Journaling June: Thursdays

“I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Thursdays are awkward. Assuming you live in the Monday-Friday “work week,” Thursday is part of the downward slope to freedom, i.e. the weekend. Yet it is still far enough away that there’s not much excitement about Thursday, not like with Friday. Thursday is like being two customers back in the 8 items or less line. The person at the register is critically old and has just pulled out his coin purse to count out exact change. The person in front of you is holding a half gallon jug of milk in one hand, thumbing his checkbook with the other.

Somehow I’ve always felt an affinity for Thursdays. They just seem right despite being out of wack. Don’t get me wrong, weekends are far superior, but of the week days, Thursday has always been my favorite.

(which broke our heart when we read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

It makes sense that Thursdays are perplexing to Arthur Dent. Everything is befuddling to Arthur. Just toss Thursday on the pile. That general state of confusion drew me to the character. Like him, I find Life, the Universe, and Everything baffling.

(unlike Arthur though, we catch a break. at least with Thursdays. everyone deserves a break.)

That’s what was so sad to me, poor Arthur couldn’t even catch a break with Thursdays. Granted, he is a fictional character. Even if he wasn’t, I can’t know everything. Maybe he as a better grasp on Mondays than I do.

(this is where fan fiction comes in. redressing Arthur’s Thursday deficiency with a perfect understanding of Mondays.)

Don’t worry. I’ll spare you the horrors of attempting that here. I’m not into fan fiction, writing or reading it. Though . . . I am running out of ideas and still have a few days left in Journaling June.

(hmmm . . . no.)

It is peculiar though, identifying so much with a fictional character that I’m caught up by a throw-away detail. But that’s life, innit? A collection of innumerable random, inconsequential details. And then here comes art (in whatever form) and it surfaces them in an off-hand way, which, like the best slight-of-hand tricks raise the illusion to the level of magic.

(kind of like the way awkward Thursdays have a special place in our heart exactly because of all it’s weirdness?)

Yeah. Something like that.

10 Replies to “Journaling June: Thursdays”

  1. My fictional character is Nick Naylor from Thank You for Smoking… the book, yes, but primarily the movie. It’s an odd choice because he is reprehensible as a marketing genius for the tobacco industry, and his libertarian streak is counter to my super liberal sensibilities, but his openness to everyone around him is appealing to me. He finds connection with everyone he talks to.

    When I was a young adult and a drunk, Thursday night was my favorite night. Even though I had an 8-5 job, I’d go out at 11:30 and stay out until 2:00 AM knowing that I still had Friday and Saturday night to drink, and alll day Sunday to recover. Some life, huh?

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      1. If you can’t remember whether they were Long Island Ice Tea Tuesdays or Thursdays that means they were DAMNED good. If you’re seeing double, Tuesday could be Thursday or vice verse so . . . Eh. Whatever works for the story you’re telling at that particular moment.

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  2. Omg. Yes to all this… I ADORE Thursdays…. and I think it’s exactly for this reason:

    “Thursday is like being two customers back in the 8 items or less line. The person at the register is critically old and has just pulled out his coin purse to count out exact change. The person in front of you is holding a half gallon jug of milk in one hand, thumbing his checkbook with the other.”

    I LOVE BEING THAT PERSON TWO CUSTOMERS BACK. Seriously I am so weird. I will trip out endlessly and enjoy my life most of all in that moment. I am doing a good deed (for the family — grocery shopping), I am stuck there (so free from responsibility to have to do anything else in that moment), and that person is helping me remain there…. I love that person, I study that person, I find the Now in that person….

    and you just helped me realize all this. You are magic!

    Er… short version: Thursdays are the best.

    Side note, why oh why oh why can I not get through Hitchhiker’s Guide? My dad had it, my husband has read it multiple times, one or two of my boys has read it… all I have done is read about it. I am so uncool.

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    1. I’m glad to read that Thursdays are appealing to more people. I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t be very popular, but there you go.

      I really like people watching. And, it’s not people watching in the “scene” sense. That is, people who are at a particular scene (bar, event, etc.) I’ve heard them referred to as scenesters. I’m talking about watching real life. It’s one of the things that attracted me to riding the bus. There were some incredible characters I saw riding the bus.

      As for Hitchhiker’s Guide, like so many things, it’s an acquired taste. I have friends on both sides (those who like Hitchhiker’s and those who are wrong and have bad taste 😜). They all like sci-fi. There’s so much to choose from that it is easy to pass on something that doesn’t scratch your particular itch, you know?

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      1. “(those who like Hitchhiker’s and those who are wrong and have bad taste 😜)” ahahahaha well yes that would explain it. I’m not a sci-fi fan. Unless it comes with a side of Captain Picard.

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    1. Uh oh! I scheduled a post for today (Friday, June 28, 2019). It’ll probably break it. Damn!

      But this does support my theory that the problem is in WordPress itself. I haven’t changed a thing on my end. I’m sure you haven’t changed anything on yours. Yet suddenly it’s working?!? 🤔

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      1. That’s right. It’s definitely in WordPress and caused by something that happens in your blog. Because both Matthew and I experience it, and with your blog only.

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