Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Do you remember that time...

I was reading this pair of articles about a woman who can remember her entire life in explicit detail, as if the events happened that same day, regardless of how long ago it really was. I would imagine she has something wrong with her ability to prune memories. She doesn't have a perfect memory though -- she has trouble with rote memorization.

This got me thinking -- would I want this ability? I mean, we could be arguing about something that happened a year ago, and I could tell you in explicit detail everything about that day, and you couldn't argue back, because you would know I am right. And I would totally kick ass in the History questions in Trivial Pursuit, as long as they were about stuff that happened during my lifetime.

The question is, would anyone want to hang around me? Would you want to be with someone who remembers every detail of their life and their interaction with you, including all the times you were mean to them. Would you want to be around someone who could always bring up things in the past, things you would rather everyone forgot? Would you want to be around someone who was always beating you at Trivial Pursuit?

And would I want to remember everything, including all of those things that depress me, like that time Jiggs called me a whore?

7 comments:

miss kendra said...

i can say from experience that it's no fun having a super powered memory.

it comes in handy with tasks at work, and with learning and general awesomeness, but as far as human interaction it blows.

Anonymous said...

And you'll relive each embarassment as if it happened yesterday.

Most of us are happy not to remember much of 7th grade.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like my dad. He remembers EVERYTHING. And he always wins at Trivial Pursuit. Always. I'm surprised he still gets people to play with him.

slappy said...

Remembering 7th grade in greater detail would suck. Also 8th grade. 6th and 9th weren't my best years either.

amera hearts said...

i would have to agree with miss k.

i have a great memory, but it annoys my friends at times.

ps. did you get my comment on youtube? that was a first for me. i was excited i could do it!

Lee Ann said...

I used to play Trivial Pursuit, but it has been a long long time!

jamwall said...

my mom remembers all these really sucky moments in my life that include a broken arm at age 7, me puking profusely after a night of drinking and needing an IV, and being the "Soy Bomb" guy at the grammys that one year.