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Meme Paranoia

October 12, 2007

Alright, you can call me paranoid, but I am what I am as Popeye would say. Through a weird coincidence when I was googling something, I found a link to someone else’s blog that had the same Meme that I had recently posted. I thought it would be fun to read her answers. Well, what I found is that the Meme on her page had two extra questions mixed in that I would never have answered.

One was: “Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home?” and the other was  “Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home?” 

What the hell??

So I started to wonder if someone didn’t start this Meme to gather information that could help find their target, assess the ease of breaking in, and determine what there is worth stealing.

For instance, the question “If you have a garage, is it cluttered?” provides the info on whether there is a garage or not, sometimes an easy break-in point. It may also help identify the correct house.

The question “How many pillows do you sleep with?” is interesting, what often slips out when answering this one is that the writer sleeps alone.

“Do you have a separate room that you use as an office?” Yes, I do so please find that room because that is where the laptop probably is.

“Do you own a stereo?”, and “How many TVs do you have?” Wouldn’t want the thief to miss anything right?

“Do you have a housekeeper?” Yes, please tell me if anyone will surprise me should I choose to break in during the day while you are at work.

“What color is your favorite Bible?” Because as a seasoned thief, I know that people often hide money in there, so please help me find it on the bookshelf.

“Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch?” And do you hide a key under it?

“Is there anything under your bed?” And can I hide under there if you wake up?

“Do you sleep with any lights on at night?” Will I be able to see my way around?

“What color or design is on your shower curtain?” Will you be able to see me trying to sneak up on you while you are in the shower?

“How many house phones?” How many places will you be able to call for help?

“In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip?” Do you care to volunteer any info about some valuables I may have missed while robbing you?

So, am I being overly paranoid here? True, they didn’t ask the obvious, do you have a dog, but then most bloggers have pictures of their pets all over their page, so that one is a gimmie.  Anyway. That’s my two cents. I will be much more selective in my Meme posts from now on.

For reasons I am unable to explain there are 4 questions about your refrigerator.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2007 2:19 pm

    Great. Now *I’m* feeling paranoid!

    But within your suggested context, there’s an easy way to explain the fridge part – breaking and entering is HARD work and it makes you hungry and why break into someone’s house if all they have is a bowl of organic carrot sticks and a bottle of ketchup to snack on? Go for the person who itemized their gourmet olives and the fancy crab dip…

  2. October 12, 2007 2:26 pm

    Good point. In fact the questions about the fridge seem almost obsessive. Then there is the beverage question, so you have any Iced tea?

  3. October 13, 2007 7:16 pm

    This is so funny 🙂 I think you may definately be onto something here, and not paranoid, but still very funny!!

  4. October 13, 2007 11:25 pm

    I will steer clear of Memes and any fact finding sorts of requests! Lets start a Paranoids Club, we will be safer in numbers. But don’t give our numbers out to anyone. If anyone asks you I live in Afghanistan. It said so on my blog. Drats, I changed it, I think I should change it back…I can probably say I don’t own a refrigerator in Afghanistan. Just a cooler for soft drinks on occasion if I am having company. But then they’ll know I rarely have company. Not a good answer. We probably should not even be talking about this. They are gathering all of this you know.

    Now, everyone go run and hide under your bed, and lets hope the bad guy isn’t already there.

  5. Sylvain permalink*
    October 13, 2007 11:33 pm

    Who told you I own a bed?!? How do you know that??? 🙂

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