I have a serious *hypothetical* problem. Help!

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  1. Sentinel

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    Please put on your thinking caps and give this ole fren some help getting his feet on the ground.

    Let's say I am given a ride by some extra-terrestrials. The ride takes days or weeks of my time, but when I am returned to the street I lived on, I find that several decades have elapsed on Earth (time dilation).

    I am standing in front of my house. The entire street has changed. All houses/apartments rebuilt, new name plates. I know nobody. I have no place to go, no home. All I have on me (let's say) is a DL (long expired) and perhaps an ATM card (blocked due to account disuse, if the bank still exists).

    I realize that the few people I knew are either dead, or very old and thus in no shape to help me, even if I could locate them. I do remember a couple of gmail ids, but gmail doesn't exist any longer. Same for cell numbers. My cell phone doesn't work now (providers/technology everything's changed).

    My skill set was already outdated when I left, now it would be history, so I am not sure how I am going to earn money.

    So here I am, standing on the street I lived on, a stranger, not knowing what my first move should be. Should I approach the police, the newspapers, or what ? How do i earn a living ?

    Should I keep mum about my trip for fear of ridicule, or is that the only hope I have (since I still look like I did in 2012 - forty years back).

    Thanks for helping out.
    Sincerely, Senti.
     
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  2. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    Prostitution.
     
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  3. Babolatbarry

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    Looks like you're screwed...
     
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  4. Chace

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    I say either go with 6-1 6-3 6-0's answer or hop back in your delorean and go back in time.
     
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  5. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    just a little question, just to be sure... are the streets full of apes (topspin or not) and is there a piece of liberty statue on the beach ?
     
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    I say just stop taking so much acid. That's usually a solid first step.
     
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    Find the nearest suicide booth. Make frends with the first robot you meet. Mooch off of any living relatives you can find.
     
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  8. davo81

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    NickC: great reply!
     
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  9. Sentinel

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    Beam me up, Scotty !

    Hey tennis-loving ladies and gentlemen of TW, serious answers please. It's not everyday that dear Senti asks you all for your advice.

    No illegal/ criminal options please.

    LOL, No, this is not inspired by Planet of the Apes or Terminator series, etc. I have been into sci-fi a lot from childhood so a lot of my thinking follows across such lines.

    In any case, I do not know how to drive motorcycles (or cars without having the keys) nor do i know how to fire guns, and I cannot single-handedly floor five or ten armed assailants, nor can I jump onto speeding trucks from heights (Salt), nor can I use my cell (Nokia 5510 in my case) or iPod to bring down the security system at NASA or KGB headquarters (Transporter 2).



    Hasta la vista, baby.
     
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  10. Dags

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    No, this scenario pretty much follows that of Flight of the Navigator.

    See ya later, Navigator.
     
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  11. emilyhex

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    I think it's highly unlikely you would be the only one this has happened to, if in fact this *hypothetical* situation were to occur. I would seek help. You would be sure to find someone with experience dealing with these matters or at least find someone sympathetic to your plight. No man is an island as they say... good luck time traveler.
     
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  12. jswinf

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    1. Ask those extra-terrestrials for some ideas.

    2. Figure out the equivalent of "The National Enquirer" and sell them your story for big bucks.

    3. Listen to the James Taylor song "The Frozen Man" for insights.

    4. Be more careful about hitch-hiking in the future.
     
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  13. Sentinel

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    Haven't seen it, will try to if i have the chance.
    Yes, it is likely there may be others too. However, you remember the movie Contact in which Jodie Foster ultimately decided to keep mum.

    Telling me that I would find someone with experience etc doesn't comfort me one bit. I need a solid action plan, or at least some set of options that give me hope in dealing with this situation.
    1. Too late, they are gone.

    3. Will, okay its starting on YT. Let's see.

    4. Thanks for the warning. Right now I have the present to worry about, and a bunch of friends on TW who don't seem to take my plight seriously. :)
     
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  14. natalia

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    Go to meet either God(s)' representative and/or university resercher(s) ant tell your story.
     
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    If you follow this path, please note that at no time did I say that it was a good film.
     
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  16. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    well, take a horse, a camel, a tauntaun or whatever you can find, and go at the following address:
    1640 Riverside Drive, Hill Valley​

    you should find a guy able to help you. ;)

    by the way, how do you manage to communicate with us from 'there' ? :cool:
     
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  17. The Meat

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    Roll a 7 and move straight to Jail. You might get probed a little more, but you will get food and shelter.

    Problem solved.
     
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    You stop what you're doing and shout as loud as you can, "EXISTENZ IS PAUSED!"
     
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  19. Polaris

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    Terrible situation to be in, methinks. Most people will not believe you, and the authorities, i.e., police and courts will probably think you are a lunatic if there has been no precedent for time travel.

    If you are lucky enough to be in a town that has a university, you may be able to look at their staff and visit a benevolent professor or researcher (A Carl Sagan type) who may listen and even lend you a helping hand in return for ... um "studying" your story, your evidence, ...., your brain, ....., your anatomy, etc.
     
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  20. rk_sports

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    Interesting... so this is a complex situation indeed ;)

    so, it boils down to ..
    1. how to make people believe the abnormal
    2. how to survive with no current skills

    Since its the far future, it could mean people have MATURED and have better processes in place (for old/poor/disabled/etc) - and you have the DL and ATM card, so approach media/police/public office to tell your story and if you play it right, could become viral/famous (maybe even get to write a book or get a TV show with your old old friends as guests) ;)

    If that fails, you start slow (like an illegal immigrant)... part-time jobs etc and learn the skills ...assuming you're not too old/unfit ofc
     
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  21. tenniscasey

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    I'd immediately find a church I'm comfortable in, and seek sanctuary in return for whatever labor I can provide.

    Maybe churches don't exist in the future you're describing, but I strongly doubt they'd entirely be gone, considering the thousands of religious organizations that exist today.

    Or perhaps you personally don't go to church because you don't believe in a supreme being, which is 100% legit. But myself, if I'm going to believe in extra-terrestrials, I'm going to believe in a supreme being as well.
     
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  22. Hood_Man

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    You could make a living as a strongman, as everyone else's muscles will have atrophied through lack of use thanks to new mobility devices for lazy people.

    "Observe, my beloved little insects, my amazing strength!" *snaps pencil with one hand*
     
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  23. gregor.b

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    If all else fails, find the nearest Registrar General's Office, or Births, Deaths and Marriages. From there, check for your registered birth date and then go to the authorities.

    If you have no success, then go to the tv stations and tell you have a wonderful new skin secret that will make you look 40 years younger. You will have the proof age wise at least. By the time anyone catches on, you will have made enough money to hire lawyers etc.

    Hope this helps,

    Fellow Time Traveller,

    Greg.
     
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    You should've brought a souvenir from the spaceship.
     
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  25. sabala

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    Unless you were pronounced "legally dead" there would probably still be a missing persons file on you. I would go to police or maybe journalists and say I have information on the disappearance of Sentinel from back in 2012. Then tell them it's me and I've come back. Wouldn't mention E.T.s right away though... I would probably say amnesia or something.

    DNA testing, especially by then, should easily prove this, plus you would be identical to all pictures/video taken of you. Any living friends/relatives still alive would remember you looking exactly the same as they last saw you and could identify you.

    The E.T. trip would be up to you to mention, and who knows, maybe it would be more believable decades from now. If you did talk about it, maybe you would be taken by gubmint peoples for questioning :shock:

    Btw, did you get any good pics with the alien peeps on your cell phone?
     
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  26. Hood_Man

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    This won't help you with your professional career, but just for fun choose a new identity, remember where you were when you went missing and what date, and once a year turn up at that place and turn yourself into an Urban Myth.

    Or if you don't remember you can just choose somewhere that meant a lot to you when you were "alive."

    You could actually make a living from merchandise if it takes off.
     
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  27. Sentinel

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    I don't know what a "7" is, but this morning as i woke up, it did occur to me (or was it as I fell asleep last night), that I could commit a petty crime and get put into a locker for a few days. However, we do have cases of undertrials spending decades in jail ...

    Actually this is one of the first options i thought of. I am in India, so temples will always be there. But I'd hate to live off them.

    Sabala:
    You've not been paying attention :)
    First off, I have one of those ole fashuned Nokia 5510 types that don't have cameras. Second, in the weeks/months I was on board, the batteries died out. I didn't take my charger along, and cell-phones are now history in 2052. Even today (in 2012) getting a charger for a 5510 is impossible where I am.

    I also mentioned that whoever I know is dead or almost dead (they'd be in their 90's), so I can't expect help from them.
     
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  28. Sentinel

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    Haha !

    Vive Le:
    It just occurred to me that the same scenario happened in that 1978 movie, Close Encounters -- those guys abducted in 1945 were returned 30 years later looking just the same.

    As far as all those of you suggestion writing a book, or TV shows, at this point not sure it would catch on much in India, or be of any interest to the TV/media people. Hopefully, in 40 years things would have changed.
     
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  29. emilyhex

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    Your comfort is of little concern to us.

    Watching you try to derive an action plan amuses us a great deal, we couldn't have planned this better. I can't wait until you realize this isn't *hypothetical* :twisted:
     
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  30. Sentinel

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    *eyes popping out*

    Yeah, I am concerned that a lot of posters I've never seen before are posting in this thread. So this is all a setup ? :shock:
     
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  31. sabala

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    In 2052, 90 is the new 50 so your friends & family will be fine & ready to catch up!

    Anyway, sounds like a crazy episode of Survivorman to me...

    "I've just been punked by aliens who talked me into taking a trip with them to the other side of the galaxy..."

    Btw, did you ever watch the show, Life on Mars?
     
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    I dedicate the following to my fellow canine-loving time traveler...it's been 40 years since I heard Jerry Jeff Walker sing the original version:

    I knew a man, Mr. Sentinel, and he'd dance for you
    With silver hair, a ragged shirt and baggy pants
    The old soft shoe
    He jumped so high, jumped so high
    Then he lightly touched down

    I met him in a cell in Delhi town, I was down and out
    He looked to me to be the eyes of age
    As he spoke right out
    He talked of life, talked of life and laughed
    Clicked his heels and stepped

    He said his name, Mr. Sentinel, and he danced a lick
    Across the cell
    He grabbed his pants and spread his stance
    Oh, he jumped so high and then he clicked his heels
    He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
    And shook back his clothes all around

    Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel...Dance!

    He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
    Throughout the South
    He spoke through tears of 15 years, how his dog and him
    Traveled about
    The dog up and died, he up and died
    And after 20 years he still grieves

    He said I dance now in honky tonks
    For drinks and tips
    But most the time I spend behind these county bars
    'Cause I drinks a bit
    He shook his head and as he shook his head
    I heard someone ask him please

    Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel, Mr. Sentinel...Dance!
     
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  33. Sentinel

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    Nope, never heard of Survivorman or Life on Mars. But i have seen that amazingly asinine Mars Attacks, Total Recall, and one more slightly better one - possibly called Mission to Mars.

    '90 is the new 50' is a comforting thought. Except for the fact that keeping the body alive or replacing body parts is still not good enough. It is the mind that, for most, makes life hell as they age. Memories, the inability to adapt, things of this sort are far more difficult to manage and we've made no headway in this area, nor does it seem anyone is addressing these issues.
     
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    the answer to your all your questions is 42
     
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  35. Sentinel

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    So when and where is the pickup (beam up)?

    Food Preference: Indian Vegetarian
    Seat Preference: Aisle (extra leg space pls).
    Drink: Martini (shaken not stirred) ;)
     
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    please specify the base, wise-guy ;)
     
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    I don't know what you're gonna do, but I can tell you what I would do:

    1) I could prove who I am by my DNA.

    2) Because of that, I would be a media sensation since I will be 40 years younger than I should be.

    3) I could parlay #2 into significant amounts of whatever has replaced money, either by telling my story, or by peddling snake oil as a fountain of youth.

    4) I would go hang with my daughter, who would be late in her career. I would meet my great, great grandkids, which few get to do.

    5) I would reap the benefits of whatever Medical Science has learned in the previous 40 years which should boost my life expectancy dramatically above my peers (the 40 year advantage notwithstanding).
     
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