Monthly Archives: October 2012


Everyone Loves Their Phones

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I was just thinking early today about how much time I spend on my phone each day. We were talking about it during lunch at work, too, because we were all sitting at a table in the cafe eating and one of my coworkers made the comment that every few minutes someone pulled their phone out to check something.  She was right!  We all started to laugh every time it happened after that.  We looked around at the other people (who didn’t know they were being observed) and people were indeed checking their phones every few minutes.  Some people even had their phones out on the table in case they got an important text or whatever.

I’m guilty of doing the same thing, though, so I can’t really judge, I can just laugh along with it.  What did we all do 15 years ago before we all had cell phones?  Or if we did have a phone, it was a huge Zack Morris phone that cost $2/min to use and didn’t have any games?

Speaking of games, cell phone games are awesome.  I’m not even kidding when I say that probably half of the time I spend on my phone is not doing work or talking to someone, but playing games.  In the last 24 hours I have played Words With Friends (basically like Scrabble) with my sister, who always beats me.  She’s younger than me by a few years so you would assume that I would win, right?  Pssh!  She crushes me.  In the game we’re playing right now, there are 8 words on the board and I’m already losing by 30 points.  I can’t leave out Angry Birds, which was the first game that got me into cell phone games.  I remember when I downloaded it and ended up going to be an hour late because I was playing it.  I kept telling myself “ok, just one more round.”  Ha, that didn’t work very well.  Recently I found a site with Angry Birds walkthrough videos, so when I can’t beat a level, I can see the solution.  I also have a chess game.  I’m terrible at chess but I like it and want to get better.  Fortunately, this game has like 10 difficulty settings.  I usually leave it on the easiest, and even then sometimes I still lose.  And then I have Draw Something, which is my new obsession.   Half the time when I check my phone, I’m looking to see if someone has sent me a drawing yet.  The only thing I don’t like about that game are the ads that force you to watch a video between turns, and the fact that sometimes the drawings I send don’t go through.


Distracted at work

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I can’t believe it’s already 3pm.  I even got to work early today and I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done yet.  I haven’t even eaten lunch yet!  We actually have a cafeteria in our building which is pretty cool because you can just run downstairs and get lunch.  Sometimes there are long lines, but at least you don’t have to go anywhere, and if it’s a day that you happen to be really busy, you can just bring your lunch back upstairs and eat it at your desk.  My problem right now is that the cafeteria closes at 3pm and it’s 3:11pm right now, so that means I’m gonna have to order a pizza or something.

So anyway, I got distracted this morning because I’ve been looking for a new truck recently, and when I got to work this morning I was the only one on my team in the office, so I decided before I started my work, I was going to look around on Neo Trucks while I had my coffee.  Well, that turned into like 2 hours and before I knew it, everyone was here.  Whoops.

My current truck has around 180,000 miles on it and it’s just starting to have one issue after another now.  I feel like it’s been in the shop more than it’s been in my garage over the last few months.  I figure 180,000 miles if decent and it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

I never buy new vehicles, though.  You know the old saying about how they lose 15% of their value as soon as you drive them off the lot or whatever.  I prefer to buy them with between 10,000-40,000 miles on them so they’re still relatively “new” but don’t carry the price tag of a new vehicle.  I know some people like getting a new vehicle so that they’re the only owner, but it’s worth it to me to save a few thousand dollars.

I also can’t believe I’ve had this much time to write this post right now.  I’m waiting for this job to finish running in Mainframe (yes, we still use Mainframe) and it’s taking its time.  Anyway, I should finish this up so I can go order my pizza.  I want to hurry up and get my work done so I can go home and spend the rest of the evening looking at used trucks.  I’d like to have purchased one before winter gets here.