Get out quick!

April 14, 2010

Drawings, Journal

So, why did Lloyd make the zombie map?

It all started when I was watching an episode of “Hoarders”. I love those shows! I see somebody drowning in a sea of junk, and while I feel incredibly sorry for them, it is fascinating to watch them rationalize how they need all that stuff. It also makes me want to immediately fill a bag up with items to donate to Goodwill. (But I don’t, because I’m lazy.)

This one man was in his tiny apartment that was absolutely crammed full. The show had hired a professional organizer to help him, and the organizer asked: “Do you ever go through these things and ask yourself, ‘Do I really need it?'”

Hoarder: “All the time. I need all of it.”

Astonished Organizer: “Imagine that you have five minutes to get the things that you really need out of here before some catastrophe hits – what would you take?”

Hoarder (hemming and hawing for a long time): “Um… um …..I don’t know.”

Organizer: “That’s one minute gone. Now you have four.”

Well, isn’t that a fascinating scenario?

Lloyd and I spent a bit of time talking about it. What would we take if we only had five minutes? I looked around and realized that there’s very little in this house that I can’t live without. I’ve heard people say that their photos are the irreplaceable things in their life, and most of our mementos are in the living room trunk/coffee table, but other than that, I’d say that I’d need to take my wallet, since everything else in the house can be bought again. Clothes, furniture, dishes – all can be replaced….. if you have the means to replace it.

I tried a different scenario.

Lauren: “Ok, what would you take if you weren’t able to replace things and had to, say, live out of your car for two weeks with the stuff you brought instead of a cushy hotel across from Wal-Mart?”

Lloyd: “What situation would that be?”

Lauren: “I don’t know – some sort of mass catastrophe where the hotels are filled up and stores can’t sell you stuff. Maybe a plague or something.”

Lloyd: “You mean a zombie apocalypse.”

Lauren: “Of course.”

Thus began a very serious discussion about what to do in a zombie attack situation. Lloyd started listing stuff he would need, and I just said that I would go over to Mr. Royuk’s house since he has a gun. (I would not do well in a zombie situation and would “remove myself” – if you get my drift. I told Lloyd I’d shoot him too, if he needed it.)

So, just for kicks: What I would take if I had five minutes, and NOT an imminent zombie attack? (Say, if the house was going to be vaporized by aliens to make room for a hyperspace bypass.) Also, assuming all living creatures inside (now just Lloyd, but if we would ever have pets or guests) are safe and ok?
* Wallet
* Safe deposit box key, if I could find it.
* A change of clothes
* Drag the trunk of photos** to the lawn.
* I guess our bank records. Is that necessary?
* Surprisingly, I would leave the ukes. Being vaporized by aliens is great excuse to buy new ones.
* My camera & laptop, to record the catastrophe.

What would you take? Quick! You only have five minutes!!

**It seems to me my load would be lightened considerably if I’d scan all those photos to Flickr or something, huh?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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9 Responses to “Get out quick!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I forgot to comment. To much thinking too early in the morning…

    There are a few irreplaceables in my house… grandma quilts and such.
    My computer files are mostly backed up on an external hard drive.
    I’m pretty particular about my toothpaste, so I might grab that.
    I would take camera and laptop as well. Having your house destroyed would be post material for days and days!


  2. Lloyd Said on:

    In a way we’re lucky. From the picture it looks like they got the other homes on our block first.


  3. Kristi Said on:

    passport -- You never know when you’ll need it
    picture albums -- a reminder of happier times
    lipstick -- purely for the sake of vanity
    Bible -- It’s excellent reading material
    my pillow -- one small comfort
    the lockbox -- holds other important papers
    money -- although what could I possibly since the stores won’t be able to sell me stuff

    Beep. Time’s up.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Hmmm….now that I’ve read all the above stuff, I feel like I’m cheating on my list…I would want to take all the already listed stuff but honestly, knowing me the way I do…I would panic & leave with none of that…and end up standing outside with a bucket & a doormat.


  5. Beth Said on:

    My debit card.
    My cell phone.
    My lipstick and mascara.
    My jewelry.
    A pair of jeans, t-shirt, navy socks and my Born shoes (because I wouldn’t want to stay in my jammies).
    My purse.
    Tara’s baby Kayla and her purple blanket.
    Tim’s soft blanket and a frog.

    …time’s up.

    GAH!! It wasn’t enough time!!! I love my stuff!!!

    (We have a safe deposit box with all our important documents, as well as CDs of all the photos on our computer -- I update those CDs every six months, because I’m crazy -- so, important papers and pictures are already covered.)


  6. Lauren's mom Said on:

    My purse
    My computer…
    and a banana!


  7. Mark Said on:

    Matthew and the Missuz

    One hanging file of the important docs (passports, birth certificates, marriage license/certificate, etc.)

    Our wedding album and the videotape of our family that Lauren made one Christmas

    The hard-drive with all of Matthew’s pictures and videos, and the 3 mo, 6 mo, and 9 mo ‘official’ portraits

    My wallet with driver’s license, and my cell phone

    One or two of the items in the locker in our basement and some of it’s/their “accessories”

    My school bag sans textbooks (laptop is usually packed inside)

    Our small camera (I’d run around in the last 60 seconds and take pictures/video of every room to show our insurance company the ‘stuff’ that wasn’t important enough to grab that has insurance value)

    Oh! And one more thing…

    Whoops, time’s up.


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