Sometimes individual things add up to form a light-shedding, bigger picture. Sometimes it is not a pretty one, and sometimes it is deceptively pretty, which is not to say that either may be accurate. No, wait, come back! I promise, I am going somewhere with this, Your Honor.
I have a Blackberry, which I regularly use as a mental scribbling pad or an electronic ribbon-around-the-finger to remind me to do stuff. It is better than a ribbon, because it vibrates and blinks and when I pull it out of its little leather case, it says things to me, like: (19:00) MILK, or (21:00) Client meeting tmmw – IRON/GO TO BED, or (10:30) SandPOW. These are all recent reminders that Past Tailfeather sent myself at various points. The first, clearly, was to remind myself to pick up some milk on the way home from work. The second was to remind myself not to stay up until midnight drinking wine and watching Community on the internet but to, instead, pluck the least crumpled blouse out of my wardrobe and pass out at 11:00 pm after forgetting to call my mother. The third, sadly, I have stared at for the last three weeks as a saved reminder in my Outlook calendar and still have no idea to what it pertains. I have a friend nicknamed Sandy, but what is POW? I refuse to delete it until I figure it out. It is like a riddle of my own creation.
This Blackberry is a company-owned one, which is another reason I tend to keep my non-work-related reminders cryptic. This is why one might enter “RX,” for example, instead of “pick up yeast infect meds.” Also, it is catchier. So with both work and personal reminders, I sometimes find myself making lists that grow throughout the day. A work example would be if I have several clients or contacts to call in Southeast Asia. As I sort through them the day before, my 9:00 am reminder grows from: (9:00) Call Client X, to (9:00) Call Client X, Provider Y, Client D, Contact A, Contact C. And then I know to start calling those people early in the day so I can spend my morning sweet-talking them. Likewise, a personal errand list might grow from: (18:30) Nails, to (18:30) Nails, shower gel, toothpicks, sea bass, SORT RECYCLING.
Those items on my last example list are not related. Like, that is at least two stops, if not three, plus home from there, as I do not professionally sort recycling or get my nails done at a place where I can also buy seafood. And yet if you were a television detective trying to solve my murder by reviewing my planner, you might be confuddled. “Let’s just go to Soho,” you would say wearily. “It must be some underground perv thing. Or drugs. Shower Gel is a big thing now, right? Oh, sorry, yeah. That’s Bath Salts.” (more…)