I really need to work on my memory triggers.
I keep a little notebook on my desk every day to scribble down my ideas for this kitchen sink of a column. But often I take that “scribble down” axiom a little too literally as I note the goings-on in the newsroom, the strange phone calls I get, the stories behind the news stories, and the interesting stories that never make it to print at all.
A week or two ago, I marked down the words “Mother’s Day 200 Gambler.” But as of this writing, I have no idea what those cryptic words are supposed to mean.
They are fraught with meaning, I’m quite certain.
Ever hear of early-onset Alzheimer’s? I’ve never heard of it. Or have I?
The aforementioned word-stream might ring a little like a Japanese haiku if I were to add a second line: “The sound of one confused reporter.”
Or the fragment could even make for a strong password, if I hadn’t just blown it by publishing it here in a widely-distributed newspaper.
It could also be the stuff of nuclear codes, or perhaps a band name, though a little long for a marquee. Maybe 200 Gambler could open for Mother’s Day?
All I can figure is this must have had something to do with our sister publication, the Colorado Gambler. What connection I made to the number 200 or the floral industry’s salute to American matriarchs is beyond my paygrade, but what isn’t?
I promise a follow-up column sometime in the coming months when—likely in the shower, or in a dream—it all suddenly comes back to me like a ton of euphoric bricks.
I thought maybe writing this column would help, but no such luck.
I also wrote down the words “Belgard movie”—and here’s where my memory didn’t fail.
Former local Steve Belgard, who once worked for Douglas County-based Starz (founded by John Sie) and did publicity for Greenwood Village’s Film Festival Flix, is crowd-funding his bizarre in-production documentary, Schlitzie: One of Us. The movie will tell the story of a near-legendary four-foot-tall circus performer born with microcephaly. Schlitzie was perhaps best known for his role in Tod Browning’s controversial 1932 cult classic Freaks. Learn more at dfs.dntly.com/campaign/schlitzie-one-of-us#.
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