A former dinosaur…

Today I took the plunge that I have long been avoiding – I switched from my regular old run-of-the-mill cellphone to a smartphone.  I avoided this transition because I was not sure if I possessed the brain power, time, and energy to pull it off gracefully.  Alas, I began to notice that everyone else and their grandma had smartphones and I started feeling like a dinosaur.   I did not like that feeling…particularly since dinosaurs are extinct.

When one goes from a basic phone to a smart phone there are many factors to consider.  With the level of cost and commitment involved in a smartphone I was sure to do my homework.  I casually read reviews here and there for months before I got serious and started to look at specific options with Verizon.  Size, cost, battery life, ease of use, features, display, user reviews – so many choices…so many things to consider.

Then it was multiple conversations with my son Cory who is acutely aware of my limitations, an extended phone conversation with a Verizon agent, and three hours at the Verizon store – all to get to the end of this day and my new status as a former dinosaur.

Of course, the mere acquisition of a smartphone does not mean one immediately becomes a savvy smartphone user.  Ah, but I devised the perfect plan to help speed my adjustment to this new phone – I got the exact same phone for Cheyenne.  Hence, I got a new phone and an in-house reference point for how to deal with it.  And the squeal of delight from Cheyenne – well that was just a bonus.

Here is my status at this point.  I can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, take photos, do basic programming, and I have locked in my home wifi.  I think that puts me at about 10% on the learning curve with a solid 90% to go.  Hopefully, before I move on to a new phone in a couple of years I will reach 100%. ;-)

Day one thousand four hundred and forty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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