Do you live in the right era?

Ugga bugga.
Hale and well met!
Howdy, pardner!
Call me.
Text me.
Yo, sup.
Beam me up!
How you doin’?
We welcome you to Munchkin Land!

Any of these sound particularly appealing? If not, what can you come up with that is better for you?

Pictured on the left is Gerard Butler from the movie Timeline. This was an excellent book by Michael Crichton that was made into a mediocre movie. Like most of Crichton’s works, the books were practically born as screenplays. Not much adaptation was needed to bring them to the big screen. But not all adapted as well as others. Timeline was doomed to be average. But even with its flaws I still enjoyed the movie very much.

Butler plays the role of André Marek who is described as a “medieval enthusiast.” When the professor on their archeological dig in France disappears, it isn’t long until they discover his eyeglasses and a note in his own hand, and in the very chamber they were currently exploring, and somehow both are about 700 years old!

What you’ve got there is one whopper of a time-based puzzle. 🙂

Marek and his friends end up going back in time to 1357 France to find their professor, save the day and bring him back. (It’s a long story.)

The important point here, though, is that Marek is happy as a clam in the past. He fits right in. It turns out that he definitely had the right hobby. In fact, Marek likes the past even more than the real life he left behind. 1357 France is the time and place where Marek was always meant to be.

Given that golden once-in-a-liftetime chance, Marek doesn’t let it slip away. After the castle has been stormed and the professor has been saved, Marek waves goodbye to his friends and embarks on his new life. It’s poignant because we all know it’s a one-way trip.

So this got me thinking. Do you think that here and now is the best “era” for you? Or do you feel you were somehow meant to live in another time or another place? Or both?

Most of my life I considered myself a “futurist,” basically one who likes the latest and greatest. Especially computers and home electronics. But over time my relationship with futuristic things, like technology, has gradually waned, and I find myself looking more often to the past, simpler ways and simpler times. And I find myself thinking strange thoughts, like maybe I wasn’t meant for the future after all.

What do you think? Are you in the right place and time? If you could choose something else, what would it be?

5 responses

  1. I feel that I was born in the right era, but – – all the same – – I think I would’ve done just fine in the 1940s. I would’ve one of the swing dancing, living life, and Uncle-Sam-Needs-You type girls. As much as I love reading about the Victorian era and any era before that, I doubt I would’ve done well living in that time period. I like that I can vote, that I am not bartered, and I can have an opinion and share it, too. (Plus, with my luck, I’d be living a Dickens novel in lower London.)


  2. I actually think about this quite a bit. I like living today because, as a woman, I can work and vote and pretty much say what I want to say without repercussions. But a big part of me always thinks I would like to have lived anywhere from the 1920s to the 1940s, especially when it comes to the music. I just can’t get enough.


  3. You know, I think I’m right about where I’d want to be. I could go a few years in either direction, but in general, i guess I’m content. Now I could get behind going back or ahead for a few visits.


  4. I think I’m in the right place and time, but I think what I really yearn more is for more REAL time. All this technology is suppossed to help us be more organized and therefore help us have more time to spend doing the real things we want to be doing, but the truth is, more technology has given us less time to do things that really matter. So, for me, I’m fine being here in this time and place — but, I just want to be better about what I’m doing with it, time that is.


  5. Counter Culture Clown | Reply

    Interestingly enough, Gerard Butler can ruin anything.



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