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If you could live in another time, when would it be?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GQgeek, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I've always had a fascination with the Romans and I think I'd chose to live right before the fall of the republic if given a choice. With all that was going on it must have been a terribly interesting time to live. The treachery and back-room dealings hold a certain appeal to me.

    I always liked Crassus until he got a bit too cocky and got himself killed chasing more wealth in the east. He once said something along the lines of "a man is never rich enough until he has enough money to support his own army." He should have been content when he achieved that. And of course Crassus was the man to go to when you wanted strings pulled in the Senate. He had a son that didn't make it too far. It would have been cool to have been that guy, assuming I could change my fate.
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    1950's: Ike was in the white house (in other words, much ado about nothing); Cuban missile crisis hadn't started yet, oil prices were low, America's economy was good, you could slap your secretary in the ass and make her sleep with you or you'd fire her*. Man, times were good.

    Wait...I just realized I'm not a republican.

    Jon.

    *Jill, are you reading this? [​IMG]
     
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    since i'm reading Thomas Paine right now, the American Revolution. but as a Caucasian and not in my current state as an Asian. heh heh.

    -Jeff
     
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    I would have been, Louis XIV. He had his problems with the Marquise de Maintenon, but Louis got to live at Versailles, drank from ice sculptures, had 300 servants to get him ready for the day, wore backless shoes in red leather, and oh, those clothes closets! Not as glamorous as it sounds of course, but Louis is my fave. 'L'etat, c'est moi!'
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    I hope to live from the early 20th century up until the 1960s.
     
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    born around 1898 or so, try to make it into both world wars, and central europe in the 1920's
     
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    born around 1898 or so, try to make it into both world wars, and central europe in the 1920's

    I would also say Central Europe in the 1920s, although the unspeakable awfulness of everything that followed in all of those countries makes it a difficult choice. What about if you died peacefully in your sleep after a long and fulfilling life, sometime around the mid 1930s?
     
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    It would have to be after the advent of indoor plumbing.
     
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    I would have been, Louis XIV. He had his problems with the Marquise de Maintenon, but Louis got to live at Versailles, drank from ice sculptures, had 300 servants to get him ready for the day, wore backless shoes in red leather, and oh, those clothes closets! Not as glamorous as it sounds of course, but Louis is my fave. 'L'etat, c'est moi!'
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    It's good to be the king!

    (Although that was technically a portrayal of Louis XVI...)

    Jon.
     
  11. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    The romans had their baths at least. Well, the rich ones anyway. And no more kings, that's too damned easy!
     
  12. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    The future.
    Not the heyday of Communist China? I heard that was a pretty good time.
     
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    I'll take the future anytime over romantic nostalagia for some bygone era with no electricity, air travel, running water... So unfreeze me in a few hundred years when diseases and world hunger have been wiped out and people live until they're 200, or the world looks like the set of Mad Max.
     
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    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Not the heyday of Communist China? I heard that was a pretty good time.
    That will be in the future.
     
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    Perhaps we are the lucky ones. Enjoy while it lasts. [​IMG]

    Or it was the generation of the American Baby Boomer. [​IMG]
     
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    That will be in the future.
    You can pick any two of heyday, Communist, and future but all three together are impossible.
     
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    To have money in pocket and live in Paris at the turn of the 19th /20th century. Survive the war and then on to the roaring 20's. Seems like everybody who was anybody at least passed through Paris then.
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Wait...I just realized I'm not a republican.
    Neither was Ike, not really, so it's OK.
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I always liked Crassus until he got a bit too cocky and got himself killed chasing more wealth in the east.
    Crassus was a dope. He let himself get tricked by the Parthians. They tried the same thing on Antony, but he saw through it.
     

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