Monthly Archives: January 2011

The big 65 today.

Well, I’ve officially reached retirement age.  LOL Of course I’ve been retired since 2006.  And I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.  But then it’s my own fault, so I guess I shouldn’t complain about it.  But fortunately there’s still time to make some changes.  I’m going to concentrate on making the most of whatever time I have left on this little blue marble.  Will try to travel a lot more than I have in the past.  See places I have, in the past, only dreamed about.  I don’t have anyone I want to leave anything to, so I’m going to spend it on myself and enjoy what I’ve worked so hard to achieve.  It’s not much, but baring anything unforeseen, it should be enough to last me for a little while, if I’m careful.

My nephew and his wife were supposed to come up this evening to celebrate with me, but he called this morning and said they both have to work tomorrow, so they won’t be coming.  Actually, I’m not surprised.  They have done this to me for a number of years.  That’s ok, I guess stuff does happen.  I’ll still be celebrating with Jeronimo and some of his family, if they don’t cancel too, that is.  If they do, it’ll just be me and Jeronimo, or maybe even just me.  I don’t really care anymore.  I guess when you don’t have much money, you also don’t have many friends.  Sorry if you think I’m feeling sorry for myself, but it’s the truth.  When I was working full time and making a ton of money between my job and selling jewelry, I had all kinds of friends and was invited every single weekend to some kind of event.  But when that all came to a sudden halt, so did the friends.  I guess they weren’t friends after all eh?  Such is life.

Anyway, I’m going to make the best of it and enjoy my special day and whoever wants to join me is welcome, those who don’t, well, you’re going to miss something special.

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Just regular stuff


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Accessing the internet on my Plasma TV.

Been sitting here all day playing around with my laptop connected to my 65” Plasma TV.  It is so neat.  Had to go buy a longer HDMI cable so that I don’t have to sit so close.  Nice thing is that with the laptop, I can put it on any of the 3 big screen TV’s I have here.  I can’t wait to put it on the 55” LED Samsung, or even the 46” Plasma.  I will have to try one of them tomorrow to see what they look like.

Also was playing around on the Droid X trying to get used to Swype.  It’s not as easy as they show in the videos.  I guess I just need a little more practice.  After I get used to it I think it will be more accurate than typing, only because of my big fingers.  I’m a very good typist on a regular keyboard, but with these small screens on the smart phones it’s really hard to be accurate.

It was cold again today.  Woke up this morning to –4º F.  Good weather for the Bear’s game tomorrow.  I hope they win.  It snowed a little bit today too.  Not much though, just a little dusting.  Just enough to make me get the broom out.

That’s about it for today.

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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Just regular stuff


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Testing Microsoft Word 2010.

 Just saw a survey about using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 to blog to and decided to try it out. I normally use Windows Live Writer to do my blogging because I have a standard template I use, but we’ll see what this does when I finally post it. So far it looks pretty simple, but I’ll see what else it can do. Maybe with different backgrounds or stuff like that.

Other than that, I’ve been testing the Maxthon 3 browser both on the Desktop and my Laptop, plus they now have a Maxthon for the Android phones, which I have, the Droid X. It’s nice and boy is it fast.

Well, for today, that’s about it. Will post more later on as I try to learn a little more about blogging with Word 2010.

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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in New stuff, Uncategorized


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Finally got Wi-Fi working

I had to reset the WNDR3700 Router to Factory default in order to get the darned thing working.  I was about ready to throw it out the window and get a different one.  But now, I’m a happy camper.  I can surf the web with my Droid X all I want when I’m here at home, that is.  Wish I could have my Wi-Fi speeds no matter where I was.  That would be nice.  I did a download speed test and was getting 13Mbps download and 8Mbps upload which is pretty decent for a cell phone, don’t you think?

Had some guests over the weekend.  One of Jeronimo’s nieces husband and their daughter and granddaughter came to visit.  The are from Mexico and were visiting sons/brothers in Cincinnati, Ohio and decided to drive up to see us.  Had a real nice visit.  The little girl, Trista is such a pretty little girl.  She’s just 2 years old, so of course she was into everything, which I guess is typical.  That’s ok, I didn’t mind.  She didn’t break anything, which is what I was worried about because we have a lot of crystal stuff where it was easy for her to get a hold of, but she didn’t seem to be interested in that.  Although I wasn’t too happy when I noticed all the hand prints on my 65” Plasma TV screen.  Crying face  That’s ok too.  A little plain water and a soft cloth and that was all taken care of.

I’m still waiting for my refunds from Sprint.  I see they already applied the returned phones, but I’m still waiting for them to reverse the monthly charge.  I only had the phones for 4 days, so I shouldn’t have to pay for anything.  I just hope they do it right because I don’t feel like calling them again.  I just don’t want anything to do with Sprint at all.  My Verizon is working out just fine.  I lowered the plan a little bit and added 10 often called phone numbers to what they call “Friends and Family” so we can call them anytime of the day or night and no long distance and no minute usage.  That’s pretty neat.  With that free service, maybe I can even lower the number of minutes more.  We’ll see.  I’ll let it go like that for a couple of months and see what happens.

Had a little bit of snow here the last couple of days.  No real accumulation, but then it rained and froze, so the sidewalks are kind of slippery.  The streets are ok though.

Well, that’s about it for this edition.  Hope everyone is doing well.

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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Just regular stuff


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Follow up of the Sprint Debacle

I ended up cancelling Sprint altogether.  I received a letter from some Customer Service person and would you believe, he couldn’t even  get my name right.  Addressed me as Theresa Flahey.  Who in the hell is Theresa Flahey?  In the meantime, I had ordered another HTC EVO 4G phone (I guess I’m a glutton for punishment) and after all these problems called to cancel the phone.  I was told that it was in the warehouse and it couldn’t be cancelled.  Well, lo and behold, the next day, it was delivered and I of course refused delivery.  I never received any information that the phone had been shipped and their website was never updated.  Since UPS didn’t provide me with any documentation regarding the shipment refusal, I called Sprint again to get a tracking number and of course I spent over 1/2 hour trying to convince the rep that it had indeed been shipped.  He had to check I don’t know how many different systems to get the information.  I’m glad I cancelled them, now I have to wait to get my refund for the phones.  I hope that goes through without a hitch because I dread the thought of having to call them again.

As I said, I cancelled Sprint and went with Verizon and this time went to an actual retail store and got a fantastic Retail Sales Rep, Chris Sullivan.  What a pleasure it was to do business with him.  He made sure I understood everything about the Plan I was signing up for and for the phones.  Even downloaded some stuff from the Verizon Market for me, saving me the time.  Then, after getting home and thinking about the amount of money I was going to be shelling out every month, decided that I was going to change my plan.  I went back to the store and Chris was just as professional as he was the first day and changed my plan for me with no problem.  So far the service has been great and I pray it stays that way.  Signed up for Family and Friends yesterday and found out that three of the numbers I wanted to add are already in the Verizon network so didn’t have to add them.  That’s great.  Can call those numbers any time I want with no long distance charges and no minute usage.  Super plan.  Thanks Verizon.

Ok, rant done about Sprint.

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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Rants


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Well, holidays are finally over with

Christmas and New Year’s have finally come and gone.  Christmas eve we just stayed home, just like on Christmas Day.  Very uneventful.  New Year’s Eve was spent with family and friends in Whiting, IN and we had a wonderful time.  Drank a few too many “Palomas” though and woke up with a sore head, if you know what I mean.  I also ate some of the wrong things and my sugar was higher than I wanted it to be this morning, 147.  I’ve been good and keeping it down to almost normal every day, but yesterday I splurged with food, drink and desserts.  Tomorrow though it will be back to what it’s supposed to be, because I’m going to watch everything carefully today.  I guess you could say that is going to be my New Year’s resolution, to get my sugar down to normal so I don’t have to go on medication.

Decided to drop AT&T as my mobile provider.  Just didn’t like their attitude.  They are too inflexible.  My contract is up next month, but they wouldn’t do an override so I could get a new phone, so just decided to drop them altogether.  So I went with Sprint and boy what a debacle that was.  Here’s everything that transpired from last Monday until Thursday evening.

Monday, December 27th.  Went to a local mall and stopped by a Sprint Kiosk and started asking questions.  The young man quoted me some figures and gave me lots of pertinent information that I would definitely be using in the future.  So, I went home, looked at the literature he gave me and decided to call and verify one of the things he told me.  After I verified that information, I told the girl that I was just thinking about switching and she asked if she could call me back on Thursday to see if I had made up my mind.  I told her yes, to call me on Thursday, but on Tuesday, I decided to go for it anyway.  So called and spent 2 hours on the phone with the rep giving and verifying and re-verifying the information several times, making sure that she had both of the numbers involved and to which phones they were to be activated on.  Seemed that everything was a go.  Next day I get an e-mail confirming the order and I saw that only one of the numbers was being ported over correctly and the other one, my number, was not and they were assigning a completely different number to my phone.  I called immediately and they told me that it was too late, the phones had already shipped.  I told her that if I didn’t get the correct number for my phone ported over, I was going to cancel the whole deal.  She said she would make sure it was done right.  Thursday, I get the phones delivered and to make sure I got it done right, I went to a local Sprint store and had them activate both phones.  The girl there, Marisol, got the one phone activated, but said that the other one, with the correct number would be activated within two hours.  Well, it wasn’t, so I called and talked to the girl in number porting and had to explain the entire situation to her again and she said she would take care of it and that the phone would be activated by 7:13 P.M. Central time.  Well, needless to say, it wasn’t so I called again and spent over an hour explaining the problem yet again to another rep.  As you can understand, I was extremely irritated by this time and about ready to throw in the towel and cancel the whole deal.  Well, that last rep I talked to couldn’t help me even after trying several things, so she transferred me to technical help, and that lovely lady had me all set up in no time at all.  Now my question is, why in the hell didn’t that happen from the very beginning?  And my first question is, after all the verification I did on two different phone calls, wasn’t my phone number done correctly?  I finally got it fixed, thanks to the lovely lady in Tech Help.  I just hope that any future customer service is not handled this shoddily.  I did rush a letter off to Sprint, complaining about the poor service and one of the managers is supposed to call me back in 24 to 48 hours.  Well, we’ll see if that happens and if it doesn’t, they’ll get another ear-full.

Anyway, I hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas and that your New Year’s Eve celebration went off without a hitch.

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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Rants


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