I'm finished Last Chance To See and now I'm working my slow way through Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Well on July 1st, 2001 I got my grubby little hands on a thing called The Deeper Meaning of Liff and I had to start reading it, and because it's like a dictionary, I can read it at the same time I'm reading Last Chance to See so you see, everything works out in the end for our hero.
Study these words, there will be a test at the end of the School year:
Babworth (BAB-werth) n.On June 10 I finished reading The Guide and picked up my copy of Last Chance to See and laughed my ass off. I suppose it doesn't prove anything, but I think it underlines my idea that if you don't have to be depressing as hell to fight for a good cause.
Something that justifies having a really good cry.
Coodardy (koo-DAH-dee) adj.
Astounded a what you've just managed to get away with.
Harmanger (HAR-man-jer) n.
The person who takes the blame while the manger you demanded to see hides in his office.
Hidcote Bartram (HID-koht BAR-tram) n.
To be caught in a hidcote bartram is to say a series of protracted and final good-byes to a group of people and then realize that you've left your hat behind.
Douglas Adams on crazy birds:
I can remember once coming face to face with a free-roaming emu years ago in Sydney zoo. You are strongly warned not to approach them too closely because they can be pretty violent creatures, but once I had caught its eye, I found its irate, staring face absolutely riviting. Because once you look one right in the eye, you have a sudden sense of what the effect has been on the creature of having all the disadvantages of being a bird-- absurd posture, a hopelessly scruffy covering of useless feathers, and two useless limbs-- without actually being able to do the thing that birds should be able to do, which is to fly. It becomes instantly clear that the bird has gone barking mad.Douglas Adams and friends are off to see the white rhinoceroses in Zaire in a missionary plane. I'd take it off my page, but I agree with it totally, so think of it like my zen for the day.
I certainly don't like the idea of missionaries. In fact, the whole business fills me with fear and alarm. I don't believe in God, or at least not the one we've invented for ourselves in England to fulfill our peculiarly English needs, and certainly not in the ones they've invented in America, who supply their servants with toupees, television stations, and, most important, toll-free telephone numbers. I wish that people who did believe in such things would keep them to themselves and not export them to the developing world....And I keep this quote from Mostly Harmless because it keeps me sane.
Last Chance to See
Everybody has their moment of great opportunity in life. If you happen to miss the one you care about, then everything else in life becomes eerily easy.(No portion of these quotes were posted with the permission of Douglas Adams, Portland House, Ballantine Books, Harmony Books or indeed anyone who would have the authority to tell me to go ahead and reprint any section of The Guide or Last Chance to See or indeed The Deeper Meaning of Liff I wanted to. These quotes were included on my website as a tribute to an arthur who I loved so much and who taught me so much that I felt the need to share his words with anyone who stumbled onto my website. No permission was granted or implied. Read and laugh at your own risk.
Tricia had only ever missed one opportunity. These days it didn't even make her tremble quite so much as it used to to think about it. She guessed it was that bit of her that had gone dead....
There is a quote which had me looking a little differently at my pathetic life.
Furthermore, I make no money off this page, or by putting DNA quotes on this page, and let me urge any and all who read this to go out and buy their own copies of these books. It's the greatest thing you could ever do for yourself.)(Image of Douglas Adams was taken from the douglasadams website without permission, but with much love and admiration for Douglas Adams in an attempt to put my bit of tribute on the internet to this man I knew so well, and yet never knew at all.)