Thanks for the meme-ories


Internet memes are popular among many of the blogs I read. What value do they offer? Do they provide comparative data for interesting perspectives of various individuals, or are they just a way for a lazy blogger to fill a post. The mind boggles.

With that said, here are my responses to two memes I’ve seen bouncing around.

First, “What American Accent Do You Have?”

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Northeast

 

 

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Philadelphia

 

 

The Inland North

 

 

The Midland

 

 

The South

 

 

Boston

 

 

The West

 

 

North Central

 

 

What American accent do you have?
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No surprises here. Born in New Jersey of New Yorker parents and raised in Connecticut it is right on the money. Despite living in metro-Boston for several years I can’t even do a convincing impersonation of that accent. I do wonder why there are so few questions though. For example, it fails to take into account that I sometimes use the term “y’all” due to my residency in Virginia (I also learned to love grits while there, but I suppose that would be discovered in the culinary quiz).

Next the seasonally themed Christmas Meme, first spotted at The Lesser of Two Weevils.

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Both are good. Oddly I like egg nog without alcohol, but hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
I believe the elves do the wrapping. Santa is just the courier.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Colored lights, including some blinkys. White lights are boring.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Yes, wouldn’t be decorated for Christmas without it.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
A week or so before Christmas Day is ideal although procrastination can delay that.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Mashed potatoes.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child:
When I was 17 I had a particularly good Christmas with my mother and sister where we managed to open all the gifts on Christmas Eve while acting pretty goofy. Best yet, we caught all this on video.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Can’t remember. I think I caught on to the truth pretty early.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
For many years it was our tradition to open all of the gifts at Midnight. This started because we had to visit relatives in the City early on Christmas morning one year and then continued from then on.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Cover it with strands of colored lights half-solid/half-blinky, hung vertically. Then hang garlands of silver or gold. Finally put all the ornaments on that can fit. Put old or non-breakable ornaments near the bottom for the cats to play with.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Love snow with qualifications. Living in the city I never see clean fresh snow anymore as plows and shovels and cars and feet quickly turn it into mounds of black ice and icy mush. I guess snow is better in the suburbs. I still love to watch it fall and play in it when possible.

12. Can you ice skate?
Poorly.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
No. I can remember gifts from other occasions but not Christmas.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Commemorating the birth of Christ, spending time with friends and family, and appreciating the best qualities of humankind and trying to live up to them for the rest of the year.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Pecan pie.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Attending The Christmas Revels with my friends.

17. What tops your tree?
A flashing star.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Giving, at least when I am able to select/create a good gift, which happens rarely.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
“O Come All Ye Faithful.”

20. Candy canes:
They’re okay. I like the mint flavor, but they get a bit sticky. I won’t eat too many of them each season. Also good for hanging on the tree.

21. Favorite Christmas movie?
It’s A Wonderful Life

22. What do you leave for Santa?
Have never left him anything. Am I an ungrateful wretch or what?

Complaints Choirs


I heard about this on PRI’s The World: Global Hit podcast. Basically people take all their complaints, set them to music, and then sing about them. You can read more about at the website Complaint Choirs of the World.

The trend of complaining seems to be suitable to gloomy places like Birmingham and Helsinki, but I do wonder about the singing history of those places. The Boston/Cambridge area is known for both endless complaining and sing-a-longs at the drop of the hat. I think a complaints choir is a perfect match. Well not to perfect, I mean nothings perfect, not in a world where the Red Sox can’t even sign Daisuke Matsuzaka without things going to hell, where the Big Dig will never be finished and if it is it will just leak and collapse, and we have to shovel our cars out of two feet of snow and Jesus feckin’ Christ did ya hear about….