“Cleared via the Newhall 8 departure, IPIHO, TWINE, KIMMO, Victor 459, Seal Beach, direct. Maintain 5,000 feet.” I had to ask for the spelling of each fix. After I finally got the box loaded, the FO and I reviewed our route, the legs, altitudes, communication frequencies, squawk and runway heading. We briefed the takeoff, procedure in the event of an engine failure, immediate turn to 250 degrees after departing Runway 34L, runway length and condition, our weight for return landing, weather, and minimum equipment list and special considerations. What I did not say was that I had fallen off the intellectual power curve. I didn’t even know that I had; I saw none of those red flags.