I just received an email from myself. The date on it is Feb. 4, 2031, so it’s almost 16 years from now:
“Howdy, Me the Younger. This is Future You attempting to take advantage of a predicted anomaly in solar flares, sun spots and the position of Mars in relation to Jupiter. I don’t know, but supposedly I might be able to slip out an old-fashioned email so it is delivered to me … uh, you … approximately 15 years earlier.
“Personally, I have my doubts because I don’t remember getting this back then, but I don’t understand this time-traveling stuff.
“Let me answer what I know are some of your first questions. We *still* do not have hoverboards. Unbelievable, right? The hit movie this weekend is “Taken 14.” Liam Neeson might be 78, but he’s *still* got it. “Casablanca” is *still* my favorite movie. The 1960s are *still* the king of music.
“Things have changed, however. Global maps look quite a bit different. The United States, for example, finally granted statehood to the inhabited territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. Once that was accomplished, Maryland reacquired all of Washington with the exception of the major federal areas like Congress and the White House. Three cheers for representation.
“I won’t try to explain the political landscape; it would confuse you and deny you the pleasure of watching the major parties collapse upon themselves and American citizens actually taking control again. Oops, hope that wasn’t too much of a spoiler.
“For the most part, people are more accepting of people, but that’s always been a gradual process. You and I have watched it ever since we were a kid. Haters continue to find new ways to hate. There’s a fundamentalist movement right now proclaiming God will end the world because we His people wear shoes and boots instead of sandals.
“Weather has gotten crazy, not the patterns we used to know. However, we finally woke up and started addressing the problems and there is genuine confidence we are turning the corner and can eventually correct much of the damage we’ve done to the planet. I really don’t want to say too much here, but just don’t rush out and buy any oceanfront property.
“Finally, let me speak to personal issues. I carefully considered what I could tell you, such as the peaks and valleys ahead, the people who come and go in your life, and even your health, but I decided none of that would be fair. Suffice it to say the 76-year-old version of you is abundantly happy and the people most important to you are still here, so keep doing what you’re doing. Oh, and keep writing those JP Weiscarver mysteries. I’m still hoping they’ll take off one day.”
Isn’t that amazing? Still no hoverboards.