Leslie Blackwell Leslie Blackwell
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The Zaphod Beeblebrox - great name for a bar. I wonder if they sell "Pangalactic Gargleblasters." (The best drink in the galaxy according to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

Justin Campbell Justin Campbell
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They actually do. They have several drinks that are themed to the series. It opened in 1989 and then moved locations in 1992. I've been there many times. The Rolling Stones filmed a music video there and around Ottawa ("Streets of Love") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaphod_Beeblebrox_(nightclub)

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Under the Double Star - Chapter One

September 25th, 1990

The two work colleagues entered the apartment late that night, and went immediately into the bedroom.
His name was Sean, hers Mandy. They both worked on the same floor in the Place du Portage complex across the Ottawa River, in Hull, Quebec. He did computer work while she was a secretary. They only knew each other by name and acquaintance, but their encounters at work were always amiable.

He pulled his shirt off as they lay together on the bed. He hadn’t bothered to turn the lights on; that wasn’t part of the moment. Both felt a current, a rush of excitement, as they moved.

Mandy hadn’t had a good week. On Tuesday, her roommate had moved out, and for good reason – they’d once been great living companions, but that had changed when she discovered Ally’s tendency to steal clothes from her closet and even money from her purse. That revelation and following confrontation had been fatal to their continued shared environment, and Ally, treating Mandy like the victimizer rather than owning up to her actions, had left in a patronizing huff, gone within a day.

Both Sean and Mandy had by coincidence run into each other after work at a place in Lowertown called Zaphod Beeblebrox, a bar and club that hosted local band performances. It was named after a supporting character from a series of books by Douglas Addams titled The Hitch hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and was appropriately themed in that manner. Sean had held his own emotional weight: Hardly a month ago, he’d broken up with his girlfriend, Julia, when she told him she was leaving for Guelph to return to university. Interpreting it in his own way rather than talking to her about it in reason, he walked away, and tonight, he had Mandy to enjoy. 2 comments

They got naked under the covers and wrapped each other up in a thrill of passion and pleasure. This was what counted for both of them at this moment, the fulfillment of simple enjoyment, connection and ecstasy. Sean was a good-looking man – he had attractive, thick dark hair that curled if he let it grow, a strong nose and eyes that captured you when you looked into them for a few seconds. Plus, he was educated – despite starting in the mailroom, he’d come out of Carleton with a degree in Political Science, so he probably had something going for him. Not that she was only interested in him for his intelligence and career ambitions (he’d mentioned a couple of times being interested in foreign affairs and diplomat work) but he had aspirations and obviously managed to fulfill a degree, so he was probably moved on by an inner passion, which she liked.

Sean had asked Mandy out a couple of times over the past year, but he hadn’t been able to get up to courage to actually face her. She always seemed like the kind of girl who had an inner fire about her – like you wouldn’t want to get her angry, she stood her ground and won arguments easily. So he’d stood her up, twice. The first time, she hadn’t minded, which let his image of her dominant personality dissipate a little, but the second time, he’d had the same issue all over again – as well as a more inviting alternative (his older brother, Jim, was having a party with his other brothers and friends in attendance, so there he’d went). But tonight, they’d found each other at the right time, and he’d had a couple of drinks so his inhibitions and worries were much lower. Here they were.

As they both reached the limit of their pleasures and slowly grew tired, they eventually stopped and just lay together. As Sean drifted off to sleep, feeling great, he thought of all the things in life that were just perfect after you’d waited so long for them – whether it was sex, or dessert, or that beer at the end of a long day at work. They made life worth enjoying.

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