Expat@Large

Sigh

Posted in Uncategorized by expatatlarge on June 18, 2010

In my fifth decade I had begun to imagine what old age was like when I noticed the first lapses of memory. I would turn the house upside looking for my glasses until I discovered that I had them on, or I’d wear them into the shower, or I’d put my reading glasses over the ones I used for distance. One day I had breakfast twice because I forgot about the first time, and I learned to recognize the alarm in my friends when they didn’t have the courage to tell me I was recounting the same story I had told them a week earlier. By then I had mental list of faces I knew and another lists of the names that went with each one, at the moment of greeting I didn’t always succeed in matching the faces to the names. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Fortunately I have friends who will let me know straight away that I am losing it. And instead of not telling me that I’ve told them a story before they’ll say, “I read it on your blog.”

And now I’m into my sixth decade and it’s not getting any better.

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When I came back from the hospital late this afternoon, where I had been helping a Japanese Doctor do some advanced ultrasound stuff, I turned the house upside down looking for that VERY important flash-drive on which I had stored all the images and videos of the procedure. I was in a panic! Had I dropped it from my pocket on the walk home from the hospital (it’s only 1K away), or did i put it on the table when I was talking with a colleague at Spinellis café?

Five minutes of getting ready to go back and redo the back-up, thinking of excuses for not sending the files on to Tokyo immediately…

And there it was. In the USB port.

I had already plugged it into to the computer and then become distracted by emails which had taken me to my online chess games!

Sigh.

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OK, off for POETS day drinks. Now, where did I place those keys?

E@L

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  1. savannah said, on June 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    i've heard that those puzzles people do are good for y'alls mind, but of course, i can't remember what they're called, sugar… *sigh* xoxoxoxo

  2. valkyrie said, on June 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    If it makes you feel better Phil, I have been recounting the same story to the same people up to 5 times, even when I was in my 20's… 😀

  3. expat@large said, on June 19, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Sav: puzzles like “find the glasses”?

    Val: you told me that already.

  4. Isabella said, on June 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

    That's great. That means we can tell each other the same story again and again and never get bored because I have the same problem too and I quite like listening to a good story twice.


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