Mystery Texts...gotta love 'em
I've been getting a lot of mystery texts and calls lately. I'm not a "man about town", so to speak, so I'm not entirely sure what led to this. I imagine scenarios where people at cocktail parties or networking brunches have conversations like:
PERSON: Wait....so you DON'T know Quincy Ledbetter?!
OTHER PERSON: No, I can't say I do. I have heard of him. He's that man about town, right?
PERSON: He is!
OTHER PERSON: I sure wish I had his contact information...specifically his cell phone number.
PERSON: I have it!
OTHER PERSON: Please indulge me!
PERSON Consider yourself indulged. Here it is. Try your best to contact him after midnight. He loves that.
Now, don't get the wrong idea. I'm not complaining. I appreciate the phantom text. I adore the mystery caller. What strikes me is that 90% of the time the people you meet at these events don't even make an effort to reach out to you. They're just collecting information. I have to have at least ONE conversation with someone before they get entered. I mean come on, I haven't even accepted my mother's Facebook request....and I LOVE my mother!
I know people who's phones are a grave yard of networking efforts. They have 200 numbers and only 10 friends.
Sometimes there's no introduction with these calls. They just go right into conversation. Fortunately, I am a professional at receiving mystery calls. Observe the strategy:
MYSTERY CALLER: Yo!
MYSTERY CALLER: What's been good wit'chu, man?!
ME: Everything. How about yourself?
MYSTERY CALLER: Man, you know.....
ME: I do.....I DO know.
MYSTERY CALLER: But, yo. We all set for Saturday?
ME: Yeah. All set.
MYSTERY CALLER: Cool.
You will note that I never ask who it is.....ever. Why? Because trying to find out is fun. If I don't find out by the end of the conversation I'll ask, "By the way....who the hell is this?"
I love receiving mystery texts, too. This is an actual text exchange that I had with a, still, un-named party:
TEXT: wut good q
ME: I'm good. What's good with you?
[5 minutes later]
TEXT: yo you be doin vids right
TEXT: how much u charge
ME: $1,000 plus traveling fees
TEXT: i heard it was 500
ME: Not anymore. That was a while ago. It's $1000 now.
[7 minutes later]
TEXT: that way too much chief
ME: It's actually not enough.
TEXT: i can help you get clients. work wit me
See how much fun that is?!?! Okay, maybe you don't, but you have to at least appreciate that when I showed my friends that text exchange we all had a good laugh and shed a tear for the death of literacy in America.
Three cheers for Twitter and Jersey Shore!