Saturday, February 09, 2008

Meme 123

Still uncertain as to what exactly is a meme, I have been tagged by Alex at Abandon All Fear, a British Christian I often annoy with my unbelief.

The game is to
  • Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
  • Open the book to page 123.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the next three sentences.
  • Tag five people.

Never do this in your office, even if it is after hours. The book at hand happened to be a multidisciplinary collection of papers titled Women Immigrants in the United States. Page 123 happened to fall in the paper titled "Detention of Women Asylum Seekers in the United States" by Marleine Bastien, founder and executive director of Haitian Women of Miami, and the recipient of a 2000 human rights award from Amnesty International.

Starting on the fifth sentence on p. 123, Bastien writes:
Women detainees at TGK and other facilities around the United States lack access to basic recreational facilities. The outdoor recreation at TGK consists of a small concrete wall space exposed to the elements. The women supposedly have access to it from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. but actually do not because of frequent lockdowns and other unexplained emergencies.

Now I have to tag five people, presumably fellow bloggers:

The Palinode

See, I can play blogger games, too!


jen said...

now if i can figure out what tagged means...


Anonymous said...

The nearest book is my English-French Harraps's dictionary. At page 123 the fifht entry is "captaincy", then "caption", "captious", "captivate". (My captaincy, I am not captivated for me to write a captious caption.)

I cannot find " a meme", must be an American wild beast. I looked for "tagged", it seems that it means to be touched, like in a game of a schoolyard. I am too old to play your games, kids.

palinode said...

I'll definitely do this at home; the closest book at hand in my office is the Canadian Press Stylebook.

savia said...

Thanks for the tag. Now, I tagged you! You're it!!

7 random or weird things about yourself

The rules are as follows:
# Link to the person who tagged you
# Post the rules on your blog.
# Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
# Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
# Leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.

Alex Fear said...

It's really interesting how poignant the words can be taken at random from a random page in a random book. I was half expecting mine not to make sense but somehow they do.