08 December 2009

Attention: Time Travelers

It is also possible that this is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day, in which the objective is to try to blend in unobtrusively with current customs and mores.  Some suggested activities include:
  • Greeting people by referring to phenomena of the past and future; some examples might be: “What spectrum will today’s broadcast be in?” or “Is this song available on 78?” or “Can you direct me to the nearest sleep deprivation chamber?”
  • Walking up to random people and asking them, “What year is this?” and on hearing their reply, muttering (after a moment’s pause), “Then there’s still time” before hurrying off.
  • Standing in front of a statue, falling to your knees, and yelling “Nooooo!
  • Dressing in moderately anachronistic clothing and speaking in slang from varying decades.
This one really appeals to me; I think it was my father who used to suggest that one way of appreciating the mundane world was to imagine oneself as a time traveler experiencing the past (or future) for the first time.

And much thanks to Dave Away from Home for this one.

2 comments:

Sherry said...

I've never been here before and have to admit that this is an odd and pretty amusing idea. I think I could manage the falling in front of a statue one - maybe, but then again maybe not. I am, after all, an ol' stick in the mud.

Anonymous said...

The what-year-is-this? one made me chuckle. I'd like to try it, and, who knows? maybe will do so. Good post!

rfh

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