Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My life summarized in numbers

The credit union can summarize my life history in one number, 786. Nothing like statistical generalizations to make you feel just a little bit helpless.

What if you could get a single number that represented how good of a date someone was in the past? I can imagine some woman who considers Paris Hilton one of her personal heroes and likes to tell people that she only dates men with a 800 FICO and a 820 DateMark. Then a guy could freak out about not being able to get a date for seven years because once he didn't do anything for Valentine's Day because the girl said it "wasn't that important," but then knocked 180 points off his score for skipping it.

7 comments:

Matt said...

Wow, most people generally don't post their credit score on the internet. I guess it doesn't really matter that much though.

Travis said...

Yeah. I thought about that for about two seconds, and realized that it doesn't really matter in the slightest. It seemed silly to make a post about a particular number and then not say what that number was.

ianonymous said...

yeah, and if you didn't post the number then how could you possibly be so smugly proud of it?

Travis said...

...and your response was the second thing that I thought about as I was typing. Someday I will be able to write a script that does all of the posting and commenting for my blog!

Travis said...

(Formulaic overly defensive response)

I'm not all that proud of it, per se, but I'm happy about what it represents. It's exactly around where I feel it should be. The stereotypical American is terrible with money. They buy things they don't need, go months paying the minimum payment on their maxed-out credit cards, or not paying their credit card bill at all. As creepy and incomplete as the FICO score is, I'm glad that there's a magic number that says I don't do things like that.

Louise said...

Personally, I think you should be proud of the fact that you have great credit!

Of course, mine is better than yours :P

Travis said...

What, are they letting women conduct business now?

I kid, I kid.