Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Time, time, time

Arrgh! Where does the time go? It's mid-way through April 1012 - just take a moment to register that. It's 2012.

Where are our hover boards? They promised us jet packs!

When I was at school, there was a drawing competition where we had to make a picture of what life would be like in the year 2000. So, as you can probably imagine, it was all Back to The Future type flying cars and robots serving the dinner or doing the cleaning. There was one painting however, that was a little different to the rest. It was a very drab rendition of a housing estate drawn from above with normal looking houses and normal looking cars that drove very much like normal cars - with tyres, on the road. I remember thinking as I handed in my rocket time machine jet pack house, what if he was right? What if this child's vision for the future was  correct?

I waited patiently for the millennium. And lo, it was the same as the year before, and the year before that. there were no jet packs, no hover boards and no friendly robots drying the dishes and bringing tea.

So, why am I writing this post?

Well, it just occurred to me that - 12 years later and I still don't own a hover board - I mean, come on!

And then, I comfort myself with the happy fact that I can make the world of my characters into what ever I feel like at the time - so - expect some jet pack action in my new novel - (maybe...)

What did you think we'd have by now?

T x x


  1. lol... Tabitha.

    I don't know if I thought I'd have anything specific by now, but I'm delighted to have my iPhone and a laptop. I often wonder what I did without those things.

    Also, in 2000 I could never have dreamed of being an eBook author, so that's pretty cool. Progress and all...

    And yes...one more thing! In 2000 I had my first baby. He's going to be 12 on Friday. Talk about time getting away from me. Ack!

  2. Funny post, Tabitha. Like Ella, I'm thrilled to have my computer and cell phone here in "the future". None of those old cartoons ever showed us personal computers or phones we would carry around with us. I can remember going on a field trip as a kid and being led into a room where a "giant" computer was housed that ran the city administrative functions. (Probably, all that data storage could now fit in my netbook. LOL.) Our guide told us, "Someday, we may all have computers in our homes." The idea struck me as odd. Why the heck would I want a computer? Electric typewriters with self-correcting tape were the gold standard in those days. Geesh! Suddenly I'm feeling a bit geriatric.

  3. Hey ladies - as I was writing this post - I did feel a bit ungrateful for not talking about personal computers and internet and all - especially since I get to be friends with folks on the other side of the planet. So yes, hooray for tiny computers!
    Thanks for the chat! x x

  4. I'm with you though, I need a way to fly around. :) I love everything I have and I can't even imagine what my kids will have as teens and then...my grandkids. Maybe we'll all be flying by the time I'm 80.

  5. I, for one, am so glad we don't have hovercrafts.. I just want to look up and see an undisturbed sky. :)