Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Meme: Five Things That Are Lame About Me

Finally, a meme I can sink my teeth into: List 5 things that are lame about you that you are nonetheless proud of.

My good friend Patrick Gabridge tried to get me to say nice things about myself earlier (list 5 of your strengths as a writer). But I would have none of it. I would have just listed all my insecurities and faults, and tried to pass them off as strengths. Or maybe I would have come up with some actual strengths and then explained why they are self-defeating or otherwise not useful or bothersome. Either way, it wasn’t in the spirit Pat was going for, so I studiously ignored it.

But 5 lame things about me? I could do that in my sleep. And I often do. The only hard part is paring it down to just five. Nonetheless, I think I can manage. Here they are:

  1. I am unable to publicly acknowledge 5 good things about myself. This makes me feel more Mennonite. Mennonites are only allowed to be proud of their humility, and they do it exceptionally well.
  2. One of my favorite movies is Return To Me. What can I say - I am a sucker for Minnie Driver and Bonnie Hunt. A sappy movie about good people doing nice things for each other is certainly both lame and secretly fulfulling.
  3. I am Eric Foreman from That 70’s Show. This is mostly just lame. I really enjoy the show, since it reminds me so much of my own high school experience in Indiana (except without all the sex). But I always found the Eric Foreman character to be totally annoying, and never understood how Donna would be even remotely interested in him. Then I was horrified when all my high school friends remarked how similar I am to him. Dang. I hate being Eric Foreman. I want to look like Kelso and have Hyde’s brains and self-assurance. The only silver lining is that I did actually marry a Hot Donna in real life, and am still mystified as to how that happened.
  4. I read Harry Potter to my kids even though they aren’t always into it. It is tough having kids in elementary school that are already cooler than me. But I don’t care. I still love to read it to them.
  5. I make other people answer the phone. I don’t like answering the phone – it may be someone who wants something from me. So even if I’m right next to it, I wait for someone else to pick it up. I can’t find anything in this to be secretly proud about, but thought it seemed like a sufficiently lame personality quirk.

I guess with Memes you are supposed to tag other people and then have them blog about it. I’ll just say that if you are reading this and want to join the fun, please do, and let me know about it so I can make fun of you on your blog. And for those counting at home, yes, that would be a sixth thing I am being lame about.


Amy Derby said...

I've never been good at reflecting on my good points either. I enjoyed reading this one of yours.

If you'd like to participate, I'm tagging you for the Random 8 Meme. It's addicting but fun. :-)

Dan S said...

Looks like fun Amy - thanks for tagging me. I'll come up with some by the end of the week.

dw said...

Is this meme five things that are lame about you? In that case...


Dan S said...

:) :)

snarkbutt said...

Always a stickler for following directions, I don't think I could complete this meme. I could find tons of things that are lame about me, but none that I'm proud of. For example, I'm not particularly proud of the fact that I yell in traffic.

I suppose to could do 5 Things That I'm Proud Of, For Which I Could Be Considered Lame. But the things themselves wouldn't be lame, only the fact that I'm proud of them. For example, I'm proud of being in 3rd place in my tennis league, even though that's a pretty lame thing to be proud of. But being in 3rd place isn't by itself lame. (I hope.)

I'm proud of the fact that I'm not the only person who thinks you remind them of Eric Foreman.

I'm proud of my genitalia, even though there's nothing exceptional about them.

I'm proud of being a smug, edumacated liberal.

I'm proud of the fact that I resisted the urge to make a crude joke using the more traditional definition of "lame" (i.e. disabled).

For all of these things I'm probably lame.

Dan S said...

I don't believe the meme police will cart you away for the distinctions you're drawing. Maybe a quick tasing and a stern warning at most.