Monday, 3 January 2011
Welcome To The Future?
Well, here we are. Yes indeed, we have arrived into the future. You remember the future they told us about? The big predictions? We would all have a robot to clean the house, cook the food and satisfy our sexual fantasies. Forget the last part of the previous sentence. We would be dressed like the folks in 'Star Trek', or, at the very least, be wearing clothes made out of tin foil. They predicted a manned landing on Mars by 1977. Some even claimed we'd have a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960's!....or compromise and attempt to land a man on the Nevada desert. Yet, the biggest prediction was that we'd now being hovering about in flying cars.
I was really looking forward to having a flying car. No more worries about worn tyres (tires) or paying, as they have here in Britain, 'road tax'. Then again, when that day does arrive, and we fly up there in the skies, no doubt, we will have to pay 'air tax'. Yes, I know, insurance rates will be 'sky high'.
I've always blamed this promise of flying cars on 'The Jetsons'. A close second would be seeing that darned DeLorean car in, 'Back to the Future'. And please, don't get me started on 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.
Of course, some of the predicted inventions have come to fruition. Who could resist the 'affection' of a 'robot dog'?
And who wouldn't be charmed by this invention? Ah yes, the blue robot cat. Safe bet that a robot cat wouldn't be straying in my garden and crapping on my cabbages.
'Robot dog?' says Penny. Don't worry Penny. That's one invention that doesn't interest me.
Now, if only they could finally invent the 'Dick Tracy' watch. They have? Of course, the mobile phone. That would be that really fun invention that lets you delight in overhearing those fascinating conversations of total strangers. Welcome to the future? Must go now and see if they have invented a non-stick frying pan that actually works.