I was slow to get a smart phone, but by late 2015, I was craving the things that people around me were doing. That Christmas, someone read me well, and got me one as a present. I love it! It also serves as an emergency camera when I forget to charge the battery in my real camera.
After the hurricanes last year, that smart phone was a lifeline. It was my only means of communication for more than 4 months. For the first 2 weeks, I could only make phone calls, because my car outlet didn't work, and even then, the signals were spotty. Then Maria hit, and the entire network went down, and I was completely incommunicado for the next 2 weeks. Eventually, my carrier said they would not charge for roaming, allowing me to use a competitor's network, and the local utility set up some Wi-Fi hotspots so I could finally use the Internet and find out what was going on in the rest of the world, outside of what was in the local paper. I didn't get electricity until 4 months after the first storm, and I got home Internet a week later.
One of the first things I did in October was look up Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Wikipedia. Bad idea; I wasn't ready for that emotional wallop.
“Facts seem to roll off a Christian like water off a duck.” —Great Ape
“How much can you actually doubt something and still maintain that you believe it?” —Josh K, “Alpha and Omega”
“You don’t understand. My crisis of faith is over.