Posted on: February 14, 2008 10:44 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2008 12:05 am

To remember or misremember...that is the question

I've been hearing Earmark a lot lately in political debates and discussions, and it sounds like a pretty important word. An Earmark is not as exciting of a word, I presume, as misremember, which is a word I hadn't heard until Roger Clemens spoke it a few days ago. I suspect, however, that the word Earmark could play a very important role in this year's political race, which is why I feel a certain urgency to understand its meaning.

All I can say is that I hope that I do eventually remember to not misremember what an Earmark is, because that would be bad. But then again, how can one misremember what an Earmark is if one hasn't even remembered what it was in the first place? That's the question I pose to you.

And speaking of misremembering, I would venture to say that it can be applied to all demographics, but even moreso to our older generation. A guy like Andy Pettitte can rest assurred that he's not the only one misremembering things these days. 

For instance, my dearly departed Grandpa, Otto Johan Henry Bromberg, most likely misremembered some things in his elder years. But his ability to misremember (or inability to remember) was simply a product of his age (He lived 87 years), and it was, in my opinion, nothing to be ashamed of.

My dad, Robert James Bromberg, confided to me that he's starting to misremember some things, but I have assured him that his mind is still very sharp, even though he's in his mid 70s.

Me? Why I'm in my mid 30s and I'm misremembering things all of the time. For instance, I left my car running for four hours at work the other day. True story ... I left the key in the ignition upon returning from lunch and burnt a quarter of a tank of gasoline in the process. I simply misremembered to turn the engine off. But, I assure you that there was a time when I was a very good rememberer. I think the older I get, the more I become a misrememberer.

Sorry ... I misremembered what the point of all of this was.

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