Monday, January 17, 2005

Riding the escalator between the upper and lower levels of Universal Studios, I see a stranger 20 feet behind me. He's wearing one of those vests. Y'know... the padded, puffy kind that were popular in the 1980's?

So I do the only thing I can do...

I turn to my friends and whisper, "Get a load of this guy's life preserver. Dork thinks he's gonna' drown."

My companions laugh, of course, because: A) it's funny and B) they know I'm quoting one of Biff's henchmen in Back to the Future. To boot, I mimic the appropriate accompanying hand gestures (i.e. "smack-fist" and "slow-reveal") as well.

So we all look back and secretly admire/ridicule this guy's padded, puffy 80's vest and are just about to go on with our evening when...

we gradually realize that...


This guy's also wearing a blue jean jacket underneath that puffy, orange vest. Funny. That's the same dress combination that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future. Hmm.


Jumping gigawatts, no! This guy's also sporting a Back to the Future t-shirt (complete with offical logo and cool DeLorean graphic).

If that wasn't enough, the entire situation crystalizes (and becomes horrifyingly clear) when we see this guy get off the escalator and walk right by the Back to the Future Ride.

That's right. That very morning, this guy dressed up in those threads, came to Universal Studios, and rode the Back to the Future ride - just so he could be like Marty McFly, his favorite movie character/personal hero/sacred idol.

'Cuz, y'know... throughout the entire movie, Marty McFly's wearing a t-shirt that says Back to the Future on it.

(And no, he wasn't an employee of Universal Studios dressed up as a character either. This guy was too tall, too lantern-jawed, and too BLONDE to be a look-alike for Michael J. Fox)

Anyway... this guy was pathetic. I mean, how delusional can you get? What a loser.

... Five seconds later, all of us are talking about what movie character we want to dress up like.

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