You know you are getting old when you ask each other each morning how the other slept. When you are young, it is assumed you sleep soundly and long. "Sleep well dear?" we now ask. That would be a tick for us.
You know you are getting old when you frequently comment on the weather. "Been a shower overnight, but not much in it". "When will this heat ever stop". "Bit chilly tonight". "Check the rain radar before we go out will ya ducks". "I am so over summer/winter." Another tick for us.
You know you are getting old when you both do the hands on hips and leaning backwards treatment for the health of your spine, as the disc cushions in your back decay.
Yes, we are getting old. But I am determined that I will exercise my brain at least. I do so in many ways, and writing here is just one of them.
Another way to keep the electrons firing in the head mush is to BUY A NEW MOBILE PHONE. So we did, one each, the same.
Samsung Galaxy 4 is about to be released, so I thought we should be able to get a Galaxy 3 at a reasonable price.
We visited the phone shop on a Sunday. The boss wasn't there and the lass who attended us was not 'dealing'. She said she would get the boss to have a look at it when he was in the next day and call us.
She called the next day and said she had spoken to the boss and she reduced the cost by $5.
We each have the same plans. $20 a month, which includes $15 free calls, texts and data, plus another $20 to pay the phone off over two years and I pay an extra $10 for a 1gb data allowance. So that is $40 for R, and $50 for me per month. Oh yes, we can call each other for free for 3 minutes. We are very happy with the plan and it suits us well, but it seemed if we wanted new phones, then we were going to have to pay more, $68 for me, $58 for R. The new plan did include $600 of free calls a month! We would be lucky if we racked up $6 of calls a month on our mobiles.
I thanked her for here trouble and said I would discuss it with R, which I did, and we agreed, well, if we are going to pay more, we will wait until the 4 comes out and see what is on offer then.
The next day the boss himself called. In fractured English, you are good customers of Telstra. I can give you Samsung Galaxy 3 on the same plan as you are on. One problem. Data allowance will now cost $15, not $10. I can wear that. Come the Thursday after the Sunday we were in the shop to do the paperwork and collect out phones.
As I never came close to using my 1gb data allowance, I reduced it to 250mb for $5. At home, I can wifi to the router for anything large.
We are ever so happy with our new phones, even though our brains are getting a serious workout as we learn how they operate. There are remaining problems though. R's won't connect to the home wifi and although I connected to the home wifi to download all my apps, it seems to have done it via phone network and I have used half my monthly allowance in two days. Pffft. Who cares (I normally do, but I am saving $5 a month for data allowance, $60 a year, so if I go over my plan, no matter).
I did mention in a post a while ago about getting new phones and there was a comment along the lines of, yours are almost new. Why do you need new phones if the old ones still work?
It is a fair point and I really don't have a logical answer, only explanations. It is about pleasure (I don't really eat sweets or chocolate often). It is about keeping up with technology. I don't want to be an old man with a 'tradie' Nokia. It is about the stressful yet exciting challenge of learning about something new. I certainly don't want to be behind my grown up nieces and nephew in the tech department. Although they are well ahead of me in Face Book department. We got the latest phones at a bargain price, even though they will only be the latest for a month or so. To learn what these small things you hold in your hand can do is amazing. It is not all about me either. Our Samsung Galaxy 1 phones did not have a flash for photos. I hardly ever use my phone camera as I usually have my camera with me, but R does often and he is very impressed with the photos the new phone can take and that it has a flash light. I may be an ageing person of plain appearance, but hey, look at me. I have the latest phone.
The best thing is, the working system of our new phones is fast, and Telstra 4G is is many times faster than Telstra 3G. BBC World news photos that accompany each story used to load slowly, taking at least a few seconds. Now they load instantly.
Very happy! Oops, nearly 11am and still in my dressing gown.