Posted on: Jan 3, 2011 04:23 PM, edited Jul 28, 2011 09:03 AM by bluedahlia
Thought I'd add mrmojorisin in there somewhere.
Let's try this again.
Life is made up of differences. Let's explore these differences, learn from them and accept them.
Now "Don't stop till you get enough"! I love Michael Jackson too!
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Mar 17, 2012 01:35 PM, edited Mar 17, 2012 01:35 PM by suzieq60
Thanks girls - not sure if I spoke too soon - we'll see. Yes I do special exercises twice a day. Couldn't get to sleep last night, so I think an afternoon nap will be in the cards today.
((((((((((((((((((Blue)))))))))))))) we miss you - hope you're managing.
Mar 17, 2012 01:48 PM BinVA wrote:
Scuttlers .. I talked to Blue last week. She was having a lot of pain in her leg and the Mirapex she is taking for her Parkinson's is kicking her butt.
I'll call her again soon and let her know you asked about her. I have her address if you want to send a card.
Mar 17, 2012 02:06 PM, edited Mar 17, 2012 02:07 PM by SunflowersMA
I wanna go to WR's house for dinner ;-) Love your avatar...
eta Bren, I just read your message about Blue - PLEASE send her hugs, and if you can think of ANYTHING we can do to cheer her up, Group Card? I don't know - just wish there was something...let us know....
Mar 17, 2012 03:01 PM YramAL wrote:
Just got my full posting privileges back. I can report posts again. Let me at 'em! It's funny though, I can't remember the last time I reported a post and that's what was taken away from me.
I miss Blue, too. I'm glad you talked to her Bren, and you're keeping us informed.
Mar 17, 2012 03:52 PM 1Athena1 wrote:
Bren please send Blue a hug from me too.
WR: I think you are right. :-)
So what is the situation with the iPhone? I have a different type of smartphone. Methinks smartphones and tablets are so over-publicized, overrated, etc... but I am sure that is not the popular view. They remind me of those all-in-one printers/faxes/copiers/scanners. They do everything except cook, but they don't do any SINGLE thing very well. My house phone is much more comfortable, my computer keyboard and computer screen are too, and touch screen technology is annoying. They are convenient and adequate, that is all.
You can't swear on an iPhone?
Mar 17, 2012 04:23 PM, edited Mar 17, 2012 04:23 PM by suzieq60
My cell phone doesn't even take pictures and I never turn it on - it's just there for my convenience. Much more comfortable with email and regular phones.
I did speak too soon, my sciatic pain is back but a wee bit less. Just popped a couple of pain pills so hopefully I'll get through the whole day without taking any more like yesterday. Shh - don't tell Steve - he's been cross at me for taking them. I have to be able to function....
Mar 17, 2012 04:58 PM lassie11 wrote:
My iPhone is almost more of a toy than a phone. In the last couple of days I used it to take a picture when I wouldn't otherwise have had a camera with me. The photos kept in it are fun for all sorts of reasons. On a trip anywhere, the e-book function saves on packing books. I use it as an alarm clock. My grandson (8) uses it to play games. His 2 year old sister enjoys a game on it too - most useful for getting her to sit still when needed. When I direct a bridge game the calculator function becomes useful. My sister is hard of hearing and sends me texts - and unlike my previous cell phone this one has an easy to use texting function. The map function helps me get from A to B on a new journey. There are games on it that entertain me. I can even check BCO on it without wifi. And sometimes it gets used as a phone.
My father will be 97 in a couple of weeks. He uses his iPhone as his primary phone now that he is in a long term care place. With it, he checks his e-mail (his primary contact with several of his grandchildren) and Facebook (to see photos of his latest great grand child) and he plays some card and word games on it. When he can remember his password he can check his banking on it too.
Yup, I think a smart phone is lots of fun. Even if no one ever phones me on it and my friends mock me for enjoying it so much!
Mar 17, 2012 05:49 PM Wabbit wrote:
Remember the old TVs with little screens? Then we wanted the new ones ... bigger and bigger and bigger. Now ... it's all the thing to watch TV and movies on your itty bitty phone screen!
Am I the only Star Trek fan who thinks of them flipping open their 'communicators' when I watch people with their cell phones ... and how about the 'Sounds of Silence' when people are texting.
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Mar 17, 2012 06:35 PM otter wrote:
I laughed and shook my head when Mr. otter got his iPhone 4s, but it turns out to be a lot of fun.
I really like his iPhone when we're traveling. As he drives, I use it, pretty much doing all the things Lassie mentioned. I can check up on you guys here, or connect with my chemo buddies on FB; I can locate the nearest DQ for a quick lunch, or find a gas station with ethanol-free gas; I can find where the post office is located in any town we're in; we can listen to podcasts of Grammar Girl or Legal Lad (seriously); I can play favorite tunes through the truck radio (bluetooth?); .I can plot the fastest course to that night's motel; .. and then there are phone calls. I still haven't figured out where the microphone is in the cab of the truck.
It is really going to peeve me if the feds mandate that any of those things must be blocked while the vehicle is underway. I understand about not texting and driving. Honestly, I can't even figure out how people do that... or read a map while driving, or put makeup on, or any of the number of distracting things people do as they drive. For some drivers, that list could include talking on a cell phone (hands-free or not), arguing with a spouse in the passenger seat, disciplining children in the back seat, restraining a dog that's trying to climb out the window, ... or even just seeing around a dog that's sitting in the front seat with its head hanging out the window!
...but, you really can't legislate stupid, can you? Some people are just poor drivers. They would be inattentive if they had nothing else to do but drive.
As for the tech blocking: What if it's the kids in the back seat, or the passenger in the front seat, using the smart phone or the GPS? Would data entry etc. still be disabled when the car is moving? I am sorry, but that sux.
I am not tech-savy. I have a dumb phone that Mr. otter didn't want anymore once he got his iPhone. My old cell phone couldn't even do voicemail, much less texting. So, I am making progress.
Yesterday, the Fed Ex guy delivered Mr. otter's new iPad. He's been playing with it ever since. <sigh> (Just as well, since we both came down with the flu this past week and we don't feel like going anywhere.)
Mar 17, 2012 07:34 PM riley702 wrote:
lassie, have you seen this site?
Mar 18, 2012 07:06 AM BinVA wrote:
Good Morning Everyone!
What are you guys up to today? I need to do some cleaning before Tim gets home tomorrow. I always put it off until the last possible moment.
Rabbit .. I fired up the riding mower yesterday. Had to check the oil and put air in the tires ... and away I went. OMG .. my lawns look like a park today. I can't believe how green the grass is this early in the spring.
Riley .. That link was funny. I don't have a smart phone .. I can barely figure out the cell phone I do have. I don't use it for anything except phone calls.
Otter .. My sis and her hubby have smart phones and they have so much fun with them. I can't even see the screen without having to look for my reading glasses. I envy people who are tech savvy.
Hope everyone has a really nice day,
Mar 18, 2012 07:38 AM lassie11 wrote:
Ah Bren - you don't have to be very tech savvy to use a smart phone because the phone does most of it for you. If you can use a computer, and you can, you can use a smart phone. I couldn't figure out how to text on my old cell phone and it's right there easy as pie on the smart phone. As I have mentioned, my two year old granddaughter can use some features on the smart phone. She also can remover apps that we didn't want removed.
Mar 18, 2012 09:49 AM otter wrote:
Well, I have a screwed-up tech story for y'all...
I mentioned upstream that Mr. otter got a brand-new iPad on Friday. He ordered it from the Apple store. (Personally, I'd rather have had some fresh apples this time of year... but, whatever.) He activated the new data account, charging it to our main credit card; and set things aside while stuff downloaded.
Later that day, he was trying to buy some groceries when the credit card got rejected. Turns out, our credit card company put a block on the card when they saw the charge for the new Verizon data account. They thought it might be fraudulent.
We already have two Verizon cell phone accounts and a Verizon MiFi (wifi) wireless data account. So, what now? You can't have more than 3 wireless/data devices per household, without raising suspicion? This is a very active card that we use every day. We've had for 15 or 20 years and only once has there been a fraudulent charge. (We gave it to a waiter to pay for lunch in El Paso, and ended up with a charge for 4 new truck tires bought in Ciudad Juarez. I'd LOL if it were funny.)
Mr. otter got the credit-card problem resolved right away, and continued trying to activate the account for his new iPad... but nothing happened. He tried off-and-on all day, but finally gave up around 10 o'clock last night and cancelled the activation. Actually, he had to "de-activate" the account because it was partially activated and then got stuck somewhere along the line.
Today, he got an error message: "Unable to activate; SIM card not valid." Oops. He called Verizon; and after 3 tries, finally got through to someone who explained apologetically that he was going to have to take the iPad to a Verizon store to get a new SIM card. By attempting to activate, and then "de-activating", the account last night, he had effectively cancelled the SIM card that had come with the iPad. Or, something like that. The Verizon person really didn't have a clue; and the wait time on the tech services line was hours long so Mr. otter hung up.
I feel bad for him. He was so tickled when the Fed Ex guy showed up with the iPad -- like a little kid with a new toy. One place he wants to use it is on our boat, if we ever get our boat back from the repair yard -- it will have been a year next month since the tornado hit and it's still not done.
Anyway, ... Bren, I'm glad your grass looks nice. Our lawn was designed to be low-maintenance (centipede), so we won't be mowing for a few weeks yet, if then. The redbuds are in full bloom, though; and the dogwoods are even starting to pop out. Things are even farther along in town (as usual).
NO SNOW. No. Not here. No thanks.
Mar 18, 2012 10:03 AM otter wrote:
I apologize for being so long-winded. I've had the flu all week and there's nobody to talk to except Mr. otter, who's also had the flu. I don't know what that has to do with writing long posts, but it's the only excuse I can come up with. Hugs to all...
Mar 18, 2012 10:39 AM PsychoLibby wrote:
No need to apologize, Otter. I, for one, don't see enough of you around here, so whenever I do see a post from you it makes me happy.
And I completely understand about needing some conversation after being housebound with the flu or something else. DH tells me he can always tell when I'm feeling better because I attack him at the door and want to talk until he goes to bed. (That I haven't yet been restless and antsy to go out after my latest surgery tells me I am still recovering.)
So, type away, Otter! You always have interesting things to say!
Mar 18, 2012 11:01 AM, edited Mar 18, 2012 11:04 AM by BinVA
I just got off the phone with Blue. She sends her love to everyone! She's having some side effects from the Parkinson's medication, but doing better overall. She said she'll be back soon.
She also wanted to thank Mary for the card.
Blue said Virgil is on steroids for his honking. And it's apparently helping him. Do you guys remember how he honked at Niagara Falls? He was so funny. And he's two pounds overweight, so he is very unhappily on a diet now.
Otter .. I love reading your posts!
Hope everyone is having a good day,
PS .. Otter .. my dogwoods are barely budding. They won't be in their full glory until next month.
Mar 18, 2012 01:23 PM, edited Mar 18, 2012 01:29 PM by 1Athena1
I miss my old flip phone. Talking through the flat smartphone feels uncomfortable.
If they could have:
Flip smartphones with normal keyboards and technology with the ability to distinguish between one's finger and one's ear, purse or any other body part it would be an improvement.
But mostly, I miss Users Manuals - where did those go? Since when is having a full set of instructions obsolete?? Has any of you noticed how hard it is to get hold of User's Manuals for digital technology? You have to search for them through the web and they usually come in complicated Adobe forms. I miss paging through instructions books. I have many questions about my Android phone - including why privacy settings are so rudimentary.
The smartphone is a convenience - and great if you are like the otter family - travelling on the road a lot. But given the choice I prefer a good old desktop and landline phone any time of the day.
Off to read my paper book, which I can bend and hold as I please. :-)
Mar 18, 2012 02:49 PM scuttlers wrote:
My DH will not give up his rotary dial phones for the house! He'd have a rotary cell phone if they made them. (don't even get me started on the 1962 black and white stereo television that is sitting in my living room!). Or the skeleton keys we have for the door locks.
Mar 18, 2012 03:25 PM lassie11 wrote:
There is an app for that! A friend of mine who hates cell phones and still has a rotary dial phone said he wanted rotary dial on a cell phone. So I searched the apps and found one. You really can dial it on the screen just like a rotary dial phone. My friend still won't have a cell phone.
Mar 18, 2012 03:56 PM otter wrote:
I love the old-style ringtones! That's my favorite part about the retired cell phone Mr. otter gave to me when he got his 4s: I can change ringtones. I got really tired of the Peer Gynt Suite.
But, to have an app that generates a rotary dial you could actually use? Fantastic!!! Who says technology can't be fun?