I’m still on the mend and all things considered, I’m doing reasonably well and for that I’m grateful. Your thoughts and prayers were encouraging, and for that I thank all of you.
I’ve stopped smoking, gotten a bit more active, and I’m trying to do things a little bit differently. I’m mostly successful, but I’m still not where I was back in April. I am pretty sure I’ll make a mostly full recovery, so in that sense I got lucky, if you can call a guy that gets seven pulmonary embolisms and then has it misdiagnosed as pneumonia “lucky”.
The other reason I’m checking in is that I decided that I’m going to full-on “cut the cord” with my cable TV and telephone provider and just try to get by with an Internet connection and (horror of horrors) a smartphone. I broke down and bought a smartphone solely to have something to transfer my landline telephone number to when I end my terrestrial phone service shortly. Fortunately Amazon just unleashed their Android Blu phone for a scorching $59.99. I figure at that price point it can be the world’s crappiest cellphone and I’m still ahead of the game. It arrived today, and for what I paid, I’m pretty impressed. I still hate the idea of being reachable on a cellphone, so I’ll start by just keeping it at home, but from a general utilitarian standpoint, I probably should keep it on me like a normal person. We will see.
I have no idea if this Amazon phone is available outside of the U.S., or at what price, so for my Canadian friends that have Amazon Prime, that are also looking for the world’s cheapest Android smartphone. The “Amazon offers” are not at all obtrusive and that more than makes up for Amazon subsidizing half the cost of an already unlocked and dual-SIM phone. So, click the Amazon link at the right and search for the “BLU R1 HD – 16 GB”. while you are at it, go ahead and grab the “Samsung 64GB EVO Class 10 Micro SDXC Card” for another twenty bucks and you will have more storage than you will likely ever need for that thing. There is a writeup on the phone HERE. They seem to really like it too.
Check it out, but remember, click the Amazon link on the right first. It helps keep this site going, and it’s just a nice thing to do for our very nice host.
That is all for now, but I’ll keep you all updated on my cord-cutting journey as well as any counter jihad news as it becomes available. I’m still on the mend, but I’ll be more active in the future.