Monday, February 9, 2009
How observant are you? I know I am oblivious. It is embarrassing. Things that you see every day do you really notice? Kind of like when a guy shaves his beard or mustache and you don't notice. I am so bad at that.
I have a memory book by Harry Lorayne that says the first trick to a good memory is to observe, to see, to actually notice because how can you remember what you don't really notice or see? Like when you forget the name of a person you just met. Did you really pay attention to the name? Did you really? Sometimes I can remember that a person is someone whose kids went to school with my kids, we used to be on PTA together, or maybe our kids even played together and were friends, but I will not remember their name~! Or the feeling that a name is just on the tip of your tongue. My sister-in-law and I were trying to remember the name of the actress who starred in "Walk the Line", the movie about Johnny Cash. We both knew she was blonde and we thought it started with an R but we sat there driving ourselves nuts trying to remember. I finally had to call Teddy Bear who justifably thought her mom had gone crackers. Reese Witherspoon. It was a total hit your head with the palm of your hand moment. How could you forget? Where on earth did that tidbit of information get filed that its retrieval was so hard?
I have always said there is a button on my rear end for memory. I can be sitting in my office, think of something I need to get or do upstairs. I get up, go upstairs, stand there, walk around, think hard, get totally mad at myself because for the life of me I have no idea why I even got up~! I stomp downstairs, sit down, and damn if suddenly I now remember why I got up. I have looked carefully. There is no switch on my butt for memory but why is it as soon as I sit down I remember??
His memory book is fun and I think I am going to try his techniques. It would be fun to memorize stuff even if it was totally ridiculous stuff. Presidents and Vice-Presidents, elections, dates in history, the states in alphabetical order. Can you think of things you would want to memorize so you can pull them out of your a$$? He has a way to memorize dates, months, numbers, everything.
I think the red light is a the top by the way? Quick, look at your watch. Is the number 6 a numeral, roman numeral, or just a line? Okay, smart ass, now what time is it?
Posted by Happy Hour...Somewhere at 2:31 PM