Like many people, I’ve recently discovered Facebook and have been meeting up with people that I haven’t seen or even thought about in years.   Okay, okay, decades.  I admit it, I’m not as young as I used to be.  That being said, it’s a little bit tough for me because I have such a bad memory.  Actually, depending on context, I have an excellent memory.  When it comes to trivia and technology and science and nature and facts and figures and anything outside the social realm of human beings and relationships, I’m an elephant.  I’m no Ken Jennings but I definitely curse the people on some of these quiz shows for being idiots and wish that I could make $50k in one sitting just for answering some easy questions.

It’s funny how memory works. I think lots of people have way better memories than I do but it’s like I have maybe a 5 year moving window outside of which my memories are pretty vague. I wonder if it’s because I’ve lived in so many different places – the more groups of people you associate with over the years, the harder it is to pin down some of the old groups. That’s probably just bullshit but I like to make excuses for myself since I’m too young to have Alzheimer’s. 😉

Going back to Facebook, the problem is that I remember high school people if I see their names or pictures but if you asked me to come up with a list, I’d pretty much draw a blank. It’s a good thing people are finding me because I’d probably never have been able to on my own. It’s pretty neat though. It brings back memories that I had thought were long gone. Mostly band since that was about the only social thing I did in high school. Maybe my memory is bad because high school wasn’t that much fun for me being the awkward geek that I am.

Kris Warkentin

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  1. It’s funny, I’m the same way. I can name which states were states when the US Civil War started off the top of my head, but just see if I can remember the name of someone I met at a party three weeks ago.

    On Facebook, most of the people that I’ve gotten back in touch with have been fairly recent acquaintances. Three or four from college, one from high school; nobody from earlier than that. We moved around alot too, though, and you might have a point about the consequences of that.

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