Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 27, 2017
It’s that time of the year where I can’t tell if I’m under the weather because of allergies or some kind of bug.
I’ve noticed a new fashion trend of men wearing a certain type of sneakers with suits. I’m not talking about young dudes either, I’ve seen Troy Aikman, Howie Long, and one of the reporters on ‘Real Sports’ do it.
While watching CBS’s ‘Young Sheldon’ I was in awe of the actress who plays young Sheldon’s mother. In ‘The Big Bang Theory’, the role is played by Laurie Metcalf, and I thought the actress who plays young Sheldon’s mother looked very much like her and had her speech and mannerisms down pat. Well, it turns out that actress is played by Laurie Metcalf’s daughter, Zoe Perry.
When I was either a junior or senior in high school my father talked to me about the importance of establishing good credit and how he wanted me to get a credit card in my name but for him to monitor and manage. Part of that discussion was the credit bureaus which lead to many questions from me. For instance, I couldn’t understand how three non-government agencies would essentially be in charge of my identity and curious of how they were held in check. In a lot of ways, I’m still confused. I also wanted to know how does someone create such an entity in the first place and is able to obtain all that sensitive information and why banks and companies would be willing to share that information. Of course, I can now somewhat easily find an answer to those questions, but I’m just scattershooting right now. All of this comes to mind with the latest Equifax news of their CEO retiring three weeks after announcing a security breach.
My first credit card was with Bank of America. It arrived in the mail with a mistake, it had my middle initial as an “M” instead of a “W”. I called asking them to just flip the “M” upside down to make it a “W” and send me a new one, that someone doing data entry made a simple mistake. They told me in order to do that, I would have to send in a copy of my Social Security card and a current drivers license. I wasn’t comfortable with that and simply asked them to review the application I sent in, that it was their mistake and not mine, so I shouldn’t have to make the effort to send copies of those sensitive documents in the mail. They didn’t budge so I immediately closed my account and never did business with them again. However, I still get junk mail in which the middle initial is an “M” so I know who sold my info way back when.