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Towel Day, and Lilac for the Glorious 25th of May 
25th-May-2007 11:34 pm
Etharei
It's almost over, but couldn't let the day pass by without saying anything.

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg!



'You'd like Freedom, Justice, and Truth, wouldn't you, comrade sergeant?' said Reg encouragingly.

'I'd like a hard-boiled egg,' said Vimes, shaking the match out.

There was some nervous laughter, but Reg looked offended.

'In the circumstances, sergeant, I think we should set our sights a little higher-'

'Well, yes, we could,' said Vimes, coming down the steps. He glanced at the sheets of paper in front of Reg. The man cared. He really did. And he was serious. He really was. 'But... well, Reg, tomorrow the sun will come up again, and I'm pretty sure that whatever happens we won't have found Freedom, and there won't be a whole lot of Justice, and I'm damn sure we won't have found Truth. But it's just possible that I might get a hard-boiled egg...'

- Night Watch, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett


And just another favorite, while we're at it:
'Fred,' he said. 'I wonder if you fully understand the basic idea here? The soldiers - that's the other people, Fred - they stay on the outside of the barricade. If they are on the inside, Fred, we don't, in any real sense, have a bloody barricade. Do you understand?'

- Night Watch, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett


I know that there's a big wide fandom disagreement over whether or not readers have a right to wear the lilac, because of the whole "Were you there?" idea. My personal view is that reading the book, getting to know a bit of the characters who later died, puts the reader "there", wherever "there" is.

More importantly, for me Night Watch is about the unsung, unknown individuals who fall in the line of duty, doing not heroic things but the job they were supposed to do. Also, the indomitable spirit of humanity, of people who may not be respectable and upright citizens but are, nevertheless, good people. That's what I'm saluting with the lilac.

Yes, it's fiction. But on the Disc, stories make the world go 'round*.

*Admittedly, on the backs of four elephants, who in turn are balancing on a galactic sea turtle.


Also, for Hitchhikers all over the world...


Towel Day :: A tribute to Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
Comments 
26th-May-2007 08:53 am (UTC)
May I please steal your icon? I'm a huge Discworld fan, Nightwatch being my favorite book, and that's an awesome icon!
26th-May-2007 09:01 am (UTC)
Oooh, hi! I'm always pleased to meet a fellow Discworld fan, and Night Watch is my fave, too! (I'm generally a fan of the Watch).

I love that icon, too! I guess you can take it, but please credit most_suspicious, the one who created it. You can view more like it here: http://most-suspicious.livejournal.com/4307.html#cutid2
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26th-May-2007 10:10 am (UTC)
*does a salute that polishes all nearby brass objects, and clears throats*

"We own all your helmets, we own all your shoes
We own all your generals - touch us and you'll loooooose.
Morporkia! Morporkia!
Morporkia owns the day!
We can rule you wholesale
Touch us and you'll pay."

*holds up dented frying pan to ward off thrown vegetables*
26th-May-2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Two very worthy commemorations in one post, sir. <3
26th-May-2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, good sir. One does one's best to be an upstanding citizen :-D
27th-May-2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Hmm, I think I remember you being not-so-sure about Hitchhikery goodness when we were at school, though...
29th-May-2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Alas, I was obviously quite foolish in my youth. Perhaps I wasn't mature enough to grasp the fluffy beauty of the towel.

Actually, I've still only finished Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Hopefully the summer will give me time to do some proper reading.
26th-May-2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I had no idea it was Towel Day yesterday here under my rock. Thanks!
26th-May-2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
No problem, I wasn't aware of Towel Day myself until a few days ago, when everyone started talking about it in conjunction with Lilac Day. Always pleased to meet a fellow Hitchhiker! :-D
26th-May-2007 04:25 pm (UTC) - TERRY PRATCHETT
My son adores Terry Pratchett. When talkinga bout favorite writers around the dinner table last night my son's comment was, "I would go gay for Terry Pratchett."

Disc World Rocks my socks.
26th-May-2007 07:18 pm (UTC) - Re: TERRY PRATCHETT
OMG I WOULD GO GA- oh wait, it won't even take Pterry love to make me go _ *g* Wait, is this the REALLY CUTE 13-YEAR-OLD SON? O_O Fire, you have, like, the perfect kid. Oh, if only I were 7 years younger *sobs*

I love Discworld so much, and IT'S SO COOL to learn that some of you guys do, too ♥ The Turtle Moves!
26th-May-2007 07:19 pm (UTC) - Re: TERRY PRATCHETT
Gah, no idea what happened there. I meant OMG I WOULD GO GA- oh wait, it won't even take Pterry love to make me go gay</. Sorry, oops.
26th-May-2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Another Douglas Adams fan? :) :)
26th-May-2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
YES! Quite new, actually, but TOWEL LOVE!!!
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29th-May-2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
*gasp* For shame, sir!

Hope you had a good weekend, sweets ♥
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