How the WozPin came to be…
The WozPin came into being after several instances of me being advised that a friend or acquaintance of mine had run across (not literally but figuratively) someone else that I know, or knew, or was a friend or acquaintance and it was totally a random meeting but after some contact it was learned that they (for better or worse) had me in common.
This all has a little to do with the theory of “Six Degrees of Separation” and if not familiar, there are some links at the bottom of the page to assist in a little research.
I get around and meet and greet as many people as I can in the course of activities, hobbies, and recreation and up until recently a host of employment venues. I am outgoing, active and to participate in many fun things, adventures, activities, social events and recreational events as possible within my very limited financial situation and it has worked well. I used to work as a bartender before my career as a law enforcement officer and until recently subsequent to my retirement. I’ve learned that being a bartender is a “people job”. As was my career in law enforcement, meeting a myriad, a symphony of personalities and getting to share experiences with a host of interesting, and sometimes eclectic or eccentric, political and social, professional and amateur, and well, people are what makes life worth living.
Since my retirement, I think that I’ve been doing a good job continuing to meet people.. I’ve traveled to many cities across our great United States of America attending events, participating in several if not many organizations and getting to meet new and interesting people. I got to wondering just how many folks out there do I know and with my failing memory, and the fun of sharing with people I came up with the WozPin idea.
What if there was a link from some of the best people on the planet to other charming and accomplished people and that link was me?
If there was a visual clue, one that could indicate to people who may start out as strangers that they had something in common (me for example) it would bring some of the good people in the world, maybe the best, closer together. The WOZPIN was born.
If gave a WozPin to people within any single group or circle that I’m in, well of course they would all know me since I too am a member of that group. Those people wouldn’t count as strangers, but say, you were for example at the ticket counter at the Salt Lake City airport or some other place that you’ve never been and the ticket agent was wearing a WozPin, then you are now set and ready to enter the matrix, but more importantly, meet new people and possibly make new friends.
Since you don’t know (for example) that ticket agent, or anyone else who is a stranger but you see a WOZPIN you now have permission, the opportunity, and maybe the inherent obligation to introduce yourself and to use the WOZPIN as an entry into the conversation as of course, you know me, and this person whom you don’t know wouldn’t be wearing the WOZPIN if he or she didn’t have an opportunity to be pinned by me… Woz
Also, If anyone without a WozPin asks what it
is, this opens the door for you to mention not only that
you know “Woz” but that I may do similar things that you
do, and you can launch into your own version of
shameless self-promotion which is what in fact the
WOZPIN does for me.
If you meet a stranger, and become non-strangers with him or her because of the WozPin, and you tell me of the experience (e-mail is the best way to get in touch with me, there is a link at the bottom of this page) I will correspond with you and assist in any way that I can to foster a new friendship. A reward of some kind will be selected and chosen especially for you.
If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them.
There are several links online for you to learn about and play the Six Degrees game, and here are some of them.
Find Woz on Facebook under Michael J. Wozniak (look for me with a motorcycle)
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