Anxiously awaiting word from local officials on a very possible mandatory evacuation... with only a few minute's notice, we had what we thought were our life's immediate must-haves - prepared and ready to go.
Stacked in the middle of the livingroom are:
- Hard drives
- Master RAW tapes
- Important Documents (passports, birth certificates, etc.)
- 3 paper bags of files
- 4 plastic bins of Photos, software, archived cd's
- 1 backpack's worth of clothes
- you develop the stress of a one-minute all-you-can-grab shopping spree
- the thought of "Is that really important?" crosses your mind when you reach for things that you think is important
- you can't remember just where all the 'important" things are
- you think about your life and what you have to show for it
- you forget about all the small stuff that just five minutes ago you thought were extremely important
- again..."Is that really important?"
- what clothes you want to spend the next week in
- you wish you were more organized
- I wasn't as organized as I thought (Now where did I put my wedding video?)
- I own way too much junk
I'm just glad we had the sense to organize all of our film files, archives, tape storage and hard drive mapping from day one, so that all we had to do was easily disconnect the drive from the Mac and box it up. Everything else came in a close second.
So I suggest you take a moment to think about it yourself - without the threat of a wildfire in your backyard of course - and decide what you would take with you. The shower thing is optional.