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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Phone)

I’m kind of an old-fashioned guy.  Or should I say old-school.  I still like revolvers.

But, this doesn’t mean I’m a luddite.  I DO appreciate what technology brings us.  Anesthesia, antibiotics, magazines that hold more than 7 rounds…

And cellular telephones.  Brought to us as a result of the Space Race.

I bought my first cell phone at a gun show (quelle surprise!) in the mid 90s.  Why?  Because I spent more-and-more time in the desert, and thought (presuming service was available) that modern communication was preferable to walking in 20 miles, if my then 8-year-old Isuzu Trooper failed.

And, just like advances in home computers, I’ve grown to appreciate the advances made in cell phones.  But, with my financial condition, I was never able to afford anything past the basic flip phone.  And I’ve kept them long past their expected life span.  Two in eight years.  My last one was on four years, had a screen failure, and was over her contract.  I was paying month-to-month, not able to improve my technological lot.

Until 10 days ago…

My roomie, a savvy businesswoman who lives and runs her business on her smart phone, decided she wanted to upgrade her phone to the new Apple IPhone – and she asked me if I wanted her ‘old’ smart phone!  At first I balked, because I was unfamiliar with the operation (okay, it scared me a little), and I started trolling the Internet looking for new smartphones.  Then, I saw their price!

htc oneOkay, you got a deal! 🙂  She got her Apple, and I got her htc One S.  And yes, Virginia, it IS a steep learning curve!  But not insurmountable.

The fact that I can surf the Web, check all my email accounts, take wonderful photographs, do text messaging (which I loathe), and even make telephone calls is amazing!  AND, if my four-year old-PC fails, in a pinch, I can even write this blog from there!  That, and check email without climbing stairs – which is a good thing with my disabilities.

Thanks, J. for your kindness and generosity!

PS – I like semiautomatic pistols, too!

PPS – attn FTC, neither htc nor Apple gave me anything.  Go find your own phone!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


12 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Phone)

  1. Did you download the WordPress app? It makes it very easy to blog stuff from your phone.

    Posted by bluesun | April 23, 2013, 8:23 am
  2. Congrats on the new acquisition, and +1 to Roomie for her generosity. 🙂

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 23, 2013, 8:56 am
  3. COncur on the generosity!!! And now you’ll be hooked…LOL

    Posted by Old NFO | April 23, 2013, 9:25 am
  4. The addiction creeps up on you…

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | April 23, 2013, 9:42 am
  5. I also carry the HTC ONE S and a revolver everyday. Both are excellent choices. Just don’t turn into one of those zombies that has their head down into their phone all day. I found the shot timer apps really useful. The creepy part is that I was just on craigslist looking for an older Isuzu Trooper…

    Posted by siddharthaipriest | April 23, 2013, 12:53 pm
      cue Twilight Zone music!

      Brilliant minds think alike!
      I truly miss mine – bought after the accident, nicknamed Molly’s Trolley.
      She and I had looked at them car shopping – could only afford one with insurance money.
      Great 4×4 – went everywhere.
      Mine was an ’89, silver.
      Lasted ’til 170K when the engine blew.

      And, I try to pay attention when walking and don’t use the phone when driving.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | April 23, 2013, 4:28 pm
  6. Awesome Guff!
    I carried a slide phone that worked perfectly until I lost it in my own house and finally had to get a smart phone.
    the phone is hiding with my wireless mouse somewhere. Perhaps I’ll find them both when we move.
    My motto is, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, until you lose it.

    Posted by kx59 | April 23, 2013, 8:37 pm

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