Wednesday, August 29, 2007

It's Raining Memes

The good news is, I don't have to write a post today; I'm doing Memes instead. The bad news (depending on your perspective) is, you're all tagged.

First up is Kanrei's Meme:

Four jobs I have had or currently have in my life:

1. Waitress -- My first job was at a Dairy Queen-type restaurant in Virginia Beach. I took orders, cooked them, served them, and collected payment for them. It was hard, hard work, but it taught me a lot about the work ethic. And it made me feel very grateful that it was only a summer job and not something I'd have to spend my whole life doing.

2. Legal Secretary -- I had no legal experience at all and had never considered anything law-related as a career option. I'd moved back to my hometown, though, and needed a job, so I signed up with the State employment commission and they immediately sent me on a "fill-in" position at a law firm. Little did I know it was the best law firm in town at that time. I liked the work and learned the ropes pretty quickly, and ended up staying there for 10 years.

3. I had periodic burn-outs in legal work and have worked in a private tutoring center, a bookstore, U.S. Courts, court reporting, an insurance agency, an insurance adjuster, and ran two small businesses of my own.

4. Current Job: Part-time paralegal for a sole practitioner lawyer, which means I do a little bit of everything. For example, he can't type and I can, so I do all the typing. He does the filing, and it all works out pretty well.

Four Countries I have been to:
I am a complete backwater provincial and have never traveled outside of the U.S.

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. On a beach
2. In bed
3. In a bookstore
4. On a road trip

Four foods I like to eat:
1. French fries
2. Ice cream
3. Roast beef sandwiches
4. Cereal with sliced bananas

Four personal heroes - past or present:

1. Harper Lee, because the one book she had in her was a masterpiece and she had the guts and determination to write it and get it out there.

2. Elizabeth I, because she carved out a niche for herself in what was then a man's world.

3. My grandmother, because she was tough and wise, humble but opinionated, and could do just about anything she set her mind to while always a lady.

4. Mother Teresa, simply because she was so impossibly saintly.

Four books I have recently read or am currently reading:

1. "Broken Prey," John Sandford. Crime novel which I'm about halfway through. Some Sandfords I like, some not so much. This one's actually pretty good.

2. "Ham Bones," Carolyn Haines - Latest in a series about a quirky female Mississippi PI.

3. "Lean Mean Thirteen," Janet Evanovich. Latest in another series, this one featuring a demented but adorable female Jersey bounty hunter.

4. "The Tin Roof Blowdown," James Lee Burke. Burke writes darkly poetic crime novels set in south Louisiana. This one focuses on post-Katrina New Orleans and is dynamite.

Four to Tag:
Nope, that would be following the rules. I hate rules and flout them every chance I get. I'm tagging all of you and would dearly love it if you'd do this meme if you haven't already.

And now I'll borrow and do G-Man's meme:

1. What was the first blog that you regularly read?
I honestly don't remember, but I think it was a Live Journal blog. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was the one lambasting the PublishAmerica fiasco about elven vampires with a Photoshopped Orlando Bloom on the cover.

2. Do you remember the first blogger that you had an E-Mail relationship with?
The first, no. I've developed e-mail correspondences, i.e., relationships, with so many fellow bloggers.

3. Why did you create your blog?
As I began reading various blogs on a regular basis, it looked like people were having so much fun that I figured it might be good therapy for me. And it is!

4. When was your first post, and who was your first commenter?
May 22, 2006, but I didn't get my first comment (aside from anonymous junk) until May 28th, from a young poet named Mea.

5. Are there blogs that you absolutely have to visit daily?
Yes, indeed! I visit just about everybody on my blogroll, plus a few more, on a daily basis -- even if I don't always take the time to comment.

6. Is your Blog categorized? (i.e., Comedy, Literary, Personal Angst, Etc.)
It started out with a literary bent but quickly became whatever I needed it to be from one day to the next. Some days, it's a rant; some days it's quirky; other days it's fairly serious. I do try to make it fun for everyone who reads it.

7. Do you see an end to your blogging some day?
I'll quit if and when it's no longer fun.

8. What are you wearing right this very minute?
At the time I answered the question, I had on black shorts and a white cotton top, no shoes.

It would be great if y'all would all do this one, too.

Just to keep things on an even keel, how about these Words Gone Wild Roxan spotted? They totally cracked me up.

destroid if they try to use it
i love altenitive endings
craching down around our ears
i'm suprised that no one through a fit
thought that was confermed
found the neclace
but she saw both of there stomeches

I'd love it if somebody is brave enough to try and define some of those. Please! I'm afraid I don't have the stomach for it myself. Not now.

And to round things out in the usual manner, we must have our little quiz just for fun.

You Make a Great First Impression

You can handle almost any social situation with grace, even the tricky ones.
Strangers often find you charming and interesting. You are often remembered fondly.
Even if you're not naturally outgoing, you can make conversation with anyone if you need to.

Whether you were born this way or had to work to get here, you are definitely charismatic.
You're popular and well liked. People definitely look forward to being around you.
Your social connections bring you a full and rich life. You understand how important it is to make a lasting impression.


Kanrei said...

Hey! I called no tag backs! That is mean and cruel. I am going to do it, but only because I needed an idea for today. You are mean.

Camille Alexa said...

***You Make a Good First Impression***

You probably are making a much better impression than you realize.
Social situations can be a bit awkward for you at times, and you tend to over think what you say and do.
If you make a social faux pas, you remember it a lot longer than anyone else does.

Just relax and do your best. There are little things you can do to improve your social image.
Express more of an interest in the people around you, and be a good listener.
The secret of fascinating people is that they find everyone else fascinating!

With the answers I gave (and the truth behind them) I'm pretty dubious of this outcome.

MONA said...

its pity.. i did my tag at galen's already!

Fun post serena! I love memes coz they tell us so many interesting facts!

Kanrei said...

I already know I make horrible first impressions so I don't need that quiz. 100% of my really close friends have all said they hated my guts when they first met me. Now they all love me so I know it was just the first impression I suck at. That and I never get second dates...

Serena Joy said...

Ah, it won't hurt a bit, Kan. You only have to do the one you haven't already done, and it's an easy one.:)

Yeah, I don't think that fits you, Camille. You're naturally charming and make a great first impression. I've never seen you make a faux pas.:)

I agree, Mona. Memes provide us with great insight into the psyches of our fellow bloggers. They're fun, too.:)

I don't understand this bad first impression thing, Kan. I didn't get that when I first visited the Lemming House. If I had, I wouldn't have gone back! Ergo, you made a good first impression with me.:)

Kanrei said...

Everytime I pull a tag out, they drag it right back in.

I tend to make bad impressions in person SJ. I speak my mind, am 100% blunt and 100% honest. It tends to make it so people must "get used to me" first.

destroid if they try to use it- I think it is about an astroid destroying the Earth, but am not sure

i love altenitive endings- a fan of octopus literature

i'm suprised that no one through a fit- Shocked everyone was so fat that no one could squeeze in?

thought that was confermed- a thought that get fertilize?

These are tough...

Charles said...

Hey, how come I'm the only one that wants to go out drinking?

You Make a Good First Impression
You probably are making a much better impression than you realize.
Social situations can be a bit awkward for you at times, and you tend to over think what you say and do.
If you make a social faux pas, you remember it a lot longer than anyone else does.

Just relax and do your best. There are little things you can do to improve your social image.
Express more of an interest in the people around you, and be a good listener.
The secret of fascinating people is that they find everyone else fascinating!

Hey that's the same as CA's. I swear I didn't copy it. Please stay out of my psyche, I'm still rummaging around in there. :)
Four jobs I have had or currently have in my life:
Assistant Manager of Swiss Colony in a now defunct mall.
Edger at Leroy Thompson's Opthalmic Laboratory.
Machine Operator-Various.
Sheet Metal Worker-Various.
Network Admin/Programmer.

Four Countries I have been to:
Mexico, Bahamas, one of the British Virgin Islands(very briefly), Texas.

Four places I would rather be right now:
Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Chase Club, O'Brien's.

Four foods I like to eat:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

Four personal heroes - past or present:
We're allowed to do that? I thought kidnapping was illegal.

Four books I have recently read or am currently reading:
All of them? Geesh. I'm going to get Kan for this, he better be very afraid. ;)
You'd better read my blog, otherwise this could get lengthy.

Four to Tag:
GWB, GHB, DChaney, DQuale.

Words Gone Wild:
"destroid if they try to use it"
destroid [dĭ-stroid']
1. A pressurized capsule of stinking shit.
"The scalpel is too sharp and they won't survive the destroid if they try to use it."

Charles said...

BTW, I did G's at his blog.

Serena Joy said...

I tend to be pretty blunt and honest, too, Kan. I sort of tell it like it is and figure if somebody's too big a wuss to take it, it's their problem, not mine.:)

Kan and Charles are doing some fabulous definitions today! I'm really starting to like that "destroid" word. I do think it must have something to do with asteroids. Or maybe hemorrhoids.

Charles, I'd go out drinking with you except that I can't really hold enough to get a good buzz going.:-) I like your 4 food groups. LOL. I'll skip over to G's to read your other meme answers.

Variant E said...

Ok, here's your other meme:

1. House of Suz. She got me started blogging when I was dating her.
2. Only Suz had my email up until I purchased Diesel's book.
3. Creative outlet. I thought it might be fun and wanted to see if I could come up with anything interesting or entertaining from day to day.
4. May 30, 2006. Suz was nice enough to comment that same day.
5. I visit everyone I link to and then some others in the waiting.
6. My blog is not intelligent enough to be categorized. Wait, file them all under: Random
7. I'll quit when you slide the keyboard from my cold, thats too dramatic. I'll quit when it is no longer fun.
8. Why Red Polyester of course! Ha ha. No, actually just shorts and a breathable sleeveless shirt because its a nice warm day and I'm still on vacation!

Serena Joy said...

Heh -- May 30th. That's my birthday. I think I'd categorize your blog as Highly Entertaining, VE. And listen, nothing in my world is ever "too dramatic.":-) If you'd said red polyester shorts, I'd have sent Kan to fetch my fan. LOL.

Charles said...

Ah, a Gemini. Interesting.

Serena Joy said...

Yeah, it kind of quasi-explains my dueling twin sides, Charles. And now I'm just waiting for Kan to come in and say his June twins trump my May twins. Not!:-)

Charles said...

Of course his June twins don't trump your May twins. Mine are the only ones that can do that. ;)

Serena Joy said...

Are you a June? If so, please don't hate me when I tell you that May twins have more fun.:-)

Charles said...

Hey, I drink sometimes and play darts, so I have fun, too. You May twins don't have all the fun.

Serena Joy said...

You ARE a June, aren't you? You and Kan had better not gang up on me. Waaaaahhhh!:-)

Charles said...

Kan's a Lemming, how much fun do you think they have after that first base jump?

Serena Joy said...

I rather enjoy the regularly scheduled cliff jumps myself.:)

Scary Monster said...

We interrupt this love scene to bring you the follwing paid announcement...

The meme and or tag be a great way to slack off fer a while, but me only enjoys them iffin they have good questions and truly personel/ funny answers. Otherwise it's just like sittin in a bar while someone bends yer ear.

Kanrei Me figgers iffin you don't do the tag you'll be visitin Luca Brasi.


We now return to our regular broadcast

Serena Joy said...

Luca Brasi - Wasn't he one of those horse head godfather people?:)

Kanrei said...

Bash a lemming day here or what? LOL
Steve, the trick to cliff jumping is really two-fold. 1) use a parachute. bungee chords don't really work very well since cliffs are much different than bridges. 2) try to make sure there is water beneath said cliff. Lemmings may be crazy, but we ain't stupid =D

Serena, Luca is the one that sleeps with the fishes. Walt was guy who woke up with the head.

Serena Joy said...

LOL. Parachutes are for wusses. I jump freefall and then climb back up the lemming cliff. Okay, so it's stupidity and not bravery. I'm only a novice lemming.

Luca, Walt, head, fishes -- but they're all wiseguys, am I right?:-)

Charles said...

Scary didn't notice my referral of Texas being a foreign country. heheheh

Serena Joy said...

I noticed the reference, but just figured you were making a personal statement on account of the mega-idiot Texas produced.:)

Charles said...

You'd think that a country like Texas that purports to believe in the newklar family would believe in real education, wouldn't you?

Queenie said...

Next week I promise( I hate memes ). Going to see what sort of first impression I make now.

G-Man said...

....You cook?

....You are now Barefoot?


Serena Joy said...

I think most of TX is in witness protection, Charles, from sheer embarrassment.:)

Why do you hate memes, Queenie? Some of them are great fun.:)

I "used to" cook, G. BIG difference.:-) Girl's most always barefoot in the summer, though.

Pink said...

wow that computer kiss is a bit scary!

I think the job meme will be fun...I'm game! (dont shoot me)

Serena Joy said...

No worries, Pinks. I never, ever shoot game.:) Have fun with the jobs meme.