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Column: How observant are you?

Jewel Pickert is a Hastings resident.

There's a YouTube video about how observant people are. A man approaches different strangers, points to his map, and asks if they know where Trinity Church is. While the stranger tries to be helpful, two men carrying a giant poster with a picture of the asker walk between the two people. The poster hides the fact that the asker switches places with someone else. Whether the someone else is a woman or a man with a completely different voice, the stranger never notices. The stranger is too busy concentrating on Trinity Church. The actors got the same result, despite engaging multiple strangers in their direction ploy. So much for our great observation skills.

Have you ever noticed how some logos hide hidden messages? If you look at the collar of Wendy of the Wendy's fast-food chain, you'll note the word Mom is in the ruffles. The arrow under Amazon indicates the company sells everything from A to Z. If you look at the Baskin Robbins logo, you'll see the number 31 between the B and the R. Thirty-one represents their number of flavors.

How about when you drive? Have you noticed the icon of a gas pump and the arrow showing which side the gas cover is on? This icon is on your dash. Even the freeway signs are telling. The exit number is displayed either to the right or to the left of a sign to show whether the exit veers right or left from the highway. I have to admit, though, that I've noticed a couple of exceptions to this.

If you've ever seen reports on the news about parents leaving their kids behind somewhere, don't you wonder how that can happen? Surely, they know who they started out with?

And what about at home? Have you ever forgotten where you put your keys? Maybe someone in your family can stare into the fridge and still not find what they're looking for until you point it out. Works with shoes, too — and cupboards.

What's wrong with us, anyway? Although, some of you may insist it's just the other person's problem, not yours.

I truly wonder if we're packing so many activities into our lives, we simply can't keep track of it all like we used to. As much as we complain about junk mail, I don't remember ever getting as much junk mail as I do email messages. It's a constant struggle to keep up.

We can only keep track of so much at one time. If we only concentrate on getting from one spot to another, we'll miss all of the details along the way — even when someone asking for directions changes places with someone else.

As always, I will strive to add a dose of realism, while putting some worth in your while.