Today is October 21, 2015. Thanks to the miracles of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., we are all unable to be aware that this is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the future in the movie Back to the Future II.
I’m going to go ahead and admit something. I deeply adored the first Back to the Future movie. (Um, or should I say “still deeply adore” it? Certain phrases are permanently embedded in my head. “I’m your density…I mean, your destiny” competes with “Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull?” for the top spot.) I was a little “meh” on the sequels, however. Part II was okay, but man, Part III? Not so much.
But anyway, the best part of today is the opportunity to compare the 1989 version of what 2015 would be like with what 2015 is really like. Take this video:
A lot of people are fixated on the lack of hover boards that we have going on here. Or the fact that self-tying shoes are still in development. Y’all, we have Velcro shoes. Isn’t that good enough?
But seriously, we have come a long way–things that I couldn’t even imagine in 1989, when Doc and Marty were making their trip to the future, are now commonplace. I wouldn’t have believed you in 1989 if you’d told me I’d have an iPhone…or what it can do. I couldn’t run my freelance writing business without my laptop computer, high-speed internet and my smartphone. I can take high-definition videos with my phone. I can make movies on it, if I want to. When Back to the Future Part II was released in theaters, I don’t even think we had call-waiting on the phone at my house yet.
My older son was agog when I told him that we didn’t get a computer for our house until I was in junior high or high school–and it couldn’t do that much, especially not compared with the computer that he uses to play Minecraft. You could, um, type orange words on an empty black screen. That was about it. But he was fixated on the NO COMPUTER AT ALL bit prior to those days. “How did you check your email?” he wanted to know.
Oh, my dear boy. It was a different world!
So today, I’m going to be grateful for the modern technology that we do have. And I’m not going to worry too much about those self-tying shoes.