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AWAKING IN THE 31st CENTURY...

By Robert Baumann

 

As for the year 3000

I have heard of Rip Van Winkel, the famous sleeper of legend. He dreamt most of his life away only to wake up in a new age. It is sometimes a dramatic device in story telling, but little did I realize when I went to sleep last night what would befall me.

I realize now that certain global forces can sometimes combine, such as the alignment of planets for example, to create magnified forces by their very combination. The night I fell asleep all of the planets aligned themselves for the very first time since their creation. The powerful force of gravity pulled the Earth outward even as the Sun, Mercury and Venus pulled inward. These gravitional forces ripped a hole in time right in Manhattan. My whole block was transported into the 31st century and no one knew about this until we all woke up and wondered where the rest of Manhattan was. It was just graveyard when I looked out across what used to be the other side of 45st Street.

Scarier still was that the view of New Jersey looking west was completely unobscured by other buildings. It too looked barren. There wasn't a single building standing anywhere around us.

I woke Kumiko immediately and told her the news. She thought I was crazy until she looked for herself. Our beloved Kodama Restaurant was gone. The Martin Beck Theatre still was in place, but there would be no more performances of "Sound of Music" coming its chambers. It stood ominously still against a background of open fields and blue skies.

At some point in time Dorothy began to realize she wasn't in Kansas anymore. If my block was not in Manhattan anymore where was it? Kumiko reminded me that Macy's had a 30% off sale this weekend. I was not sure if she was going to be able to take advantage of this. Macy's and the rest of Manhattan were gone indeed.

The good news was that there'd be no more Al Sharpton. The bad news? Can't you see? I didn't get to see Star Wars chapter 1 and now I might never find out what happened.

 

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