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Dear Crabby
by Mrs. Crabcakes - Ketchikan, Alaska

This column is strictly for entertainment purposes only and
is not intended to be taken to heart as serious advice.


October 22, 2004


jpg Crabcakes Ketchikan, AlaskaDEAR CRABBY,

I have an embarrassing problem. Ever since I can remember, I've talked out loud to myself. My mother always did it too, but I'm worse than her, and more so since I was widowed last year.

I'm not what you'd consider a loner even though I only have a cat and no housemates. I'm friendly with my neighbors and go visit them on occasion. I dine and go to the movies with other friends, and I enjoy socializing and company.

What worries me, is I'm in my mid-seventies. I've heard that this may be a sign of dementia, or Alzheimers. I don't want to be thought of as senile, and I don't feel I'm losing any mental capacity. I've seen people in the grocery store turn and look at me, and once, a young woman said, "What?" That made me realize I do it in public sometimes, and I want to know if you think it is a serious issue or not.




How to deal with it depends on your personality. You could always carry around a digital voice recorder and make it appear you are dictating thoughts for a book or something. I myself just look at the person closest to me, and demand (in a not-so-friendly voice), "Turn around evesdropper! This is a private conversation!" Sometimes, One isn't the loneliest number...


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