Monday, December 5, 2022



I am one of the holdouts in a soon-to-be-extinct generation.  I have resisted the bionic implanting of a cell phone onto the list of my anatomical necessary organs.


I have owned a flip phone but never turned it on unless I was away from home and found it necessary to make a call – which was seldom.


However, two weeks ago after my phone quit working, I was notified by Verizon that my flip phone would no longer be supported and that I would have to purchase an upgrade.


I called Verizon and after fifteen minutes of navigating through six recorded menus, I was finally able to speak to a human.   I canceled my Verizon subscription.


I had seen the advertisement for a Lively Jitterbug smartphone in a senior publication.  I gave them a call and immediately had a representative on the line.   For five dollars more than I was paying Verizon, I got their smartphone with numerous apps including a calendar, GPS, internet, and unlimited text and phone usage; and the phone operates on the Verizon network.  


The phone was a breeze to set up and came with an extensive manual.  I had a question and called their tech line.  The phone was answered by a real person on the third ring.  I have got to admit I am impressed.


I still don’t plan to turn the phone on unless I am away from home and need to make a telephone call, but the apps will come in handy. 


The Ol’Buzzard reluctantly enters the techno-communication century.



  1. Hey, it happens eventually to all of us Luddites. Welcome to the 21st century and enjoy your Smartphone! You'll love it.

  2. I didn't want a smart phone either. Now I find it quite useful to take photos of things I'm looking for - so much easier than trying to describe what I'm looking for to employees so I don't have to wander the aisles. For keeping an inventory of patterns and books so I avoid duplicate purchases. For city maps in unfamiliar towns. And for reading or checking the news now that magazines have disappeared from waiting rooms. I rarely use it as a phone.
    But I still prefer a paper shopping list for some reason.

  3. I fucking looooooooooooooooooooove my phone. send me your number and I'll text you a fuck you every now and then.

  4. I got rid of my land line years ago to save money so naturally use my cell a lot, but your deal of the jitterbug sounds like a good one. Used to love to watch my parents do the jitterbug, they were good. Hope it works out well for you. Spotted you on a mutual friends blog, so thought I'd pop in to say hi and invite you for a visit. I always enjoy meeting new bloggers.
    Sandy's Space

  5. Sounds like a good provider. Lucky you. One thing you can use your phone for is to take pictures of fine print and blow it up so you can read it. I rarely use mine to make or receive a phone call one as most of the time I use WhatsApp. Works free internationally if you are near Wi-Fi or have a data pack.


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