I Can’t Remember What I’ve Forgotten

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been donating blood for many, many years. And for many of those years, I did not know what type blood I had coursing through my body. I asked a couple of times and then promptly forgot it. When I decided that I just wanted to have it in my brain when I needed it, I figured I’d better come up with a good mnemonic.
It turned out to be pretty easy. I have type “O”, which is the most common. (It’s also the only blood type that doesn’t have an antigen, which means I can donate to any other blood type.) So I thought, “O = Ordinary”. I’ve never forgotten since then.

I use mnemonics quite a bit but I’m having trouble finding a good one for my new car license plate. Not that you need to know your license plate all that often, but every now and then it comes in handy. My last license plate was pretty easy. It was RDJ 430 and I used “Return to Darling Jenai at 4:30”. 4:30 is quitting time at my company.

But the state in all its wisdom decided in January that I had to have a new license plate. I’m not sure why they do this; it’s not like they wear out. Anyway, my new license is MZZ 798 and for the life of me, I can’t of anything good to help me remember it. I suppose I could just write it down someplace and not try to come up with a good memory jog, but knowing myself, I’ll forget where I wrote it down!

Any thoughts to help me remember?

31 thoughts on “I Can’t Remember What I’ve Forgotten”

  1. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    I do not memorize things like license plate numbers. I am afraid I am far more pragmatic about such things, and I take a picture of them and keep it on my phone. Other documents or objects I take pictures of and keep there are my passport, driver’s license, and credit cards, so if they are lost or stolen I can reproduce the numbers for cancelling or tracking.

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  2. It’s as plain as the nose on your face

    nose on your license plate would be in nzz

    789 is the most lyrical 3 number run but you’ve got to mix it up a bit to make it interesting
    798 is the best way just switching the last two

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  3. Morning- I never have been able to learn my license plate.

    Like Jacque, I enter everything in the contacts of my phone. I’m a good list maker.


  4. I think Bill nailed this one. On the other hand, if it were my license plate, my last name being what it is, the three letters would be the first three consonants in my name. As for the numbers, I’m 78 going on 79. I’d have to think about that a little to remember it.

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    1. He last checked in on Tuesday afternoon. I assumed he was back “home” by then, but I don’t know that for a fact. An update would be nice.

      As for my pain yesterday, it’s much better today – in case anybody is wondering. I had apparently wrenched or somehow injured my upper back, but it seems to be easing up this afternoon. I still move pretty gingerly, though.

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  5. M equals 1000 in the Roman numeral system. Z is the 26th letter of the English alphabet x 2 is 52.
    1052-798=234. Remember 234 and the rest is easy.

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  6. M equals 1000 in the Roman numeral system. Z is the 26th letter of the English alphabet x 2 is 52.
    1052-798=234. Remember 234 and the rest is easy.

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  7. From Molly

    Thank you, and thank Barbara for the sweet note. She is exactly right as the hospital warned us observation falls under the less advantageous Part A portion of Medicare. We didn’t have a lot of options, unfortunately, but luckily he was released entirely within 24 hours on Monday night, which is good. He was relieved to be back in his apartment but understandably uneasy and nervous, COVID being such an insidious and sneaky disease.

    Tuesday night he called me late, 9:30ish, in considerable distress with a coughing fit that made it almost impossible to breathe or talk. I took him back to the ER, where they admitted him back into the hospital. He remains there as an inpatient. Yesterday they started a five day course of Remdesevir. The doctors are hopeful and optimistic but don’t want to release him until they can really improve his breathing, which the Remdesevir will hopefully help with. He is in good spirits, although understandably anxious and somewhat bored, although not up to phone calls at the moment. I talk with him several times a day and he sounds hail and hearty other than the cough.

    I will keep you updated as he still doesn’t have email in the hospital.

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    1. Man, Steve has had a rough time lately. Surgery, then Covid.

      My cleaning lady notified me earlier today that she now has it for the second time! I am still wearing a mask in indoor settings, despite the rules changing.

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  8. I remember my blood type but only half my license plate. I know my library card number and two of my credit card numbers by heart, and of course my Social Security number, and my credit union member number. And my coop member number.

    The coop member number is five digits. The first three are the house number of one of my former addresses, and the others are 64. I remember that part because of When I’m 64.

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