Sunday, January 29, 2006

Busted ... Fingered ... Tapped ... Tagged

In the comments after yesterday's post, Grace Nearing (who writes Scriptoids and The Next Blog Blog) "tagged" my humble self with the duty of completing these steps:

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1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.
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Ordinarily, I would give the only authentic Bartleby-esque response to any reasonable request: "I would prefer not to." However, since Grace is my role model, her slightest whim is to me an imperative command, so I went and did it.

If I have counted correctly, the fifth sentence in my twenty-third post is this:

The story was so teased in the teevee news broadcast here at the beach cottage a few mornings ago, just as I was about to go and conduct some critical sand engineering analyses.

This is embarrassing for several reasons. First, I started this exercise in late December, 2004, and I've just had my nose rubbed in the fact that it took me until late May of 2005 to hit 23 posts ... not too wonderful a rate of output, I'd say. Secondly, since I posted it while on vacation last year, it makes me look like a lazy, perpetually-vacationing slug. (I promise, we never go anywhere, usually; it's just that last May we had our 30th anniversary. I mean, how many normal people would settle for a low-rent, off-season Central Florida trip for a 30th anniversary?) Finally, I'm supposed to tag five other bloggers. I read rather more than five blogs, each and every day, but I'm afraid I can't come up with that many to whom I could possibly presume to pass along the "tag." Thus, I'll tap Craig, Debbie, and Lemming. (I would tag Cissy, but she just got started and doesn't have any 23 posts yet.)


Grace said...

Well done! It is scary going back into the archives, isn't it? And be proud of your post production. One of my favorite nonpolitical bloggers -- Chase Me Ladies, I'm With the Cavalry -- maintains that only a fool blogs every day.

lemming said...

I blog when the modd hits - could be twice in one day, could be twice in one week.

Will dig out post 23 and see what it is - probably something about the Olympics.

Debbie said...

Bartleby, just got around to answering your tag. I concentrate hard when I'm online and you really need to tap me harder on the shoulder if you want to get my attention.

Now as to the tag, I did go back and find the 23rd post and the 5th sentence. Here it is:

"*I wondered why more individuals didn't speak for the ban and then I started to see a pattern: the people who wanted to use government force to get their way essentially used hired professionals."

But I'm afraid that's as far as I'm going to go. Probably mostly because I'm lazy and don't want to take the energy to send a tag to 5 other bloggers. And because I rarely do what anyone tells me to. :)

But thanks for thinking of me. :)