198,093 Reasons Why It is The Best Cellphone Ever

chainsaw juggler

London Juggler by Leon Benjamin

Some times I look at the guy juggling those chain saws and think, “what a pansy. I do that every day except I don’t wear a helmet and in addition to the saws and axe I include bowling balls, cobras, pythons and a flame thrower.”

That last sentence might be an exaggeration. The cobras were eaten by the pythons and when they turned upon me I flexed my mighty anacondas and choked them out.

Initially I tried to make like Darth Vader and force choke them but Mercury is in retrograde and that jacked up my connection to the force so I had to get my hands dirty.

Not that I mind, I have the stomach to do a lot of things. Except eat dairy, but let’s not slide into the realm of TMI and talk about cellphones.

198,093 Reasons Why It is The Best Cellphone Ever

My Samsung Galaxy Note II is dying a slow and painful death so in between begging, pleading and screaming at it I have begun researching phones.

Sometimes I find myself cursing the need for smartphones because they don’t seem to last as long as the dumphones do/did. Did I mention moments like this make me wonder about the benefits of being part of Generation X.

Every generation has their challenges but when I was a kid my parents didn’t worry about the Internet, satellite/cable television or cellphones. They didn’t think about whether being the only without any of these things would have a positive or negative impact upon their children.

Ok, I haven’t really had to think about that because my kids haven’t been deprived that way. We held out on cellphones until my oldest hit middle school and the youngest probably won’t get one before then either.

But they don’t iPads or their own computers and until recently I didn’t think this was a problem.

Except now I wonder because technology has not rendered homework obsolete and the ridiculous amounts they receive is creating time management  issues. Issues that are exacerbated by having to share computers.

It won’t be long before I’ll have to find a way to come up with some cash for at least one more laptop because their education requires it. I am not being snarky or sarcastic when I say I don’t know how families that can’t afford computers deal with not having one.

There don’t see to be many options.


We have also reached a point where I can’t see not having a smartphone with unlimited minutes, texting and a big honking data plan. I want to say otherwise.

I want to say I am exaggerating but I can’t say that so I am reading reviews about the 198,093 reasons why the Talkatmemister phone is the best.

It would be easier if I wasn’t locked into a contract until November because until that sucker is up my cell provider doesn’t consider me worthy of a price break on my phone and I haven’t got the cash to pay full price.

The Choices We Make

We all make choices and then do our best to live with them.

Could I do things differently? Could I make different choices about lifestyle and find an easier way to live?

Sure and so can you.

It is easy to turn things upside down and inside out and to swim against the stream. It is not an exaggeration to say I have lived large chunks of my life that way and that I have spent moments fighting the tide.

How do you think I got to be so adept at juggling chainsaws.

There is a certain amount of snark and sarcasm there because many of the people who have made suggestions about change are the same who have never done it.

I have a harder time taking them seriously, especially when I have and they haven’t.

Doesn’t matter either way because my choices lead me to the same places and that includes the need for the fancy smartphone.

It is a professional as well as a personal requirement. Privacy is a big part of why I want my own phone. If you use a company phone anything you do on it is their business.

I don’t have anything to hide but that doesn’t mean I want the company involved in my business.

So here I am looking at reviews and thinking again about finally moving over to the iPhone. I hear good things about it and it looks like that 6 Plus might make a good replacement for my Note.

The Cost Of Making A Change

If I move over to the iPhone I’ll probably go with the 64GB because unlike the Droids you can’t just swap memory cards in and out. Since apps seem to be getting larger and I want to take more photos I expect the extra GB should help.

I’ll have to get a new car charger and a case so add those to the overall cost. Rumor has it the battery life is good but until I use it I can’t say if it meets my needs or if I’ll need to consider getting a portable charger to along with it too.

Friends who have used iPhones for years tell me I should expect an iPhone to last longer than my Droids have. If it does the cost of making the change goes down.

That should help.

I have to be honest, moments like this one make me wish I really was able to live my dream of playing for the Dodgers or the Lakers because I’d be a multimillionaire who didn’t have to worry about all this cellphone narishkeit or so I like to think.

What about you? What do you think?

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  1. Carolyn Nicander Mohr October 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Josh, For your kids, check out the Virgin Mobile unlimited plans. For $30/month you can get unlimited data and text with 300 minutes of talk. The website says $35/month but if you sign up for automatic payments with a credit card the cost goes down to $30/month. http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/data-messaging-plans/overview/?intid=MA:HERO:141004:BRAND:NewPlans:LM

    I hope your Note 2 hangs in there until November!

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