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June 12, 2013

An Amusement Park & A New Phone

We went to a birthday party at the local amusement park on Saturday, hoping to have a great time. In the end, it ended up being a mixed bag... Emily had fun and wanted to stay until closing, but Noah didn't care for any of the rides, and somewhere on one of the kiddy rides, I lost my phone.

Now the good news in this is that it was just a basic free phone that I got three plus years ago, but the bad news was that I lost a lot of contact info, and worse yet, pictures of my kids. I had hoped the person who found the phone might turn it in to the lost & found, but alas my faith in the goodness of humanity was not reinforced in this instance.

I had put a hold on my service soon after I lost the phone, and decided to check my usage -- just to see if anything showed up. Sure enough, in the half hour time it took for me to report the phone lost, there were several calls and texts, but most annoying of all was the downloading of 2MB of data in that time (on a "pay per data use" contract). Thankfully the Verizon rep said they would not bill us for that usage.

So, now that I was without a phone, I decided it was time to finally get a "smartphone" -- but what kind? I narrowed my choices down to two iPhone options (4S & 5), and two Samsung Galaxy options (Note2 & S4). I even made a few cardboard mock ups to carry around in my pocket to see how the larger size of the Samsung phones would feel in daily use...

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I eventually decided on the Samsung Galaxy S4. This phone can do so much that I am still setting everything up and getting used to how it works. I could have gone with an iPhone as a safe bet, since I'm very familiar with the iOS on my iPod Touch -- but I am very happy that I took a chance on the S4.

Here is a photo I took with my new phone last evening (click to enlarge)...

Emily and Murphy hanging out on the couch on an overcast and showery day...

Now I just need to be a little more careful if I go on amusement park rides -- this phone definitely was not free!


June 4, 2013

Purple Belt

We are so proud of Noah for earning his Purple Belt! He has shown great dedication over the last 15 months as he has advanced from a novice white belt.