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Week of 11.14.2005
Looking back at today
          The year was 2127. Canada was the 51st American state. The subject of Mexico becoming the 52nd state was being discussed in the Senate in Washington. Israel and Syria were in the ninth year of their peace accord. Fifty years ago the United Nations charter had been changed so that it could only hold debates regarding international matters. It was solely a debating society – it had no other functions.
          Autos had computerized chips onboard that noted speeds and any driver surpassing the posted speed limit would alert the law enforcement computer system and the information would be forwarded to the local police computer and a citation issued automatically. Another chip in the computer would monitor the car’s compliance with other traffic laws and any fracture of a law would be noted by the computer and automatically forwarded to the local law enforcement computer and a fine imposed on the offender. In the year 2127 very few traffic violations were hand written on the roads and highways of the nation.
          The National Basketball Association now had two leagues. One for men 7 feet, two inches or taller and another for those men shorter than 7 feet, two inches. The basket height for the taller men was now 11 feet, 6 inches and for the shorter league an even 11 feet high.
           In the year 2055 the National Football League split its competition into two divisions. One for men over 400 pounds and one for those under 400 pounds. All measurements on the field were made by lasers.
           One hundred and fifteen years ago all professional sports enacted laws enabling athletes to use steroids and affiliated substances without fear of prosecution. The law, called “The Palmiero Statute,” stated that if an athlete could use mega doses of aspirin- like substances to promote faster healing then the use of steroids would also be acceptable. The real reason “The Palmiero Statute” was passed by professional sports was because the newer steroids could no longer be detected in the bodies of the athletes.
          Since the year 2055 the United States had instituted a two-president system – one president for internal affairs and one president for international matters.
           In December of 2127 two University of San Diego and Los Angeles professors of history were discussing the contents of a newly published history book. The younger man, by 4 years, said, “I’ve just gone through the new book, read every page and what really intrigues me is the history of the years 2000 to 2005. It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in the past 122 years.”
          The senior professor offered, “I’ve read the new book and I’m also fascinated with what was happening during those years. It’s amazing what those people had to put up with. One of the things that surprised me was how the United States invaded Iraq, stayed for a few years during a terrible uprising and then in 2006 and 2007 pulled out its troops and by 2008 a new dictator, oddly enough, named Hussein, took over the country and it became what it was before the United States action.”
           The younger professor added, “I couldn’t believe that in 2005 most people with computers had to have wires coming into their homes and businesses. Amazing that they didn’t have what we have now – all wireless internet connections. And way back then people got sickness and diseases by the millions. It’s not like today when every baby gets their DNA analyzed at birth and they’re programmed and protected against all disease and sicknesses. It was only 80-years ago when all politicians were required to have chips implanted under their skin that registered on a central computer system if a lie was told or if they were involved in any type of graft or corruption.”
          “Hey, how about that chapter on the year 2004 when it reported anti-social music called “hip-hop” and “rap” was still legal. And in those years they still had foods with fats in them. We’re lucky that now we don’t have to worry about fats and unhealthy foods. All our foods are now genetically grown and 100 percent healthy and nutritious Anyone who gains 5 pounds now goes to their neighborhood health consultant and gets a prescription for three “Obese-No-More” pills and the weight drops off. Way back in 2005 people called surgeons actually cut people’s bodies open in attempts to cure their diseases. What a barbaric time that was. They didn’t know about the healing powers of the mind during those primitive times. Roads and freeways then weren’t as they are now. They didn’t have computerized accident avoidance systems that wouldn’t permit cars or trucks to have contact with each other. It’s been over 50 years since an auto accident has been recorded in America.”
          “There are photos in the new history book of teenage kids wearing some type of headgear with the bill covering their necks instead of their eyes. There are other photos showing young kids with gold and silver articles pierced into their noses, ears, eyelids and tongues. I was astonished. What were their parents doing when these kids were growing up?”
          “And did you see the photos of what a lot of people were driving way back then. Of course, that’s when cars used gasoline and there was still oil in the ground, but in 2040 the oil ran out. Now we use hydrogen powered cars and teleportation. But the main difference is public transportation that covers almost every mile of our country.”
          “It must have been a terrible time, way back then. Wars, plague, lies, deceit, murders, riots and sickness. Countries fought countries, race against race, religion against religion. How difficult it must have been in those ancient times.”
          “How fortunate we are to be living now. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to be living back then, in 2005. Very difficult, I presume!”
News from the year 2127
      Ron was born in the Bronx, New York. He was raised in Southern California and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for three decades. He attended Inglewood High School and U.C.L.A.. His youthful goal was to become a major league baseball player. In Hawaii Ron played on a series of championship softball teams. He is an active tennis player.
      Ron’s career began at the Inglewood Daily News where as a youngster was enrolled in a publisher training program. He served as an advertising salesman, circulation manager, writer and layout and design staffer. He has been a newspaper publisher at the Oregon City Oregon Enterprise Courier, the Beloit Wisconsin Daily News, the Elizabeth, New Jersey Daily Journal and This Week Magazines (Hawaii).
      Ron lives with his wife, Marilyn, in San Diego, California. His two children, Douglas and Diane also live in the San Diego area. Ron’s interests range far and wide and are reflected in his columns diverse topics.
     
Ron Cruger