Monday, July 17, 2006

An idea for a morbid buisness...

Feeling better. Back at work. Life goes on. I used my period of bedridden conjestion to do some writing, and a whole lot of thinking.

It occurs to me, in this era of information sharing and communication, that there are a lot of people out there that care about me that I’ve never even met. I know that a lot of you tune in to my rantings because you have some connection to me, be it friend of a friend, distant cousin, or whatever… but there are others that I only know through the internet, and that only know me through my blog.

Sometimes, this worries me. Specifically, it worries me that something could happen to these people that I have come to care about, and I would never know. Conversely, if anything was to (god forbid) happen to me, who would let my readers know?

I know it seems minor, but for those of us that live far from our relatives the problem is even worse… If I was to get seriously injured (unlikely, I know… Dizzy has put forth the hypothesis that I am Unbreakable) I’d like to think that someone would call my parents if I was unable to, but what about my friends that are now scattered across the country? How long would it take before ANY of my friends even noticed that I was missing? When I was married, this was never a problem… Charity generally knew what time I was coming home, where I was, etc., and would raise the alarm if I didn’t show after 24 hours or so… but now? Okay, so it worries me much more than it should for a healthy man that no one “checks up on me” with any regularity. Not really what I’m getting at.

I think it would be a neat internet subscription service that could, in the event that something does happen to you, e-mail everyone on your list, and update your blog, informing the world that something bad happened, how you are, your prognosis, and in the event of your demise, your funeral/memorial arrangements. I would call it e-surance, but I’m fairly sure that name has been taken.

Of course, I’m a little unclear what would trigger it, too. I’m thinking a weekly “reply or we start worrying” e-mail would prompt some sort of inquiry when unanswered. There’s probably some way to make it automatic, but I confess I’m not bright enough to figure this out. If anyone else wants to take the ball and run with it, just cut me in for ten percent and check up on me once a week, and I’ll be happy.


dreamwalker said...

I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better. I do think that some sort of check in service is a good idea...I have thought ahead and already have someone lined up to report news of my sad demise in the event of the unthinkable happening :)

Stacey said...

I reckon I could go about a week without hearing from you without being worried. And I can pretty much get in touch with everyone who would need to know, or get in touch with someone who could get in touch with someone who would need to know.

Speaking of which... I still can't get in touch with Ronnie.

Becca said...

Oh webkahunah.

I had the same morbid thought. I think most people who are in touch with reality have that thought as well.

I have given a key to my firesafe box to my best friend. The box contains crap like unused checks and financial info, pictures, birth certificate, just stuff I don’t want burned up in the event of a fire. It also has a list of my email/yahoo/myspace/etc usernames and passwords so that he can log in and send out messages or post stuff in case of emergency.

If you weren’t aware of this - - - > It will make you feel your mortality even more acutely.


Brou HahHah said...

This sounds like something we could do with a little programming. Probably a java app waiting to happen. Hmm..