Come on, ‘fess up… how many of you forgot to turn the clocks back this year?
Thankfully the worst that could happen with this time change is that you would have turned up at your desired destination an hour early… which in my case is no bad thing.
A sleep lover like me loves that wonderful extra hour in bed – although being a late to bed person, I don’t actually get an extra sleep as I convince everyone around me to stay up an hour later instead by saying: “Well technically, it’s still only midnight.”
With so many things to fit in over the weekend, it’s fabulous to be gifted an extra hour - even if we do choose to spend it snoozing.
It’s certainly an improvement on the other time of year when the clocks go forward rather than back and we are effectively ROBBED of an hour of our weekend.
I always feel a little peeved when the clock zooms forward an hour as either you end up having to go to bed an hour early to compensate (which never happens in my case) or you end up feeling cranky the next day through lack of sleep.
As for the argument that moving the clocks forward gives us extra daylight in the morning, I really couldn’t care less. I’d sooner have my extra 60 minutes in bed and fumble around in the darkness to get ready for work, thank you.
Speaking of moving back and forth in time, we all had a little chuckle to ourselves on Back To The Future Day when the future suddenly became the present (and is now the past).
October 21 2015 was the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived from the past in the 1989 film Back To The Future II – and although it seemed so far off in the future when we first saw the film, suddenly the day dawned and it was actually here.
At the risk of making myself sound ancient, it was a bit like all those times we listened to Prince’s 1999 thinking: ‘Gosh, the year 2000 sounds yonks away (because we used words like gosh and yonks back then)!
We all pondered what life would be like in the Millennium and there was talk of the world coming to an end and all kinds of bugs getting us.
However, when 2000 arrived, we found life was pretty much the same as it was before only we were older and not full of as much energy to party like it was 1999.
Although some of the things predicted in Back To The Future about 2015 were pretty outlandish, many were uncannily accurate such as thumbprint ID, video conferencing, multiple television channels and video glasses.
I’m still waiting for the flying cars and exciting looking hoverboards though – they’d come in handy when battling the traffic to and from work.
Dehydrated food like that consumed by astronauts hasn’t really happened either… although you could argue the modern day equivalent is microwave meals.
It got me thinking though, what things do we have or do today that one day future generations will look back and laugh at?
Just as we now look back at big hair, spandex leggings and shoulder pads of the 80s, someone, somewhere in the future is going to look back at us and say: “What the heck were they thinking!”
Personally, I’d like to think moustaches and fake tans will be consigned to history
I mean why would anyone want a bristly caterpillar like growth right under his nose? Moustaches are creepy, not to mention scratchy. And unhygienic.
Constant fake tanning isn’t much better. Who wants to be orange?
Let’s hope we have a future free of these atrocities.
My next hope is just wishful thinking as I’m sure it’s something that’s only going to get worse rather than disappear – the total obsession with people putting every dull detail of their life and boring drivel on social media every second of every day.
Who knows, people of the future might have come up with some totally cutting edge way of communicating – maybe beaming their thoughts straight into the their intended recipient’s brain or something – and will scoff at our use of Twitter and Facebook.
These future beings will probably also laugh themselves silly at their ancestors’ obsession with selfies and taking pictures of food.
Money – coins and paper – will probably also become something for museums.
I rarely carry cash anyway preferring to pay for everything by card, but in the future, I reckon a fingerprint will see money instantly taken from our bank account. We’d be like a reverse Midas where everything we touch turns to debt.
As for fashion, everything we think is cool and trendy now is bound to be laughable in years to come.
The only consolation is that fashion moves in cycles so at some point, everything old will be fashionable again.
Fluorescent leg warmers anyone?