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*
"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???