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Writer's Block: Countdown

If a catastrophe struck and you had to leave your home in a hurry (and never return), what items would you grab in your last ten minutes, and why?

Yeah. I've been in this situation. You think you'll grab the things most important to you: your computer, your cats, your favorite leather jacket. The truth of it is though that when you see the orange flames flickering through the window blinds, you'll be lucky if you find shoes and can get your shirt on before you reach the front door as you flee.

Me I keep a small collection of tiny USB thumb drives on my person at all times. When I have on jeans they stay in my watch pocket, attached to my belt with a chain. When I have on sleepwear, they are clipped to the choker I wear 24, er, 30 hours a day. I made it myself out of decorative twine and a small metal clamp for a pendant. Stuff I keep on those thumbdrives includes all the writing I've done since owning a computer, music I've written, a few GB of photos and other image files, a few mp3s that I am particularly fond of, copies of my will, power of attorney and advance directive papers as well as emergency medical information, and some other odds and ends that I would want off the hard drive that I won't have the time or presence of mind actually to grab.


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Mar. 23rd, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
I just popped over here from the Asperger's community because you said you are in the Bay Area and I am also in the Bay Area (Berkeley) and was curious about maybe saying Hi.

Anyway, this just poked me in the brain and I had to comment. Have you looked into fireproof hard drives? They're HD cases for disasters and such, like fireproof safes or document boxes. I would think this would be less to remember than thumb drives.

I get annoyed by things on my person like necklaces, so your solution wouldn't work for me but it is definitely a very interesting one!

I hope you don't have to use any disaster backup at all, at least before the "big one" hits.

Anyway, to my initial reason for visiting - Hi! (you can check out my LJ too, it's pretty much all public. If you'd like, you can add me as friends or not, I'm too sleepy right now to read past this post, but I just had to comment and all that. Okay, I'll go now! Bye!)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
Hi! I've spent a lot of time in Berkeley; in school mostly. I made the mistake of graduating though. I want back in!

I'll have to check out those hard drives. The jumpdrives don't really bother me as they are very small and for some reason I don't mind certain types of "jewelry." Can't stand tags in my shirts or unwashed new fabric, but I can wear three of those dangling from a choker. Everybody's different! :)

Edited to fix minor spelling error.

Edited at 2010-03-23 10:43 am (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
The other reply mentioned you're from the Bay Area. I'm in California too. (Los Angeles) You've got a great idea with the thumb drives, I'm gonna try something similar to that. Thanks!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I recommend these SuperTalent waterproof thumb drives; they come in different sizes and are reasonably priced at Amazon. You can pay more for them at thinkgeek.com if you hate Amazon.

But in any case they are small and easy to carry around. The hard thing is not losing them! That's why I keep all three of mine strung together on a clip and attach that to my wallet chain. These things are like gold to me. :)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
My dog. The rest is just "stuff". I'm assuming Chris can get out on his own :)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah. One cat under each arm here. The people are responsible for themselves, I think.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
The flashdrive idea is a great one. Must look into. (I already have some flashdrives and keep some stuff there, like the novel I'm writing, and pics -- but I should systematically put a whole bunch of other stuff on there too.)

yeah. Cats under arms, dog on leash attached to my waist... hmmm, MUST have teddy bear...
Mar. 25th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Maybe you should look into a flannel utility belt: clip the dog, your teddy bear, and anything else you need!
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