Saturday, April 20, 2013

Reminder?

It's hard to admit, but the older I get the more I realize my memory isn't what it used to be.  As a result, I've become a "list person".  I have them everywhere.

Colorful Post-its are on the bathroom mirror each morning so I'm reminded of what my day ahead holds (and so I don't go back to bed with the snooze button off).  There's a long yellow legal pad crammed full of "to-do" things to remember.  My iPhone sends me "Reminder" messages literally day and night, and I can't live without the phone's timer and alarm to help me remember the most important things and, when and where I need to make them happen.

In short, the need for all these reminders makes me think I "got stupid" somewhere along the way.

But I felt significantly better, when, on my 55th (gulp) birthday of all days, I discovered this important "reminder" that apparently the general public needs.

This sign was posted on every single pump at a gas station I stopped at when visiting my family last week in Ohio. 

Seeing it made me feel So.  Much.  Better!  It's a note I have never written to myself.  Phew.  Maybe I'm smarter than I thought.

Hope you're having a great Sunday.  Stop by Unknown Mami's for more Sundays In My City.


Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com  -  Joanna Jenkins

45 comments:

  1. Sorry. Did you say something ? :-)

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  2. I make lists as well...just have to remember to read them!
    Ha
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  3. Haha! I am glad I'm not alone :)
    I used to reassure myself it was "Mommy Brains" but my youngest is 4 now, so what's my excuse?

    Unknown Mami sent me!

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  4. I'm a list maker too - but I still forget!
    I actually did try to leave the station once with the nozzle attached. It was in the days when they pumped for you. The kid took my money, told me to have a nice day and good bye. I left - or tried to!
    I never saw him working there again.

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  5. I figure the fewer appointments I make, the less I have to remember. My calendar on my phone makes all the difference! :-)

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  6. that sign is priceless Joanna! I'm a list maker like you, sometimes I wonder if it makes us more forgetful because we rely on them so much. I get so much done when I have a list.

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  7. Happy Sunday! You are not old...and I'm also getting a wee bit forgetful! That sign cracks me up....!

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  8. I have notepads everywhere. I even write down things to remember to tell my mother. I often tell the same thing twice just to be sure.

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  9. The old and the absent-minded will not read the sigh, regrettably. Enjoy your day, and read your lists, dear. I use workflowy.com which is a great online site that keeps track of my lists. I live by lists, too.

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  10. I have lists and nots everywhere also.....I choose to think I use them not because I am forgetful, but because I am extremely organized. :)
    I've never driven off with the hose in the tank, but I have left my tank open a few times.

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  11. Hahaha! I often feel that way, also - but then I often think it may not be age so much as being just plain too busy.

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  12. HA!! I burned myself twice today because, apparently, I forgot the pan was hot!

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  13. when working at a busy job, I would keep lists all over the place...and calendar reminders would pop up and alert me on the computer. Since I retired, it's gotten much better, but what bugs me is when I'm saying something and referencing something I can not recall it. Many 'senior moments.'

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  14. I love those sorts of warning signs, and find it very funny that there are people who need them.

    I'm a list person too, but my short-term memory is getting so bad, I forget where I put my lists.

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  15. I'm a list maker too. Nothing wrong with it, I just think in our crazy busy lives it's the only way to survive and accomplish what we need to get done. The gas sign was funny, like you I've not yet needed that reminder, but apparently others have. Hugs!!

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  16. Warning...it doesn't get any better after 60! heehee! Hope you're enjoying a nice afternoon!

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  17. I am in the throes of having forgotten an event earlier today that I very much wanted to attend. I feel awful! Maybe I need to try your post-it note method of remembering.

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  18. 53 and serial list maker reporting for duty :). But what I do that is REALLY irritating is ask my daughter the same question multiple times. It's like I can't remember whether I actually ASKED the question or if I was thinking I NEED to ask her that question.

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  19. That's funny. I've heard of people doing that. I haven't yet, but I'm so forgetful that I've no doubt I'll wish the gas station had posted that reminder.

    xoRobyn

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  20. those accidents happen and dealing with spilled gas is dangerous. It seems we are getting more and more distracted by our technology.

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  21. this aging thing is for the birds. I'm ahead of you clearing the way - I'm looking down the barrel at the big six o.

    The gas pump sign is funny.

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  22. Yes, our brains increasingly has more and less ability to process it.

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  23. This is funny...
    A friend of mine forgot his wallet on top of the pump but he found it.
    I use alarms, I know what it means, what I need to do. And paper calendar, and lists... :)
    Life without pen and paper would be empty :)

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  24. Oh, dear, Joanna, I am so certain you possess supreme intelligence!! How nice to be visiting the family - but are you freezing your posterior off? Happy 55th birthday, my friend...ye gads, I am 13 years older than you are!! Does that ever make me feel ancient. Oh, well, thus far, I'm still reasonably functional. Lovely Harper Ann arrived a week early - on the 14th - finally a girl child in the family - the shoulder is doing well - and I head to India on June 1.

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  25. I can't make it through life without notes! Thanks for stopping over.

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  26. That's funny Joanna.
    Don't feel bad, your brain is 55 years old, literally. Making lists is a way of downsizing the amount you store in your "file cabinets". It's really a smart thing to do. You'll have more brain space for the important things, like family.
    xo d

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  27. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet commen...It’s been awhile....glad you haven’t forgotten me...xxCynthia

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  28. I need lists to find my lists. Sounds like you do too. Dianne

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  29. Ah, yes, but as a person of a "certain age" (which I am more-or-less the same) you remember when it was the attendant's job to pull the nozzle. Folks back then didn't have as much to remember!

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  30. I swear, my long term memory is sharp, but trying to figure out where I put my car keys is going to drive me crazy!

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  31. I make lists galore, as well as have a series of reminders in my phone. If my phone doesn't yell at me. I don't know where to be -- haha. Good to know we're not alone... or scary.
    :-)
    Traci

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  32. When you start calling yourself, that's when you have to worry.

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  33. Well there you go. You remember more than the average gas pumper! I need to keep lists also.. except half of the time, I forget to add to it and spend too much time trying to remember what I thought of.

    Hope your 55th was wonderful. :)

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  34. What a great idea! I love it.very interesting to read thank you

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  35. You make me laugh. I know just what you mean.

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  36. So funny.

    I make tons of lists, too. Post-its are my BFFs!

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  37. I am a big fan of notes and my only problem occasionally is remembering where the note is.

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  38. Speaking of getting old, I just read one of your blog posts and got ready to comment and already discovered that I had! Now THATS bad memory for you!!

    I have been holding out on making lists, thinking that I can still give myself acronyms to remember things at the store but I am now throwing in the towel and heading to the store to get some post its.

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  39. i actually laughed out loud. thank you for that. i´ve missed your humor. hope all is well jj.
    love you!

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  40. I love a list......sometimes I even add the things I've done just so I can cross them out!!!

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  41. Happy belated birthday my beautiful friend. How many times do you think someone drove off with the hose in the tank before they put up the sign?

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  42. Hi Joanna...I am new here--just found the link from Cristine at Footsteps.bz After I read a couple of your posts I just had to chime in here and tell you I actually had a friend who did forget to return the gas pump handle before getting in to drive away. She was following my husband and i in the car and we both stopped to get gas at the same time. Naturally we were all chatting away and then it happened. Honest woman that she was she returned to the station and it ended up costing her quite a bit! She learned the hard way--I learned by her example...and yes,, lists are important! ~Kathy

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