Sunday, November 28, 2004

Trouble remembering names

As sort of a follow-up to my last post, I wonder why it is that I have such incredible trouble remembering some peoples' names, and others I remember after seeing or hearing it once. I seem to be best at remembering girls' names, but only girls that I like. It doesn't seem to matter whether or not I like a guy as far as remembering his name goes. My best guess is that it has something to do with how unusual their name is. Like, Daniel's wacky last name contains both an apostrophe and a dash, and I remembered it after seeing it once. Likewise, my other friends with hyphenated last names were easy to remember. More common names, like "Jon James" and "Matt Johnson," took weeks to pick up. Maybe "normal" names get filtered out as white noise, but weirder names are intriguing enough that I repeat them in my mind until I have them memorized.

7 comments:

stolee said...

this is entirely unrelated, but why are you clutching a small child in your picture?

Travis said...

Contrary to popular belief, the child is indeed not Matt's.

It's my cousin. You know, Thanksgiving... family togetherness... et cetera. I thought it was a nice picture. Fine. Forget it.

Tom said...

Okay, mystery solved.

I was sure it way a Photoshopped picture: Between the sepia and the ruffles, it looks like something out of a Victorian England psychological horror flick. Innocent-looking-but-demonically-possed-child, and you're (Travis) the mild-mannerd protagonist confronting the holy little terror.

Or not, I guess.

Tom said...

Okay, mystery solved.

...I was sure it was a Photoshopped picture from a movie, and I was clueless to the reference. Between the sepia and the ruffles, it looks like something out of a Victorian England psychological horror flick. Innocent-looking-but-demonically-possed-child, and you're (Travis) the mild-mannerd protagonist confronting the holy little terror...

Or not, I guess.

Tom said...

yay double post

stack said...

god my name is terrible.

Travis said...

Hey, it's easy to say, spell, and remember. I think that qualifies it as a pretty decent name.