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The well-oiled memory

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I was excited to get the new audio CD in the mail. I had ordered it from The Great Courses Company a couple of weeks ago, and I knew it would be interesting. The subject, "Memory throughout the human lifespan," was to be delivered in 24 lectures of 30 minutes each by a college professor. It was supposed to help with both the understanding and performance of memory.

I had first received a catalog of the many courses from the learning company through the mail. There were many on history, literature, travel, science and religion. Over the months, I had ordered series after series so that now it was difficult to find an interesting one that I hadn't already purchased. In fact my entire upper shelf was filled with stacks of them, and I had loaned some to my neighbor as well. So before I put in my last shipment request, I carefully looked over the ones I had already listened to.

When my CD on memory arrived, I was anxious to listen to the first lecture. The professor's voice seemed familiar. He had an accent which sounded like he might be from Ontario, Canada. And then the material he started to present seemed déjà vu as well. By five minutes into the session, I knew I had already heard the CD. It must have been the same one that I had shared with and was still in the possession of my neighbor.

How crazy is that? A CD series of 24 lectures of 30 minutes each on memory, which I had listened to just a few weeks before, and I didn't remember it long enough to keep from ordering it again. Needless to say, it must not have done a lot for my memory, or maybe I should just listen to the whole thing again.

The good thing is that the company has a money-back guarantee so that I can return the second purchase on memory for a trade in on another one of similar value. My problem will be trying to remember which ones I've ordered before.

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