We flew back from Disneyland to the Bay Area on Saturday. (Few places in the world are weird enough to make the Bay Area feel like “the real world,” but Disneyland is one of them.) After checking out of the hotel, we tried to call a well-known cab company (one named after a color) for a ride to the airport; but after several unsuccessful exchanges with the dispatcher, which always resulted in our getting bumped over to voice mail, I borrowed a phone book from the hotel receptionist, chose another cab, and called. They were there in less than 10 minutes.

Naturally, I saved that second phone number in my address book, and if I go back to Anaheim, I’ll call them. But this got me thinking: my saved numbers are a list of people or companies I’ve had good experiences with. But I’d also like a feature that reminded me, should I try to call that cab company again, that they didn’t work out before. Here at home, I can generally remember what stores to avoid, and where I’ve had bad experiences; on the road, particularly for places I only visit for a day or two, I’m much less likely to remember the name of that Chinese restaurant that looks good but has terrible food, or the airport shuttle that never came. (Just as bad, I’m likely to get the number wrong, and confuse a good company with a bad one, thus accidentally rewarding bad behavior.) Being able to give a dialed number a red star (or whatever) would at least warn me that, whether I remembered it or not, something didn’t work out the last time I called.

[To the tune of The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride,” from the album “The Beatles 1“.]

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