What the Flip is Wrong With the Phone Companies?

This is what happens when customer service is an afterthought.

Chasing Unicorns

All my wife wants to do is call someone in case of an emergency. So I got her a Tracfone. Tracfone allows you to pre-pay with a phone card that you have to buy for about $20, every three months. But the past few years I’ve found it harder and harder to get the damned pre-paid cards to work.

Last week I gave up on Tracfone. My wife bought a new pre-paid card, and no matter what I did, it wouldn’t upload air time on her phone. So we’re out $20.

Then my wife got all excited about Jitterbug. For $15.00 a month she could have a flip phone that would be easy to use, and never require those damned pre-paid cards. The Jitterbug company advertises a lot and has a good reputation. Seemed like a good deal for us, even if it was a little more expensive than a…

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A Moment of Clarity

I was getting ready to review another product (Air vent phone mounts for your car) when I had an epiphany.

I don’t need to write 1000 words about these things.  More to the point, I don’t need to write wordy reviews on a lot of things.  Some products are simple.  How they work, what they do.  Simple.  My reviews of them should be simple too.

So expect to see more reviews (YAY!) that don’t look like a dissertation on the relative nature of the phone mount and its impact on the the greater electromagnetic spectrum of the universe.

You’re welcome!

-Humble Dave


I ALWAYS loved to touch things.  Buttons HAD to get pushed.  Switches MUST be flipped.  The two most common phrases I heard growing up were “David, keep your hands to yourself,” and “David, put your hands in your pockets.”  I’m a very tactile person.


I’ve also always had a knack for breaking things.  I don’t really know why, and it carries over to this day.  I play rough.  If something wouldn’t open at a “normal” application of force, I immediately tried “MAX FORCE!”  Believe me, things opened.  I think my parents started looking for nearly indestructible toys that I could put together and take apart at a very early age (like Construx and Erector sets.  Or blocks of wood).   Later, they would give me things that were already broken and I could open it up and explore to my hearts content.

I remember when our first family computer (Commodore Vic 20) broke and I had the opportunity to take it apart.  I have no idea how many hours I spent on that thing.  I wasn’t particularly organized about it.  Pieces came off and went into a plastic box with no labeling, rhyme or reason.  Just “pop!” off came another whatchamacallit, into the box it goes!  So much fun.

Anyway, the point of this long story is that I like handling things, making them work, exposing flaws, and ultimately rendering it inoperable.  Trust me, if something is likely to be broken during normal use by a person, I’m your guy.

Hey, cool tablet!  Can I check it out? 😉

Living the dream,
-Humble Dave

Wow, so this is my website? Neat!

I’ve never blogged about anything before.  I’ve also never had a website, so HOORAY for new things!  I supposed that since you’re reading this you might be curious why I bothered and what’s my plan?  Here you go.

I picked up a new hobby a few months ago: reviewing things on Amazon.  Companies send me a variety of (usually) interesting products (for free or at a discount), I test them out, and write an Amazon review detailing my experience and thoughts on the item.  I thought it would be neat to have a place where I could highlight the products I liked the best – for whatever reason – and share them with others.

But then I thought, “What if I DON’T like something, should I share that too?”  And, naturally, I should!  So you’ll also see me write about things I tested that bugged me, and why you might want to pass on them.

However, I soon realized that I ALSO have opinions about other things!  Politics, the financial services industry, the lack of vintage video arcades (although they’re making a comeback!), why the turn signal is such a challenging device, and why can’t I find decent whitefish salad outside of New York (I’m not joking.).  So, you may also find items like that on here somewhere.  I’ll probably keep them off the front page, but it depends on how passionate I’m feeling about it at the time.  Caveat Lector! <– If Google Translate hasn’t failed me, that means “reader beware.”

So that’s it for now, I think.  I appreciate you powering through my first blog post.  Hopefully my writing will improve as time goes on, although if it doesn’t at least you know what you’re getting into!

Live the Dream!

-Humble Dave