What’s in a Meme?

It’s more of a disease than anything.   Think Contagion.  Think OutbreakThink the combined scourges of tuberculosis, bubonic plague and flatulence with the Love Boat Theme playing in the background, with no mute button.

Yes, that’s how I describe the “meme” I got from Lori at Sunny Side Up.

A meme, according to Wikipedia, my bible, is:

an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.  A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.  Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.

Yes, it’s a chain letter.

But, as I am a girl who can’t say no, here goes.

1.        Describe yourself in 7 words:

  • Irreverent
  • Snarky
  • Chatty
  • Storyteller-at-any-opportunity
  • Smart
  • Curly
  • Liar Literary-license-taker   

2.       What keeps you up at night?

The fear that some perve is going to want to know what I’m wearing right now.

 3.       Who would I like to be?

The Queen

 4.       What am I wearing right now?


 5.       What scares me?

 Repeating myself.  Repeating myself.  See Nos 2 and 4.

 6.       The best and worst of blogging:

  • Having an outlet to write and be appreciated
  • Falling into the black hole of posting, reading posts and comments, where there is no other reality and where no serious writing projects get done because blogging is just too damn much fun
  • Having things you wrote appear in weird boxes like this even when you don’t want them to.

7.       The last website I visited:

I did medical research just now here:  http://www.theslanket.com/

 8.      What is the one thing I would change about myself:

My liposuction appointment is on Wednesday, so I’m working on that one.

9.       Slankets…yes or no?

Absolutely.  How can I possibly resist something that will keep me warm AND fed while I fulfill my duty as a couch potato?

"Nicks Lunch" (no apostrophe) available for $29.99 at TheSlanket.com

10.   Tell us something about the person who tagged you:

Lori of Sunny Side Up likes to give me stuff.  She gave me my first award, the Liebster , which is for blogs with fewer than 100 followers. (I have dubbed it “The Award for Blogs Nobody Reads.” But that caption has NOT caught on.)

But Lori is unfailingly happy, optimistic, sunny.  And I thought the world of her until she was Fresh Pressed and I wasn’t.

Seriously Lori.  Don’t try that FP trick again.  Cause I’m watchin’ you.

Now, according to the chain letter, meme tradition, I am supposed to name folks who can carry on this chain letter  tradition.  But I am a non-traditionalist, so I figure I’ll give an open invitation to anyone who wants to tell about themselves, who needs a list to do it with, and who has strong feelings about slankets.

Go For It!


Sometimes blogging is an enriching, uplifting experience.  Sometimes, in researching a post, I learn strange and wonderful things.  But today I realized something frightening.  If a meme is “a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices,” our culture is doomed.  And all because of blogs.  Remember the Slankets.  And be afraid.  Because the fall of civilization and society always follows when a society forgets how to dress nicely.


You too can decrease the surplus population -- and for only $29.99 at http://shop.theslanket.com




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48 responses to “What’s in a Meme?

  1. Pingback: The Slow Kid Gets It AGAIN | FiftyFourandAHalf

  2. Those slankets are no joke. My hubby is always cold and sits downstairs playing XBox between the hours of 12-2a.m when the members of his annoying family are asleep. I bought him a slanket for christmas. I figure it’s warm and no one sees him in it. I’m jealous though. I want one now.


  3. Jackie Paulson

    I love it because we can all get to know one another.


  4. Well, my personality has been described as warped. Does that make it “curly”?


  5. A lot of chuckles in a few words. Well done … of course I’m trying to figure out why anyone would use “curly” as a descriptor of themselves.


  6. I’m not so very weighed down. I don’t want to belong to any club that will have me as a member. Unless, of course, you check it out first!


  7. Too funny! I’m enjoying reading your blog!


  8. Fabulously funny as always, Elyse. Don’t let the “not yet FPd” thing weigh you down. Keep your sights set on the Freshly Pressed tats we’re going to get when it happens. I know that thought alone will keep you going.

    Now I better go curl up in my slanket and call it a night.


  9. I think you are on to something, Barb. Or on something. Either way, I do love seeing jammies on fat folks in Walmart. It always cheers me up in a “There but for the grace of God …” sort of way!


  10. Just the word slanket sounds skanky. I’m no Kardashian fashionista, but I am tired of seeing folks in their furry pajama bottoms sashaying around Wal-Mart. Yeah, I know they’re warm and comfy and a relief for the eyes over stretch pants. Do you think the inventor of Slankets, stretch pants, and those plastic shoes with holes in them (Crocs), is all the same person?


  11. Thanks PW — I do believe that a slanket is a fashion statement. Of course, it’s not a statement anyone would want to make in public!


  12. Good grief, a slanket? Never heard of that before, looks ridiculous. Love reading your posts. Always make me smile.


  13. GOF

    I need to know what you’re wearing right now, but please don’t let my pervery keep you up at night. 🙂

    Very entertaining as usual.


  14. I can’t imagine what would happen if you had to move really fast while wearing that slanket!!! Splat is the only word that comes to mind. – Maureen


  15. You made me laugh out loud. Seriously. I had never heard of the slanket, and no I’m not living under a rock. Thanks for the laugh to start my day!


    • I hadn’t heard of a slanket, either, until Lori’s post. But I think wearing one while living under a rock would be about the only place I’d be caught dead in one!


  16. Yes, blogging is fun and equal to that is reading the enjoyable post of bloggers like you. Love the 7 things about your and more…
    Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration you give with each post. Wishing you and your family all life’s wonderful blessings.


  17. Really funny! You did it nicely. 🙂


  18. This is hysterical. I think you’re ready, friend. If it was up to me, you’d be FP’d right this minute. Ummmm, I just spent at least two minutes thinking of all the other things “FP’d” could stand for . . . is that weird?


  19. Nicely done, Fifty-Five, I mean Fifty Four and a Half!


  20. Lori, you really are a sweet person. Thanks for the Meme — and everything else!


  21. Elyse…very snarky…but perfect! It’s wonderful how the plague is spreading!!


  22. Thanks MJ! I was worried that it was too snarky.


  23. This was great fun to read! thank you 🙂 MJ


  24. Thanks for providing the theme to the Love Boat theme. I will comment later when I recover from hearing that one.


    • I will admit I considered embedding the YouTube video into this piece, but I just couldn’t bring myself to be THAT mean. But, you know, it just seemed to go with the Slanket theme.

      Forgive me, Les. Forgive me.


  25. Thank you for the giggles! Now wait a sec, why would I spend 30 bucks (or $60 on a Snuggie) on Slanket when I can turn my bathrobe around, wear it backwards and have the same benefits? Are we humans really so um…well, gee, guess I’d better patent my new invention: Bottled dehydrated water! That’s right, for just $2.00, you get our nice plastic bottle and a refreshing 8 ounces of water! Instructions: pour 8 ounces of water into bottle.) 😀


  26. Elyse I just learned so much about you…and so much about Slankets.
    (Me, think that The Slanket looks super-cozy and that I must get me one of those? Naw, no way, never. Nah-uh. ….nope…. you’ll never see ME on THAT website, decreasing the surplus population… )


  27. I will do this! Tomorrow will be Meme Sunday.



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