Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Tale Of The Smart Phone

For a while now I've had a Tracfone. It was so old that there isn't even a photo on the internet for it. When we lived up the hill, we didn't have cell service so I carried it shut off, turned it on when I needed to make a call (I had to go 2 1/2 miles down the road to get service) and then shut it off.

Upon moving down to town, I upgraded to the phone below. Still a Tracfone, but a newer model. It was one of those you pay for air time, but because I had so many minutes rolled over from the the other phone I never used them up (the 90 days expired, but not the minutes so I had to renew the days)

I finally started to get to end of the minutes (I started with a 1600) and would have had to purchase more. On the other hand, this phone really didn't work all that well. I couldn't get it out of my pocket without refusing a call. I called it my not-so-smart phone. My wife thought it was probably not the phone but the operator. I thought it was a pretty good excuse.

As it turned out, we opted out of a landline and used this phone for our home base phone. Here is the dilemma. Home phone, running out of minutes, and not-so-smart. 

So my wife brought me (Geezer that I am) into the 21st Century. She bought me a Smart Phone. I hope it helps make me smarter.

Windows 640

So now I can do everything with my new Smart Phone. What "everything" is, I have no clue. Wonder if I can tie flies with it? I did figure how to answer a call which is not a bad thing. It only took four or five tries to get it down. I also managed to change the ring tone from the standard Windows Firefly tone to one that sounds like an old phone ringing.

I haven't had a chance to download a CCR Fortunate Son ringtone, but there is still time. If you don't know the song, go here. If you are offended by the Vietnam video (some of us went to that party, some of us didn't), just listen to the music. I thought it would make a cool ringtone.

So, now I don't have any excuses about my phone being a not-so-smart phone. Damn.  

Fishing this week.


  1. Welcome to the 21st century Mark. It took me a month to figure out how to answer the damn thing. I kept hanging up on my wife when she called. They say the phone is smart, not us.

  2. Watch out it can be addicting to use and then you will have no freedom, and, probably less time to fish, too. I have a smart phone which I like to take pictures with. Does a reasonably good job........... Just not real crazy about all the other bells and whistles.

  3. Yes, good luck with it. You can't tie flies with it, but you can find any pattern you want on the internet with it. Or instantly post shots of all the big fish you catch...

  4. Welcome to the new age, Mark! Your goal - figure it out faster than Howard. :)