Friday, September 04, 2009

The Advantages of Goldfish Memory

I don't have a very good memory. I rarely remember what I had for breakfast, and if you ask me about yesterday's activities, wheewy, forget about it. I'm still angry with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD sets, because they left out the "previously on Buffy" segment at the beginning of each episode. How am I supposed to remember what's going on without it?

But one upshot of ... whatever I was talking about ... is that I'm continually surprised by the effortlessness of my own accomplishments. I'll get notification that I won a contest that I don't remember entering. Or discover a half-written project on my hard drive that's brilliant but not something I remember doing. Or I'll wake up one day and, oh, look at that, I have a dissertation written, several published papers, and a PhD, and all I had to do was wake up.

I probably had some deep, insightful point in mind to end this post with, but, well, you know.



13 comments:

he and she reviews said...

wow you're lucky that you do amazing things ... you just don't remember things. ^_^ I think the buffy dvd assumes you are going to watch it all in a roll so doesn't want to take up your time by re-hashing what you just saw 10 minutes ago. just a thought ;-)

Phronk said...

I DON'T REMEMBER 10 MINUTES AGO.

Who posted this?

Diana Shamdai said...

I'm really just impressed that you have the Buffy dvds.
I mean, the PhD thing IS pretty impressive...but the fact that you can appreciate Buffy seals the deal for me.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I had something witty to say but you know...I saw that great castle...then. HEY...look a castle.

Tigerlily said...

Ha! I would love to seemingly wake up with my Masters...but alas it seems I am remembering every second of blood sweat and tears that is going into my Masters...a PhD, I don't think so.

Phronk said...

Diana: Anybody who doesn't appreciate Buffy is dead to me.

Cal: Ooooo castle! WHERE?!

Tigerlily: A lot of trying to fill your head with useless facts should clear up that memory problem. That, and drinking.

Hey Lady! said...

Maybe you're so forgetful because you've got too much going on, your brain can't keep up. Or maybe it's a tumor...

You should have added the "must watch Buffy" clause to your flow chart, right under "must be willing to have sex before marriage".

lori said...

Amazing! I could make a joke but all I want to say is congrats. :)

Phronk said...

HL: You're right, that should be in the flow chart. They are pretty much equally important.

Lori: Congrats for what? WHERE AM I?

shine said...

How did I get here? And who are you?

aimee adler said...

I've woken up to far worse. *shame* I blame Jack Daniels-he's inevitably the one who introduces me to trouble. Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervo, and Captain Morgan. Bad influences, the lot of them. On the other hand, personification of my chosen libations means I don't drink alone!

Phronk said...

Hello Shine I am Phronk it is nice to meet you.

Haha Aimee, there are times when my memory can be blamed on Jack Daniels too. But I'm also friends with Mr. Bailey, John Labatt, and...uh, gin.

Imogen said...

"I'll wake up one day and, oh, look at that, I have a dissertation written, several published papers, and a PhD, and all I had to do was wake up."
The above made me laugh out loud, +1 points for you.