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Posted: 9/7/2010 10:20:28 PM EDT
You wake up in the middle of the night and smell smoke. Your house is on fire. The structure is going to be a complete loss. After you get your family and pets out safely, you have time to retrieve just one item. What is it?

Mine? My great-great-uncles Model 94 Winchester 30-30.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:21:54 PM EDT
My Ronson lighter.... Cause when I need a light, burning wreckage just isn't gonna cut it
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:23:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 10:23:22 PM EDT by Harvey041]
I'd tell everyone to GTFO then start throwing shit out the windows in an effort to save as much as I could until the smoke/fire builds up too much. One item though, would be my garand.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:23:08 PM EDT
Family and pets are out safe? Do I have clothes on with all the typical things in the pockets(wallets, keys...etc?)

If I had to save one thing it would probably my "1" stack of photo albums that I have up here trying to get scanned into my computer for my family.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:23:15 PM EDT
One item?

My safe.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:24:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hero_compleqs:
One item?

My safe.



Gotta be relatively easy to move by one person.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:25:17 PM EDT
I die fighting the fire.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:25:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By alphabavo:
Originally Posted By Hero_compleqs:
One item?

My safe.



Gotta be relatively easy to move by one person.
You can't change the rules!



Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:26:33 PM EDT
My computer tower. Has copies of tax records, copies of IDs, insurance estimates, firearms records, and irreplaceable memories in the way of digital photos, as well as my music library.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:27:19 PM EDT
My computer. Just the tower, not the screen and keyboard. I have files on there that I need.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:28:21 PM EDT
computer.

I have nearly a decade worth of songs i have produced on here. Can't simply redo them.

Everything else is replaceable.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:28:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 10:29:14 PM EDT by fadedsun]
my gunsafe.

duh

I can't carry it, but I sure can drag it, by myself, with lots of adrenaline and motivation.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:35:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 10:35:58 PM EDT by mike12345]
Originally Posted By zwvirtual:
My computer. Just the tower, not the screen and keyboard. I have files on there that I need.


your porn isent that important

I'd grab my transferable m16 or i die trying.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 10:57:51 PM EDT
my recce AR. I thnk I have over $3,000 in that.

Honestly, I have a trunk full of letters witten to me by my girl when we had to do a long distance thing id be pretty pissed to lose those.

and no, I will not post pics
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:06:08 PM EDT
beer or hotdogs.....
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:27:30 PM EDT
It's likely not a fire.

It's the illegals on the other side of the fence QA testing their latest shipment.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:29:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JustaGunNut:
I die fighting the fire.



The cops would save you:

Police Use Stun Gun On Man Battling House Fire
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 11:56:33 PM EDT
A pocket watch given to me by my great grandfather made in the late 1800's. Don't give a shit about anything else it's all covered by insurance.

Posted Via AR15.Com Mobile
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:00:16 AM EDT
I would probably chuck my wifes jewelry box out the window. She has a bunch of junk jewelery from her late grandmother.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:02:03 AM EDT
My backup drive.

Everything else can be replaced.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:05:12 AM EDT
My gunsafe.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:05:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mdguy90:
my recce AR. I thnk I have over $3,000 in that.

Honestly, I have a trunk full of letters witten to me by my girl when we had to do a long distance thing id be pretty pissed to lose those.

and no, I will not post pics

Then you can't talk about her.

But gosh, I don't know. Either my computer or my stereo amp. Sentimental value in the amp.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:09:03 AM EDT
Just the hard drives.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:09:56 AM EDT
The Colors that flew aboard an AH-1W on a combat mission over Iraq.

.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:56:54 AM EDT
My grandfathers flag from his military funeral.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:49:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 1:56:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By alphabavo:
You wake up in the middle of the night and smell smoke. Your house is on fire. The structure is going to be a complete loss. After you get your family and pets out safely, you don't have time to retrieve just one item. What is it? Tough shit for you. You should have been more prepared. Be thankful everyone got out safely.

<snip>

As I was reading the responses about needing to grab the computer CPU, etc. because important things are on there, I realized this thread should be a slap-in-the-face wake up call (including for myself) that you should prepare a little better and have a back up plan. The odds of getting that CPU out aren't very good. Get a thumbdrive and have a copy somewhere else.

Thanks OP.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:02:44 AM EDT
What I would actually do is grab the handful of portable hard drives from next to my computer, then grab the stack of photo albums from the coffee table and carry them all to the garage where I would pull my car out before the garage burned.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:08:23 AM EDT
SCBA....and smack that fire suppression button...
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:08:33 AM EDT
My laptop, I guess. I know this is kind of a copout, but most of my sentimental treasures are in a safety deposit box. I have a few tools that I strongly associate with my father, but they're in my shop.

Jane
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 2:58:42 AM EDT
Wife and 2 dogs, some clothes.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:02:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 4:12:40 AM EDT by blackdogremi]
have a dufflel bag to stuff rifles into and a range bag for pistols and ammo. thanks for the heads-up/ i could use a couple
more duffel bags.
i don;t worry about a house fire, but prarrie fires can move real fast.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:04:41 AM EDT
Personally I don't have anything with that much sentimental value, that I can think of.

If it weren't for all the cables to disconnect, I'd say my PC. It's in a big HAF 932 case and it is heavy though.

So, maybe just an armful of my books. That way I have some reading material while sitting outside and watching it all burn.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:08:00 AM EDT
I would be too busy rounding up the Spartan Horde that calls me daddy to worry about stuff.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 4:08:29 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Cromlech:
Personally I don't have anything with that much sentimental value, that I can think of.

If it weren't for all the cables to disconnect, I'd say my PC. It's in a big HAF 932 case and it is heavy though.

So, maybe just an armful of my books. That way I have some reading material while sitting outside and watching it all burn.



Keep a hatchet near your computer.......
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:58:38 AM EDT
Porn and roach traps. (Homer SImpson)
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:27:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 6:31:38 AM EDT by Wayward_Texan]
Originally Posted By alphabavo:
Originally Posted By Hero_compleqs:
One item?

My safe.



Gotta be relatively easy to move by one person.


a chain out the front door to bumper hitch of my truck....
WTF, structure is already gonna be a total loss... who gives a shit about french doors... lol
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:31:02 AM EDT
64' stratocaster
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:32:22 AM EDT

My lime green wool socks.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:32:27 AM EDT
I have 8 large boxes of letters that my wife wrote to me (everyday) while I was in the service for four years.... Those are making it out.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:33:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hero_compleqs:

Originally Posted By alphabavo:
Originally Posted By Hero_compleqs:
One item?

My safe.



Gotta be relatively easy to move by one person.
You can't change the rules!




Nice!

But seriously...
if you invest in a good enough safe, it could indeed be the one thing saved. Buy big, and buy good!

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:34:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By hawzwood:
As I was reading the responses about needing to grab the computer CPU, etc. because important things are on there, I realized this thread should be a slap-in-the-face wake up call (including for myself) that you should prepare a little better and have a back up plan. The odds of getting that CPU out aren't very good. Get a thumbdrive and have a copy somewhere else.

Thanks OP.


I'm hesitant to use the "cloud" backups seeing as other people will have access to your info. Beyond a networked off-site backup in a secure location I'm not sure what else you can do. I have a hard drive and a DVD-R backup of my important documents in my bank's safe deposit box but that only gets updated every quarter or so.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:34:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
What I would actually do is grab the handful of portable hard drives from next to my computer, then grab the stack of photo albums from the coffee table and carry them all to the garage where I would pull my car out before the garage burned.

See? He's saving the pron. That's probably the first thing I'd grab too.


Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:35:08 AM EDT
Didnt get much.



Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:38:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By stockshift:

Originally Posted By hawzwood:
As I was reading the responses about needing to grab the computer CPU, etc. because important things are on there, I realized this thread should be a slap-in-the-face wake up call (including for myself) that you should prepare a little better and have a back up plan. The odds of getting that CPU out aren't very good. Get a thumbdrive and have a copy somewhere else.

Thanks OP.


I'm hesitant to use the "cloud" backups seeing as other people will have access to your info. Beyond a networked off-site backup in a secure location I'm not sure what else you can do. I have a hard drive and a DVD-R backup of my important documents in my bank's safe deposit box but that only gets updated every quarter or so.

For important documents you have scanned, important photos, documentation for insurance, firearm serial numbers, etc....
you can pick up a couple of encrypted USB thumb drives. 4gb, 8gb, or even much larger.
Store one with your parents and one with the in-laws, and do the same in return for them. (or your kid's house, you get the idea)
You could even drop one in a safe deposit box, keep one in your wallet, etc etc..

As for cloud storage, again, just use good encryption.


Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:43:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:48:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By skygod:
Didnt get much.





Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:53:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 6:57:23 AM EDT by DStrokes]

Originally Posted By Sixtigers:
My computer tower. Has copies of tax records, copies of IDs, insurance estimates, firearms records, and irreplaceable memories in the way of digital photos, as well as my music library.


Originally Posted By zwvirtual:
My computer. Just the tower, not the screen and keyboard. I have files on there that I need.


Originally Posted By victorgonzales:
computer.

I have nearly a decade worth of songs i have produced on here. Can't simply redo them.

Everything else is replaceable.

^FAIL^

Go out TODAY and get a Backup Hard Drive. You will thank me later.




Originally Posted By fettesbrotde:
My backup drive.

Everything else can be replaced.

^Correct





ETA:

I have actually woken up to smoke in the room, because the freaking computer was on fire! Glad I had a backup!

(for the techies - the southbridge overheated and caught fire, then proceeded to char/melt the rest of the mobo (Abit) and case around it, I've got pics somewhere..)

BTW, smoldering metal doesn't smell so great
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:53:54 AM EDT
That's a very big guitar!


Originally Posted By woofum:
64' stratocaster


Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:57:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lon_Moer:

Originally Posted By skygod:
Didnt get much.






Its when you lose everything you learn how insignificant possessions become.

No matter what it is, its just stuff. Your life, and the lives of your loved ones are the important things.

EVERYTHING else is expendable / replaceable.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:00:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:
For important documents you have scanned, important photos, documentation for insurance, firearm serial numbers, etc....
you can pick up a couple of encrypted USB thumb drives. 4gb, 8gb, or even much larger.
Store one with your parents and one with the in-laws, and do the same in return for them. (or your kid's house, you get the idea)
You could even drop one in a safe deposit box, keep one in your wallet, etc etc..


I have plenty of backups, it's just the offsite ones that I am thinking could be updated more frequently.

Onsite I have two backups: one internal hard drive and one external hard drive. The internal drive gets updated 1x/wk automatically using Acronis True Image 2009. The external one gets updated weekly using Roxio Easy Archive.

Offsite I have two backups: one internal hard drive and one DVD-R. These sit in my safe deposit box at the bank. As I said, these get updated every quarter or so; during a major holiday weekend I'll go to the bank, pull the drive and update it. I'll also re-burn my critical documents on the DVD-R in case the hard drive fails. But because it's offsite I can only update it every so often. It would be nice to have an offsite networked server (e.g. at my parents's place) where I could back up everything on a weekly basis. As it stands, I can lose up to 3 months' data on my current quarterly backup rotation if a fire takes out my place.

I hear ya on USB drives but they seem like they'd be easy to lose. I use TrueCrypt for my encryption needs.
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