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You are done Old Horse

Motorola Razr (styled RAZR, pronounced “razor”) is a series of mobile phones by Motorola, part of the 4LTR line. They were first developed in July 2003 and were released in the market in the third quarter of 2004. The V3 was the first and main phone of the series.

Motorola Razr v3 - mine

Motorola Razr v3 – mine

I am a fan of the Motorola Razr flip phone; I just am.   I think I got my first one in 2005 or thereabouts; so lets’ just call it 10 years.  At some point Motorola decided to move on and quit supporting the little phone.  The bastards!  Caused me no small amount of angst so I went to eBay and bought up several along with batteries and chargers and such.  Good to have a back up, a spare.  Two is one and one is none and all of that.  In my case, it was more like 10 might be enough.  One of the more memorable Razr purchases arrived in Texas talkin’ Cyrillic. Took me awhile to figger that booger out!  Along the way, I added some accessories for the Razr that included a charging cradle for the little phone in the Big Ass Suburban along with a mondo powerful Wilson Amp.  I felt as if I could talk to Mars via the bristle of antennas on the ‘Burb.  A nice combo to have down here on the backside of the Puckerbrush for sure.

The handwriting was on the wall……..

Some folks change phones like they change socks.  Obviously,  I am majorly dis-included from this anointed techno group. Sometime after the arrival at the Secret Hideout this Spring, my cell phone plan began to unravel.  The charging cradle broke and two applications of the magic JB Weld was no bueno. Of course, they quit making that cradle sometime the previous decade.  I know, I looked.  I was also down to the last of the Razr stockpile.  The previous units had succumbed to cracked glass, keyboard Alzheimers and environment abuse.  The little silver one had been particularly hardy and the glass seemed to be made of kryptonite and then slowly but surely the ravages of time began to take their toll even on that tough little nut.  When I flipped it open it would actually groan and then open sorta crooked like.  Reminded me of opening a creaky ol’ barn door that was half off the hinges.  Sometimes I would open it up and it would say “Insert SIM card”  Silly ass phone!  You got a sim card in there!  I would open up the guts and the gold contacts on the SIM card were sorta green looking.  One quick rub on my jeans and we were GTG again.  But the occurrences of such failures were becoming prevalent instead of a rarity………  Best I could figure my little phone was just rusting up from living in a sweaty shirt pocket for these too many months and the cell phone angst returned.

Technology mayhem

Technology mayhem

It is not like I wasn’t prepared for this sad day.  2 years ago this October,  I ‘upgraded’ my AT&T Razr phone when it was time to sign a new contract;  cost me all of $00.01.  When the new LG fancy phone got here, I pulled it out of the box and slid that little keyboard out of the drawer thingy and looked at the befuddling Quickstart guide and said “Nah” and put it back in the box.  So when it finally got down to nut cuttin’ time this week, it took me two days to figure out just the basics of this new phone and I am still not guaranteeing you I won’t forward your call to an ex-wife or send your pictures to the Climate Controlled storage place up in San Marcos that is in my address book.   There is most definitely a learning curve here and I am damn glad I didn’t get an iPhone!  I am sure my brain would be hurtin’ into next week were I too step off into that.  On the plus-plus side, I will no longer embarass my BFF Cait when I unlimber this new phone in Public.  She pretended like she didn’t know me when I would fish the Razr out of my pocket.  This phone was not cutting edge 2 years ago when I paid the penny for it but it is damn sure all the technology I can stand for the moment.

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Remember last week when I said ”  I am 10 days into what is supposed to be a 2 week fill-in and who knows if that schedule will even hold.  Things have a way of changing fast in this country.” ??  I was prescient.  Monday about 1pm my supervisor roared up in a cloud of caliche and said I might have to move to an interior gate here on the ranch that the Rancher was raisin’ 9 kinds of hell about.  My reply?  “No problem but I bet y’all wait ’til about 4 o’clock when it is 104 degrees to make up your mind.”   At 5:15 they said GO! and I had to be there and working the gate within the hour.  Figgers.

Porch House Gate

Porch House Gate

It was a good move though.  Slow traffic gate with an odd little porch house thing attached plus a ramshackle roof to park the Big Ass Suburban under.  Word is this will last a month to 6 weeks and I am good with that even though it is a 24/7 gate.  The Rancher showed up at 0400 the first morning I was here.  Mr. Neil is a crusty ol’ fart at 71 to be sure and I can see he might be a handful if rankled.  He was wearing a gorgeous Colts revolver with aged ivory grips crossdraw on his left hip.  He showed up so early explaining “I just wanted to see if I had a real gate guard or not.”  He did the same same the next morning and I have not seen him since.   I am hoping he comes around some more because I would like to admire that Colts up  close.

There is a plethora of wildlife here that was absent on that busy main gate.  In the evenings after most of the boys are outta here, me and Tuco the Dog set on the porch and take it all in.  Road runners, javelinas, deer and a multitude of coyotes present themselves.  One of the boys showed  me a picture of a bobcat layin’ about where the rear bumper of the NO Princess Palace is now.  Many of them ask “Seen any snakes .. yet?”  I can see how this elevated porch would be a buzztail haven.  I got my eye out sharp for them!

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One of my goals at the Secret Hideout was to quit wearin’ my tin foil hat out in Public so much.  I got my mind made up strong about several things and nothing is about to change it.  I just grew tired of the ridicule and put the hat away.

Y’all might remember I was a strong fan of the Amazon Subscribe and Save program when I was on the other gate.  The goods were cheap; shipping was free and it was easy to accumulate a dang good supply of needful things.  It really helped UPS and FedEx delivered to that gate!  I am missing UPS Charlie for sure way out here!  Hell, I even miss the Bad UPS Lady.

Anyway, I haven’t done any Subscribe and Save since I blew out of the Puckerbrush in February.  I was using; not accumulating the past 6 months.  My items and lists are still active though and I got an email from Amazon this past week:

There has been a price increase of more than 15% on the following subscriptions since your last delivery. Please see item details below for the new price(s) for your next delivery.

Zatarain’s Seafood Cake Mixes, Salmon Cake Mix, 5.75-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Sold by Amazon.com
Quantity: 1
Subscribe & Save price: $29.61 (after 15% discount)
Current price: $34.83
Subscribe & Save price of last shipment: $20.29

Crown Prince Natural Pink Salmon – Low in Sodium, 7.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Sold by Amazon.com
Quantity: 1
Subscribe & Save price: $43.55 (after 15% discount)
Current price: $51.24
Subscribe & Save price of last shipment: $35.10

Wild Planet Wild Skipjack Light Tuna, 5-oz. Cans (Count of 12)
Sold by Amazon.com
Quantity: 1
Subscribe & Save price: $30.30 (after 15% discount)
Current price: $35.65
Subscribe & Save price of last shipment: $25.80

Carmelina Brands Italian Whole Peeled Tomatoes In Puree, 14.28 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Sold by Amazon.com
Quantity: 1
Subscribe & Save price: $20.60 (after 15% discount)
Current price: $24.23
Subscribe & Save price of last shipment: $20.60

Spicy World Peppercorn (Whole)-Black Tellicherry, 16 Oz. bag
Sold by Amazon.com
Quantity: 1
Subscribe & Save price: $11.47 (after 15% discount)
Current price: $13.49
Subscribe & Save price of last shipment: $11.47

Lawry’s Spaghetti Sauce Spice & Seasonings, Original Style, 1.5-Ounce Packets (Pack of 24)
Sold by Amazon.com
Quantity: 1
Subscribe & Save price: $23.51 (after 15% discount)
Current price: $27.66
Subscribe & Save price of last shipment: $20.66

 

 

You reckon this is that inflation them fella’s been hollerin’ about? Heck, I know eggs are about 50 cent each now and ground beef costs what a ribeye steak used to cost but the economy is recovering and the job market is improving. 

They tell us that each and every night on the Nightly News so it must be so!

We got not a damn thing to worry about.

Right, Citizen?

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8 comments to You are done Old Horse

  • Joel

    OTOH, the price of gas is way down. The core rate of inflation excludes both food and energy.The Consumer Price Index includes food and energy:

    “The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 0.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.”

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf

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    • Andy

      Hey Joel,

      I just put stock in what I see with my own eyes and hear with my own ears these days.

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  • Joel

    I can see that.

    Out here in the science world, we’re fond of saying “the plural of anecdote is not data.”

    In the end, how inflation affects a body depends on what they buy. Gas, computer memory and non-union labor are down. The prices for gold and silver haven’t been this low since 2010.

    Beef is up.

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    • Andy

      All agreed Joel. Everybody has to eat and it affects me. I used to try and figure out why beef is up, precious metals are down and will crude oil prices affect my job.

      It made me crazy. Nunca mas.

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  • Nancy Klune

    Just got back from Denmark. T-Bone’s in the store are right at $100 per lb.

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  • Cait

    I wasn’t embarrassed of your Razr– just the tape that held it together!

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