Science Fiction

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Remember when you were about fifteen years old and your parents were always saying, "back when I was a kid we used to walk to school"? I'm the parent now only when I was a kid we used to drive to school. The year is 2030 and the new thing is these hovering cars. It's seems as if every generation has their own way of making it to school. my name is Christopher Jordan, I'm a 48 year old married man with three kids. My wife's name is Samantha, and my kids names are Kimberly, Matthew, and Michael. Kimberly is14, Matthew is 5, and Michael is 18. I'll tell ya a lot has changed since the good old days when I was growing up.

Thirty years ago I was my sons age and I was getting into and causing all the trouble, it turns out now I'm one of the people I hated the most when I was growing up, a Bethlehem cop.

Its my turn to hold down the town now. After going to Hudson Valley College for two years I decided to go to the police academy to become a cop. I had originally wanted to become a state trooper, but the opportunity came first and I had to take it. Its not that bad of a job, Bethlehem has changed a great deal since I was growing up. For one thing the population is overwhelming. They have built a new high school and a new middle school, the old middle school is now used as the police station and the old high school was made larger and is used as the Bethlehem Grammar School, combining: Glenmont, Clarksville, Slingerlands, Elsmere, and Hamagrill. One of the many things I love about my job is seeing the kids of the parents I used to go to with. I would consider my self a laid back guy at the work place, and I give a lot of second chances to people.

I must say though the best part of my job would have to be high speed chases. The last couple years got really bad, with the growing interest in street racing among teens and young adults, these kids juts run thinking they can get away, and time over and again we prove them wrong and so do they. A couple of these young kids push the cars over the limits and end up taking their own life's. But with the new car technology it's not too hard for these guys to get their cars up over 200mph. Dangerous for them, fun for me, Bethlehem decided to buy a couple V12 Mercedes Benz SL600s' , my thanks to all tax payers.

Other than that I drive one of the first hovering cars ever in production. I bought it about five years ago. Their made of this new space age plastic that is incredibly light yet stronger than steel. The new name for these things are pods. Due to the fact that its a fairly new product the one pods in production at the time are only meant for one person, and very few carryon items. The look of all automobiles has changed dramatically. They look boxy only stylish, there are a lot of angles. The interior is also very high tech when the engine is off, the dash is black and shiny, when you turn the car on every thing lights up. The radio is the same way only you touch the screen not buttons.

What's new in Bethlehem? Delaware Ave. has turned into a road just like Central Ave. it extends out towards Clarksville and there are little stores, car dealerships and of course clubs. There is really something for every one there. You cant get to bored in this town anymore. If I were growing up at this time I would have had a blast.

My wife and I went on a cruise ship last week and it was amazing. This was the first time I had ever been on a cruise. The boat I had gone on was fifteen times bigger than the Titanic, yet it had no operator. It had a set destination, Cancun, and depending on weather, which is still as unpredictable as it was when I was a kid, and other circumstances it makes its own route of travel. The highlight of my trip was riding on the first roller coaster on a ship. Magnets power it, so that it will float on top of the tracks. The ride was out of the world, it went in, out, around, even under water though huge glass tubes. Its was a ten minute ride, reaching top speeds of over 135 mph.

My next trip is in to space. My wife Samantha works for NASA and gets to pick her plot on the moon. Many years of research has been done to find ways to colonize on the moon. The government is trying to team up with the Russians to make over- population a problem of the past. They have been sending people in to space in these new ships that look like planes, only the wings are in the shape of triangles.

NASA has also created a elevator whose top floor is space. It's all glass and just barely breaks through the ozone layer into space. Once you get to the top you walk into a huge glass bubble. The size of the place is not that impressive, but it comfortably holds 20 people comfortably. After arriving at the top you are greeted by a professor who knows his way around the universe; if you had any questions he would be the one to ask. There is also a hamburger stand so you could have your first burger in space. Lately there has been a change in the laws about alcohol and marijuana. About four years ago the US government lowered the drinking age to 19. The catch is that ya have to have parental consent and also be signed up for the draft. The law also said , must be over 19 to buy alcohol, there was no consumption age.

Another law that was passed was the legalization of marijuana. There were huge riots in 2018 when the US confiscated 890 tons coming over seas. The riot went through all of the east and west coasts, and they targeted anyone who tried to stop them. The numbers of people who stood up for the right to smoke were so overwhelming that it was legalized. Anyone over the age of fifteen can take part in the smoking of pot; now a days you can drive down the road and smoke and there's nothing us cops can so about it.

The war on terrorism had just ended about fifteen years ago. what was thought to be a quick and easy battle ended in a long battle. It's really so sad to see there is so much evil in the world. Other than that war the US has managed to stay out of conflicts. We usually wait till some other country calls us in to help and then the war is over. The technology we have is amazing, between the planes that can fly 30 feet above ground and can not seen due to the extreme speeds, but can be heard, to our pinpoint missile launchers, we are nearly unstoppable.

Well I must be going now, I promised the wife that I would cook dinner for her. She was going to be home late, she had to meet the Russians on the Spaceship Jier, its like a huge home in the sky, anyway she'll be home soon.

P.S. - note to self, save this to see if any of it happens .