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New Technology Takes Time To Acquire

New Technology Takes Time To Acquire

I’ve decided buying a new phone is a lot like buying a new car. Three days ago H and I decided we “needed” new cell phones. Of course we wanted all the new bells and whistles. New technology was calling our names. I’m still trying to justify this by the fact that Our phones are four-years-old and Sam’s was having a great sale. With our two phone updates added to our plan, we scored two $300 Sam’s gift cards and they waived the $30 per phone activation fee.

Of course there were problems – there always is. The sale was so well received we had to make an appointment to have our phones-of-choice reserved and when we returned for the appointments they were running way behind schedule.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. There was a minor hiccup in getting authorization from our carrier. Somehow Andrews phone number was checked as being the one to replace. He had just updated his about five months ago and they were not allowing it again unless we made a down payment which we had never had to do before.

Finally, too many minutes later, we realized the problem and switched the update to H’s number. Then the process went much smoother, but we still closed the store down getting H’s phone. By then I was so tired of standing on my feet – and the pregnant sales rep was indeed ready to call it a day – we agreed I should go in the next afternoon to make my purchase.

Time flies when you are having fun said no one purchasing a cell phone! The time spent on purchasing my phone on day 2 was only four hours. By the end of the day I could hardly see straight. All I wanted to do was go home and put my feet up and figure out why all my apps didn’t transfer.

That wasn’t the only problem I found when I finally got the time to investigate. My text messages didn’t transfer either, but at least my contacts did. I could not make or receive phone calls. I would have to reinstall Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. I decided not to go to the trouble of doing this until I could get my calling dilemma cleared up the next day. I didn’t want to have to go through this process twice if the phone was defective.

It took about an hour to fix the problem when I made a visit to the Sprint store. The wrong SIM’s card had been installed! Now I was able to download my social media apps and make and receive calls. The world didn’t come to an end while I was off line but I felt as though I had missed out on lots of important information that was put out there.

So I’ve got a new phone and now I know I’m old because I had to set the type larger. It’s not as large as it could be but I’m not quite ready to go there yet.

This phone is also water resistant. I could drop it in the toilet if I wanted to. Believe it or not, that has happened. Read about it here.

New technology is hard to pass up, but I don’t intend to go through this ordeal again for another three or four years!



Marching Bands In Competition

Marching Bands In Competition

It’s been a long while since we had to get up early to go to a marching festival. Heck, it’s been a long while since we actually had to set an alarm! But H is an adjudicator for a marching festival today so we are on the road again.

I had to pay to get in. Gone are the times I could walk in as a chaperone, slipping through the gate, sporting the bands logo. I don’t mind though. Those band parents work hard for money to support their school’s music program.

I’ve forgotten how hot it can be at marching festivals. My memory is clearing. There is no breeze what-so-ever. Of course it can be cold too. I can remember the times we had to have hand warmers in our pockets to keep from freezing and hot coffee and hot chocolate could be purchased at the concession.

The restrooms – or lack of in this case – were disappointing. There were three stalls of which one was not in working order, no ventilation, not even a small window, and no mirror. The latter was not a problem. At this point I didn’t really want to see what I looked like, and any lipstick applied would melt off quickly in this heat. Sharing these facilities with seventeen marching bands and spectators was not pleasant.

Smallest band on the field – 14 members

Largest band on the field – 300+ members

When Amie was in band and Jessie was little I would bring a supply of coloring books, crayons, and pencils to keep her entertained. She was happy as a clam sitting under my legs on those nasty cement bleachers doing artwork and eating popcorn.

Fried Oreo’s must have been the featured sweet of the day because they were constantly plugging them. I don’t know about you, but Oreo’s fried in hot grease does not sound appetizing.

Fried Oreos Not my cup of tea!

After the long hot day, and a two hour drive home, I’ve come to the conclusion that watching marching bands compete is not nearly exciting as when you have one of your own in the ranks…


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