Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ron Buys a New iPhone

Me and Robert (at work)

So here I am at work the day before yesterday, changing shifts with my co-worker Robert and he whips out his iPhone.  Immediately I notice that his new phone looked different.  I asked him "Did you get a new iPhone?"  He gave me an "isn't it obvious?" look and said "yes."  

My mouth dropped open and I said "What? You got a NEWER iPhone than me?"  Well folks, HE DID.  He's now ahead of me.

So there I was, sitting at the front desk with my piddly iPhone 4, feeling suddendly inadequate, watching Robert smugly scrolling through his iPhone 5, occasionally looking up with an arched eyebrow at me. Uh huh.   

You know what I'm talking about here folks don't you?  The MALE COMPETITION bug, also know by some as "P-Envy" (although I must say that issue  has never been a problem with me thanks to THAT gene I inherited from my Dad; thanks Dad, not to brag but I am).  

Both my brothers and I have always one-upped each other on who has the newest and biggest computer.  Same with cars.  You know how it is folks, just a "guy thing."  Hey, even though I'm gay I still have that "guy thing". I gots to have the biggest and best.  

So what did I do to rectify this untenable situation?  Well of course I went out first thing yesterday morning, in the driving rain yet, to the local Verizon center on Route 1 in Rehoboth and bought me a new iPhone 5. 


Me buying my new iPhone 5 yesterday at the Verizon store

Ah yes folks, all is right with the world now.


Me and my new toy

26 comments:

  1. oh gah, a boy and his toys! robert is totally adorable, BTW!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Anne Marie, Robert is adorable. You'll meet him in March. He's also single. :)

      Delete
  2. Ron,

    And as a result you have a relapse of the flu today.

    Lar

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lar,

      I've been trying to call you on FaceTime. No answer. I hope you're not down with your relapse of this darn flu.

      Ron

      Delete
  3. Congratulations on the new toy! My cell phone is so old that it has Alexander Graham Bell's name engraved on it.

    (P.S. I haven't forgotten about Petretta's book, but I've been hopelessly behind in doing everything. I'll write a review on Amazon when I finish reading it!).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jon,

      I love new toys, especially anything Mac.

      By the way, I know getting through Petretta's book is a slog. My friend Lar is also trying to read it. I await with eager anticipation both of your reviews because both of you are such good writers. I'm curious if both of you come to the same conclusion that I did after reading that book.

      Ron

      Delete
  4. I'm going to one-up you with my new Samsung Galaxy Note II phone! Bigger screen! Better for browsing! Greatest phone service with AT&T! Plus all those wonderful Android apps that interface with Google!

    So what kind of vehicle you got? Can you one-up me there? Well I already know I have a better computer since I'm sure you have an apple. And I have a Kindle Fire . . .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. David,

      I give up! You got me beat. A Samsun Galaxy Note II phone? Only in my dreams. :)

      I have a 2010 Red Subaru Forester. Prior to that I had a 1998 Red Subaru Forester. As you can tell, I loves red Subaru Foresters!

      Ron

      Delete
    2. Well, I dunno about the vehicle. I have a black 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor. We can park them side by side in March and then decide.

      I have never been an Apple or Jobs fan, because of the restrictive proprietary approach. I absolutely hate iTunes.

      The Note II was only $100 more than than the iPhone 5, since it was time to renew my two year contract.

      Delete
    3. David,

      That's actually what I like about Apple, it doesn't have an open propriety system that IT people can screw around with. I just want to get into my computer and do certain basic things. I don't need to customize it to fit a different set of needs. I'm glad we have a choice. Apple works best for me because my computer never crashes unlike my Windows based computers which frequently crashed when I upgraded them. In fact it was when I got a new Dell Inspiron computer and was trying to transfer information from my old Gateway computer (my "Computer Guy" was doing it, I was paying him $120 to do the transfer) when the hard drive crashed on the NEW Dell computer. I got the hard drive replace (it was till under warranty) but that was the third Dell computer I had that crashed. I had it with Mr. Softee's products. Like my friend Larry who went through similar problems with Windows based computers, I bought an Apple computer two years ago and haven't had ONE problem since other than I don't employ my Computer Guy anymore. But whatever works for you, go for it. I for one am done forever with Microsoft products just because of the open propriety system. That may be good for a corporation (and make a lot of money for Bill Gates) but I'm quite happy now (and richer) than I have my Apple products.

      Ron

      Delete
    4. We have 47 elementary schools with Macs and iPads, and you wouldn't believe how much we screw with them! Three expert system administrators spend 40 hours a week each with them! HAHAHA

      The hard drive failure was coincidental, awful as it was. We lose as many hard drives in the Macs as we do in the 30,000 Dells we have in students' hands.

      Suffice it to say, there are pluses and minuses with both platforms, and everyone has their favorite!

      Peace <3
      Jay

      Delete
    5. I've had very bad luck with Dell computers Jay. My first was a 30 MB that I paid $4,000 for. It lasted about three years then crashed. I was able to save somethings from it but not much. My second Dell computer had Windows ME on it which was a BIG PROBLEM. Right out of the box I couldn't turn it off. It kept rebooting itself up. I called Dell help (which was a joke in itself) and was told that I had to reformat the hard drive! WHAT? it was a NEW computer! I paid $2,000 for that computer and give it away to a good friend who didn't have a computer. All he had to do was reformat the hard drive and buy a new operating system for a couple hundred dollars. In the meantime I bought a cheap Gateway computer for $1,000. I used that computer for 10 years (still have it) and then decided to buy a new computer before the Gateway crashed which all Windows based computers do. So I buy this new Dell for $1,500 with the second plagued operating system (I forget which one but along with Windows Me it was rated the two worst operating systems - my luck). That one crashed when my Computer Guy was transferring information with was non compatible with the new operating system. I got that hard drive replaced free because it was still under warranty but that computer now sits in my basement, gathering dust. I'm on my iMac now and have been for the past two years. Whenever I have a problem or a question I call Apple Help. I get a person in the United States who speaks English and knows what they're talking about. They always resolve any issues I have. I am one happy and non-frustrated computer user. I will never go back to a Windows based computer. I used one at work, it is so slow because of Norton and all the anti-virus programs on it. I don't have an anti-virus program on this computer and never had a virus. That's because it has a close proprietary system which is another good reason to buy Apple products. The hackers can't hack into the system. Or, or less likely too because it just isn't worth it to them because their aren't as many Apple users which is just he way I hope it stays.

      Ron

      Delete
  5. I'm a Droid fan. I'd love an iPhone, don't get me wrong, but that price tag, versus the $49 I paid for my HTC Incredible 2...well, not a tough decision.

    Peace <3
    Jay

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have a lot of company Jay. I hear that Samsung smart phone are outselling iPhones. Personally I found them to difficult to learn. My neighbor got one and couldn't figure it out and came over to me for help. I didn't feel like figuring it out either so she returned it and got an iPhone. More expensive, yes, but at least she's using it and enjoying it rather than trying to figure out how to use it. That's why I got rid of all my Windows based computer. I got tired of keeping my Computer Guy in business and the virus companies. I now have all Apple products which are much more user friendly and I haven't had to call my Computer Guy once. In fact he called me and said he hadn't heard from me in a while. I told him I have an iPad, iPhone, iMac and Macbook Pro. He said "Oh." Haven't heard from him since.

      Ron

      Delete
    2. I'm a gadget nut. I love tinkering, figuring it out, making it do what I want it to do. I rooted my first Droid within hours of bringing it home!

      On the other hand, I LOVE Apple products because there is no thing like just picking it up and having it work!

      Peace <3
      Jay

      Delete
    3. Jay,

      I too like "picking it up and having it work." As I said, whenever I have hit a snag with any of my Apple products I just give them a call and it is resolved. How refreshing to have someone who speaks English without an accent and who isn't reading from a script.

      Ron

      Delete
  6. I have a TracFone. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Sean, don't be one of those old stick in the mud conservatives. Come on and join the rest of us in this ever changing world. :)

      Ron

      Delete
    2. Ron, you know I'm just being silly. If money were no object, I'd totally have a smart phone (I love embedded computing devices.) We're still righting the financial boat from a series of difficulties in the late 2000s.

      I'll definitely agree about the quality of Apple products. I have an iMac that I bought several years ago thinking that I was going to do some music production and live performance with it. (It's one of the earlier Intel-based models.) I've never had a lick of trouble with it in six years, and it's got plenty of spare horsepower.

      Delete
    3. Sean,

      I didn't know you were kidding. Sometimes the tongue in cheek conversations don't come through in typing messages. :)

      Today I just received my new iPad. I gave Bill my old one. No problem transferring information from my old iPad to the new one, did it through iCloud. Something like this is impossible with Microsoft products and Windows based computers. That's why I'll never go back to them. I have learned my lesson. A very expensive and frustrating lesson.

      Ron

      Delete
    4. Oh, I forgot to put this in my last comment. I like that picture labelled "Me and My New Toy." It's cute.

      Delete
    5. Of course Sean you know I was just joking in this post? Sort of anyway, there was no way I was going to let Robert get ahead of me. BTW, my new iPad just arrived today. Insurance.

      Delete
  7. LOL. You crack me up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Walt,

      You know I was making fun of myself don't you? However, I couldn't let Robert have a new iPhone than I did. After all, well you know, I just couldn't.

      Ron

      Delete
  8. You are funny Ron! Do you play any games on your iPhone? I like "chicktionary.
    (I am not sure if Bates killed his wife or not. I wonder how long they are going to let us hang with that plot. I didn't watch it last week. I am waiting for the DVD. So far, the critics for the 3rd season haven't been very nice. I hope they will improve the writing).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nadege,

      I'm glad you saw the tongue in cheek tone of my posting. Of course we men to have a "bigger truck" competition going on all the time but I thought I would mock it a bit. Actually, I was a bit put out of sorts when I discovered that Robert had a new iPhone than me. Couldn't let that stand. ;)

      Ron

      Delete