1992 - so I could experience my daughter’s first year again. Don’t get me wrong, I love her as an adult, but I missed a lot of time with her as I worked long hours then. I actually would relive almost any of the last 27 years if I could spend more time with her.
I’ve seen enough of those time travel movies to know that no matter where you go, trouble lurks around every corner. I would have picked 18bc or 1593 but then I thought there’s probably a pile of disgusting, filthy, unbathed rapists nearby whereever I landed with maces and hatchets and not being in the royal court there’s probably worms and maggots crawling on my yet to be prepared ditch dinner and so I decided to stay right where I am.
Any day between 2006 and 2013, when my best friend, my mom, my dad, my brother, Simba and Jasmine were all still alive. You can pick any year with them in it and just groundhog day loop me for all my remaining years.
I am not sure about the parameters of the question. I’d be concerned about clothes, languages, food, disease, getting burned as a witch… and it’d be hard to weigh the value of some kind of personal intervention vs. the prospect of getting rich vs. actually picking a historical period to experience, assuming “experiencing” a historical period is a thing that could be done.
I mean, I was into Bitcoin for a little bit, but only because I loved the idea of a decentralized Internet currency. I thought the people mortgaging their houses to “invest” were fools, and that the project was a mess. To be fair, I didn’t really have any money at the time, or I probably would have gone in for a couple thousand
I’d love to check out the rise of the Internet pre-web again (or early web). I remember being not immersed in, but brushing repeatedly up against, this techno-utopianism that was so optimistic… wouldn’t mind revisiting that, before the tech giants grew up and destroyed it.
It’d have to be fascinating to, having hindsight, hang around any of the American revolution, or Isaac Newton’s world… or maybe some of the philosophers of antiquity. What would it be like to live in the times of, and speak to, someone like Euler, or Plato. Or to exist as a wealthy man in Rome – to get a view of a civilization probably as self-congratulatory as we are (but without the exaggerated emphasis on sci-fi trappings that are more constrained by engineering realities and – particularly – human psychology than we tend to admit. Cell phones are not the future arrived. It’s still just us.). I bet it’d be a surprisingly familiar experience, once you got used to it, at least if you could pack a toothbrush and some toothpaste. (As a peasant, not so much…)
Then again, when I was 13 or so, early teens anyways, I was trying to get into computers, to hop on that late 90s bandwagon, and I failed for lack of resources. Even with libraries and free time, without any adult support, I couldn’t find anything relevant and recent enough to read. If I had managed to get myself enrolled in a different school, maybe the social thing and the career thing would both be improved.
It’d be really interesting to visit my grandparents as young adults. A nurse married to a soldier, first house in the area to have running water in the kitchen. House built around these big pieces of timber…
You know what this is, I forgot to drink coffee. Uh, sorry.
2007, the exact moment I was offered $527K for my house and foolishly decided not to sell. I’d grab me by the shirt and slap some good sense into me. Just a few short months later I could have purchased twice the house for 1/3 that much and had $350K in the bank.
@ruouttaurmind yep… hindsight is 20/20 isn’t it. i made 150% profit on my vacation home in 2004 because for once i listened to the doomsayers early on, was chastised for being a fool, then bought a nicer place in 2012 for about what i paid for my original place in 1996. real estate balloon/burst times are just fun.
@bayportbob@ruouttaurmind unless it’s 2008, the rental you’re living in goes up for sale at exorbitant pricing and you decide to buy your first house so it doesn’t happen to you again. Right before the bottom drops out…I’m just now getting out from underwater.
@bayportbob@llangley The real kick in the bollocks for me was I was spending most of my time in England then, and the house was really just a place to keep my stuff. If I had sold when I had the chance, I would have put my stuff in storage and rented a little apartment for when I was back in the states waiting for my next visa eligibility. Hardly even a mild inconvenience!
To be honest though, without a crystal ball, I would probably make the same choice again. I knew the subprime mortgage market was tenuous, but I never figured it would have the amount of impact on RE values it did. In my area, resale house values were among the hardest hit in the country, some dropping by 70% to 80% in just a few months. Small 2 and 3 bedroom houses in questionable areas could be purchased for as little as $20,000. Same houses were selling for close to $100,000 prior to the bust.
@PocketBrain See. That’s my point. I don’t care what beginning or about any beliefs. At this point in our human timeline when I can connect to you over the internet I don’t think humans now can ever imagine “making due” on the land.
Was the oxygen the same? Would I be able to breathe? Was the universe always in existence and then poof eatth? Did Eve really eat the apple? What were the first humans like.
I can make this TL;DR for you but I think this is enough for now unless you reply back and want to continue this riff raff.
Can we change it or do we have to relive it the same?
If we can change it, 1971. I’d go to medical school and marry the guy I was dating.
If we can’t change it but just have to relive it, any time in the late 1980’s. I loved going back to college, the people in my life, and the work that I did.
Things now just suck.
If I have to worry about contracting some sort of ancient disease, than I’m not going farther back than the early 1900s.
From a choice in the poll, I would probably choose 1997, as that is when I was born, and so I could see just how boring it was back then. It would be interesting to see just how much has changed in my short lifetime thus far.
@DVDBZN if anything you’re more likely to give some sort of disease than contract one. If you’re properly vaccinated you’re going to have strains these folks don’t have in their bodies. And as long as you practice hygeine
@JoetatoChip You’d love what my kid (adopted from Cambodia as a grade schooler) said some years ago. There was an article about Angelina Jolie and her Cambodian son Mattock going to Cambodia and eating a fancy dish featuring spiders. She said, “Poor Cambodia people are so smart. They convince rich people to pay lots of money to eat what poor people have to eat”.
1976 The downward spiral had not started yet most everyone who wanted jobs had them and healthcare. Life was as much fun as it was gonna be. Nobody knew just how stupid life in the US was about to become.