Tips to keeping me honest
You run into me somewhere in the ordinary course of the day and you ask me an important albeit unappreciated question.
"Hey how are you Mark?"
"I'm good," I say in response (substitute with "I'm alright" "Not too bad" "Just grand" or whatever you wish if you feel the need).
A few of the wiser folk might like to pick through my answer by saying something like "Just good?" and I will generally dodge the request for more detail unless there is something in particular that I can safely share like "long day, you know..." or what have you.
But let me warn you before you just take my answer at face value: There may be signs to my status that can better be observed than related word-of-mouth. Consider a few examples:
1: I'm standing at the counter of some business, busily filling out my name and number for some reason or other. Suddenly the last couple digits to my phone number vanish from my mind...like they never existed. The person behind the counter raises a puzzled eyebrow as I pause for ten dramatic seconds to retrieve the missing digits from some dark corner of grey matter. "hmmmm...so how are you doing these days..."
2: I yawn...stretch as I grab a pen to clock out. I glance at the calender and notice it has finally been turned to February. Already there are various coworkers who are marking time off in order to find respite from the recent endless overtime. Those not on the calender just call in sick. It's only Tuesday though and you are feeling it. You look and notice the date of your birthday and that triggers a horrible feeling of lostness. How old am I anyway? I probe desparately into the past, searching for clues to my age. I finally latch onto one...it was my golden birthday last year...that makes me 22. *sigh*
The rest of the week is fine, I know who I am, how old I am...I even remember that I'm an idiot for "living" with so little sleep. Life is good it seems until I forget my phone number once again...and then in the vary same evening (tonight), I get this message from a friend:
"you know...i heard you tell someone that you're 23 last night...you know you're really only 22, right?"