When I’m very tired, I have blackouts, like a drunk. For example, I was observing a teaching demo today, opened my palm and found a small red plastic object there that I’d never seen before. I have no idea where it came from. It was creepy as shit. I don’t know where the object is now because it left as mysteriously as it had come.
So tonight, I come home from work and I see a large, colorful box with toddler basketball. And I don’t have any recollection of ordering it.
I told my sister about it and she said she’d told me about buying toddler basketball for her own son.
“You said it was a great idea and you wanted to buy one, too” she explained.
I, of course, had no memory of the conversation.
“Did you buy it and send it to me?” I asked.
My sister is the mother of two small kids and she is even more tired than me.
“I don’t think I sent it,” she said doubtfully. “Am I going nuts? Did I send it and forget?”
“I hope so,” I said. “I’d rather you were the nutso and not me.”
After I fretted for an hour about having gone completely crazy and buying a toy I don’t remember buying, I shared my problem with N.
“Oh, I bought it,” he said calmly.
Now I just have to convince the man to own up to sneaking onto campus and covertly placing a red plastic gewgaw in my palm to mess with my brain.