Isn't it funny what we become dependent on without even realizing it? Especially when you get spoiled by being constantly connected - high speed internet access and nationwide cell phone coverage. Well, I've been going through withdrawal as I'm not approaching 48 hours without a cell phone . . . Yes, you read that right - two full days with no cell phone - I've been out of contact with the office, with friends & family.
So the natural question you must be asking is what happened that 1) my cell phone was somehow cut and 2) why do I still not have one after two days?
Ok, let's visualize this . . . I leave the office Monday afternoon and had a few stops that I had to make. Well, those stops ended up taking a little more time than I anticipated, so I didn't get home until almost 9. I walk in the door and am attacked by Percy - my poor dog who was home alone all day. So I take Percy for a quick walk. When I get back I haven't had supper yet, I had some paperwork to do and needed to do laundry. I throw something in for supper, call my brother and go downstairs to start my laundry. I decide that I need jeans the most, so I take off the jeans I'm wearing, empty my pockets and start the load.
So about a half hour later I get off the phone with my brother and go downstairs to switch loads. As I'm pulling the last pair of jeans out of the washer, there in the bottom of the tub lies my cell phone . . . . Needless to say, I can't repeat the choice phrases I uttered at that moment . . . Dead - gone - never to return.
So, after my appointment first thing Tuesday morning, I stopped by the Sprint PCS store to see what my options were. First, I don't have handset insurance - don't believe in it. Why? Because the basic concept is that they send you something similar and I'm too damn picky to let them have control over what phone I get . . . So anyway, I find out that I have to have a minimum of 18 months with a phone before I qualify for the rebates that actually make the phones resonable. I had only had my phone 9 months, so no go on the rebates. Nevermind that I've had this service for almost 8 years, and this is just my 4th phone. (Ok, 5th phone if you count that Motorola TalkAbout I had for a whole 7 weeks before I threw that worthless piece of junk out). Nope - sorry. Well, the least expensive Sanyo phone was $300. Call me cheap, but I'm not paying $300 for a freakin phone! What about a different phone besides a Sanyo? Are you nuts? My phones take a beating (if you hadn't picked up on that already ;^) - and the Sanyo's are the only ones that can endure. My last Sanyo slipped out of my pocket while I was roofing my house, fell three stories to the driveway. I picked it up, put the battery back on, turned it on and used it for another two years.
So, I'm still without a phone - they don't make my phone any more, and the least expensive Sanyo is going to cost me $300 . . . so I did what any self-respecting cheap techie would do . .. I hit Ebay. Sure enough, I found my phone and bought it. So now I'm just waiting for it to arrive.
So what's the moral of the story? Wear dirty jeans . . . ;^)
Wed, Apr 28 2004 20:45