Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise, then, that my credit (debit actually) card company's fraud department called me today. Apparently a flag was raised because somebody in New York bought gas and a metro card with it. And who knows what else... it wasn't clear to me. But since I was in Michigan all day yesterday, the purchases definitely weren't mine.
I'm glad they caught it right away and called me. I'm sad that they have to change my credit card number though! I've had this same number for years, and it's one of the few numbers in my world that I actually have memorized. In the age of digital technology, I know almost nobody's phone number. I don't need to remember addresses, and even birthdays are taken care of by my PDA.
I had my bank account memorized, but I'm gradually moving all of my money elsewhere. I still have some of the phone numbers of my childhood friends memorized, but most of them have moved. My parents' number has changed. My high school locker combination is useless since I have no idea what Christine did with that lock.
So goodbye helpful little credit card number.... now it's just one more string of numbers that won't help me any longer. Unfortunately I have a bad memory, and I don't seem to memorize numbers easily. I wish I could somehow push the useless numbers out of my head to make room for more important numbers. Like maybe the phone number of somebody who lives nearby. I was realizing the other day that I have no "emergency contact" number memorized any longer. It's nice to know how to call at least one local person without having my Treo or other speed-dial mechanism on hand, but everybody I have used in that situation before has either left me or switched phone numbers.
Okay, this sounds like a good Autumn Resolution for me: Do not memorize new credit card number -- it's not a bad thing to have to look it up that number. Instead, memorize phone number of a local friend or two -- in the end, those are more useful.