Our children and friends have encouraged us to join them in the 21st century and get a smartphone. While I didn't really want one the situation with Millenicom (our internet provider ) going out of business forced me to make a decision on who to go with for the internet on the road. After a lot of thought and research we decided to stay with Verizon and take advantage of their double data plan and at the same time purchase a Samsung S5 smartphone. We could have gone with a phone with more features, but thought the S5 was best for us.
Now we have 30 gig of data and a smartphone for just a few more dollars than we spent with our old Verizon phone and the Millenicom 20 gig plan. We were able to keep our Jetpack Mifi unit since it was really a Verizon piece of equipment and we own it. They are over nighting the phone to us here in Concord for free and and we will hang around an extra day to make sure we pick it up before we head down to Savannah, GA. Texting still isn't in our future since neither of us really like to send text messages.
Yes, I know we will love it and wish we had bought it earlier and now we can do all those wonderful things with it. GPS, Gas Buddy, Weather channel, Restaurants, Photos, etc. Of course we do all those now with the computer, Tom Tom and a camera, but now we can do it another way. Progress doesn't come easily.
We had an interesting visit to Costco today. Larry Jr & Family were headed that way and we needed some things there and we drove in separate cars since each of us needed space to haul the goodies home. Jr. had some pictures that he had picked up from Costco and gave them to us to deliver to Barbara on Monday. I had to move some things around in the car and placed the pictures on top of the Honda and then forgot about them. We drove off and were heading home and heard someone beeping their horn and finally followed us to Larry Jr's house. He informed us that the pictures had blown off the car and were in the road. A busy road at that.
Well, it was time to hurry back and salvage what we could of the pictures and found them spread out over one hundred yards of a 2 lane highway in rush hour. Not good. I parked the car with the emergency lights on and we started to pick up the pictures. A woman and her grandson parked in front of us helped, another person stopped and also a man on a bicycle helped. It was a madhouse for a few minutes and we had traffic backed up for a block or so when we finally retrieved all the pictures. We thanked the good samaritans were out of there in 5-10 minutes. I am sure everyone that was delayed weren't that happy, but nobody flipped us the bird or yelled. The people down in Mint Hill, NC still have manners and showed it today. Our hats are off to all of them.
I watched Gerry, Jane and Grant carve out some pumpkins. The first one went well, but the 2nd pumpkin was spoiled and runny inside and very smelly. Glad it was them and not me. Jr grilled some great steaks and prepared potato wedges, salad and a Key Lime Pie for desert. Great dinner and even better company.
Larry Jr took his mom out for a ride in his new (2010) BMW 328I and showed her what it could do. He had it up to ciento veinticinco mph in short order and thought he was scaring her, but she is an old hot rodder and loved it. Just don't tell anyone he was driving that fast. I tried to sit behind the wheel but my stiff knees made it difficult to get comfortable. The car sure did look good and maybe I can get a picture of it on Monday
We visited with them a while longer and then came back to the motor home and hopefully get a good night's sleep and be ready for an early morning ride over to Barbara's house and pick up the new phone. Good night.