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2 Things About Me

Hi! I’m David.

Before we go on, let me tell you 2 things about myself:

1. My brain seems to have lost the capacity to remember details about people especially names, faces and background.

Don’t ask me why but I can forget your name the moment after you tell me.

And the moment after you remind me.

Somehow, the neurons in my brain associated with names and faces has malfunctioned.

I am plagued by this constant question – Where have I seen this person before? Looks familiar…

Then I start to panic.

Is this a church member? My client? My ex-schoolmate? My former colleague? My relative?!?!! Help!!!

This is why I am grateful that my wife is not like me! She is my people recognition app. The problem is, I can’t bring her with me everywhere all the time.

I am hoping that Google Glass will have facial recognition capabilities.

Otherwise, please don’t get offended if I ask you, “Have we met before?“.

2. I have bad breath.

I have this cavity at the back of my mouth which the dentist says he can’t do anything about. It’s a gap between my last molar and a wisdom tooth that didn’t grow.

It is like a cave that provides safety for refugee food scraps.

Despite all effort to keep it clean, food does get stuck in there and emits a foul smell as it rots.

It’s just something I have to live with. And I guess, you have to live with too!

So, if you want to get upset with me if I forget that I know you and my breath stinks, I’m sorry. That’s just who I am.

So, here’s what you can do to help me:

  1. Remind me of your name when you meet me. Say, “Hi David! I am…..”.
  2. Pinch your nose and breathe through your mouth. It makes talking to me much more bearable.

If all else fails, just remember this.

I love you.

Even if I don’t know who you are.

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