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What Hitchhiker's means to me... - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
March 6th, 2005
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What Hitchhiker's means to me...
Eeek! I see that tootsiemuppet has a post with her favorite quotes, so I must do this before reading it!

I was thinking the other day of those seminal books that make you think in a different way... such as LOTR... or certain programs that do the same... such as Monty Python... and I realized that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and the other four books in the trilogy) is one of those seminal works. For others, it may be Pratchett, but, being older, it was Douglas Adams for me.

In honor of that, these are the bits from HH that come to my mind over and over, in everyday life... This is mostly babbling... just, off the top of my head, what things I'm always reminded of, and, when possible, what reminds me of these parts in HH:

Bypasses - can't think of one without thinking of Arthur's house - and the Earth - being blown up to make room for bypasses... *G*

Beer and peanuts... *G* - essential for those times you're about to be beamed up into space, because they replace the salt and protein you lose!

Do you know where your towel is? Goes without saying. *G*

Gnawing one's arm off in an emergency - as one would do when forced to listen to Vogon poetry - OR in a typical meeting at work (arrrrgh!)

That other hideous poet, the woman with the incredibly sappy poems about swans and such... I think of her whenever Bertie Wooster gets accosted by Madeline (is that the right one?) and her "dew is the tears cried by fairies" attitude

"Dead for tax reasons" - *L*!!!!

Ford Prefect as an inconspicuous name.... hits me whenever I hear or read "prefect" in Harry Potter... *ggl*

The cow that offers itself up as the Dish of the Day - whenever I order steak at a restaurant

The spaceship that you can't even look at because light won't even stay on it - it's so slick - think of it when I see any cool new car

The bat that blames Arthur Dent for each of its previous deaths before being re-incarnated - no, never known anybody like that.. *G*

"Yes, but what COLOR should the toothpaste be? And should it be taken orally or - ?" Any time I see a new product, god help me...

Ford's approach to hunting deer - *squeamish*

The use of Scrabble with the caveman - every time I play Scrabble... *G*

The spaceship for evacuating the planet with all of the NOT useful people on it... including telephone hygienists... I think of everytime I go to use a pay phone... or wonder who is truly useful in this world

42 - any time a number is needed (say - is that one of THE numbers in LOST?)

What IS the meaning of life(, the universe... and everything?)

Mice - *F*

Dolphins - *G*

Whales... and pots of tulips...! *splat*

Fjords.

Cricket. *ggl*

Belgium. *L*!!!!

"Somebody Else's Problem" - comes to mind WAY too many times... every time I see that something is ignored because it is an SEP

"But does Arthur, in fact... f***?" - yes, tootsiemuppet - I STOLE that for my "Jeeves in a Bottle"! Recognize it now?

The deadly rock concert... that became the cause of the Grateful Dead Marsh in the "Hilarious Story" - *G*


Well, that can't be all of the things that remind me of HH... but my mind is turning to mush now, so I must stop. *G*

Anybody else feel they've been "marked" by this book as well???

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From:finabair
Date:March 6th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Although I read HHG, not as much stuck with me (evidently I was already too warped by Star Wars, LOTR, Dr. Who and a few other things...) Mostly just 42 and Milliway's. OK, and "Spending a year dead for tax purposes". But I always think of "Long Dark Teatime of the Soul" when a street light goes out as I walk/drive under it (which seems to happen a LOT...) despite not being able to remember ANYTHING else about that book. So I've been marked a little, just not quite to your extent. ;-)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 6th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my god.... I think "long dark teatime of the soul" all the time! Is that from HH? *G*

On the other hand - streetlights going out? That makes me think of "Bell, Book and Candle", the old movie with Jimmy Steward, Kim Novak, and Jack Lemmon in it... G*
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From:finabair
Date:March 6th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
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It's one of Adams' other books, not in the HHG series, really. I recall it having something to do with gods...if I recall correctly one of them was sort of stalking a woman and making the streetlights go out just before or after she walked under them. Something like that.

I tried to find a reference on the 'net to get that straight in my head, and all I came up with was a rather interesting discussion of WHY streetlights might go off when people pass under them: http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=238

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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 6th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
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*heeheehee!*

Does this happen to you often?

(and have you ever seen "Bell, Book and Candle"?)
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From:finabair
Date:March 6th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
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It does, actually. In fact, one con, we had to call the front desk because four different lights in our hotel room had burned out while I was sitting or standing next to them, and it was getting pretty dark in there. That same weekend, my friends discovered they could pull in different broadcast (not cable, I don't recall why) TV stations in the area by moving me around the room. I've always wondered if the two were connected somehow...

And no. I've never seen that one. Sounds interesting, tho.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 6th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
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*L*! The human antennae!

Ah, great old B/W movie... Takes place in the beatnik era of NY, with Kim Novak as a witch. The witches and warlocks of that era hang out in a cool nightclub, where Kim's brother (Jack Lemmon) is a hyper bongo player, always on the lookout for action. Kim's a very talented witch, and when challenged to make a nice-looking man (Jimmy Stewart,not a warlock) fall for her, she takes on the challenge - with results she doesn't expect. Her goofy brother's favorite trick? To make the street lights go out... *S*. Rent it if you ever get the chance, especially for Halloween.
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From:cyloran
Date:March 6th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
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I *so* have to read those books again! I loved the BBC series and can't wait for the film. Should be tons of fun. Pity Adams isn't here to see it. *waxes nostalgic*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 6th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
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You're so right... at least I hope you are, in that the movie turns out to be great, and that's why it's a pity Adams isn't hear to see it! No matter what, at least it will get more people reading the books. *S*
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:March 6th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm having to really struggle to keep from using HH slang in daily speech *L* Especially the cuss words are fun. Heh. But "that would not be cool and froody" has already been ingrained in my daily vocabulary.

Other things: 42, obviously

Towels, also obviously

"Life, don't talk to me about life"

The bit where Marvin talks about how his brain works so phenominally fast and asks the mattress to think of a number, any number. "Er, five" - "Wrong."

Strapped into the Poetry Appreciation chairs.

Not merely a twisted mind, but one that was actually sprained.

The three questions of What, Why and Where. I actually wrote that bit on the front page of my metaphysics course notes.

Belgium

Fjords

Gin and Tonic

"Thank you, for making a simple door very happy."

and much, much more ^_^
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 6th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Not merely a twisted mind, but one that was actually sprained.

*G*
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:March 6th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
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That was actually another one that reminded me of Wodehouse. ^_^ I don't remember the exact quote but I think it was Bertie saying that Jeeves had gone and sprained his brain.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 7th, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
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You know, I could so see Bertie describing one of his friends that way! *S*
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