Friday, August 03, 2007

One of those "I have got to blog this" moments

Wow - second post of the day - but had to share...

Upon watching the ending of Neighbours tonight (yes, yes, I know - but have you seen the competition?) 'Salina pondered on the possibilities one character seems to be facing.

"I know," she said, "she is getting married."

As the character seems instead to be showing all signs of possible pregnancy rather than an engagement and altar scenario, I asked her if she knew the difference between marriage and pregnancy - to which she replied "No" (which would explain why she has never believed that story of her father and I not ever being married).

I am sure I have explained this to her before but she may have filed it with all the other things mother said that are not to be remembered.

So I went into the spiel of the birds and the bees. It was just a plain facts without too much description - hey, the girl has a vivid imagination and I don't want her trumpeting about any pregnancies because she suspects that V and I might do some of the description. She was suitably non-plussed.

At the start of the next show, a character there mentioned pregnancy.

"Oh no" she said. "Now they are talking about pregnancy. And you are talking about pregnancy. Who am I going to talk to - Eddie? Unless Eddie wants to talk about pregnancy too."

So the 100th post I will be presenting awards, it seems - I love it when life thrusts decisions upon me like this!!

And in response to the question about my previous post, what would 'Salina's dad have named a son?

His favourite author was Douglas Adams, writer of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. He wished to name his son Zem.
"Zem is an affable, yet quite stupid, swamp dwelling mattress (probably of very high quality) who flollops around Squornshellous Zeta and tries his best to cheer up Marvin the Paranoid Android, who became stranded on the planet after having one arm welded to his side and one leg replaced by a steel pillar which turns out to be of immense importance, with utterly predictable results. After attempting to make conversation about the weather, Marvin's life story, and the economy of Squornshellous itself, Zem offers that Marvin should be more mattresslike. Zem is also the sole witness to Marvin's abduction by the Krikkit war robots.

Also note that "Zem" is the name of all Squornshellous Zeta mattresses, because as Zem puts it "Some of us get killed... but we never know which, and thus globbering" [A mattress noise expressing sympathy] "are kept to a minimum."

I had almost achieved an agreement to extend it to "Zemzaki" which means "of the earth" in some Eastern European language - at least I could have worked with that - but I really didn't want my child named after a mattress!!

(I have added this post to the All Women Blogging Carnival this week being hosted by 4fabmoms)


Anonymous said...

Zem..what a great name. I like names that are a little bit different.

If Callum was a girl he would have been Lianna. When I tell him this he just pulls a face LOL

Scribbit said...

100 is a milestone. Hope you keep at it, I like your stuff.

Maude Lynn said...

Does this mean that you have survived "the TALK?" If so, heartfelt congratulations and a cyber-drink on me!

Jen at Semantically driven said...

Zem - I guess it's one of those names that grows on you. At least it's easy to say and spell and it is different as Mad Goat Lady said.

strauss said...

"Zem the mattress",hey. I can sympathise with the dilemma (hee hee). Imagine having to explain that one to your son. "Mum, where did my name come from? Was I named after anybody?"
Thanks for answering my question :)

Tracey said...

While 'Zem' sounds ok... 'It's noice, it's different, it's unusual...'.... you'd never have been able to get over the inspiration, would you.

If it makes you feel any better, I've succumbed to Neighbours too, after many years of successfully avoiding it. Though we missed that episode... so I'm intrigued now about who it is! (Help me, I've become a soap addict!)

Congratulations on The Talk. My youngest has still not really asked. I had occasion to explain it all to Ms 11 about 6 months ago when she was regaling me with some quote that Billie Piper had said about David Tennant (I think), and there was some innuendo about penis size that went totally over her head. Time to do the 'talk' to save her from an embarrassing situation in front of someone!

Betsy said...

Cute story. Thankfully my DD is only 2...I have a couple of years before "the talk"!

Thanks for participating in our Blog Carnival

Anonymous said...

Thankfully we have not yet had to have the "talk" yet..but surely they can learn most of it from the Simpsons these days? We have had to explain the non married thing..still none of them quite get it.

Congratulations on the 100th post.

Thanks for joining the All Women Carnival :)

Tee/Tracy said...

I had a friend in 6th grade, (like 1991?) who moved to New Zealand and when she wrote me a letter she mentioned a show called Neighbours. Is this the same one after all these years?? Is it like a soap opera?

Bla said...


Unknown said...

At least you asked to find out what she knew and did not know! Always important, and to not share too much info!