Meme’s the Word

by paige on January 31, 2009

created by Paige Smith OrloffIF YOU ARE a blogger or just a reader of blogs, you know what an internet meme is: one of those viral Q & A sessions that move from person to person, as one answers the questions and tags her friends. Though they occasionally have all of the appeal of a chain letter (read: NONE), sometimes, memes can be enlightening, thought-provoking, even moving. In the last few weeks, the “25 Random Things About Me” meme has swept through Facebook and the blogosphere. I was tagged a couple of weeks ago by a good friend, but kept putting off actually tackling my list. I have real lists I need to make–I didn’t need to make one for fun, God forbid.

But then I saw so many people chiming in–and revealing wonderful and surprising things about themselves–that lemming-like, I had to do it, too. You can read it over at my personal blog, or, to save you the click, here it is. I promise nothing wonderful, but you might find a surprise or two. (One of my dearest sister-friends from childhood already read it and called me a name, so don’t worry–I can handle your reactions.)

If you’re interested in learning more about the meme-ification of the blogosphere, The Daily Meme has a great compendium of memes for every day, on every topic.  And, most important: Tag, you’re it! Either answer in comments, or tell us where we can find YOUR list.

25 Random Things About Me:

1. I tend to feel overwhelmed by my life a lot of the time.
2. I know that it’s ridiculous for me to be overwhelmed by my life, which is fun, and cushy, and healthy and full of love. But I am.
3. I love old dishes, silverware and crystal. This used to get me into trouble on eBay.
4. I recently started spinning (bike, not wool) and I’m a little obsessed with it. We’ll see if it lasts.
5. When I was 7 years old, I wore bifocals.
6. I once had sex in a tree. (Sorry, Mom.)
7. I took Mandarin Chinese for a while in high school, and I loved drawing the characters.
8. When I was a little girl, I had penpals around the world: England, Japan, France, Vermont…
9. My first pet was a black and white rabbit named Scrambley. When she died, a mean kid in my eighth grade class made a crack about “the rabbit dying” (you know, the old school pregnancy test) and I neither understood it nor found it funny.
10. One of my gross habits that I don’t want anyone to know about is that I love to pick at my toenails.
11. I met my husband at an Ethiopian restaurant. He was with his girlfriend.
12. I have several first cousins I have never met.
13. I have lived in four countries and thirteen cities.
14. When I was three, I loved a statue in the Cincinnati Museum of Art called “Eve Disconsolate.” I always thought that would be a good name for a band.
15. My favorite slow-dance song in high school was Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones.
16. My favorite Rolling Stones cover is Beast of Burden by Bette Midler.
17. I often have insomnia. I’m writing this at 2:20 a.m.
18. I am infinitely better at starting things than at finishing them.
19. Some of my favorite works of fiction are all of Robertson Davies’ books, but I cannot remember the plot of any of them.
20. The best experience I’ve ever had in a museum was a Rothko retrospective at the Whitney about ten years ago.
21. My favorite flowers are bachelors buttons and pansies.
22. I always think I might see a plane fall out of the sky, or drive off the edge of a bridge. Maybe that’s why I don’t travel much.
23. One of my earliest memories is walking in the woods with my mother. I must have been three.
24. One of my biggest regrets is that my father never got to know my kids, and vice versa.
25. I have always loved poetry, and write a lot of it in my head.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

mary February 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

Number 6 is extraordinary!

My father, too, did not get to know my kids.

I have three first cousins I have never met and I don’t have many cousins anyway!

I am terrifically good at starting things and horrendously bad at finishing them.

That is why I am hopeless at memes!

Paige February 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

Yes, number 6 seems to be getting the most reaction. Truly, it just popped into my head, and I thought, oh, what the hell. Make it a more interesting read :-) Ok, so you’ve done 4 out of 25–if I can get through it, anyone can!

marionroach February 2, 2009 at 10:14 am
winetipper February 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I think it’s important to know what kind of tree.

Paige February 3, 2009 at 7:28 am

I feel compelled to point out that none of you has offered up your list. Just saying.

Marilyn February 3, 2009 at 9:16 am

I too am looking down the barrel of an undone meme – with real stuff waiting! Sigh. You did beautifully, and I’m checking on #19; I’ve never met another real Robertson Davies fan, and I’ll refresh your memory – “The Deptford Trilogies” are kind of touchstone reading for me, too.

paige February 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

Ok, Marilyn, I think you’ve tagged yourself! And yes, I need to reread RD–I loved EVERYTHING so much fifteen or so years ago!

anastasia February 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I’ve learned so much about you, Paige! I didn’t know you lived in 4 countries. How very cool.

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