Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - If You Could Take It with You

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Bill West wrote a blog post, If You Could Take It with You, on his West in New England blog that highlighted a post on Facebook by author CJ Cherryh, which asked:

"A thought question, based on an observation about expectations of the afterlife: the ancient Egyptians envisioned the afterlife as a continuance of their lives, and tried to 'pack' for their future, acquiring charms and items that they could take with them, assuring their association with certain persons, and certain pleasures of life. They spent their lives figuring out what they really truly wanted to have. ----So what would you pack for the afterlife, if you could?"

3)  Tell us what you would pack for the afterlife, if you could.

4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.

My list:

*  Pictures of my life, and my family (parents, siblings, wife, children, grandchildren), and my ancestors too.  [In what format?  Paper? Digital?  How would I protect them?]

*  An ancestor name list that I could check off as I meet them.  

*  A digital voice recorder to record stories of my ancestors [Assuming chargers will be available]

*  A digital copy of my family tree. [Assuming that it could be read on some device...]

*  My memoirs.

*  A San Diego, Then and Now book.  

*  My Padres jacket, #43 Seaver Padres jersey, Padres cap, Chargers sweatshirt, and Chargers Bolt cap.

*  My grandfather's magnifying glass and drafting tools.

*  My slide rule, HP-35 calculator, iPhone and Google Glass device [planning ahead, and assuming that chargers will be available.  The iPhone would have my music and family photos.  Note to self:  need to keep these up-to-date].

*  My glasses.  My Chargers blanket.  

*  The script from my memorial service with memories of my friends and family.

*  A transcript of the comments from Facebook friends concerning my demise.

I'm sure that I'll think of more as time goes on.  

Thank you, Bill West and CJ Cherryh, for the inspiration.

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