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The "Beth is Very Ashamed of Herself Meme"

I had this grand plan of taking 10 interviewees and asking these deep, probing (hee, am 12) questions custom-tailored to each person that would cause them to produce the most amazing, thought-provoking posts ever authored and possibly cause them to re-evaluate their entire lives to boot. But then I kept getting volunteers, and they were people I really wanted to interview and my resolve began to weaken and I wanted to interview everybody. Then I remembered that I have two sick kids and two deeply-neglected freelance jobs and that I couldn't possibly come up with fabulous interviews for twenty-some people before the pool opens this summer and so I sent them all the same questions. Which sucks and is a total cop-out and I am sorry.

Then I figured that as long as I sent everyone the same questions anyway I may as well post them and that way anyone who is interested or wanted to be interviewed but didn't volunteer because I already had more than ten and they wanted to play by the rules could answer them. Which I think means that I am making a meme, and I despise memes, so I am ashamed of myself. Shame doesn't have much impact on me, though, so I am doing it anyway.

To play, answer the following five questions on your blog (or in the comments if you don't have a blog). A link back to me so I can come read your answers would be awesome, that plus a note in the comments that you are doing it would be even better since sometimes links slip through all my fancy-dancy filters and I miss them. When you post your answers, include the instructions from this post so you can then go forth and interview your own readers for fun and profit. Ok, for fun.

Ready? Here we go!

1. Remember the movie Brewster's Millions? That happens to you, except on a smaller scale. You receive a million dollars that you must spend in 30 days. However, you cannot have any assets to show for the money at the end of the month (and you can't buy something and then destroy it), you cannot waste the money, you cannot give it away, and you cannot tell anyone what you are doing. How do you ditch the dough in a month or less?

2. You are locked in a toy store overnight, with no way out until it reopens in the morning. What do you play with all night?

3. If you could have a dinner party with any three famous people, living or dead, you would be wasting your supernatural powers on hosting dinner parties. What would you do instead?

4. What's the best thing since sliced bread? Now, sliced bread ain't all that impressive, so what's the best mediocre, hum-drum improvement or advancement that has made modern life just ever so slightly more convenient for humanity, along the lines of saving yourself five seconds every time you want a piece of bread.

5. What's your best quality? The response to this question must be a simple declarative statement. You may elaborate on that statement, provided that your elaboration does not include the words "but," "however," or "although," or any other hedging, equivocating, back-sliding, gerrymandering (which is not at all appropriate in this context, but I think it should be, don't you?) or any other type of backing down from the simple declarative statement with which you began your response.

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Comments (20)

All done. And hey, no worries about giving us all the same questions. This way everyone gets to play!

I totally expected the same questions as everyone! I'm saving them for a rainy day. One where I don't have piles of work on my desk.

Should be fun... looking forward to seeing everyone else's responses!

FYI, I am not hurt by your slacker-ness. :)

I'm doing it tomorrow

Done! I like your questions and don't blame you, it would be a pain in the butt to come up with 5 different ones for each person. Here's the link

yay for work boredom and fun questions

What great questions! Thank you! I can only imagine what fab questions you would have had uniquely for 10 people if you didn't have so many readers saying "pick me, pick me!"


P.S. I just might do a post on one of questions...

Done...I was going to leave a comment yesterday but you already had so many requests...I'm glad I was able to play along.

I'm doing it!

I played along too :) They were fun questions.

I'm stoked that you did it this way! Cuz now I can play even though I'm always late to the party ;)

Can't we just do them here? Or video interview?


(Ignore me. I've been drinking.)

I played, too!

Thanks, I needed a post! This was kinda fun. Good questions. :)

Yours were excellent questions, definitely meme-worthy. My answers are here.

Awesome questions. May I borrow these to use with my students sometime? These would make great writing prompts. My answers:

1. 30 marathons in 30 states in 30 days.
2. Hot Wheels cars.
3. Bring back Jerry Garcia.
4. The calendar/alarm feature on my cell phone.
5. Generosity.

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