What would you put in a 2012 time capsule?  A ‘Daily Prompt’ by WordPress 

I have no idea what I would put in my 2012 Time Capsule.  But, the prompt did make me think of a time capsule I did do, almost 60 years ago.

When I was a kid… living in Sacramento… my best friend Jim Kiedasch and I made a Time Capsule.  We placed some important items in one of those army-green ammo boxes my father had brought back from the war.  I can remember a 45 rpm record by Elvis, some photos of us, copies of the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union, and a wire recording we had made, telling the events of the day, the biggest one being… burying our Time Capsule.  We sealed the box with candle wax to keep out moisture.  Dug a hole in the flower garden in my parent’s back yard, and covered the box with rocks before filling it in with dirt.  We were very careful to replace the flowers on top.   Our only witness was my sister Nancy… and a cat.  She didn’t know what the hell we were doing, and neither did the cat, so our secret was safe.

We never dug it up.  I would like to think it is still in the back yard, under the rocks and dirt.

14 responses

  1. Very cool! I did one too but for the life of me (and because we moved constantly) I can’t remember where I buried it. I did accidentally dig one up a couple of years ago……….turns out it was my daughter Nicky’s and it had great stuff in it. I wrapped it up and gave it to her for xmas. She had forgotten all about it and especially loved the blue plastic Brontosaurus earrings that she had put in it!

    1. I’ll bet you surprised her! It would be fun to find one.

  2. How cool is that! I want you to go get it…please.

    1. That would be fun. Maybe some day I’ll stop by. I have no idea where I would play the wire recording.

    1. Thank you… a little different from yours.

  3. What a great story….you are full of them…..some day…….someone might find that and be so intrigued….fun!

  4. If you did a short video documentary on digging it up, people would watch it.

    When I was nine I left maps to a burred treasure that never existed all over town. I don’t think anyone ever found it and dug it up though. Even if they did, it was just a shoe-box filled with a cassette tape of me claiming to be a ghost while putting a curse on them.

    A time capsule sounds cooler.

  5. Do you still have access to the site? It would be interesting to see what condition it’s in now. 🙂

    1. No I don’t. It would be fun to see. Maybe a rusted glob. I would imagine the wire recording would survive, but finding a recorder to play it on might pose a problem.

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