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2 Writing Moments + 1 Meme

It was almost time for lunch.

We were almost out of bread.

“Subway?” I called.

“Yay!” I didn’t even have to ask what Cole wanted: a foot-long roast beef sandwich. Plain.

“Um, I’d rather have something soft,” said DH apologetically. (Mouth still tender from dry socket.) “Maybe a bean and cheese burrito from Taco Bell?”

The line at Subway was long enough that I considered bailing. It consisted of mostly teenage boys and their moms. They were all tall and sweaty, wearing long shorts … fresh from a basketball game. I decided to stay and soak up their gangly presence. My MC is their age.



A kid with nascent sideburns turned toward the kid nearest me and cocked his head, listening. His head began to bob, and he announced, ‘“Peaceful Easy Feeling.’ The Eagles. 1978.”

Then I heard the background music, and sure enough, he was right. Spies should be silent and invisible, but I laughed out loud. He grinned in embarrassment and turned away.

I love that kid. No way should he know that song, but he does. And he was a few years off on the release date (yes, I had to check) but I’m impressed! A quirky teenage boy in the flesh. My MC has some basis in reality, not just my own mind. I ostentatiously DIDN’T look at him after that, so he could go back to being himself, but yes, I kept my spy-eyes on him. After he ordered, he slouched toward some buddies at a table, paused, and played a little air guitar for “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” out of sheer sarcastic exuberance.

I’m glad we were almost out of bread yesterday.

Driving Cole to sports camp Friday morning, I had a character flash. But I was driving. And had left my notebook at home, anyway.

“Cole!”

“Yes?”

“I need you to remember something for me. Okay? Something for my book.”

“What?”

“I’m going to tell you something, and I want you to remember it for me today, and remind me later, so I can write it down, okay?”

“Okay.”

“Here it is: Marissa keeps food in her pockets.”

“What’s the name?”

“Marissa. Marissa keeps food in her pockets.”

“Marissa keeps food in her pockets. Okay.” He chuckled a little. It does sound funny out of context. But Marissa didn’t always get regular meals when she was little, so it’s not funny; it tells the truth.

Of course, after saying it out loud and making a huge deal of it, even I was able to remember the thought, and write it down later. I’ve lost plenty of fleeting ideas.

When I picked Cole up from camp at the end of the day, we chatted about dodgeball and capture-the-flag and what to have for dinner, then stopped at the video store for Friday’s Movie Night selection.

“Hey!” I said. “What was it I asked you to remember this morning?”

“Marissa keeps food in her pockets.”

"That's right! Thank you."

So here's that crazy meme. Aren't most of these, um, fairly universal? Is there anyone ALIVE who hasn't cried him or herself to sleep, or told a little white lie? But here it is, anyway:


1. Put numbers in the boxes instead of x's (example: 1, 2, 3, 4, ...)
2. Repost as "I have lived through ____ of these 149 things."

[1] I have read a lot of books.
[ ] I have been on some sort of varsity team.
[ ] I have run more than 2 miles without stopping.
[2] I have been to Canada.
[3] I have been to Europe.
[4] I have watched cartoons for hours.
[5] I have tripped UP the stairs.
[6] I have fallen down an entire flight of stairs.
[7] I have been snowboarding/skiing. Once.
[8] I have played ping pong.
[9] I have swum in the ocean.
[10] I have been on a whale watch.
[11] I have seen fireworks.
[12] I have seen a shooting star.
[13] I have seen a meteor shower.
[14] I have almost drowned.
[15] I have been so embarrassed I wanted to disappear.
[16] I have listened to one CD over and over and over again.
[17] I have had stitches.
[ ] I have had frostbite.
[ ] I have licked a frozen pole and got stuck there.
[18] I have stayed up til 2 doing homework/projects.
[19] I currently have a job.
[20] I have been ice-skating.
[ ] I have been roller-blading.
[21] I have fallen flat on my face.
[22] I have tripped over my own two feet.
[ ] I have been in a fist fight.
[ ] I have played videogames for more than 3 hours straight.
[ ] I have watched the Power Rangers.
[ ] I attend Church regularly.
[23] I have played truth or dare.
[24] I have already had my 16th birthday. Twice!
[25] I have already had my 17th birthday. Twice!
[26] I've called someone stupid. Not since I was a teenage. (It was my sister.)
[27] I've been in a verbal argument.
[28] I've cried in school.
[ ] I've played basketball on a team.
[ ] I've played baseball on a team
[ ] I've played football on a team.
[ ] I've played soccer on a team.
[ ] I've done cheerleading on a team.
[ ] I've played softball on a team.
[ ] I've played volleyball on a team.
[ ] I've played tennis on a team.
[ ] I've been on a track or cross country team.
[29] I've been swimming more than 20 times in my life.
[ ] I've bungee jumped.
[ ] I've climbed a rock wall.
[30] I've lost more than $20. It’s called the stock market.
[31] I've called myself an idiot.
[ ] I've called someone else an idiot. Well, okay, probably my sister again, when we were kids.
[32] I've cried myself to sleep.
[33] I've had (or have) pets.
[ ] I've owned a Spice Girls CD.
[ ] I've owned a Britney Spears CD.
[ ] I've owned an N*Sync CD.
[ ] I've owned a Backstreet Boys CD.
[ ] I've mooned someone.
[ ] I have sworn at someone of authority before.
[ ] I've been in the newspaper.
[34] I've been on TV.
[35] I've been to Hawaii.
[36] I've eaten sushi.
[ ] I've been on the other side of a waterfall.
[37] I've watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies.
[38] I've watched all the Harry Potter movies.
[ ] I've watched all of the Rocky movies.
[39] I've watched the 3 Stooges.
[ ] I've watched "Newlyweds" Nick & Jessica.
[40] I've watched Looney Tunes.
[ ] I've been stuffed into a locker/I have stuffed others into lockers.
[ 41] I've been called a geek. And a freak.
[42] I've studied hard for a test and got a bad grade.
[43] I've not studied at all for a test and aced it.
[ ] I've hugged my mom within the past 24 hours.
[ ] I've hugged my dad within the past 24 hours.
[44] I've met a celebrity/music artist.
[45] I've written poetry.
[ ] I've been arrested.
[ ] I've been attracted to someone much older than me.
[ ] I've been tickled till I've cried.
[ ] I've tickled someone else until they cried.
[46] I've had/have siblings.
[47] I've been to a rock concert.
[48] I've listened to classical music and enjoyed it.
[49] I've been in a play.
[ ] I've been picked last in gym class.
[ ] I've been picked first in gym class.
[50] I've been picked in that middle-range in gym class.
[51] I've cried in front of my friends.
[52] I've read a book longer than 1,000 pages.
[ ] I've played Halo 2.
[ ] I've freaked out over a sports game.
[ ] I've been to Alaska.
[ ] I've been to China.
[53] I've been to Spain.
[54] I've been to Japan.
[ ] I've had a fight with someone on AIM/MSN/ICQ/Yahoo!.
[55] I've had a fight with someone face-to-face.
[ ] I've had serious conversations on any IM.
[56] I've forgiven someone who has done something wrong to me.
[57] I've been forgiven.
[58] I've screamed at a scary movie.
[59] I've cried at a chick flick.
[ ] I've watched a lot of action movies.
[60] I've screamed at the top of my lungs.
[ ] I've been to a rap concert.
[ ] I've been to a hip hop concert.
[61] I've lived in more than 2 houses.
[62] I've driven on the highway/been on the highway.
[63] I've driven more than 40 miles in a day/been in a car that went more than 40 miles in a day.
[64] I've been in a car accident.
[65] I've done drugs. Nothing very shocking and not for many years.
[66] I've been homesick.
[67] I've thrown up.
[ ] I've puked on someone.
[ ] I've filled out more than 10 xanga/myspace surveys.
[68] I've spoken my mind in public.
[69] I've proved someone wrong.
[70] I've been proven wrong by someone.
[ ] I've broken a leg.
[ ] I've broken an arm.
[ ] I've fallen off a swing.
[ ] I've swung on a swing for more than 30 minutes straight
[71] I've watched Winnie the Pooh movies.
[ ] I've forgotten my backpack when I've gone to school.
[ ] I've lost my backpack.
[72] I've come close to dying.
[ ] I've seen someone die.
[73] I've known someone who has died.
[74] I've wanted to be an actor/actress at some point.
[ ] I've done modeling.
[ ] I've forgotten to brush my teeth some mornings.
[75] I've taken something/someone for granted.
[76] I've realized how good my life is.
[77] I've counted my blessings.
[78 ] I've made fun of a classmate.
[79] I've been asked out by someone and I said no.
[80] I've slapped someone in the face. Not very hard. It was for effect more than effectiveness.
[ ] I've been skateboarding.
[81] I've been backstabbed by someone I thought was a friend.
[82] I've lied to someone to their face.
[83] I've told a little white lie.
[84] I've taken a day off from school/work just so I don't go insane.
[85] I've fainted.
[ ] I've had an argument with someone about whether cheerleading is a sport or not.
[ ] I've pushed someone into a pool.
[ ] I've been pushed into a pool.

So ... 85 out of 149?

Now I tag YOU!!!

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cocoskeeper
Jun. 25th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Love the teen spying thing! :-)
rusalkatrix
Jun. 25th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Now I tag YOU!!!

As if I would do that meme. *eviscerates you*

What a great writing moment! (I'm talking about the one at Subway, btw.) There's usually a horde of teenagers outside our corner deli, but it's hard to spy on them because all they do is loiter and try to spill soda on each other. Ah, youth.
beachalatte
Jun. 26th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR CHARACTER RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is great! :)
sruble
Jun. 28th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your writng moments - so much fun!
kellyrfineman
Jul. 2nd, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Cole so rocks for remembering.

A few weeks back, S. had friends over to work on a school project. Two boys and one girl. Girls go to basement computer, boys stay in family room on my computer. Girls blast music. To be specific, I hear the following lyrics: "Long, long time ago, I can still remember . . ."

Dan (age 13) turns to me and says "Why is S. playing Don McLean?"

I heart today's teens and their eclectic musical taste and knowledge.
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