Friday, August 14, 2009

Rollin'

Standing in the foyer of the local DMV for an hour to renew my license, I thought once again how I longed for the ability to transport. Ever since college I've wished I could push a button and Scotty could beam me up and back home in minutes. That two hour drive every weekend got old quick, especially when it took a chunk out of vital work time. These days I'd love to avoid the headache of commuting, etc. (see standing in line at the DMV).


Then again, what kind of training would you need to use a teleportation device? A PhD? I'd guess at least a Masters, since we are talking about reorganizing important particles here. Though I think JUMPER style would be more awesome! (I'd be in the unlucky 5% that wouldn't get to "jump" just turn rocks into coal for my mutant power. At least I'd be popular at Christmas time, and I'd make a killing during the winter. Still...)


I do have to say the "flying saucer" has come a long way since the THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL in 1951. The one in RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN was cool with its movable panels and hovering energy core, though I did wonder,"How is that staying attached?" Still it was exciting to watch the alien youngsters flip through digital displays of maps and readings like those shown in the latest 007 movie and in newer episodes of CSI. I do have to say the inside of the ship reminded me a lot of FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR because of the hand controls.



However, since all I have is my car, I can still use the Chevy Volt as my jumping off point. It's scheduled to launch in 2011, though I'm sure it's price tag will be far out of my reach. I like the idea of an electric car with the fuel backup. But because it's a 4 cylinder with what looks like a heavy body frame it likely won't outrun any Mustangs. Though the concept car does have "a sophisticated design and engineering as a result of collaboration between GM designers and GE Plastics" to make a bold and futuristic piece of machinery. Sleek styling, tech toys and energy efficiency to save the planet....what more can a girl ask for?


What got me on my transportation kick, besides thinking my Contour has almost seen her last days? Jotting down all the ways for my wedding guests to get to NC for the big day as well as cataloging the places they can stay nearby. So what do you like better--planes, trains or autos? And what do you wish you could take instead?

Hmm...a starship cruise would be nice, without the FIFTH ELEMENT theatrics :0)


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1 comment:

Crystal Kauffman said...

I LOVED the movie Jumper and I am so with you: what an awesome way to travel. I keep waiting for someone to ask me if I could have one superpower, what would it be. I'd say, "Remember that movie Jumper?" And I would do just like he did, sneaking into banks. Within moderation, of course. :)