One of the things that terrify me most is wholly forgetting something as if I never knew the information to begin with. For instance, this week when I completely forgot that I was supposed to babysit the Tibbles on Tuesday afternoon. I generally have a freakishly good memory. It’s why I often tell people that eventually I will creep them out by remembering some arcane detail they told me once, and then repeat that detail at some point and they will think I am stalking them.
It’s a burden, and probably the key to why people think I’m so smart.
So when I completely forget something it takes me roughly 23 seconds to slippery slope right to being in a nursing home with advanced, early-onset Alzheimers. Then, as I’m wiping the imaginary drool from my chin I remember that I still know all the words to “Iesha” by Another Bad Creation* and then I don’t feel so bad. Also, semi-related, last week while driving home from class I realized I still remember all the cities mentioned in Huey Lewis & The News’ “The Heart of Rock & Roll.”
*I’m working on a rock & roll book which is forcing me to plumb the depths of my musical history.