Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Memed, Madam!

I surfed to Kak Teh's blog and found an entry titled, "I've been memed!"

Memed? What does this word mean? I honestly don't know. A quick check on the online dictionary gave the definition as : a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation).

Then Jane Sunshine explained, "Lydia, meme's are those things that go around with a list of q's on various blogs. Same q's different answers. Always fun."

Oh I see. I googled the word and found some other memes with questions such as :

(1) the number of books I bought (2) the last book I read etc etc
(1) total volume of music files on my computer (2) the last CD I bought etc
(1) have you bought a dvd of a tv series, and if so what? (2) what five shows wouldn't you miss etc

yadda yadda yadda.

But this meme that I've been served with has lots of personal questions. It wants to know what I've been up to in the last twenty years. Whoever started it must be either a Kay Poh Chee (busybody) or a biography compiler.

So here goes. Warning : Please get tissue ready to wipe off tears of boredom.

Twenty years ago (1985)

Just started what would be my longest job as a secretary in a manufacturing company. First day of work. Boss just buzzed and I was still sorting out my desk. Grabbed a pencil and the only notebook available which was pocket-size and dashed into boss's office. He looked contemptuously at the notebook and asked, "Don't you have anything bigger?"

Ten years ago (1995)

Home-making with two kids under five.

Five years ago (2000)

Home-making with three kids under ten.

Three years ago (2002)

Home-making with four kids under 12 and a non-human baby : my first book, "Congratulations! You have won! A guidebook on how to maximize your chances of winning competitions" born in 2001.

A year ago (2004)

Second book, "Life's Like That - Scenes from Malaysian Life" was born.

This year (2005)

This blog was born in August. So now I have 4 children and 2+1 "babies."

Now I have to meme other people. Over to you Sharon and Maya Kirana.

P/S : Is your tissue wet?


Kak Teh said...

lydia, I didnt know that the congratulations book came out first. must tell how you were inspired to write that. I envy your scenes from malaysian life book - its the kind of book i;d like to write , instead I have a boring learn malay book. But, there's always a first, kan?

Lydia Teh said...

Kak Teh, Congratulations! grew out of the advice, "write what you know". I'd been winning some contests so I thought it'd be good to write about it. It's a slim volume, 83 pp, guidebook style. Yes, there's always a first. Hope you get That book published soon.

k.t.x said...

wow, i admire and salute your dedication in everything u do.

i really hope to to have that attribute.

must really dedicate a session to read your posts...interesting.

Lydia Teh said...


Dedication... that's a new one, thanks. Yeah, dedicated offspring-producing human.

anedra said...

lydia, I've got to get that book on winning competitions! Maybe can add 1 more on maximising chances on winning LUCKY DRAWS! *always never lucky on that!*

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

If you are interested:

Richard Dawkins has an excellent explanation of that. Mind you, it is not an easy read.

Viruses of the Mind

Memetics: Virus of the Mind

Lydia Teh said...

Anedra, The only way to increase chances of winning lucky draws is to enter more i.e. buy more. Lucky draws are dependent on "luck" or probability factor. Hard to beat that. Easier to maximise your chances by things you can control - submit a better slogan or signature.

Chuang, Thanks. Went to check it out. Unfortunately my mind atrophied at the sight of all those big words and complex sentences - you see, I'm allergic to them.