Friday, January 12, 2007

what's a meme???

I've looked up this "meme" term and still don't think I know what it is. Can anyone bring the definition down to a second grade level (maybe a line drawing) so I can get it?

I never knew reading blogs could turn into... like... homework. Here's what I've been assigned by Jan to get done:

What's the most fun work you've ever done, and why?
Fun work for me usually involves being left alone in the woods with a chain saw. I worked as a timber faller in Northern California when I was n my twenties. The sound of the saw, the smell of dirt, and the thump of a huge tree hitting the ground is quite exhilarating and empowering. If something gets damaged when the tree falls, I consider that a bonus. Anything funner than that would probably be illegal, immoral, or fattening.
Name one thing you did in the past that you no longer do but wish you did.
Grow hair. On my head.
Name one thing you've always wanted to do but keep putting off.
Write a book.
What two things would you most like to learn or be better at, and why?
Relate to people.
If you could take a class/workshop/apprentice from anyone in the world living or dead, who would it be and what would you hope to learn?
Paul the Apostle. I would want to take Timothy's place and learn everything Paul knew about planting churches, raising leaders, overcoming the guilt of past sins, forgiving people, how to be courageous and humble at the same time, how to know when God is really telling you to do something, and what it's like to stand before the world's most powerful and influential people as God's chosen vessel to bring the gospel. I'd like to know what it feels like to look forward to losing your life for the sake of the gospel.
What three words might your best friends or family use to describe you?
Equal. Opportunity. Offender.
List two words you wish described you:
Humble. Wise.
What are your top three passions?
My Wife. International missions work. Training young people to follow Jesus.

Now I gotta tag five of you. I'll follow Jan's lead and hit up five people out in blog-land that I check in with but don't really know a whole lot about: Rick (you live in the land I love and comment here regularly), Pete (I tried to Sype you but I'm slow with the learning curve), Josh (because you've made the unfortunate mistake of linking to me), Jennifer (because my first impression on you was offensive), and Vicki (because I love your heart).


Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks so much, Bryon! ;O( I'm back from DR three days and I'm supposed to come up with all that stuff??

Give me a little more time, and I'll see what I can do. You want it in the comments section?

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'll at least start. If I get stuck, I reserve the right to stop wherever I am and come back tomorrow, or. . . .

The most fun work I've ever done: Teach freshman comp', before I burned out. Even before that, some semesters, some classes, were more fun than others. This does not include the part where I sat by the hour and read or graded essay drafts. Made me wish I'd done better in College Algebra and gone on to even higher math' so I could teach Algebra I.

One thing I no longer do but wish I did: play the piano. I have an ache in my heart as I type that. I was good; not concert-level good, but good, and I loved it. Living in apartments after my divorce made me too conscious of the noise (for neighbors) and too conscientious about mistakes, when I was out of practice. Now the arthritis in my hands has narrowed the spread of my hands and playing hurts my hands and fingers. A physical therapist might say that's all the more reason to play, but I haven't yet consulted one.

One thing I've always wanted to do but keep putting off: become fluent in a second language. Actually, I started working on that in October, in preparation for my recent trip. Now I'm back, and I intended to get back into it right away. But I haven't called the school, yet. And I promised my two girls in DR that the next time I go, I would be speaking Spanish. Sigh.

Okay. I have to stop here and think about the next three. No, I'll skip them for now and press on:

My top three passions: Bruce, the love of my life, my husband, partner, best friend and my hero; Denisse, Maria, Tausi and Uwizera, my sponsored girls in Dominican Republic (2), Tanzania and Rwanda; speaking to anyone who will listen about Compassion's ministries and finding people who have the heart, the will and the resources to sponsor a child.

I guess I should put this in my own blog so I can tag someone, except that I don't have enough regular readers for it to do any good. tags.