I’ve explained to some people how my supposedly remarkable memory works. At a quick glance it would appear I remember EVERYTHING with a level of detail that’s unnatural However, my brain latches onto what it wants. I majored in history in college but can’t recall who signed the Treaty of Utrecht, the members of the Third Coalition or the order of the Imperial Dynasties in China.
Also, actual events don’t always stick.
I can tell you that my older sister introduced me to Tolkien, buying me the LOTR trilogy for my 13th birthday. There was a thunderstorm going on and we were under a tornado watch when I opened up “The Fellowship of the Ring” for the very first time.
I can tell you the first time I ever heard an AC/DC song (High Voltage) was in November of ‘77, where I heard it (in the cafeteria of our high school during a basketball game, a dj setting up for a high school dance played it over his sound system) and who I was with (Peter Moutsatsen and Keith Cunningham).
I however can’t tell you a single thing that happened during the entire month prior to my leaving for basic training for the army in March of '84. Nothing. It’s completely blank. I remember the recruiter picking me up to take me to the airport the day I left, but the previous day and night? Got nothing.
What I’m trying to say is that my mind retains a shitload of information but it’s like being in a library with no filing system and only a candle. I might pull something good out, or accidentally burn the whole thing down like the Library of Alexandria.