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(San Bernardino Sun)   Your house is on fire. You have time to save one thing. What would it be?   (sbsun.com) divider line 288
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2012-10-07 08:02:24 PM

Rich Cream: I thought the key was indented into the felt so it couldn't be for the box itself. But, oh well.

/Fail on me. Oh, the woe.




No biggie.
 
2012-10-07 08:03:03 PM
Being an IA person, who also happens to have personally experienced a house fire many years ago, all my information is offsite (the "cloud"). All my pictures have been scanned, and are there. Important documents? The same. Do I have little knick-knacks that have sentimental value? Sure, but A) rarely does a fire actually turn everything into cinders anyway, and B) if you have time to pick and choose, you have time to put out the fire :P So yeah, I'd grab my wallet (or the stack of plastic that compares); even without a fire-gutted house, just losing your wallet is a pain in the ass unless you have another form of ID buried somewhere (like a passport). The rest - well, that's what insurance is for anyway.
 
2012-10-07 08:06:40 PM

PlasticMoby: What's with the key?


You answered that question (I also had the same ?) with so much awesomeness. Thanks for sharing. What an awesome piece and presentation. Cherish that always.
 
2012-10-07 08:11:07 PM

HotWingAgenda: If I ever have to burgle someone's house, I'll just head straight for the "go bag" filled with all of their most valuable and irreplaceable property, that so many Farkers apparently have sitting next to their front doors.


That happened to a friend of mine recently. Stole the laptop, iPod, other small electronics. And the fireproof go-box containing birth certs, citizenship papers, etc.
 
2012-10-07 08:15:45 PM

Flint Ironstag: I suppose one of the twins....


Always wise to keep a spare around.
 
2012-10-07 08:16:48 PM
the motorized, self-cleaning litter box. it's more expensive than a new cat.
 
2012-10-07 08:18:24 PM
Pet snake.

/hopefully the dogs and cats would save themselves
 
2012-10-07 08:18:54 PM

Vangor: I hope my guinea pig. Little guy is stuck in a cage and would be unable to escape as would a cat or dog. Unfortunately, my first thought was my usb drive of education and personal documents which, while useful, is replaceable in some manner unlike the piggle.


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2012-10-07 08:20:11 PM
My messenger bag, has all my ideas, sketches, prototypes, ipad, phone, chargers. Everything else is insured and replaceable.

Wife's job is the wedding album.
 
2012-10-07 08:21:53 PM
My house.
 
2012-10-07 08:25:05 PM
Your mom.
 
2012-10-07 08:27:15 PM
Pets.
Cell phone.
Then its all dollar value from there.

Also my home is insured for a replacement value twice the cost (not my choice) so I'd be happy as a clam.
 
2012-10-07 08:29:24 PM
I always figured I would rescue the items I could never, ever replace.

1. Civil War diaries and letters
2. My cats

All of which are on a basic pathway to the garage or the front door

I'm assuming my husband can either pitch in or get out on his own, of course.
 
2012-10-07 08:34:39 PM
My cat. As much as he's a pain in the ass, I'd rather watch my meager belongings burn than him.
 
2012-10-07 08:35:56 PM
The cat. The amp is too heavy.
i618.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-07 08:36:00 PM
Since my pets aren't "things", I'm going to go with my filing cabinet. All the important paperwork, my external hard drive, my passport, my mom's wedding album from her wedding to my biological father, and various pieces of jewelry (mostly sentimental value) are all in there. And I keep it right by the window so It wouldn't take much to just lift it up and dump it outside.
 
2012-10-07 08:37:05 PM
My Rick Astley collection

images.sodahead.com

(never gonna give him up ...) 
 
2012-10-07 08:38:30 PM
The whales.

All that work in the 80s and 90s and they still show up in movies and commercials with sad music asking for cash.
 
2012-10-07 08:39:28 PM
My fire box, which is designed for this purpose, if i had a family my answer of course would be different.
 
2012-10-07 08:41:36 PM
In order:
Daughter
Dog
Cat
Other cat (she's almost 19 and is already on borrowed time, plus she's a hider)
The box of my husband's stuff that I couldn't throw out

/ yea carbonite!
 
2012-10-07 08:42:02 PM
Dogs
 
2012-10-07 08:42:23 PM

knowless: My fire box, which is designed for this purpose, if i had a family my answer of course would be different.


I thought the point of the fire box is so you DON'T have to think and try to save anything. Just let the house burn and the water from the hoses put it out. Pop out the safe and viola, your vintage issue of Playboy with your ex girlfriend on the cover is safe.
 
2012-10-07 08:46:07 PM

blueviking: Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare

And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.


You'd be surprised what a measley ol' country VFD can do. More than once my old department got a call soon enough and did the right things to save mobile homes.

If you've never seen a trailer burn, it is pretty damn impressive. All that pressboard and formaldehyde soaked paneling are borderline explosive.
 
2012-10-07 08:47:38 PM
My cat, Nicholas.
 
2012-10-07 08:53:06 PM
My Pot and the Sex Slave I keep in the basement.
 
2012-10-07 08:57:00 PM
My most valuable possessions are the photos and videos of my kids, and all of those are backed up on an external drive that I keep off-site. I have lots of smoke detectors and no bedrooms on the second floor or basement, so I don't worry too much about getting out alive. I've always wondered if items in the basement are less likely to get fire damaged. I keep a few items in an accessible crawl space in my basement just because I figure they might be less likely to get fire damaged (or stolen).
 
2012-10-07 09:00:30 PM
Happened to me in 2005, watched an electrical fire from my meter box run to my roof in about 15 seconds, and the six minutes mentioned is about right before the black smoke fills up the place entirely. Wish I had taken a video inventory of every room just once before the fire, you don't really remember the small stuff you had when filing insurance claims. Second, those small fire safes use wax to seal up the edges to protect the contents from heat/water. If it isn't in the middle of the blaze, the wax doesn't melt, and you might have well used a shoebox because water will get in and ruin everything.
 
2012-10-07 09:00:55 PM
My parents. They really are one thing!
 
2012-10-07 09:01:08 PM

DarthBart: blueviking: Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare

And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.

You'd be surprised what a measley ol' country VFD can do. More than once my old department got a call soon enough and did the right things to save mobile homes.

If you've never seen a trailer burn, it is pretty damn impressive. All that pressboard and formaldehyde soaked paneling are borderline explosive.


I've seen a housefire before, never a trailer fire, but, given the "y'all watch this" element, I'd be surprised if we don't have one down the highway eventually.
 
2012-10-07 09:03:43 PM
My house.
 
2012-10-07 09:05:29 PM
As someone whose house burnt in February, I'm getting a kic...wait. No I'm not.

There is little worse than having your house burn. With all the electronics, rugs, and plastics it is a toxic hellhole. Get your ass out of the house. Stopping for personal crap or pets will more than likely get you killed.

Mrs. S_O_D was in the house 20 minutes before it went up. Her phone was turned off because of workplace rules and there is NO way to get ahold of her workplace (her manager had it explained in explicit terms why her phone will be on at all times in the future.) When I got the call that my house was burning and couldn't get ahold of her, I drove from Camden to Belfast in 7 1/2 minutes.

NSCSB.

/only thing I miss are the pets
 
2012-10-07 09:05:59 PM
My pot. And the dog. She won't go anywhere without the stash anyway, so they come as a package.
 
2012-10-07 09:09:45 PM
My Washington State medical marijuana certification.
 
2012-10-07 09:11:13 PM

Spanky McStupid: My Rick Astley collection

[images.sodahead.com image 350x262]

(never gonna give him up ...)

 

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2012-10-07 09:15:15 PM

PlasticMoby: This

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i100.photobucket.com

After 96 years and four (going on five) generations in the family it's not going to be lost on my watch.

/assuming kid, wife, and pets are okay of course
 
2012-10-07 09:15:25 PM
If I had time to save two things, I'd save my wife and my dog.

If I had time to save only one thing, I'd die in a fire trying to save my wife and my dog.
 
2012-10-07 09:16:35 PM
Number one: the contents of my pockets.

The contents of my pockets.

Since the last fire, I've resolved to work on speed. Seeing the flames roar up one wall and down the other convinced me that the key thing to consider in a house fire is speed, promptness of action, speed and speed.
 
2012-10-07 09:17:11 PM
My virginity, since the basement's lost.
 
2012-10-07 09:17:24 PM

brap: I had a fire in my apartment building about a year ago and I spent my time banging on everyone's doors and telling them to get the hell out of my building.  I didn't really think about stuff, so I guess in the heat of the moment, nothing really matters exept people and what they decide they need.


A building I used to live in burned to the ground last night. Everyone got out ok. The red cross took them in. Was a rooming house, so I don't know what they would even have worth grabbing except phones, wallets etc. I know when i lived there i didn't have shiat.

Now, assuming my cats are smart enough to run out the door with me, it'd be my phone. I use it for net, phone and texting, and most importantly talking to my husband who's currently safely in england, far from the imaginary fire.
 
2012-10-07 09:18:46 PM

swamp_of_dumb: As someone whose house burnt in February, I'm getting a kic...wait. No I'm not.

There is little worse than having your house burn. With all the electronics, rugs, and plastics it is a toxic hellhole. Get your ass out of the house. Stopping for personal crap or pets will more than likely get you killed.

Mrs. S_O_D was in the house 20 minutes before it went up. Her phone was turned off because of workplace rules and there is NO way to get ahold of her workplace (her manager had it explained in explicit terms why her phone will be on at all times in the future.) When I got the call that my house was burning and couldn't get ahold of her, I drove from Camden to Belfast in 7 1/2 minutes.

NSCSB.

/only thing I miss are the pets


Condolences. That sucks.
 
2012-10-07 09:20:19 PM
i274.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-07 09:24:27 PM

olddeegee: After family, my 1973 Telecaster, my hard drives that have all family pictures, movies, and important documents.


I may have to burn down your house and escape with the Tele.
 
2012-10-07 09:24:36 PM
The dog, who's the only life-form in the house too stupid to save himself. And he's light enough to scoop up with one hand.

The other stuff is just stuff. The really, really important stuff is in a safe-deposit box, or a firebox that's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA(breath)AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too heavy to schlep out during a fire.
 
2012-10-07 09:27:13 PM
I guess the antique Colt rifle inscribed to my ancestor by Colonel Colt. He was Stephen A Douglas' son, and personal secretary to president Grant.

Everything else is replaceable, and the dogs would evacuate themselves via the doggie door. They probably started it in the first place.... Note to self, blow out candles before bed...
 
2012-10-07 09:27:47 PM
My "box of important stuff."

Some might argue that isn't one thing, but it's one box. It has my entire life in it. Photo albums, my will, my late husband's death certificate, social security card, insurance policy information, birth certificate, letters from my grandmother, etc.

It's in my closet and if I had just that ONE box, I could start over and rebuild my life.
 
2012-10-07 09:27:48 PM

Rich Cream: taurusowner: My bug out kit with my gold and silver inside.

Yours is that readily accessible? Mine's hidden away in the basement. Take too long to get it in a rushed situation. Where's yours?

/stop, think


I have a large fire-proof gun safe that's bolted to the floor/wall and weighted. One side is guns, the other side is my bug out gear, backup document pack, and part of my gold/silver. I can open the safe, grab everything that I would need, including enough cash plus gold/silver to live on my own sans-house for months in about 3 minutes and be out the door. There's backups to all of my bugout gear in my Jeep as well, so the only think I really need out of the safe is the valuables and documents/IDs.
 
2012-10-07 09:30:05 PM

drewogatory: rev. dave


Well then the gun, since it might help me with who set the house on fire.
 
2012-10-07 09:33:20 PM

kiwimoogle84: My "box of important stuff."

Some might argue that isn't one thing, but it's one box. It has my entire life in it. Photo albums, my will, my late husband's death certificate, social security card, insurance policy information, birth certificate, letters from my grandmother, etc.

It's in my closet and if I had just that ONE box, I could start over and rebuild my life.


A decent start. Though if I were you, I would spring for a lockable fireproof safe/box (though you might already have that) and also put a spare drivers license, passport, a decently large amount of cash, some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy), and maybe a small concealable handgun(if it's legal) in that same box. Memories are what you want to keep, but the box, backup money, and firearm are good ways how to keep them.
 
2012-10-07 09:34:38 PM
And now that I RTFA, and it reminded me that I lived three blocks from where this fire started, I may have had to exercise such a snap judgment if the wind were blowing the opposite direction.
 
2012-10-07 09:40:56 PM

Last Man on Earth: Subby's mom.


Hmmm, considering she's been dead since 1986, knock yourself out.
 
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