The Data Faucet and ‘How To Fix It.’ by Elizabeth McLaughlin
How do you fix a leak? Upon making an emergency call to a plumber, he/she would tell you to turn off the source to the leak. And then you look for where the leak is coming from. After not having a cellular phone for many years and purchasing a new one for future travel, I found that the above scenario also pertains to using the internet / apps. I thought that this technology was supposed to simplify life but it just complicates it more because now I have to spend the time to manage my data usage. Or else I could expect to be
spending more than anticipated. POOF! And within a few short weeks your data is gone! Only after a months usage I knew that there had to be a structured plan to organize my data usage. My recommendation is to start with a fixed minimum plan and use your data according to normal usage for a month. Download those appealing apps. Shock! OMG! You will quickly find that all those tweets, notifications of weather emergencies, volcanic eruptions, what is for sale locally … consumes your data. Well I can turn off notifications to those apps but if it is not being used why have it at your tempting wandering fingertips.
Identify your needs for usage by interests, must haves, and delete apps until you determine a need for it. Then download it. Many apps have reviews so do some reading prior to any downloading. Make a note of what you could find useful as a resource. Slow drips can also add up such as a kitchen timer, guitar tuner … and adds to the drainage of your wallet. For instance how many times would you consider paying for a kitchen timer? Although a lot of fun and cool to use, I would prefer to making it a one time purchase of the actual physical product. Looking up that pizza parlor phone number where a pizza is ordered every week. Put the phone number in your contacts. What about those that have a blog and upload data to it! Put yourself on a schedule, make your blog a weekly, monthly periodical and inform people when they could expect updates.
A provider could offer unlimited data package but it was explained to me that after a while the service slows down with usage. Also for travelers the service is not available in rural locations. And then there is a provider that offers free phone usage and unlimited text with a data cap. The service is available to most locations for travelers.
I hope that this information brings about some awareness to the use of data and the internet. If anyone has any tips, worthwhile dependable services to prevent the nasty drips, please post below! Happy webbing to you all!
A short hike to the grocery store. Uphill and downhill. Why is it that people always pull over and offer a ride when I reach the top of the hill? To this day, I cannot figure that one out. A nice young man did stop and offered me a ride but I explained to him that I was breaking in the hiking boots. He said, “that is a huge hill”. I told him that I already was at the top of the hill and the rest is a breeze. Thanked him anyway, and at least it confirms that there are still nice people out there but one cannot be too comfortable with that thought considering all the hikers that are missing every year.
support groups that planned for multiple scenarios of crisis. They wisely managed their precious resources.
The conditions intensified as towering strong trees began to uproot and parts of a field tractor became missile projectiles that could saw a barn into two. Heavy snow started to fall as if it could be the blizzard of the Century. Lightening pivoted in every imaginable direction accompanied with thunderous booms. Aggie knew that the town shelter would not be possible to reach, and remembered that The McAllister Farm was a mile down a gravel paved drive. There the McAllister family have a decent underground storm shelter that Phillip recently contracted and completed its construction. Wham! A tree collapsed in front of Aggies SUV and the car hit it like a bullet and ricocheted over the farm fence. The SUV miraculously landed on all four ultra high performance tires. But all that could be heard was the howling, thundering wind. Aggie felt a nudging and licking upon her cut up face from Prince. She was able to turn and view that Sandy and Tom were still strapped into their seats. However, both were in shock but fully functional. Prince whimpered and displayed his sprained paw. Thump, thump, thump, the SUV bounced up and down as if it would take flight.
The McAllister family and ranch hands reached the heavy thick steel door leading to the shelter and proceeded to file into a massive elevator to descend into the comforts of their underground residence. The shelter was partially housed inside a concrete silo that
embellished every modern amenity. A fully serviced gourmet kitchen, sauna, steam showers in two full-sized bathrooms, a living room adorned with thick brown leather pull out sofas, equipped with every electronic entertainment gadget, six bedrooms and a mess hall that included living quarters for their staff. Exterior cameras gave them all a complete spectrum of the ranch. A console that came right out of NASA technology was at their fingertips thanks to Phillips engineering skills. Little did they know that their neighbor Aggie was in such danger and heading to the ranch for shelter until Andy McAllister junior
spotted on the surveillance screen their neighbors SUV in the field. “Well I’ll be darned, what the heck”, Andy blurted out as he scratched his head in bewilderment. They all gathered around the screen while Andy zoomed the camera in for a closer view. With the latest technological software, Andy was able to remove layered storm elements and focus on the automobile to see the family trapped. Swoosh, the twenty-foot silo door smoothly rose and a bright yellow snow caravan emerged to make its twenty-minute trek.
Aggie bundled up Sandy and Tom with woolen blankets. Prince nestled in-between the two for added warmth. The front windshield was partially missing and the cold wind was blowing almost uncontrollably inside the vehicle. Then there appeared a yellow hazy dot moving towards them and with a partial sigh of relief Aggie knew that help was on its way. Back at the underground shelter Mrs. McAllister was preparing a hardy beef stew dinner. Everyone was settled in after unpacking, taking showers, chatting about the storm and expressing their dramatic experiences. Aggie had a fresh bandage wrapped around her head and the children appeared to have lost all signs of trauma after playing computer games. Prince was asleep on a pillow. The New York cheese cake, brightly colored cupcakes for desert and frothy mocha drinks ended the night. After-all, it was a life threatening long day. They all decided to call it a good night. Aggie lay in bed under two white down comforters staring up at the luxurious cedar paneled ceiling trying to sleep. For hours she tossed and turned until the bare silence in her bedroom broke. It was a stifling, deafening, sharp metallic rippling sound that echoed throughout the shelter. She jumped up from her comfort zone and ran directly to the living room where everyone met at the console to view the screen display. The storm had stopped and a bright blue sky appeared framed inside a huge funnel of puffy white clouds. Out in the storm laden field over by the black SUV sat a very strange object, and it was not from this world. … (to be continued)
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Primitive Art has always been my favorite fun form of expression. And, I decided to take it one step forward by combining acrylic on canvas with paper cut outs. Of course this painting and show will continue to change.