“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”

Yesterday I spent the day erasing then updating my new iPad. My friend gave it to me. It had belonged to his sister who has passed away. I was sad to think of Stacey but thankful for her gift. My uke was also Stacey’s. She has enriched my life.

The morning is warm but rainy. I’m going to check out my little library and add some books before the cold roars in later. I’m also going to get my winter gear ready. This warm morning will give way to a freeze starting this afternoon. Boston may get snow. Tonight will be frigid, and tomorrow early morning will have single digits. I get the November part of this, but I would have preferred winter to sneak in gradually. I’d wake up each morning and think it a bit colder than yesterday. I’d be surprised by snow.

Without my computer I’m still not posting music. I’m spending time reading and cogitating. I went through my old photos last night. I went slowly through all the pictures from Ghana, 1969-1971. I was struck by how young I was. I was also struck by how I settled in so quickly, not easily that first year, but still quickly. A photo of me at the airport in Tamale was taken during my second year. I was wearing a dress made from Ghanaian cloth and was leaning on a stone wall. I looked contented, happy, relaxed and a bit older. It is the perfect photo of me in Ghana.

I have traveled so many places. I have memory drawers overflowing. Some memories come without prompting. Others pop up at a familiar smell or sound. I’ve realized that out of this whole big adventure of living we save seconds in our memory drawers, instead of hours or days. Pictures of who we were, where we’ve been and the friends we’ve had jump into our mind’s eyes, and we remember. I’m thinking those pictures are gifts to ourselves.

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6 Comments on ““No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.””

  1. hedley Says:

    We got slammed, a foot of snow before all the leaves are off the trees. My snowblower was less than amused by the wet heavy clogging mess and I was less than amused by having to clear the driveway for a second time at 5.00 am this morning. It was, of course, a “record” for November 11th and all that guff, a record that i really could have done without .

    Is your Ipad a replacement for the desk top computer ? Our iMac is really an old Mac but in these days of ipads and mobility I use it very little and dont see much reason to spend $2,000 replacing it

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I saw the snow on the news last night and thought of you and felt bad knowing you and your trusty snowblower would be out and in and probably out again. We will get no snow, thanks to the ocean. My sister in Colorado got 18 inches in October and more the other night.

      I haven’t had a desktop in years. I have been using a laptop. I’d like to think fixing my laptop means a new battery or a new adapter. The iPad has limitations, but I’m learning how to copy and paste so I can post pictures and music.

      This new iPad’s screen is huge and nearly the size of my laptop. It’s amazing.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Well, this morning the sun was out but the temperature was 21 degrees. Thankfully, the rain moved out before the cold north wind and sub freezing temperatures moved in.

    I’m amazed how much I have changed over the years when looking at old photos. Several years ago an instructor we hired handed me a photo of me standing next to a Citation 500 jet taken in 1978. The other pilot in the photo was my student who was his best friend. My student and our instructor served together in the Navy and flew at Delta and retired. When our instructor moved here from Atlanta he told his friend where he was going to work and his friend gave him the picture of me from 1978 and said, “If you run into this guy in Dallas, please give him the picture.”

    Rule number one. You never want to piss off anyone with whom you work. Because, they may one day become your future boss. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The morning was warm then it started to rain. Later it changed to wet, heavy snow. The temperature will be down to the low 20’s tonight. I just hope the outside stairs won’t be too slippery in the morning. Boston will get down to single digits.

      At my high school reunion, I saw people I hadn’t seen for years, but I was able to recognize many of them. A few got really old looking. One of them wasn’t me!

      Luckily, I didn’t have that issue.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        BTW, if you buy a Bluetooth keyboard your iPad will be almost as useful as a laptop.

      • katry Says:

        I have a Bluetooth keyboard I used with my other iPad. The copy and paste maneuver is what I miss. I looked it up and found a few steps. I figure I’ll try later so I can post pictures and music.

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