Doublememe Palace*

Awhile ago, I signed up to be a ‘weekly geek‘, and take on the challenges put forth on Dewey’s blog. Alas, thus far I have sucked at it. I find that given a subject to write on, I kinda freeze and succumb to writer’s block, which is why I quit my brief stint at a mommy blog that I briefly contributed to quite awhile ago.

Anyway, the prompt this week was pictures, and since it’s mostly book folks participating, it seemed like a good idea to post a picture of a book. However, I’ve already posted pictures of the books around here, twice actually. So I’ve been mulling it over.

Then, handily enough, I was tagged for the 123 meme by Crum! Yay! Why not combine the two? A picture of the book I’m reading, open to page 123, and then the meme. Two birds, one stone.

Here’s the picture
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(Chrissy, I finally found a place to buy Bit-O-Honey around here…Ace Hardware of all places. Yay!)
(Heidi, your postcard is in the picture because it is serving the honor of being my bookmark, and I thought it and the candy livened up the photo more than a picture of a book would.)

I’m supposed to also link to another participant in the Weekly Geek theme, and I chose Debra Durham’s Reading Animals, because I was fascinated by her project, and she took cute pictures to boot.

And here’s the meme:

The nearest book is the one I’m currently reading, My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes, edited by Lila Azam Zanganeh. I’m enjoying it quite a bit, and most of the essays are much more scholarly than anything I’ve read in quite awhile. It is a collection of essays, written by Iranian authors. Page 123 is in the middle of an essay titled Tehran Underground, by Salar Abdoh.

The Page 123 Rules

  1. Pick up the nearest book
  2. Open it to page 123
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post in your blog the next three sentences after that fifth one you have identified (that is to say sentences 6, 7 and 8.)
  5. Tag five or more people, And acknowledge the person who tagged you.

From Tehran Underground, by Salar Amdoh

Then he opened a door and I understood.

Some nifty entrepreneur had created a replica of a Western-style bar in his house. The bar space itself wasn’t very big, but it was surprisingly complete.

I’m only on page 74 of the book right now, in a different essay completely, so I don’t know the full context yet. A few essays have mentioned the Iranian party scene, which is underground and forbidden, but also quite wild. The sentences before these were better, but oh well. Gotta follow them rules, I suppose.

Thanks Crum and Dewey! I wasn’t sure what I was going to post about today. 🙂

UPDATE: I just realized that I forgot to tag anyone!  And you thought you were getting off easy. ;)  I hereby tag:

KarenMEG, KookieJar, Gina, Laura, and Nance.  What are you reading, ladies?

*Extra credit to anyone not living in my house that knows where I got this title…

Dear Weekly Geeks

Dear Weekly Geeks,

I’m officially one of you now!  In case you don’t know, my bloggy friend Dewey is having a challenge where she gives a theme, and everyone participating either discusses it (where? probably in her comments, I’m not sure on that one), or posts on their own blogs about it. Sounded like it might be fun blog fodder, so I joined in. I’m starting to think that I’m a sucker for challenges, and that you all might have known that for awhile now. The theme this first week of the challenge is getting to know the other participants. We’re supposed to go visit 5 other participants, comment on their blogs, and then write about them. So, I did!

Dewey’s blog is a reading blog, so it wasn’t surprising to me to discover that most of the folks participating have reading blogs, too. Here are the five I went and commented on, though I peeked at about 3 times as many:

First the Food. How can you not go peek at a blog with a title like that? And, I got a yummy looking recipe for a pasta dish I’ll have to be trying soon.

Incitefulmama Hey, another blogger who will fess up to liking Panic at the Disco! Yay!

Stuff as Dreams are Made On. Mostly a reading blog, though there’s a bit of other stuff as well. She’s currently reading the Narnia books. LOVE those.

The Armenian Odar Reads. Another reading blog. Her reviews are full of heart and thought and make me want to go check out the books she’s talking about. I may be doomed.

The Literate Kitten. Looks to be more than a book blog, but also a random kind of “this is what I’m thinking” blog that happens to include lots of books. Which as you know, me likey. 😉

So, those are the 5 friends I found today, snooping around the internets within this challenge. Go check them out!

Thanks fellow Weekly Geeks, and thanks as well to Eden at NaBloPoMo, for the challenge theme of “Letters” for April.  It’s been a gas.

Love,

~J

*Weekly Geek Graphic borrowed from the Weekly Geek Show.