Quote of the Day: “The Answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything…Is…Forty-two.” –Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The mind of TB is seldom at rest. This doesn’t mean it is necessarily doing great things mind you. It just wanders around, pokes its nose into places it doesn’t belong and generally makes an amusing and harmless nuisance of itself until it is given a specific task on which to grind its gradually rusting gears. Sometimes when the old noggin can’t find anywhere to wander off to and when there is no special job at hand, it just picks a song out of its infinite collection of tunes we’ve been exposed to over the years and begins blaring it into my consciousness in a continuous, sanity threatening loop. Almost never does the brain pick what I like to call “good tunes.” Nah, we’re talking grammar school classics like “Goodbye, Old Paint” and “My Darlin Clemintine.” Or Disco standards like “Stayin Alive” or “Ring My Bell”–that second one is my little sister’s fault dating back to the record player years. Or “So-long and Thanks for All the Fish” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Or songs from The Baptist Hymnal–not the good ones either, like “How Great Thou Art” or “Victory in Jesus”, but simple ones more suited for looping like “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” I don’t know why my brain does this to me. I’d like an answer to that question.
And if Jesus does love the little children, red, yellow, black and white, why did he put all these Indians over here in the western hemisphere while Jesus stayed in the Middle East and there was no internet to spread the news about him? Did the little red children for 10,000 years have another way to heaven or are they screwed? As God is all-knowing and all-encompassing I’m sure he foresaw this problem and addressed it, but how?
And did the rule makers in baseball way back in the good ol days foresee the need for the infield fly rule before they started playing games or was some evil genius out there letting pop-ups drop and then turning double plays on runners who stayed close to their bag on the easy out?
And after the atomic bomb was dropped it is easy to imagine the personal, internal moral questions faced by the inventors of such a powerful force, but was the first maker of alarm clocks likewise afflicted by the knowledge of the pain he was inflicting upon the world? I think he should have been.
And, as strong in the Force as were Yoda and Obi-wan, why didn’t they have enough common sense to gang up on Vader and the Emperor instead of trying to go one on one with them? And after they failed, they still could’ve tag teamed the Sith Lords but instead decided the better way to conquer the Emperor was to wait eighteen years for a farm boy to come of age?
And how do lords of cults like the Branch Davidians and Heavens Gate and Peoples Temple get their ideas? Do they just wake up one morning and say “I’ve been putting this off long enough. Time to go get me some crazy-ass followers.”?
And what ever happened to Living Colour? And what was up with that extra vowel? Were they Brits? And why can’t I think of the name of that song I can’t get out of my head today?