Monday, August 15, 2011

First Lines

We all know how important first lines can be. It’s what captures your attention, guarantees your continued interest, and sets the tone for all that is to come. If you don’t believe me, take a look at these examples.

'Call me Ishmael.'
Moby Dick (1851), Herman Melville

'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.'
Pride and Prejudice (1813), Jane Austen

'All children, except one, grow up.'
Peter Pan (1911), J.M. Barrie

'Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.'
David Copperfield (1850), Charles Dickens

'There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.'
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952), C. S. Lewis

But first lines aren’t always words at the beginning of a novel. It can also be the first line of defense every morning before you greet the world. And no I’m not talking about brushing your teeth (but still a good idea)…I’m talking about your underwear. Your physical first line (front line?) in the fight against nudity.

I have been tagged by the awesomeness that is L.G. Smith over at Bards and Prophets (she’s totally both) and now I must answer the following top secret questions about my first lines in the Great Panty Meme of 2011.

What do you call your panties/underwear/undergarments? Do you have any commonly used nicknames for them?

My Powers. It began with my child believing certain underwear gives you superpowers. The name stuck.

Have you ever had that supposedly common dream of being in a crowded place in only your underwear?

No, but my husband dreamed he was naked in the shower once with my entire family…minus me. What does this mean?

What is the worst thing you can think of to make panties out of?

Barbed Wire. Too scratchy.

If you were a pair of underwear, what color would you be and why?

Red striped boxer briefs. ‘Cause I’m practical but fun. (the temptation to say Black lace was really bad here)

Have you ever thrown your underwear at a rock star or celebrity? If so, which one(s). If not, which one(s) would you throw them at given the opportunity?

No I have not but if I could…it would be ALL of them. I mean it…I’m just a giver.

You're out of clean underwear. What do you do?

Call me Rambo.

Are you old enough to remember Underoos? If so, did you wear any. Which ones?

What do you mean did? I still do. These:

If you could have any message printed on your underwear, what would it be?

I’m torn between these two.

How many bloggers does it take to put panties on a goat?

I have actually spent time around goats and there is no way in hell you are getting panties on one, EVER. No matter how many bloggers you use. Trust me.


I’m not tagging anyone yet. So if you have a burning need to tell us about your underwear then email me and I’ll put you on the list. I also have the name of a good therapist…

Happy Monday!


  1. It's the Great Panty Plague of 2011. I think it's almost burned it's way through the village. Thank goodness.

    Trespassers will be violated? Hahahaha.

    You are so kind not to pass this on (kinder than me). I swear I'm giving the inventor of this Meme a giant wedgie when I find them.

  2. I wouldn't have tagged you for Sponge Bob...

  3. Ha, very cute. :) I've been tagged by this, I need to do it sometime soon... *sigh* :D

  4. You are so much funnier than me!

    Your husband's dream is very interesting... horrific, but interesting.

  5. Heres my pick-up line, wait you mean"first line". Here is it anyway," the more you drink the less ugly i will become". Richard from Amish Stories.

  6. Or my other line would be " if you go out with me one time, ill disappear after it forever". Richard

  7. Oh yeah, it's all about first lines! Have you noticed that so many of the ones you metntioned appear to be statements of facts of the narrator?


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