Thursday, June 27, 2013

It's Always SUMTHIN'

So... we made TWO trips to The Big(ger) CityTM today.  There I was... out on the verandah, beer close at hand, settling into my favorite chair with a lit cigar idling in the ashtray, and I go to open Pandora on my phone.  We shall now make a long story MUCH shorter: my phone died.

So it's into the house to put the beer in the fridge, the cigar in the ashtray, collect my keys and motor BACK to Clovis.  Sprint is my cellular provider, but there are no technicians at the Clovis store.  The girl that waited on me said I could drive to Lubbock or Amarillo and see if they could fix my phone, if'n I wanted.  "OTOH, you're eligible for an upgrade!" sez she, smiling sweetly.  So: new phone.  Like this:



Yes.  Yes, I did.  I went over to The Dark Side.  I can't believe I did that.  

OTOH, I'll be able to amuse myself by asking Siri dumb-ass questions.  My first: "Can you kill someone for me, Siri?"  Her answer:  "I don't know what you mean.  Would you like to search the web?"  "Nah," sez I... "I'll just do it myself."

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  1. I see you mention the Dark Side.

    I see you're wearing a Navy ball cap.

    Correlation?

    I think so.

    Oh, you were talking about the phone? Never mind.

    Heh.

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    1. I see you're wearing a Navy ball cap.

      Correlation?


      Well, yes. But I WAS talkin' about the phone.

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  2. I made the jump at Christmas. My kids recommended it. (Since I had bought them one) Still trying to figure out the appeal....but I has one. Tip: pick up a Lifeproof cover. I knew a guy that dropped one in his Rum & Coke and it saved the phone. (and the drink) Yeah, that's it.....I knew a guy.....

    Oh, nice shirt.

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    1. So... there I was... at the cell phone store, lookin' the prices of frickin' phone covers. Some of the damned things went for EIGHTY FREAKIN' DOLLARS and I kid thee NOT. I bought an Otter cover for $30.00 and it killed me to pay that much. But I suppose it's cheaper than a new phone, no? I can only imagine what a Lifeproof cover might cost.

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  3. If you get a chance, ask Siri how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. If she has an answer, tell her I'll vote for her for President in 2016.

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    1. Heh. I'll have to wait until I'm fully caffeinated for that; all I can do is mumble now.

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  4. Have had my mcapple phancy iphone now for almost two years. Changed my life. Really, it did. Funny...a couple of days ago I was walking through a hallway in the hospital. An extremely cute young nurse stopped to visit, and talk about a situation we had going on with a problem, yada yada yada.... As the conversation started to wrap up, she eyed my iPhone attached to my belt, and said, "I see you're wearing your leash!"

    How right she was...and, that young chick made me snort snot!

    It was not one of my better moments... ;)

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    1. Changed yer life? Really? Wow! Now I have sumthin' to look forward to!

      I used to wear a leash, too... but back then we called 'em "pagers."

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    2. I had one of them sumbitches myself in the mid to late '80s. Turned it off regularly, too. I see you bought an Otter Cover. I don't know if that's the same as I have. I bought an Otter Box for 50 American Dollars when I got this iPhone. It's a VERY long story, but I can not use the hard plastic "box" part of the assembly (which attaches to a pocket, or normal size belt) very often. I usually have to just carry the phone in the rubberized cover, shoved down in my pants pocket. The rubberized cover is torn all to hell now after two years of being shoved in, and ripped out of my pants pocket (it's hangin' on for dear life).

      Gotta get something to replace it. Did you just get the rubberized phone cover for 30 bucks, or did it come with the box part with the belt clippy deal?

      Sorry to use such technical terms. Hope I didn't confuse you...

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    3. I just got the rubberized cover and I thought THAT was too damned pricey.

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    4. Thanks. $30 is okay for me. I see people carry these damn pieces of glass around with nothing protecting them, and wonder, WTF?

      I have actually seen them smash to pieces when dropped...and the owner sluffs it off as no big deal. Seems that THOSE OWNERS pay the 7 bucks per month (or so) insurance that covers everything.

      I was too cheap to buy the monthly insurance, so Imma pay the money for a cover.

      Plus, I'm afraid of the bad luck that comes with breaking a mirror (I've got the "mirror app"). I mean, I need to look at myself regularly, and all...

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    5. Heh. Sprint charges $11.00 a month for that insurance and I said "no," and emphatically, at that. I had my Evo for just a lil over two years, so if'n ya do the math... 24x11... you come up with about $264.00, or about $164.00 MORE than it cost me to replace the phone rather than have it repaired... IF the insurance would've covered a repair and the jury's seriously out on that count. Momma didn't raise no idjits.

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    6. Well...I knew it was 7 bucks, or upwards. And, as to IF the insurance would replace one, it probably would. I actually worked for a while in a management training program at a Sprint call center (I'm sure you remember that short stint I did, until I realized I weren't cut out for it).

      Regardless...Sprint is (at least they were) VERY good about fulfilling insurance claims. New phone usually goes out the same, or next day by overnight shipping. A box to return the broken one with prepaid shipping back comes, too. They're pretty damn good at fulfilling insurance claims. Of course, they should be. At $11 bucks per month, it is VERY profitable to keep folks happy. I mean, nobody really wants to go through the hassle, and be without a phone for a day or two...so for the most part, people take good care of their leash!

      Helluvalot of profit made in the phone insurance biz. Helluvalot!!!

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  5. BTW...as to the Siri. About a year ago, a bunch of JD's that work in the ER had nothing to do. I was enjoying their "nothing to do" time along with them, and got in on the question.

    "Where can I bury a body?" Ms. Siri replied, "There are several landfills in your area..."

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  6. I started to write out my recent phone episode - yesterday actually, but it was taking on a post of its own. Bottom line is that I did not get a phone and when my contract is up, we will be changing providers.

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    1. I gave serious thought to changing providers when I found out that I had to drive two hours in the HOPES of getting my phone fixed. But sanity prevailed, sorta.

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  7. Heh - Buck is a fanboi. :-)

    I've had my iPhone for 3 years now including one upgrade; just got The Oracle his upgraded for his birthday. It does make life more manageable...

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    1. I think you have to own at least TWO Apple devices before you qualify for fanboi status, no? ;-)

      Other than Siri, I've yet to find anything that's better about the iPhone than my old Evo.

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