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27 September 2014 @ 07:59 pm
time travel  

The way I think about time travel scenarios you’d think I was likely to be caught up in one AT ANY MOMENT. My current mental scenario obsession: I awaken on Jan 1 of the year I turn 13, with as much knowledge about the future as I can, y’know, remember. What do I do?

(Answer: the 1st fucking thing I do is find a way to stop the Challenger launch. Call in a bomb threat to NASA, I don’t know, but *something*.

2nd thing I do: start acquiring fake IDs. Dunno how you do that in Kenai. “Excuse me, sir, I’m looking for the bad element, can you direct me?”

3rd thing I do: buy stock in Microsoft and Apple. Etc.)

If this is not normal, what the hell do normal people *think* about?

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

dsgood on September 27th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
Well, some writers assume normal people think about sex: opportunities lost.

I might daydream more about time travel if I didn't require several meds which weren't available when I was thirteen (1956).
Sinanjusinanju on September 28th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
Well, a friend of mine constantly thinks about the zombie apocalypse and how to deal with it. He's always running scenarios and considering his options. For that matter, so does my stepson.

I also tend to think about time travel scenarios of the sort you mention. If I woke up one day as a teenager and knew then what I know now. I'd do a lot of things differently, that's for damn sure. And not just in the "buy stock in Microsoft" sense, though of course that too. But in the "I'd treat people better and be more demonstrative" sense.
deliiriadeliiria on September 28th, 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
this is totally normal! erh. by my standards, at any rate. though my usual scenario involves going back a few years earlier in age. or sometimes centuries. in those ones, I'm usually much longer lived (or flat-out immortal), and eventually catch back up to myself in the present.
Mikamitsukai_aka on September 28th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
I don't wonder as much about time travel, as much as I do getting born in a different time... although, yeah, nevermind. It would still count XD.

I have been trying to figure out what normal people think about though, lately. So far, I've come up with a very short list.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on September 29th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
What is this "normal" of which you speak?

Also, I was at a SF convention this weekend. Your name came up. Often. (It might have been me.)
Carlton Maxc_maxx on September 29th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Maybe all time is connected, the difficulty is getting our consciousness to access the other parts of it?

Ah, those details...
Harold Zablehzatz on September 30th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
In the 90's, Microsoft. In the 00's, Apple.

Challenger? Really? I'd aim for disrupting 9/11, which I think did much worse things to our nation's psyche.

This sort of thoughtful consideration seems perfectly normal to me.