Tired Of This Nonsense

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 172020

Back in late 2016, Terry and I both bought Moto Z Play smartphones. At the time, Terry was reluctant to give up her old flip phone and didn’t think she needed or wanted a smartphone. But it didn’t take her long to realize the benefits of the newer technology. As for me, I had already had several smartphones, so it was not a big deal.

At first, we were very pleased with the Moto Zs. They had outstanding battery life, good reception even in our sketchy signal area, and they took excellent photos. But over time the batteries in both of our phones seemed to be getting weaker and weaker. To the point where Terry would have hers plugged in while we were watching the 11 o’clock news, and it would be at 100% when she unplugged it as the news was going off. By the next morning, the battery would down to 13% or so, and the phone usually shut itself off not long after that. Mine was not quite as bad, but it wasn’t much better, either. Both phones need to be charged twice a day. Mine also had a cracked screen, nothing terrible, and the Gorilla Glass held it together, but we decided we were tired of that nonsense, and it was time to upgrade.

I have always had good luck with Samsung phones, and we started looking at the new Galaxy S20 Note, but quickly decided we didn’t really need all that it offered. And we definitely did not need the $1299 price tag per phone either! A little more research led us to the Galaxy S10+, and I asked for some opinions on Facebook. Most of the feedback I got from people who have them was very positive. Then my daughter called to tell me that her husband Kenny has one, while she has the slightly smaller S10E, and they are both very happy with them. Tiffany said the biggest drawback for her with Kenny’s S10+ is that its a little too big for her hands, so she can’t hold it and text with her thumb at the same time. That’s not an issue for us, since we hardly text all, and when we do, we use two hands. Even then, I usually hit the wrong keys at least half the time with my fat little sausage-like fingers.

I was going to order two of them from Amazon, but since we use Consumer Cellular, I decided to check their website to see if they had any deals on them, and I’m glad I did. As it turned out, they had the same phone for $200 each less than Amazon and were offering a special with $50 down and 24 months no interest payments. I had planned to buy them outright, but what the heck? If I can use somebody else’s money for a couple of years with no interest, I’ll do it. So I ordered them Sunday night, and they are supposed to be here within 2 to 3 business days. Of course, then I will have  all the fun of transferring everything over from the old phones to the new, but I’ll figure it out.

Besides talking about and researching phones yesterday, I got another 3,500 words done in on my new Tinder Street book, as well as proofing everything I had written the day before. That was enough work for one day, so after dinner, we relaxed in our recliners watching television. Due to the pandemic, there’s nothing new on broadcast TV, but I like true crime shows, and sometimes they give me ideas for one of my books, so I have several them recorded.

But Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa was playing on the NatGeo channel when I turned the TV on. Since we had never watched it, I decided to check it out. It was actually pretty interesting. I had never seen rhinos mating before, and I’m not sure I need to see it again. After that, we watched Lone Star Law, a favorite of ours that follows the work of Texas Game Wardens. Then a true crime show and the local news. After that, it was about time to call it a night. We lead such exciting lives.

I often share funny signs that we see in our travels or that our readers share with us, but today I thought I would show you a meme that I saw on Facebook yesterday. I don’t know about you, but it seems pretty accurate to me.

Congratulations Lois Thurston, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 54 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – All good things must come to an end. Which is why Covid-19 seems to be going on forever.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “Tired Of This Nonsense”

  1. To transfer data from your old phones to the new ones, check out an app called Smart Switch. It is specifically designed for Samsung phones. Since your old phones aren’t Samsungs, you may have to first transfer your data to a computer, then to your new phones, but Smart Switch makes data transfer pretty painless.

  2. Nick, the Zoo programs cycle among 5 or 6 zoos around the world – Australia, UK, and several in the US. They are all the same format and all interesting. I especially enjoy the excellent medical care the animals get. And how devoted the keepers are!

    Also, have you watched the series “Longmire”? It ran 5 or 6 seasons, and we liked it so much we binge-watched it!

  3. I think you should be able to text via voice on your phones. Doing that opened a whole new world for me because I hated texting by typing it in.

  4. I was always a flip phone guy and texted little, hating the frustrating button pressing needed to get to the letter I need. Then my son gave me his old Samsung S7 Edge! It did not suit him because the battery would not last through almost continual use through his workday so he upgraded but his old S7 Edge is perfect for me! What a whole new world! Texting is so easy, I can surf the web and create a hotspot to connect my laptop to in the motorhome. Everything I need all in one package and best of all – it was FREE!

  5. Michael Rado. I took my grandson to the Tampa Zoo when he was still little enough to ride on my shoulders. We didn’t connect really well when he was very young, but as we passed the giraffes, one was pooping. I’ve never seen anything like it. Little poop pellets kept dropping from his butt. My grandson and I just laughed. It was a fresh start of a lifelong relationship. He’s in high school now, but even a hint of that shared experience still gets him laughing.

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