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mobile phone contacts.

i just posted the following as a fb status:

"if anyone else organizes their mobile phone contacts in the same way that i do, it probably means we should get married."

originally there was more to do that, an addendum that involved me saying something like "even if you're a guy because a life sync like that supercedes sexual orientation", but i couldn't get it to sound right, so i simplified it.

pretty immediately, JJK stated "this status update is missing something." i wasn't *actually* planning on writing out the actual process, but i guess i'm submitting to peer pressure. explaining it by itself doesn't really give proper context, so here's the basic back story to my history of contact management written in a haphazard manner because i'm tired.

when i first got a mobile phone i didn't use contact lists at all because i was resistant to the idea of someone's name coming up on the phone without the telephone number. At the time it still felt important to me to actually know people's numbers by memory. After a while that became impractical so i devised an alternative system: all of my contacts were first initial and then their phone number. for those in my same area code i used just their 7 digit number and for those outside i used their full 10 digit number. So my contact list initially looked like this:

A522-2964
A610-246-3965
A776-2310
B214-2569
D266-345-6931
D575-3222
F503-795-0053
...
T555-7863
#BAL
#MIN (verizon presets)

What made this inconvenient was when i wanted to use my voice command phone function when i was driving, which i used to do a bunch. Trying to tell my phone to "call T555-7863" was too complicated for it, and the alternative of telling it to just dial a number was tedious, so three of the numbers in my contacts who i called often enough and whose numbers i would never ever forget got converted to their first name. So then my contact list looked like this:

A522-2964
Aaron
A776-2310
B214-2569
D266-345-6931
David
F503-795-0053
...
Tyler
#BAL
#MIN

at some point, the amount of contacts in my list started to become large enough with the same first letters that i felt the need to separate first letter initials that i called often versus not. So I separated out my contacts into two groups of "often" vs "not often" by taking all of the numbers that i only called every now and again and put a "z" in front of them so they would be alphabetically last in my contact list. So then my contact list looked like this:

A522-2964
Aaron
B214-2569
David
F503-795-0053
...
Tyler
zA776-2310
zD266-345-6931
#BAL
#MIK

(Add on top of this that when i got my mom and dad mobile phones on my plan, they were in my contact list without the first three digits because i knew they were the same as mine, so mom was just Mxxxx).

I discovered after a while that numbers with a unique first initial and area code started to create an association without me having to read the rest of the number. For example, Devon was the only contact on my list that was in the 415 area code, so whenever i read D415, i didn't have to read the rest of the number to know it was him, and that kind of defeated the purpose of having the number in the first place. The point was to understand telephone numbers, but at that point D415 was no longer a name, it was a representative "nickname", as it were. So i stopped using area codes in all of my numbers and went to all 7-digit numbers, but still separated by often vs. not often, and with a few names.

When i got my new phone here in New Orleans, i decided to completely abandon this system because at this point i had too many contacts in my phone and scrolling through lots of Ks or Ms to find the one K or M that i really wanted was inefficient even with the often/not often grouping. The number of contacts also made it pretty impossible for me to hold on to my intiial belief of memorizing telephone numbers - there are too many one-offs in which actually remembering their numbers was too unimportant and wasted energy to feel the need to try.

As a result, i came up with a completely new system that goes like this:

people who i contact the most often have a period in front of their name. That's followed by one of two things: their name if i have their number memorized and will never forget it or if at this point it doesn't seem like a number that i actually ever need to remember (which applies mainly to spouses of people who fit in the "period" category), or their first initial and 7 digit telephone number if it's something i feel is important to see. Some of these are just one or the other out of habit.

everyone else is listed first by a two or three letter category and then either their first name or their first initial and 7 digit telephone number if i feel it's important to see. The categories are mostly associated location, with the exception of people who i know through DDR. who have the category of ddr.

so now my contact list looks like this:

cajenni
camicah
ddramber
ddrandre
ddrandrew
ddrboo
...
noaaron
noALade
noA654-3333
...
orA555-4055
orbrian
ordavetrumpet
orD555-2341
...
.A555-3426
.bryson
.C255-4241
.D4319
.emilyr
.E555-2405
...
.tyler
#BAL
#MIN

so yeah. If you come even close to organizing your contacts like that on your mobile, propose to me and i'll probably say yes.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
I wonder how your organize the contents of your refrigerator.

- ddrj9176836
shazamaramack
Jan. 23rd, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
It's cool that you remember the progression from how it started to how it is today. I definitely have some strange organizational processes in my life and when I look at how I did things ten years ago, I can't figure how it progressed into what it is now.
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lifeofmendel
Jan. 23rd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
*smiles*

i miss you, you know that?
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Deb Apprille
Jan. 23rd, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
My phone
I have my incoming calls show the person's first name and last initial with their number underneath. People who call me often, I recognize the phone number because I see it every time they call. It's true I don't have the full numbers memorized, but I know area code and most of the numbers. I guess you don't want to marry me, which is perfect because I am already married. haha
lifeofmendel
Jan. 23rd, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: My phone
i'll be snobbish and say this doesn't count because it's in line with my old system but not my new one. that way i get to stick out my tongue and say nyeah nyeah. :)
lacoste38
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
My system is crazy similar to yours! When someone calls their info pops up but not their phone number because that's too distracting. Just their first name, and since I have friends w the same name I display their first and last name. So it reads
incoming call:
Joe Shmoe


...oh wait. I suppose that's a smidge different ;)
lifeofmendel
Jan. 27th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
goofball. :)
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