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I Have to Do a Meme

Have you ever noticed this Filter For Good widget in my sidebar?   I write once a week for a “green” blog, detailing my  journey as I become more environmentally aware.  There are other bloggers involved in this project, dedicated individuals who know what they are talking about when they write their weekly posts.   My role is to be the village idiot.   My posts tend to be about baby steps, and important issues such as “Recycled Toilet Paper:  Is is Soft Enough For Me Or Would I Rather Just Destroy the EcoSystem and be Happy with My Charmin?”

Today, I got an email from the find folks at Brita, who sponsor this blog, “requesting” that I take part in a meme this week.  I am supposed to list five “green” things that I have initiated this April, which is also now known as Earth Month.   Didn’t it used to just be Earth DAY?  Now it is a whole MONTH?   Why do all of our holidays get longer and longer?   Christmas also used to be one day, remember? — December 25.  Now the official shopping season starts on August 28th, when Rite-Aid starts decorating the Christmas aisle.

So, be prepared for my upcoming “green” meme, probably tomorrow.  I only mention this, because throughout the years, many of you have invited me to participate in YOUR delightful memes and, well… uh, I NEVER do them.   If I am so anti-meme, why am I choosing to do THIS meme?

Go back five paragraphs.  Notice that when I first mentioned this meme, I said  “I got an email “requesting” that I take part in a meme.”   Look at how I use “” around the word  “requesting.”   Have I told you that they PAY me to do this?  Can you see how this “request” is similar to the “favor” that Don Corleone might ask of the owner of a tiny Italian restaurant in Little Italy?

Don Corleone:  “Neiloni, my dear friend.  I have a favor to ask of you.  I realize that it is midnight and that your restaurant is closing, and that you want to go home and spend time with your family and watch American Idol, but I have a taste for some of that excellent lasagna that only you can make from scratch.  Would you do me a FAVOR and cook it for me?”

NOW do you understand why I am going to do this meme this week, when in the past, I have only spit in your face when you asked me to do your meme?

One more thing.  Remember the post I wrote a few days ago where I was all worried about the reciprocal nature of blogging. and most of you were all “stop worrying, Neil” and “we love you, Neil” and “it doesn’t matter if you ever read or comment on my blog because I will come here to read and comment on your blog no matter WHAT,  because blogging is not reciprocal and we don’t expect ANYTHING from you in return?”

I’m going to need to ask FIVE of you to do this meme.    Ha Ha  (nervous laugh)


  1. maggie, dammit

    I would leave a comment but I don’t want to bring attention to myself. Ha ha (nervous laugh)


    Good luck with this, suckah.:):)

  2. Twenty Four At Heart

    Oh shit! And you SO know I owe you ….

  3. Twenty Four At Heart

    Did I mention I’m going out of town?

  4. LVGurl

    “My role is to be the village idiot.”

    Sounds like the perfect sitcom.

  5. Annika

    I never read your filter for good posts. Isn’t that rude of me? It gets worse. I never read any ‘green’ blogs because I am pretty sure I am greener than any of the bloggers writing them.

    Don’t tell anyone.

  6. 3boys1mommy

    Sounds like Neiloni woke up to a horse head at his bed side.

    I’m looking forward to this.

  7. better safe than sorry

    actually, you’re not choosing to do this meme, you’re being paid to do it.

  8. Finn

    For you, I’ll do a meme.

  9. Annie

    I think it is great that you are doing the meme, can’t wait to read it.

  10. Jack

    Remember being a young blogger when memes were fun. You only wished that people would notice you and ask that you did one for them.

  11. mommymae

    not only are you going to do the meme, but you blogged about it beforehand. that’s funny.

  12. V-Grrrl

    Five Green Things Neil Did in NYC in April:

    1. Peed in Central Park and watered the flowers.
    2. Picked up a fallen poster off the sidewalk and reattached to a building wall using chewing gum.
    3. Used VOC-free paints to create a rendering of his penis on a boarded-up storefront in Queens.
    4. Discovered “vegan” (read VINYL) shoes are cheaper and bought those instead of expensive leather ones.
    5. Did not drive the car he doesn’t own again this month.

  13. Blunt

    (I leave comment so rarely I can’t remember my own url.)

    I’ll do your meme, dude. I have “initiated” absolutely nothing green this April – what is it, the 15th? Hey, did the IRS give you that extensions? – but I do green things. Sometimes. I guess.

    I don’t believe in blog reciprocation any more, man. But if you do something nice for me and it happen upon it during the seven minutes of the day I have my head out of my ass, I’ll acknowledge it.


  14. Venus

    It’s not exactly like Don Corleone because you are not going to be floating down the East River if you don’t do it. Or is there more to the Brita folks than meets the eye?

    By the way, there is an Earth Hour, an Earth Day (April 22 this year) and an Earth Month. I still think it’s woefully inadequate considering this whole planet is Earth. It should be Earth day everyday.

  15. Miss Grace

    I’ll do it, whatevs.

  16. AnnieH

    Oh, hell, Neilochka…can the Brita people see me from your blog? Do they know I have the lights on in every single room of the house? Awwwww, this is bad, man. Very, very bad.

  17. jacque

    waiting with bated breath. it is “bated” right? when i see it spelled “baited” i think of someone with a mouthful of worms and i wouldn’t want to be that person.

  18. Venus

    Jacque’s comment made me laugh. Yes, bated. Of course, now I am going to be picturing people with a mouthful of worms every time I hear baited. 🙁

  19. Nat

    Ummmm… earth movement at times lacks the funny. This is going to be one of those earnest “it’s not easy being green.”

  20. Stacey

    You’re actually going to tag people? Do you get paid only if they do the meme too?

  21. liv

    blogging is totally reciprocal, IMO. and you saved the planet this month when, instead of publishing this blog in circular form, you had the inspired idea of creating something called a blog on the internet. awesome. go, you!

  22. natalie

    i’ve been a sucky commenter lately. if you pick me to do a meme i’ll probably never get around to it.

    my head hurts.

  23. Annie

    Where are you Neil? You never go this long without a new post. Hope all is well…

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