I was talking to the Silver Fox over a beer last night at Big Legrowlski. It was kind of touch and go for us last week when he floated the notion of not drinking any more. I’m fine with not drinking any more, of course, it was the realization that he meant that maybe he should drink less.
He was trying to blame his acid reflux on beer and wine. I – unsurprisingly – was not having it.
Of course, my not sleep deprived brain got weird with it and made it into a song, a la Duran Duran’s song The Reflex.
I distracted myself from this ear worm with a story about my mother’s new contact info.
Yeah. I’m one of those guys. With just a hint of this guy, but only for comedic effect. Swearsies.
My contact info is separated out into three solid categories with a couple of fringe elements:
Nicknames: people I love
Names: friends I regularly associate with
Numbers: people I don’t know whether I like yet or not
These unsaved numbers used to just get a first name, but then I ended up with a whole bunch of people saved by first name only – and really, how many Mikes and Peters does one phone list need? Also, there were a lot of people with the surnames Scruff and Hookup.
So I did a clean sweep and deleted all those one name wonders. Haven’t missed them since. Now, I don’t save a contact until I know the person’s first and last name and they prove they aren’t a flake.
There are exceptions, of course.
The Fox taught me his best practice for eliminating phone clutter. Consider this a bonus Today I Learned: if someone calls from an unrecognized number and doesn’t leave a message, he blocks the number. I had been saving the number to a contact called Likely Scam. I just changed all that. Now I do as the Silver Fox do!
The other exception actually occurred last Thursday when I got a lot of attention – and a special freebie – from a very bored stripper. I was texting The Fox (and by texting, I mean accidentally waking up at 1:30) and this stripper came back from his set. In a fit of pay attention to me-ness, he took my phone out of my hands and then texted himself and created his own contact.
So, now I’ve got a stripper’s phone number. Again.
He’ll either upgrade of get deleted.
And unless I’ve been sleep deprived my whole life, I can’t blame any of that nonsense on lack of sleep.
Because of evidence like this, which is years old.
Look, ma…no asocial media apps!
I dunno. Maybe I’m just weird. I am a native Portlander.