It boggles my mind that today is Oct. 21, 2015. Boggles. My. Mind.
I am what’s none as a Back to the Future junkie, and if that label doesn’t actually exist it needs to because I am proud to be one.
For those of you who don’t share my love or who haven’t — GASP! — seen the trilogy, today is the day in Back to the Future where Doc Brown first goes when he says he’s going about 30 years into the future. In the first movie that was on Oct. 26, 1985, and today is that day, Oct. 21, 2015.
Whoa, this is heavy. And while there’s no problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull, there are problems. While several of the predictions made for 2015 in Back to the Future II have amazingly been shockingly accurate, there are some that are much-needed that are missing.
No cars are flying by, DeLoreans or otherwise. When it rains, I still have to dry my own jacket, despite the promises made. Hoverboards as they existed in the movie aren’t a thing. and. despite much praying. you still can’t rehydrate a Pizza Hut pizza in 2 seconds.
But the things that we got right are pretty darn cool, like using your thumb to pay for something a la Apple Pay and cameras on drones.
And things that are wrong make me smile. Like an over-abundance of fax machines, which, incidentally, I make fun of in my work email signature. I have my phone number and after the word fax, I have “Delorean, back seat.”
Oh, and Jaws 19. As big as Shark Week is, we never came close.
The big one that might end up being wrong, although we’re all hoping it’s not, is the success of the Cubs, which you’ll recall defeated Miami in this World Series. The Miami part is obviously not happening, but let’s go Cubs!
This day doesn’t feel real. After today, I think I’ll officially be old. Not Biff with a cane old, but old. Getting back into shape will help me feel as young as I possibly can, but still … this is one of those days you knew existed because you knew so much about it in 1985 but you never thought it would get here.
Anyhow, I’m doing my part by Photoshopping a Marty McFly Jr. hat onto my head and reciting every line from the movies as often as possible. And tonight my wife and I will see Back to the Future II on the big screen. The last time for me was in 1989.
I’m well aware that this encounter could create a time paradox, the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe!
Granted, that’s worst-case scenario.