Towel and Star Wars Day — Celebrate both!
No new news on the job front. My Cadre Manager was supposed to get back in touch with my ERO counselor but that didn’t happen. I have been given lots of really good advice and had friends recommend a lot of options. I’m keeping everything open at the moment. I’ll continue fighting for what’s best for my family and me.
So, since there’s really nothing new, I’ll just wish everyone a Happy Towel Day and Happy Star Wars Day. Towel Day is for fans of Douglas Adams and his “Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy” (all six books) and in memory of his death on this date in 2001. Star Wars Day marks the anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope in 1977. 35 years ago….wow, I feel old.
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read Douglas’ books (not just the H2G2 series) as well as listened to the radio shows, audiobooks, and watched the movies. Douglas Adams also worked on episodes of Doctor Who and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. You can tell I’m a big fan, huh?
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen the original trilogy of Star Wars. I even have the theatrical releases on DVD because I can’t stand watching all of the added on stuff from 1997. I remember seeing the movies in the theater, when that was the only option, and then recording them off HBO onto our Betamax player (yes, I really am that old) and watching them every day after school.
Hey, when your dad is the principal of your school, you don’t hang out with a lot of people, and you’re focused on keeping your grades high you find yourself as one of the biggest geeks doing what geeks do best — reciting movie lines. After I’d seen each of the original three over 500 times each, I quit counting. I still have no idea how many times I’ve seen them all. In college I could win bets by having people play a part of the soundtrack and begin to act and recite the exact scene just based on the music! Okay, it was only good for winning bar bets and has never helped me in any sort of career, but it was fun all the same!
So all you hoopy froods, get your towels and grab a bottle of Old Janx Spirit (from H2G2 or SW, your choice) and head out to Millyways!
Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. — Douglas Adams