Memory: The Good and the Bad

------> Childhood Home Phone Number: 799-3828.

CHECK

------> High School Locker Combination: 31-22-15.

CHECK

------> Favorite Varsity Football Play: Wing Right Tight, Across, 430 Boot at 9, on 2.

CHECK

------> The year that residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi began celebrating the Fourth of July again after the Civil War: 1941.

CHECK

------> The name of every homeroom teacher that I had up until the 7th grade : Junek, Smith, Roberts, Lamar, Gibson, Mangrum-Daniels, and Downing.

CHECK

------> My first lousy report card grade: An "Unsatisfactory" in "Cutting" (Use of Scissors).

CHECK

------> All 50 US state capitals: Yes, since a 6th grade teacher required that we keep taking a test on the topic until we scored a 100%.

CHECK

------> My old police employee number: 63360.

CHECK

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------> Why is all of this historically interesting yet unimportant knowledge taking up residency in my brain, while I have no clue where I put my car keys last night?

FAIL

30 comments:

James (SeattleDad) said...

LOL. Yes, that rings familiar here too.

Childhood phone #273-9968. Of course my parents still live there.

Momma Fargo said...

Ha! That is hilarious. Happy hunting for your keys...did you check your hands and your pockets?

My childhood phone was 273-9397 and a party line...hated it. The Jones down the street always listened in on our conversations. And if we wanted to use the phone...bugger! That's all I can remember out of your list and the 50 states. So, I think I may have reached senile...except I know were MY keys are. LOL.

MONICA-LnP said...

I can't remember the good or the bad!thanks for the laugh!

Lipstick said...

LOL...this is fabulous. We played a little game at work trying to think of animals that start with the letter "s"-it is oddly difficult after snake and shark. It was so hard to me that I became convinced that I had some kind of rapid onset neurological problem.

tattytiara said...

Don't worry. You'll remember where you put them. You know, 20 years from now when you don't need that information any more either.

Jayne said...

Well done! Did you know that scientists believe the mobile phone generation are going to have more memory problems in future? Pre mobile phone we all memorised numbers, facts and figures, thereby exercising that part of the brain that deals with memory. Post mobile phone introduction, everything is 'written down' by immediately committing it to phone - so there is no need to remember, no extra exercising of the brain.

(I'm a mine of useless information)!

I remember these random facts, my childhood phone numbers, and the words to 'that' song in '76, but no, I can't remember where I put my car keys either. If you find them, will you let me know? :)

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, oh I hate when that happens.

I hope you eventually found them!

ProudMilitaryMom said...

Thank God- my family makes fun of me because I can remember things like our phone number, all our teacher's names, and the words and melody of every song we ever sang at a family re-union.
My Mom (84) is getting a little concerned that she is forgetting some things- I tell her its because the memory is full of things like old addresses and such.
Is there a control/alt/delete button for these old files?

Luisa Doraz said...

I LOVE IT! It is fine to CHECK what we need to CHECK, as long as we do not have a CHECKMATE! lol :)

suzanneme said...

I wish I could clean out my brain of the useless things. Good luck on the hunt!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
God, how I also remember such things...
Old Home phone in Philly:
DEvonshire 8-9958

HS locker combo:
(I kid you NOT - 36-24-34)
That was my FIRST (of FIVE)locks in my freshman year ALONE, the last one being 28-38-12

ANd my keys are always where they should be, but if I ever misplace them, I go to the LAST PLACE I would look...and track back from there...LOL.

Now, if I could take all those "files" in my brain (such as these above) and find a way to COMPRESS them into a ZIP file...!

That could work.

:)

gladwellmusau said...

Oh...I like this one. I guess it comes with age? Remembering too much of the past and forgetting NOW. I know that feeling!

Great post!

Gladwell

Herding Cats said...

My memory is so bad I had to re-read your post because by the time I got down to the bottom, I had forgotten the first part. Yep, I'm a goldfish.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Childhood phone number
FEderal 1-1452.

Elem School: Kingsbury, Sister Giovanni, uh, Snodgrass, Chambers, Reese, Sister Regina.

Tried, and succeeded, in completely forgetting most of high school.

Keys. Top spots:
Pockets of last coat you wore.
Between couch cushions.
Good luck!

Ann T.

Shoot--Bob, I don't want a zip file, I want some additional memory cards.

jodeeluna said...

I so related to this post! My husband and I often joke about creating check-off lists of simple procedures we can follow as we age. We also need a visual place for listing where we put things. Recently, he couldn't remember the login password to his laptop. I always blamed my memory loss on having children, so what's his excuse? Great job helping me laugh at my sorry reality.

Tamika: said...

Ha! This is a hoot! Every morning I run through the house searching for my daughters tennis shoes. She manages to find a new hiding spot each night- go figure.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Amazing what we keep, isn't it. Perhaps the part of the brain that keeps our junk will eventually hold also the memory of where we put our things. Or at least provide the way to retrace our steps.

suzicate said...

No, you did not remember your high school locker combination?! I still have nightmares about forgetting mine!

Krista said...

LOL! Did you look in the fridge? How about the bathroom counter?

(don't ask... lol)

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Love this post! You have a better memory than me though-I can't remember half those things!

A Doc 2 Be said...

My son's father's social security number - someone I have not seen nor talked to in 16 years... 4xx-x6-xxx3

My son's father student ID number: 13xxxxx

My first phone number growing up:
21x-72x-6333 (got me thinking that the way Ma Bell assigned phone numbers was by our last names)

Every birthdate of every guy I've been serious with.

Every phone number of friends from my entire life including Mary Beth H. who I have not seen since I was 5.

But I cannot find keys or my lost heart.

mrs. fuzz said...

I usually check the front door. That's where my keys usually are.

I'm with Ann T. I mostly succeeded in forgetting all of highschool. I could lnever remember the combination! Impressive memory for those details.

Rhiannon Nicole said...

oh my gosh, my memory is TERRIBLE. I can't believe you remember all of these things? Man I forget my best girlfriend's birthdays all the time and you remmeber these things? WAY TO GO! :)

theycallmejane said...

I remember my childhood phone #, too! But I am WAY impressed with high school locker combination, homeroom teacher names, etc.

Holly said...

Seriously...I feel the same way. I need to figure out how to get rid of all that info...because I really need to store a lot more in there!

Erin said...

That is so impressive. I remember my childhood address(es) and phone number(s), but don't ask me to remember numbers now. It took a long time for me to memorize my social security number. A LONG TIME.

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I couldn't answer ANY of those questions-- except the first one, but that's only because my parents still live in the house in which I grew up.

Good luck finding your keys!

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Kat O'Keeffe said...

Childhood phone: 485-1890! The thing is, I didn't know I remembered it until I tried to remember. Funny how that works.


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Alexysc said...

Your memory's still amazing considering you could still remember your childhood phone number and high school combination numbers!

Your intro about Centralia town is very interesting and it's really a unique place of its own. But it's unfortunate for its residence who are forced to relocate. Perhaps this is God's will and whatever circumstances, we just need to have faith and trust Him for His ways are higher than ours.

 ALH said...

What does it say about me that I can't remember any of those things, or where I put: my keys, purse, phone, etc? Eeks...