I owe my buddy Jim Lewis a huge thank you. He has saved me a lot of aggravation. I wrote in a blog a few days ago that we went to the Verizon store in Daytona Beach so Jim could upgrade his phone, and while he was there they told us about this great deal on the Verizon Hum, a nifty little gadget that will monitor your car as you are driving, let you summon roadside assistance if you need it, and also works as a hands-free speaker for your smart phone. Verizon’s special was just $10 for the device, with a two-year contract for service at just $7.50 a month. Not bad at all. I said then that I was going to see how it worked out for Jim, and might even get one for myself.
Well, as it turns out, the darned thing has not worked right since Jim got it. It would not connect to his cell phone through the Bluetooth and nothing we tried did any good. The sales rep at Verizon had assured us that if Jim didn’t like it for any reason he could return it within 14 days. So yesterday we took it back to Verizon.
And guess what? While he can return it, he has to pay a $35 restocking fee. That’s right, $35 to return a $10 item. Or he can keep the piece of junk and pay $7.50 a month for the next 24 months. Can you say screwed? Obviously, I won’t be buying a Hum, or recommending it to anyone. Again, thank you, Jim.
A couple of years ago when we visited Jim and our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel at Pleasant Valley RV Resort in Mission, Texas, we discovered that they were all into playing darts. It’s a big thing down there and the park has a dedicated dart room and organized dart tournaments. Back there, Jim throws darts every day, and he was wondering if there is any place around here to do it. As it turns out, it’s just as popular here as it is in the Rio Grande Valley. Strokers Billard Parlor, the VFW, American Legion, Elks, and a bunch of bars and pubs all have dartboards and dart tournaments going on.
During that visit to Pleasant Valley, Ron and Jim introduced me to the sport and I really enjoyed it for the short time we were there. Since then a few of the RV parks we have visited have had dart boards, but I didn’t get around to playing. But while he has been here Jim kind of re-sparked my interest in it, and now we have a Unicorn Eclipse Pro dart board hanging in our garage, along with some darts.
We did some throwing last night, and Jim really knows what he’s doing. He’s got it down to a science.
Me, on the other hand, I’m lucky if the dart doesn’t bounce back and stick in my forehead.
Miss Terry tried it and was hooked in a hurry. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun as we learn and try to improve our technique.
I did get lucky one time, zapping all three darts right into the bull’s-eye. The only problem was, it was about five hours after we stopped playing, and then I woke up from that pleasant dream.
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Thought For The Day – The first rule of mule training is you must know more than the mule!