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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Meme Schmeme Thingie

I have been tagged. No, not by the Game and Fish Commission, by Ms. Pursey. For, as she puts it, a "book meme thingie". Whatever the hell that is...I think we have a nodding acquaintance with the concept; the jury is still out, however.

At any rate, here is how it works. Go to the book nearest you. Pick up the book and turn to page 123. Count the first five sentences. Post the next three sentences on your blog. Write the name of the author and the title of the book. Tag three people. Here are the sentences from my book:

"He had sex with her?"
"And how did she feel about this," Jesse said.

My book is Stone Cold, by Robert B. Parker.

Now let's see. Who do I tag? Got it.

I tag Enigma, spadoman, and az goddess.

Merry ho-ho's, y'all.


Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

I love Robert Parker but that is a weird three sentences.

"He had sex with her." Okay, I get that part, but then comes the "How did she feel about that." Usually if it is two uninvolved people talking about the sex of two others it would be more like, "They had sex?" "How did she feel about that?" Not, "He had sex with her." "How did she feel about that?" Hmmmm. Probably pretty shitty if it was a matter of him diddling her while she wasn't even in the room. I will have to buy this Robert Parker.

5:45 AM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Try your local used book emporium for it...there's an extra copy downstairs at our apartment building's 'swap-around' library right now, so it shouldn't be hard to find.

I haven't even finished reading it got set aside and buried on my desk during all this moving conflama, but the book is a police who-dunnit, and I'm thinking the quotes from pg 123 came during an investigation. I hadn't gotten that far, so now I'm curious too!

I'll have to finish the tome I'm reading right now first. A sci-fi book set on a planet where the women are the empowered gender and the men have to wear veils in public. Too weird! I guess the author of this one felt turnabout is fair play.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous D.K. Raed said...

Is the book meme like a chain letter where bad luck is yours forever if you break the chain? I think I saw Donnie at GA saying he's ready to exterminate it back to the source. I don't get it, there's no frame. I need a frame.

BUT! I'm so glad to hear you weathered that storm OK, Mel. As I was seeing pictures of that area, and not knowing where you were, I was worried. So, when you leave the area (as in your impending move), will it feel like you left behind a bit of mass destruction?

Now, if you were in Florida, there would be the two bushes standing in your face ready with cash for the clean-up, right? I'm afraid Washington State is too liberal for federal aid (but rich in native resources, they'll get the job done with or without bush) ~~ D.K.

1:42 PM  
Blogger No said...

Okay, where are you? Arkansas or Seattle? I'm confused. I like the men in veils thing...and I don't know why.

2:35 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

I'm in Seattle, viking, but I'm moving back home to Arkansas first week of January, after not living there for about 13 years. Sorry about the's been madness for a while, with no signs of a let-up soon.

Deke, thanks for your concern -- I don't know if I'm going home to saner weather, tho'. Talked to Mom today, and she says Little Rock is in the seventies ~~ two weeks ago they were in a deep freeze with overnight lows in the teens. It seems weather's weird a lot of places these days.

I don't think the meme thingie is intended as much as a chain, as just a way for people to talk about the books they're reading. It didn't come with any veiled threats of bad luck or whatnot ~~ so I don't mind playing along.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

Trust me, I would never send a threat, veiled or otherwise to my friends.
I too cannot understand what is to be learned from this meme thingie without a frame, but maybe something will float into our subconscious brains that will lead to something extraordinary, or maybe not.

Meldonna, It is so special that you are making this big ass move to be close to your mum again. You only get one of those and no matter what they are like, we southern gals are drawn to them, aren't we? I think the south is a matriarchal society. Quite fascinating indeed. Now, if we could just get those matriarchs to spill the beans we would have endless of tales to tell. They tend to have the ability to zip it up for life. I don't get it.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...


Jesus, just because you mentioned your Mom I leaped to the conclusion that you were going there to be close to her, which could be far from the truth. I apologize for that.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous D.K. Raed said...

pursey, I NEVER thought the book meme was a THREAT. Jeez, I'm like a little bulldog when I can't figure something out!

now if you're also from the south, I think I've been parnancin your name all wrong in my head!

mel, I'm afraid any 3 sentences from any books I'm reading wouldn't be fun. But that sci-fi book with roll reversal veils that you described kinda reminds me of an old 50's one I read somewhere along the way (title & author forgotten, maybe one of you will recognize it). It was a short story about a future society after we've conquered space. But it had turned out that men were unfit for space travel, that women were better suited. And so, women finally found themselves empowered & at the top of foodchain, being in charge of all things important. The story itself takes place in a bar, where the reader thinks they are reading about a cocksure man trying to pick up a demure little lady. At the end you realize the little lady is the role that men have been reduced to since they can't do the big important work. The woman's name was BARSKY (or something like that). She had one memorable exchange where she comiserates with the little fella, saying it's not his fault those "dingle-dangles" seem to interfere with a career. But she tells him not to worry his pretty head, Barsky appreciates the finer qualities of men. I think it ends as she makes a lustful grab at him. ~~ D.K.

8:19 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Pursey, no apologies needed! I'm going back to Arkansas for many reasons, but you nailed the most important. I've recently lost several old friends from my ex's family back down in Texas, and I won't be so far away from my own folks anymore. My mother has her hands full caretaking my dad, who has both physical and mental challenges, and I'm tired of commiserating from a distance when I could be there to actually (and hopefully) do something constructive to help. I'll never know unless I try, and getting to spend more time with Mama will more than make it worthwhile.

I've gotten spoiled all these years living away, and I'll have to tone back a bit on my, er, imbibing somewhat. Probably isn't such a bad thing in itself. It's not like I don't have some friends down home for the occasional "letting down of the hair"; my friend Stella, who was and is one hell of a mentor, is looking forward to having me back down south, so I hardly feel like it's going to be more than I can adjust to. But you're absolutly right about only having one mum. It'll be good to be near her again.


Oh, and on the "meme" thing? For the record, Deke, I absolutely abhor those freakin' friend chain letters, and have always had a sneaking suspicion they are just a ploy to collect email addresses for spamming. On top of just being annoying. This little book thingie, on the other hand, just seemed like a fun way to share about reading habits. Example? Looks like Pursey probably enjoys a good pot-boiler paperback mystery like myself. Not everything I read is "high lit'richur", but who said you can't read just for fun? Myself, I have to have a break now and again from current events, and a bit of hardboiled sleuthing or a dash of sci-fi tends to do the trick.

I wish you could remember that author who wrote the story about women being better astronauts; sounds like an interesting read.

1:54 AM  
Blogger No said...

I remember seeing a sci-fi movie about a planet ruled my women with men in cages, but I can't remember the name. Anyone know?

3:41 AM  

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