Thursday, May 31, 2012

Back to the future?... past?... present?...

And THAT, my friends, is why time travel makes you shit at grammar!

Okay, so maybe it's less time travel and more my shitty grammar that makes me shit at grammar ... but my point still stands!

But I digress.

Lately I've been thinking about time travel.  Not in an "I'm an insane person who's going to gaffa tape a mobile phone an a shit load of plutonium to a vintage car and try to get myself blown up" kind of way, more in a "Hmm, I wonder what I'd do first if The Doctor's blue box landed in my front yard and offered to take me anywhere/when" kind of way.

So, after careful deliberation, here is my list of places I'd want to go if time travel was cheap, reliable and guaranteed to not rip a hole in the space/time continuum if I accidentally meet my seven year old self and pat her on the head.

1.  The Athenian Agora:  Ooh, time to learn something new about me!  Did you know I've got a degree in archaeology?  True bananas!  When I decided I was bored and wanted to go back to school, I looked over the courses and picked the most interesting one I could find.  It also translated to the least job opportunity creating, I'm afraid.  I live in Australia.  We're limited in what's available archeologically speaking to the past 200 years ... unless you're REALLY into shell middens.  But back to the Agora!  While I was studying I did a whole class on it during an intensive summer semester and I loved it!  I loved learning all the indepth stuff about a specific place rather than the typical overview that you get in those classes.  I'd love to go back to when it was the bustling city centre of Athens and see if it looks anything like the recreations.

2.  Times Square in 1945 when peace was declared:  Can you imagine being part of that party?  I've always been a teeny bit obsessed with the world wars (remind me to show you my collection of unknown WWI Soldier portraits that I rescued from second hand shops and eBay sometime) and I think I'd like to experience what it felt like when they all realised it was finally over.  The partying, the dancing in the streets, how amazing would that be?

3.  Woodstock:  I'm not much of a music person, I've always preferred the narrative to give me my moods, but I AM a liberal hippie Pagan and it looks like the sort of place I'd fit right in ... as long as i didn't have to spend the night.  From what I understand, the toilet facilites left a lot to be desired, and I'm a bit precious about that sort of thing.  I think roughing it is staying in a three star hotel.

4.  America's "Wild West" in the 1850's:  Late enough that there's stuff going on and they're settled, but before the Civil War.  Come one, who as a child DIDN'T want to be a cowboy/girl?  I love the idea of the Old West, or maybe I just love the idea of crinolines, I'm not sure.  Either way, I'd love to go and see what it was really like.  I can't ride a horse ... but that's what they invented carriages for, right?

5.  Last Thursday:  I've only got two words to say about this one ... Lotto numbers!

So, there you go, my list of places to go in a TARDIS!  I wonder what you'd choose?


  1. Hmmmm I started to think of wonderful places to visit - and then realized there wouldn't be bathrooms the way we know them. That's an issue. Imagine all the inconveniences you would have to face face ;-).... Ok, I know that's a pretty bad argument!

    I think I'll share that Time Square moment with you - especially if I could see that famous kiss live!

  2. The Lil man saw the picture of the TARDIS and almost peed himself with glee. I had to get him out of my room with a stick!

    I'd definitely go to Woodstock, If only to see Mr Hendrix before he passed.
    I'm fascinated with Medieval Britain, so I'd make a stopover there. (before the buboes and DEATH)
    Possibly go back to see the Big Bang and the creation of earth.
    But most certainly at some point, I'd use the TARDIS to gain entry into the home of a Mr Nathan Fillion...not that I'm obsessed or anything.

  3. Wow. Good question!!!

    1. I would probably go back to the Medieval ages... Because I've been to Medieval Times a shit load of times, and I'm pretty sure they would immediately make me a Queen or at least a Princess.
    2. I would pop up next to Sad Keanu sitting on a bench and eat lunch with him.
    3. I would go back to when I was in kindergarten and make my mom cut my bangs straight... before picture day.
    4. 3 words: Salem Witch Trials!

    I'm sure I could go on and on...



  4. I'm with you on the lotto numbers.

    I'd like to see the pyramids being built.

    This might also alter the timeline, but I don't care. I'd go back to the Titanic while the passengers are boarding and steal someone's ticket. Great one of a kind item, and it would also save someone's life.

    I might also take a peek into the future in the hope of seeing that the world is better off and actually progressing. I wouldn't hold my breath about it, but I'm still hoping!

  5. My three wannabe careers as a kid: writer, artist, and archaeologist. Two out of three isn't too bad. :) I've always been fascinated by the past and have included time travel themes in a couple of my books.

    I love all the options you mentioned, Kellie. The first place I'd go is back to my childhood so I could slap my clueless, food-obsessed little self upside the head and make dire warnings and sinister threats about overeating.

    After that, I'd take my newly skinny self back to ancient Egypt so I could study all the incredibly fabulous secrets of that ahead-of-its-time ancient society. In my spare time I'd do lunch with Cleo. :)


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