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A question...
This was in lizzielizzie, asked by motomuffin:

You've just been given a one-shot time machine, and it works like this: You push a button and in exactly one week's time, it rewinds the WHOLE UNIVERSE to the exact moment you pushed that button. You have one consequence-free week; anything you do will never have happened. How do you spend it?

OK, this reminds me a bit of Groundhog Day or that hilarious episode of Stargate SG-1 where O'Neill and Teal'c get stuck in a time loop, eventually realize it, and just start having fun - using the gate like a driving range, kissing Carter, etc.

I guess my answer is similar to lizzielizzie Knowing there is no consequence and everything resets, I'd proposition some people I lust after but have never approached about it for various reasons. I'd eat a lot of unhealthy stuff. I'd take my car out and see how fast she'll really go. I'd probably drop social politeness and just say things I normally clamp down on. Fuck work, of course. I'd use my credit cards until they melted down. I'd probably drink and do some drugs. Basically just have a complete, let your hair down, good time for a week. Treat Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas like and instruction booklet. ;-)

I don't know if I'd do anything to really harm others - knowing everything reset I might be tempted to do something like carry my Glock around and just shoot anyone who is an asshat that week. But I have the feeling that, even knowing there were no consequences, I wouldn't be able to just go around killing in cold blood.

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nou From: nou Date: October 14th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I don't want to press the button! Even on my most useless days, I try to do something that will have a positive effect on my future. All that button's going to do is make me waste a week of my life.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 14th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I don't know - think of it as a week of rehersal, or an extra week to improve your skills if you want. :-)
cos From: cos Date: October 14th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Given that documentation, I would not push the button, because it implies that once the rewind happens, I will completely forget what I would've spent that week doing. That might be okay if I didn't know it in advance, but spending a whole week knowing that I will forget everything that's happening, would drive me utterly batty. I very much would not want to be in that situation.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 14th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hmm, I hadn't thought of it that way. I kind of thought of it as like I'd be the only one who knew about that week.

Your way I can see becoming a freaky Twilight Zone episode.
10 Press Button.
20 Spend Week doing stuff.
30 Forget everything.
40 Goto 10
fire_of_gold From: fire_of_gold Date: October 14th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
For the record, that's one of my favorite SG-1 episodes :) Between the driving-range scenes, and Daniel trying to teach Jack... oy!

What would I do...I like the whole "junk food and using my credit cards 'til they melt" thing...

what wouldn't I do? Well, I wouldn't use it as an excuse to sleep around, but that's because I'm married...even if I'm the only one who'll remember...I'll remember

Oh yeah...get a bat, for use on clueless morons...maybe see if I can get some of those police spike-strips for use on the Beltway (yes, I live near DC)

oh! look up stock prices, and horse races, of course :) Even if it's just a week, there's a lot one can do :)
brother_buford From: brother_buford Date: October 14th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Cool, I didn't have any idea you owned a Glock. Never particularly liked them myself - I prefer the 1911. Do you have a Massachusetts Class A LTC? Worcester is supposedly one of the hardest places in the state to get one.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 14th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Nope, I don't have a permit for MA - so my guns are with z_gryphon in Maine. I bought the .45 Glock and a .22 Ruger Mk.II while we were living in California. You didn't need a permit to own there as long as the guns were transported in a locked case from home to a range.
sweh From: sweh Date: October 14th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
For the week, before the rewind, you still have the consequences of your actions. So if you went around shooting people with a gun, you might find yourself arrested or shot yourself. Not a fun week!

Personally, I wouldn't press the button at all.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 15th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: hmmm...

My take is that the week starts when you push the button, and at the end of that week, you rewind back to the time you pushed the button.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 15th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: hmmm...

Oh, I would so abuse that - I'd probably do that, and then redress them sans panties or something that they'd be baffled by later. Or maybe something more subtle - like missing one sock. Or turn something inside out. :-)