First Ring Daily EP 41: What’s In Your Bag

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 4 Comments

Today, Brad is live from London and Paul discusses his Windows Insider Post and what he carries on when he travels for work.

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    Wizzwith Alpha Member #2111 - 1 month ago

    A blanket... really?  You should know a towel is a far more useful and essential travel companion.  

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      RossNWirth Alpha Member #273 - 1 month ago
      In reply to Wizzwith:

      A towel is just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. 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 vapours; 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 you can 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 knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

      Hence a phrase which has passed into hitch hiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."

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      bbold Alpha Member #669 - 1 month ago
      In reply to Wizzwith:

      Good God, you guys are nit-picky! Let the man do what he wants lol ;)


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    Brumfondl Alpha Member #317 - 1 month ago

    By our logic combined...!