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The tattered dreams of an aspiring time traveller

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 by Josh Makuch, October 2015

As Halloween looms closer, the planning of costumes must swiftly commence.

In my case, my costume is something that I’ve had in mind for about five years now. I always promised myself that during the week that Marty McFly travels into the future in the timeless sci-fi sequel, Back to the Future II, I would don an red body warmer, watch as the power laces on my Nike trainers adjust to my feet, grab my hoverboard and thus hover around for an entire week claiming to everyone I meet that “where I’m going, I don’t need roads!”

However, over the course of these past five years, all hasn’t completely gone to plan. I’ve had to be more realistic and reduce that selected week down to a day, and this day won’t even be on the day Marty arrived in the future, 21st October 2015. So, I will have to make do with Halloween a mere ten days later.

But there’s much more to it than just that!

Firstly, the world has failed to meet my demands and expectations and therefore my hoverboard will not in fact be the real thing and instead just a skateboard. Nike has also failed me, in regards to my footwear; if you can take yourselves back to January this year and remember Nike’s announcement where they told us ‘Nike Air Mag’ trainers were in development and ready to be released in time to meet the deadline of 21st October. Yep, that’s the last we both heard about it and so far no physical evidence has been produced. Also as for my body warmer, well let’s just say it I hope it doesn’t rain this Halloween because there will be no self-drying mode in sight for me. And on that note, don’t even get me started on how we can’t control the weather yet!

So although most of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s predictions by this point have fallen very short, at least on Back to the Future Day after re-watching the entire trilogy for the 1,955th time, I can end my night by catching a showing of Jaws 19 in 3D…

Oh, wait.

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