Monday, 14 January 2008

Short memory, must have a short memory

Google have this new feature called Street Wise in their Google Maps website. It works only for American addresses, and it allows you to view actual city street views in addition to the maps and the satellite like photos. Interesting, if only American addresses were relevant to me.
Since they aren't, really, and as I was playing around at work, I've decided to have a look and see what Google has for Israel. Israel is still unmapped as far as Google is concerned, but I did notice they have improved the resolution of their satellite like photos. I tried to look for my parent's place, the place I lived in for most of my life.
And I tried. And I tried. I just couldn't find it!
I was tracking the roads to find familiar shapes and patterns in the hope of finding a familiar place to use as a guide. It took me more than ten minutes to eventually find my parents' old place; I just lost my orientation altogether.
Isn't it amazing how the brain reallocates its RAM once it deems certain memories redundant, no matter how long you were using the same memories before? After all, these are the areas I have walked about for 25 years, the areas most of my driving started and ended at; yet now I am unable to tell you how to get from A to B.
It appears as if I have lost more of my Israeliness than I could imagine.

2 comments:

wile.e.coyote said...

Bet you can still find Humus Ashcara without a problem

Moshe Reuveni said...

I will find it if you take me there.