Saturday, May 24, 2014

Don't panic! So long, and thanks for all the fish!



TODAY, May 25th, is TOWEL DAY! Don't know what that means? Obviously you are NOT a connoisseur of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! A quote in explanation:
A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost." What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Towel Day is an annual tribute to the late (great) author Douglas Adams (1952-2001).

On Towel Day, carry a towel. Where? Everywhere. 
Spread the word.


Take a selfie with your towel, send it to melliott@burbankca.gov, and we will post it on our Facebook page!

AND...you as Burbank teens have a unique opportunity: This summer's Readers' Theater is "Little Lost Robot," by Isaac Asimov, and a couple of episodes from the radio play of...wait for it...The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! So join with us to celebrate Douglas Adams by reading his work aloud for an appreciative audience of your peers, your parents, and total strangers (hopefully no Vogons) at the library this summer! First rehearsal is Tuesday, June 3, at 3:00 p.m., at the Buena Vista branch! Email awilliams@burbankca.gov NOW if you want to join in!


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