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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A GREAT DAY AT SAYLORVILLE LAKE, IOWA PLUS THREE NEW TOYS!

I will tell you something, right now!  This has been a great day!  

Why?  I started walking again and oh, my, it feels so good! This morning, I walked a bit over a mile.  This evening I walked three and one half miles!  

This photograph was taken as I was heading back to the motorhome.  I guarantee you that the place will not be this empty tomorrow night...and we will not be here.  We could only get reservations for one night.  

where we will be for the Labor Day holiday.  The good is that we will not be here when it is crowded!  
Since we are are on our way to Monteith, Iowa, we just might find a parking spot there and enjoy the ambiance, if there is any.  

A bit after one o'clock today, Saylorville Lake was literally invaded!  And it was a noisy invasion, too boot!  

Suddenly we heard the rumble of machinery.  It was loud as it seemed to be a lot of machinery.  It was!  Seven or eight zero-turn-radius mowers came roaring in.  It was the mowing crew on a mission!  

Our lot was the first to be mowed, but then another ZTR flew past our lot and went to the one next to us.  Then a third went to the third lot, the forth went to.....well, you get it. Then, they played hop-scotch and mowed the our campground in a matter of fifteen or twenty or twenty minutes.  There are four loops to this camping area, Prairie Flower, done in about three hours.  

Saylorville Lake is under the control of the Army Corps of Engineers and has four areas for camping.  Everything is beautiful.  Our site is huge and the sites are well spaced offering enough room to not feel like you are packed.

Many of the sites are level and are gravel.  Be sure to  stop near the entrance to dump and fill your water tank before you settle into your site.  Each site has fifty amps of power.  

Now, for the three new toys.  Verizon has been tempting me with a free IPhone for a few months.  

Rick got his IPhone months ago, but I resisted.  My closest friends have IPhones.  My daughters have IPhones. Everyone I know has IPhones and for that reason, I resisted. 

My Motorola Android was just acting a bit strange, and I sat on the phone and it has three cracks.  I love my Motorola Droid.  It has served me well for almost three years!  Do I turn my back on it?  Do I desert it just because it has a few cracks and "wrinkles?"  H
eck!  I have a few wrinkles.  Do I want to be abandoned?  

Do I blindly follow the crowd? I am NOT a "keep up with the Jones" person......I resist the IPhone because others think it is so "cool," so "In"  THAT is not me!  I think for myself, thank you very much! 


I could have the screen fixed for one hundred dollars.  I could get the IPhone.  Jeez.....This feels like I am considering a divorce from my beloved Droid!  

Alas, the bottom dollar wins.  (oooo, this hurts....IPhone wins...reluctantly.  

We arrive in Des Moines, Iowa.  Find a Verizon store and, ever so reluctantly, tell them I am there for my free IPhone. (as long as I agree to another 2 years with Verizon.)

That, my friends, is NOT the end of the story.  As we walk through the Verizon stores entrance, I hear behind me someone saying that we can have a free tablet!  I ignore the voice and continue my task of getting my free IPhone.  

On the other hand, John is standing there with a piece of paper in his hand.  It says that not only he, but I can have a free Verizon tablet!  (two year contract involved with a $10/month fee and a $35 activation fee).  

Hey!  I can still be true to Verizon Droid!  It just will not be my phone, but it IS in the same family, you know....

About an hour later, we walk out of the Verizon store with not only with a new IPhone, but two Verizon tablets and my sweet, dependable Motorola Droid.  Of course, the Droid cannot make phone calls any more....or act as my Hot Spot....but I still have my buddy. 

It has now been twenty-four plus hours.  My IPhone is fine.  I understand it although there was a tiny learning curve. BUT....my Motorola Droid, my buddy, my friend sits next to me as I type this.  It is just enjoying it's retirement on the road of full time motorhome living.

Thanks for visiting with us (my Droid and I) today.  

Hang in there, I am working on installing my Amazon link to this blog, once again.

God bless y'all and please travel safely.  Have a super, great, wonderful Labor Day weekend.  

n



23 comments:

  1. I still like my Droid. I've been looking at that Galaxy S5. Now that's a wonderful phone.

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    1. the best thing about the I Phone was that it was free.

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  2. It is hard to give up your electronic devices at such a young age, especially when they have served you so well.

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    1. I hear you there, George Mine had a cracked screen and was acting kind of weird.

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  3. Those mowers were busy getting that place cleaned up so others could enjoy it over this coming busy weekend ...

    I'm sure you've spent many hours by now playing with those new toys. I went the other way. After having an iPhone since the beginning of time, I changed and went the Android route with the Samsung Note 3. Learning the new technology took a few hours but the upgrade was nice. My tablet has a windows operating system so no need to learn anything new there. Enjoy your toys.

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  4. Now use your head girlfriend with your walking. I don't want you to hurt like you did before.

    Well aren't you two entering the technology world in full force. Good luck with all your new toys.

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    1. Yes mam! The new toys are doing just great.

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  5. I loved my thunderbolt. I had insurance on it and when I made a claim after it just was getting SO old, they didn't give me a new thunderbolt, they gave me a rezound. Don't like it at all. Both are droids. I kept my thunderbolt just like you did yours. I play solitaire on it so it won't feel too lonely and I tell it how much better it was than its replacement is. Free iphone must have meant that you had to do a 2 year contract. I hate that. I have unlimited data from my original contract and I know if I take their free phone I have to change my contract and lose that. Not worth it to me. Hope this rezound doesn't die. Anxious to hear how you like your tablet and what you do with it.

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    1. Sherry, I'm hanging on to my unlimited plan by the skin of my teeth. . .have decided I will buy a new phone "out of pocket" instead of renewing the contract. . .we'll see!

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    2. Yes, I am now stuck with another two year contract after being free of one for two years. Oh well, two years seems to fly these days.

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  6. It's hard to part with an old friend, unless you're bribed with some new toys! :c)

    Good luck with the new learning curve!

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  7. Bob had a Droid3 that he couldn't part with for the longest time. Finally got so bad he switched to a HTC One M8 and hasn't looked back.

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    1. Once one finds new and/or better things on their phone, you are right....no looking back.

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  8. The Verizon Tablet sounds like a pretty good deal. I have a 3G Motorola Android phone, too, and I love it. My plan still has unlimited data, so I'm not changing a thing until they change my plan and kick me off the unlimited data plan. Then I might get an iPhone, too. :)

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    1. You might want to look at the Samsung Galaxy too.

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  9. I am glad to hear how far you were able to walk. That's so great. I am not qualified to comment on your phone situation as I still have a phone that only calls and texts people. Almost like the oldfashioned landlines.

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    1. If you have what you need, that is great!

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  10. Gosh, I can so relate. I'm due for an upgrade and I've been resisting getting an iPhone even though my daughter keeps insisting. We'll see! And on the walking front, take it slow but oh how it feels good. This past year has presented me with my own 'issues' and our recent hikes have been especially joyous. I had concerns those hikes were in my past thus it felt wonderful to be moving again.

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    1. Yes, it is great to be walking again. Love the exercise.

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  11. so busy researching Solar Panels and stuff that I missed your update. . .oh goodness. . .I feel for ya. . .I just hate learning new technology. . .just don't want to anymore. . .hope you end up loving it!

    At least you have others to show you the ropes. . .

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  12. I do really enjoy the new I phone. Glad I got it - now. At first was not so sure.

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