I've been trying this morning to catch up on my blogbrowsing and Sarah Lulu had an intriguing meme...so what the heck. Here's the meme:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
The scary part was looking around to find the "nearest" book -- which was probably not going to be the book I would have just chosen. My computer chair sits almost equidistant between my bookcase (which mostly just has negative files, old pictures, wires, junk and few books) and my son's bookcase which is the one thing that remains from when my studio was his bedroom.
Looking at his bookcase, my heart dropped to see "Understanding HTML" and "Intermediate Algebra."
BAGMAN: "Yeah! That's make a gripping blog!"
So I moved my chair a smidgeon to the right. (Who invented the word "smidgeon"?). There were only three books to choose from. The first was the instruction manual for my Nikon D-80 in Spanish. I keep the English version in my camera bag because I'm a slow learner. The second was a disaster planning guide which I got for some emergency management class I took because I am part of the county's emergency management operations if something catastrophic ever happens in Charleston.
But the third might suffice. It was "The Notebooks of Robert Frost." I'm still leery, however, because I've browsed this book alot. It is not something you read because it is literally the unedited notebook jottings of the poet. Like my own journal scratchings, much of it makes no sense because it is just reminders of things that must have made sense to Frost when he wrote them. But rules are rules, so here goes:
Page 123, sentences 6-8.
Oops! I have a problem!
BUTLER: "No that's not what it says!"
No, that was me saying I have a problem with the meme challenge because Frost isn't using periods or writing in sentences, so how can I figure out what the next three sentences are after 5 or even where sentence 5 ends?
BAGMAN: "Just write something and go get another cup of coffee, for Pete's sake!"
Okay, okay...I'll try to decipher where there is a natural break even if there isn't a period. Here we go again. Page 123, pseudo-sentences 6-8:
"Trees in the village street in mid afgternoon in summertime"
"The Clear sound images Clear sight images have been attended to"
"Exponents to denote stress."
I think I should have picked another book.
Or another meme.