Type "2041" in an email or on social media and your readers may assume that you actually meant the year before last, and not the one that's a long twenty five years down the road.
But when the history-loving locals of Highland Park say 2041 nowadays, they're indeed discussing a not-so-far-in-the-future time. They're really referencing that future day when the world will be fully digitized, cars will glow, and the contents of the 2016 Highland Park Time Capsule will be revealed.
Okay, we're not sure on the digitized, glowing cars front, but the time capsule is a definite go, thanks to Councilman Jose Huizar and the Historic Highland Neighborhood Council.
On Saturday, June 25 Highland Park residents are invited to stop by the Highland Park Senior Center to submit "flyers, photographs, publications, posters and digital media" that are meaningful or "significant." The Eastsider has some lively suggestions on that front.
Locals are already deciding what they'd like to contribute. Alessandro Gentile, the co-founder of the Highland Park Film Festival, reveals that a Highland Theatre historical documentary will be a part of the capsule.
"(A) brief, printed narrative explaining the significance of the item" should be included, says the capsule's online HQ, and there are some important requests regarding the format of the future artifact (no flash drives, please).
The community-sweet capsule is a reminder that the act of compiling items for future review and reflection isn't something that happened long ago, nor are capsules merely curiosities currently sitting underground and in vaults, awaiting some surprise debut.
They're still forming, and coming together. And people in Highland Park are hoping that people in 25 years will be inspired, charmed, intrigued, and educated by the Highland Park of today.
Those future people won't be strangers, of course; surely many contributors will be there to see it opened, and revisit what the item they donated, and marvel at how fast time does truly fly.