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Monday, June 07, 2010

Ericast 136 - Struggling with Memories

I think time-travelers would go crazy if they visited their past.

We're back from something of a stealth-vacation (fairly unpublicized on the InterWebs because of my dad's paranoia that someone was going to break into our empty house and steal... not very much...) and this week's Ericast deals with a really mentally disturbing phenomenon.

The memories themselves were great ones -- nothing to struggle with. But I truly felt as if I had stepped into a time warp when I visited my old hometown of Cornucopia, Wisconsin.

And it was an extremely... "disquieting" feeling. An "unnerving experience."

Driving home today, after having recorded the podcast, I explained it to Ruth this way: "I feel like I don't ever want to die, because I could spend a thousand lifetimes reliving those years... but I'm also realizing that 'living' is nothing but creating memories. The 'now' is really just composed of reflections on a series of personal 'thens'."

I was completely sober when I said that.

So what you might be privileged to hear in this week's Ericast is some form of mental breakdown in the making. I don't think that's the case... but, then, would one who's losing touch on reality really know that he's losing touch? Hmmm.

On a production note, if the background waves and crunching stones drive you nuts and you get frustrated that you can't hear me over noise, rest assured that I sit down on a peaceful rock at 4:30. So you don't even have to make it 5 minutes into the podcast and it gets much easier to hear. Also, this is another stereo podcast, so you can get the full stereophonic effect of me turning my head as I talk, walking next to waves, hearing seagulls fly overhead, etc.

Podcast recording location: 46.785773,-92.093282
Vacation location: Inn on Lake Superior

Comments or other memory-related things are more than welcome at 206-339-3742 (206-339-ERIC) or e-mailed to me (eric) at


  • Eric, your dad is not paranoid. Really.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:26 PM  

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