DO YOU HAVE YOUR TOWEL?/THE BORDER WORLD!
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.
A towel, it says, 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 vapors; 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 (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); 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: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, 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 hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker 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 know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)
Excerpted from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (THGTTG) - by Douglas Adams
[Post Script: I just HAD to fit this towel quote in somewhere!?]
BARRING THE POSSESSION OF A TOWEL -- BRING YOUR DOG!!
This is mine. His name is SAM.
Having a Border Terrier is like having a two-year old in a dog suit!
Being a terrier, he is bouncy, barks when someone comes to the door, and
runs to greet them. His greetings are quite effusive. A simple hello is not
enough for him. He offers generous kisses. Keeping his feet on the floor is
a constant struggle that most Border owners give up on. (he is good at 'sit' though).
As I said 'a simple 'HELLO' is just not enough for the exuberant Border Terrier' - it takes a
good five minutes to really get his message across! (:-]
My Snazzy List of Border Links HAS SHRUNK TO ONLY ONE REALLY GOOD ONE
BORDER TERRIERS: The Dog-gone World
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