Thursday, February 14, 2008

If you think this sign is “squirrelly“…


...it’s nothing, compared to the way I feel when I am “tagged” to write out a “meme”. Please don’t get me wrong. I know it’s a compliment to be chosen (as I have been tagged today at “Shimoda’s Dream”). The dilemma for me is that I use my blog to tell my life’s experiences and my thoughts. This is a one-way procedure. It’s fun and it’s easy for me to control.

Being tagged for a “Meme” is an entirely different experience. It means that I’ve opened a line of communication that is very time consuming if I’m to do it well. I know that many of you enjoy this but I simply don’t have the time or stamina to spend that much time on the computer.

As you all know, the “meme’s” are a list of questions that I am expected to answer. To be honest, I find most of them very boring. I can’t, for the life of me, imagine why anyone would be the least bit interested in what I had for breakfast or my favorite color, etc. If there were a story attached to the experience then it makes sense to me that it would make a good blog entry and that’s the venue I would pick to express it.

Of course, I am then asked to pass it along to 5 others and that’s where I really balk. I, literally, can’t ask others to do what I am unwilling to do myself.

I have to admit that the “meme” from “Shimoda’s Dream” is much more thought provoking that most others. The instructions read:
1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long). 2. Open to p. 123. 3. Go down to the 5th sentence. 4. Type in the following 3 sentences. 5. Tag five people.

So, here goes, folks. I’m following all the instructions except for the “tagging 5 people”…so, if you want to join in, please do so and consider yourself “tagged“.

“They knew well enough what was happening. But, even to themselves they pretended that all was well, for the food was good, they were protected, they had nothing to fear but the one fear; and that struck here and there, never enough at a time to drive them away. They forgot the ways of wild rabbits.”

Can you guess the book and who wrote it? Good luck and I hope I haven’t ruffled too many feathers, or fluffy tails, as it were.

14 Comments:

Blogger mcrimp said...

Hi Ginnie,

Thanks for your post to my new toy! Nice to hear from you again, and of course I remember you. Hope to see you again, whether it is in Alaska or elsewhere.

Incidentally, is the book ¨"Watership Down?"

Love and hugs,
Matt

6:26 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

I knew the answer too - but I got here late!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

Wow, I'm impressed. The book is, indeed, "Watership Down", one of my favorites.
FYI...mcrimp who solved this puzzle is my sister Peggy's grandson and he has just started a blog. He graduated from High School last year and has been taking a year off before college. He is in Santiago, Chile and about to travel South. His blog will chronicle his travels and you can find him at (Matt's Odisea de Sudamerica). The fact that he is a very accomplished violinist is merely icing on the cake !

6:43 AM  
Blogger seventh sister said...

I appologize and I won't tag you again.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Bud said...

Watership Down, Richard Adams. Nuts I wanted to be first!!

2:16 AM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

To Seventh Sister: I feel saddened because I think I've hurt your feelings and I've always enjoyed your comments and what you write in your blogs. Diplomacy is not my strong point and I probably should have left this blog entry unposted!

6:22 AM  
OpenID Big John said...

I'm with you on 'memes' Ginnie. My blog is a 'meme free zone'. I must design a notice to that effect. :-)

8:47 AM  
Blogger truth said...

I'm not big on memes either, but I usually participate for fear of offending someone. But on the other hand, I have an equal fear of someone reading the meme on my blog and thinking I'm a shallow person. Sigh.

I did not know the book, and was going to comment and ask what it was. Thanks to your sister's grandson for knowing the answer.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

That reminds me, I have been tagged as well. I'm pretty sure my nearest book won't be as interesting as yours was.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy...you and I totally agree on this meme stuff.
I find it horribly boring and except for the one I did the other day...my meme days are over before they even started....lol
As I'd said on my blog, I guess I can find too much else to write about.
I also thought of Watership Down immediately when I read your passage.
Hope all is well with you, Ginnie. Any plans to return to our fair island in the near future?
Take care
Terri
http://www.islandwriter.net

4:55 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I'm not nuts about memes myself, Ginnie.

3:07 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Ginnie - I think it's OK that you don't like memes! This blog is your space to do with as you like!! :) I enjoy so much what you write!

I knew the book too - although I've never read it!

3:50 PM  
Blogger KGMom said...

As soon as I read--wild rabbits--I thought Watership Down. But I see I too have arrived too late.
But it was fun guessing.
Interesting meme--could produce good or completely silly results.

6:39 PM  
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