Remembering Dates

I find the most difficult memory task is to remember names.  I don’t know anything better than to search for some association between a person’s name and some distinguishing feature of the person’s visage that you can hook to the name.  Mr. Bromley has a moustache that looks like a broom.  That sort of thing.  It’s not easy, not quick, takes a lot of practice, and is especially hard with non-English names. In the real world, when I’m in a hurry and I haven’t had a chance to practice, I just use a lot of repetition, the old-fashioned, really error-prone, worst method.  But it’s so important that in any business meeting or party, unless I am the presenter, that’s the only thing I do — work on remembering everyone’s name.  It’s much more important than the content of the meeting or any drivel you hear at a party to remember everyone’s name.  I’m not fun at business meetings and parties, but the next time I meet those people and remember their names, they’re really impressed and they don’t forget ME, because I remembered them! Wow.

The second most difficult is to remember dates.  But there is an amazing coincidence and a powerful trick that makes this much easier.  There are 52 letters in the English alphabet, including both uncials (lower-case letters) and capitals.  There are 52 weeks in a year.  There are 52 cards in a standard card deck.  Can this get any easier?

Here’s a perpetual calendar, i.e., non-leap year, associated to cards in a deck, to ASCII codes, and to mental pictures.  Fill the out with your own tricks and stuff, and have fun!

|--------+----------+-----+-----+--------+-------+----+------+---------+
| PEG    | NATO     | WOY | DOY | DD-MMM | ASC   | UC | CARD | CARDSYM |
|--------+----------+-----+-----+--------+-------+----+------+---------+
| tea    | alpha    |   1 |   1 | 01 Jan | jail  | 65 | SA   | bat     |
| Noah   | bravo    |   2 |   8 | 08 Jan | judge | 66 | S2   | bean    |
| me     | charlie  |   3 |  15 | 15 Jan | chalk | 67 | S3   | beam    |
| ray    | delta    |   4 |  22 | 22 Jan | chef  | 68 | S4   | bar     |
| law    | echo     |   5 |  29 | 29 Jan | chip  | 69 | S5   | ball    |
| jaw    | foxtrot  |   6 |  36 | 05 Feb | case  | 70 | S6   | badge   |
| key    | golf     |   7 |  43 | 12 Feb | cat   | 71 | S7   | back    |
| fee    | hotel    |   8 |  50 | 19 Feb | can   | 72 | S8   | beef    |
| pea    | india    |   9 |  57 | 26 Feb | cam   | 73 | S9   | pipe    |
| toes   | julliet  |  10 |  64 | 05 Mar | car   | 74 | ST   | base    |
| tot    | kilo     |  11 |  71 | 12 Mar | coal  | 75 | SJ   | potato  |
| tan    | lima     |  12 |  78 | 19 Mar | cage  | 76 | SQ   | baton   |
| tam    | mike     |  13 |  85 | 26 Mar | cake  | 77 | SK   | podium  |
|--------+----------+-----+-----+--------+-------+----+------+---------+
| tar    | november |  14 |  92 | 02 Apr | cuff  | 78 | HA   | rat     |
| tail   | oscar    |  15 |  99 | 09 Apr | cap   | 79 | H2   | rain    |
| tissue | papa     |  16 | 106 | 16 Apr | face  | 80 | H3   | ram     |
| tack   | quebec   |  17 | 113 | 23 Apr | fat   | 81 | H4   | rear    |
| taffy  | romeo    |  18 | 120 | 30 Apr | fan   | 82 | H5   | rail    |
| tap    | sierra   |  19 | 127 | 07 May | fame  | 83 | H6   | rash    |
| nose   | tango    |  20 | 134 | 14 May | fare  | 84 | H7   | rack    |
| net    | uniform  |  21 | 141 | 21 May | fall  | 85 | H8   | reef    |
| nun    | victor   |  22 | 148 | 28 May | fish  | 86 | H9   | rope    |
| name   | whiskey  |  23 | 155 | 04 Jun | fig   | 87 | HT   | race    |
| nero   | x-ray    |  24 | 162 | 11 Jun | fife  | 88 | HJ   | ratatat |
| nail   | yankee   |  25 | 169 | 18 Jun | fob   | 89 | HQ   | rattan  |
| niche  | zulu     |  26 | 176 | 25 Jun | base  | 90 | HK   | radium  |
|--------+----------+-----+-----+--------+-------+----+------+---------+

 

|-------+-----+-----+--------+-------------+-----+------+------------|
| PEG   | WOY | DOY | DD-MMM | ASC         |  LC | CARD | CARDSYM    |
|-------+-----+-----+--------+-------------+-----+------+------------|
| neck  |  27 | 183 | 02 Jul | back        |  97 | CA   | cat        |
| navy  |  28 | 190 | 09 Jul | beef        |  98 | C2   | can        |
| nap   |  29 | 197 | 16 Jul | pipe        |  99 | C3   | cam        |
| mass  |  30 | 204 | 23 Jul | thesis      | 100 | C4   | car        |
| mat   |  31 | 211 | 30 Jul | toast       | 101 | C5   | coal       |
| man   |  32 | 218 | 06 Aug | dozen       | 102 | C6   | cage       |
| mama  |  33 | 225 | 13 Aug | twosome     | 103 | C7   | cake       |
| mare  |  34 | 232 | 20 Aug | dowser      | 104 | C8   | cuff       |
| mail  |  35 | 239 | 27 Aug | diesel      | 105 | C9   | cap        |
| match |  36 | 246 | 03 Sep | wood-sage   | 106 | CT   | case       |
| mike  |  37 | 253 | 10 Sep | tusk        | 107 | CJ   | cadet      |
| muff  |  38 | 260 | 17 Sep | adhesive    | 108 | CQ   | katana     |
| map   |  39 | 267 | 24 Sep | teaspoon    | 109 | CK   | catamaran  |
|-------+-----+-----+--------+-------------+-----+------+------------|
| race  |  40 | 274 | 01 Oct | tights      | 110 | DA   | tot        |
| rat   |  41 | 281 | 08 Oct | teetotaler  | 111 | D2   | tan        |
| rain  |  42 | 288 | 15 Oct | titan       | 112 | D3   | tam        |
| ram   |  43 | 295 | 22 Oct | totem       | 113 | D4   | tar        |
| rear  |  44 | 302 | 29 Oct | Tatar       | 114 | D5   | tail       |
| rail  |  45 | 309 | 05 Nov | title       | 115 | D6   | tissue     |
| rash  |  46 | 316 | 12 Nov | death-watch | 116 | D7   | tack       |
| rack  |  47 | 323 | 19 Nov | hot-dog     | 117 | D8   | taffy      |
| reef  |  48 | 330 | 26 Nov | auto-da-fe  | 118 | D9   | tap        |
| rope  |  49 | 337 | 03 Dec | teddy-bear  | 119 | DT   | toes       |
| lace  |  50 | 344 | 10 Dec | dance       | 120 | DJ   | teetotaler |
| lot   |  51 | 351 | 17 Dec | doughnut    | 121 | DQ   | titam      |
| lane  |  52 | 358 | 24 Dec | Athenian    | 122 | DK   | totem      |
|-------+-----+-----+--------+-------------+-----+------+------------|

 

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~ by rebcabin on June 30, 2015.

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