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Key word here is unexpectedly - You did not prepare for this, so you have no winning lottery numbers or sports almanac. Using only your memory, knowledge and skills, how would you survive and/or benefit?

 

The rules:

 

  1. If you were born on or before 1985, your past self still exists.
     
     
  2. Your clothing and any items on your person came back with you.
     
     
  3. There's no way back, ever. You cannot time travel again.
     
     
  4. When 2015 rolls back around, you don't time travel back to 1985; there's no time loops happening here.
     
     

 

 

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As far as making money I would buy up a lot of these toys that are now worth a fortune. I realize that is a "long term" investment so I think I would possibly try my hand at psychic predictions. Even if I can't make money that way it'll be a great way to freak out any friends I may meet there. Otherwise, I think I would just take things a day at a time and enjoy all the little things I was too young to appreciate the first time I lived in 1985. Oops, I forgot to mention I would be a trendsetter. I'd wear all the popular clothes and such just one week before anyone else.

 

 

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Key word here is unexpectedly - You did not prepare for this, so you have no winning lottery numbers or sports almanac. Using only your memory, knowledge and skills, how would you survive and/or benefit?The rules:

 

  1. If you were born on or before 1985, your past self still exists.
     
     
  2. Your clothing and any items on your person came back with you.
     
     
  3. There's no way back, ever. You cannot time travel again.
     
     
  4. When 2015 rolls back around, you don't time travel back to 1985; there's no time loops happening here.
     

Invest in Microsoft.

 

 

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1985 Piece of cake.

 

I know exactly where I was in 1985 so:

 

With my present memory, knowledge, and skill set, I would know how, where, maybe even why, I traveled back to 1985. With that knowledge I would;

 

go to my home,

 

knock on the door,

 

announce to myself who I am,

 

offer evidence only I could corroborate,

 

tell myself the situation that resulted in my being in 1985,

 

and allow my past self to decide if I want to avoid the situation or make the trip and allow him/me go on with life with no further interference from me.

 

Then, since I am stuck in 1985, why not make the best of the situation.

 

My parents and grandparents are still alive so I would definitely want to see them again. Since I am close to the age my father was then, now, I would be able to go with him again as he is just retiring and his retirement was traveling and camping and fishing in a circuit that brought him around to visit his children and other retired friends over the course of the year.

 

Imagine, father and son, retired and fishing together whenever we want.

 

Funny, with this I remembered, our last family reunion was 1987.

 

As for money, no problem, ask myself for a short loan, buy and sell a few stocks, easy money. I'd ask myself if I wanted some financial advice, but if I know me, and I do, I'd say "No thanks. I got this." I've never wanted a bunch of money. It's more trouble than it's worth.

 

 

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Wouldn't try to convince myself to do anything differently. Didn't listen to anyone else then, so probably wouldn't listen to my future self either.

 

I would be able to hang out with my friend's of the day, so no worries about food and shelter. Seeing those who have passed would be awesome. The music; attending some of the concerts of the musicians active during the mid-80's would be phenomenal. Roy Buchanan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc. Too many musicians / bands to list. Chrissy Amphlett would be coming in the 90's. \m/

 

Lived in Bullhead City, Az, near the Colorado River, maybe would stay there for the duration IF I traveled back to 1985.

 

 

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Yes, Microsoft AND Apple even back then.

 

While the then-year me was just one year from graduating in aerospace engineering at Cal Poly, Pomona, I would take the time to write ALL of the songs to U2's Joshua Tree, two years before they released it. Still let U2 record it, but just to get my name on the album credits. ;)

 

RMT

 

 

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1985? One year before I was born, perfect. It would be hard to find some place to sleep and a source of income at first, but I think I would manage. After settling in somewhere, all I can think of doing is going to meet and learn with today's legends of Jiu-Jitsu. Back in 1985 they weren't this famous and were just easier to access.

 

Dang! Just to think of this possibility it makes me wanna quit my work and go to the gym right now.

 

There you go! I would find shelter in a Gracie academy somewhere nearby and live there. Cleaning the gym, learning with the best, living the dream.

 

 

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I think I'd have to go to an 80's arcade and play centipede as well.

Oh man, I'd love this. I was born in 83, but there were still proper arcades around in the early 90s and I loved hanging out there.

 

There was one I went to a lot in high school out in Portland, Oregon. We're visiting there soon, I'm going to go find out what happened to it!

 

 

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Oh man, I'd love this. I was born in 83, but there were still proper arcades around in the early 90s and I loved hanging out there.There was one I went to a lot in high school out in Portland, Oregon. We're visiting there soon, I'm going to go find out what happened to it!

The very few "arcades" that exist now have a lot of those money stealers, where you try to grab a toy. There are way too many of those. Also, the only games that seem to remain are driving games and maybe, if you're a lucky, a classic here and there, but nothing like the old days!

 

 

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I think after first losing my mind because of what had just happened to me, I'd quickly assess what I -could- do. I was born in June of 1985, so if I was transported to sometime earlier in the year. I suppose I could do several different things once I was assured there was no way I'd be ever returning to 2015. First, I'd probably make my way to my home city and see if I can get into contact with my family, mostly because at this point I'd be more about survival than about preserving any sort of timeline. Once I've managed to convince my younger parents (who are younger than me at this point...) that I'm really their son from the future with future knowledge and everything, I can at least try to live a semi-normal life.

 

Firstly by doing what everyone else is doing. Capitalizing on my knowledge of future events for financial gain. I'd use my skills I have now to somehow create a small base of income and start up and invest it in Microsoft, Apple, and early internet companies (such as google) as well as being on the ball on early developed tehcnologies coming out such as the internet and even home media like video games.

 

From there? I don't know. I guess just experience everything again but from an older perspective and just try to live with the knowledge I have as well as seeing my younger self make all the same mistakes I made when I was a kid.

 

 

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Well for starters, I'd be kind of screwed. How would I get a job? How would I find work? My social security number doesn't even exist yet. I wouldn't know anybody either. I don't really know of any ways a person dislocated in time could get into the system.

 

That said, if somehow those issues were resolved, I would most likely become a minister of some kind. Right now I'm looking to have a career as a web developer or software engineer. But the kind of stuff I know today isn't going to exist for a couple decades. So I'd be better off doing basic work to help me support myself, then when I've saved up the cash, go to seminary for my other life passion. Then, given my existing knowledge of web development and coding, I could start doing that work when I'm not busy with church-related business.

 

 

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Yeah, a person would definitely need to find a place to live and work. Finding and convincing a relative could be the best bet. If they have no money on them, they can't even stay in a hotel!!!My Soc. Sec. # would exist. I'd be a teenager at the time.

Mine wouldn't. 1985 is a few years before my time. In fact, my parents were still teenagers at that point.

 

 

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I would invest in the stock market, become the next youtube sensation and make friends with make friends with Mr. Zuckerberg. I would also tell my parents not to feed the "little me" too much cereals and candies. Oh I guess I need to make a living for myself first? Hmmmm I like the idea of living with the legends working at the gym and finding some shelter there as mentioned above. I'll be Manny Pacquio's best buddy and training partner! I'd be careful tho about altering the course of history.

 

 

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become the next youtube sensation

I was toying with the idea of how I would have created Netflix with something like RealPlayer in the mid 90s... There's all these services that we take for granted now; it's not JUST hardware like cell phones or faster processors.

 

Going back with the consumer mindset we have now, you'd be a force to be reckoned with based on forward thinking ideas alone.

 

 

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In reality, I was born two years after 1985, so that would mean I did not exist back then. However, had I been born before the said year then I'd rather I was a newly born baby. That way, I could start my life all over again. I did well in primary school so I'd leave it as-is.

 

When I reach high school, I could maybe skip the rebellious phase and just be a good daughter to my parents. Since I didn't do well during the first three years corollary to my rebellion, perhaps I could change that part and just be the straight A student I would have been had I not been caught up with teenage angst.

 

College was good so I'd keep it as-is, friends and academics-wise, but maybe I could add a part-time job or two since I never bothered to contribute to the family's income until I graduated from college. Also, I'd have to get a scholarship before graduating. This would enable me to work abroad - maybe Japan or the UK - just as I relive my early 20s again.

 

Fast forward 7 years later, I'd be where I am today but thanks to the time reboot, I'd now be a novelist receiving a steady stream of royalties and living a carefree life instead of a copywriter working for the offshore branch of an Aussie company. Not that I'm complaining about my present but it wouldn't hurt to change a bit of your past to do things a little differently and much earlier (so that I'd be doing something else today).

 

 

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If I were in 1985 I would look up my parents and freinds I have lost along the way. I certainly wouldn't tell them who I actually am because they would think I was crazy, but this would give me one more chance to be with them knowing that in this time they are now gone. I would also invest in stocks that I know will skyrocket to help support myself in the new time line. As for my younger self, I would try to stay away from because as some say it might not be a good idea to be near the other you in the past. Maybe I would leave a letter for my younger self, trying to warn them about some of the choices they make or don't make, and to hang in there in their life.

 

 

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Wow, 1985. Well, I guess I did always want to see the 80's, not for any personal reason, they just seemed hilarious. I think, as many people have said, I would definitely invest in companies like Microsoft, and various other technologies as they were created. Aside from the obvious financial gain, I would take the opportunity to enjoy and experience all the Metal music I love that started in the late 80's and early 90's. So, in short, I would use all the money I made from investing and use it to travel the globe and go to see bands that I am not able to see how, or that were in their prime during this time.

 

 

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Dizzie's 12 Step Program for Time Travel Recovery

 

1) Mourn over the loss of my current life while living in a homeless shelter for substinence.

 

2) Make a commitment never to interact with my younger self in order to avoid a paradox or altering the life I've led to this point.

 

3) Commit to keeping as low profile as possible (in light of my below plans) in order to avoid changing the course of history until the point in time that I departed arrives again. This is done out of further fear of disrupting spacetime, altering my past, etc.

 

4) A false identity and new social security number should be fairly easy to come up with at this juncture. I will tell federal employees that I am Amish and assimilating into society against my family's wishes. I will produce a family bible or false record of name and birth. If that doesn't work, I'll buy some credentials underground or something.

 

5) Timing the stock market for a quick profit is very impractical, even on companies that I know will rise significantly over time. Therefore, I will hitchhike to Vegas where I can work a menial job, save what I can, and legally bet on major sporting events to the best of my recollection. At the least, I can bet against the Buffalo Bills in 3 superbowls in the early 90s if I recall.

 

6) Once I have significant capital, I can then begin to make more long-term investments, particularly after the dot com bubble around the year 2000.

 

7) Exercise, eat healthy, and have plastic surgery done to make me look younger.

 

8) When the point in time of my departure arrives, go back to my wife and kids, 30 years older than when they saw me last. Convince them of my legitimacy.

 

9) Provide them with the ability to live a more comfortable lifestyle, give charitably to society, and follow their dreams.

 

10) Urge my wife to find a younger husband and to think of me as an old friend. If she refuses, accept her charity very graciously. If not, move on with life accordingly in understanding.

 

11) Tell my story to the media and the scientific community.

 

12) Profit!

 

#Sci-FiShawshankRedemption

 

 

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