Sunday, February 18, 2007

Time Travel

As of late, my life has been replete with time traveling experiences. Lest you raise your skeptical brow all too quickly, let me explain…

DVDs No Longer RIP
One of Melanie’s and my goals this year is to watch all of our DVDs. Or at least to watch a decent amount of them. We own quite a few, so we’re not all that hopeful that we’ll make it through all of them within one year, but we’re giving it a shot. It’s a goal that has allowed us to watch DVDs that typically do little more than collect dust, especially those films that, in general, only one of us is ever in the mood to watch (e.g. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!) We’ve decided to watch our DVDs in alphabetical order, partly to avoid disagreements, partly to avoid making a decision at all, and partly for the anal-retentive fun of it. As of today, we’ve barely made it through the Back to the Future trilogy. But at least that’s something. (And if this sounds vaguely familiar, it may have something to do with the challenge Melanie posed to me regarding my CD collection, a challenge made in much the same spirit and which I wrote about here.)

Beefeater … or Mindblower???
I now have earth-shattering, mind-blowing, irrefutable proof of my own time travel expeditions. That’s right – as you will see in the photo below, I have the undeniable evidence that I have already been to June 17, 2007, a day on which I will gorge myself on a delectable French dip sandwich known as “The Beefeater” from Jason’s Deli. Just look at the date on the receipt. Now, I assure you, my Photoshop skills are not sophisticated enough to forge such a thing. And if you don’t believe the photo, you can come see the receipt in person—it’s sitting right on my computer desk. But hurry! Four months from now, the receipt will only convince those with access to the proper carbon dating equipment…

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Mindblower, Redux
If, in addition to traversing the space-time continuum, you appreciate comic genius, let me point you to a short time-travel film produced by stand-up comic Eugene Mirman (click here to go right to his video page). I’ve promoted this comic’s work on here before, but the video in question, aptly titled “Video From the Future,” contains a hilarious moment (about 17 seconds in) where Mr. Mirman attempts to eliminate any doubt one may feel regarding the video’s futuristic origins. Despite the warning that appears at the top of the page, this video is clean enough for the whole family to enjoy. I would urge you, however, to heed that warning should you choose to view any other Mirman videos. They can be a bit raunchy…

And that’s all for now. I’ll write again … in the future!


  1. Having just finished a book on time travel or multi-verse travel as they call it, I am glad to see that you have returned safely and with all of you appendages intact. On another note, who the heck pays attention to the date on a receipt, I usually just tuck them away in my wallet to be found months later after all of the writing on the receipt has disappeared.

  2. Good point MacG. Why did you look at that Benny? Unless...
    You REALLY were in the future! and you simply kept the receipt knowing that no one would ever otherwise notice the date thus proving your story. Wow!

  3. I believe in you, Ben. I believe in you.