet my ancestors

meet Lincoln and to see how people lived in NYC before they had cars!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:27 AM

56. Vehicle exhaust tended to be much more noticeable back then


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Response to IDemo (Reply #56)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:09 PM

68. Exactly! I think the streets were paved with ..

well it wasn't gold. Nice horsey there

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:49 PM

6. Since you didn't say which direction to reset the clock to,

I would want to go about 500 years into the future. I'd either be all alone on a destroyed world
or, I would be in a world where all was peaceful (no wars, which also means no religions), and everyone is gainfully employed in an endeavor of their choice and all are at peace with themselves and with others.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:24 AM

42. I like this

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:54 PM

8. I'd go back and warn the people of 1980 what would happen if Reagan were elected.

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:41 PM

39. I tried that in 1980. It didn't work

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:54 PM

9. Back to sixth grade and tell Claudia Brubacker that she is my one sweet love...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:35 PM

29. Awe that is sweet.

 

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:55 PM

10. Either LA or New York in 1949.

But not to change the world. To do that you would have to change human nature.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:59 PM

11. Id go back to the day microsoft went public...

so I could buy a congressman or two in the future.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:19 AM

41. Great minds think alike

That's exactly what crossed my mind. There are a few others I'd buy too, and then unload before they crash.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:05 AM

44. I'd go back to the 1981 speech where...

Bill Gates said that 640K or RAM was more than enough for any purpose, just for laughs.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:05 PM

12. Back to high school so I could react to non verbal signals from girls

who were trying to tell me something I was too dumb to understand.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:59 PM

18. And go straight to jail (these things are always ironic)

(I am assuming we are gioing back in time as who we are today)

The movie HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is not very good, but has one incredibly funny thing when a man whose wife cheated on him goes back in time and calls her up, when she was age eight, to tell her off about it... in very vulgar terms.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:56 PM

40. it worked, though.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:39 PM

13. You can't change anything without changing everything, and I wouldn't want to do that.

But, there were a few points in my life where . . . if only I knew then what I know now . . . now, that's tempting.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:40 PM

14. I would go to Florida in 2000 & really get out the vote for Gore.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:22 AM

51. Stop the design of the butterfly ballot

That would have been all it took.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:41 PM

15. If I can take my knowledge

I'd go back to about age 5.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:55 PM

16. As an adult?

I get to go back in time but not become an infant, or a child that could not influence anything? Here are some key changes I'd like to work for:

The 60s: prevention of assassinations

The 70s: Nominate and elect McGovern

The 80s: END RONALD REAGAN'S POLITICAL CAREER BEFORE HE GOT TO WASHINGTON

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Response to LWolf (Reply #16)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:50 PM

31. Read the book "Time on My Hands"

by Peter Delacorte.

Sometime in the 1990's a man is given a time machine and asked to go back and keep Reagan from becoming President. Our hero does this by trying to give the actor a better career, so he'll stay in Hollywood in the first place.

It's one of my all time favorite time travel novels, and I really love time travel novels. I read this book when it first came out, and re-read it a few years ago. The man who wants Reagan prevented from becoming President is very outspoken about his being the worst president ever. Now that we've had W, it's even more interesting in a different way.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #31)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:23 AM

52. Have you read "Time and Again", by Jack Finney?

A man is recruited to travel back to 1890's (or was it 1880's) New York using just the power of his mind. This book gives one a real "you are there" feeling, and was recommended even by Carl Sagan.

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Response to IDemo (Reply #52)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:03 PM

78. Oh yes! Have you read the sequel,

"From Time to Time"? Some years after the end of the project in the first book, the main character gets involved again in the time travel project.

A small personal back story here. I read "Time and Again" when it first came out. Some years later I was in a Border's in their s-f section and saw "From Time to Time" on the shelf, picked it up and paid for it immediately. I knew I didn't need to even look at the description on the flap to know I'd like it. And I haven't read either of those books for years, so it's probably about time I reread them both.

For many years, any time someone said to me they didn't like science fiction, I'd recommend "Time and Again" and just about everyone I ever suggested it to liked it. In recent years I've taken to recommending the Connie Willis time travel novel, "The Doomsday Book". If you haven't read it turn off your computer right now and go off to a bookstore or library.

Time travel novels and alternate history are my two absolutely most favorite sub-genres of s-f. I could go on and on about the many books I love in those two fields, but I'll restrain myself. I even like most time travel movies, even though the problem with Hollywood in my opinion is that they know how to make movies, but don't understand science fiction. This is even though there are any number of respected and respectable s-f writers who have also gone to Hollywood and contributed to screenplays there.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #78)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:23 PM

79. I never realized there was a sequel

I'll have to check it out. I still have Time and Again on the bookshelf reserved for those special reads, alongside Sherlock Holmes and Mark Twain. (and Douglas Adams, hah!)

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Response to IDemo (Reply #79)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:24 PM

80. Oh! I can't believe you missed it.

You are in for a treat.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #31)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:54 AM

66. Thanks for the recommendation!

I'll put it on my list.

I still consider RR to be the worst president ever. He paved the way for much of what W was able to accomplish.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:57 PM

17. Unfortunately, older folks couldn't afford to go back very far

The limiting factor here, for almost all of us, would be medicine.

I doubt anyone wants to go to a world without anesthesia.

And the older the person the more pressing that concern.

Does anyone want surgery from 1950? From 1970?

If I had been born 30 years earlier I would be half blind today (cataract surgery is so different today...), and I have never had a very serious illness... yet. But most of us will.

Now, if health is guarnateed... Paris circa 1880 maybe, or New York in the 1920s... or America in the 1960s. (I was there as a kid, but I'd like to experience it as a adult.)

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:33 PM

26. Yeah, the health risks are considerable

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 04:06 PM

19. 70's, San Francisco.

Or Medieval Florence.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:05 PM

21. You needed to get there in very early 70s

trust me '74 was too late

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:26 PM

24. I know what you mean.

For all the complaints about Giuliani, the 90's here really were gay, but of course I was quite younger then. It seems really suburban now. Growing up, Brooklyn was always a punchline, like Cleveland. Now, I'm told, it's hot.

LOL Okay folks. Whatever you say.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #24)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:19 PM

37. As as oldster

I can say New York was cool in the 70s through the late 80s when the yuppie thing kicked in .. in the 80s there were crack vials on Broadway for example .. and forget downtown like Ludlow you had to run to the subway to survive.. then again .. maybe those weren't the days! I miss old NY, way too expensive and corporate now.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #37)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:25 AM

54. I remember seeing my first peep show in midtown, right by the bus terminal

Hard to imagine that now.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #54)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:12 PM

69. I never thought I'd miss Times Square of the 70s

where I used to live before I realized the neighborhood was a bit dicey -- but it had character! Now it's Disneyfied, bleh. It's funny how we don't realize that a tad of decay and sleaze adds old time charm, a history that is irreplaceable.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #69)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:13 PM

70. There's an Olive Garden. AN OLIVE GARDEN!!!

I want to scream "Follow this big diagonal road down to Bowery and you're in Little Italy, you idiots!"

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Response to Recursion (Reply #70)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:27 PM

76. That's criminal, tourists are better off going for a slice at a pizzeria

cheaper too! Oh well hard to stop the march of "progress" and buck making in the big apple.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 05:12 PM

20. If going back in time means I'd miss what's coming, I'l pass. nt

 

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:10 PM

22. 8 and 1/2 years old....

carry on.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:10 PM

23. ooooh

I would go back to the 1970's in the hopes of preventing a family situation.

I would go back to the 1980's to spend more time with a loved one who is gone.

And I would go back to the 1920's and live in France

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:29 PM

25. I'd rather go into the future.

I was born way too early.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:29 PM

38. Same here!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:36 PM

30. I wouldn't

because that massive "butterfly effect" is unavoidable.

The classical example being "if you could go back in time and kill Hitler before he came to power"...which, doing that would negate my own existence (both sets of grandparents met when my grandfathers were in the US Army in WWII and deployed away from home).

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:51 PM

32. I would go back and set myself up with stock options.

 

For all blue chip companies that wouldn't be exercisable or known about until the day after I left. Come back and be richer than Gates, Adelson, the Kochs and the Waltons combined.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:54 PM

33. I couldn't.

First of all, I can't ignore the butterfly effect. Using the Hitler example, how do I know that whoever replaced Hitler wouldn't be worse? Or, gawd forbid, better at fighting WWII? What if he wins? Nope. Can't chance it.

So let's just say I'm selfish and go back to try to change something in my own life, or just live a better life than the kinda rough and seedy life I've led. First thing that comes to mind is that if I make better choices, then I'm a better example to my little brother, and he never meets the mothers of the two girls I love the most in all the world. Nope. Can't chance that, either.

But I tell you what. There was this perfect day with this perfect girl. If I could just relive that day exactly as it happened, without changing a thing, well then now we're talking!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:58 PM

34. The 1955 World Series

So I could watch Brooklyn beat NY.

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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:18 PM

36. Hmmm...

Maybe West Coast before the gold rush.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:26 AM

43. Already did

Events have more momentum behind them than you can even imagine, the butterfly effect is way overrated.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:40 AM

47. Back to about 75,000 years ago

to alter the evolution of modern humans. I'd try to get the best and brightest people to move to South Africa before the Toba eruption and volcanic winter killed most humans outside the tropical refugias that survived.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:43 AM

48. 1960

 

I would not have answered the phone call that led to the meeting of my first husband. Biggest mistake I ever made.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:26 AM

55. I would go back to when my Grand father was born

so I could join him in his quest to stop slavery

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:27 AM

57. 1921

I'd hang with my Great Grandparents when Papa Georges took his Denver Colorado bride to visit his family in France. Paris, Nice, Cap d'Antibes, St. trop, Marseilles.

They were drinkers, libertines, partiers, revelers and alllllll about decadence.

They were also disgusted with the Klan activity here, racial discrimination, women being chattel, etc etc. So they bolted back to his homeland for a few years to be with the people who had no absurd rules. . . As my Gramfeathers used to say.

That Irish Protestant and former French Officer Immigrant were cool people. So glad I had them well into my 20's to put the icing on the cake of my progressive upbringing.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:31 AM

58. I'd like to have seen my grandfather performing Vaudeville

He was in a singing group that traveled with Houdini and Blackwell. Bess Houdini and my grandmother became good friends during this time.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:32 AM

59. Just saw Warren Buffet on CBS Sunday

and it was mentioned that if anyone put $1000 into his firm in 1964 it would be worth $6.5 mil today. That would be worth the trip back.

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Response to randr (Reply #59)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:46 AM

64. That was a HUGE amount of $$ in 1964. "1960's Average Teacher's Salary $5,174."

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #64)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:22 PM

74. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a Huge amount

A VW bug sold for $1900 at the time.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:44 AM

60. 1821, to help Robert Owen in his quest at New Harmony, In.

His quest and failure have been the impetus for my reasoning throughout life.

His failure was faith in humans and not understanding the complete corruption of corporations.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:15 AM

61. 1619

I'd warn the natives

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:39 AM

62. I would not want to go back

As a woman. I'd want to go forward in the hope that by that time we've created a more fair and equal society free of bigotry. Hope we figure out how to clean up the environment too and fix income disparity....

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:42 AM

63. To whenever the Great Pyramid was built.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:48 AM

65. New York, Wednesday, March 4, 1789.

I'd ask them to do a little more work on that one Amendment about "arms."

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:08 PM

67. 1942

 

with a laptop, GPS, and a smartphone.

although the GPS wouldn't work, it would give armies of engineers hours of fun.

the laptop would just need a power source, same with smartphone. smartphone wouldn't work, but the USA MIC would have a field day with this stuff in the beginning years of WWII.

my progeny would never have to work a day in their life.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:15 PM

72. Yesterday morning, just before I got out of bed. It was so warm and comfortable.

And then the rest of the day sucked out loud and today isn't going a whole lot better.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:16 PM

73. For ME- my teens. For the WORLD-before Hitler rose to power.

I'd assassinate Hitler, come hell or high water.

But for me, I'd go back to my teens, so I could make different choices. But that means I'd have to take back with me the knowledge I have now. My world was so small then....and my choices so bad.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:26 PM

75. 1978

There is a certain male human I would avoid the second time but I suspect I'd end up with the lie "no man can be trusted" burned into my soul anyway.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:30 PM

77. Yesterday. I would not eat the leftover roast for lunch.

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