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This or That: You Lose the Symbol of Your Future or Your Memories?

You’ve been having one of those Murphy’s Law months where everything that can go wrong has. You’ve felt completely scattered, you’ve lost weight — but in a unattractive, Mary-Kate Olsen way, and you just generally feel down on your luck. Up until now you’ve been trying to stay positive, but after this final curve ball you can't help but be completely devastated. Would it be worse if you…

This: Suddenly notice that your engagement ring is gone? It’s not on your finger and it's nowhere to be seen. You’re sure it must have fallen off your finger over the course of the day.

Or…

That: Get a call from the geeks who were trying to fix your computer letting you know that your hard drive and everything on it is completely gone? Of course you didn’t back anything up, which means fours years worth of pictures that you never took the time to get printed will never be seen again, as well as all your professional documents and all your music.

Which is worse?

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CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 9 years
"has pictures from four years ago..with people he doesnt even like anymore" This comment made me giggle a little..I dont know why..maybe because I do the same thing. Ive tried to go through and get rid of some of them but I just cant bring myself to do it. I guess I just know that some day when Im old I will probably want to have those pictures stashed away somewhere...(though I guess...printing them out would be the best idea for that, considering by the time im 90 laptops will probably be obsolete)
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
My ring is insured. But our camera got stolen on our honeymoon and we will never get that back. I would rather lose the ring.
samischo samischo 9 years
oh i have lost my hard drive twice and my laptop was also stolen once (but it turned up at a pawn shop!) . definately the worst feeling in the world! i save all my pictures to facebook or photobucket now, but redownloading all my music is horrible. a ring is a ring, and i know its an important ring, but i lose them all the time so i wouldn't be too shocked haha.
Phunkometry Phunkometry 9 years
Memories existed way before digital cameras. I agree with cvandoorn's comment (#19). Too much stuff, and, in my experience, people will take pictures of anything nowadays, no matter how insignificant. My boyfriend, who refuses to delete anything on his computer or get rid of anything in real life, has pictures on his computer from 4 years ago of him sitting on a park bench with people he doesn't even like anymore. Such precious memories! My hard dive died a couple of months ago, and I had everything from the past 3 or so years on it. It was actually really liberating. I had backed up the most important things, also, so I still had some things that I actually needed. Otherwise, I was fine. An engagement ring, though, I'd be so pissed.
luckystar1121 luckystar1121 9 years
Either would suck really bad, but you can replace an engagement ring. Once those photos are gone, they're gone. It happened to me once... all my pictures from the last two and a half years were gone! Heartbreaking!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Oh my, both are terrible to lose! But I would go with the memories. My computer crashed in my junior year of college & I didn't back up any of the pictures I had! They were all memories from high school & the beginning of college, so I was pretty sad about it. I still have to get around to fixing it hahaha.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
Rings are easy to replace, memories and photos are very hard to replace. No brainer.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
Memories can never be taken away from you no matter what.
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
I'm CRAZY about backing up my pictures and music, so it's doubtful that would ever happen to me. That'd be horrible!
sass317 sass317 9 years
Ive HAVE lost both- my laptop was stolen and then my husbands hard drive crashed and I had to have my entire wedding set replaced bc the setting was defective. They both sucked majorly- but my ring is insured, so I can replace that- all of our pictures, except the ones I saved in various places online, ARE gone and never coming back- not to mention the music and college papers and resumes that were on our computers.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Luckily like emalove I have almost all the pictures on my computer also uploaded on photobucket so I wouldn't be all that upset if it happened. Losing an engagement ring though, wow-horrible!!
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 9 years
i'd be REALLY sad about my computer!
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
You aren't actually losing your memories... just the print outs. Why am I thinking Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and how he had drawn all those pictures from memory so he could have a "view"? I'd rather lose the computer hard drive. It's happened to me before and while I was incredibly upset, there are only limited types of files you can have stored on your computer anyway.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I'd rather lose the ring. It's just a piece of jewelry. I HAVE lost my hard drive, and it was horrible.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I always have my pictures online so that wouldn't bother me, but losing my hard drive would be the end of my world because ALL MY DATA from ALL MY EXPERIMENTS reside on my laptop, and that would be like losing 3 years towards my Ph.D. I think I would seriously be suicidal at that point. Meh, my engagement ring is insured. I would of course be upset, but not nearly as upset/angry as I would be at losing my data. My ring can be replaced a LOT easier than thousands of hours of experiments. A diamond is a diamond and while mine is lovely, I'd rather have my Ph.D. than my 2ct asscher because I value my education so much more than any material object.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
hard drive wiped :p I'm not big on photographs...
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
I rather have my hard drive wiped - My engagement ring is my most prized possession and I love it. I don't have that many pics and things I don't have anywhere else, and I have most of my loved music on CDs aswell as on my hard drive.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I like the way thegiraffe thinks! I'd hate to lose everything on my computer. I have EVERYTHING on there -- speeches I did on speech team in college, papers I wrote, pictures. You can always buy a new ring. You might have to do a lot of work to make the money to pay for it, but frankly, redoing all those papers would be even more work!
facin8me facin8me 9 years
I'd rather lose my ring- it's insured.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I don't care if I lose whatever is on my laptop. If anything, it would make me feel free! Plus, every year I go through my photo albums on iPhoto and just delete stuff. I hate clutter and don't feel the need to look over old photos. Same goes for old documents and other old files I haven't looked at in over 6 months. Engagement ring on the other hand...I know it can be replaced, but that just sucks. Plus your fiance will think you're a dingbat not worthy of expensive things.
Meike Meike 9 years
You can't buy memories back but you can always buy another engagement ring.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I'm marrying a computer guy so I can't imagine that he wouldn't be able to get my stuff back for me and even if he couldn't I'm not that big on pictures and I don't keep much on our computer that I don't have copies of anyway. I owuld hate to lose my engagement ring because even if i take it off to put lotion on in the morning and forget it at home I feel naked all day and I keep touching my finger where it should be. That would drive me crazy and I could never have the same ring even if it was the same design again
ewray4381 ewray4381 9 years
Even though my fiance went to great lengths to find an engagement right that he loved and I would too, I think I would rather deal with his freak-out over loosing it than loosing all my pictures and documents. I love photography, so printing the thousands of photos that I have is not practical, plus I'm a writer so I've got tons of documents that can't be replaced. So even though my ring means the world to me, it could be replaced. My work can't. But now that you mention it, I think it's time for another backup, just in case! ;)
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
My entire life is on my computer. I do love my engagement ring, but it is replaceable.
eva-belle eva-belle 9 years
a ring can be insured, memories can't.
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