Kids, today is the day that Marty McFly came to the future. Congratulations! We’ve made it! We are now in the future. I’m sure most of us have seen Back to the Future Part II by now, right? If you haven’t seen the entire Back to the Future trilogy and you’re still reading this blog, how have you made it this far? I question your life choices! I reference these movies all the time. Okay, you know what I’ll do? I’ll make a list of essential movies for you to watch. That’s not today’s post. I’ll get to that eventually. Just something for you to look forward to.
Anyway, Back to the Future Part II has its flaws, but it’s a pretty decent movie in its own right. The greatest part for me, when I was a kid, was the glimpse we got of the future. It was awesome to see a holographic shark attack Marty in the street. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wanted a hoverboard when I left the theater, even though I would never even have the ability to master a skateboard.
And then there’s the flying car. It’s just not a good idea.On the surface, a car that hovers and takes off into the air seems like a really neat idea. Imagine soaring through the clouds in your Mustang convertible. Isn’t that a nice image?
Now, think about all those people in traffic that piss you off by being inconsiderate or not giving turn signals or running red lights? Imagine that every one of those irresponsible drivers has a license to soar through the sky right along with you. ‘Cause you’re just driving a car, so it’s not like there would be a special law in place to require a pilot’s license, right?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, there were over 30,000 fatal crashes last year. Could you imagine how much that number would crow if those crashes occurred thousands of feet above the ground?
What kinds of safety standards would have to be enforced? I don’t think airbags would cut it at that point. Would every passenger in the car need to wear a parachute?
What about people who don’t pay attention to the gas gauge? You see them pulled over on the side of the road and out of gas. What happens if they run out of fuel while in mid-air? It’s not like you can just cut the engine and wait for AAA to come by in a helicopter to tow you to the nearest airport. That whole gravity thing would probably get in the way of your patient wait for a tow.
I guess one good thing would be the elimination of having a tire blow out because you ran over a nail. No nails on the invisible roads of the skyway.
But that also means that if you doze off at the wheel and you drive toward the shoulder, there’s no rumble strip to wake you back up.
So, to anyone out there who still thinks the flying car would be a swell idea, think about the danger that it poses to the general public. Let’s just focus on getting everyone a pair of shoes with power laces. We waste so much time in the morning by tying our shoes.
How will you celebrate Future Day? I’ll be celebrating this evening by seeing the entire trilogy. I remember seeing the sequels in the theater, but this will be the first time I’m seeing my favorite film of all time on the big screen. I’m kind of psyched.
I know that Mom will remind me that we saw Back to the Future at the drive-in in 1985. But I was only five years old. I’m certain I fell asleep in the back seat of the car. I’m pretty sure I’ll have no problem staying awake tonight.