A new cell phone
30 July 2016 | Rockland Harbor
First thing to do: BUY A NEW PHONE. It is amazing how much we depend on these things nowadays. Besides contacts I have a lot of weather and nav applications on that phone, and other apps that make life easier (such as the shopping list!). I also use it as a hot-spot to get internet on my laptop. The phone function is really only a minor benefit of this instrument. Lucky I have an LG tablet with 4G access that has the same functionality as my phone (except the telephone function), but it is too big to carry around in a pocket.
The Verizon store was across the street from the dinghy dock at Knight's and I told them what happened and that I needed a new, affordable, smart phone to replace my stolen HTC. I also mentioned that I used to have insurance, but that I had cancelled the coverage only 5 days ago as I thought it was not worth the $10 per month. Clearly one of my poorer decisions. They sold me a new LG phone for a little over $200. The HTC replacement for my "old" phone (I bought it in November of last year) would have been over $600. As the WiFi at the Verizon store was very slow (they told me that they don't have FIOS in Rockland, not even at the Verizon store!), I went to the local pub and used their WiFi to reload all my contacts and download and install the numerous apps that I needed. I don't recall how long I stayed at the pub, but it was at least two hours, if not longer. I ate a burger and nursed a beer. (It was shortly before noon when I walked in.) Later on board I played with the phone to arrange all the apps and configure them the way I wanted. Finally, dinner at the Pearl Restaurant. Bad meal, bad service. I don't know why I even go there. It had been the same ever since they opened a few years back.
A beautiful sunset ended the day.