Monday, September 27, 2010

A Little of This, A Little of That

Sunday, I was eligible for Verizon's New Every Two plan to keep us all in thrall and contracts new phones, so like an addict I had to retire the Crackberry in favor of a Droid. A Droid 2 to be specific. I'm learning - heck, I'm a geek and I couldn't figure out how to answer a call at first. There is gonna be some adjustment fer sure. I like the slide out keyboard - it's arranged better and larger than the Curve's - but the tactile sense of the keys engaging is far better on the ol' 'Berry. While the touch screen is ultra kewl, not having direct buttons to start and end calls seems frustrating to me - you have to turn on the screen with a button at the top and swipe the lock symbol just so to get into the main screen. Answering - the screen lights up, but you still have to swipe just so. All this pretty well takes two hands and some attention, so driving and calling might just be a risky proposition with this phone.

The Droid camera is supposed to be a ten megapixel, compared to around one for the Curve. Here are two pictures of about the same spot but on two different days, so unfortunately comparing them directly isn't really fair to either one.

If you've ever headed east of Kingdom City on I70, you've seen these billboards supporting the University of Missouri Tigers - or MIZZOU. This pic was taken by the Blackberry.

The Droid's effort - plus you can see the exact mile marker this all starts at. Missouri has mile markers out every two tenths of a mile.

Aaaand today may be the last day we can get across St. Louis before dark. You've probably hear me say it before, but oversize loads are limited to daylight hours (usually one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset) and large cities have curfews to keep us out during rush hours (generally 6 to 9 am in the morning and 3:30 to 6pm in the evening. The curfew at St. Louis lasts until 6:30. It takes us an hour to get across town. Sunset is at 7, so we ended up parking right at the legal limit on time tonight in Pontoon Beach IL.

We've been sneaking across starting at 6pm for about a month and getting away with it. The port of entry on the west side by Foristell MO has been closed. Today, they were not and they held us until curfew was clear. If we keep trying to sneak across early - they're gonna remember and we'll all be lighter in the avoirdupois, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

We might be able to pull it off one more time, but getting caught after dark ain't the smoothest move one can make, either.

Ahhh, well, such is life.

1 comment:

threecollie said...

Seems to be quite a difference in the photo quality, but the two hands thing sounds like a real pain. I still have to borrow a phone from the kids if I need one. lol