What do you save?

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
October 28, 2009 2:48pm CST
While EoE and his band of survivors hunker down in the big house, a band of roving aliens with a fairly large starship sail on by and see that civilization as we know it is about to hit a huge roadblock. Our aliens are art lovers. They have the capacity to save a fairly large number of the world's art works for posterity. In about 1100 years, which is when civilization should be on target to be stable again. What works of art would you want them to save and why? Note: doesn't have to be paintings and statues, can be other things such as literature, musical scores, etc.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
29 Oct 09
I would want them to save the Terry Redlin Gallery in Watertown So. Dak...because his painting depict a quiet loving life by touching parts of nature....he is my favorite painter.....can you tell?
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• Australia
29 Oct 09
Maybe we could save all the Thomas Kinkaid jig saw puzzles?
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
29 Oct 09
My daughter would also like that....she's a Thomas Kinkaid fan.
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• Australia
1 Nov 09
I beat your mum Holly. I have 2 boxes of 10 puzzles plus 3 x 1000 piece plus many 500 piece.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
29 Oct 09
Hi Ms. D, I am saving the value system that our country would like to preserve--- all the things that i learned from my grandparents, parents and oldies i want to preserve it by continuously and consistently inculcating in my kids' mind and heart the value of respect, honesty, trust and integrity. I am so happy and proud every time i see my kids apply these values these give me the confidence that it will live...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
I guess we could write it down for them to save for our descendants...
• Boston, Massachusetts
30 Oct 09
M. D, my concern now is i am in the office the whole day and will be home by 7pm so i can't be around with my kids as they watch the tv after school. I used to instruct out caregiver to be watchful about the type of series and commercials that my kids watch but how will i know if this is being followed. There are some violent commercials and those using vulgar words...
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• Boston, Massachusetts
30 Oct 09
OMG, Ms. D-- that response is for another discussion. I apologize for this. I have so many windows open to be responded to and this got mixed up with another discussion. I am sorry! MY RESPONSE... this is the real thing. It is written in all the books as part of the school's curriculum but we lack the reinforcement to uplift and and apply this in our daily life. Some parent are so lax now about how they view respect form among their kids and the family. Acquiring the modern style of doing it.
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• Philippines
29 Oct 09
a DVD copy of The sound of Music, and a dvd player of course. hahahaha. The hills are alive, with the sound of music...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
Perhaps we had better save the score too just in case they can't play the dvd player in 1100 years...
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I guess you're right about that. It's better to be safe than sorry right?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Nov 09
yep...
• United States
30 Oct 09
um..pft..lemme see. complete works of mozart. statues of "david" and "the dying slave" statue of "laocoon & his sons" (ancient version) the imperial easter egg collection the golden leopard bier of tutankhamun the wooden coffin of merytamun anything by raphael & titian house of erte small art deco statues i'm sure i can think of more,but this is a starter. some of my faves.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Oct 09
hooray for Faberge!!!
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• United States
31 Oct 09
yis. we have to save the eggs :)
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 Oct 09
What I would like to have from previous civilizations are family records and stories, that show what day to day life was like, I would want pictures of animal life and of our world as we know it. The ones of the world from space would be helpful. News and other hints of what went wrong so that these things could be avoided in the future. So looking at what I would like from the past and what I think would be of help to the future are the things I want to save. Right now we can compress so much info that I think we could save many, many things for the future, if not the actual things at least visual records of them.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
The animals will go on. But those are great ideas!
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
29 Oct 09
I would wanna save the Monalisa painting..
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
I'm kind of partial to the Pieta myself...
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
29 Oct 09
Pieta? Actually, I love her hairstyle; very classic and the expression she had looked very serene..and her eyes spoke a thousand words..
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
Save both, we're having a 2 for 1 rescue!
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Oct 09
If I could only pick my favorites...Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Ruebens, ...can't think of them all. Bach, Beetehoven, all the music of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and throw in some Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters and BB King..and that boxed set of the History of Rock and Roll! All the works of Anne Rice, Stephen King, John Saul, Griffin, (the guy who writes legal thrillers) And a complete set of Britanica encylopedias, All the old masters of literature, The Bible, the Rig Veda, all the art in the Vatican...they can beam up the sistine ceiling can't they? And all the paintings I've done. There, I'm finished. lol
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I forgot...Enya (all of her stuff) and some blue grass and Celtic fiddles and drums...And some Native American flute. Now I am done again! lol
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Are you having bad dreams Dawn?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
Bad dreams lol. No, the survivor story reminded me of a Science Fiction story that I read as a kid. Good taste... PS are you going to past of a picture of any of your paintings?
• United States
28 Oct 09
Oh' Oh' I know *raises hand* Pick me, pick me, I have a great peace of work to save, and it is all electronic... It takes no real space in an infinite universe such as the web of electronic life given to each person's writings... My Blogs... Heheheheeee... There is a keeper and an idea for others to jump in... Me, me, me... Singing la, la, la, me, me, me, run, run fast... *ducking and hiding, yikes!*
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
Your blogs huh? OK, everbyody check out Gary's profile and go and see his blogs and take a vote.
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• United States
28 Oct 09
Thanks Dawn... I needed that, a little shameless self promotion, but I have an idea to share so if the idea grabs another person's curiosity I'm here with answers to any questions about how I did what I did and how they can do it too! If they care to share... (that is)
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
Let's start with what you did before we get into how you did what you did...
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Oct 09
Thinks: Is it Friday? Well, I would have to take many things so I do hope that they have room for it all. Art is a must and if I could only take one work of art then it would be Chagall - he fills my soul with joy. Literature would be the Bible with commentaries, Book of Hours, Oxford Book of Poetry and the complete works of Charles Dickens that I want to re read. would not take statues as I cannot lift heavy things! Please may I take lots of family photographs - to me they are works of art and please may I bring my antique Blue Plate
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
You don't have to lift anything. The aliens will take care of that.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Oct 09
Okay. But what about the Blue Plate?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
If the aliens decide that YOU are a work of art, I'm sure they will let you bring the blue plate!
@riyasam (16578)
• India
29 Oct 09
i would like to save the snaps of my kids of their toddler times,when i show them now ,they look at me as if i am showing them snaps of aliens,i wonder what the situation will be after 20 yrs.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
You'll be old and they'll be showing you pictures of the grandkids?
@riyasam (16578)
• India
29 Oct 09
awww,grandkids,thats a long time!!!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
Sure, you say that now. :-)
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 Oct 09
Books! Save the books! From Dickens to Steven King they must all be saved! What a loss it would be never to see literature again, there is so much to learn in each and every one. From the great novels of Charles Dickens to Wally Lamb’s I know This Much Is True and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie to Steven King’s Dark Tower series...There are so many I could not bear to lose and I cannot mention them all...It would be a pity to lose the Mona Lisa too...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
We ought to save all the really old literature that has survived from Greek and Roman times, ancient China, etc.etc. too.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 Oct 09
Yes, especially!
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@Hatley (164524)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Oct 09
hi dawnald oh by all mean they have to save all of Mozarts gorgeous violin and flute and piano sonatas and Jane Austen works and Louisa May Alcott. and A. Conan Doyle's works, Agatha Christie's works, Sue Grafton's books, all the Beatles works, The beach boys and the Rolling Stones, U2, and well any other musical works they can think of. I am sleepy so my brain, what little I have , is in a brainfog.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
All good choices. Well you can keep the Stones, but lots of people would disagree with me. :-)
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Oct 09
Hatley it's lovely to see you consider Lousia May Alcott as a classic writer.
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I used to collect a variety of things. Lately, I gave away most everything. I was preparing to move cross-country due to a divorce. Then I was presented with an opportunity to stay put. So now I have no collections of books, statues or other trinkets.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
It doesn't have to be your collection though, it can be anything from anywhere in the world.
• United States
29 Oct 09
ALL of the music and memorabilia of the 60s!!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
peace, man...
29 Oct 09
Hi dawnald, Beatles music and Michael Jackson's music, wow what a contrast that would be and it is worth saving it for the future. Tamara
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
Especially the Beatles (but I'm not biased)...
• United States
29 Oct 09
Hi, D! If I were to give a complete response, it would go on for pages and pages. I'm totally addicted to books and art and music, and it all needs to be saved!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Oct 09
We could probably let them pass on Jacquelyn Susann...
• Australia
28 Oct 09
Hhhmmmmm. Let me get this straight. (ever the realist) "Civilisation as we know it" will "Hit a huge roadblock"? Does this mean that civilisation is wiped out - all the people wiped out - but the aliens will save art works? and not the people? If the people are still around, why can't they save the art works? If all the people are wiped out, since none of us and none of our offspring will be here in 1100 years time, what does it matter? If the aliens are taking the people with the art works, I don't think I'd want to go with them. I think I'd opt to stay. Depending on the coming doom I'd probably want my children and grandchildren to go, so I'd want them to take a bit of our family history (photos etc) and of course a Bible - many Bibles - and some of my theology books. I'd hope that others would take literature classics like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens etc so that we would be remembered in a more favourable light than today's literature would give. As far as works of art, I appreciate them and wouldn't want them destroyed, but of more value to me personally are the paintings I have by one of my sons and various craft items by my sons and my grandchildren. I would want their safety assured above any art works. As for music, if my sons are going, they will carry music with them. One will carry Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and all the classics, one will carry music of the 50s-70s and the others will carry other styles. I'm glad this is only "what if"
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
Enough people are NOT wiped out that there will be enough around so that we can rebuild in 1100 years. Make sense? Maybe the aliens will take your kids and grandkids to safeguard all the art for us.
@Chey1970 (1193)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Hmmm good question, and I really have no answer for it at the moment. Except to say, 'my hide'.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Oct 09
lmao Right after you sister!