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Good thing?
Awhile back I was talking to a friend of mine who said that she had her library card number memorized. She was worried that was a bad sign. I mentioned that I had my credit card number memorized, which is surely a worse sign -- too much buying, too little borrowing.

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.

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 2nd, 2007 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I am glad that the credit companies have ways to monitor activity, I got a call a few years ago from my company about charges for hotels from a French website, except that I actually made them when booking my trip.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 2nd, 2007 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
My cell is pretty easy... but then I memorize numbers pretty easily, I have one of my credit card numbers and both my Dearborn library card number and my new Canton one memorized, because I have to type them in as a password to access the online systems. I don't have Brian's cell memorized, and Asya doesn't even have her own cell memorized.

More interesting is how your credit card number got skimmed or otherwise exposed, did you use it at any chain restaurants where it was out of your sight? Heard anything about any exposures at online merchants you use? Do look at your online statement and identify any charges you don't recognize, I do that once in awhile anyway, and any time I get suspicious at a restaurant or something, for a couple of days afterwards. Caught one incident where a waitress put someone else's lunch as well as my own on my bill that way.
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From: jer_ Date: October 2nd, 2007 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to memorize all numbers. Now, I actively ignore them when I sense myself trying to absorb one. I have to assume that there is finite storage in my brain for information, and I would hate to fill it with numbers that are in my phone! Instead, I'll fill it with random Family Guy trivia and How I Met Your Mother quotes.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: October 2nd, 2007 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I had my debit card memorized too. I think I did it because I used to order pizza a lot, but I'm not sure. Anyhow, I lost it one weekend and had to get a new one so that was the end of that. :(
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: October 2nd, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
My high school locker combination is useless since I have no idea what Christine did with that lock.

You know, I still have distressing dreams about forgetting my locker combination. And even when I can remember it, I can never work the dial properly.

I hate dial combination locks.
From: writerwench Date: October 2nd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
20-44-2. From 1971. It took me weeks to memorize and to remember how to use the darn thing.
From: writerwench Date: October 2nd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also remember numbers from early childhood, but struggle to recall what I'm doing this week. The credit card numbers are too long for me to memorize - I'm numerically challenged that way - but I can remember car registration numbers from way back. Currently struggling with the compulsive desire to find out somehow the numbers for two cars I had 15 years ago... they're the only hole in an otherwise complete list of car registrations from 1976 to date!

Memorizing phone numbers of local friends sounds like a MUCH more practical idea.
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
My credit union calls on 'suspicious' activity as well, though to date, it's all been legitimate: Purchases in Windsor or Toronto, for instance. I'm glad that they call.
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