TOWEL DAY AMBASSADOR CONTEST – ROUND TWO!

Oh no, not again! ROUND TWO IS HERE! This is your chance to choose the rest of the finalists before the next round!

You have chosen your favourites from the last round. Now it is time to cast your vote in Round Two! So far, we are looking forward to a tight match. There are numbers there, and quite a lot of them! Especially Round One! What a surprise!

Round Two consists of previous applicants, Stefan and myself, Demi and our Wonder Woman, the newcomer D’arcy, prominent and well-respected member of our group!

The rules are the following:

“The Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador will be determined through three rounds of voting. Round 1 (April 2-5): First three contestants. Round 2 (April 9-12): Last three contestants. Final round (April 16-19): Winners from Round 1 and 2, plus the next highest vote-getter from either Round 1 or 2. Official winner announced April 21. Only votes from people that like this page will count.”

So now that we established the rules, we should move onto introducing our next contestants!

But first, a quick catch up on the voting process as some of our dear voters have been reacting to videos and not the actual ballot paper. So here, a super simple explanation!

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See? Easy! Simply visit the TOWEL DAY AMBASSADOR CONTEST page and like it to participate. Then you must remember to pick the emoji of the person you are voting for! This affects the order of the emojis and hence brings up the order of the participants. So use your head and support your next Towel Day Ambassador!

Now, without further ado, your next batch of contestants!

D’arcy, Time Lady and Towel Expert:

 

Stefan, Shape-shifter and Fjord Aficionado:

Demetria Blacksmith, Marvin Wannabe & The Worst Science Fiction Writer Ever:

 

So these are the participants of Round Two! Please, head to the TOWEL DAY AMBASSADOR CONTEST page and cast your vote. May the force be with you! Eh, Nevermind!

TOWEL DAY AMBASSADOR CONTEST – ROUND ONE

As some of you may be aware, the Towel Day Ambassador Contest is up an running this year again.

Galactic Hitchhikers is the brainchild of Zaxley Nash, the 2012 winner of the Towel Day Ambassador Contest. He has proven to be an overall hoopy frood who encourages fans to step up and be proud of their geekery.

Many of our notable members have either entered or win the TDA contest before.

Amongst the applicants were Stu Hambone, Stefan Gemzell and myself, Demetria Blacksmith. We did not win but came out with small victories nevertheless. We gained friendship and respect from our fellow Earthlings.

Members like Lisa, Joel, Hillary and Moxie are all previous winners of the contest and proud contributors and associates to Galactic Hitchhikers.

This year, the situation was no different. The entire Hitchhikers fan community focused on the upcoming contest and only the bravest, most fearless amongst all decided to put forward their application.

Six contestants have entered the ring this year, but only one of them would become the Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for 2018. But who are these froods anyway?

We have old renegades, such as Stefan and myself and new-comers,  both esteemed members of the group and complete newcomers.

Without further ado, I present this year’s applicants in order of their submission:

Devin Pike, Anthony Burdge, Gio Myhre, D’arcy Mies, Stefan Gemzell and Demetria Blacksmith

Now, it has been stated that the TDA contest will run according to the following rules:

“The Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador will be determined through three rounds of voting. Round 1 (April 2-5): First three contestants. Round 2 (April 9-12): Last three contestants. Final round (April 16-19): Winners from Round 1 and 2, plus the next highest vote-getter from either Round 1 or 2. Official winner announced April 21. Only votes from people that like this page will count.”

Now, the first round has already started and things are about to get serious! You could cast your vote by finding the TOWEL DAY AMBASSADOR CONTEST page on Facebook. All you need to do is watch the videos posted on the page for GIO, ANTHONY and DEVIN, then head to the page and cast your vote for the candidate you liked the most using the emojis presented on the pinned post.

So these are the contestants of the first round, dudes. Please, follow the link above to cast your vote. You have until the 5th April to do so.

After a short break, we shall return for the second round and I shall see you then as it will be my time to shine.

Stay hoopy!

(P.s.: Does anyone actually KNOW how to embed facebook and instagram videos in WordPress? Cause I did all the coding and stuff and still didn’t succeed. I buy you a beer and peanuts if you teach me. Love and Kisses, Z… Demi)

I got a buck for that: GH Community Edition

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The Galactic Hitchhikers community never ignores a distress call…

None of us have a million bucks, but a million of us have a buck. In this community we look out for each other, especially in times of hardship. That is what a community is. I am perpetually saving up to be broke myself. I had to borrow a nickel so I had two to rub together, before I realized that this was either some form of sorcery I was not familiar with the logistics of, or some ancient turn of phrase that doesn’t help anyone with anything other than having ten cents. 175123557

This man, and his wife Jessica Burke Anthony Burdge not in that order, are not after all some conjoined being from a planet far beyond as I once thought they were, they just share a facebook account…now that misconception was my fault, I drink a great deal. Away from digression…this man and his wife have been great supporters to all of our efforts here at Galactic Hitchhikers. I am glad to have them among my friends, to say the very least.

We all fall on hard times, sometimes harder than not. None of us are above hardship, and if you are then you really have no reason not to help out a brother and sister of this community. When I founded Galactic Hitchhikers back in 2011 we were just a few assholes trying to make the world a slightly more entertaining if not better place, little by little. Years later and we are a whole bunch of assholes with more power than ever before to make a difference.

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You can go back to telling us how offended you are, and reporting the posts of our admins, but you will have missed the chance to help Anthony and Jessica, and the chance to keep this community what is it supposed to be…friends helping friends.

 

CLICK HERE TO HELP!

Who is this Lisa Orozco anyway?

Hey Froods,

Today, I got a special thing for you. Today, we should be doing something nice. Especially those of you who live in the great big USA.

We have received a distress call from our 2016 Towel Day Ambassador, Lisa Orozco. Now, you probably heard about her as she is definitely one of the hoopiest froods out there. If you aren’t familiar with her, we shall present you with her winning entry of the 2016 TDA contest below:

 

Now, this Cosmic Cutie has a hobby and a dream. Her hobby is knitting. If we could call it a hobby. We would rather consider it as a super power given her ability to create such beautiful pieces of artwork. Don’t believe us? Have a look yourself!

 

And her dream? Her dream is to use this talent for good! She has two wonderful, smart daughters who love to learn and grow under her nourishment.

Lisa is hoping to use her knitting expertise to get the girls to dancing competitions and supply more epic sciencey stuff for their homeschooling.

Why would I want to support that and spend money on that, you ask?

Well, these girls really know what they are  doing and certainly know where their towels are! They are dancers, girls scouts, scientists, potterheads and real froods themselves. You could see them in the above video, supporting their mother’s Towel Day application and they are also epic models for her knitted creations! You would definitely put your money to the right place and you could receive customized, one of a kind, epic knitted creations.

And where could you get these epic things? Lisa has an etsy shop, Shabby Geek Boutique to order from, but you are also probably more than welcome to enquire about all the other cool things we featured on the pics!

Don’t be shy! Write Away!

Until then, wishing you all the best, Lisa and the girls:

Galactic Hitchhikers Presents: Our Big Easy Road Trip!

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NEW ORLEANS, USA

The moon rises over the bayou, casting a strange glow on the Spanish moss draped in the darkness. Somewhere a pot of gumbo cooks in a Voodoo Queen’s lair. A man orders a po-boy from a restaurant while beside him a jazz musician plays his horn and fills the streets with the sounds of well…..jazz. There are more than likely more things than this in New

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There and back again

Orleans, Vampires I guess, but we don’t really know. In fact nobody does.

Boldly we volunteer to finally solve the mystery of what exactly a New Orleans is. Is it really just a single New Orlean, or are there more than one? And what exactly happened to the old Orleans? Grab your towel and join Galactic Hitchhikers in an action packed adventure thrill ride to wow the senses as we hit the road for the Big Easy! To celebrate our recent nuptials, and the general desperate need for a vacation, we are driving from our home near Chicago to New Orleans and back. As is tradition, we’ll stopping at all the finest road side oddities along the way. From mom and pop greasy spoons in the middle of nowhere, to the gift shops that time forgot, Galactic Hitchhikers will leave no stone un-turned to find action, excitement, and really wild things! Or at minimum we’ll be drinking in strange places, rather than drinking until our place seems strange….and/or drinking until our place doesn’t seem strange as mood and/or state of mind decrees; you know: Action and Adventure!

Once in New Orleans we’ll have field reports nightly, posted to our hoopy home on Facebook.

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Friday, 10-28-16-While stopping for a couple days in neighboring Slidell LA, we meander the region just outside the city and visit two famous plantations, the Laura Plantation, and Oak Alley. Odds are we can find an authentic Mint Julep somewhere along the way.

Saturday, 10-29-16- After checking in to the famed Roosevelt Hotel, and checking out it’s

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Seems like a nice place to get thrown out of

equally famous Sazerac Bar, we’ll visit the renowned Voodoo Museum.  Later that night we’ll take a tour of the French Quarter with as-seen-on-TV Psychic-Tour guide, Voodoo

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The Voodoo Bone Lady herself

practitioner and life coach “The Voodoo Bone Lady,” who’ll regale us with tales of voodoo and witches, vampires, and pirates of local lore.

 

Then back to the bar.

Sunday 10-30-16- We will be touring the Garden District. We’ll scope out the coolest mansions, and see if we can scare up some fun in the Lafayette Cemetery. Later we’ll be touring the French Quarter again, this time with Vampires. We’ll explore the city’s nightlife, and end the evening with drinks in a vampire bar. Maybe someone will give us the choice they never had.

Monday 10-30-16- We’ll raise our glasses at the oldest bar in New Orleans, LafItte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, and meet with Bloody Mary for a Tour of the Undead. We’ll spend Halloween with ghosts, and voodoo and even more vampires! Then probably the bar again, Always probably the bar again.

 

Stay tuned, high adventure on the way!

We’ll even be checking in for  Sub-Etha Channel 42 for Therapy Thursday and for the regular Sunday hangout!

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Zaxley Nash and wife Devon Nash, Galactic Hitchhikers  Chief of Anthropology  

 

Happy Birthday to the Dynamic Duo! – Sylvester and Sophie

As Many of You know, I am very much into Doctor Who. I’ve started with the Modern Era a while ago and since I got hooked I’ve tried to get into the Classic Series as well. Now, I had a taster session from Every Doctor and Companion in Existence, but none of them left such a great Impression on me as Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred’s duo.tumblr_nakkv37jCQ1tcb8jqo8_400

Ace was an unexpected character to turn up in the show. Before She accidentally become a companion, Sophie was into Musical Theatre and Shows aimed towards Children. I say accidentally as She did not apply. Her agent did. She went onto the Audition and later for a Recall but She did not expect to receive the role. She did. It was quickly offered up to her as a permanent one as the Actress playing Mel announced her wish to depart from the Series soon after She got the part of Ace.

Theatre was a common thing between her and McCoy as He used to be a part of a Roadshow before He became the Doctor. He was famous for his comical stunts and his portrayals of Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel. He also played a character Sylveste McCoy. Eventually, He became known as Sylvester McCoy, after adapting the name as a Stage Name.


Let’s have a look at the time this two became official companions:

Ace was known for calling the Doctor “Professor” many times during the show’s running. It’s unclear how that came into being, but it has stuck with their characters and gave a unique vibe to their relationship.

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The best thing that I like about
Ace is that She wasn’t just there to be eye-candy. She was special. She was cool, tough and strong-willed. Finally, We got a Strong Female Character, not just a Damsel in Distress. She could save the day on her own, She didn’t need others to do the job for her. And that was great.

The Doctor: I don’t suppose you’ve completely ignored my instructions and secretly prepared any Nitro-9, have you?
Ace: What if I had?
The Doctor: And naturally, you wouldn’t do anything so insanely dangerous as to carry it around with you, would you?
Ace: Of course not. I’m a good girl and do what I’m told.
The Doctor: Excellent. Blow up that vehicle.”


Beside their on-screen Chemistry, They also seem to be getting on well off-screen too. They still hang out with each other at Cons and never seem to have anything bad to say about the other. Now, Any other fan knows that sometimes actors don’t get on well with each other off-screen and that could leak into their acting too.

Not for this two! Just today, Sylvester McCoy’s Facebook page made a mention of both of their birthdays, as they were born on the same day! What a coincidence, Eh?  Personally, I adore the fact that He loves her so much to post a picture of the two of them together:

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They are truly real life Friendship goals. To commemorate their Birthdays, I would like to share a few pictures with you about Sophie and Sylvester goofing around each other. Hope you enjoy them!

And a Bonus Material :

With this, I wish a Happy Birthday to My Favourite Actor to ever portray the Doctor and the Most Badass Companion Ever! HAPPY SHARED BIRTHDAY, GUYS! May You have many more!

And thank you dearly for all your devoted work to Doctor Who, On and Off Screen. 

We Love You. 

Roughing it, slumming it, and struggling against terrible odds

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“…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.”

Roughing it/ Slumming it-

Roughing it is living without all the comforts, and sometimes even without the necessities.  The easiest path to having more is to desire less, even without Wi-Fi.  I spent two years in the mountains with really only clothing, a few books, and my laptop. All of my worldly possessions were in storage half way across the country. When I came back home and opened the storage lot door I realized that most of what I own I have absolutely no need for whatsoever. Being over encumbered slows you down, and causes undue stress. Having less means less to stress over.

r4 Slumming it is making the best of what one has. Slumming it is adapting to any scenario and thriving in any environment.  The rat and the roach always get a bad rap, but I have always admired their tenacity.  If there is no food the common cockroach can eat the glue from book bindings. While I don’t at all recommend this culinary choice the spirit is admirable. So what if you only have Peach Schnapps, some old vermouth and an expired can of Miller Lite,  when we let go of what we think we want we free ourselves to enjoy what we have. The colloquial phrase “ghetto fabulous” comes to mind.

Struggling against terrible odds and winning through-  

You are terrifically subject to entropy in the universe. You are a meat skeleton hurling ever increasingly away from the dying sun of a dying planet in the unfashionable western spiral arm of the galaxy. Extinction is the rule, survival is the exception. Never forget how amazingly amazing it is that you even exist. Life is hard, sometimes exceptionally so. When the car dies, the dog runs away, and your wife leaves you it’s not time to despair, rather it’s time to start a career in country music.

Winning through means celebrating your victories over your failures. Sometimes difficult to do, but there is always something worth celebrating, even if, and often especially if that something is just but a lesson learned. From every mistake we make we learn. From every destruction comes a chance to rebuild, an opportunity for new growth. Keep an open mind, and open eyes. At times it may seem as if the entire universe is conspiring against us, but even as it is always darkest before dawn; the sun always comes up in the morning. (If it doesn’t then this is a wholly different issue and might be time to hitch a lift off-world. We’ll explore what to do during the Apocalypse in a future rambling)

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The Dude’s rug ties the room together, the Frood’s towel binds the cosmos. One’s towel is both practical and symbolic, like absorbent Tibetan prayer beads. Indeed one can 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….but draped over your shoulder, or around your neck the towel represents a symbolic reminder of who you are, where you have been, and what you have accomplished. It represents what you can accomplish if you don’t panic, and tells the world at large you are one of us.

The Towel is a symbol of all of us intrepid Galactic Hitchhikers, we Froodist monks.  It’s our terry-cloth mantra: We rough it and slum it. We struggle against terrible odds. We are never cruel or cowardly, we never give up, never give in….never surrender. We abide infinite diversity in infinite combinations, and strive towards the needs of the many rather than the needs of the few or the one. We eff the ineffable, and boldly go; we are always excellent to each other. We know where our towels are at…we Don’t Panic.

 Party on Froods. Stay hoopy my friends.

 

Stay tuned, next Saturday: The Ultimate Answer