Merry Christmas everybody! Wherever you are celebrating the holiday, whether it be home with family, at an RV park, or boondocking in the Arizona desert, Miss Terry and I want you to know that one of the greatest gifts we have ever received is your friendship and support.
We have been keeping busy here in Florida. The other day we drove into Daytona Beach and introduced Jim to one of our favorite local places, the Sunglow Fishing Pier. Even though Hurricane Matthew took down a long section of the pier, it still attracts a lot of anglers every day. When we were there, one lady was cleaning a nice mess of whiting that she had caught, and we could tell it wasn’t her first rodeo. She had it down to a science and made short work of the job.
Jim’s old Samsung S4 phone was on its last legs, so when we left the pier we went to the Verizon store and he got himself a new Moto Z Force smart phone with every kind of bell and whistle there is on it. Of course, it will probably be next Christmas before he figures out how to use all of its features, but it will keep him busy and out of mischief.
I was really impressed with the phone’s camera. Here is a picture one of the Verizon reps took of the three of us, standing outside the store. You can’t tell it from the picture, but it was late in the day and the light was beginning to fade, but it still came out very sharp and clear.
They had some kind of bundle deal going on in which Jim also got one of the new Verizon Hums. The television commercials I’ve seen for this little gadget that plugs into your car’s data port has shown it’s a great way to monitor teenagers to make sure they’re not going places they shouldn’t in the car, exceeding the speed limit, and all the things that kids always do when they get their first taste of freedom and a set of wheels.
But the Hum does a lot more than that, including monitoring your vehicle and sending you error codes if something is wrong. If you get an error code, you can push a little button on the part that clips to your sun visor and you will be talking to a mechanic who can tell you what the error code means, whether it’s safe to continue driving or not, and what the average cost of repairs will be. It also allows for hands-free telephone calls by way of a Bluetooth connection to your smart phone, and has voice assistance in case you get into trouble while driving. It’s a pretty cool little gadget, and after I see how Jim likes his, I may have to get one for myself.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an autographed copy of Terry’s cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to do so today. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – Merry Christmas to all of our friends, family, and readers!