Post by islander
I have no garage, and as of last Monday
just past, I have no car, which is already such
a relief! Of course, if I lived in B******k
Montana, I'd be in dire straits without a car,
but I live in what is said to be the easiest
city in the USA to live in with no car.
Did you mention that before? If so, I missed it. Congratulations,
has got to be a relief.
What finally made you decide to cut the cord of dependence on a car?
It only happened last week. I got the clutch
replaced and then shortly later it dropped to
the floor at an intersection, leaving me stuck
in the middle lane of a five-lane carriageway
(fortunately not a freeway). That was the
Unfortunately there is no public transit to
Costco except for one bus that doesn't run
often, and putting as much as I buy from
Costco is not practical with a bus anyway,
so I expect I'll be eating out a lot more.
This would be impossible in most cities.
I also got a cell phone but I'm not sure
how that will work out. I have Consumer
Cellular as my carrier. The first period
(month?) I racked up 323 minutes. I find
that impossible to believe, but Consumer
Cellular is essentially unreachable by
telephone. When I looked at this month's
usage earlier it was 455 minutes, which is
7 hours on the telephone. If I ever spent
455 hours on the telephone it would drive
me so crazy I'd be out on the street
shooting people. So I know their usage
figures are wildly inaccurate. I can't see
how much the usage has gone up since
then because the automated beginning of
the help line can no longer see my number.
The first month's 323 minutes were enough
to kick me up to the "unlimited" plan which
is only $5 more (if I can trust that), but
the taxes are three times as high as
Verizon's (yet another thing fishy about
Their customer service can involve wait
times of a half hour or more (much more),
so it's essentially unusable. Even when
they finally answer, they don't have much
helpful to say. I'll see what happens when
the next bill comes in. Judging from past
performance, I wouldn't be at all surprised
if they say I've used more hours on my
one cell phone than there are hours in a
Free enterprise was never one of my
big loves, but it seems to be getting
worse and worse.
You might check to see if the GPS function on your cell phone is
enabled. If so, it may be cranking up minutes by frequently checking
for your location, what is close to you, etc. This is just a guess, but
I cannot imagine why you would want to have that functionality enabled.
You are not likely to get lost and need directions in San Francisco.
I infrequently use a cell phone now and have an account with Consumer
Cellular. I've been pretty happy with them, but haven't had to
interface with customer service, at least not yet. The biggest problem
that I have had is getting the Verison apps disabled - the previous
owner had a Verison account. These companies stoop to new lows to keep
you trapped in their service.
The manual is only a dozen pages long and is almost
completely incomprehensible to me. There's no index
or table of contents. I just went to "bluetooth" and
clicked it, but that turned it "on" so I guess it was "off"
before, so I switched it back. There's an "airplane
mode" whatever that is, but it's "off" so I'll leave it "off".
DTMV tones (whatever they are) I don't want any tones.
Call Waiting: I guess that means I'm on the phone
waiting for somebody or they're on the phone
waiting for me: I don't want it.
Caller ID (show number): I don't want it. I have a
call-log which shows the name of anybody who
calls me if they're in my phone book. If they're
not, it shows me the first few digits but not the
last two, which are replaced by dots, so the
whole number is not immediately visible. I just
clicked to see who it might be, but I got a
message that there was no such number,
followed by options including "hear my usage".
When I pressed for that, I got a message that
there was no available usage, which is what
I've been getting lately when I check usage
other ways, though I can make calls.
There's "Wap push" but I'm not going to mess
with that because some Italians are dangerous.
Settings: Personalization, including sound, display,
notices, Date&Time, Language, Input methods.
If I were a gorilla, I could input with my toes.
Answer mode: Flip open to answer On. Since the
possibilities are "On" and "Off", I guess that
can be turned off, but in that case I don't know
how I could make or answer calls.
There's a camera which I've tried out and it does
work but I haven't used it beyond that.
There's a "messages" which apparently I can get
even though I don't have "text", but I don't know
if I can send "text" without being switched to a
"data" plan, or if that even would be a switch..
There's an alarm that I'll never use, and a
gallery that I'll never use, and a video that I'll
likely never use, and a calendar to which I
have referred because I often don't know what
day it is, not having any obligations such as
working or parole board hearings.
Well, time to go out. There's a tiny hole-in-
the-wall restaurant along the walk to downtown,
next to the freeway, that advertises itself as the
best of something. I've been curious about it for
a while but I'm leery of new stuff so I haven't
tried it yet.
how to turn the GPS off.
excessive use of minutes.