I used to go to lunch occasionally with a fellow who always ordered a cup of decaf coffee after he ate.  He was an older man by 10 years and was starting to forget things.  Sometimes it was amusing.

I told him that we had been on a cruise a number of years before and stopped in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and he told me that he had been there once and lost his hotel key.  When he went to the bell clerk and told him what had happened, the clerk reached in a drawer full of keys and handed him one.  Asked how he knew this one would work the reply was, “They’re all alike.  Keys are meant for honest people.”  Charles then added, “I was there with my wife, but, for the life of me, I can’t remember which one.”

He couldn’t remember, as well, why he ordered decaf coffee.  I think that I would remember that, but then I’ve only had one wife.  The clutter of details becomes greater over the years and even greater when you have had to keep your stories straight.


Screenshot of Ava Gardner and Richard Burton, 1964, from “Night of the Iguana” filmed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

For those who don’t remember or never saw the movie, "Night of the Iguana" is about a defrocked Episcopal Priest working as a tour guide for a cut-rate travel agency in Mexico.  Unable to control his attraction to the niece of the Baptist girls group’s leader he acts on his impulse and the leader threatens to ruin him. Ex-Reverend Shannon (Richard Burton) strands the tour bus at a hotel in an effort to come up with a plan.  Things get worse as the night progresses.


Recently I logged on to my computer, clicked the Firefox icon, and then typed something into the Google Search box.  When the page loaded it was blank.It was the same for any webpage.  I discovered that I could load a private page, type the item into the search bar at the top and it would work, sometimes.

I rebooted the computer and it made no difference.  I found that I could use Internet Explorer with no problem.

I’ve been using Firefox for years.  I like it better than I.E. for some reason, that like Charles, I can’t remember. 

After some internet searching I found instructions to go to the Firefox page, click the three bars and then open options, click privacy, clear my memory and cache, and then go to add-ons and disable everything.  I did and there was no change.  I still got a blank screen.  I restarted and when I did I got a notice from Firefox that they had installed a newer version (and tried to sell me on getting some app on my phone which I ignored).  Everything worked.

I may start to slowly put add-ons back, because I think that the problem was with several ad blockers that I had installed.  Google was not going to play if they couldn’t show you advertisement. I may leave things as they are.

Firefox default prevents the user from being tracked and that is really all I care about, and I didn’t change search engines because I use gmail.

As I was disabling all of the add-ons I realized that I didn’t know what at least half were for, and could not remember installing them.  I think that I was prompted to do so, and didn’t figure on them screwing things up.  Apps/programs have no regard for each other.

It’s not good to make things too complicated on the computer or in life in general I’ve found.


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Comment by Robert B. James on October 25, 2018 at 7:44am

I just peck and pray. I once emailed a historian about one of his books we were reading in grad school. He replied that he could not remember what he wrote, and that he did not have a copy of the book. Crosby...he died las year. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on October 25, 2018 at 7:44am

funny thing about that....the more i forget....the more i like it...

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 25, 2018 at 7:45am

I had the album with "Stealin" on it.  I had it on a cassette in Vietnam.  I must have played it a lot because I remembered the lyrics as Arlo was singing.  Somehow, it sounds really dated now, but the sentiment was what I was looking for.

Comment by Steel Breeze on October 25, 2018 at 7:50am

BTW Rodney......i finally gave in to curiosity and am coparing tour prices....i'm goin back...

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 25, 2018 at 7:55am

Rober B.James ~ the diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease pretty much rests on finding an altered cell in a sea of normal cells that is called the Reed-Sternberg cell.  Dorothy Read was a medical student when she found the association.  Her story has been told in reverential tones when instructors talk about the value of being observant and open to the Aha moment.

A group of experts went to England to meet with Dr. Reed and talk about the accomplishment.  They found her retired, weeding her garden, and when they told her why they were there her reply was, "Oh, that.  I had forgotten all about it."  She hadn't lost her mind.  Her interests had shifted a number of times over the years, and were now on gardening.

The researchers were incensed and suggested that the cell be renamed the Sternberg-Reed cell.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 25, 2018 at 7:57am

Steel Breeze, I get that, for sure.  Lots I don't feel good about.

Comment by alsoknownas on October 25, 2018 at 8:16am

Keys and glasses. Forgetting where I set them down is a real pain.

Most of the rest I might remember are just stories I've probably told repeatedly.

Probably. Not sure.

That's why I tell them again.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 25, 2018 at 8:33am

AKA, they're all good, and probably bear repeating.

I would like to be creating new stories, but that doesn't seem to happen much on this point on life's wheel.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 25, 2018 at 9:30am

My short term memory is getting weird, more in terms of concentration than actual memory. It’s an alte cocker thing

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 25, 2018 at 10:05am

alte kacker is a term I had to look up.  What I have observed is the loss of, or rather difficulty getting to, items in long term memory. I may remember everything about a thing but it's name.  I've always been afflicted with inability to remember names, but this seems worse.  To some degree it is due to disuse.

Other times, everything is as it was at best.  Why the difference?  Lack of sleep?


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