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42 Day!

According to Douglas Adams, in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to the question, about Life, the Universe and Everything, is 42. While many people have read deep philosophical and religious things into this number, I prefer to think that it is Adams' idea of a joke, because the answer is so ridiculous it implies we don't really know what the question is.

So, today, I am 42. It must be Thursday - I never could get the hang of Thursdays.  I don't know the answer (or the question), but I'd like to think I'm a bit wiser after 42 years on the planet (which hopefully, will not be demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass anytime real soon).

What I do know is I am lucky to have an amazing family. I'm lucky my son writes my birthday cards in binary (101010 is 42 in base 2). I'm lucky my daughter draws dolphins on my birthday card. I'm lucky to have a husband who organises my kids to make birthday cards. I feel very lucky that we are living and learning together. I am lucky for my wonderful extended family and friends (IRL and online!).

Life. Don't talk to me about life! I think Arthur Dent is a bit misguided (or disillusioned) when he says "Six by nine. Forty two. That's it. That's all there is. I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe!"  I think the universe is providing just fine. I'd prefer it if my hips weren't so sore and I had a nice, new bathroom, but give me a nice cup of really hot tea, and life is pretty good. And I know where my towel is!

By the way, did you know that 613 × 913 = 4213  and that if you type the phrase "the answer to life the universe and everything" into Google, the calculator will give you 42?

Don't panic and so long, and thanks for all the fish! Share and enjoy!


  1. I LOVE this post, Ingi! Just love it. I'm smiling so big right now. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! I hope you continue to have a glorious day. I love your list of what you have, and how the Universe is treating you. I just adore this post and am so happy for you. Life IS good. It really, truly is.

  2. Thank you so much Helena - glad I could make you smile! Life's not too shabby!

  3. Happy! Happy! Happy Birthday! I too loved this post. Yes, life is good and we just have to take the time to enjoy it. So I hope you enjoy it all day long! :)

  4. Birthday Blessings!! Peace, love and joy on your special day!

  5. Happy Birthday to a long-time cyber friend and many, many more! I'll toast a Shirley Temple to you.

  6. I went the whooooole year last year saying "42"... then my girlfriend said "You're only 41, Stephanie!!"
    So this year I get to be 41. :) For a few more months, anyway.

  7. Thank you all! And in a moment of panic, I just realised it has been 21 years since my 21st...

  8. Happy Belated Birthday Ingi!
    I remember 42 : )
    (five years ago for me) I too, felt so good being such a significant meaningful number! Big HGTG fans here too!
    Cheers! Tracey


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