So, you have probably seen that meme on Facebook that says “today is the day that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future 2”.
Well, sad news. It has yet to happen. Marty McFly traveled to 2015.
We are still two years out to get a Jaws hologram advertisements and hover skateboards. I don’t know about you, but I have given up on the flying cars all together for my lifetime.
“So, why the heck are you talking about Back to the Future, Nick,” you are probably asking. Well, one of my morning rituals has been to go to the Dulles Park Shopping Centre each morning to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks and work on my lines for The 39 Steps. And every morning, I look out at the Shopping Centre and have what can best be described as a Lone Pine Shopping Mall moment. There is Dulles Park Shopping Centre in front of me at that moment, with its Starbucks and Office Park located right behind it. And then there is the Dulles Park Shopping Centre I remember from 1985, where I got my first job as a ticket taker at the Herndon Twin Cinema. In that Dulles Park Shopping Centre, there was no Starbucks. Heck, there was no Starbucks, in general.
And so, I am always struck for a moment as the ghost image of one of my biggest haunts when I was a teenager overlays itself just beneath the shiny image of the present day. The Herndon Twin Cinema is long gone, replaced by a Laundromat and a Chinese Restaurant, I believe. The Office Park has taken over where once there was open land and maybe an old house or two. And “Rust for Mayor” signs have been taken over by “Rust for Delegate” signs.
And in those moments, I hear Doc Brown whisper in the back of my head. “I remember when this was all farmland as far as the eye could see.”
Of course, it wasn’t farmland when I was there in 1985, but the Herndon in my day wasn’t too far from farmland.
Both figuratively and literally.
Until next time,