How to protect your memories… Use a Free External Hard Drive Case

What is an easy way to protect your external hard drive? Give it a case. However, most cases are designed to store your drive not to protect it while in use.  In the video below, I teach you how to create your own external hard drive case for free.  All you need is an ice pick or skewer, a box knife, and the box it came in.

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The video below demonstrates how to convert your external hard drive’s packaging into a protective case.  The rest of the story for the why is below the video.

A couple years ago my wife, son, and I took a trip back to my hometown and toured the area and elementary school I once attended.  When visiting, my son was the same age I was when I attended Francis E. Willard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon.  He was able to play on the old play structure that was there when I was a child.  We were able to peek in the windows of the abandoned building and show him my old 3rd – 5th grade classrooms.

While staring in the cafetorium, I remembered the all nighter my 5th grade class had on the floor while watching movies, like Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind.  On a different day, the school held a Native American traditional Circle Dance there. I remember being adopted by my Cherokee teacher to wear the ceremonial Eagle feathers and participate in a Native American traditional dance. This was a great honor to me, and I took it very seriously; this event was more important to me than any academic honors I would ever later receive.

For my part… I was cast as the General of NORAD. As kids for fun, we created a play inspired by the movie War Games and performed it for our classmates and the lower grades.

I remember friends and I in the 5th grade class produced, wrote,  acted, and performed a play we based off the newly released movie “War Games.”  We went to the Salvation Army and bought costumes to dress as the characters.  I played the General of NORAD.

At this school, I got into my first fight in which drug dealers who lived down the street decided to initiate a war with us.  I got pounded, but after that, I never had a problem with them again and peace was made.

Closest game to Indiana Jones … Pitfall for Atari 2600 game system. Playing this game was so cool for the time.

We used to cut across the school’s back field to get to Payless Drug Store.  Payless was the coolest place for a kid to hang out during the time.  I would go to the electronics counter and play Atari’s “Pitfall” until I was chased away by the clerk for being their too long.  I would then sit at a bench by the Television Video department and watch “Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan” played on the big projector televisions of the time. Down the way was the pet store and there were always puppies and kittens to play with and of course the store’s talking parrot, which ignored us.   If we had extra money, which was rare, we would buy stale bubblegum baseball trading cards or go to the cafe and get a soft serve ice-cream cone. Today a Market of Choice grocery store is there with a specialty coffee shop; the pet store and other amenities are long gone.

Lost all video… This picture of the abandoned Francis E. Willard Elementary School as of June 2017 survived on our cell phone. This was the Gymnasium and School Bus loading and unloading zone. The building in the distance is the once Payless Drug Store.

When in 5th grade, I remember one day riding my bike to the store and hearing strange music playing.  I proceeded to the larger lower field away from my usual cut-off to Payless and saw a man playing the bagpipes.  I set my kick-stand-less, grass-green Rampar dirt bike down and sat on a curb to listen.  He was standing in the large lower field and was playing “Amazing Grace”. To this day, it is my favorite song to be played on the bagpipes.

“Amazing Grace” performed by the United States Air Force Band

“Happy is he who knows that he knows nothing, or next to nothing, and holds his opinion like a bouquet of flowers in his hand, that sheds its fragrance everywhere, and which he is willing to exchange at any moment for one fairer and more sweet, instead of strapping them on like an armor of steel and thrusting with his lance those who do not accept his notions.” – Francis E. Willard

I remember visiting the school’s library and seeing a portrait of our school’s namesake, Francis E. Willard, by the door where we would checkout books.  I never knew what she did or who she was.  We never talked about her history at the school.  It wasn’t until much later in life that I began to research her history. I have a new found admiration for her as a person and how she is an important and almost forgotten figure in United States history.

I have many more memories of being a latch-key kid and learning sign language after school and how to do needlepoint. I took sign language to be able to talk to a hearing impaired girl in 3rd grade, whom I liked.  It turns out when I sign I have a stutter that annoys the Deaf community.  I try not to sign and when I do, I have to speak slow or I get nervous and my stutter develops, which is the repeated shake stop of each sign two or three times, which looks like “Hi. My name, name, is Mark.”

Francis E. Willard Elementary School played a huge role in my development as a child. My favorite teacher to this day is my 4th and 5th grade teacher Ms. Joyce Walker. Where she is now I do not know, but she played a big role in me deciding to become a teacher in my life, and developing a love for the profession.  I also owe much of my respect for the Native American culture to her.

The safest way to protect these memories is by writing them down for my son to read later. I have many more memories and the best hard drive storing those memories is between my ears.  However, it is time to download them in a journal, a personal blog post, or video. Hopefully, he has developed his own positive memories and is storing them for his children.

What positive memories do you still have from elementary school?

Please share them below. I would enjoy reading them.  

If you are a blogger and decide to write your own post on the subject, please leave a link to the post in the comments below.

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