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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The "That's What Makes You So Funny!" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Everyone's laughing at me it seems.  Happens often at times when I am speaking and trying to remember a word or two.  When the word doesn't appear when I need it, I just say another word that absolutely makes no sense at all.  And that, my friends, is what makes everyone laugh.  I'm not trying to be funny, but I guess what comes out of my mouth is different, or funny to some.  Ever have trouble remembering what you want to say or what you want to do?  How about trying to remember where you put something or where you are going?  Tell you the truth, I have been like that all of my life.  
For 33 years I taught school and there wasn't a single year that I could remember every student's name I had in class, even by the end of the year.  When lecturing to my class about … let's say the invention of movable type, I would begin a sentence and by the time I reached the end, or close to the end, I would have no idea how I was going to end the sentence.  Usually just said the first word that came to mind when I reached the point where I needed the correct word to finish my sentence.  "German inventor Johannes Gutenberg developed a method of movable type that was used to create the Forty-Two-Line library pass!" I would tell my class as they looked at me and all began to laugh.  "I meant Bible!" I would say a second later when it came to me.  Made for some interesting lectures.  Often wondered why my students enjoyed my lectures so much.  Probably were taking bets on how many times I would say some silly or stupid word while lecturing to them.  Those momentary memory lapses I'm told are common, and they're not just for those who are getting older.  May explain why I've had them all my life.  When with friends, someone will ask me a question and I can't seem to instantly find the answer, but give me a few minutes and the time for the wheels and cogs in my head to begin turning and I will almost always recall the answer.  And then, I'll spurt out the answer and more than likely end the sentence or thought with a word that makes no sense.  All my life I have felt that a person's body and mind can only withstand a certain level of recall.  If the pain in my body is more intense on a specific day, my mind is more sharp and recall is easier, while if I have no physical problems, my recall may be more compromised.  Something like ... even steven!  While on a recent vacation I from time to time used the wrong word while talking which usually made no sense at all.  Didn't do it on purpose, but my mouth was functioning faster than my brain.  "I didn't say that on purpose," I said.  "But, that's what makes you so funny!" my wife said. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

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