First let me say, we love our Cradlepoint Router set-up & it has been doing a flawless job for us. No complaints….well, except for one. When trying to decide the right set up for our two computers between Cradlepoint & Mifi a couple months ago we overlooked one very important, & for us, crucial factor. The dreaded Verizon 5 Gigabyte cap!!!! Despite our best efforts over the past couple years of trying to stay under the Verizon 5 Gigs, we blow the lid off it every single month while traveling. We are not ‘You Tube’ people nor do we download music, play games on line, open jokes or cards or watch movies & videos. We are not web cam people, casino junkies, or online card players, nor do we waste our time with all those Gigabyte eating Facebook applications or game requests!! Yet, every month we exceed our 5 Gig limit big time & that costs us mucho $$$$!! As of today for example we have over two weeks left to go & we are already two thirds of the way through our allotted Gigs. The $$$$ we would have had to pay for exceeding the cap again this month has already paid for the Mifi Modem:))
By switching to Verizon’s newer Mifi system we can increase that 5 Gig cap to 10 Gigs & it is going to be significantly cheaper than the $$$$ penalty we have been having to pay each month. Kelly spent a fair bit of time with the Verizon folks again today hammering this all out & as I type this, a Fed-Ex truck is on it’s way with our new ‘refurbished’ Mifi Modem thingy direct from Verizon. As with the UMB175 Modem we are now using with the Cradlepoint, we bought the Mifi Modem outright with no signing of contracts!! For you folks who don’t have a problem with blowing through your 5 Gig limit, your Cradlepoint set up will be just fine.
Despite downsizing all the photos in my posts every day I am sure it is the blog that is one of our main Gigabyte eating monsters. But, sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do & assign priorities. We don’t have fancy schmancy cell phones etc so we do not have the expenses in some areas that other folks do. And, we are always aware of how much money we save each & every single day by staying out of RV Parks so sometimes that is how we justify the odd expense here or there:))
Kelly questioned me about putting this Cradlepoint/Mifi topic in the blog tonight because it was going to make us look like a couple of Willywonka decision makers but I figure it’s just as important to write about mistakes, poor decisions & failures as it is to write about successes. As you all know, I am no slouch when it comes to backing up & admitting a poor decision or two now & again:))
Now, what to do with our 3 year old UMB175 Modem & 6 week old Cradlepoint Router. The guy at the 3G store suggested keeping the router in the system for reception boost. We may do that or just simply sell the Cradlepoint Router which of course is in perfect condition.
THIS WESTERN MEADOWLARK BLENDS RIGHT INTO IT’S SURROUNDINGS
Somebody noticed in one of our rig’s interior pics a couple days ago that we have a curtain rod with curtains pulled across the driver’s & passenger section of our coach. We close these curtains at night & that helps hold the heat in. During warm sunny days they help keep the windshield heat out. We seldom, if ever use our front cab seats for sitting on, except while driving of course. Very rare for us to have company so we don’t really use them as furniture. And would you believe that we have never ever used the oven in our stove. Nope, we just use that space for storage. Fortunately for me Kelly isn’t into baking or I would have trouble fitting through the Motor Home’s door!! The BBQ is our main cooking tool.
It was fun to see a few ‘nickname’ response’s to my post yesterday with people commenting about their own pet names for their Pals. I think KAREN IN THE WOODS takes the cake with a name she had for a Sheltie one time….Kasha-Burger-Dip-Dog-YoyoHead-Spaghetti-Brain:))
Upon reading Tuesdays post Checkers walked over beside my chair this morning, flopped herself down & looked up at me asking, “Dad, why didn’t you tell the readers why you call me the Swamp Dog.” Well OK, guess I overlooked that part. Checkers loves the water whether she’s back home swimming in the 5th largest fresh water lake in the world (LAKE HURON) or going out of her way on a trail to walk through the nearest muddiest mud puddle she can find. We have a pond near our house in Bayfield & Checkers likes to get in there when we’re not looking some mornings on our walks. One time a few years ago on a hot summer day she slipped into the pond for a cooling splash. The water surface was covered in Duckweed so she came out of the pond looking like she had just crawled out of murky swamp somewhere. What a mess she was. Well, you know the rest:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Ever wonder what would happen if you got scared half to death….twice!!
Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but the light bulb has to WANT to change.
There was a duck that went to a local store to buy Chapstick. The clerk asked if he would pay cash and the duck said, no, just put it on my bill.
EMAIL THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:))
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