Grab the nearest book, flip to page 117, the second sentence is your life in 2017.
"Our bird when he found the cage open would not fly, so all our subtle arrangements were for nought."
The nearest book was Dracula, by Bram Stoker, thanks to the fanfic I'm working on for Dracula (1968). A Bantam Classic edition from 2004. That was from Dr. Seward's diary entry, when they were just trying to see what Renfield would do with an unlocked cell, and where he might go. At least, in that copy it's page 117. Naturally, I have another copy, so I went to check on that edition.
So two for the price of one. In that Signet Classics edition, from 2007, it's from a letter from Seward to Arthur about how Lucy was doing. "As I tell you, he would not say a word more, even when we were alone." Seward was talking about Van Helsing being cryptic, as was standard protocol for him.
My reading of that based on those two quotes is that 2017 will be cryptic and refuse to do what it's meant to do. Heh.
Note: Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, I'll gather all the prompts for the Fifteen Characters Meme, and post the results.