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CapriUni BS: Now I understand Douglas Adams Advice. (15) RE: BS: Now I understand Douglas Adams Advice. 11 Jul 12

During the Q & A session at the end of a lecture Adams gave at the University of Santa Barbara shortly before his death,* he explained that he put that detail in Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, because, whenever his friends invited him to the beach, he could never find his own towel... so he used that as shorthand for some detail that would show that a character really has their life together, and is organized and sharp. ... He fully intended to go back and change it in the final draft before publication... But the publication deadline hit before he had a chance to.

This led me to come up with a slogan of my own:

"I know where my towel is ... I just can't find anything else!"

*(It's up on YouTube, here: Parrots, the Universe, and Everything -- hour and 27 minutes long, with an automatic ad at the beginning and end. Well worth the watch, in my not so humble opinion, if you have the time.)

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