Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Zilch


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if you lost the memory of one year of your life (but not the last year, like you suddenly forgot 1998)?

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23 comments:

  1. I think I've already lost a few of them. LOL

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  2. I really would like a do-over of 2018. I know you said not last year, but other than that, I got zilch.
    See what I did there?

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  3. Oh gosh, I would love to lose a few year's memories! But then if I couldn't pick them, I probably would end up losing the memories I want to keep and keeping the memories I want to lose.

    Congrats!! You did it! You finished the A/Z Challenge! Job well done as usual!

    betty

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  4. I know this year just started, but can we restart it

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    1. If we restarted it, we'd have to live through winter again. I don't think we want to live through this past winter again.

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  5. Can I pick the year? Because there are several I'd like to get rid of.

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  6. I don't know if I'd notice, to be honest!

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  7. Hmmmmm, I don't remember all the 1998 year ;))

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  8. CRAP....I forgot 1998! haha...lets see I was 38 years old and since I can't remember being 38 I guess I forgot all about it. What is strange is I don't have the best memory. I don't remember a lot of my childhood, not cause it was bad, I just don't remember things! But in 98 I was one year divorced so that I got.

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    1. I wonder how we'd test for it. And a bad memory might be blamed.

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  9. Off hand, I would have to say, no problem because at the moment I cannot remember much of anything about 1998. But that was the year I began my family genealogy research so if I forgot that year, most of what I did is noted in my research information. But you really have me wondering now - how much of my memory after that time is dependent upon what I learned that year? It is like the question of going back in time and changing something, what is affected in the future. Hmmmm
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    1. Well, we know that if you change your past, you change your present. But forgetting a non-changed past? Would that change the present?

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  10. 1998 was a year that included many changes for me. I moved to a new state to be closer to my job I got in 1997. The company I worked for was acquired by a large player, and I was promoted and moved to a different office building.
    So if I jumped from 1997 to 1999 I’d certainly be confused about many things. My house keys as well as my work badge would not work anymore. People would greet me on the campus that would not look familiar, and other former coworkers would have moved on.
    Great prompt!
    Congrats on completing A-Z! It’s been fun following you 

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    1. But I'm talking about forgetting it now, which is a slightly different question. And it wouldn't have to be that year specifically. Because, yeah, suddenly forgetting last year would be confusing.

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  11. Hi Liz - well great answers have been forthcoming. Well done on getting to Z and getting people to leave decent comments. One year ... I guess it have to be 0 - 1 ... as I have no actual memory of that time - but then I'd have lost a lot of memory bank for the future which wouldn't be helpful ... well done - cheers Hilary

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  12. I will be happy if the events of that year were forgettable, and depressed if the events were heart-warming.
    It's a mixed bag as I go back in time - some years were miserable, and some were pure bliss.

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    1. That is true. It would be a random year, so who knows?

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  13. I think I've already lost some years!

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    1. It's possible. I didn't question how one would figure out if that's so.

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  14. I wouldn't want to forget 1998. That was my first year married, I rather enjoyed my job, and familial relations had yet to implode. ~sigh~ The last twelve months could go, for sure. I enjoyed these comments. Congrats on meeting the challenge! Be well.

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    1. Thanks. It's funny--some are remembering that year well and some not so much.

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  15. well, I do have a drinking year(s) that are a bit fuzzy so that might count. I would also get an MRI to see if I am getting Old Timer's disease

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