Monday, June 22, 2009

I've Been Tagged!

Sarah Dooley tagged me in this post. We'll get to my task in a sec, but first, let's talk a little about Sarah Dooley's blog. Sarah just recently added a following option to her blog and I highly recommend you click on it. Why? Because unlike the frivolous nonsense you get here at Murphblog, Sarah's posts have meaning. Her blog positively drips with significance. It is near to bursting with poignancy. Her words have resonance. And it's well-written. Here's an example. Read it and weep.

So, the meme. For those of you who did not click the earlier link (slackers), it is called...

Sinful Nature

And is thusly described:

"Sometimes you can learn more about a person by what they don’t tell you. Sometimes you can learn a lot from the things they just make up. If you are tagged with this Meme, lie to me. Then tag 7 other folks (one for each deadly sin) and hope they can lie."

And now, my lies:

Pride: What is your biggest contribution to the world?

I would say my back hair. My back hair is revolutionary. It is thick, lush, vibrant. I have recently taken to styling it. Yesterday, as the mercury hit 80 degrees, I pulled off my tanktop to fully reveal a perfectly coifed pompadour of back hair. My plan is to take pictures--my back hair in a 1960s bouffant, spiky cornrows like Coolio, bleach blonde and feathered like Farrah--and post these pictures on highly trafficked websites with the purpose of inspiring all men who have been lucky enough to be so endowed to fashion their own new styles and display them proudly at public beaches, local swimming pools, and in the centerfield bleachers of baseball stadiums across this great land.

Envy: What do your coworkers have that you wish was yours?

My coworkers-- teachers, you will recall-- are mostly older ladies. They are all in possession of some fine sweaters. Mrs. Worthington owns a black sweater with a large snowman running down one side and blue snowflakes dotting the other. Mrs. Patrick often dons her Halloween sweater--there's a huge, frightening jack o'lantern on it--on Fridays, no matter the time of year. Similarly, many of the ladies wear thematic socks. And let us not forget their fine selection of tote bags. DARE tote bags, science conference tote bags, "To Teach is To Touch a Life Forever" tote bags. I am drowning in my own envy.

Gluttony: What did you eat last night?

As always, I ate words. I devoured words. Last night, it was James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I didn't read it of course, much too challenging with all the references to Irish society and whatnot, but I did eat the book, page by page. It tasted vaguely of oatmeal. (I sprinkled the pages with cinnamon.) It was not the most satifying meal; that honor still belongs to The Order of Odd-Fish. Delicious words in that one. Ever dined on calumny? Exquistite.

Lust: What really lights your fire?

The unstoppable combination of holiday themed sweaters and tote bags.

Anger: What is the last thing that really pissed you off?

I have a cowlick in my back hair that causes me endless frustration.

Greed: Name something you hoard and keep from others.

My genius. Here's the truth: I have ghost written the following novels, perhaps you have heard of them: Love in the Time of Cholera (I was nine at the time), Atonement: A Novel, Siddhartha, Angela's Ashes, and Of Human Bondage (for which I ask your forgiveness). This blog and the pedestrian "humor" it contains is merely a front, designed to keep my secret from a suprisingly fragile world. My genius, if found out, could destroy nations. It could topple regimes. It could consume itself, thereby creating a black hole of creativity that would suck all original thought from the planet. What would we do without Dilbert?

Sloth: What's the laziest thing you ever did?

While lying on the couch, I once attempted to turn on the television with only the power of my mind. But once I got a headache, I gave up and took a nap... Actually, that may not be a lie.

I now tag the following people, people who I know to be accomplished liars:

Ben Esch
James Kennedy
Anita Laydon-Miller
Monica Murphy
Big Plain V
Kelly Polark
Rod Blagojevich


Monica said...

oh Paul Michael Murphy. The Genius that is you. thank you. I will do my best (but i'll wait until after work hours to do this)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Yeah, but I thought you were supposed to tell lies! 'Splain, please. :)

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Are you thanking me for my barely concealed genius or for the tagging? (It's okay to say both.)

Monica said...

hmmm.... i'm not sayin... maybe i should say both. yeah. that's what i'm going with.

I wonder if mr. blagojevich (sp) will respond to your tagging.

Kelly said...

If the VP never answers your choc milk question, you could add that to Rod's meme. (He makes me so proud to be from Illinois...and no, I did NOT vote for him!)
Anyway, I am a terrible liar, but I will do my darndest, thank you.
And the holiday teacher sweaters? Yep, I wore them as a young 22-25 year old teacher. Not lyin!

Big Plain V said...

Your responses to this meme were awesome and breath-taking, and I have no confidence that I could ever reproduce even a fraction of the humor and creativity you've displayed here.

And no, I haven't started lying yet.

Jacqui said...

Oh, the sweaters! I miss the teaching sweaters!

Anita said...

I thought I recognized your voice in ANGELA'S ASHES.

I am not a liar! And there's no way I saw my name tagged!

Tess said...

Thanks. I needed a laugh :D

ps - nice to meet another MG writer/blogger

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Your next genius idea could be to take donations for a new pair of running shoes. Not that you can't afford it, but I bet you could raise a good amount of cash. Put up the link to donate and another link to see results. I'd donate five dollars and call it a tax write-off for "networking" expenses. I'm in.


Paul Michael Murphy said...

Already bought new shoes.

Carrie Harris said...

These are some of the best answers to this meme that I've seen yet!