I long ago gave up the notion that I'm not a number. I am. So are we all.
I'm filling out the 2006 Canadian census online.
They make it clear that all my information is confidential. To perhaps deflect from the fact that are 10 different identifier numbers used in the paperwork they sent me, they have the decency to keep using my name throughout the information gathering process.
Cue the HAL voice...Hello DALE, what is the language you speak most often at home?
This makes me feel special. Like maybe I'm unique, one of their prime numbers.
Thanks HAL, love you.