January 1, 2008

New Years Would You Rather

Would You Rather

  • Be forced to relive 2007 (Kurt Vonnegut “Timequake”-style, you can’t change anything. You re-experience everything, almost as if playing back a recording.)
  • Or not be able to remember anything that happened in 2007. You wake up he morning of Jan 1, 2008 thinking it’s Jan 1, 2007… until you talk to anyone, check the news, your email, etc.
Posted by James at January 1, 2008 11:50 AM
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I'd take the second option. It would be more exciting than a year of repetition. Now, if the question related to 2006, I would choose to repeat it. I guess 2007 was just forgettable for me.

Posted by: Sara at January 1, 2008 1:24 PM

I think I'd opt for forgetting 2007, rather than repeating it. There's little about the year that I'd care to remember, and less that I would like to live through again.

Here's to hoping that 2008 is an improvement!

Posted by: Kitten Herder at January 1, 2008 2:09 PM

I would choose option B. I couldn't bear to relive my father's heart attack. (He's doing well, now.)

Plus, who the hell wants to relieve the endless stream of verbal diarrhoea from Bush?

Here's to 2008. May it not suck like the second half of 2007!

Posted by: Patti M. at January 1, 2008 2:32 PM

My memory isn't that great, so I think I could live with forgetting a whole year without it being much different from my regular life. At 40+ years, each year is not as important as it is at 20, e.g. It would be tough to redo the work I did this last semester, though. I would hate to lose all of that.

The question is, am I trapped in my body, thinking new thoughts, but reliving the old year? Or is it just replaying? For all I know, it's replaying anyway. I never read Timequake. I think it would be hell to go through *anything* without having some control over what happens, but having thoughts. How could I help but think, "No, no, no, don't put that top on, the strap is going to break in the middle of your lecture!" LOL. Nothing horrible happened to me this year, but I wouldn't want to trapped, helpless in my body for a full 365 day rerun, I believe I would go insane. (Although we did see some good movies this summer.)

However, if I don't have new thoughts, then it makes no difference if the year replays. So there's my wishy-washy answer. I'll replay the year if I'm not aware that it's replaying. If I have to be aware of it, then I'll just skip the year and redo the work. At least I would get to keep all of the lecture notes and slides I created, so I'd really just have to read them over and relearn how to program in Flash! It'll be a learning experience -- I'll see if my lecture notes actually make any sense!!

Posted by: Maggie at January 1, 2008 3:09 PM

You would be aware.

Posted by: James at January 1, 2008 7:51 PM

I would definitely choose to forget 2007. Reliving it would be punishment and I have not been bad. Promise!.

Posted by: alice at January 1, 2008 10:44 PM

I would take the second option. I'll figure out soon enough what happened in 2007. I would not want to relive it unless there was some way I could change certain things.

Posted by: Julie at January 1, 2008 11:55 PM

I would hate to have to relive a year like that, but I really don't like the idea of losing all the stuff I worked hard to learn over the last year.

Posted by: James at January 2, 2008 12:08 AM

I'd reluctantly have to go with forgetting the last year. I don't like the idea of forgetting what I learned, but 2007 is not one I'd like to repeat. And I don't think I could handle the frustration of knowing what was going to happen and not being able to change it.

Posted by: briwei at January 2, 2008 1:11 PM

I'd definitely relive 2007 ... even though parts were incredibly difficult, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. :)

Posted by: Keri at January 2, 2008 8:17 PM

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