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You unexpectedly time travel to 1985 with no way back. What do you do?


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I've been thinking about this since the question was first thrown out there. All fun aside, when it comes to getting a job and a place to live things were a lot easier back then. People read your resume but never checked to find out if you really have a degree. There weren't credit checks whenever you wanted to rent a place to live. Cashier jobs didnt require background checks. If I stop thinking about how hard it is today and consider how much easier it was back then I realize it wouldn't be nearly as hard to start a life as I thought.

 

 

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I don't really remember the 80's I was really young for them. First, I would earn money to invest in items/products that I knew were big while also trying to explore and really experience the 80's because I didn't get to before. Then I'd kick back and write some sci-fi novels and speculative fiction. They may not get much of a following at first but later, I would be hailed as a genius. In the 90's, I would stock up on ReFuelin energy drink (which I can no longer find anywhere and used to love). I would seriously stock it like I was planning for it to be gone because I know it soon ill be. By then, at least some of my investments should be mature and earning really well so I would pick a piece of land, find some like-minded back-to-the-land hippie types and start a small commune.

 

 

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At the least, I can bet against the Buffalo Bills in 3 superbowls in the early 90s if I recall.

Dizzie;

 

You reminded me...I forgot the best part of 1985...Da Bears!! I could watch them do it all over again and maybe, if I could get to Da Coach, I would warn him about Miami. Well...maybe it's better not to temp fate.

 

Now, how do I talk myself out of the end zone seat I had that year.

 

 

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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!

You can play your favorite games again on your PCs. There is an emulator, named mame32. You will need installed it on your PC, and you will need the rom-extractions from the games, that you like, or the such called "ROM"s.

 

I already played to the end all of my favorite games.

 

P.S. Both the emulator and the ROMs can be downloaded from internet.

 

 

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You can play your favorite games again on your PCs. There is an emulator, named mame32. You will need installed it on your PC, and you will need the rom-extractions from the games, that you like, or the such called "ROM"s.I already played to the end all of my favorite games.

 

P.S. Both the emulator and the ROMs can be downloaded from internet.

Yes, but a real 80's arcade was awesome. :)

 

 

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1. Play amnesiac. No ID, no believable family tree or relations? Sorry, I have no idea who I am!

 

2. Tamper with tons of harmless tech in the confines of my padded room, showing that I have an immense "talent" for it (of course using ideas that did not exist yet. Even without blueprints, a lot of stuff can be jury-rigged from the basic idea).

 

3. Casually make suggestions to others about stocks, political bets, etc. No need attracting attention to myself. Maybe take a cut of the money, giving me an income without the hazzle of ID.

 

4. Escalate #3 into real estate, buying up places I know will become valuable (it's easier to recall than stocks, IMHO).

 

5. Make tons of video games before they become a multibillion industry.

 

6. Conquer time and space with my endless fortune.

 

7. Take that young and talented kid on Youtube under my wings and provide a fitting career and role model for him before he becomes the Justin Bieber we know.

 

 

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My answer as to what I would do if I were dropped off in 1985 with no way back is essentially a combination of other people's previous answers.

 

First and foremost, I would somehow have to establish and assume a false identity for myself complete with a valid social insurance number etc. Unfortunately, I honestly have no idea how I would go about doing so. Presumably an unscrupulous individual who specializes in forging identities would be required, but again I have no idea how I would find and contact such a person, or pay him or her for his or her services. (And I certainly wouldn't tell that person, or anyone else, that I'm from their future!)

 

However, if I were able to manage that first, difficult step: I would next save up sufficient capital through low-key jobs that I would then invest in companies like Microsoft and Apple that I know would yield a very high return on my investment, to the point that I could simply live off of those returns.

 

With my monetary needs taken care off, I would then live a very quiet, comfortable, secluded life in which I try to avoid further interfering with the next thirty years of history as much as possible to ensure that I don't create a paradox. I certainly wouldn't try to advance technology faster than its historical pace, or try to interfere with historical events, or give any hints about the future or indications that I am not of the then current era. Moreover, I certainly wouldn't live anywhere near my younger self or any of my friends' and relatives' younger selves.

 

I suppose that I would somehow try to find and contact any other stranded time travelers with whom I could more safely socialize with (extremely carefully and with great caution), but in general I would be extremely worried about altering history--to the point that I would sterilize myself and by-and-large avoid relationships. That may be a rather lonely life, but the risks of altering history are too great and I can at least comfort myself with my wealth and by enjoying my favourite era of pop culture as it is happening.

 

Once 2015 comes around, I would very carefully consider whether or not to make my true identity and nature public--but I would definitely not do so prior to the moment that I was originally sent back in time.

 

 

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I would find my mother and father and tell them to use a condom next time round because I turned out wierd + I'm going to be around without you having intercourse anyway because I time traveled back. Also I would ask my dad for a few coins so i could buy a gram of wacky backy, sit down a smoke until i figure out what to do.

 

 

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I'll be rich. Buy some Microsoft stock. The Iraqi dinar soon will go for pennies on the dollar. And then mushrooms in price. That's just off the top of my head. With my knowledge of electronics, I could successfully start up an integrated circuit manufacturing plant. I'll be living in Silicon Valley.

So many things like you mentioned. Microsoft stock for the first 10 years would be easy way to double your money every year. I would get started by betting on the Chicago Bears since I happen to remember that is the year they won the Super Bowl. Off the top of my head, I don´t remember what year which teams won the SB, but as each year came, I could definitely be able to pick the winners.. For instance SF in the late 1980s never lost the SB, and then the Cowboys never lost in the early 90s. Bet against the Bills in every SB. It would be pretty easy to double your money every year just betting on the SB.

 

It is hard to say what to actually do with your free time. I would bet that even with what we know now, we could not prevent stuff like 9/11 and would probably end up in the looney bin or jail for trying. Would you be credible trying to warn people about the Tsunami, or earthquakes. My guess is again, there would be nothing you could do to help people. Maybe with a ton of money you could self-fund preventive measures.

 

In a way, aside from being able to make a ton of money, it would probably be frustrating as hell not being able to prevent or save as many people as you think you could do.

 

 

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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.
     

Unexpected means unplanned -- by me, and unprepared. I arrive in 1985 as is. Assuming I was transported midday while walking down the street or eating lunch, meaning not while I am waking up in bed or taking a shower, I shall arrive in 1985 not wearing PJs or wet & naked but fully clothed, backpack on an iPhone and iPod in pocket; also more than likely I shall have my laptop with me.

 

Second, being as I am and old enough to remember the 70s, I can contact my temporal indigenous self and with a few verbal code words enable Standard Operating Protocol for temporal transplant (http://tinyurl.com/nq2b2ge).

 

Stuck in 1985, I shall spend a part of my time tutoring my temporal indigenous self to get into Princeton. The remaining time investigating how I came to be in 1985.

 

The scenario raises some questions.

 

First, how do I know that I am marooned in 1985? Why 1985? The cause of the temporal displacement is either a natural phenomenon or by some agency. If the former, then until 2015, I shall prep to study and observe this temporal displacement of natural causes.

 

cf. I asked a rather similar question in a thread I posted here

 

http://timetravelinstitute.com/threads/what-would-you-do-until-then.8773/

 

If the latter, then must ask who? and why? Am I the only one who was dragged back through time? By following the example of the lead character for Ken Grimwell's 1998 novel Replay, I would post in wanted ads and personal classifieds the words '9/11', 'Twin Towers', and 'Laden' in effort to seek out other temporal transplants.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TGj227OVKY

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Meet up with my old man, tell him to take it easy and offer to dig his garden before it causes his heart attack. Meet up with my Grandfather and just sit and listen to his stories. I'm not at all bothered about monetary gain. You can't pay to reconnect with the people you miss. Work in a hotel that offers reduced wage for live in staff (many did in those days) enjoy the music, just enjoy the time I've left.

 

 

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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.
     

Intercept Zuckerberg point him in another direction, jack the Idea from the Winklevoss's

 

 

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