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Pair complete each other--their brains, that is
Two brains are better than one, but sometimes, it takes two brains to come up with one answer

Date published: 12/7/2012

By Cathy Dyson

I'D ALWAYS heard that two brains were better than one, but as I've gotten older, I've sometimes wondered if my companion and I share one working brain between us.

The other night, Lou and I were watching "Jeopardy," and the final category was "Billboard Hits." He started calling out different groups from the past before the question even came up, as if that were going to help.

His mind went off on a tangent, as it often does, and he tried to come up with the name of a group from the 1970s. He started giving incredibly obscure hints:

"They were a crossover band."

"Really popular."

"Something to do with a Cadillac."

Then, he mentioned the lead singer, a woman, had drug problems, and I thought, well, that really narrows the field.

How many rock 'n' rollers have been there?

He said her first name was something like Dee Dee, and he was going through the alphabet, muttering, "Edie, Gigi," and so on.

By this point, I was getting a flicker of recognition. I heard a distinct voice in my mind. I grasped for the lyrics of "Landslide" and recalled something about seeing a reflection in snow-covered hills.

I shouted: "Stevie Nicks! Her name is Stevie Nicks! And the band is Mac-something " I muttered, trying to fill in the blanks.

"Fleetwood Mac!" he shouted in response. "It's Fleetwood Mac!"

We were so excited, you would have thought we won the lottery.

I started thinking about the clues he'd given and asked what in the world the name had to do with a car.

Apparently, Fleetwood was a popular Cadillac model back in the day. In Lou's mind, he connected the band with a Cadillac.

I'd like to say this was an isolated incident, but it wasn't. Instead, I think it's indicative of what happens when people are together for a long time.

Lou and I clearly know how the other thinks after 20 years. I have to say, it scares me, just a little, when he tosses out random clues, and I know what he means.

The connection comes into play at other times, not just when we're watching "Jeopardy."


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