YES! I admit it…I still have an AOL email address. I get. I’m a loser. Now, leave me alone and stop snickering when I’m asked for it from various stores. I’m usually torn about giving it. In fact, way back when, I used to think, “No way am I giving you my personal, private email address.” But, then I realized that, by refusing that method of communication, I was telling them I’d prefer to talk to them on the phone. I figured out fast enough that was NOT what I preferred. Plus, when stores ask for my email, it’s so I can get coupons and discounts. Print them out at home. At my leisure. I’ve never been one to clip coupons from the newspaper. Not because I haven’t tried. But, it became so much work and I never had them with me when I needed them. And, I’m pretty sure the rare times I remembered to bring them, I could hear every person in line behind me sighing as I’d open my handy coupon holder to extract necessary clipped savings, only to be told that the item I plucked from the shelf was not the right size or brand or, showing me the small print, that I needed to buy six of them to get the seventh half-off.
What I do like, though, is extra savings to be had from stores like Kohl’s, JC Penney, Barnes and Noble, Harry and David, Famous Footwear, etc. So, yes, when asked, I quietly whisper my lame AOL email address. I whisper, not because I care about the looks of disdain from the cool high school/college aged cashiers, but because my kids are horrified that I would just blurt it out without any care to their emotional well-being. I mean, there may be people they know lurking about. They have begged me for years to get a g-mail account. To get with the times. It’s not the nineties anymore, for God’s sake. “I’ll set it up for you, Mom. It’s easy. It doesn’t cost anything. Can’t you ever think of anyone besides yourself?” But, I feel like I everyone I know has my AOL address (and as far as I know, have not “unfriended” me on Facebook or shunned me in public). It just seems like such a hassle to change it. And, besides, I have a feeling that AOL will make a comeback. And THEN who will be the cool one, hmmmm?? I can see their eyes rolling.