The strongest memory is based on scent. Just wave a crayon under your nose. The years do evaporate.
Another kind of memory is transmitted by music.
I recently went on a tour of the new Robert A. Christensen Justice Center. It was disturbing.
On the one hand, the building appears to be very well-designed, well-planned.
On the other hand, it's hard not to see the inherent schizophrenia of the American justice system. On one side of the building are a series of impressive court rooms and offices. The court rooms strike a note of respect; a quiet and calm, a dignity of purpose prevails.
In 1991, the library bought its own central computer equipment -- the first IBM RS 6000 in Colorado. This machine later become a business standard.
Before then, we were spending some $80,000 a year for computer support. The total cost of the new computer (including software and data transfer) was just under $100,000. We've spent about $20,000 a year for support ever since.
I don't know what's wrong with me. I didn't watch the last episode of Seinfeld. What's worse, it wasn't a big deal to me.
But judging from the covers of magazines, front page stories in newspapers, and relentless promotion of the event on radio and TV, Seinfeld -- a show I am told is about nothing -- was very important.
Importance, of course, is a relative and highly individualized matter.