July 29, 2011

Buh Bye BB

This happened last week, nearly verbatim. I dragged my second son into Radio Shack with me because I needed a part for my cell phone. I had something else to get too.

Me: Do you sell trackballs or these little silver rings for blackberries?

RS: No... Sorry. But can we offer you a new phone?

Me: No, that's fine. I don't want a new phone. I want to fix this one...

RS: But we can look at your contract and get you a new phone!

Me: I don't want a new phone. This one is fine. I just need a new trackball.

RS: But we can get you a new phone!

Me: My contract isn't up! I'm going to look around. Thank you.

I looked around the store, another clerk came up, he found what I needed, we joked about my driving a really old car that still had a tape player, he went to ring me me up and he said, "Can I get you a new phone?"

Mr. T busted out laughing.

I stood there incredulously.

Me: I don't want a new phone. Thank you.

RS#2: But your other phone looks broken. We can get you a new one.

Me: I DO.NOT.WANT a new phone.

About this time, my husband walks in, who was meeting us so he can take Mr. T and I can go back to work.

Husband: Hey. Watcha doin'? Getting a new phone?

Mr T: Bwahahahahaha!


Husband: Sheesh. Touchy...

We left the mall and I explained the entire ordeal and how he walked into it.

But I got home, frustrated my phone was still broken, and realizing... a new phone was imminent.

That Saturday I was in Miami and my phone broke the rest of the way. The ring broke, 1/4 of the piece disappeared, the trackball would only work if I closed one eye, hopped three times, and if it was promising to rain... or so it seemed.

I got home and looked on the RS website and there... was... the ultimate phone... for FREE.

I went down and got it the next day. FREE.

It's one of those android phones with a slide out keyboard. And... I'm addicted.

I've downloaded games for Bones, found places to take notes for my myriad 'To Do lists' (I live and die by lists), there is a flashlight app that I've used, turning my phone into a flashlight, and I keep finding more free stuff to use. (Note "FREE". I pay enough for the monthly fee. I'm not spending one more damn dime.)

Pretty much though... for free I got a great phone and a flashlight. That flashlight feature may be my all time favorite feature. Seriously. You all can keep all your widgets and gadgets, I like that flashlight.

It took me awhile to get used to the phone. I wasn't sure I'd like it. But I've spent the better part of two days searching for pix of people so when they call their picture pops up. I got rid of crap I'd never use and promised Mr. T that we'd track Gator football with it.

My eldest son is officially my chauffeur now. Since he gets his license on Tuesday, I make him drive me everywhere. I'm comfortable now and I throw him the keys and say, 'James, take me to the Rehab Center to see Joe..." or "James, take me to pick up your Dad..."

I then proceed to read or do paperwork while he drives me around. It's like Driving Miss Daisy, except I sit shotgun.

Today I played a game I downloaded.

We got to our destination meeting my husband and Mr. T and Mr. T looked at Ringo and said, "How'd it go?"

Ringo replied, 'I looked over because I heard... BIRDS in the car. Birds. I'm driving along and Mom is playing Angry Birds. MOM. MOM is playing it."

Mr. T: *blink*

Me: Hey, I downloaded it for Bones. I had to try it out...

I'm lovin' this funny little phone/flashlight. Very fun.

Posted by Boudicca at July 29, 2011 10:30 PM

Love my Droid...!!

Posted by: P'cola Titan at July 30, 2011 01:49 AM

I still regret ever moving away from a phone that does any damn thing but make phone calls.

Posted by: Harvey at July 30, 2011 03:23 AM

Ha!! Glad you got a great phone. When I got my new Iphone this month(early bday gift from Daddy and Marg) it had the same flashlight app as my old iphone. Glen made sure of it as I have said over the last year, "the flashlight is my favorite part of this phone!".

Posted by: pfb at July 30, 2011 06:45 AM

That's a lot better than the email I got a few days ago!

Posted by: Sissy at July 30, 2011 08:51 AM

During a pool party at my sister's house, I kept hearing birds. Someone was playing angry birds. I haven't seen it yet, but I know what it sounds like.

Enjoy your new phone and driver

Posted by: sticks at July 30, 2011 12:09 PM

That flashlight feature would sell me, too.

Posted by: diamond dave at July 30, 2011 07:26 PM

Yeah, I really like the flashlight. The battery life is a bit suckish, but it's workable.

Sissy- Yeah, I went from "WTF did I do?" to 'I frickin' LOVE THIS!" I keep finding more and more that I can do.

Today I downloaded free ringtones for family. My husband got... The Godfather. Mr. T got the NFL football theme. Still working on Bones and Ringo...

Posted by: Bou at July 30, 2011 09:11 PM

Make sure you download the Amazon App Store app, as everyday there's a new app that normally you have to pay for, that you can get for free.

Other free apps that you might like:

The Impossible game - Hard, but addictive jumping block game

Alchemy- An interesting game where you combine different things to get something new (over 300 combinations are possible now)

Pandora- great music app

Posted by: Andrew Phule at July 30, 2011 09:17 PM

get google sky map...free and even cooler than flash light.

oh and thebarcode scanner!

Posted by: awtm at July 30, 2011 10:01 PM

also you must download kindle for the droid...never know when you might be stuck in traffic

Posted by: awtm at July 30, 2011 10:02 PM

The way you describe him, Bones should be something by Weird Al.

Posted by: Andrew Phule at July 31, 2011 01:15 PM

I'm writing these down!

Bones got Walle. He heard it and had to have it. I'm still working on Ringo. He's being a big obstinate as to what he wants.

Posted by: Bou at July 31, 2011 10:06 PM

Love my Droid too! I learn more tricks every day!

Posted by: Mary at July 31, 2011 11:30 PM

Why do you think they were so insistant on trying to get you to get a new phone. If you have a contract they pratically give the phones away now.

I am jealous, I think we (hubby and I) are the only two people on this planet with just a phone.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at August 1, 2011 11:17 AM

I have an iphone now that Verizon has them. But then I had many apps already on my ipod touch so it was a better deal for me to go with the iphone than to switch over to android. So glad you are enjoying it! I have the free version of angry birds but only played it once... I'm so not a gamer. LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at August 1, 2011 02:53 PM