Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Beware of TextNow


 Some months back I downloaded the Text Now app to my tablet and used it through wifi for a few months. They offered minutes by doing certain things through the app. I used it mostly for text but made a few voice calls. I received an email about a Samsung Galaxy S3 that was pre-installed with Text Now and can be used as a cell phone. I bought it. It was reconditioned at $99. It went through a main cell service but had to also have wifi or data to access the towers. From day one I had issues with it as a cell phone. The carrier used has dead spots in my city, so I would have to walk away from my wifi a half block then use the data to make a cell call. I ran into several dead spots in places in my city. Thus I used up the data quickly. So I upped my monthly fees to try to have the use as a cell phone. But the phone itself would freeze up on occasions. I resorted to having to carry an old back up pay as you go phone so if the TextNow phone acted up I had access to make calls.
 I contacted customer service several times. I had to reset the phone, do other steps, followed all they said to do. Each week I had issues. The dead spots from the main carrier are an issue in my city. I ran into them a lot. But the cell phone itself was full of glitches. Finally one day the screen froze up and it did not work. I contacted customer service. At first they wanted me to do some of the rests I did several times before. But could not as the phone screen was frozen. I mailed it back for service. It took 2 weeks to get a phone back, but I had my old prepay to carry me over.
 I emailed and discussed the issues before mailing it back for several days, explaining I could not do resets. I was never told I would be charged any fees as I had a warranty. I assumed it would be repaired under the warranty. However a month later a $99 charge appeared on my credit card I use for the monthly fees. No one told me of any charge I was not notified in any manner. I just discovered it on my card. I had to contact them for an explanation. After a few emails I was told the LCD had a crack. I am not sure what that even means. Never explained more than that. I was then told they would research it and get back to me. After 3 weeks of not hearing a word I contacted them.
They offered some sort of deal. Basically I would get a cheap phone from them and be out $110. I had also notified my credit card company and BBB of the issue. So the offer they made would save me $88 but I would not have the Samsung Galaxy S3 I purchased originally and be out $110. Then I am sure I would still have the issue of the dead zones and who knows what else.
 I now wait to hear back from my credit card company and the BBB. I have little faith in Text Now. I also discovered the phone went on sale for $49 while I was charged the $99 secretly on my card. I mentioned this to customer service but they said that was just a special for new customers. Seems they do not care about current customers. So beware if you get a phone through them and know what dead zones are in your city before you buy from them.

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 Text Now has now agreed to refund the $99 secret charge made to my credit card and apologized for the misunderstanding. Four months after our many emails.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oil Price Slide





January 20, 2015- I just want to point out before we get too far on sympathy for oil companies, and believe me I support our major industry, that in 2003 when a gallon of gas was around $1.60 Exxon earned billions of dollars in profit.Largest profit to that date. And they will be profitable in 2015. I am seeing in the media stories trying to generate sympathy for oil industry, saying who is going to suffer and lamenting the big drop in oil prices. Yes some of the smaller guys will suffer and me as I support smaller guys by investing in them. That is what happens in a capitalistic society, things change based on markets and if we guess wrong we lose a little. All in all over that 12 year period the stock market doubled, oil prices rose way high, many companies and investors profited. Now some of us are losing a little, That is the way it is.
The oil we are not pumping out today will stay in the ground, when prices rise we can pump it out. Maybe then we have better technology too as we developed the last 12 years. I can wait to then with gas prices at a reasonable rate based on what oil really is worth and not manipulated by faceless, nameless people.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Water Well Pump Repair




 With the very cold weather here in the south my water well pump stopped working. It was too cold to work on it right away with ice storm so finally when it cleared I was able to examine it. If the pump itsel is OK, then the on off switch is the issue. This time it was something in the little black tube that measures the water pressure in the holding tank. Apparently it ices up from humidity and the switch would not turn on. I cleaned things up, sprayed silicone lubricant and now it works.
 I post it here in case someone needs to know how to quick check and repair a water well pump that stops in an ice storm.


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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Personalized Blue Letter Tile Stickers

http://www.zazzle.com/special_order_krewe

  Great stickers for mail box, or on items at parties, or drive way signs done in New Orleans Style Blue Letters. E-mail for details to have one set up for you, your party, home, car, or ice chest. Sticks on easy.

 jerry@figstreet.com for details, costs, set up, or ideas.


Saturday, February 02, 2013

Where to park your car in New Orleans

 My work takes me to the French Quarter almost daily. Tourists seem to think there is splenty  parking in the French Quarter and drive in to learn there is very limited places to park.It is best to prepare ahead, find a lot on the edges, Rampart St, Decatur, or any area out side the small narrow streets of the Quarter. On most big weekends the streets are closed off, as you try to get in it gets all backed up. Trying to drive in creates a massive traffic tie up and you and car get stuck for a long time going no where. Park the car on the edge of the Quarter and walk in, it is only a few blocks walk to every thing there. Parking outside the Quarter is cheaper and smart. See this page for details http://neworleans.bestparking.com/#1


 Plan ahead to not drive into the Quarter then get stuck as I see happen all the time. I am amazed at how people drive in then just get stuck trying to get back out, Large vehicles are forbidden and will get ticket. Illegally parked cars are towed off. The parking lots on Rampart St are cheaper then being towed and better then getting stuck going no where. Aslso see http://neworleans.centralparking.com/

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl New Orleans Fireworks on the River


New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII, 2013  Festivities


 I spent the evening at the Super Bowl display on the river front. It was free with music stages, food booths, and corporate tent displays. Not very crowded. The highlight was the bring up a barge with light display, projected replays of games, music, ending in a lot of fire works. Great thing to see and do. I took a few pictures with my cell phone.





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NFL Experience, Saints display.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

"THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL - YouTube

"THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL - YouTube: ""

 This is the funniest thing I have watched on You Tube.

Coco Robicheaux and Bluecat



 Curtis and I met sometime ago across the lake. Years after I caught up with him in New Orleans when he adopted the stage name Coco Robicheaux. I saw him, knew I knew him but it took a while until we realized who each other were. We laughed as we both adopted names. I went by Bluecat after the catfish I use to catch and cook in Indian Village near Slidell where Coco and I first met. We both shared stories and loosely kept in touch. The week before he died we had a little drink together. Never did I think at that time it was our last visit here until we meet again. I have several Coco stories as we seemed to run into each other at odd times, grocery, doctor's office, walking. Just crossing paths on life's journey. He is missed, my friend "Coco". He became a singer, I a painter. We both went into the arts and loved the swamp. We frequented the swamps around the north-shore and it shows in my art and his songs.