March 6, 2012

Futurama

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.

comments

  1. Dave Vogt on March 6th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    That’s wonderful. That really makes my night.

  2. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Westward the wagons.

  3. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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

  4. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Ah, okay. Roads for men to go places.

  5. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
  6. Carole Corlew on March 6th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Your mother was a bird.

  7. Carole Corlew on March 6th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I mean, there is no doubt about that.

  8. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    She was a bird, and that’s the natural truth.

  9. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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

  10. Carole Corlew on March 6th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    That will be only the beginning, Shelia.

  11. Sheila Ryan on March 6th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Bird is the word.

  12. Joel Bernstein on March 6th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    He spends a lot of time explaining what the future is and why we should care.

  13. Dave Vogt on March 6th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    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.

  14. Sheila Ryan on March 7th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    He spends a lot of time just saying, “New . . . horizons . . . . “

  15. Sheila Ryan on March 7th, 2012 at 8:47 am

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

  16. James McGuire on March 8th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    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.