Here's a good one (consider this a follow-up blog entry to last week's):
I was out with my girlfriends the other night, minding my own business as I waited for them to get our drinks at the bar. All of a sudden I was approached by a "Wall Street" guy who came in for the kill. "I've been watching you all night." Creepy or flattering? You decide.
So he proceeds to chat me up, bragging about his nearby apartment with a killer rooftop, blah, blah, blah. After he allows me to get in a few words, he then asks if I have a BlackBerry. "Yes, I do," I said. "Why?"
"Now I can give you my Pin #," he replies.
Huh? What was I - an ATM machine?
He then proceeded to explain that Pin #'s are used to BBM people. He was referring to the BlackBerry Messenger service. Obviously I don't use it. I mean, who needs it? You have calling, texting, emailing, and don't forget Skype.
That aside, whatever happened to simply exchanging phone numbers? If you like someone, you call them - it's much more personal.
Nowadays, giving someone your "digits" means something completely different. A Pin #? Give me a break.
Or...when people do exchange phone numbers, you call each other's phones so the numbers get stored. That's great, but what happens if you lose your phone or it gets stolen or it breaks? Then you're screwed because you never bothered to write the number down of a person who could potentially be great date (or relationship) material.
I'm a writer - I always carry a pen and a small memo pad in case I need to write something down. I also make sure I have a few business cards on me wherever I go. I don't solely rely on electronics to store valuable information. You always have to have a back-up.