1. March 10, 1847--The American River, California Territory.
Ten days after the Bear Republic became U.S. Territory, and the day that beachfront property goes on sale in San Francisco; more importantly, I'll
have nearly 9 months to carry off all the gold I can muscle before construction of the new mill will cause explorers to discover gold in the river . .
2. July 15, 1987 --- Dallas, Texas
A runaway economy in the oilpatch means workers are needed, so it'd be easy to find a job. More importantly, I have about 90 days to borrow enough
money to short the stocks of the Dow Jones industrial Average---just before it's fall to the 52-year low, and then I'd be there for the first week
in november, which would mark the low point for the next 20 years.
(I had originally thought of October 29, 1929; but then I thought about it and decided that I wouldn't want to have to live through the ensuing
Great Depression and its misery, followed by WWII.)
3. Any date in the year 55 BC ---- The Royal Library, Bruchion District of Alexandria, Egypt.
(And you people thought all I cared about was money!) While the exact date of the destruction of the Alexandrian Library is unknown (variously blamed
on Julius Caesar, Christians, or Muslims) this date would put me in the nieghborhood a decade before the first supposed arsonist--Caesar, would have
had a chance to burn it down. I'd have enough time to convince the curators that I needed in, and could begin copying lost tomes. Like say Plato's
missing works (in which he may have mentioned Atlantis?), Masterpieces of Greek philosophy and geography, the calculations of Hipparchus, The works of
Pythagoras, The law codes of the pharoahs, lost poems of Homer and Virgil, etc.
The real question is, would you allow me to take stuff back with me, and then return, or do I go back in history forever, with nothing but the clothes
on my back. It ultimately affects my choice a great deal.
I just reread the very first post and saw that Everybody wants the Library! Fine, be that way! Give me the Temple in Jerusalem 848 B.C. Before
Pharaoh Shoshek loots the temple. I get the Ark, and Pharaoh gets the blame! (but do I dare to open it, and get melted like those Nazis?
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