Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Wednesday Is Memeday!
meme n (mëm): A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. From the Greek mimëma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate.

Meme1. What's On...Right Now? asks: What's On your bedroom dresser Right Now?, which is a hard question to answer from work, but let's see...
  • A brown half-glazed decorative ceramic bowl full of change, hair ties, shirt buttons, collar stays, and matchbooks from random recently-visited restaurants.

  • One folded pair of clean Eddie Bauer stonewashed classic cut jeans that should probably be in the bottommost drawer but haven't made it there yet.

  • A wooden-framed picture of my father and me, both heavily sunburned from a sunny day off the coast of Mount Desert Island in Maine, holding a plate of freshly-caught mackarel.

  • Some other equally-important photos I can't remember.

  • The ancient cordless phone that we had to take off the bedside table because the baby kept calling people.

  • A plastic bag filled with crumpled newspapers from Bangladesh once used as packing filler for a set of paper mache ducks.

  • Some other stuff, surely. But you get the idea.

Meme2. Wednesday Whatevers, a new one for me, asks...

1. What's your favorite winter activity?
Driving through fat-flake snowstorms late at night with the high beams on. Totally mesmerizing.

2. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer. It's a close call, but I think T-shirts and folk festivals and long late days just barely beats out the colors and crisp air of autumn and the new life of Spring.

3. Would you still go to school if you didn't have to?
Yes, as student or as teacher. But not so damn early in the day.

Meme3. Lulu's Lines is another one previously unknown to me; based on the premise that "words are precious" -- i.e. that the start of a sentence can lead off in different directions depending on the person’s perspective at the time -- Lulu offers a pair of weekly "triggers" and asks us to finish them in our own way.

Trigger 1: Would I consent...

Hmm. Sounds like a sonnet's start, iambs and all. How about this:

Would I consent to walking hand in hand
across the sodden ground before our feet
with you, and stop beneath a tree, and stand,
and kiss you there, and make a day complete...

...something something something. Ew. Anyway...

Trigger 2: I believe that...

...that poem sucked. Note to self: no more poetry first thing in the morning.

Thanks, as always, to iampariah's memeslist, without which we'd all have to work much harder. No thanks to the half-dozen Wednesday memes out there which haven't yet posted today's question -- I was hoping for a longer list, here, and there are some good ones out there, but what can you do.

posted by boyhowdy | 8:54 AM |

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