Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Are You a Hoopy Frood who Knows where His Towel Is?

In remembrance of the brilliant author, Douglas Adams, each May 25th has been designated as Towel Day.
Like changing the batteries in smoke detectors at each time-change, today is also a good day to remember to replenish the nutrient/antidepressant-soaked patches of your towel and to reinforce the seams.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has a few things to say on the subject of towels.
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value.  For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost." What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with." 

Happy Towel Day and Don't Panic!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

A+ Gifts, F- Grammar

Found this gem at a local candy shop today:

For those of you needing a refresher course in the difference between "your" and "you're", it's this:
Your = Belonging to someone. As in, "Mrs. Smith is your teacher."
You're = A contraction of the words you are. As in, "You're not very good with grammar and usage."

I asked the person behind the counter if they were wanting to give their A+ teacher an A+ heart attack by having that sign out.  They looked up, clicked their tongue, rolled their eyes and said something about sometimes wondering if their boss finished elementary school.

Yes, I love the English language and I am a staunch Grammar Nazi. Heil grammatik!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trillian's Travels: I'm baaaack!

I can't believe my vacation has already reached its conclusion. It was an amazing trip and I'll post more after I go through the over 2,000 (yes, really) photos I took!

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