Thursday, May 24, 2007

Never Forget

Here are four of my earliest memories from childhood:
  • In elementary school, we used to have classes where we learned about drugs, and how to not do them (anyone remember Safety Kids?). After one of these classes, I remember going out for recess with my friends, and finding a suspicious mass on the ground. It consisted of tiny white tubes, all stuck closely together. A mysterious powder clung to the tubes. Naturally, we thought that it was drugs. We poked it with a stick a few times then ran far away, saying no to drugs just like the Safety Kids songs told us to. Years later, after an adventurous trip to the grocery store, I realized the "drugs" were a discarded package of uncooked Mr. Noodle.
  • I had heard people talking about "rap music", but had never actually heard this new kind of music for myself. I wondered what it sounded like. Then I heard Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody on the radio, followed by the DJ announcing that I had just heard "Bohemian Rap City". Ohhh, so that's what rap sounds like. Queen. Freddy Mercury was such a gangstah.
  • I remember driving around with my parents when I lived in Edmonton. Unless my memory is making this up, there is a road in Edmonton called "Mud Drive". I remember seeing the signs on the highway pointing the way to this road: "Mud Dr." I thought to myself: "Mud doctor? What the hell is a mud doctor?"
  • I was pondering about the nature of memory one day when I was very young, and taking a piss. I wondered what made you sometimes remember something, like some small insignificant thing, for a very long time. I decided that I would try to force myself to remember something trivial for the rest of my life, to see if it is possible. So I memorized that moment: Me standing there, peeing in the toilet. I still remember it in quite a bit of detail...I especially remember that it was a beautiful summer day, and the sunlight was shining through the window, casting rays of light in the dusty basement air.

This post has taught me two things about memory: 1) You can remember something for a very long time if you simply remember to remember it once in a while; and 2) You will always remember times in which you were a complete dumbass.


Nölff said...

I have memories of horrible things I did to people just for laughs. They come back to me when I'm sober.

Salem said...

I find the more trivial and useless the memory is, the more likely I'll keep it around. This is not one of my favourite traits.

Anonymous said...

You've unlocked the secret to my memory; I'm a total dumbass nearly all of the time.

madamerouge said...

One of my earliest childhood memories is my dog barfing all over the place.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I had also misheard the title of Bohemian Rhapsody to be "Bohemian Rap City", and I distinctly remember thinking that it was false advertising, because I knew it was not rap.

And I also remember Whitemud Drive and Whitemud Crossing (which was two blocks from my house in Edmonton). The sign for Whitemud crossing was always burnt out and displayed "Mud Crossing", which I found quite hilarious for some reason.

That was nostalgic, now I feel a little homesick. Damn you.