I'm plagued by a few different sorts of absent mindedness. These are primarily in the areas of concrete and social interaction. For example, one time I was preparing to paint a chair, and got the angle of the chair just right, the newspapers aligned to catch all the excess spray, but before the first spray failed to notice a lit pilot light a few feet away. I have some tendency to overlook an important detail in the concrete world. I also hit my head on stuff way more than is reasonable.
A second area of oversight is in social dynamics. Sometimes I make mistakes by overlooking details in the social system especially if they are on the surface arbitrary. There are a couple of reasons for this. If my mind gets on a particular train of thought (especially if there is a problem to solve), I am looking at that and not on the social ramifications.
I do alright with processing information, but my Achille's Heel is that my mind doesn't absorb all relevant data in certain areas. The two areas I mentioned might be a bit of an "IN??" issue, but there are many variations on this theme. Can anyone relate to any of this? There are a million ways to be absent minded. In what ways do you struggle with it?