We all need our little reminders, don’t we?

Don’t forget — Google Image

Me, I have my iPhone and office calendar set for 12:30 on the dot.  It says:


Otherwise I forget to take my pills.  It isn’t that by 12:30 life is no longer worth living.  Generally.

I am so forgetful that I make lists of what to buy at the store and then promptly forget to take the list.  I’ve developed a habit of keeping track of the 5 things I most need to get on my fingers.  That saves me a trip or two, but I do end up standing in the grocery aisle counting on my fingers.  If you don’t hear from me for a while, you’ll know that I have been committed or sent back to kindergarten.
Famous people even need reminders!  Remember when Sarah Palin got caught with the answers on her hand?

I’m sure she never did it on a test. Positive.

Well, just this morning I learned that some folks put their reminders in, well, other places.  OK, they put them in their underwear.  I don’t know about you, but I would really feel, well, embarrassed to have to check my underwear for my reminder. It is considered especially rude in Produce.  But apparently some folks need:

“[A] constant reminder that desires, appetites, and passions are to be kept within the bounds the Lord has set.”

Mormon underwear

Now I wouldn’t want to be the first to bring this up, and I’m really glad to report that the topic has come up before.  Remember, Bill Clinton was famously asked:  “Boxers or Briefs.”

So I think it is a fair question to ask of Mitt (and Ann) Romney.

Reminder Underwear?

I am never going to be able to look at Mitt without giggling again.

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For more on Mormon Underwear “for the Endowed” (no, I did not make this up), check out Wikipedia.  Because I didn’t believe it either.


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74 responses to “Reminders

  1. I will not speak about your competence, the article basically disgusting

  2. I’d be lost without my lists, even if I often lose them. (But I have never found one in my underwear. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Sarah Palin has stashed a reminder there. And I bet it says, Don’t write answers on hand.) Fun post.

    • Thanks, Fork. I’m glad to know that you are not a reminders-in-the-underwear sort of person!

      I’m sure Sarah has reminders everywhere. And while we all need them, most of us would be smart enough not to put them on our hand in black ink when we were appearing on TV … She is a dope. I bet she got caught every time she tried to cheat in school, and kept using the same techniques!

  3. Romney def. wears boxers! :)

  4. For the final word on Mormon underwear, you can go directly to the Mormons themselves:

    • Thanks, Russel. I read that after learning of the existence of these garments. It didn’t make me think they are any less odd!

      • They are odd, but, as a former Momon myself (birth to age 18), I think the whole religion/cult is odd.

        • I myself am not a big follower of organized religion. I’m not a “church lady”. But I leave the exposé on the LDS church!

          • To you. I leave the exposé to you!

          • I left organized religion permanently back in 1994 after spending a solid year studying all of them to see if any of them had a fit for me. None do.

            • I truly believe that it’s how you live your life that’s important. The golden rule. As long as folks follow that things are good.

              Of course my husband I are currently driving through a horrible storm so I may be developing religion right now!

              • A storm is simply Mother and Father Nature having a little spat. Nothing to worry about………………

                • Oh you were wrong, Russel. The storm got worse, traffic got worse and we arrived home to 24 hours without power. That would be more manageable if we didn’t have well-water. Accessed natch by an electric pump. Worst of all, though A fate worse than death — no internet or cell phone! That’s what I get for laughing at a religious garment! I have been smoted (smitted? Smitten?)

                  • Oh, noooooooo! No Internet………… (I could do without a cell phone, though)……….lol

                  • John Erickson

                    You probably already know this, dear lady, but there’s a ready source of water, no well needed, during a power outage. Drain your water heater. The water will probably be tepid to cool, and the last gallon or two might be … er … INTERESTING … but heaters are usually at the lowest point of your plumbing, so they’ll drain (you might need to open a faucet up higher – 2nd floor, if you have one).
                    And if you REALLY need water, this sounds disgusting, but the water in the back of the toilet is actually clean water (hasn’t touched the poop or pee yet). And if a storm caused your outage, get water out of puddles or nearby streams to flush – you don’t need drinkable water to get rid of crap! :D
                    (These tidbits brought to you by Survivalists Intl., Inc. Now excuse me while I go lube the door of my former missile silo…… ;) )

                    • John, that is news to me. Normally it isn’t a problem. We all have a pavlovian reaction to thunder — we fill the bathtub. We keep bottled drinking water for drinking (duh) and use the water in the tub for other necessaries. This time, however, we’d been away, and nobody was there to fill the tub. But power is back on and life is good.

                      Next time this happens (yeah, it happens all too often) we’ll try your technique. The waterheater. Not drinking out of the toilet. ;)

  5. Hello Elyse … remember me? ;) Thought I’d stop by and smile. :)

    • Hi Frank, I’ve missed you. Hope you had a great vacation. Not only do I remember you, but I thought of you when I read (in the NYTimes) about the new “Junk DNA” breakthrough. Cool science!

  6. Hi, Elyse, love your writing and your kindness to me, you rock. I’ve nominated you for this but it’s okay if you don’t want to join in, I just wanted you to know I greatly value your presence in my community here :)

    • Janice, Thank you so much — this is a different award — books! But I must tell you that I am really pleased to have won a Booker Award without ever having written one!

  7. Shoot, I made a list to comment on blogs, but I lost the list somewhere. Fortunately, I ended up on a blog and am actually doing something I was supposed to do. Now if I can just remember to take gingko biloba for my memory.

    • Check the refrigerator. That’s where my lists end up. And don’t bother with the gingko — it doesn’t work. I read that somewhere, but can’t for the life of me remember where …

  8. There was a time when I lived next door to a Mormon church and I can honestly say there were no open sacrifies, the women where neither stepford models nor mummied in high neck garments, nor were there any flagrant displays of Romneyism. Seemed like just plain folks to me. On one sunday I met an old college friend emerging from the church. What was surprising is how he made his living. He was…an….an…artist!!!!!! A morman artist??? Who’d a thunk it?

    • While I think that there are some unusual things about the faith, I don’t have a problem with it. But I think that wearing of special underwear as a reminder not to sin is just odd. And it made me laugh when I saw them. Hence the post. It wasn’t meant to offend. Sorry if I left that impression.

  9. GOF

    I won’t be able to look at the cute Ken and Barbi Mormon couple who regularly pay us a visit in the same way ever again. It’s nothing like I imagined Barbi would be wearing. Damn.

    • I know — I saw her on TV yesterday and couldn’t help but imagine her in her underwear. Ugly underwear. With reminders not to sin in them. Cracked me up!

  10. I put different rings on different fingers to remember I have to remember something… then I remember I have to remember…but the remember what? is the problem. Nope, it has nothing to do with underwear.

    • Phew, Georgette. Rings I can handle. It’s the folks who need to strip down to their skivvies to remember not to sin that weird me out. By the time I’m that far undressed, sinning’ is the objective!

  11. This is how some people here prefer to do the cheating! :) It made me laugh.

  12. Elyse, you just gave Harvard students another way to cheat on their tests. You know that, right? ;)

  13. I write reminders to remember to go check my other lists.

  14. By the time I got to the bottom of the comments and the ‘play nice, please’ comment box, I forgot the witty whatever I was going to write, but as always, I enjoyed your perspective on the importance of undies as reminders.

  15. Michelle Gillies

    I’m always writing things down to try and remember and then forgetting why I wrote it down in the first place.

  16. Ewwwww.

    Sarah Palin with answers on her hand! Of course I believe it. I just don’t remember it. Once again, you are my primary news source.

  17. Oh man, I’m totally losing my memory. I don’t remember anything if I don’t write it down in my Blackberry calender AND set an alarm for it. It’s disgraceful.

  18. John Erickson

    You know, I love learning about new things, especially things outside the area of my usual interests. But that Mormon factoid was just plain WRONG! (And now impossible to get the image outta my head. Thanks a LOT! :p :D )

  19. Instead of thinking about all the things I need to remember, you’ve made me laugh. Thanks!

  20. “[A] constant reminder that desires, appetites, and passions are to be kept within the bounds the Lord has set.” Yea, that is by far the weirdest thing I ever heard and we can’t even discuss the photo, however it explains so much.
    FYI: I’ll be going commando….because I don’t have anything to hide.

  21. I always try to write down the ideas I have for my blog. But sometimes I hit on one so wonderful, I think I will never forget it. I always do.

  22. Jonesingafter40

    Ha! Thanks for the giggle today!

    • Sure thing, Jonesing. I couldn’t resist it.

      I’ve heard that some waiters/waitresses imagine their customers in their underwear. What we have to make sure of is that everybody imagines Mitt in one of these.

  23. I especially enjoy finding lists three weeks after I needed them, leading invariably to “Oh yeah…oops.”

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