ZenPundit has tagged me with this durned thing. I don’t get tagged very frequently so I think it behooves me to respond graciously.
Honestly, I think that meme is a misnomer for this sort of exercise. Meme should be reserved for foundational ideas like Bush lied or Cindy Sheehan is a moron or winning hearts and minds—ideas that help to form belief systems and are at least a little useful in identifying where in the spectrum of thought the correspondent fits.
A better characterization of this sort of exercise is a game. It’s like Truth or Dare or Tell Me Something I Don’t Know. Well, anyway I’ll play.
The games consists of seven questions:
- Seven things to do before I die
- Seven things I cannot do
- Seven things that attract me to (…)
- Seven things I say most often
- Seven books (or series) that I love
- Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had time)
- Seven people I want to join in, too.
Seven things to do before I die
I’ve always been bad at longterm goals.
- Go to Paris and Rome with my wife.
- Dogsled into a campsite, stay overnight, and dogsled out.
- Raise a puppy from birth.
- Figure out what I want to do when I grow up.
- Learn Arabic.
- Create something really novel and useful.
- Improve the template for The Glittering Eye.
Seven things I cannot do
It will sound like bragging but there aren’t a lot of things I can’t do. There are some things I haven’t tried yet. 😉 But there are a few things I really cannot do. I’m not going to share the really serious things. Those are just too painful to talk about.
- Go a single day without excruciating pain.
- Fly a plane (my eyesight is too poor).
- Suffer fools lightly.
- Take a compliment.
- Get a decent night’s sleep.
- Figure out where my great-great-great-grandfather Blanchard was born.
- Follow a recipe without improving on it.
Seven things that attract me to blogging
- It’s creative.
- It’s a challenge.
- Posting daily requires discipline.
- Meeting new people.
- Learning new things.
- It engages my mind.
- It gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts on things I care about.
Seven things I say most often
- At any rate
- A man’s reach must exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for?
- When the only tool you have is a hammer every problem begins to look like a nail.
- Qila, knock it off!
- Mira, off!
- Tally, come!
- Janice, I love you.
Seven books (or series) that I love
- Dante’s Purgatorio
- Henry Fielding’s The History of Tom Jones, a foundling
- Dostoyevskiy’s The Brothers Karamazov
- Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield
- de Pomiane’s French Cooking in 10 Minutes
- de Camp and Pratt’s The Land of Unreason
- Roger Zelazny’s This Immortal
Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had time)
This one is easy.
- The 39 Steps (the Hitchcock version with Robert Donat and Madeline Carroll)
- The Prisoner of Zenda (the version with Ronald Coleman and Madeline Carroll—you might see a pattern emerging here)
- The Quiet Man (like to hear me recite it?)
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
- Strictly Ballroom
- The Castle
Seven people I want to join in, too
Hmmm. I feel dastardly passing this on. And Mark took one of my candidates.