Splatted with a Meme Tomato

Playing around in Photoshop, then whop!  Splatted with a meme tomato!

These things are kinda juicy, so after you injest your meme tomato get in the fridge, grab a fresh one, and splat!  at your fellow bloggers.

What does this meme tomato contain?  Well, after I stuck it in my salad and ate it it revealed its contents to me.  It appears that the meme tomato Brett Legree threw at me wants me to divulge 8 random facts/habits about myself.  Here are some special meme tomato seeds just for you:

1. I really don’t like tomatos all that much, just the little cherry ones Mike grows in the garden.  Most tomatos I find are tasteless because they have sat on a truck too long.  They do not like this, and would rather be injested right away because they like to spread their seeds around.

2. I did grow up on a magic bus.  Well, actually it was kind of a hippie van my dad painted.  The van was dark green, with a white top and orange bumpers.  I’m sure you can guess what were the painted additions. When I was seven years old I thought this was the most embarrassing thing in the world.  All I wanted was a station wagon like everyone else’s normal 1970’s kind of parents drove around.  Sadly, this was not my fate.  But maybe it was a good thing.

3. I once had a cat named Boob.  He’s dead now.

4. I am an incurable romantic and two of my favorite movies are Don Juan Demarco and Sommersby.

5. I have been listening to “Rock the Casbah” by the Clash nonstop lately, and Mike worries when I put on the headphones, crank it up, and get on Twitter.  He is concerned about my maniacal laughter and the tweets that are emitted from the computer.

6. I once had a dream when I was three years old that I was the last person on Earth and these strange alien beings were throwing fireballs at me while I hid behind a lumber pile in Kmart.  I’m still trying to figure that one out.

7. Ken Kesey has always been a kind of hero of mine.  He was the originator of the “Magic Bus.” Read Tom Wolfe’s Electric Koolaid Acid Test and you’ll know what I mean.  He also wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

8. I bought this doll for my daughter in some little obscure Canadian town.  I think it was called Splat Creek.  Very tomatoesque type of town.  I fell in love with her purple hair and she reminds me of a gypsy.  I threaten to steal her back when Carolyn says she doesn’t want her anymore.  That always does the trick.

Alright, now that you have listened to me babble on about fruit and such (is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?) I get to splat 8 more people:

Between the Miles

Darren Daz Cox

Golden Zen


This Laptop for Hire

Maximum Customer Experience

The Growing Life

Sushi Day

And here are the rules, for those of you who follow rules (hey, I didn’t make up the rules!):

Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.

People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.

At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.

Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’ve been tagged, and to read your blog.

Have fun with splatting your tomatos.  Make a pizza or something.

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28 thoughts on “Splatted with a Meme Tomato”

  1. @Friar – Boob was a good cat. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. A boob is a stupid or foolish being. That was his facade, but I think he was wise. Beautiful Boob.

    @Brett – Of course I will play along! Also, it gave me a good excuse to play with my (I mean Carolyn’s) doll and the tomatoe. Really, where was your dream at?

    We really did get this doll in a junk shop in Canada. I know you guys don’t believe me. I think it might have been near Blind River. I’ll have to ask Mike.

  2. At the time my dad’s hippie van was utterly embarrassing. But, now I find myself with the same kind of hippie attitudes. Funny how that works sometimes.

    I haven’t found anything quite like this doll anywhere else. If you look closely you’ll see she is missing a toe. Someone must have chewed it off.

  3. @Matt – It seems you were akismetted, but I recovered you. I don’t understand why. You didn’t even swear. I think akismet freaks out over exclamation marks.

  4. 8 things, 8 things, lemmee see…

    I know Blind River too! And Friar, don’t make me come over there… Soo, indeed. 🙂

    I love the Magic Bus fact! It started my mind racing wondering if you had pictures, and then I streamofconscioused on over to designing an entire Magic Bus themed blog in my head. Wow, what a ride! I’m inspired, so I’d better start on those 8 things before it wears off.

    Nicole’s last blog post..Reserved Tea Time

  5. @Ellen

    I’ve always meant to read Ken Kesey’s magic bus book. One of these days….

    @ Nicole.
    Blind River….LOVELY TOWN, eh? 🙂

    Not to mention Thessalon and Iron Bridge. (And Wawa and Marathon to the north!)

    Friar’s last blog post..Watercolors: Time to Rake

  6. @Nicole – I am on the lookout for old, funked-out magic buses. You know, the kind you find in the field in the middle of nowhere. Or the kind you find somewhere, where people are living in them and they are all wacky and painted with groovy designs.

    @Friar – Ken Kesey wrote it. I think you will like it. Knowing you.

    Blind River is a suhweet name for a town. It’s kind of like Splat Creek, but a mite bigger. You can go to groovy junk shops and get some poutine.

    All creeks and rivers lead to the mighty ocean.

  7. Ellen,

    2. I had friends whose parents had a magic bus, I was jealous and they were embarrassed. Grass is always greener…

    4. I am an incurable romantic but I don’t like weepers, which a lot of romantic movies go toward. Two faves: It Happened One Night and The Philadelphia Story.

    What a neat eight you’ve got!

    Thanks for the tag. Sorry I’m a bit slow to respond. My own eight are up, I hope you’ll enjoy it, and leave a comment!



    Kelly’s last blog post..You Definitely Don’t Want to Know These 8 Random Things About Me

  8. @Friar I think you just listed every town I’ve been to on summer vacations. Add Killarney, Richard’s Landing (…pardon me a moment while I relive my childhood), Bruce Mines, Little Current, Parry Sound, Honey Harbor and Penetanguishene!

    @Ellen Ohhh… a photo journey or magic busses! That could be so cool! My Photoshop senses are tingling just imagining it.

    Nicole’s last blog post..Reserved Tea Time

  9. @Nicole

    Hey, I know all those areas!

    I just spent a weekend last summer at Kilarney. I love the Georgian Bay Area (but you have stay north of Parry Sound, otherwise, you start to get the Toronto Crowds!)

    One of these days, I’m going to vacation in the U.P. But whenever I’m at the Soo and I can go north or south, I find I’m always drawn to the north shore.

    Friar’s last blog post..Watercolors: Time to Rake

  10. @Let’s not forget Ellen.

    I did read Cuckoo’s nest years ago, and I liked it. If that’s any indication, I would probably like Kesey’s magic bus book.

    The sixties ended when I was six. Migth be interesting to read what the hippies were like.

    Friar’s last blog post..Watercolors: Time to Rake

  11. @Kara – That’s right! Kesey is from Oregon. I should take a road trip sometime. Maybe we can meet up. Thanks for the link.

    @Kelly – Thanks for playing along. You know I will be by. How can I resist? I haven’t seen the two movies you listed but I will check them out. If you say they’re good, I’m sure they are. Looking for more ways to cry my eyes out.

    @Karen – Hey, how can I beat Karen and her groovy dancing shoes? You rock. Thanks for all of that. And don’t forget Brett tagged you also. hehe.

    @Nicole – That last Canadian town you listed…wow. Penetanguishenee. I have to go there just because of the sound of that rockin’ word. I’ll check out your crazy eight!

    @Friar – You’re as old as I am so you must remember the sixties. Didn’t you have hippies at Splat Creek?

  12. @Ellen,

    Friar’s an honorary Splat Creekian, so as a resident native I can answer… no hippies here, the two types of Splat Creekians back then were Nuclear Scientist Geeks, and Bushies.

    I am a Bushie, which means I am fairly well adjusted socially, if having a taste for wild critters 🙂

    The other type tends to get lost easily when without a slide rule.

    The recent importation of folks like Friar (from the “Big City”) is a good thing, as it keeps the Nuclear Scientist Geeks honest.


    PS – Happy Mother’s Day, Ellen!

    Brett Legree’s last blog post..canada 2, greece 0. a story about running.

  13. @Ellen

    I grew up in Montreal as a kid…I was aware OF hippies, but I didnt’ know any personally.

    I don’t think there would have been any hippies here in the 60’s. Too nerdy and square. Too many PhD geeks.

    Brett is a bushie, and will always be a bushie, because his Dad was a bushie. That’s the way things work around here in Splat Creek.

    I’m an outsider, so they can’t categorize me. But they sure do get upset when I write letters to the editor and upset the status quo.

    I should get that Magic Bus books (Wonder if the Splat Creek library woudl have it..Hah hah!)

    Friar’s last blog post..Standing-Room-Only’s

  14. @Brett – I’m getting a pretty good idea of what Splat Creek is like. Bushie! Ha! I don’t think I should touch that word. Thanks for the Happy Mother’s Day. I’m sure you all had a nice time.

    @Friar – Montreal! You will have to meet up with us for the Jazz Fest. I don’t like to be categorized either and do my best to avoid it.

  15. Well I see I missed out on quite an intersting pursuit…I am sorry Ellen.
    I think this must have been right when I was getting ill. Hopefully I can “play” next time! 🙂

    Looking forward to catching up.

    Harmony’s last blog post..Harmony had Left the Building

  16. I hope you feel better, Harmony. Sorry to hear you were ill.

    Don’t sweat it if you don’t feel up to it.

    Take care,


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