Friday, January 22, 2010

Culture, in a small dose.

Perhaps you remember that I decided to homeschool my oldest punk this year. Perhaps you don't, or perhaps you are new and never knew it in the first place. Anyway you slice it, you all now know that I am. Only, not for much longer cause this Momma is sending the Punk back to public school. The boy needs to go, and I need some sanity, and he told me he likes it better cause he has more friends. Thats fine with me! And not the reason for this post at all, but my ADD has kicked into high gear today.

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Last night we started reading Douglas Adams's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." If you can handle abnormal, this is the book for you! Come join the crazy with me, while I expand your horizons a bit with an excerpt:

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded  yellow sun. 
Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. 

Most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the ocean.

And there you have it Interwebby Friends, social commentary from 1952. Sorry to say that not much has changed.

Question: What made you write a trilogy in four (later 5) parts?

Douglas Adams: A poor grasp of arithmetic.

My kind of guy right there!


  1. I'm your latest Friday Follower! I like that book too!

  2. Please remember that by 1952 we had started down the road of "New Math", but simply not far down the path. So though some did, and still do not, understand his count, the world had revolved more than once. But hey, who's counting? Those digital watches of course! But if you want the true answer, following Edgar Allen or Alice may be enticing, but seems to lead somewhere under the trees....

  3. I like weird and zany.. I've always been tempted by The Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy.. but when things leave earth and head into outer space I tend to get a little bored.

    Don't get me wrong, I think there's life out there.. I just rather it when they visit us.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, I am a Friday Follower of yours now as well.

  5. WOw! I am so impressed in your homeschooling endeavors!

    Hopped from Friday Followers!

  6. Homeschooling, wow you are way braver than this Mama. Have a great weekend girl! :)

  7. That's impressive.

    New follower from Friday Follow.

  8. Thanks for linking up at Friday Follow! I am going down the list, so here I am...your newest blog follower.

    ~ Lynn

  9. Stoppin' by from Friday Follow. Still trying to make it through the entire list!