Friday, December 17, 2004

I gotta be meme

I always intend to do these things, but never get around to them -- primarily because I'm easily distracted. So, I will do this latest meme (via Crocodile Caucus via Yet Another Comics Blog via Johnny Bacardi via Jen Contino), because it requires no heavy lifting or long-term commitment:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

"The youthful Sammy, dressed in light-blue trousers, gamboge [bright yellow] waistcoat, and pink coat, is throwing his arms in raptures at the 'stylish appearance' of his sweetheart Matilda, who, like Sammy himself, is decked out in all the chomatic elegance of these three primary colors, while the astonished swain is exclaiming, by means of a huge bubble which he is in the act of blowing out of his mouth, 'My gracious, Matilda! how ever did you get that beautiful new dress?'"

Whew! That's one very long sentence, quoting journalist and playwright Henry Mayhew's description of an 1865 print ad, from Judith Flanders' Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England.

Yes, I do lead a very exciting life. Why do you ask?