If your house was burning, what would you take? It is a conflict between what’s practical and sentimental. What you’ll take is also a reflection of your background, interests and priorities. I was pretty inspired by this so I came up with my own hypothetical list thereafter!
Occupation: Copywriter, Advertising
- Passport in its leather cover
- Iphone and its Ferrari cover
- Miu Miu Sunglasses, because it’s a gift and I don’t like to go into the sun without it
- White leather watch, a daily necessity
- Red and white polka dots mini book – it’s where I sketch my ideas and pen scribblings – on the go.
- Book of poetry by Leonard Cohen, because it’s a gift bought at his concert in Perth. Also, Cohen is a very very eloquent man.
- My list is pretty short, on hindsight. I don’t need much with me really.
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Name: Luca Cavallaro
Location: New York
- Alma Lou, she would even be enough.
If I have time:
- Hard drive, for memories that my brain failed to store.
- Sunglasses, I feel naked without them.
- Wallet, a gift from my wife.
- My father’s old camera, I promised him to take good care.
- Sneaker, emergency orange.
- In the black box, my vintage eyewear collection (favorite only).
- Vintage leather mask, in case I have to protect my face from the flames.
- Dieter Rams alarm clock, I don’t wake up on my own.
- Orange hummer, if i have to brake some windows during the escape.
- Life buoy ring, in case of flooding. In Italy we say:” le sfighe non vengono mai da sole”, misfortunes never come alone
- Handsome, our Dog.
- Three boxes of negatives, one of which includes all the negatives from 1984- 2008, given to me by my family’s photographer, Beverly Hall.
- Three hard drives.
- My 4×5 Wista Camera. It’s not the most practical camera but I love it and it was a graduation gift from my parents.
- My Yashica MAT 124 camera.
- My Canon 5D (not included).
- A whale bone scrimshaw pendant from Nantucket, Mass.
- An emerald and diamond ring given to me by my mother. The ring was originally given to her by my father when my twin brother and I were born.
- A sketch book containing ideas for my jewelry line.
- Two journals documenting a 6 week road trip across the country.
- My wallet
Name: Kate McAuley
Occupation: Writer (i-am-not-a-celebrity.com)
- Goose, the cat.
- A broken shell – the first thing my beloved ever gave me not long after we met Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
- Jade and silver earrings bought by my beloved at the souq in Muscat, Oman.
Silver cuff bought by my beloved at a market in Douala, Cameroon.
- My grandmother’s copy of the complete works of Oscar Wilde (most of my books are in storage at the moment).
- Link bracelet bought by my beloved at a market in Cyprus.
- Flapjack succulents struck from my mum’s plant in Sydney.
- Money plant struck from favorite plant in my yard in Dubai.
- Orchid given to me for my birthday last week (if you could see the flowers, you’d understand).
- Handful of notebooks where I make plans and write prose for my novels and the other bits and pieces I’m commissioned to produce.
- Mac book pro with an almost finished novel, photographs and music hiding somewhere safe inside.
- iPhone (for reasons obvious).
- Bronze statue bought in the markets in Douala, Cameroon.
- Silver, glittery Manolo Blahniks.
- Green woven hat from Sydney.
- Framed photographs of us at The Grand Canyon and outside The Louvre.
- The baby cactuses I got in Ikea, just because I love them and I’m so happy I’ve been able to keep them alive for more than a year.
P.S What would YOU take? 🙂