We’ve done several “universal remote” gags over the years. Way before that forgettable Adam Sandler movie. We were fast forwarding and rewinding time and space before it was cool. And after. And now that it’s cool again.*
This reminds me of the time we got our first DVR and we were watching live TV and one of my daughters (she was pretty young at the time) asked why we couldn’t skip through the commercials. I said, “Because they haven’t happened yet. We can’t fast forward into the future.”
It’s a funny story and we still tease her about it, but the truth is we live in a time shifted culture where past, present and future get jumbled up into a squishy reality where one night Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair…
The next night the empty chair talks back…
And now Clint is set to remake Every Which Way But Loose staring opposite the empty chair.**
If you missed Clint live, you can rewind and re-watch or just skip the actual event and fast forward to events that never took place or may take place in an alternate reality of your choosing.***
Maybe as RJ and Hammy imply, the laws of physics really are just suggestions.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong.****
*Because I say so
**Should be true, but isn’t.
***Not the one where Clint and the empty chair remake Unforgiven. That would be wrong.
****Where you can fast forward through commercials that haven’t happened yet.