Memory, in which I'll tell you…wait, what was I going to say?

I’m watching the quiz show JEOPARDY! earlier this year, and the category for the final was MUSICAL THEATRE: “Before this show hit Broadway in 1964, one of its working titles was ‘The Luckiest People'”. I knew the song to which the clue referred was was People. I knew Barbra Streisand was in the subsequent movie. But could I remember the name of the musical/movie? I could not; the answer, of course, was Funny Girl.

I was SO annoyed with myself. I don’t mind being unfamiliar with information, but I HATE it when it’s something I DID know but just can’t retrieve. It happens now and then; Hal Holbrook and Audra McDonald, for example, I could visualize, but the names just left me.

I’ve never been great with names. I see someone I know in passing, I’ll say, “Oh, hi!,” which gives me a few seconds to say, “So how are you doing, X?” where X is, I hope, the name of the person in front of me.

If I want to remember something really important, the worse thing for me to do is to write it on a piece of paper, which I will inevitably misplace. Since I have committed the info to paper, I lose the ability to retrieve it mentally. It’s better if I e-mail it to myself.

I have been taking this statin for high cholesterol for about a year and a half. My prescription ran out at the end of December, but I still have a couple months of pills left. It may be my resistance to the fact that I need them at all that makes me forget to take them. The good news is that my cholesterol is still in a good range, verified with a blood test on January 31, which I would have forgotten to have done had not my doctor’s nurse called me.

This ever happen to you? You’re in a conversation, and you have a really great point to make. But you are being polite and let others speak, so that by the time it gets back to you, your seemingly “brilliant” thought has vanished in the haze.

Seriously, there was more to this but I forgot to write it down, which I would probably have lost anyway…

8 thoughts on “Memory, in which I'll tell you…wait, what was I going to say?”

  1. Yes, yes, and yes. Happens all the time, espec. with the cocktail of mental health drugs I’m on. Up and down the stairs, trying to remember what I was looking for, while the grilled cheese burns and the smoke alarm goes off.

    Have you seen “In & Out”? If not SEE IT. There’s a running theme about Kevin Kline’s obsession with Streisand, and, because I’m not a “rosebudder,” I won’t give anything away… except to say, Joan Cusack has a very funny line about the sequel to Funny Girl.

    I could go on, but I think I left something on the burner! A


  2. Can totally relate. 🙂

    Thank you for your kind words, Roger. I’ll write again when I can, hopefully soon. Glad to hear your body is within the healthy range, even with the missed doses of medicine. ;D


  3. Sometimes I have a really great point to make, and because I know I’m going to forget what I want to say by the time the other person is done talking I will be rude and talk over them. Sometimes. Not my finest quality, but it happens.


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