March 30th, 2007

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Memes actually can help me

I was just thinking about how it would be fun to run a "let me ask you questions" meme, when zyzyly just ran one. He had these really cool instructions about them, but I'll omit them, because I think you can freestyle them. First, let me answer for you his questions to me, because that is the first step:

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Now that I have performed the needful, I want to invite you to participate. Here are the rules:

A. You reply to this post by typing "I give you permission to ask, and it is possible I will answer".

B. I then ask you five questions, which may or may not be intrusive. As is usual, I am less concerned with whom you sleep or the latest gossip from your family than with nailing down things that confuse or interest me. It's a bit like stepping into a batting cage--it may turn out the balls come at 99 mph, or it may turn out that a big, fluffy softball wings your way. Sometimes I am curious why you did not do x or y in your career or personal life, and sometimes I want to know whether you prefer your monkeys winged or on motor scooters.

C. You answer my questions, either in the comments, in your journal, or more privately, as you prefer. I am rarely a very cryptic person, but I give you express permission to be cryptic or even elusive. I also give you permission, and perhaps encouragement, to be direct and on point.

D. Once you have answered my questions, you may ask me 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of your own, as I think that sharing is a two-way street.

E. You post or do not post this meme as you please, but whether you post or do not post, participate or do not participate, you relax and don't worry too much about it all. The challenge for you is to make it all fun, not to worry that you worry you'll have to tell me about your tattoo of the walrus on your left ankle or the 59 you got in Algebra II, which meant you didn't have the grades to take woodworking your sophomore year.

Finally, the "ringer" instruction, off topic in a charming way:

F. In a show of beneficient thanksgiving for this wonderful meme, you use your
favorite "paint" type program to make a simple drawing, and you post this drawing in your journal with the post title "I am no Matisse".

I hope you'll join me in this meme!