Sunday, February 10, 2008


(Argh! Accidentally published prematurely. . . Sorry if you saw this before it was done.)

Meme meme meme. (In that order.)

Meme the First:
Cult TV--
Untouched means I've never seen it.
means I've seen it at least once.
means I watched it a lot or watched it religiously.
Struck out means I've seen it but didn't like it.
Parenthetical statements are in (parentheses). ;o)
P.S. Older relatives who may be reading: Don't worry-- this has nothing to do with any actual cults-- just tv shows with "cultish"/semi-obsessed fans. (g)

30. Square Pegs (Never even heard of it.)
29. Rags to Riches (No idea what it is.)
28. Wonderfalls (Saw the commercials for the millisecond that it was on TV. . .)
27. The Daily Show (Saw teensy clips of it; think it's overrated.)
26. Firefly (Again, do commercials count?)
25. Freaks and Geeks (Heard it was good, but never saw it.)
24. Absolutely Fabulous (Ditto.)
23. Forever Knight (Sounds vaguely familiar. . .)
22. H. R. Pufnstuf (Not that I know of, but maybe as a kid? In reruns?)
21. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (Was there really a show by that name?)
20. Twin Peaks (Too young at the time it first ran.)
19. Dark Shadows (I think I've seen bits of it, but not a whole ep.)
18. Doctor Who (Maybe bits of one of the newer series, but not the original.)
17. The Avengers (Nope.)
16. My So-Called Life (Just less-than-1-minute snippets.)
15. Quantum Leap (Again, never a whole episode.)
14. Beauty and the Beast (More than once, but not a lot.)
13. Babylon 5 (Not that I know of.)
12. Family Guy (So, so weird.)
11. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (On DVD, not so much on TV.)
10. Pee-Wee's Playhouse (Stop! You'll give me nightmares!)
9. Xena: Warrior Princess (Not a whole episode, though.)
8. The Twilight Zone (Mostly on "marathons" on SciFi.)
7. The Prisoner (I don't recognize this one. . .)
6. The Simpsons (Only within the past several years; not growing up.)
5. Monty Python's Flying Circus (Ditto.)
4. Farscape (Nope.)
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Not this one, either.)
2. The X-Files (Yeah, but by the time M. left, it just wasn't worth watching.)
1. Star Trek (Saw reruns of the original series when I was younger-- watched the Generations series regularly when it came out-- never really liked the rest of the series as much, though.)

Meme the Second:
Another (5) Book Meme--
1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.

I'll try to be random with the books-- one off each shelf, picked with eyes shut. (Because it's so very important. It's really worth all this extra effort. Really.) Ok, here we go:
Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. Ford scrambled round and flung his shoulder uselessly against the reclosing hatchway. The flowers that she had taught me to distinguish by their names, the flowers that I had taught her to paint from, were gone, and the tiny white paths that led between the beds were damp and green already. If the person called upon feels the loss so poignantly that he or she cannot be composed, it is far better to leave a cordial note at the door asking to be excused from all callers, than to greet them and cause embarrassment by a display of emotion. "My dear," replied Valentine, "has not the Count just told us that all human wisdom is contained in the words 'Wait and hope!'"
So. . . Didn't make much sense, did it? I don't suppose you can expect much better, though, from such a random assortment of sentences. It's interesting that the three internal sentences all happened to relate to loss/trouble in some way, while the last was more hopeful.

Books used:
1. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
3. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
4. Book of Etiquette, Lillian Eichler (1921)
5. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (abridged, but still 500+ pages)

Looking back, I think it might help if the books were at least all in the same tense and told from the same point of view (second person, first person, etc.). Maybe I'll give it another try, but this time only keep five books that have at least that degree of parallelity.
It was a warm, golden-cloudy, lovable afternoon. She was assisted, however, by that perfect indifference and apparent unconsciousness, among the only three of her own friends in the secret of the past, which seemed almost to deny any recollection of it. "I'll never improve," the Turk answered, but his arms began to move faster than before. He said, "If you haven't found it so far, you better look harder. One thing's sure. I better not find it first." And, somehow, Sara felt as if she understood her, though she said so little, and only stood still and looked and looked after her as she went out of the shop with the Indian gentleman, and they got into the carriage and drove away.
Not that much better. Oh well. (g)

Books used:
1. Rilla of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery
2. Persuasion, Jane Austen (Wow. That was a pretty bad sentence!)
3. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
4. The Bad Seed, William March
5. A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Meme the Third:
Music Meme--
(It's pretty bland, but at least it's short and to the point.)

1. Grab the nearest CD (or your mp3-player, etc.).
2. Put it in your CD-Player (or start your mp3-player, I-tunes, etc.).
3. Skip to Song 3 (or load the 3rd song in your 3rd playlist)
4. Post the first verse in your journal along with these instructions. Don’t name the band, nor the album-title.

Ok, here goes: "Close your eyes; give me your hand, darling." I bet at least a couple of you out there know the song, right? (g)

Well, that ends my Sunday Afternoon MemeFest!
You can now return to your regularly scheduled last-minute weekend business, while I go off to contemplate that eternal question-- What's for supper tonight? ;o)

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