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Differentiating

As the accumulation of events continues, properly remembering which ones occurred, and when, has become more challenging.
Today's example: San Diego Comic-Con 2011. I was *sure* that I had attended, as Phil and Kaja have been kind enough to bring me along every year for some time now. (I try to make it up to them by enthusiastically spreading the fame (and sales) of Girl Genius and all things Foglio.)

But this past Monday I was unable to find any sales data for that year - and that's just weird as I compulsively compile sales info for every event I can. I was also having trouble being firm about which year my various memories of the convention occurred. Was it possible that I hadn't gone last year? So today I skimmed back in time on LJ - not one mention of SDCC for 2011.

No Notes in the portable brain (iPhone), and the calendar for last year got wiped in one of the earlier updates. How about Photos? Success! There is one photo in the right time frame, the SDCC exclusive My Little Pony (which I decided was too ugly to be worth pursuing, especially as I wasn't all that interested anyway).

Having one solid thread to follow lead to other memories - but I'm still really struggling to nail down which year which memories occurred in. And some things that should be easy are still not coming: The first Girl Genius novel had come out in hardcover months before - but did we have the tradepaperback there to sell? Even knowing that we might have, I just can't remember.

So, newly awakened interest in taking more photos, and writing more up on what I'm doing, where I'm going, and what I think about it. Shade of the scenes in Crystal Singer, without the impetus of a memory-destroying crystal.

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qnofhrt
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I too find I have problems remembering if I did something or when I did something. Welcome to middle age :-(
alicebentley
Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
I know it's a concatination of actual loss of memory and difficulty of memory access due to multiple targets, but I have to keep reminding myself that I can only compensate by writing things down, just telling myself "remember this" doesn't work - and it used to.
acmespaceship
Jun. 22nd, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I can remember THAT something happened, but I cannot for the life of me remember WHEN. Was it last month... or 2008? No time sense anymore. It must be happening because we have so many more interesting experiences to index... and nothing to do with aging brains, right? Right?
alicebentley
Jun. 22nd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
I do think it's compounded by having a lot of events that are similar year to year. Remembering events at San Diego probably wouldn't be so challenging if there weren't multiple years, all very similar, to parse through.
kevin_standlee
Jun. 22nd, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I seem to mostly bookmark my life relative to Worldcons, seeing as I've now attended every one of them since 1989. (Nowhere near a record for continuous attendance, even if you ignore the one that won't be lengthened because Forry Ackerman is dead. Ben Yalow and Robert Silverberg have me left in the dust.)
rono_60103
Jun. 22nd, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure we saw you down here last July. We never did get together for dinner (each running to fast in different directions)
alicebentley
Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the my Little Pony pic proved to me that I was indeed there last year. I have NO IDEA where that year's sales data went to though, and that is quite mysterious (and not directly related to my emerging memory problems).

So, this year, for sure? What's your schedule like? We fly in Wednesday and leave on Sunday mid-afternoon, so there's no buffer time before or after, but that still leaves four evenings, four breakfasts and the potential for a mid-day break somewhere.
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