Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Reasons to Blog

I basically don't know where my mind went. It's scaring me. Yesterday, while writing to some long-lost Beatle-fan-friends of mine, I hadn't written to in years, they replied back to me with the following:

1. "remember when we went to Beatlemania on the day Elvis died and you told me 'hey, Elvis died', and I laughed hysterically?".

No. I vaguely remember going to Beatlemania. I don't remember anything on the day Elvis died, no hysterical laughing, nothing. I mean, I didn't sit shiva for him or anything - this I do remember - but not this.

2. "I recall going with you to see John Lennon on the Mike Douglas Show in the seventies"

I don't remember a thing. I do remember who John Lennon was, and I do remember watching the Mike Douglas show, but not particularly going to see John Lennon there. I very well might have, as in 1972 (I googled when it was) I was in the midst of my New York former-Beatle days and camped out during the summers with my friends following the various ex-Beatles around New York City from 1970-1972. I was 14-16 and my friends were, like, 18-20, so I had to act all grown-up around them and not ask for autographs, take photos, etc. This I do remember.

3. Today my boss asks me if I worked with so-and-so this morning on a document. I stopped to think for a moment. I don't recall but began to worry that perhaps I did. I asked my co-workers who assured me I wasn't asked to work on that particular document, which set my mind, or whatever is left of it, at ease.

So this confirms why I am blogging. This is a diary for me. Not you. For me. Because when I'm 64 and I haven't got a clue what I had done for the past 14 years, this will tell me what I did do, wanted to do, never got to do, etc. If someone will ask me in the old age home when I'm 98 whether I had seen Paul McCartney in Israel way back in 2008, and I don't remember, I can look it up on my blog. There. No better reason than that. And that's would be only if I would be able to remember my website address.

17 comments:

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

i'm back, because I want the hits, I write the hits, hit these hits!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Gypsy,
This is Anna again. I will have the scanned article I promised you on Friday, so you will get it from me on Friday or Saturday. It takes so long because I could not get my scanner to work so I brought it to a graphics shop to scan it for me.

Anna

jerusalemgypsy said...

thank you Anna, seems like you are going through a lot of trouble for this. It must mean a lot to you.

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

tuck in

Anonymous said...

oh oh, I'm already 63 - remember the song will you still love me when I'm 64? can 64 truly be that old?? scary

I got a great little book on how to increase your memory (if you do it, I'll do it too) - mainly whatever you regularly do, do it differently - that's to increase the synapses, or something. But guess blogging is good too. But it's kind of like photos, you don't really remember, but the photo remembers it for you!!

Klara

l said...

Mohsen Makhmalbaf - Films as director and writer:, Other films:

Anonymous said...

Gypsy, I tried to e-mail you the article I mentioned. Alas, my message was rejected, with a note that it is not deliverable.

I also sent a one-line message asking you if this is the right address:
jergypsy@netvision.net.il

and did not get a response. So I am rather sure it will be impossible to send you the article.
Anna

jerusalemgypsy said...

Sorry Anna, my computer at home went kaput since Thursday so it may have bounced as a result of having too many emails in my inbox...

jerusalemgypsy said...

Klara, I don't forget Beatles' songs. I even remember the words to most of them - so thank God for that. But I do forget what I read, so I'll pass on reading the book...:-)

I or L - Mohsen Makhmalbaf- the Iranian film director? His films sound intriguing. If they're shown on Yes, I'll look out for them - even though I don't know what that has to do with reasons to blog.

Anonymous said...

Well, I am sorry that I went to the trouble of preparing the article to send to you and that your mail is unable to receive it.
Anna

jerusalemgypsy said...

Perhaps it would be sendable in a PDF format (through Acrobat Adobe or Adobe Acrobat). "Word" won't go through? That's quite odd. Can you post it on your blog and then I can read it there? It is a shame, you are going to so much trouble, I am really curious to read this! But how big is the file that was bounced and can you tell me here what the error message was that you received. I will contact my internet provider to see why it cannot handle such a document.

Anonymous said...

Gypsy, here is the problem. I had the pages scanned, each page has text and a photo. Each page is about 40MB large, so I think the whole is waaay too large.
I have a dual Mac, so I can do PC and Mac things on it. However, I have never had to compress files on this Mac and I don't know how to do it.:(

I do not have a blog, so I cannot post it. I used to have one but I forgot the address or the password, heh.

Also, I do not want to violate copywrights. The article is for my personal use and if I posted it online, it would be public use and I am afraid these copywright laws would be affected. So I really really want to mail it.

I will investigate how to zip it or whataver.

Anna

Anonymous said...

hey, could I fax it to you??????
It is three pages long. I could try and fax it to you. I have an e-fax on my computer.

Anna

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just solved the problem.
The article IS available online. It was published in a Zachor magazine of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center. The title is "Honouring the Strangers in Their Midst". It is three pages long with several photos. That's why the files are so humongous.
Without further ado, here is the address:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/6137.php


It starts on page 3 of the newsletter.

If you like, you can tell me what you think via e-mail, OK?

best,

Anna

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I gave you a wrong website address. Sorry!

Here is the right address:

http://www.vhec.org/images/pdfs/zachor08_3.pdf

jerusalemgypsy said...

thank you - I'll take a look at it this week or today if I have time.

jerusalemgypsy said...

Anna,
I read the article last night. Very moving story about the people of the Polish town of Bocien...
thanks for the link and for all the trouble you went to!