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November 23, 2004

Perils of Nerdism

Technical book readers be very wary of the overly friendly fellow patron. On two occasions , albeit different establishments, I've received unwanted solicitation from members of a network marketing organization. It happened to me in NJ and MI.
Please be advised that I have tried several different strategies of earning supplemental income, with Network Marketing being one such method.
I suppose another common thread in both instances was the fact that they were East Indian patrons.

It is customary for me to seek out the computer related books in a Borders or Barnes and Noble. So, as I scanned through the O'Reilly DNS/BIND text, I spotted someone approaching with my peripheral vision.

So here is an excerpt from our dialogue, "Are you a software engineer ?", he asked. I replied, "No, I'm a closet System Administrator." "Oh really", he added with a grin. He went on to say that he worked with Solaris and HP-UX systems. I explained to him that I have been known to make spare change with Linux.

The hook: He said, "You know, I too have a business on the side. I'm involved with E-Commerce." He then asked, "What is your name ?"
Without the blink of an eye, I quickly added, "My name is Omar Blackman." I knew exactly where this conversation was headed. We shook hands.

He then asked if I'd be interested in learning more about business opportunities within his organization. My response, "Been there, done that." I do appreciate the offer tho.
I quickly buried my head into the book I was reading, effectively derailing the conversation.

It has become clear that certain network marketers have been trained to frequent certain bookshelf areas, looking for people that have an affinity for networking and technology. I can't knock the hustle, but I'm know the game, like John Madden. To be fair, many of these organizations are making their sales pitch with virtual product clearinghouses and virtual office spaces, etc. So, it would make sense, that they would seek out folks who at least own a computer that is connected to the Internet.

Nonetheless, I will continue to frequent these bookshelf sections of my favorite bookstores.

Posted by AG at November 23, 2004 1:16 AM