Yes, when I was a kid, I knew my cousins, visited my Grandparents at least weekly, etc. I wrote my parents long letters weekly as long as they lived.
Now with the grandkids over a thousand miles away, we struggle to "know" them, but really never will. I fear this disintegration of the family (living together, not marrying; gay marriage; far flung relationships, etc) will eventually have to be paid for somehow. I fear the price will be beyond what we can imagine. Hopefully, I'll have gone on before that.
Thanks for the help; think I now know how to get facebook to work for me. Only one problem, my daughter tells me the kids are now into something called instagram. They have left facebook behind. I feel like the indian who finally learned to use a muzzle loader and found the palefaces are into ray guns and space ships. Ha! I'm part Indian, so don't give me any politically correct BS about that!
My daughter says don't worry about it, they check their Emails once a week(she probably makes them), so I guess we will just keep on with that. I probably could learn to "instagram", but then they would be into something else. Anyhow, they probably are looking for messages from young friends, not an old man.
Can someone give me the basics of Facebook? The page you can pull up on anyone by searching on their name; is that just a cover page without too much personal stuff on it? If you are "friended", does that let you into more personal stuff? Is there some way to chat, or communicate once you get inside someone's facebook?
We have avoided Facebook for years, but it appears we must learn to use it if we want to keep up with and communicate with our grandkids. We have put it off for so long that we do not know the basics everyone seems to take for granted. Our grandkids seem to regard Emails like people used to look at snail mail.
About a year ago, I bought a $500 package from Tadi Bros including a backup camera for the truck, backup sensors and a rearview camera for the 5th wheel.
The rearview camera has never worked satisfactorily; it starts out OK then darkens to the point where you can see nothing after driving about 15 miles. I had the brightness jacked up to 100%. They sent me two cameras, had me make it a wired system instead of wireless, had me redo all the grounds, rerun all the wiring. Still same problem, turns dark after a few miles. It took the whole thing to some professionals nearby. They had an identical camera to the Tadi Bros one; it turned dark too. They inspected all the wiring, said it was great.
The local shop had a cheap backup camera w/o all the infrared night vision, correction for light levels, etc. It works great; bright, good color--- happy, happy!
I called Tadi Bros again and told them their cameras have a design flaw. They said no way, I must not be telling the truth. Offered to send me a third camera like the malfunctioning ones, nothing else.
Stay away from Tadi Bros; go to your local shop; you'll same hundreds in the end. I was out over $1200 all told and my local shop could have done it for $300 - $400, labor included!
OK, you guys got me hungry for lonches. Don't go across much, so can you tell me, how many cross streets down from the border, which side of the street, does Red Snapper 2 have a large sign, etc? I want to try La Iguana's lonches.
I ended up buying the $14.88 samsung sgh a157v at my local walmart. The old chip fit in fine and fortunately, I had saved my phone directory to the chip, so the directory loaded up into the new phone just fine. So far, I think the sound quality is a little better than the older, far more expensive phone. The reception seems just as good, maybe better here at home. Will have to see how it does in the Rio Grande Valley and Arizona. I'm thinking a confused old brain like mine does better with cheaper & simpler!
I have one of those siphon hoses in my truck box. I use it to empty the 5 gallon diesel container into my truck tank. I just sit it on the truck box, start the siphon, and wait til it is empty. Much easier than when I used to have to hold the heavy jerry can while it emptied through a small spout.
I now have a Samsung "Propel" and am using the ATT Go Phone system. The Propel only lasts 2 or 3 days now, without use, to lose it's charge.
I'm thinking of replacing it with one of those simple, $25 flip phones as I assume the battery is about gone. But, can I just take a little chip out of the old phone and put it into the new one so ATT will recognize it as my old number, etc? Probably not explaining it very well.
I googled "Australian King Brown Snake"; they don't seem to get over 8 or so feet long. Also, not that big around. Probably a python or anaconda? About 50 years ago, I worked in Venezuela in the oil business and one night in a rain storm I ran over a huge snake that stretched all across a two lane asphalt road (warming his belly?). Nearly wrecked, because I thought it was a joint of drill pipe that had fallen off a truck. We skidded across it with the brakes on, probably did a lot of damage to the snake. Neither me or my companion had the guts to go back and investigate. In fact, we were both afraid to get out of the truck when we got to the well site; afraid the snake had hung up underneath the truck. Finally both threw open both doors and ran like h@#l.
We don't buy extended warranties. They must be a good deal for the companies, or they wouldn't all be pushing them so much. Plus, if you have a problem, lots of luck in getting them to honor the warranties. Bet you would find exceptions galore!
Years ago, we worked in Libya in the oil business. We noticed that the Brits there would just shop for that day's meal. We "Yanks" would buy enough to last a week. It really irritated the Brits as we slowed the lines down at the butchers, etc. As time has passed, I think the Brits had the right idea; just shop for a day or two of meals. Unless you are boondocking, of course.
Thought I smelled global warming enthusiast. Check your data, global temperatures have not increased for the past 15 years. You have a group of scientists who live off government grants, that try to tell you otherwise.