Monday, June 1, 2015

June's Question of the Month Blog Hop!


Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:


"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list below to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 

If your house caught on fire, what's the one thing you'd grab before running out?

Man, that is a tough one. I'm assuming that living things don't count because everyone on the planet would save their loved ones (including dogs, Coco...settle down). They don't like me grabbing them, anyhow. 

There's a list of possibilities: my guitar, which I love. Baby books from my children or letters from my great grandmother that passed away in 1984. There's jewelry in my bedroom that I'd hate to lose and handmade items from family members long gone.

Amazingly enough, I think I'd grab my external hard drive. I can see that crazy look on your face, even though we've not Skype-ing. 

Let me explain. All my life, I've been one of those people who have emotional attachments to things like drawings from kids and cards from grandma. I'm sentimental to a fault. I'd consider it a character flaw. Program, ticket stubs, yearbooks...you get the picture. I love those little pieces of paper and whatnots that are like snippets of the history of my family, my friends and myself. (Janie, I'm not sure if that should have been "me" instead of "myself".)

Digitally, I have over 15,000 pictures on my computer. If you're my husband, I meant to say "fifteen" (if you're anyone else...really, it's 15,000). Some of those pictures are of relatives that died before 1900, but they're mostly pictures from my life time (you know, 29 years...cough, cough).  They're all stored on that hard drive. 

If that wasn't enough to make me grab the hard drive, I must add that it also stores some of my obsessive life's work: a huge database of genealogical research. I'm keeping tabs on my closest 15,000 relatives (approximately). How those numbers are close to the number of pictures I've saved is pure coincidence. I wish I had a picture of all of them but I don't. However, I do have scanned images of wills, bibles, birth certificates, paintings, maps...you name it. If it's tied to my family, I've got it recorded right there. I've even got images of paintings of the Plantagenet Royal line (yep, I descend from them, too...me and a zillion other people). There's no way of guesstimating how much time I spent on that research and it's ongoing. As long as everyone had a parent, there's more to investigate. 

Since 1997, I've homeschooled one kid or another with only a brief break. Along the way, I started creating "unit studies" and focused classes. At last count, there's over 300 lesson plans on my hard drive and twelve years of syllabuses for classes I taught out in the community. There on that hard drive, too.

Now, I've convinced myself that I've made the right choice.

Visit Michael's site for the complete list of participants! 


24 comments:

  1. External hard drive is a good choice. Michael said the same thing, as his is in his bag he'd grab. I'd want mine as well, but went for my guitars instead. Hey, two are limited editions!

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    1. See? That's a hard one for me. Logically (and probably emotionally), I'd need to save the hard drive but I have this red Ovation that I love so much...

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  2. Similar answer to mine, though I forgot we have an external hard drive :P Awesome that you have so much backed up digitally. I really need to get cracking.

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    1. I'm not done yet, Susan! My mother gave me a bunch of copies that I need to get on the hard drive, too. We'll both up our game on the digital - deal?

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  3. Cherdo, I noticed Lee is participating in this little meme, too, and I left my response to this question there, but promised I'd check this blog hop myself. Anywho, you aren't going to believe it but I told Lee the same thing that I'd grab my external HDs and a laptop before leaving my burning house. I have a lot of photos and other stuff I consider too important to lose. So, I totally get what you're saying. However, I don't think I have 15k pictures, but what I do have I want to save. :D

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    1. Personally, I can't believe that I have 15,000 pictures! I didn't take that many (probably 12,000 were shot by me). The rest were linked to genealogy and lessons. Lord knows I'll never print them all out!! I need a digital frame that scrolls through them all.

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    2. Mind. Blown. We live in the same town.

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  4. What I find funny is that we all essentially said the same thing: loved ones, pets, and hard drives/laptops. Haha. We're good. ;)

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    1. I believe it's no accident that we all hang out on the blog-o-sphere, ha ha. I joined this hop at the last minute and didn't have time to read anyone's before I wrote mine. That's hilarious.

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  5. I would take family pictures. BTW that's a great tip. Get an external hard drive and store pictures on it.

    I'm slow to do things like that.

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    1. Ah, but technology will catch you...it will, I swear...

      Thanks, EPT!

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  6. I understand your choice completely because I would save the same thing-my laptop plus boxes of pictures and geneology stuff-they can't be replaced

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    1. Yeah, I'm ashamed of how many hours I spent in front of the computer working on genealogy. It's crazy. But I'd hate to lose those pictures.

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  7. It's me, myself, and I. All three. Yes, all three, along with fifteen thousand. Good answer.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I can use any of them? Score! It sure would be nice if an adult, like moi, would open the grammar book right here on the desk and use it sometimes.

      Thanks, Janie!

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    2. I think you should be grammatically happy and write whatever you want.

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  8. Now I'm starting to feel like I need to get my life more in order.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. It's only fair...I feel that way every day. Now we're twins.

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  9. I did answer this over at Shady Dell, but one more time- I grab Scrappy in one hand, and my sonic screwdriver in the other. Anything else better be close to the door.

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  10. If the critters and my sweetheart are safe, anything else is gravy - optional even. If I had to choose, it would be the double frame with a photo of my father holding my daughter just minutes after she was born... and the photo of his father. Both my father and his father are gone now so, yeah.

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  11. I'd like to study my genealogy one day. A great sage once said that a man (or woman) has his roots in the past as a tree has its roots in the ground. That sage was Master Po from Kung Fu :P

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  12. My guitar that was a gift from my dad and my car keys. My dogs are a given. I really want to make sure I can back my truck out so we can have a vehicle. I also have a small bag hidden with some emergency cash. I know that it could burn up too but I want it in my hand and not in a bank.

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  13. Everybody seems to being going with the flash drive or hard drive! Good answer. :)

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  14. Hard drives win in this question. I'm thinking we should all put a loaded hard drive in another location, like my sister's house, then swap it out from time to time with an updated one. It would be so sad to lose those old photos!
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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo