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Letter meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Letter meme
This is how it works: Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along.

gnomi gave me an "O":

objective: Objective is a word I like in both of its meanings--dispassionate and goal. While I enjoy reading opinionated articles, I only like them when they are clearly labelled as "opinion." In straight reportage, I prefer the "just the facts" approach, and I especially prefer it in introductory books. In its other meaning, I like having the concept of an "objective" in mind while I'm doing something--some kind of theoretical end point. I think that's why I get frustrated in things like shipping wars (once the answer has made canon)... I can't figure out what the objective of the game is!

Odyssey: I love Homer's Odyssey and I love the concept of an odyssey, but for me, this is associated most strongly with Odyssey of the Mind, which I participated in for six years. And my first competition, when it was still Olympics of the Mind, was "Humor From Homer," which was turning a scene from the Odyssey into a comedy. We chose the Cyclops episode. Polyphemus devoured a teddy bear, and the cast sang the Puffs commercial jingle.

olden days: I was a bear for stories as a child. I lived in a four generation household, and after pestering them all to read to me all day, at night, I'd pester my mother, my grandmother, my grandmother's husband, and my great-grandmother to tell me stories of "olden days" when they were kids. My grandmother was the best at this. My favorites were about when she would visit her grandmother--the country one; she lived right down the street from the city one--and feed the sheep and try to ride all of the animals on the farm. A pig apparently threw her.

opinion: Opinions? Me? Never. I'm purely objective. Always. Really. ;)

opthamology: I'm very tied to opthamology. My father's mother was an eye surgeon, and my mother's mother worked for a series of them. I spent a great deal of time around medical information about eyes, and heard stories about my mother coming home to find eyes in the refrigerator, though I have no idea why the office assistant had eyes to take home, and she'd stopped that by the time I was little. I'm also blind as a bat.

opulent: Just the way I like things. Give me marble and arched ceilings and art and velvet curtains. Austerity has some beauty, but trust me, I'm a whole lot more into the concept of the palatial. ;P

Oregon: Portland, OR, was the first place I stayed alone away from home for any length of time. I took a class in Chinese at PSU for some reason when I was sixteen, and had a scholarship to help me out for a six week stay. I don't remember any Chinese at all, but that was when I learned to read bus schedules and get around a city without help.

outsider: I always seem to be one.

oversleep: The reason I am most likely to be late for anything. I sleep weird hours, and end up just closing my eyes and waking up going, "DAMN!"

owe: Too, too much. Way too much.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
a letter for me please!

and i hear you on the over sleeping thing!
antonia_east From: antonia_east Date: April 27th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odyssey of the Mind sounds like great fun.

I'd love a letter, please.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I grant you... D!
hamsterwoman From: hamsterwoman Date: April 27th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, a four generation household! (I grew up in one, too, and I think that (well, and the *identity* of the actual individuals in the generations, to some degree, of course) is the more-or-less defining source of my character as an adult. I don't think I'd ever met another person before who'd lived in a four-generation household... those seem especially rare in the US, too...)

And Portland, OR, has the best-designed public transit system I've ever ridden on (at least these days). It would almost be worth living with all the rain to have that at my disposal.

Could I have a letter, please, if you've got any spare ones left?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah--we moved out and went to the country when my great-grandmother died, but Grandma and her husband were up every weekend until I was eleven. Alas, there's a real stigma involved with staying with the 'rents, so we don't see much of it. I loved having a houseful of grownups, though. Though I guess I probably wouldn't have wanted to be my mother as an adult living under her mother's roof.

Portland was very nice in the transit department, though it ended kind of early. I got stuck down at Sunday Market and had to walk back up to OHSU one night.

I give you... C!
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: April 27th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
This looks like fun. A letter, please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure. R!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, this is fun. I completely identify with the oversleep. My body seems to cling to sleep far too much. Personally, I like the opulent and the austere both equally, and that also goes for my favourite-sounding word out of the two. Letter please?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a beauty in austerity. Well, real austerity, as opposed to, "Hmm, I haven't thought of what to put here yet." ;)

:rummages in letter bag:

Have an L!
sonetka From: sonetka Date: April 27th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, pick me! Pick me! I'd love a letter :).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
How 'bout a J?
From: octobersnow Date: April 27th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odyssey of the Mind. Gads that brings back memories. (Not all of them good, I was an outsider in a group of outsiders.) I remember that just before I started high school our Odyssey director got banned from the competition because she found out what the problems would be a year or so in advance. She then told her seniors (or would be seniors) what the problem would be so that they could get a headstart. (How they found out I have no clue...)

I'd like a letter, please.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that sucks.

Let's see...

I'll give you... M!
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: April 27th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neat idea. Can I have a letter please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure. Would you like an E?
From: myxginxblossoms Date: April 27th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
How neat! May I have a letter, please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can have... S!
singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: April 27th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay vocabulary activities! Letter, por favor!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
De nada.

Have a W.
matril From: matril Date: April 27th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I remember Odyssey of the Mind. My team always got third place. Often being one of three groups in the category. :blushes: Lots of fun though.

Letter, please!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
We always got the Renatra Fusca--you're so creative, but gosh, you didn't exactly win...

Want a B?
sannalim From: sannalim Date: April 27th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
May I have a letter, please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure. I can spare an N, I think. :)
aeterna13 From: aeterna13 Date: April 27th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm excited! I love words and my vocabulary has always been far too expansive for my own good. So if I might borrow a letter from you, fair lady?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 27th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe that T is hanging around, lonely.
other_girl87 From: other_girl87 Date: April 28th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Can I have a letter? Pretty please?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll toss you an A.
barbara_the_w From: barbara_the_w Date: April 28th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Might I have a letter, Vanna? ;)

This looks like tons of fun.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 28th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've been tempted to do this from the start, just because. ;) So...

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