Posted in Austin on January 21, 2011|
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Today I had a moment, as I crossed the street from the GSD&M building to run an errand at the Whole Foods store on Lamar. There was a cool breeze blowing, the sun was shining, and I just stood there, looked around, and took it all in. And all I could think about was how lucky I felt to be standing in such a beautiful place. How lucky I was to be living in my city. How much I loved my university. How much I treasure the life and opportunities I have been given.
Austin, Texas. The live music capitol of the world. The Human capitol of the world. Who wouldn’t want to live here.
I have walked the 40 acres for two and a half years. I have been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on Mopac. I have gone kayaking on town lake. I have run around 6th street until the wee hours of the night. I have endured the freezing waters of Barton Springs. I have enjoyed live music with good friends.
But I’m not done. I am constantly exploring my surroundings and having new adventures. And I think that is the key to enjoying your surroundings– to never let the excitement end. Just because you’ve lived in the same city for years doesn’t mean there aren’t new places to explore. So keep on looking in places you’ve never looked before. You can probably find a very refreshing feeling of happiness in some hidden crevice of your surroundings.
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Posted in Austin, tagged apple, AT&T, iphone, verizon on January 13, 2011|
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I love my iPhone. The day my dad handed down his original iPhone to me I was beyond excited. I hadn’t had the money to purchase my own, so I would settle for the original. It was better than the awful Blackberry I was using at the time, which would freeze and shut-off sporadically among other problems I had with it.
Needless to say, I live in Austin, a big metropolitan city. And my reception sucked. AT&T reception sucks so bad in Austin, a Facebook group was made dedicated to the fact.
Football games- no service. Concerts- no service. Anywhere I went with a lot of people- no service. I even made a trip to Dallas to the Texas State Fair and Texas-OU game- no service. It was awful, but there was one reason that this situation really made me angry. Being one person in these huge crowds of people made it very easy for you to get separated from your group of friends, and if you did, you wouldn’t be able to contact them to find out where they went. To me, it was just as much a safety issue as a personal inconvenience.
Edge sucked too. I could never even get my Facebook app to post a status. It took my Twitter app 2 minutes just to load new tweets (sometimes it wouldn’t load at all). But I had an iPhone, a love for all things Apple, and a 2-year contract. When the next new model came out, I would buy it.
And I did. I love my iPhone 4. The internet runs smoother… that is when I’m not surrounded by a huge crowd of people. I recently went on a trip to Virginia, and in most places I was lucky if my phone could scrounge up 2 bars. I could barely get out a call to my mom if I really needed to.
I’ve never had a Verizon phone or experienced Verizon service, but I hate AT&T enough to know that if I could, I would switch. After years of these issues, AT&T has not done anything to fix the problem, and I cannot help but laugh every time I see a commercial boasting them as the best network in the nation. So if I cannot convince my parents to switch us over when our contracts run out, as soon as I graduate from college and get cut-off from the family plan, I think it’s safe to say I will become a Verizon customer.
So, who’s with me? Who else sees the Verizon iPhone as the possible downfall of AT&T?
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