A friend told me about a magnificent book titled The Burning House by Foster Huntington. What the book is about is if your house was on fire, what would you take with you? I was stumped when first asked, I do not have a little box all packed up ready to grab as I run for my life. I have never really thought about it much, I grew up near an Air Force base, National labs and when I was a kid I remember that on the first Tuesday of each month, the air raid siren would go off at noon. So I grew up fully aware that at any moment we could be vaporized. Thinking about it now, what would I take is a bit easier. After making sure my family and pets were outside, I would probably have to run back in to get my laptop and maybe an external hard drive. I really don’t think I would want to keep a lot of possessions boxed up and ready to go, and if things are lost, they are physically lost, but the memories of them will remain. I suppose keeping important documents in a safe deposit box is a good investment, but above that, I would have to say investing in some good fire extinguishers is helpful.
What would you take?