Before you delete this post, let me assure you that I’m not going to suggest, a potion, exercise, supplement or on-line service to help you improve your memory. I don’t hawk products on this site, heck, I even pay for a premium deal so I can eliminate ads. No, this post is all about the fact that there are certain things that I just can’t seem to remember. Ever. Not just things like ‘accommodate’ has two Cs and two Ms, or the “when I need”, and particularly “when I don’t need” a comma. I’m talking about more basic and simple things. Things like locking the door or turning out the outside lights. Those two are self-correcting, in that when my wife gets up to turn out the lights, she checks the door.
Earlier this winter, I thought about ordering a space heater for my office. Our office is not evenly heated, and my space tends to be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I resisted the urge for two reasons: 1) The building management doesn’t want us to use space heaters, and 2) I was worried that I’d forget to turn it off.
After arriving to work during a cold snap and finding my office to be 62°f (16.6°c) a few Mondays ago, I ordered the space heater.
When it arrived, I was so cold, and I quickly unpacked it, plugged it in and set it on ‘High’ – ‘High Fan’ – ‘Swivel’ and I set the instructions aside. I had heat now, I didn’t need to know anything else. I told my wife about the heater and she asked me if I turned it off. I quite proudly announced that I had.
The next day, we went out for dinner after I got home from work. While chatting over a beer and a glass of wine, she asked:
“Did you turn your heater off?”
Fortunately, one of my coworkers works a 9:00 – 5:00 schedule (I work 7:00 – 3:00). I sent him a quick text message, asking if he would shut off my heater.
He also informed me that he has the same heater in his office and that the setting I ignored, is a timer. After reading the manual the next day, I realized that the adjustment I assumed was ‘Hi’ or ‘Lo’, is actually ‘Hi’ or numbers. Now, when I turn the heater on, I set it to 70°f (21.1°c) and I set it to turn off in 8 hours. I can remember that.