It’s not just the tile of a duet by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy. It’s something we all do…at least occasionally.
Somethin’ stupid bit me last Friday as I left the office. I let myself get distracted. As Daniel J. Levitin (The Organized Mind) might put it, “I let my attentional system get overloaded.” I was just trying to do too many things at once. I won’t bore you with what they were.
I left my Macbook and journal (with a credit card inside) sitting on the roof of my car when I drove away from the office. Needless to say, none of those items were still there when I got home 15 minutes later.
The journal apparently blew off immediately. The Macbook, being a lot heavier, seems to have stayed put until I hit the 55 MPH zone. At that point, I heard something hit the drivers’ side of the car as a stream of traffic (three or four cars) passed me on its way into town. I thought that was weird, but I didn’t stop to check it out.
I realized what I had done when I parked in the garage and reached to get my laptop and journal from the passenger’s seat where they usually travel. Only they weren’t there!