Thursday, January 23, 2014

T-Mobile ETF Program - Think Twice!

T-Mobile CEO John Legere
So, you've become memorized by T-Mobile's new advertising where they will pay you to terminate your contracts with other major carriers? They have promised consumers the world: the fastest wireless network on the planet, free international roaming and calling, no contracts, upgrade your phone every 5 minutes if you feel like it, and they will reimburse your $650 per line to get you out of your contract with a competitor and onto their network with a new device. No doubt T-Mobile's corporate CEO John Legere will let you use his corporate jet, crash Hollywood elite VIP parties, and will personally come to take out your household trash.

Do you sense any sarcasm yet?

Consider the following, as this deal seems too good to be true:

  1. T-Mobile’s requirements: Eligible device trade-in, new device purchase, qualifying credit, number port in  from AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, and qualifying postpaid service required. Missing any one of these and you're out in the cold and not eligible.
  2. T-Mobile's trade in program: This is an absolute joke. I was offered a mere $200 for my AT&T iPhone 5. If I sold it as a trade in to any competitor, I was offered far more. Hell, if I sold it online or through Craigslist, I would have earned twice as much.
  3. T-Mobile's ETF Rebate: If I were you, I would not be holding my breath folks. Read the fine print. You could be waiting 8 weeks or more for your ETF credit. Think you will be receiving a check or cold cash? Think again! You will receive a prepaid Mastercard in the mail. If it is like other rebates I have received in the past, good luck trying to get the cash out of an ATM. You have to spend it like you would at a merchant... Perhaps Mr. Legere believes you will pay your T-Mobile bill with that money?
  4. Fastest Network: Seriously? Carriers are still fighting over this? It is a completely subjective and arbitrary argument. You mean to tell me that T-Mobile, which has questionable suburban coverage north of Boston, is always faster than it's AT&T or Verizon counterpart? If that is the truth, then why did T-Mobile have agreements with AT&T to use their towers and their bandwidth for so many years? I suggest you check the coverage maps and then confirm that the areas you live, work, and play are "ON NETWORK" versus "OFF NETWORK" before buying and locking into a contract.
Just my two cents, but this consumer will not be jumping ship anytime soon. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Dream of Us

The questions I ask - she doesn't. The things I wonder about - she won't. I know her, but we've never met. I'm with her and I don't know her name. I know I'm dreaming, but it feels like more than that. It feels like a memory. How can that be? 

For years I searched. It had to exist... because I knew. If we have souls, they're made of the love we share. Undimmed by time. Unbound by death.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Life is often overrated

I know I'm not going to live forever
And I know you feel the same
You'll see it when you're older
That love is not a game anymore.

I never cared for a reason or religion at all
It makes many unsteady without a God to blame
She thinks I am the one who makes it rain
Is there anyone still breathing?

I need some advice

Something from the archives...

I've suspected for some time now that my girlfriend has been cheating on me. The usual signs. Phone rings, I answer, someone hangs up. She started going out 'with the girls' a lot recently although when I ask which girls it is always "Just some friends from work, you don't know them". I always look out for her taxi coming home but she always walks down the drive although I can hear a car setting off. As if she has got out of the car round the corner. Why? Is it not a taxi? I once picked her cell phone up just to see what time it was and she went berserk and screamed that I should never touch her phone again and why was I checking up on her?

Anyway, I have never approached the subject with my her. I think deep down I just didn't want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to check on her. I decided I was going to hide behind my car which would give me a view of the whole street so I could see which car she gets out of. It was while I crouched behind my car that I noticed rust around my rear wheel well.

Should I take it into a body repair shop or should I buy some stuff from the local auto shop and try to repair it myself?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It was nice while it lasted

It’s all well and good to talk about happy endings, but if a person can’t deliver, if they keep screwing up, well eventually I guess you just have to say "fuck you"… or words to that effect... with all due respect, of course.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Few States on Top of Prescription Drug Abuse & Diversion Controls

It seems that only three states are doing an effective job of combating the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, according to a recent report from the National Safety Council. The report, "Prescription Nation: Addressing American's Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic," credits only Kentucky, Vermont, and Washington for meeting standards in four areas identified: prescribing and overdose education and prevention programs, prescription drug monitoring programs, responsible painkiller prescribing, and state leadership action.

The report identified 14 states as having failed to meet any of the standards: Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming... according to the NSC.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

An Incredibly Stupid Question

After arriving at work earlier this morning, one of my colleagues made the observation that not only did I look unhappy but I looked as if life had passed me by. I wasn't all that surprised. After all, I was quite unhappy. I bit my tongue and repressed the urge to say that, not only had life passed me by, but I believe it paused along the way and spit in my face. I suspect they could read the subtext…

You can argue that it is impossible to stay in any relationship very long without concealing what you really think. Being in love means not actually saying what’s on your mind. Despite the plethora of “RomCom”
(situation romantic comedies or love story) movies that inundate our theaters, I find that real life is hardly akin to what is portrayed on the silver screen. Falling in love or finding romance is something that most adults have experienced in their lives. The theme is universal and encourages the moviegoer to make a number of unhealthy comparisons. It ultimately leads to the question: Why can’t our love be like that? Perhaps this is a box best left unopened.

I've noticed that Hollywood rarely makes any films about long-term couples. Things change once you've been together for five years…or more. We've become the boring or predictable sequel to the original film, which no one in their right mind would pay good money to see. Despite this, I venture onward. You may call me unimaginative, but I cannot see myself being with anyone else. On our worst days, I figure things will work themselves out. Otherwise, I try not to think about it much. It doesn't do me any good anyway. What more could she want?

It was an incredibly stupid question. Hollywood characters might chase one another down in some quasi-romantic fashion or perhaps follow each other in some seemingly futile transcontinental voyage that somehow ends in a hopelessly-romantic, grandiose, and over-the-top happy ending where the boy gets the girl or vice versa. However, real love equates to withholding the truth… even when you are offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone’s feelings. I wish that I had said something to that end at the time… but I did not. I wish this was a box that I could unopen, 
re-wrap, and place quietly under the tree for another year.