My mother was one of the many who visited the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. I asked her once about the Futurama, a kind of ride into the future twenty years hence.

“You rode the Futurama?” I asked her.

“Yes. Of course.”

“Wow! What was it like?”

[Dismissively.] “Oh, we just sat in little cars that we didn’t drive. We rode around on tracks and looked at the future.”

California may legalize driverless cars.

16 thoughts on “Futurama

  1. Sheila Ryan Post author

    But why the almost intolerably exciting soundtrack accompanying the first two and one-half minutes of footage?

  2. Sheila Ryan

    When I die, I can only hope that people will say of me, “That one, she was a bird.”

  3. Dave Vogt

    All that shit that already happen’ is the past. We can learn from it but ain’t shit we can do to change it.

    That shit what’s happenin’ now is the present. The present is when you can do things, but sometimes before you know it the present is already the past.

    The future is all the shit that ain’t happen’ yet. You gotta decide the shit you’re gonna do in the future now so that by the time the future is the present you’re ready to do it before its the past. It’s tricky, because people plan on doin’ different things and sometimes they don’t all work out.

  4. Sheila Ryan

    It takes nine minutes to reach the future. But once you’re there, it’s in Technicolor.

  5. James McGuire

    Dude is high, early 60’s style: Clan MacGregor and Robitussin. At least that was what I was on when I took the ride lo those many years past, and I thought he understood me.

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