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(Jul 15, 2004)
I used to work for a company that built scenery for industrial shows, like sales conventions, trade shows, and the like. Back in 2001, we received a contract from a British "think tank" to build scenery for a show that was taking place in a resort in Sedona. As it turned out, Douglas Adams was the keynote speaker. I worked in the paint department and never went out to set up the shows, but my friend Melissa was in charge of that on this particular show. I remember that the set building was fraught with peril as we couldn't seem to get information from the client, but as that was typical for most of our clients, we soldiered on as normal.
The particular resort in Sedona was one that really wasn't conducive to bringing in large set pieces; in fact, all the equipment had to be carried through the courtyard where all the guest rooms were. So Melissa and her crew were carrying large heavy objects through the courtyard at 3 a.m. attempting to be quiet, when a large pot got knocked over and chaos ensued. Not that you could be very quiet carrying around large pieces of scenery, anyway, but she was trying. However, several guests complained about the noise and a gentleman from the British think tank stepped out of his room to complain at Melissa. Finally, everything got back on the truck.
It was shortly after this that Douglas Adams passed away.
Melissa convinced herself that the man who yelled at her was in fact Douglas Adams and she was responsible for his death (She's like that). However, she described the person who yelled at her as short and portly; so I told her that simply wasn't Douglas Adams, that he was tall and gangly, and she wasn't responsible for HIS death, although I wouldn't put it past her to be responsible for someone else's death (she's like that).
I promise that the above is a true story. If anyone has any stories to qualify this one, I'd love to hear it. If you are the gentleman who yelled at Melissa, she says she's sorry.
Love from Bonnie, the Scottish Valkyrie
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