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#GrandmaProject and #TimeTravel

Your safety not guaranteed...

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This blog comes to you from the heart of the #GrandmaProject. Since my kids all grew up and moved away, becoming a Grandma is the very best thing that has happened to me. I loved being a mom and I love being a grandma!

If I’d have had a time machine, it might have helped me with the gap between the empty nest and the #grandmaproject. Sadly, I wasn’t able to jump ahead and see the wonderful coming my way, though it is possible I’d have refused to return to my grandma-less existence and gotten into a wrestling match with my future self. (I’m not sure who would have won. Early me would have been younger, but older me would have had time to know how great being a grandma was…)

Out of Time promo imageAnyway, getting into a wrestling match with yourself and possibly putting the whole fabric of time at risk, is just one of the reasons for not time traveling. I laid out ten reasons to ban time travel (like the Chinese did) and then went on a hunt to find eight reasons TO time travel. 

Apparently, people are more interested in time traveling than not, because I get visits to the eight reasons post almost every day. 

I get the appeal. Obviously, because I write books with time travel. But you’ll notice I easily found ten reasons NOT to time travel and only eight TO time travel. 

Despite this, a lot of people still want to travel through time. Have you heard the story behind the movie, Safety Not Guaranteed? It was inspired by a real-life classified ad. cover art

In 1997, someone placed the ad in Backwoods Home Magazine as a JOKE. They needed to fill some space and someone made this one up. What did the ad say?

“WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. PO Box 322, Oakview CA 93022. You’ll get paid when we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” (I am including the actual address because it is all over the internet already.)

They got deluged with responses then and still get responses today. What do people want to do and how did they respond?

1. Some want adventure

2. Some want to fix a tragedy in the past

3. Many are willing to go without getting paid. 

4. Many had no problem supplying their own weapons. 

If you could travel back in time, why would you want to do it? If that’s too personal, would you answer the ad if you believed it were legit?

Perilously curious and always yours,

Pauline

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