Cell Phone Drama & Robinhood

Last Friday in the Outer Banks, the wind blew about 25 miles per hour.  Maybe you’re asking yourself what that has to do with cell phone drama, maybe you should be patient and keep reading!

The captain of the boat we chartered that day was hesitant to take us out into the ocean because of the strong winds, but we figured we’d give it a shot and we pushed out through the inlet and out into the choppy ocean.  The waves pounded the boat and we couldn’t stand up straight unless we were holding onto something.  As the waves rocked us violently, we crashed into the coolers, sides of the boat, and each other.  On a number of those collisions, my cell phone which was tucked into my side pocket, received the brunt of it. 

After the trip, I saw the screen of my phone was completely destroyed.  The device once capable of taking pictures, checking email, the internet, and making calls was almost completely useless (it could still make calls, I just couldn’t see who I was calling or who was calling me). 

So when I looked at TMobile’s website, they were charging me $399 to replace the phone without a 2 year contract extension and $329 with a 2 year extension.  I could cancel my contract for less than that and get the phone for free with better coverage on Verizon.

I called TMobile to cancel my phone and told them why, they immediately offered to replace the phone for $50 with a contract extension.  I saved $300 by making a phone call.

Speaking of saving money by making phone calls, Jaclyn fought our insurance company (Blue Cross Blue Shield) and appealed two decisions they made to not reimburse us for visits to the doctor and medication.  To their credit, they agreed with Jaclyn’s appeal and decided to reimburse us $700 that we’d already paid.  

This Friday, we’re going to see David Byrne in concert (former lead singer of the Talking Heads) at the Mann Music Center.  I can’t wait to bolt from work and tailgate in the parking lot.  

Winston and I are watching Disney’s Robin Hood.  I find it interesting that he steals not from the rich, but from the government, he basically steals the taxes that are being taken from the people and gives them back to the people who are paying the taxes.  It’s not like he is stealing, he’s just stealing back the money and returning it to the people it was stolen from.  Right now, I think about 25% of my paycheck is taken in taxes, I wish someone would steal it and give is back to me.  Since I’m working as a contractor, I don’t have taxes taken from my paycheck, I receive the whole amount which is awfully tempting.  When you actually see the whole paycheck, you want to do everything you can to avoid giving it to the government, its much easier to see it automatically taken out.  


2 thoughts on “Cell Phone Drama & Robinhood

  1. I am very happy and excited to share this with everyone. After doing Roy McDonalds Course and reading his book things have changed, I have developed positive attitude inside and I feel I could do everything that I thought was impossible for me before. Now I don’t run away from my priorities.


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