I love the idea of having a working memory, anyway


Categories: Personal

So, my memory is better sometimes, not quite as good other times.

Earlier today, I was cleaning up the garage some, and I noticed something: A smoke detector hanging on the wall. Well, I’d never seen that before, and I’ve replaced the batteries in the other smoke detectors at least twice, so… probably needs a battery. Well, I was doing a thing, so I didn’t do that right away. Time passed. Later, while I was making some dinner, I remembered that I had spotted that, and thought I’d go ahead and change the battery while my pizza cooked, so I went and did that, and took the old battery back in, and dumped it in the battery-recycling bin, and so on. And I was feeling great about having actually remembered something.

And then I noticed that the pizza wasn’t in the oven yet.

So, you know. Win some, lose some.

Comments [archived]

From: Rose
Date: 2012-11-25 17:01:57 -0600

I was totally waiting for the punch line to be a burnt pizza, setting the alarm off. =D

From: Dave Leppik
Date: 2012-11-26 13:26:32 -0600

And here I thought the story would end with “and the smoke alarm let me know that my pizza had been reduced to charred embers in the oven.”

From: seebs
Date: 2012-11-29 13:19:24 -0600

It totally fails to surprise me that two people had the same expectation for the story. And certainly I’ve had that outcome plenty of times too. Which is why this one amused me.

From: Barton
Date: 2012-12-04 05:12:05 -0600

Yeah, leaving the pizza out of the oven sounds very much like something that I would do. The idea of short term memory being able to hold 7 items, plus or minus 2 has always seemed wildly optimistic to me.