"He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife."
~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Sidebar: I had the pleasure of meeting Douglas Adams when I was a book buyer for what was once Spokane's largest independent bookstore. Adams was a hulk of a man, and could probably have crushed me like a bug in his better days. This particular day he was tired, and suffered from terrible back pain, yet he came far out of his way to do a reading and autographing at our store.
I had the opportunity to talk with him at length, and found him to be unaffected by his fame. He was a truly genuine person and a joy to talk with. His death at the young age of 49 diminished the world.
I hadn't planned on writing about Douglas Adams, but while searching for a good quote for this photo, I found the one from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and it made me think of my time with Adams, and seemed appropriate for the photo in a sideways kind of fashion.