- Forgetting what you own
Fast forward one month. I am emptying a box of books from the attic stash and what do I see? The 1972 edition (with dustjacket) of Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide. It's a larger volume than the library book and has the recipe I was looking for.
This scenario has been repeated with a variety of books, notably Persuasion (2 copies), Grimm's Fairy Tales (complete and unabridged is the only kind I buy, and I've got two copies that I know of and suspect there are more in the attic) and a great YA book called Midnight Hour Encores (purchased again and again and again.....)
- Not being able to access the books (or information)
Well, I remembered that in one of the Judy Bolton mysteries she had ringworm. And since those novels were mostly written before the advent of antibiotics and antifungals, she bathed her ringworm spot in boric acid or hydrogen peroxide. Something like that. But I couldn't remember which book this happened in and the books are located in at least three different spots. Oh well.
The patch seems to have gone away on its own, but the lesson is that if you can't find what you need informationwise, it's useless. This is how treasures get lost, people!