Back around the year 2000 when I got my first WMATA SmarTrip card, I got a random idea that could have been very profitable for me if I had the business acumen to make it happen then. But alas, here I sit.
Here’s what happened: a coworker either lost her purse or had it stolen; I cannot recall which at this time. Consequently, she also lost her wallet along with her identification and credit cards. I remember thinking how nice it would be to have all your personal information installed on SmarTrip-type technology. That way, you won’t have to carry around all your sensitive items, using only the SmarTrip card to pay for things and identify who you are. My idea also would have worked for law enforcement too; you give the officer your card and your license can come up in their computer. If you should lose it, you only have to get a new SmarTrip card, re-register it, and you’re all good to go. That’s much better than having to remember which cards were in your wallet and having to go through the trouble of calling to cancel each one of them.
But that idea was only a whimsical idea, as I thought little more about it. . . that is until these similar types of systems emerged, like Goggle Pay and Apple Pay. It’s really ingenious. If I had furthered my idea back then, I would singing the song, Easy Street (as I hum the tune to a song of that title from my favorite musical, Annie.)
My confidence level is much better today than it was back then. If I get a good idea like that now, I’ll definitely do something with it.
Meanwhile, this is the Annie song I’d be singing, the best version from the original Broadway cast recording.