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Friday and Other Funny Foibles

24 May

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
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I really, really try to remember people’s names, but the older I get, the harder it is for me to remember. I often mentally go up and down the alphabet in my head until I can recall a name. Sometimes it never comes to me. I have to use all kinds of mental tricks.

Example one: There is a young waiter at Snug on the Square who I had trouble remembering his name. After the tenth time he said, “It’s Nick, Miss Toni.” So, I stared at him, moved my hands in front of his face like I was circling his aura with my hands, and went into a trance. Then I said, “Just in the Nick of time.” But, what I didn’t tell him was, I looked at him, he had a beard that I thought he needed to shave off, and if he shaved, he would nick his face while shaving, so NICK is his name. Wow! That was the long way about to get there.

Now, here’s the funny part. I was going through some stuff in a bedroom dresser drawer yesterday, when I stumbled across this audio and workbook series that I bought like two years ago. I put it in the drawer and totally forgot it was in there. Now, if I had listened to the 6 audio CDs and worked on the manual when I first bought it, I wouldn’t have forgotten where the heck I left the darn thing in the first place. Also, I would have remembered Nick’s name the first time he told me, not the tenth time.

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But, the good thing about being forgetful is… You can read a book or watch a movie time and time again, and totally forget that you’ve read it or seen it. It’s all new!