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Goodbye foot pain and poor cell-phone service!

January 29, 2004, 9:17 PM

Well! I dropped a bundle of money today. I got a pair of Z-Coil shoes (see an entry or so down to see what I mean) and a new cell phone.

First of all, the Z-Coils. These are shoes with springs in them. I got them to wear at work, because the heel pain I get from standing all day goes from bad to unbearable over the course of the day. And since standing on my toes all day to relieve the pain in my heels is a bother, this is a good potential solution. The lead CSM in Staunton wears this kind of shoes, and she says she is fine in them. Hopefully these will take care of the pain. And if they don’t work out, there’s a seven-day return policy. But if they do work out, then it was a worthwhile investment, despite being expensive as hell. We’ll see what happens at work tomorrow.

Also, I got a new cell phone today, having switched carriers from Ntelos (formerly Intelos) to Verizon Wireless. I switched because I was not pleased with Ntelos’s service. I didn’t think that they had all that great of service. With Ntelos, I only got 200 minutes, no night/weekend service, the local service area generally consisting of the Shenandoah Valley, and local only in Virginia. With Verizon, most of the country is local, and the service area is equally large. Oh, and it works in the underground tunnels on Metro, which is a big plus for me.

And you should see this new phone, too. My old phone was big and kind of feature-poor. Now my phone is a flip-phone, has a color screen, fifteen hundred bazillion ring tones and is a camera phone. Why did I get a camera phone? The answer: Why not? It’s fun.

Plus that brings me to another selling point on the camera phone: it’s cooler than Dad’s phone. Now mind you, the rest of the family went to Verizon six months ago or so, and I stayed with Ntelos. My father got some fancy flip-phone, and my mother and sister got some cheapie phone that didn’t cost extra. I beat my father in phone coolness. After all, my phone has a color display AND a camera. His phone doesn’t do that.

And for the ladies, yes, getting bigger and better equipment than other guys is a guy thing.

Web site: Article from Wired about camera phones

Song: "Nick at Nite Road Crew"

Quote: "My phone is cooler than Dad's!"

Categories: Cell phone, Shopping