Friday, February 2, 2007

A Curious Meme: page 123

I would have wanted to say this taggee owed the tagger one and so the taggee was obliged to comply with the meme. That would have sounded so cool . But honestly, this taggee is still tickled pink to be tagged and to tag. Which she hopes you will all take to mean she's really still a newbie even after five weeks of blogging and three memes tucked up under her. In fact, she wishes she will never get jaded, will never make it to highschool. This one doesn't mind staying in grade 10 section 10 row four forever.

Nevertheless, there is still that squiggly, itchy question. What's the point to this meme? Hindi ko talaga gets. Well, maybe if virtue is for virtue's sake and beauty is its own excuse for being ... some meme is for ..... aw shucks ... let's just do it. Anyway, sabi nga ni tagger Prab, madali lang naman.

Let me see, the meme simply asks that we:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Then turn to page 123.
3. Mark the fifth sentence. Pick up the next three sentences and post. (In other words, post sentence nos. 6-8 on page 123.)
4. Acknowledge the book and the author.
5. Tag 3 people in turn.

Picked up those instructions from memory. I hope I didnt distort any. On second thoughts, why not distort some ha -- according to Wikipedia (thanks, Sajid) a meme mutates as it passes from blogger to blogger.

So, here goes:

" His name was Hugh. Kate has never met a Hugh before. How did one name a baby, defenseless, small, and new, Hugh?"

From Alice Walker's Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart. (Indulge me to make yabang about Alice Walker -- Pulitzer award winning author of The Color Purple, made into one of the most breathtakingly beautiful movies of all time. Directed by Steven Spielberg lang naman. Featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey lang naman.)

Alice Walker is who I have in my mind when I said (in a blog? in a comment? I can't recall anymore) that at this point of my life, I prefer action that takes place within rather than action that happens without. And that was my alibi for never getting past page 50 of The Da Vinci Code, even as two daughters read it in one or two sittings, ditto 2,500 of my friends , and even as rave reviews made big of DVC, mocking me.

Someday, I will write Alice Walker's praise or that of some other delicious authors like Ayn Rand or Jostine Gaarder or Steinbeck. But for now ... I got to put this meme behind me.

Before I tag the next 'it' I got to come clean: I cheated a little. The book that is right under my nose is "Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0" by Diane Zak left by a son who's self-studying programming on the computer table. I had to skip it because who wants to post "save and run the application" or "control, alt delete." I am afraid Dimaks owns the patent to that?

So I stretched the instructions a little and chose a book that I was currently reading and was getting into my skin. Can anything get closer than that?!

Awright. I now tag:

Rhodora again (ay, baka naman singhap singhap ka na sa meme)
Dimaks (hmmm i hope its not exam week in Japan)
Gibbs (hmmm pansinin kaya? I worked with the guy in a joint project before he joined PDI, but I bet he doesn't know who the heck is anna).

P.S. I will stretch the rules again and tag a fourth one:

Jonnel! (a highschool senior, gifted, as best as i can make him out) - Take it away, Jon.


jonell said...

can i join here??

annamanila said...

Sure ... i can edit this blog and tag you extra. when you come back to this blog .. i guess you will see your name as a 'taggee' for the meme. :)

Prab said...

Naks, ang bigat ng book. :P I'm sure you're also forgiven about cheating a little. Pointless nga naman ung programming book. lawl

dimaks said...

Now, I do not think you'll gonna have some loving with what's in page 123 of the book I grabbed.. :D

dimaks said...

Tag done :)

Toe said...

When I did this tag before, I also didn't choose the book nearest me but the book I was currently reading. :)

annamanila said...

Jonell! I tagged you. Now, just do it!

Dimaks! Your 123 gave me a headache. Pero congrats na din ... bilis-bilis ah.

Toe! Ganun ba. Strange, i missed that bookmark piece. Will go back and see.

annamanila said...
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annamanila said...

Prab! Yup, bigat ni Alice Walker. Spielberg complained that the movie Color of Purple was held up to a mirror with Alice in it. Siguro the movie was panned by critics as not deserving of Alice's book.

But her style is not heavy -- see how short her sentences are. I don't have to run to dictionary to look up every other words But maybe her books are (hurt, exploited, misunderstood) women stuff. But .. i know u want to understand your Ellie more. So ...

Prab said...

Sometimes I think it has something to do with the writer's style too. I know my Dad has an Alice Walker book sitting somewhere in the house. I never really thought about reading it, and now that you mention it, I might just look for it to find out.

*starts looking for book in the mini library*

annamanila said...

Prab! With some luck, you will be holding an Alice Walker by now. Push the luck some more .. and maybe you're now reading The Color of Purple.

Alice writes about black women -- how they rise above poverty, discrimination, lack of education and other opportunities, and (in the case of Purple, incest.

Teka .. have you read "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" --super galing for understanding gender differences. If more men read that book, I am sure there would be fewer marriages floundering.

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