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If your house was burning down, what would you bring?… - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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If your house was burning down, what would you bring?
http://the-burning-house.com/

Neat stuff.

I'd take:
My cats
My Camera
My 50mm lens
My iPad.
My VFF KSOs
My iPhone
The winter coat from Nice.
A tarot deck my mother gave me.


I'm going to submit a photo to the site tis week. Really interesting.
I'm not an especially sentimental person.

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

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lex_of_green From: lex_of_green Date: May 16th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty sure if your house is burning down and your cats don't get out on their own and you spend your escape time chasing down your cats, it's unlikely you'll get to bring anything else.

The cats are still a good choice though.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 16th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a ray of sunshine, you are.

90% of those things are in my Awesome bag most of the time which has the added benefit of allowing me to take my awesome bag!
lex_of_green From: lex_of_green Date: May 16th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, pre-prepared awesome bag. Okay, maybe you do get to bring all those things.

And I totally AM a ray of sunshine - according to Arya Stark's teacher, chasing cats makes you an awesome swordsman. Being an awesome swordsman (with pet cats!) is better than having a bunch of stuff.
melissa_maples From: melissa_maples Date: May 16th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You and I think a lot alike. This site was brought up elsewhere on my friends list this week as "a great place to lol at hipster nonsense" and I was the only one who actually liked it. So I guess that makes me hipster nonsense, which, I don't even really know what that means. Whatevs!
anfractuousity From: anfractuousity Date: May 16th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'd bring...

My sewing machine.
My laptop.
Both of my cameras.
The iPad, if James didn't get to it first.
My graphics tablet.
My NDS.
My purse, of course.
My favorite robot/astronaut necklace.
My memory box with all my old family photos and my art journals from when I was a teenager.

That's a really neat site. *followed it*
nidea From: nidea Date: May 16th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
In our house fire, my cat died.

Most of my stuff (sewing machine, etc) survived -- the LCD screen on my stereo died, but the rest of it still works. I threw out my radio, vibrator, iron, and other electronics, not trusting them. I spent a long time wiping off all my books from the soot. I got a new futon. I went to a laundromat in Stoughton and did about 13 loads of laundry at once. I threw out a lot of polyester (it holds smoke). Most of my house plants died (it was February and there was a big hole in the house).

In our house fire, I learned that things are not terribly important, but people and my relationships with them are. House/renter's insurance... also rather important.

Were we to have a fire now, I might grab my external hard drive (lightweight and small) but mostly I'd grab my girl.
nidea From: nidea Date: May 17th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also please note that when you grab your cat/dog they will probably bite and scratch you, and otherwise make it really hard for you to pick up anything else.

I was actually out of town when the fire happened, so I didn't have a choice about any of it. I'm kind of glad I wasn't there though.
techdragon From: techdragon Date: May 17th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
In our house fire, two of the three cats died and I managed to grab nothing. I shattered my wrist jumping out a second story window but the firemen saved my kids... there wasn't time to think about grabbing anything.

It is the reason that I now sleep with my phone, keys, wallet etc all in the same place every night. That would probably all I could grab - with the possible add on of my laptop bag. this is one reason I use Dropbox as digital storage. I didn't replace much of what was lost - and we barely salvaged anything out of the ruined shell of our apartment.

** this comment isn't made to rain on your parade. Just practical thoughts**
happygophucky From: happygophucky Date: May 17th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually your practical thoughts makes me think I should store my most important things in a fireproof (ish) box on my front porch in case I do have a fire in my tiny house.

Although I don't think my dog Mojo would fit in that box but at least his vet records and an extra set of leashes or collapsible bowls would.

I will add that to the list of things to do this summer. Thanks Techdragon. :)
happygophucky From: happygophucky Date: May 17th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)

This is semi-hard

I'd grab my dog, my computer (or at least my back up external hd), a book my brother made me, my wallet-keychain thingie, an apple, my medications, my phone and/or ipod touch, an antique tobacco tin my grandma gave me and my oldest stuffed animal.

These are the things most important to me with my dog being the most important of all.(the apple would help settle my nerves and the medications would keep me from having an asthma attack while freaking out.)
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: May 17th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
For me, I'd grab any hardcopies of my writings I could find and either my computer or my flash drives where I have the hard copies. I may also grab my journals. Most everything else is either replaceable or unimportant.
From: uss_meganprise Date: May 17th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We've got two tiny kids. If I were the only adult home, I'd have my kids and nothing else. When we got outside, would I risk my life to go back in for anything else? No. Nothing's worth it.

If Griffin were home and we got out with the kids but still had some hands free would we grab anything else? No. I'm very sentimental and it would by quite sad to lose things, but we'd cope. I'd sure miss my little box of treasures, though, and some irreplaceable pictures that are print-only. I've got a love-hate relationship with stuff. There have been more times than not that moving things has become more of a hassle than not, and a lot of things I've left behind that remind me of dark times and a couple of folks I'm glad to have parted ways with.

I'm glad you asked this question! I'm going to make sure I get those few pictures scanned into our online data backup.
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