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Useless [Dec. 15th, 2005|12:45 pm]
Tony Grist

It's embarrassing- I just had to email Judy and ask her for her address. This is someone I exchange emails with every day- and I don't know where she lives. Of course, I used to know. I've been in possession of bits of paper with her address scrawled accross the top, but where are they now? Maybe they're buried in the random drifts of paper that lie about the house like untimely snow or maybe they've been shredded. 

I'm terrified of throwing papers away for fear of losing important bits of information, but, wotthehell, the important bits of information get lost anyway. Why don't I keep an address book? That's a very good question.

I think I must be in love with this feckless persona of mine. I don't keep a record of addresses, I can't remember telephone numbers (Including my own), I have a wallet full of silly plastic cards that I can't use because I don't know the PIN numbers.

All this could be rectified.

But it's endearing, isn't it? Poor helpless little fellow. It gets me mothered.

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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-12-15 05:20 am (UTC)
The web is my address book. That, and my cellphone for phone numbers. I'd be lost without them.

I recently went on a rampage and threw out all my phonebooks--but then I discovered that when you are trying to find categories of things, like furniture stores, the web sucks. So when my new Yellow Pages arrived, I put it in a place of honor. But I recycled the white pages.

For PIN numbers, I hear you. If I can't set them myself, I can't remember them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-15 06:09 am (UTC)
I never look in the phone book. I guess I use The Yellow Pages once or twice a year- and Joe likes to keep to hand so he can order himself kebabs.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-12-15 07:04 am (UTC)
I keep an address book (you're in it, Tony!) But there are some important people whose addresses I don't have...

The Web isn't great for phone numbers yet - but there hav been a couple of times I've found school numbers and things like that for my profs....
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-15 08:50 am (UTC)
I need to get organised.

Tomorrow....or maybe the day after....
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-12-15 08:58 am (UTC)
*snort!*

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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-12-15 08:57 am (UTC)
Why do you think the web isn't great for phone numbers? In the US it sure is, for both people and businesses. And you can backtrack phone numbers on Google.
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[User Picture]From: jubal51394
2005-12-15 06:33 am (UTC)

And why, pray tell...

Would you need to be mothered... when you are the absolute best MOTHER your very self?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-15 08:47 am (UTC)

Re: And why, pray tell...

I'm too lazy to mother myself......
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[User Picture]From: jubal51394
2005-12-15 08:54 am (UTC)

Re: And why, pray tell...

I do believe that you are taking that "selfless" stuff to a fault, my dear. Who will take care of our Ailz if you don't take care of you?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-16 01:22 am (UTC)

Re: And why, pray tell...

Hmm yes,

Well, I'm keeping myself reasonably healthy- eating proper meals and all that, trying to get a proper night's sleep......
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2005-12-15 09:23 am (UTC)
I lose addresses, too, so I try to collect them in e-mail and then put them in a folder labeled "accounts-addresses", which is where I stash receipts from online sales as well as folks' addresses.

Did I mention I keep them on a Yahoo! server?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-16 01:25 am (UTC)
I do have a folder for addresses, but it's incomplete and out of date and I don't know how far I can trust it. I think I need to get myself a proper old fashioned address book.
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From: manfalling
2005-12-15 04:21 pm (UTC)
reminds me of hugh grant in his befuddled english gent kind of role. which is pretty much- his role. wearing slightly dusty and worn jackets and sporting a battered leather valise. bumbling and stuttering a bit, but getting through with an odd kind of `mother me` charm. and on occasion going- `fuck fuck fuck fuckity fuckity fuck!`

is that you dad?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-16 01:29 am (UTC)
I'm afraid it is.

There were lots of Hugh Grant types around when I was growing up- slightly batty and unworldly but muddling through all the same- and I guess I latched onto model.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-12-16 11:54 am (UTC)
Being kind, patient, thoughtful, and creative is far more important than being organized. If one must choose.

I have an idea: memorize a single pin number for one card, and get rid of the rest.

You are fine as you are. And not helpless.

And you're a poet. Which I would love to be.
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