The Fall Meme – My Answers

This is my third attempt at crafting my own meme – eventually, I’ll get one really right and it will go viral… right? No?  Whatever, I’m going to keep trying until one does or I get bored.  So this is the official Dirty Dozen Fall Meme, I won’t tag anyone; however, should you choose to participate, I’d appreciate the courtesy of a link back.  Feel free to tag people if you wish.

  1. It’s not fall in DC (or your city of origin) until _____________? It’s not fall until I can wear cashmere, the mosquitoes are gone, and I’ve switched to a Manhattan as my drink of choice.
  2. Kelly Preston’s character in the movie For Love of the Game expresses her need to escape NYC because “Summer’s almost over, and I feel like I missed it.”  What do you need to do in the waning days of summer for it to feel complete? I need to feel some sand between my toes, eat some crabs & drink beer, and have one more picnic.
  3. The person I know is wrong for me but about whom I frequently think after a break-up is _____________? For me it isn’t one particular woman who keeps coming into my head when I am in a romantic doldrums.  It is usually a revisiting of many failed relationships that I can’t quite understand why they failed.  This is particularly problematic for me if I encounter one of these women.
  4. The US Tennis Open, one of four Grand Slam events in that sport, is currently in the quarterfinal round.  If you could only attend one major sporting event what would it be? I needed to do some reductive thinking to answer this question.  After eliminating all contenders, the last event standing was March Madness – preferably the first two weekends.
  5. Assuming that you write an anonymous or partially anonymous blog, by what non-physically identifying characteristics might you be identified in a bar? If you notice a seemingly overdressed guy who is scribbling in a journal or pecking on a computer, that might be me.  If that guy is wearing antique cufflinks and smoking a cigar, then the odds get much better.
  6. Most blogs cover some sort of niche – personal, political, dating, culinary, etc.  What topic, if any, would you like to address on your blog but doesn’t fit into your niche? I am extremely passionate about politics and would love to write more about it.  I do know that I lack the discipline and patience to research and document all of the things necessary to write about that subject in a manner that would be satisfactory to me.
  7. If you could manipulate the time space continuum and give as many as three pieces of advice to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give and to what age of you? To the eight year old Refugee, don’t try too hard to fit in with the kids at that school; they will never accept you and neither will their parents.  You will have more fun without them.  To the twenty year old Refugee, there really is no need to rush through undergrad.  To the twenty four year old Refugee, please take that job at AOL; you can deal with the commute and will retire in four years.
  8. Who among your friends do you really wish had a blog because their stories, or perspective on something ought to be shared? One of my favorite bartenders would be a terrific blogger.  She is insightful, funny as all hell, and works behind a bar on Georgetown Saturday Nights which I am know leaves her with plenty of stories.
  9. If you were to take an e-cation (vacation from the trappings of our electronic world,) and assuming that employment obligations would allow it, how long of a break could you take? What would you miss the most, the least? If the e-cation occurred at the same time as an actual vacation, I could last at least a month.  I would miss the late night emails from clients the least and I would probably miss my relationships to the blogs I read the most.
  10. On September 11th of this year, I will be attending a couple of parties and am somewhat conflicted by the fact that this ignoble anniversary shall pass with it being just another day in the eyes of many (and in some ways my own eyes as well.) Thoughts? I think I answered this question within the question, however, to expand a bit more… I did what I could to embrace the Day of Service concept by volunteering some time with one of my favorite charitable organizations.
  11. How high are your walls?  Who was the last person to scale them? What tools should would-be climbers have on their belt? My walls are tiered and have increasingly sharp barbed wire the higher one climbs.  They have gotten higher in the last year and that is not a source of pride for me.  The recommended tools for scaling them: patience, optimism, a well turned phrase, a love for rainy Sundays with Coltrane and Neruda, an appetite.
  12. The sexiest thing a wo/man can say to you (or has said to you) is _____________? This tastes amazing.

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Other Lovely Bloggers Participated:

Just A Titch

Hannah Just Breath

Dorothy’s Not Dead

Life of Planet Dan-E

Skrinkering Hearts

Elle Dubya

Was It for This

The Kristen Chronicles

Are You Really Interested

Is There a Doctor in the House

Seeking John Galt

I There a Dr. in the House

Bikram Yoga Chick

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10 Responses to The Fall Meme – My Answers

  1. brookem says:

    i love your answers. especially to number 11.

  2. Alice says:

    1.It’s not fall in DC until… I’ve had to wear a jacket to work 3 days in a row. then i finally give up and admit it’s no longer summer.

    2.What do you need to do in the waning days of summer for it to feel complete? one more beach outing is helpful; getting into the city to do something outside (free concert / paddleboating / etc) also works.

    3. The person I know is wrong for me but about whom I frequently think after a break-up is _____________? my Bad Ex, who i do not at ALL want to be with, but with whom things were the best they’ve ever been w/a guy (up until the breakup, naturally).

    4. If you could only attend one major sporting event what would it be? definitely pro-football. no question. 🙂

    5. Assuming that you write an anonymous or partially anonymous blog, by what non-physically identifying characteristics might you be identified in a bar? i have my picture up on my blog.. 🙂 but if you hear someone laughing too loudly in a bar? might be me..

    6. Most blogs cover some sort of niche – personal, political, dating, culinary, etc. What topic, if any, would you like to address on your blog but doesn’t fit into your niche? this is where having a COMPLETELY non-cohesive blog comes in handy. i can write about whatever trickles lethargically through my head on any given day..!

    7.If you could manipulate the time space continuum and give as many as three pieces of advice to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give and to what age of you?
    a) to the 12 yr old me: stand up to those assholes. they’re all talk.
    b) to the 16 yr old me: you’ll Become A Woman some day, honestly. you’ll even get boobs. hang in there.

    8. Who among your friends do you really wish had a blog because their stories, or perspective on something ought to be shared? oh my god, my best friend & boss. she is the most ridiculous person i know.

    9. If you were to take an e-cation (vacation from the trappings of our electronic world,) and assuming that employment obligations would allow it, how long of a break could you take? What would you miss the most, the least? about a month for me, too. i was offline for the better part of 3 weeks this summer, and i missed my interactions with specific people more than i missed the internet at large.

    10. On September 11th of this year, I will be attending a couple of parties and am somewhat conflicted by the fact that this ignoble anniversary shall pass with it being just another day in the eyes of many (and in some ways my own eyes as well.) Thoughts?
    i think the phrase “never forget” is kind of.. i don’t know what word i’m looking for, but i think it is virtually impossible for anyone who saw the planes hit the towers to EVER forget what happened. i don’t need a specific day to make sure i won’t forget that, believe me.

    11. How high are your walls? Who was the last person to scale them? What tools should would-be climbers have on their belt?
    oh, they’re high. the Bad Ex was the last (and only!) one to successfully climb them completely. tools needed: patience, the ability to show me more love than i can show you at first, and cuddling.

    12. The sexiest thing a man can say to you (or has said to you) is… i haven’t been able to stop thinking about you / what you did last night / what you wore last night / etc all day long. 😉

  3. Christina says:

    I like your answers but number 12 is my favorite!

  4. Ahhh, what a wonderful post. I really can’t wait to do this meme—such interesting questions.

    And yes, I whole-heartedly agree with #2. Summer just isn’t summer if you haven’t felt hot sand on your skin, tasted fresh crabmeat, and drank a cold beer or two in the company of friends.

  5. dan-E says:

    I must have missed your previous attempts but this is a nice meme so I gave it a go. Mine isn’t as well written but hey, it’s something.

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  7. Michelle says:

    Brilliant! I’ve read Hannah’s and Dorothy’s also, their answers were amazing. My turn now! I’ll post on my blog.
    BTW: what a dashing and romantic figure you present with your antique cufflinks, cigar and computer!

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