at the crossroads of awesome and brilliant

28 Mar

We’ll start with this:   it seems that there’s a petition in Portland, Oregon to change the name of their 42nd Avenue to Douglas Adams Ave.   You know, the Hitchhikers’ Guide guy.  Who claimed that the answer to life, the universe, and everything was 42. 

It’s not just that he wrote funny sci-fi books that appeals to the geeks of Portland – he was also a human rights and environmental rights activist, a proponent of positivity through technology, and a “devout atheist.”  In short, he was a very interesting guy who died too young, and probably deserves some sort of street somewhere.  Though the dude does have an asteroid.

Upon Google Maps-ing 42nd Ave., I discovered that it crosses with another famed literary street – namely, Klickitat St., home of Ramona and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins, and his dog, Ribsy.   Yes, it’s a real street.

Portland, Oregon is one of those cities I can picture myself living in one day.  If so, how cool would it be to live on the corner of Klickitat and Douglas Adams?


It’s pretty much where I’ve been living my life all these years anyway, baby.


Posted by on March 28, 2008 in books, nerd riot, tomfoolery


7 responses to “at the crossroads of awesome and brilliant

  1. fever2tell

    March 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm


    You know how I feel about Klickitat street!!!!!

  2. Amanda

    March 29, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I loves me some Beverly Clearly.


  3. Amanda

    March 29, 2008 at 10:20 pm



  4. geekusa

    March 30, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Clearly you misspoke.

    ::har har::

  5. Bill D.

    March 30, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I shame-facedly admit that I am severely underread in the Beverly Cleary department (Dear Mr. Henshaw, parts of Otis Spofford, and I think maybe Ramona Quimby, Age 8, and that’s it), but I think it’d be damn near impossible to not live an awesomely happy life on a street named Klickitat.

  6. geekusa

    March 31, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Also, when you were moving out there, you could take the Oregon Trail.


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