Have you ever watched Star Trek? Not the original series where they all looked funny and dressed poorly. I’m talking Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. The only two of the Star Trek series I could stomach. Mostly because Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard was pretty cool for an old guy. And Data (played by Brent Spiner) was incredibly HOT! HOT! HOT! for an artificial human. And before you get all “Oh. My. God! Are you sick or something?” on me, you should know that I am not the ONLY one to ever think Data was hot. My friend Erika thought so too. She admitted it once, and I have at least 2 witnesses to her saying so. You know, just in case she reads this and calls me up and tries to claim she never said that.
Anyway, they had this thing, the holodeck, onboard the ship in The Next Generation series. The holodeck was an enclosed room where those aboard the starship could go and simulate reality. They could, if they so desired, simulate a vacation at the beach, or a romantic evening in a hotel suite (oh, Data! where are you now?) , or even a shoot out at a wild west saloon. Really, it was a pretty cool idea.
And I want someone to make it real. I want somebody out there to invent a real, but portable holodeck machine. I want it so badly that if you take my idea and go forward with it, I probably won’t even come after you for some of your windfall once it starts selling. Seriously, somebody please build one that can used by police everywhere to simulate a normal side of the road. One where the shoulder is free of busted up cars and flashing headlights. That way, nobody would ever have to slow down while driving to gawk and gape at an accident. If the police had a portable holodeck machine, they could pull up at the scene of an accident, project a “normal” view of the roadway along the side, and take care of the ticket writing and ambulance calling behind the screen. And all us motorists? We’d never have to know they were there because we wouldn’t even see them.
See, I’m tired of the traffic jams created simply because somebody got a flat and is changing their tire on the shoulder of the road, but for some reason, EVERYONE has to take a look. And not just a peek. It’s more like they have to take inventory. Like maybe later somebody at a party will ask them, did you see that guy changing his tire today? And they want to be able to respond, “You mean the guy wearing the Corona t-shirt and denim shorts with that tiny shaving nick on the edge of his chin? Yeah, I saw him. He was wearing size 10 New Balances and he had a band aid on his pinky.”
The police could also use the holodeck machine to hide themselves at speed traps. Not that I want to get caught in a speed trap, but they might have better luck catching folks that way. Because come on fellow drivers… if you are bold enough to drive at 75 or 80 miles an hour with me, have some cajones and drive that fast in front of the cop car. You know he’s partially hidden around the bend. Do you think the cops don’t notice that all the cars SLAM on the brakes and reduce their speed from 80 to a polite 55 miles per hour just seconds before they round the bend? The cops know it. But here’s the thing: if the front of the police cruiser is pointed toward the southbound lanes, they aren’t going to turn around and come after you in the northbound lanes. If you are flying by doing 85, by the time they make that 3 point turn, and merge into the traffic, you’ll be long gone. So really, please, just keep driving. Slow down just a touch, if you must, but don’t stop for crying out loud. And put away your cell phone and your razor and your lipstick and DRIVE dammit! I’ve got places to go too you know.