Sunday, February 10, 2008

So, I was tagged:

Dana did it. And now I have to do some stuff according to these rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I found one difficult as my desktop is beside three bookcases, all crammed full. With books of at least 123 pages. However .... in preparation for our trip to the States at Easter, I am currently reading 'Notes from a Big Country' by Bill Bryson:

(for context) Some time ago, as a way of dealing with the increased threat of terrorism, America's airlines began requiring passengers to present photographic identification when checking in for a flight. The first I heard of it was when I showed up to catch a plane at an airport 120 miles from my home. 'I need to see some picture ID,' said the clerk, who had the charm and boundless motivation you would expect to find in someone whose primary employment perk is a nylon tie. (end of context)

'Really? I don't think I have any,' I said and began patting my pockets, as if that would make a difference, and then pulling cards from my wallet. I had all kinds of identification - library cards, credit cards, Social Security cards, health insurance cards, airline ticket - all with my name on them, but nothing with a picture. Eventually, at the back of the wallet I found an old Iowa driver's licence that I had forgotten I even had.

'This is expired,' he sniffed.

'Then I won't ask to drive the plane,' I replied.

And now to tag five other people. I have a distinct disadvantage here, because I'm unsure I know five people with blogs, never mind five with blogs who read. But I tag:

Nancy because she does some pretty interesting writing so I'm sure she does some pretty interesting reading
Cosmo because he is just so clever
Jessie who I stole from Cosmo's links because I often sneak a peek at her blog, she reads and I had run out of people to tag!
Alice who needs to blog more
Pluto even though Dana already tagged him because he needs to read more

(oh, PS. I cheated. On the page numbers. Some of the right numbers are there, just not in the order instructed!)


Cosmo said...

"because he is just so clever"?!?

I guess it is true that you can create a complete false identity online!!!

Anyway, thanks for the tag. I've responded with a post on my blog:

Dana said...

Cosmo is clever!
Glad you played along...

Nancy Mon said...

I just heard your voice via Dana. Loved hearing you. Our accents are so harsh I would think.

Ali said...

Crumbs, when it comes to harsh accents, the Belfast one takes the biscuit.

What a disasterous clip to send anyone; of course I blame my husband who put me under enormous pressure by laughing at me, mimicking my accent and saying 'you can't say that!'

I'll maybe send a proper one sometime ...

Dana said...

Oh Ali it was awesome! The laughing, your husband, your accent - just wonderful!

Like I told Pluto, you made my day!

Thanks Pluto for asking Ali to record for us!