What would you do if you had a time machine?

I have to assume that the video clip making the rounds on the Internet today — you know, the one of an old lady clutching a cell phone in 1928 — is a hoax. But let’s just say it isn’t and that time travel is possible.

Where would you go if you could travel in time?

Maybe you’d rewind the clock and undo your biggest mistakes. The girl who got away. The job you should have never taken. The times you should have said “no” instead of “yes.”

I wouldn’t.

Remember this? “Anything you do now could have serious repercussions on future events.”

Ah, what a great movie!

But Doc was right. And if we all traveled back in time and tried to erase our errors, right past wrongs, then we might destroy the future. (You know all that stuff about the space-time continuum.)

Besides, I love my mistakes. Salvador Dalí said it best: “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them.”

Here’s a more thorough explanation of the cell phone footage from the guy who found it.

I’m intrigued by the possibility of time travel. I think it would be the ultimate tourism. Just imagine, going back to attend the opening of a Chaplin movie. That’s historic.

Just don’t do anything that could change the future! And leave your cell phone at home.

So what would I do if I could go back? This might sound silly, but I’d go back to September of 1987. I’d fly out to Freehold, NJ, and visit my grandmother and say good-bye to her. I never had a chance to do that before she died.

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What would you do? When would you go back to — or forward to?

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org. Read more of Christopher's articles here.

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