My Dementia Diary 69 – 6501

There are about 6500 spoken languages on Planet Earth.

Based on what I heard come out of my wife’s mouth this morning, I believe there are now 6501.

“Tu mencha ki mo laga pimo meo woo?”

Some might dismiss such an utterance as mindless babble, but as she seemed to be waiting expectantly for an answer, I pondered what I’d just heard.

One possibility is that dementia had restructured her brain’s neural pathways so that she is now communicating telepathically with a life form in a far away galaxy. Following this language logic, I responded-

“Fongu ma blata wo bela vandu urgono!”

I held my breath, hoping my Earthling accent had not spoiled the alien dialect.

She hugged me and turned back to her coloring book.

I smiled. My “of course I love you, dear,” response had gotten through.

Yes, it has been suggested that these strange sounds may not be attempts to communicate with extraterrestrial beings.

dementia may be scrambling my own neural pathways. My retort is-

“Bong atu singu!”

tio stib

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The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, My Review

I offer this post as a comedic contrast to my previous and more serious post on “Cosmos,” Carl
Sagan’s probing and deep look into man’s relation to the Universe. Douglas Adam’s presents a
lighter side of this topic in “his Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

This is the book that spawned the BBC television series of the same name and later a movie. I
remember the television program, an irreverent parody of science fiction done in the offbeat and
whacky Monty Python style. Listening to this book some thirty five years after it was published, I
was astonished to discover how contemporary the story is. Yes, great humor is timeless but
even more so, “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” still has relevant messages about life
that are brilliantly comic and absurdly profound.

What amazed me most was the mind of Douglas Adams, a fascinating and often troubled
creative soul who left this world before he was fifty years old. For all its seeming craziness, The
Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is surprisingly deep in philosophical observation and
wonderfully complete in its multi-dimensional story telling.

This is a short book, full of fun and humorously posed life questions. I found it both mentally
refreshing and laughingly enjoyable. It was a real treat to listen to a writing genius at play.
Here’s a link to a free audio book version on YouTube:


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