I have something wrong with me May 10, 2005
I check my email about 3 times a day consciously. "Unconsciously" (from Tin Cup), I check it about 100 times a day. It's one of those things where you have no control over anything your hands, eyes, and brain are doing, they just check your email. They scheme against me. They get together every 10 minutes or so and say "Hey, he's not doing anything, let's check email." That's the hands talking, they're clearly the leader of the pack. After about 2 hours of this, I'll obviously have no recollection of these acts, and I'll wonder if I have any email, so I check.
I'm kind of forgetful about things like that. When I leave my car in the morning, I HAVE to lock it with the remote at least 5 times so I'll remember that I did it, so I don't have to worry about it that day. It really has to do with the fact that I don't pay attention to what I'm doing. When I leave in the morning, I check to see that I have the 4 or 5 things that I need in my pocket.. these I check 4 times. Keys, check.. Security Card.. check.. Wallet with SEPTA pass.. check. Smokes and Lighter... check.. Phone.. check. It's a time consuming routine with the number of times I go through it. After that, when I get out of my car, I check again, but this time I make sure I have some more items, namely my iPod and headphones to listen to on the El. There's another minute wasted.
Making coffee in my combination grinder/brewer is a similar embarassment. Beans, check, filter, check, water, check, coffee holder thing, check, GO!!! Recently, I've had to add some things to the list since I forgot to put the lid on the coffee holder thing, and water and grounds just poured all over the countertop. One time I forgot the filter... Luckily, before any water came out, I emptied the grinds into a filter. Close one.
I really should start paying attention more.