I’m Getting an iPhone!

iPhone_5_AngledSharp_Front_Back_White_PRINTI’m finally taking the plunge and buying an iPhone! You are probably asking why it has taken me this long. I have a Blackberry. Not only do I have a Blackberry, but my company pays for the device and my monthly cell phone bill. I haven’t paid a single cell phone bill for the past 9 years!

I figure it’s high time for me to take the plunge even if I am going to have to foot the bill on my own. Besides I need a new camera and figure I could just as easily take great pictures with an iPhone. Problem solved!

I researched all the different providers and plans and decided on the following:

Sprint no contract, pay as you go $70/monthly plan

$100 pre-owned iPhone 4

What do you think? I researched the different family plans and it was cheaper for me to go solo instead of doing an unlimited family plan for both me and Dean.

What will be weird is carrying both a Blackberry (work email and cell phone) and an iPhone (which will essentially act as my mini-computer).

Advice on apps I should download? I am so excited to join the world of iPhone users. And Siri. Can’t wait to get acquainted with Siri.

The Road to Mediocrity

roadrageDean and I hopped into a taxi last weekend and asked the cab driver to take us to an address he clearly did not know. In fact, we did not know the location either, only the address.

The cab driver continues driving (not knowing where he’s going) and I ask anxiously, “Sir, sir! Do you know where Benton Street is?”

No response.

I turn to Dean and say, “Let’s get out of the cab, this guy has no idea where he’s going.”

But instead of doing what I say, Dean being the nice guy that he is says, “Let me look it up on my phone.”

I’m panicking because I hate wasting money and the cabbie is driving in the exact opposite direction of where we need to be heading.

I scream again to the cabbie, “Do you not know where you’re going? Do you think you can stop the fucking cab instead of running up the meter, since you don’t know where the hell you’re going?”

He looks back and glares at me as if I’m the Wicked Witch of the Tenderloin, “I can’t be expected to know every single street in the city of San Francisco.”

I roar, “This is your job. You are a cab driver, right? Don’t you have a map or a phone?!”

No initiative. Instead, he waits for Dean to give him directions and the whole time I’m writhing like a snake ready to bite. We had to make a U-turn, by the way, adding an extra $6 to the fare. Bear with me, it’s not about the money, it’s about accountability!

I know that one of my big character flaws is that I have a short fuse, but I absolutely cannot stand incompetence. It is a taxi driver’s job to know addresses and sure, I get it if he doesn’t know every single one, but at least have a map on-hand to figure it out. This is not something specialized like anesthesiology or finding the cure for cancer. This is driving a car. Something that 16-year-olds across America know how to do, and they don’t even get paid! If being a taxi driver is your bread and butter, then please have some competence in it! ARGH!!! Bullshit does not sit well with me.

 

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Love is Love

cincoA year ago, Dean and I were in Healdsburg with our gay friends donning mustaches to celebrate Mexican independence on Cinco de Mayo. I wish we were all together last night so that we could celebrate the Supreme Court’s twin rulings paving the way for equal rights for everyone regardless of sexual orientation. The highest court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act which had denied the recognition of and federal benefits for same sex couples who were legally married. Further and closer to home, the Supreme Court found California’s Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage, to be unconstitutional.

I really cannot understand why we have to fight over this. People should be able to love whoever they want to love. At one point in time, interracial marriages were illegal. Doesn’t that seem so outlandish right now? Hopefully years from now we will look back at this time with the same disbelief.

While I respect everyone’s right to their own opinion, I do not understand conservatives who insist that marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman, as stated in the Bible. Let’s not confuse the letter of the law with the spirit of Christian principles. Love is love!

Props to Van Jones on CNN’s Crossfire last night who quipped, “If you’re concerned about traditional marriage, Kim Kardashian has done more harm to traditional marriage than any gay person.” BOOYAH!

Where Were You When I Needed You?

I am still very bitter and very sad about my relationship with God. Honestly, when I think of God, he makes me cry. I don’t know whether I’m crying because I feel he’s a bad father, or whether I’m crying because I know I’m a petulant little child who’s upset that I haven’t gotten my way.

I am a devout Catholic. I go to church every week, I pray every day. My faith stems from a very religious family. My dad was in the seminary to become a priest before he met my mom, and my sister almost became a nun.

Life was prayerful and happy until I lost my baby, at which point I stopped going to church, I stopped praying, and became very angry with God. I’ve spent my whole life believing in him, believing that he provides. If God cannot answer the call of someone like me who has believed in him, loved him, and whose faith has never wavered, than what is the point! Why does God have to take away my child? What is the incentive in prayer if I’m the one who is getting FUCKED!

I see all these people who never go to church, who never pray, yet they are blessed with beautiful bouncy babies and it makes me so angry. I might as well not believe in God, then maybe I’ll finally have a healthy child of my own.

This has not been a good time in my life. I am angry and when I’m not angry, I’m simmering. Poor Dean has taken the brunt of it. Still he’ll ask, “Can we try to go to church this week?”

Yet my response is the same. “Nope, can’t say that I want to go.”

I finally did go, however, when my uncle passed away. I went to the rosary and the funeral mass, and I felt at peace. I listened to the scripture readings and cried. I have resigned myself to knowing that God’s plan and death are beyond human understanding.

Before my miscarriage, my faith was strong because it made sense. God always answered my prayers. 100%. He never failed me. For that reason, faith was actually quite logical and scientific for me. Here is a theory: God is real. Test the theory by asking questions and getting the right answers. Theory proven.

But now my theory is being put to the ringer. There are no answers. My comprehension is failing me. I absolutely don’t know why and I do not understand. And so for the first time in my life, this is a matter of unconditional love for God, despite feeling abandoned, and having blind faith.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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