best phone plan ever!

I. AM. THE. MAN.

Remember when I was talking about switching over my plan to a better plan? Well, as of this evening, I have everything I had before and as well as a bunch more. Let me break this down to you as it is.

$30 $40/month
$10 4G tax
500 Anytime Minutes
150 Additional Courteous Anytime
National Roaming and Free Long Distance in America
Unlimited Nights and Weekends at 7pm 6pm as of 07/06/09
Unlimited Mobile to Mobile
Unlimited Data & Internet (yes, even in the middle of nowhere!)
Unlimited 100 SMS as of 05/23/07
Unlimited Picture Mail as of 09/06/11
GPS
First Incoming Minute for Free
Pick 3 as of 4/15/08

So what does it take to get this kind of plan? Patience and Persistence. I’ve been a customer for over 5 years. I forked over big money for my previous phone, which is the PPC-6700. But, if I’m fortunate, I will have this phone for the same amount of time I had my other phone. About 4-5 years (I only had it for 3 years :) )

But to get everything I got, I found an exceptional deal from an employee and then called over and over and worked over the customer reps so that the right people finally gave me what I asked for. Now that I have this, I could try to push my luck and get more but there’s no reason for that right now. I have everything I want and will be satisfied for the term of my contract for the next two years!

I am not sure if it’s possible to get this kind of plan with all carriers but if you ever find a deal that seems too good to be true, take it. And then be persistent about getting extras. Why should you settle for less than it’s possible to get exactly what you want?

Mensa Test

I’m just a tad slow to recall things sometimes, so I took my time trying to take this test. I mean a few hours of guessing. When I stopped, my score was at 20.

Try it yourself! And no cheating!

new phone

Dear Friends,

Please call me soon. I have a new phone and must enter your digits into it. I will go into detail about my plan after January 28 when my new plan kicks in, but let’s just say I got almost exactly what I wanted…

Sincerely,
Micah

light through the haze

I am horrible for not updating my personal website more often. I’m sure that there’s almost no one coming here regularly anymore to read my stuff, but I know I have mostly a few family and friends that occasionally do. I wish I could spend more time developing this site but for the moment, I just can’t. There are so many cool ideas I have to do with this site but having a full-time job has cut into most of my free time. I’m sure that’ll change once I finish a couple of freelance projects on the side but for right now this is the way it is! There is light through the haze, I just have to push my way through today in order to get to tomorrow.

Million Little Pieces

About 7 months ago, I was turned on to a little book called Million Little Pieces. I didn’t know what it was about except for one insanely high recommendation. So, totally based on this passionate plea, I decided to put it on my list of books to read.

Coincidentally just a couple of months later in September, Oprah decided that she was so addicted to this book that the author James Frey became her guest and this became one of the most popular books she’s ever put on her list.

So about a month later I found a cheap enough copy and for the rest of the year, I spent my bus rides to and from work reading a few pages at a time. So it took me literally 3 months to read it. If I was intent on reading it, I’m sure i could have finished it in one long sitting (it does have 430 pages!!).

What an unbelievable book.
Literally, unimaginably real and compelling.

For those who haven’t read it, I won’t spoil what it says but if you want to have a crazy experience, this book is definitely for you. Even if it was a complete work of fiction, there are still so many interesting and grasping things about this book that I could still recommend it as a great read.

Of the many issues it touched upon, the one I would like to focus on is the personality of the book and of James himself. This was most an autobiography, a work of non-fiction, however The Smoking Gun has a huge 6-page article debunking a lot of the extremities of what was written. I’m not sure that I believe James could have recounted every little, personal detail of what happened to him during that time, especially since it was written between 9-13 years after it took place. There are a lot of concepts and situations which are almost completely unbelievable but ones which James publicly swears by.

So, let’s take this out of the equation. The facts might be a little skewed or dramatized, but that’s not what matters.

James has a personality that only a few people I’ve ever met can truly, uniquely identify with. Most of us don’t understand the extreme nature of his logic, or how he can be so strong when most would be so weak. It’s not to say that he never fell, for as he explained throughout the book, his choices were a direct cause for his condition and he knew what he was doing with every choice. His decisions and actions were almost always based on a completely logical thinking, rationalizations which kept him in a life of drugs and alcohol as well as helping him throughout his recovery.

What really intrigued me about everything I read was how accurately his thoughts were written down. So often people try to express how they feel but with such failure. How do you properly express feelings and thoughts? His combination of simple dialogue and repetitive use of certain phrases and statements were a completely effective display of this emotion and thoughts. I can’t say that I identify with his drug use or alcoholism, but I know that the feelings he had for certain things, for certain people, for his parents, for those he liked, for those he hated, for the one he truly loved… all of these emotions seemed real. I could identify with the intensity.

It’s likely that the details of his story aren’t completely accurate, however I believe his recreation of everything else internal must have been easy. The feelings you have and build for people and things always stay with you. You never forget those things throughout your life and can always recall how you felt at a certain time or for certain people, and it was for this reason that I enjoyed this book so much.

Since this books initial publishment, there has been another book called My Friend Leonard and now a movie is set to be released late this year. The book is very graphic, contains a bunch of coarse language but truly is an amazing story.

limited cellular service

So my cell phone has almost finally taken its last breath. My phone charger is dead, and hopefully i have a duplicate at home otherwise this phone is useless. And I won’t be able to get to it until this weekend so if you try to call me and can’t get through, this is the reason.

I am working on/with Sprint to get a new package deal but am trying not to lose certain features and gain access to others. Getting exactly what you want is not an easy task unless you know the right people or talk to the right reps. Sprint has been notorious for giving out insane plans to customers and that’s why I won’t switch to other providers.

Here’s what I’m shooting for:

$30/month
500 anytime minutes
unlimited weekend/nights at 8pm
unlimited mobile to mobile
unlimted email and IM – AOL;MSN
unlimited Picture Mail
Unlimted web access
free nationwide long distance
First Incoming Minute Free
50-100 Text Messages

This would basically be paradise for me right now. But unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get the 8pm (although I can get 7pm for an extra $5) and no text messages or FIMF either. Everything else is included in this one plan that I know about. I’m crossing my fingers that something awesome will work out!