The Back To The Future Blogfest
Suze, M.Pax, and Nicki Elson came up with what I think is an excellent bloghop adventure -- and it's called the Back to the Future Blogfest! The ladies weren't content with looking back upon the past that was 2012, oh no...they're jumping forward to 2023.
Here's the instructions they gave for us to follow:
You're up before dawn on a Saturday when the doorbell rings. You haven't brewed your coffee so you wonder if you imagined the sound. Plonking the half-filled carafe in the sink, you go to the front door and cautiously swing it open. No one there. As you cast your eyes to the ground, you see a parcel addressed to you ... from you.
You scoop it up and haul it inside, sensing something legitimate despite the extreme oddness of the situation. Carefully, you pry it open. Inside is a shoebox -- sent from ten years in the future -- and it's filled with items you have sent yourself.
What's in it?
Here's what I found inside my shoebox.
1. A pink, camouflaged-styled t-shirt. I unfold it to find the words SURVIVOR imprinted on the back. It's several minutes before my eyes are dry enough to look at the next item.
2. The cover sleeve from a novel, with my name as the author. The fact that its just the sleeve, and not the book itself, doesn't elude me. The future-me wants to make sure I do the work, but it's his way of telling me not to give up.
3. A snap shot of my entire family, a little aged -- but with everyone still there. I spot a couple of new faces as well. Its taken outdoors with a rustic cabin and the backdrop of gorgeous mountains behind us. I don't recognize the location, but somehow I know tomorrow I'll start looking for it. A reminder not to stop searching for new adventures.
4. My wife's diamond wedding ring. What's so surprising about that is she lost that ring twenty years ago! Is that my future-self's way of showing me that there's no such thing as a lost cause?
5. A invitation to my son's wedding, with the name of the bride blacked out. I guess people can change, sometimes we just need to be patient.
6. A speeding ticket with my name on it...doing 81 mph in a 70 mph zone on some obscure highway in Mississippi. I guess I'm either telling myself to slow down and smell the roses...or stay out of Mississippi!
7. A pay stub from where I work, and paper-clipped to it is both an unclaimed lottery ticket and a note written in my own handwriting to look at the snapshot mentioned in #3. The thing is that both the pay stub and the lottery ticket are dated for March 1st, 2013...NOT sometime in the future. My interpretation...it's okay to continue to search for fame and fortune...but I'm a pretty rich man right now!
8. And finally a newspaper with the bold-printed headline stating THE CUBS WIN WORLD SERIES. There may be no such thing as miracles, but sometimes we can come really close.
Thank you Ladies for such an enjoyable blogfest! Here's the linky list of all the other participants for you to check out.