Monday, April 21, 2008

To Meme or not to Meme

To Meme or not to Meme?
That is the question.

As I said in an earlier post about awards, my feelings towards these things are a bit ambivalent.

I was tagged yesterday by D J Kirkby. I went off and had a shower and while the water cascaded over my skin, thought about how to reject her request in the nicest possible way.

OK well I did do the truth meme and the 8 random facts meme, so, what the heck - so long as we don't do too many of these things - one or two a year, why not?

I tried tracing back the taggers to find the origins of this meme but it petered out when either the taggee failed to mention their tagger or the post couldn't be found. I didn't come across any exceptionally exciting blogs but I did discover a delightful set of six-words memoirs published on the National Public Radio site.

The meme instructions are:
  1. Write your own six word memoir.
  2. Post it on your blog; include a visual illustration if you'd like.
  3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible.
  4. Tag at least five more blogs with links.
  5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
The six word memoir I came up with while taking my shower is:

precocious teenager now grumpy old man

So now, which bloggers will be my victims shall I tag?
  1. Lynn, the lovely lady in Cheltenham.
  2. Gwilym, poet in residence in Vienna.
  3. Babooshka, a woman on the Isle of Man.
  4. Imac, who has just come back from Ireland.
  5. Princess Haiku, seeking temporal beauty in San Franciso.


  1. I did this some time ago. Mine was Everything I've done, I'd do again.

  2. That's interesting and revealing. I'm glad you decided to participate.

  3. I like it. I was certain you would come up with an inspired one, glad you 'played' along.

  4. Ooh the dreaded Neme game. Yes I am indeed up for the challenge when I think of who I shall tag. As for yours, i can't I can't imagine you as a precious teenager or turning into a grumpy older man. Your'e not in the virtual world, anyway.Thanks for the tag I will comply.

  5. I read your thoughts about awards and memes and I understand you. I thought I'm the only one who does not like all that stuff so you said, a little bit is enough ;)

  6. Hi, Gerald.

    Are you sure you've got it right?
    You may be a a bit of a puzzle; but more 'one across' than 'one down' I'd say:
    Grumpy teenager now precocious old man!
    Cryptically yours,

  7. How can a lady refuse when called 'lovely'? I'll do it! Thanks for thinking of me.

  8. Okay i've done it Gerald! At sorry i can't do links at the moment. Phew six words are not many!