Laughter as brain injury medicine …. gas up

16 Oct

Laughter is powerful and healing.  Being observant of others and our surroundings can bring laughter of things we or others do.  You pulled up to the gas pump to fill up.  One goes in to pick up coffee and tea while the other fills the car with gas.  The line to McDonald’s is long.  On the way out one notices the spouse is upset and shouting at the cashier “It keeps asking for the zip code!”

English: USA 10-cent postage stamp, 1973: &quo...

English: USA 10-cent postage stamp, 1973: “It all depends on ZIP code”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One turned around and asked “What zip code are you using?”  The reply was “1234”.   One could only believe the 4 digit number was a passcode number.  One repeated the phrase three times “ZIP CODE(zip codes in America are 5 digits) with the five digit number 56789.  Finally, caught on and plugged in the correct zip code.

Of course with technology the card is rejected. Too many attempts at entering an incorrect number makes the card temporarily invalid.  Computers are concrete, it’s either right or wrong.  Many times you need to change your password, pass code, or whatever your personal password.  These changes complicate things when dealing with memory dysfunction issues.

Professor Forgotten Password

Professor Forgotten Password (Photo credit: dullhunk)

If you think you’ve never been confused … think again! You certainly will by time you have completed one transaction with endless changes of pass codes.  It’s likely time to pull out cash and pay hoping you will receive proper change with the cashier using an electronic machine to calculate your cash back!

Modern technology: with so many pass codes and many numbers to remember it’s easy to be caught off guard and become frustrated! At one time all we needed to remember was a combination lock!

Do you walk around with a list of passwords or pass codes?  You can’t go to the bank without using pass codes to get cash.  It’s simply impossible to get around all these private codes.

It’s a number society!  We take numbers to wait in line, we need numbers as pass codes, we are numbered by our government, everything in person is numbers and everything on the telephone is numbers … press 1, press 2, press 3, press 4, press 5, press 6, press 7 or press 8 to repeat the menu!  By this time anyone might forget  where  they are dialing or who they wanted to speak to.

If life wasn’t confusing before, it will become more confusing!  I see the stats rising on “dementia”, “Alzheimer’s”, “brain dysfunction”, “TBI”, and a number of other things … just because communication is about numbers instead of human interaction.

What ever happened to the secret code of conduct? Secret password or just a secret?  Is there any interaction that enhances communication or must we all go directly to the website? How do we get directly to human contact?  When you go to the website it’s totally unfamiliar because it changes often!  What price do we want to pay for convenience?  So … if you feel frustrated it seems likely that everyone will be at least once!

What are your most confusing and frustrating situations?

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3 responses to “Laughter as brain injury medicine …. gas up

  1. tlohuis

    October 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Correction. Please disregard the last message.
    Please accept this award.
    Thank you,

    • brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR)

      October 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you Tammy. I am humbled, but since I haven’t spent much time except typing I haven’t figured out the ins-and-outs of WordPress so I’m not able to do the Awards. BTW did you want me to “delete” your last comment that you are referring to: “Correction. Please disregard the last message.” Take care and stay safe, Edie

      • tlohuis

        October 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        No problem. Just know you were thought of and appreciated. I had one hell of a time with it because I still don’t know the ins and outs of wordpress. I learn a little more each day and I learned a lot by accepting and posting the awards. It doesn’t matter if you delete it or not. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing and the first link didn’t even show the award. I got pretty frustrated with the whole deal, but I’m having a good laugh about it today. Don’t you worry about it, it’s ok. just know I was thinking of you and thought you were worthy of the award. Have a good evening, day or whatever it is wherever you are. 🙂


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