Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chronologically Impaired Brother

Today is my brother’s birthday. I called him for a little chat. He has ADHD and has learned many tricks over the years to help him stay organized, because he really has to work at it. This week disaster struck. Apparently his computer didn’t make the switch to Daylight Savings Time on the new schedule. To add insult to injury, his hand-held computer/phone/datebook/everything is keyed to his computer. And of course his entire schedule is in the hand-held device, which is now all wonky and won’t give him a correct date or reminder on anything. My poor brother has spent the better part of the past two days on the phone with tech support trying to straighten out the problem, which apparently has afflicted a lot of people. Meanwhile, he can’t reach his wall clock in the kitchen because he has too many objects piled up on the floor below it. And his alarm clock in the bedroom died. He can’t get his electronic assistant devices to tell him what he’s supposed to be doing this evening, or tomorrow, or what time he has his next work gig. When I told my son about the situation, he commented that his uncle probably didn’t realize that today is his birthday because according to his computer it’s still yesterday. My husband is threatening to send him a Salvador Dali card with the melting clocks. Time is relative.

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