Sunday, November 29, 2015

Remembering, helpful hints

Age brings on memory problems. I think back to school how I learned the months of the year and their days with:

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which has twenty-eight, that's fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.

The Military was great with pneumonic’s. The last place I worked was NIPSTRAFAC, Naval Intelligence Processing Systems Training Facility. We were called Nips for short.

Naval weather forecast:


Red sky at night, sailor's delight,
Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.

If you are navigating a ship/boat it is good to know:

RRR: Red Right Returning (Keep the red buoys on your right when entering a port.)


Then common sense…Red on the left when leaving port.


I had never heard this one until son-Jack came home from school in GITMO with a home work assignment, and in it was a saying I had not heard:

A pint is a pound the World around. (16 oz)

 What brought this subject up I asked Sherry to put some drops in my eyes.  At that time I remember  a  doctor’s statement: I tell my patients to put the drops toward the outer part of the eye, because: “IF IT IS CLOSE TO THE NOSE, THAT IS WHERE IT GOES!”

I am always looking for an interesting subject for a blog entry, so I asked my wife could she remember any, memory rhymes. She looked at me sweetly and said:


(Horshack of  the sweat-hogs)


So we both got our belly laugh for the day!

Mnemonic for remembering the notes in the treble clef (I played the trumpet as a kid):


The lines of the clef:
Every Good Boy Does Fine (E, G, B, D, F)

The spaces of the clef:

What year did Alaska and Hawaii become states:

'59 was the date,
When Alaska and Hawaii became new states


And in English, one I remember is:

I before E except after C,
and when sounding like "ay" as in Neighbor or Weigh
(unfortunately there are a bunch of exceptions including 'weird' and names like 'Sheila' and 'Freidman')


In closing: my Commanding Officer told me as an instructor always use the KISS method:


I am sure everyone has heard or used a lot of memory shortcuts or aids. Do you have a favorite?

Nite Shipslog

PS: This one is very good to know,  I used it on one of our hikes recently to ID a Coral from a King:

Red on yellow hurt a fellow, Red on Black is a friend of Jack.




Above is listed as Simple…….. (but not)

This Model A is simple……


This below is simply stupid or just simply RICH!

neat snow plow

A Rolls Royce snow plow…


Mevely317 said...
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Mevely317 said...

(WHOOPS! My fingers were running away before my brain engaged!)

Fun post, Jack! Giggling at Sherry's 'hog-warts' rhyme!

When I went to bartending school, they used those sorts of memory tricks - not just to remember drink recipes - but the order in which bottles should always appear in a standard 'well.'

Now, I'm trying to recall the process we learned at Pajarito Elementary to spell A.R.I.T.H.M.E.T.I.C. -- to no avail. Unfortunately, Google's got it wrong :)

betty said...

I still do the rhyme of the months to remember how many days each of them have :) Plus the "i" before "e" one too. Whatever helps us to remember some of this I do believe is a good thing!


Paula said...

You're just full of information today. I always like your interesting post.

Lisa said...

Everytime I open a jar or screw in a screw. I have to repeat to myself, "Lefty loosey, righty tighty".

Forgetful in NC

Unknown said...

What a fun post! I remember those, too. I think my mom taught me quite a few of them. She is the one who taught me "a pint, a pound, the world around," which is a generalization, of course, not a precise measure.
For the bass clef, the lines are Good Boys Do Fine Always and the spaces are Amy Carter Eats Grits. My sister taught me that.
The Great Lakes spell HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior. My sister taught me that, too.
(Like Lisa, I use the lefty loosey, righty tighty. I was grown before someone taught me that.)
I've used the month rhyme, but Grandpa had another way to remember the long and short months. Put your two fists together. Starting at the out edge of your hand (your pinky knuckle), each knuckle is a long month and the valley between is a short month. Sure enough, when you come to two long months together (July & August), there are your two index knuckles side by side.
My brother taught me the proper orientation of a checker or chess board: WHITE on the RIGHT (of the row closest to me).

shirl72 said...

It is so funny the things we are taught to remember things. My
music teacher taught me the spaces was "All Cows Eat Grass"
right clef lines "Every Good Boy Does Fine" space "FACE". Surprise we remember all these things but can't remember what I has for lunch.
I don't know how I miss a blog but it happens.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do remember most of those. Although I'd never heard the pint is a pound one before or the one about the snakes either. Good ones to know! Thankfully we only have the garden variety of snake around here. I still don't like to see then. Found a baby one sunning himself on the steps one day. He hissed at me! Ha!
KISMIF is one I like Keep It Simple Make It Fun.