Opinion – 2/10/2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 10, 2006

The Panolian: OPINIONS

 From the 2/10/06 issue of The Panolian :                 

Compulsive note writer ponders pop-up blockers,
mental notes

Everyone makes fun of me for all the notes that I keep. I could literally keep Post-It in business all by myself. I’m sure I’m doing my part to contribute to Global Warming by all the notepaper I use.

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My computer monitor at work is covered in little brightly colored pieces of paper. The wall to my right is covered as well. Also, the file cabinet, the passenger seats in my car, the table beside my chair at home, the refrigerator and also notes on the kitchen counter.
My, you might say, you must be an awfully busy woman. No, I would counter just a mighty forgetful one.

I can’t seem to make it through a day without writing tons of notes. I remind myself to do my Mom’s banking, or to return things to the library or go by the dry cleaners. I have everyone’s cell number posted. I have a calorie content list of my favorite edibles. I have notes telling me literally what my next move will be. When I think about it, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time writing notes to myself. All that writing and all that reading surely takes a hunk out of my day.

Wonder if I couldn’t just try to ease through a day without my trusty colorful companions?

What do I have to lose, I ponder? Well, let’s look at this more closely.

I know each workday I have to get up at 5:15 to start my day. I don’t need notes to tell me to shower, make up the bed, or prepare my lunch bag. I don’t even need them to get to work. But I seem to need them for everything else.

And once I get to work, this swarm of menacing multi-colored sticky papers envelops me. They are constantly shouting at me to DO SOMETHING. Each one seems more important than the last, and I become easily confused. But the purpose of the swarm is to organize me, not overwhelm me. I’ve completely lost control of this situation. I need a plan. Maybe I should make a mental note of that.

The real problem here is actually inside my brain I fear. I need to establish some kind of reliable cerebral filing system in there so that I can refer to information in an instant and cut out all that nasty note making.

My brain needs to be changed over from the much slower dial-up to the much more practical, functional hi-speed. Of course I will have to figure out a way to get rid of all the Pop Up ads.

Those are the little bits of info that I don’t use, don’t need and therefore just float around inside my head. They often randomly present themselves into the middle of a thought that needs my complete attention. Then I get short-circuited and use an incorrect word or forget all together what my next move may be.

For example, I may be balancing the checkbook at home or at work and in the midst of this all-important task goat cheese pops into my head. I then begin to think about goats, how cute little ones are, about milking a goat and how to make the cheese, who manufactures it, is it good for you etc. You get the picture. I have at this low point lost all track of the numbers before me and what my task was. I will definitely need pop-up blockers for the brain.

So as I see it I need to get high-speed connection and some type of blockers, and then I will surely need an anti-virus program as well. Wonder if a flu shot will intercept a virus?

Wow, this is going to be more involved than I first thought.

All this has tired me. I think I’ll just mosey down to the office supply and stock up on Post-its. A few more downed trees couldn’t hurt too much, you think?



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