May 25th is internationally (and intergalactically ;) ) known as Towel Day, the day when we pay tribute to the legendary Douglas Adams.

In case you don’t know (shame on you) he’s the author responsible for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Some of the greatest books in the entire world if you ask me. In 2005 they made a movie based on it. Having both Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy and Sam Rockwell in it helped a lot, but unfortunately it didn’t come anywhere near the geniality of the books.
He also wrote the Dirk Gently books. They were recently turned into a TV series featuring Stephen Mangan as Dirk. Sadly I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Fact is, he wrote a shitload of stuff during his life. He was also an environmental activist and a technophile, apparently the first person to buy a Mac in Europe.

I first came across The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at a friends house. I was maybe 10-12 years old and was sleeping over at a friends house. During the night I woke up and couldn’t fall back to sleep, so I looked around the room to find something to read (best way to spend sleepless nights) and my eyes fell upon a small paperback book laying on the floor in a corner. I sneaked out of bed and picked it up and was pleased to see it was a science fiction book. I brought it with me back to bed and started reading… until morning. I couldn’t put it down, it was so amazing! I still remember laying in that bed, being worried of waking my friend up as I was twitching and snorting with repressed laughter XD
In the morning I had read almost all of it and asked to borrow it. Don’t think I ever actually gave it back now that I think about it…

What I’m trying to say is that Douglas Adams and his works have been a huge source of inspiration for me and I’m a huge fan. I even named my dog after Zaphod Beeblebrox ;)

I did not, however, carry a towel with me today. I do know where it is though… :B

Towel Day 2012