I just purchased tickets from L.A. to St. Louis over the internet. It was a cheap price and I got 2,000 bonus miles for making the purchase online. This is probably the third or fourth time I’ve bought tickets off the internet.

I’ve lost count of how many things I purchase online. Seems like most everything. Books, music, hardware, software, computers, food, gift certificates, stuffed animals, toys, car reservations, plane tickets, pr0n, just about anything and everything. I’ve do my banking online, I applied for and pay my credit cards online. I buy stocks and manage my 401k portfolio online. It is an integral part of my life. I could not be who I am without the internet. Life on this island would be quite meager indeed without the wonder of online shopping.

Last year for Christmas I got a couple people in my family gift certificates from Amazon and a couple other online places. They both expressed well fear and disappointment that I got them something they would have to redeem online. They both asked the same question: Is it safe? Is it safe?? That was a good question to ask in 1994, but in today’s world it marks my kindred as 21st century Luddites. I was leery of placing orders online many years ago too; in fact the first couple orders I placed I paid by check. But the delays in shipping to Guam proved too great, and I switched to online transactions. Now I don’t think twice about placing an order online – hell I prefer the internet to 1-800 numbers. Especially since many companies use convicts as their customer service reps. Giving my credit card number to an incarcerated felon makes me nervous, not using 128 bit encrypted SSL over the internet.