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Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 4:44 PM GMT on February 20, 2013

It rained yesterday. In fact enough at .40 inches to set a record for the date. I know for most of you that's not much, but we are talking desert here. Today we catch the back of the front which will result shortly in high winds, tropical storm force with gusts above hurricane strength. They are already preparing for downed trees and power lines and damage to homes. Not that anyone out of the immediate area is aware of it, as it's not a named storm, the coverage area is small, but the next time you wonder how life goes on when some area is severely impacted by a named and nationally recognized storm, life goes on today for most as normal.

OK, let me climb off of my soapbox!

There is a new wireless company with service available in at least New York offering 19 dollars a month service for unlimited talk, text and wi-fi. Yes you heard it right, 19 bucks! I hope it starts a trend of lowering the cost of cell phone service. The story reminded me just how much all of our new found gadgets cost us. There's so much that we find as a necessity today that we pay for that growing up was unheard of. Our family has 4 cell phones, internet access, cable and Netflix and we can't forget Sirius radio all at the tune of about 400.00 a month. Do we need it? Of course not, but we think we do and it leads to the QOD:

What techno gadget is a must have for you and which ones can you live without?

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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:05 PM GMT on February 27, 2013
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9. palmettobug53
4:50 AM GMT on February 24, 2013
I think Hubby would go into revolt if I tried to get rid of cable TV, though. I rather like it myself but I could live without it.

I think.

We don't go out much so I guess you could consider TV as our entertainment budget, instead of restaurants, movies, etc.

I do like PBS, TCM, AMC, History, Travel channels.
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8. palmettobug53
4:33 AM GMT on February 24, 2013
Neither Hubby nor I have cells. He does at work but it gets left at work to recharge.

We have two land lines at home. I've thought about seeing if we could find an inexpensive cell package for him, so we could eliminate that second land line and all it's added fees and expenses. Neither of us use a phone much, except to make necessary calls.

Hubby's not in the habit of just gabbing on the phone and my text phone for the deaf is kind of awkward for it, since it's a three way call through an operator. It's fine for necessary calls, like making appointments or brief conversations with family members. This is my text phone. I have to have a land line for my text phone, so won't be getting rid of that.

I use email and internet for communication.

Hubby doesn't use a computer at all. Says he wants to learn but I can never pin him down to actually do it.

Wouldja believe I still have an old rotary dial phone as a back up for Hubby's cordless? Bought one years ago, back in the Stone Age, long before cells came out. Once I learned that you could buy your phone from the phone company instead of being charged a monthly rental fee, I bought one. The rental fee wasn't all that much but still....

The thing must be 35 years old. It's practically indestructible!

Some years back, I read an article about how land lines and old rotary dial phones come in handy after natural disasters when you've lost power and your cell's battery runs out and you've got no way to recharge it. Or cell towers are down. Quite frequently, land lines are still working and there's no battery on on rotary. Once I read that, I decided I'd just keep the rotary as a backup, instead of hauling it to Goodwill.

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7. Skyepony (Mod)
4:11 AM GMT on February 24, 2013
Internet is about it for me too. Still don't care to keep up with or carry around a phone or anything. Still a fan of free air tv even.

Crab~ That is great you've generated that much off grid:)
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6. hurricanecrab
2:04 AM GMT on February 24, 2013
When Paloma kicked our butts in 2008, we learned that we could live quite happily without all of it. Well.......... that's not entirely true. My darlin's crackberry was still working, and through it we had our connection to the outside world. A good friend of mine kept us apprised of the wacky weirdness stuff (remember, this was around the time of the U.S. elections).

For my darlin', no news is fine. For me, what I imagined was far worse than reality, so at least a minimal connection to the outside world is good and feels necessary.

Since then, we're about 75% off-grid, producing most of our own power. I LIKE DVR, my cell phone, my guitar amp, computer/internet and the ductless split a/c unit. I don't NEED any of it, other than a link to the outside world; when that eventually fails, I'll know it's on. I would miss internet most of all. You all matter, like it or not.
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5. RobDaHood
2:59 AM GMT on February 21, 2013
4. Alleyoops
Some very good points.

I have to have a cell phone and internet for work. I don't text. I used to have internet on my phone...no more.

Kinda old fashioned I suppose, no texting, but you can send me an email or you can call me. If I don't answer, I have voicemail. Not gonna have a conversation typing with my thumbs.

My other techo-vice is SAT TV. Figure for what I pay for all the premium channels cost me less than going to a couple movies at the theatre every month, I can watch them when it's convenient, and I don't mind waiting a while to see the latest flick.

And I do really enjoy my Xbox. Could live without it, but it's great for stress, or when I'm up in the middle of the night and don't really feel like a movie.
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4. Alleyoops
9:41 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
I refuse to have a cell phone, I don't wish to be on call 24/7. If you can't reach me on the landline, then leave a message, I may eventually get back to you.

The one thing I could not live without unfortunately is my internet. Take everything else but leave my internet. It is my only source with the outside world being a shut-in most of the time due to health co-mobilities. Funny how we become dependent on something like this. What did we do in the old days, we actually got out and socialized, people actually came to visit you in your home, not to party, but to see if you were ok and needed any help.

Now days, it's hard to get someone to even look at you as they are busy texting or some other thing, with their Ipads etc. We are all becoming ROBOTS with no social skills being developed.
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3. auburn (Mod)
5:44 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Never sent a text in my life..
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2. ricderr
5:08 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
I would love to give up my cell phone.....i rarely text.....and when i do..i use the talk feature where you talk...and it types it to text...pretty dumb in my opinion....i don't get on the internet with it....although we don't have a home phone...so i'm stuck with it
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1. auburn (Mod)
5:05 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
I can and have lived without a cell phone..my wife and kids live on theirs..
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