Any one over 60 has noticed that memory is no longer a strong suit. Small things go, like a name or a word. I have found however that my computer search engine has become my secretary to help me find that word or name I have misfiled. Mr. Google--- I always wanted a male secretary.
When I realize there is a blank spot up there, I get like a blood hound on a trail. I won't accept not knowing and I won't quit till the blank space is filled.
Example: The other day, I was trying to remember the name of a favorite football player that has been out of the game for a while. I thought I would never forget his name but it was gone.
I could see him clearly. His broad grin, kind of crazy, willful hair and bull like neck. I could see him throwing his body with abandon at players much bigger than he was. He was relentless and a joy to watch. Ole "what's his name."
There was no name filed in my memory for this fellow. So I played the new game and worked with what I did remember. I remembered he was the brother-in law-of one of the players that was still in the game.
Ahhh, now what was the BIL's name. I knew that fellow had been on Dancing with the stars and wore #99 on his uniform.
Finally I had a tool to work with. The computer took this information and coughed up a name--Jason Taylor. Then all I had to do was Google for his brother-in-law and I found my lost player---Zack Thomas. Welcome back Zack.
That was a very convoluted trail but successful. The truly strange part is that I am really enjoying these hunts for missing words and people. It is quite a challenging game and I certainly have the time. Zack is now safely filed away in a newer, less congested mental cabinet.
I do wonder however, how on earth did our parents manage this stage of life without computers? I guess they just stayed frustrated.
Below is a short video I saw yesterday from the Associated Press that is quite strange, sad, rewarding and while not with a completely happy ending, at least a satisfying one. Angels sometimes travel in yellow kayaks.
It is worth a look at Barney's story.
Have a great week end.