Friday, January 9, 2009

Do, Ra, Meme

If it were any day besides Friday, and a Friday evening at that, I'd probably have many, many stories to tell you about my day and my life (or lack of). Oh, the stories are there. It's just that it is hard to get them straight through the gentle hum that rings in my head. That hum is loudest on Friday evenings when it can even out-hum the voices in my head.

Not really being obligated, but just uninspired, I took on the challenge of the meme from Cat. First, I had to look up meme. Having seen that word but not really knowing the meaning, I thought it was a sort of narcissistic issue. According to Wikipedia (all their information is accurate, right?), an Internet meme is simply the propagation of a digital file... Oh, don't go away. Just look it up yourself one night when the sandman is being elusive.

Well, here are the rules.

1. Go to your documents
2. Go to your 6th file
3. Go to your 6th picture
4. Blog about it
5. Tag 6 friends to do the same
6. Find 6 new friends

This picture was taken recently at an old, abandoned school that is in the process of being torn down. There have been many vandals and varmits. This was one of my favorite pieces of graffiti. Actually, maybe it came in second place. My favorite was the one written in brown spray paint that said "This was written with shit." I love when vandals get creative!

While we were browsing about this cluttered, falling down building, three teenagers came into the building to look around. This was the conversation that followed.

Blonde girl: What happened here?

Me: This building used to be a school and now they are tearing it down.

Blonde girl: But what happened to this place (motioning with her hands the surrounding chaos that happens when ceiling parts are mixed with other rubble).

Me: Well, uh, um... They are tearing the building down. I don't know why but that's what is happening here.

Blonde girl: But how did all this stuff get like this? What happened?

Me (realizing that the phrase "tearing down the building" doesn't help the little blonde comprendo): Ummm... there was an earthquake?

Blonde girl: Ohhhhhhhhhh!

And that is how the rumor started that there was once an earthquake in my town despite the fact we don't even remotely exist near a fault line.

As for who is tagged next. Hmmm... You, and you, and you there. And hey, could you each tell a friend? Thanks!


Ann's Rants said...

Oh, why did she have to be blonde? Poor cliched soul.

Beth said...

Ann - And I'm a blonde, too. Recently, I tried to raise my IQ and I dyed my hair a darker color.

amy said...

But Beth, what HAPPENED there?? I mean, HOW did the earthquake happen? Why? But HOW? and WHY? Where do earthquakes come from? How? Why????

I have lots of blonde jokes, but I never tell them because I have blonde highlights and I feel slightly disloyal to my adopted tribe. However, I would like to offer the suggestion you find this blonde girl, take her to Barbie Sticker Girl, and tell Barbie Sticker Girl that Blonde Girl is the bonafide Barbie and if Barbie Sticker Girl doesn't start getting out of the car on her own, Blonde Barbie Girl will send Bratz Doll Girls to do terrible, terrible things to her.

Gosh, it's been a long week. I've really got to get out into fresh air more.

only a movie said...

Amy is that you? Do you guys know each other in real life? Teachers, in Georgia...?
Hi Beth - that looks like a fun meme and if I had the brain cells to try it, I would, but I just can't tonight. I will go look at your flickr photos though since you are now a new contact.
:-) Cheers, Erin

Kulio said...

Wow, inside the brain of an elementary principal! Who knew??? Love it that you are human. I'm from the other side...both sides actually...former 1st grade parent of 4 students and fervent supporter of educators everywhere! (bowing) Love your style!

Braja said...

I hope you were telling that girl the truth.


Deb said...

i may have to steal the photo and try to photoshop my kids into the picture. i think it would make a nice christmas card next year.

Beth said...

Amy - Great idea! Barbie sticker girl took us on a spin yesterday. Maybe a Bratz girl could straighten her out.

Erin - I don't know Amy in real life - at least not yet.

Kulio - I actually used to be a puppet but my superintendent (Gepeto) wanted me to be a real girl. Oh, wait. That was just a dream. And I love parents! Well, about 95% of them.

Braja - Are you accusing me of fabricating a story? :)

Deb - I'll be more than happy to send you that picture. And I may even borrow that idea.

nikkicrumpet said...

Love the picture....I'd have that blown up to a 14 x 18 frame it and hang it on your office wall. It might put a bit of fear in the little buggers! And why oh why does it always have to be a blond!

Threeboys1mommy said...

The minute I read blond girl I thought, tell her there was an earthquake! That's what I would have done, only this is California so it's slightly more relevant.

Comedy Goddess said...

So the blond girl told everyone that the principal told her about the earthquake and everyone else believed her?? Tee hee. You could have a lot of fun with your power!!

Kristina P. said...

That picture is awesome!

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I will add you to my Reader.

Eudea-Mamia said...

I weep for the future - at least for the blondes.

Was she at least pretty?