The 11th Useless Anecdote

Ok. I’ve been wandering through the grand abyss that is The Internet for a near 47 minutes now. I have no aim in mind. No purpose. I’m not searching for some profound article on how to correctly clip one’s toenails that will add to my enormous bounty of useless information. No. There’s none of that. I’m procrastinating. Now, you (the completely ignorant blog reader) probably think I’m putting off doing some sort of studying since it is exam time, but my reasons for procrastinating are nothing close to that fabulous.

I’m delaying drying my hair.

Yes, you may all begin applauding, scolding or lecturing me (or better yet, picking up a hair dryer and coming over; I’m not busy but you sure will be once you arrive).

It was inevitable, this post. I mean, I should have predicted that researching Hollywood has-beens would eventually lose its flair, but I didn’t and somehow I ended up here, at my own beloved website. After seeing that I’d received three views today (none of which were South Americans, by the way), I thought, “Let me reward them with yet another useless anecdote of my life.”

So here I am.

And there my hair dryer is 60 centimetres away.

You can’t see me, but I’m visualizing myself desperately reaching for it. And since you can’t see me, just pretend I’m actually making an effort to make any progress this evening. It’ll make us both feel better.

You know how people (parents and grandparents, usually) say that no matter how long you wait to do something, it’ll never do itself and eventually you’ll have to do it yourself ? (In shorter terms: Procrastination is pointless- much like the blunt pencil I’m too lazy to sharpen. Yeah… I know that was a cheap shot but, hey, I’m not in the most industrious mood right now.)

The thing is, the thing I’m currently delaying doing will eventually do itself. Thanks to a little phenomenon called Evaporation, my hair will dry without the use of a dryer! Of course I’ll catch a fatal case of pneumonia in the meantime but at least my hair will have dried without me having to lift a finger.


“One good anecdote is worth a volume of biography.” – William Ellery Channing


If my Memory serves…

Hey there, stranger! I guess I should say strangers since I know for a fact that more than one person takes time out of their busy day to read my spiels. Want to know how I know that? Because I just found out (through this amazing thing called “My Stats”) that from the time of’s creation, it has received 55 views from 5 different countries! Am I allowed to say that I’ve gone global yet? You decide:

Well, I have been viewed by people from every continent except South America (where are you, South Americans?!) and, of course, Antarctica. Though if I do ever get a view from a penguin I will probably be so overjoyed that if the world were to end right then and there, I wouldn’t mind. Because I would have had a penguin view my blog and that is awesome. Simply, awesome. So basically, if you think I’ve gone global, I’ve gone global and for that reason alone I shall throw a grand hoorah. You will all be invited. It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Brazilian since I haven’t got any views from South America yet and I think they should be forcibly included.)

It’s been almost a month since my last post and for that I must apologise. But I think my constant apologising will eventually lose its value and because I don’t want that to happen, I am going to apologise in advance for all the inevitable times I will abandon you in the future.

I am very, very, very sorry. I have a good reason. I’m sure I have a good reason. I must have a good reason because you wouldn’t forgive me if I gave you a bad one. Sorry.

Now that that’s out-of-the-way, I should probably give you my most recent good reason: It’s exam time– Yay! My school kind of comes to a halt when exams come around and so my life has been pretty un-blog-worthy. The most fun I’ve had all weekend, actually, was when my family went out for lunch to a restaurant. Ah, the excitement! It was the Saturday Lunch Rush (yes, it deserves capital letters). It was loud and crowded and our waitress’ name was Memory.

Because it was the Saturday Lunch Rush and loud and crowded, the food took a little longer than usual to arrive. This was expected so none of us was fazed. The fun started when my dad cheekily announced: “I think we’ve lost our Memory.”

And so began the punniness:

ME: Our Memory has failed us.

DAD: I think Memory may have forgotten us.

ME: No, I think she remembers. She’s just a little slow today…

DAD: There was once a joke about man who drank a lot. When asked why he drank, he said, “To forget.” When asked what it was he wanted to forget, he said, “I can’t remember.”

ME: He could have used some Memory.

DAD: I think we could use Memory more. Is she short-term or long-term?

ME: Well, if Memory serves…

By that time my mom had done enough cringing and threw her crumpled up paper straw cover at me to make me stop. It got caught in my hair and she leaned over the table to remove it. “The only reason I’m doing this,” she said. “Is so that I can do it again.” And then she threw the paper at me a second time. I threw it back at her; it bounced off her hair and landed in her mango juice. Serves her right! I thought it was a triumph on my part. I reveled in my glory for about three seconds before Memory arrived with our food.

“How ironic,” I said, looking down at my bowl of smoked chicken salad.

“What?” My family all said in unison.

“Memory forgot I asked for no cheese.”


“Memory is what tells a man that his wife’s birthday was yesterday.” – Mario Rocco

I saw this quote while I was looking for another one. It made me so mad that I just had to show it to you so you could get mad too on my behalf:

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.  One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.  Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years.  Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once.  A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.”  – Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses.