Saturday, 30 December 2006

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder (AAADD)

Posted by speedygeoff on Saturday, December 30, 2006 with 1 comment
"Sport is not about being wrapped up in cotton wool. Sport is about adapting to the unexpected and being able to modify plans at the last minute. Sport, like all life, is about taking risks." - Sir Roger Bannister


People! You know I am always busy. Because/despite the fact that I have been retired for nearly four years now. But what have I achieved? The following is an analysis of a typical day in 2006. I have worked out that I suffer from AAADD: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the back door step that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin, and notice that the bin is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my cheque book off the table, and see that there is only one cheque left. My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the cup of coffee I'd been drinking. I'm going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the coffee aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. The coffee is getting cold, and I decide to put it in the microwave to warm it up.

As I head toward the kitchen with the coffee, a vase of flowers on the bench catches my eye... they need water. I put the coffee on the bench and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the bench, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the dining room where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some paper towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a cold cup of coffee sitting on the kitchen bench, the flowers don't have enough water, there is still only one cheque in my cheque book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.

I realise this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.


1. In yesterdays storm, Holt got the most rain in all of Canberra. The rain gauge in our back yard measured 21mm. More today would be welcome!

2. This morning I measured out Aranda oval (East) ready for the new year. I am looking forward to some real sprint training!

3. The next stage in fixing up this blog is going to be to add some location maps to the sidebar.

See you at Parliament House on New Year's day! 4:30pm and/or 5:30pm as usual.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't running was a good cure for that? You're right Geoff - I do have a 6' problem - I only like doing 3' training. See you 4.30.