Who need a cell phone anyway.

Good Morning peeps. We have 5 cell phones, two that have expired contracts,  they are just voice phones and 3 on data plans. I have kids. Actually we have 8 working phone, 3 without service.

Where do unwanted phones go to die when they are not ready to let go?

Earlier in the week i decided to cancel one of the active phones with an expired contract, so i called the phone company and explained that i no longer needed the phone and would like to cancel the service.

The young lady on the other end of the phone explained to me that they have a retention program and for $20 monthly i can continue to have the service with even more features than i am currently paying for on the expired plan. She said i could keep the phone as a spare.

The deal even got sweeter, when she said I could upgrade for a new phone (iphone 4) at 0$ and a $35 credit. What a smoocher, she was good, I was sold. I had to go to the nearest store to complete the deal.

Well you know me I move like a tortoise since way back growing up in the hot tropical sun. Rather then rushed to the store which is just around the corner i decided to sleep on it.

That night in bed i was reflecting on all the cell phones i’ve had over the years and wondered how i ever did without them.

I remember back in the late 1980’s I won a fully paid trip to Barbados. I believe it stayed in the Hilton on the beach. It happened to coincide with a Test Cricket Match, England vs WI. What a great opportunity. I met the great Sir Gary Sobers, that is for cricket fans only.

The trip was scheduled at the same time I was in the middle of a big project.

What to do. My boss and I decided that i should take a cell phone with me, ‘just in case im needed’. No harm in that. In those days you needed an extra suitcase to carry the phone it was so huge. But a deal is a deal, right.

Here is what my boss didn’t know. The chances of that thing working on the beach on the island was slim to none. This was in the late 80’s

I was wrong. The first day i trotted down to the beach with my phone. In those days although the phone was humongous, you would still want to be seen with it.It separated you from the crowd. Like a badge of honour.

The office called that day. Do you want to know how I knew that? The phone worked on the beach. Oh and they called every day after that.

What a boat anchor, a tether, a noose, literally.

Some vacation, at least i didn’t have to pay for it.

That was my introduction to the cell, the beginning of my new friend. Today I live with it, FB and Twitter on the GO, I blog on it, my favourite Camera, Pinterest and Instagram, a new favourite is Flipboard, Bank, weather network, Kindle and my goodness the list goes on an on. Have you tried Nike Running, wow.

Sometimes i even use it to call people.

My only complaint, the damn thinks are getting soooooo big, makes it hard to hold in one hand and type.

Can you remember the days without cell phones? How did we manage without them?

As always

Dont forget to greet a total stranger today.

ps.

I did cancel that phone by the way, although it was quite an experience. I am not sure if it was just coincidence but i had to call three times, twice when they transferred me to the retention folks the line went dead.

OK i’m cute, now back off

Good Morning peeps. I wrote this story last September. Today the weather is so beautiful, i decided to post it. Dont get the connection? Me neither.

We are having the greatest September ever since we have been in Calgary weather wise. Today another great day, can’t complain.

As I sit here enjoying my coffee and having my eggs, ( Jo is not home, she thinks I’m dieting, she keeps asking why I not losing weight), I was remembering an incident that happen to me when I was a kid probably 2 years old. This lady came to our shop and pinched my cheek and said ‘he is so cute, I can just eat it’. Yepppers i was a cute baby.

I recalled I was so angry, I twisted away from her with such force, I fell off the counter, I’m guesstimating 4 feet down to the floor. I got hurt, but I didn’t have to endure a sloppy kiss. Sometime we don’t like people doting over us. You can look at me just dont touch.

I know what you are thinking, where is he going with this?

Well as you know I like to look at people and although I try to be discrete i sometimes feel silly. Maybe i should get some sun glasses.

Female Humans are my favorite subject, they are so nice to look at. Nature at its finest. I like looking at birds also in case you were wondering.

Which poses a dilemma in this age of social media.

I have over 1100 FB friends, I must admit I don’t really most of them although I am working on it.

Here is my dilemma. Is it ok to look at pictures of the female human on FB for more than one or two seconds? You know just a glance.

If the person you are admiring knew you were looking at them would they be upset?

If they post a picture and you ‘Like’ it, do they appreciate it or not?

Is ok to say, ‘nice picture’ if you don’t really know them too well?

When a female post a picture and no one “Like” is that upsetting?

Do people look at my picture and want to ‘Like’ but dont know how i would react? Haha thats a easy one Like away.

So many questions, someone must write a user guide, I’m confused and want to do the right thing.

Today….Im going outside to enjoy the sun, im sure some strangers will go by.

As always.

Don’t forget to greet a total stranger today.

Ok its Saturday, ill let my follicles down

Good Morning peeps. Yesterday was not the best day for me. Im a fairly easy going guy, generally calm under stress, if i knew how id probably be a good poker player because im so calm.

You get the picture, at work nothing much bothers me.

I understand my role, although i work in IT, I spend most of my day with operations. My job is to support the business, make sure they have all the information they need to make good decisions and to assist in improving processes while eliminating redundancies. I am good at what i do.

(Haha sounds like s resume. No don’t call, not looking for work).

After being around for so long, i have pretty much seen it all when it comes to business processes so im able to identify areas that need improvement and suggest solution sometimes long before the user realize there is a problem.

I like to think of it this way. I have answers sometimes long before the question. I have learned its wise to wait for the question however, that way I am seen as the facilitator and not someone speaking out of turn.

(Ok I can be had for a 3 day work week mon thru weds, 4 weeks paid vacation, free parking, 120k ish yes money plus a 10% christmas bonus, that should do it for now, keep in mind humans need to grow).

Why did i have a bad day?

One of my peers told me to stop being so helpful, she said i make it sounds too easy. She was serious. A discussion followed.

Another peer ask me why do i have to give the users everything they ask for. I dont when it cant justify the cost. I had to remind him its not our job to determine requirements, ours is to support.

In both cases i had suggested simple changes to mundane tasks.

It took more time justifying my suggestions to my peers than it took to solve the problems. These people sapped my energy completely, i came home totally exhausted.

(One more thing for that dream position, oh never mind, I guess i always have to have peers, although i need a work from home option).

As always,

Dont forget to greet a total stranger today.

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