In Burlington, MA

May 15, 2009 22:25 – 22:25

We just arrived in Burlington, Massachusetts. We left home at about 9:15 this morning. It’s been a long day.

We actually got to Boston a little before 7 pm, but went directly to Arlington Street (UU) Church for an invitational young (plus not young) adult circle service. As UU church services go, a circle worship is a lot more interactive than a “normal” Sunday morning worship service (a misnomer, since UUs don’t really worship anything other than reason, justice, and compassion).

Karen and I were both impressed at the singing volume this small group achieved, as well as the fact that we didn’t hear any sour notes. Fewer than 30 of us, ranging from about 18 to 75 years in age, combined for an active and engaging service.

We finished there at about 8:30, then stopped for dinner at Kelly’s Roast Beef (the world’s best rare roast beef sandwiches). I sure wish they had locations in Virginia—but they seem to all be here in Massachusetts. They began doing business here the year Karen & I were born. It’s like they were made for us!

We got to Homestead Suites a little before 10. Our first room was a bust. The room was 80 degrees and the A/C did not work. The second room is a lot better—now down to 70 and quite sleepable. We’re in a studio suite, which has a king size bed, a full size fridge, microwave, and range (no oven, but I wasn’t planning on baking any bread anyway).

Tomorrow, we plan to pick Katie up at about 11 am, and then head off for some sightseeing and lunch. First on our agenda, most likely, will be a tour of the Sam Adams brewery. We’re not sure what we’ll do next, but I’m sure it will be fun… as long as it doesn’t deluge upon us.

The day before yesterday, my Samsung SCH-I760 decided that it did not want to connect to the internet anymore. It was also taking 15 to 20 minutes to boot up. Not particularly welcome just five weeks before my new-every-two kicks in, and two days before I was heading to Boston. The phone is long out of warranty, leaving me few options.

I decided to upgrade to the Samsung Saga SCH-i770. Unfortunately, nobody convenient had them in stock. At about 7:30 last night, I ventured forth to the Verizon store in Springfield, planning to buy a Blackberry Curve 8330. Only, I hated it.

I ultimately settled on the Samsung Omnia SCHi-910. It’s essentially Verizon’s answer to the iPhone. It’s a bit weird—I’m sure that some people love it—and I wish it had more hardware buttons. But, maybe I can get used to it. If not, I’ll return it, pay the $35 restocking fee (a new and sucky Verizon policy), and try the Saga.

Upgrading did afford me the opportunity to learn about a Verizon connectivity option I didn’t know about. Rather than getting the unlimited data package and tethering, I got the web/email package. It doesn’t provide Verizon wireless sync—but it does provide unlimited email and web browsing. That’s fine with me, since I didn’t particularly like the way Verizon wireless sync works (or doesn’t work, which is more to the point). This option is much easier, gets new email a lot faster, and costs $30/month, as opposed to the $60/month I was paying. If I want to use the Omnia as a modem, I’ll have to fork over an additional $30/month. But, that feature can be turned on/off at will. So, if I need it, I don’t have to pay for it until I do, and I can turn it off when I no longer need it.

And, now, I think I’ll look at getting some sleep. It’s been a long day (I was up at 7, after only six hours of sleep). So, I think I’m ready.

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