All good again as Apple sent a replacement iPhone 7-plus

Posted By on April 24, 2019

It may not be the latest and greatest iPhone from Apple, but having one that works sure beats struggling with a microphone that does not. Thankfully staying persistent that the replacement battery service is likely what caused my microphone problem paid off. Replacement_iPhone7plus190423The local Apple Store may have failed me, but a return call from Apple Support promised to follow up and “make it right.”

After an initial hiccup with having the wrong phone active on my account (last week’s store issue), “Hasan” reactivated my old phone within a day so that he could authorize an “Express Replacement.” It arrived yesterday and after a few steps, an experienced VirginMobile representative was able to activate the old SIM to the new IMEI number of the iPhone 7-plus.

Unfortunately even with a full Apple iTunes backup of my old phone, there are things that do not transfer correctly. Updating apps, password access for each, Apple pay data as well as all Bluetooth and WiFi settings all require pecking in numbers, etc. It’s probably all good for security, but a pain when realizing just how many things are kept in a phone that we take for granted … and usually having to find it at the most inconvenient time. All in all, I’m glad to have a working phone again.

Spring had definitely sprung for Easter Sunday in 2019

Posted By on April 23, 2019


Although Brenda worked Easter Sunday this year, the weather could not have been more beautiful in Cincinnati for a few chores. 2002HondaOdyssey_waxed190421

I buffed out the oxidation on our 2002 Honda Odyssey, as the Florida sun is hard on paint. After buffing, I wax and buffed again in order to add a layer of protection … my dad would have been pleased (personally, I think it looks pretty good for a 17 year old “work-wagon.”)  Also, before packing a few tools and supplies back in the van for a trip south, I headed out into the yard to enjoy the sunshine … as well as take a few “flowers in bloom” photos for the archive as a few times before (like 4/16/2017). I forgot just how beautiful our Lilac bushes, Redbud trees, Magnolias and Tulips are in the spring, especially against the dark green grass after the first mowing (which was last week)





Music Monday: This Van Morrison song for surgeons, says BBC

Posted By on April 22, 2019

The subject line of this post is definitely one of the quirkier tidbits for a Music Monday song, VanMorrisonMoondancebut I thought it was a somewhat unique way to mention Into The Mystic and post a couple different YouTube videos – here’s the LP version (pretty cool) and a live version embedded below. According to a BBC survey, this Van Morrison song is “one of the most popular songs for surgeons to listen to while performing operations.” They say it is because it has a “cooling, soothing vibe.”

Van Morrison’s music ranks high on my list of favorites, especially his music from the 1970s … the release day from the album Moondance was February 1970. His songs have been included before, but I think a live Into The Mystic (lyrics) is worth including.

Shuttle launch observed from the International Space Station

Posted By on April 21, 2019

Happy Easter He Is Risen. He Is Risen Indeed! The resurrection of Jesus and His “ascension” to heaven is a vision we can only imagine.

When I’m too busy to blog, a beautiful photo from space works well as an Easter post. Here’s a photo from the International Space Station (#ISS) just after a Shuttle launch a few years ago. Impressive! (click for larger)

Archive: Photos from Katelyn, Drew & Annalyn’s trip to Yosemite

Posted By on April 20, 2019


It is great to see our kids squeezing in vacations and enjoying all the natural beauty our country has to offer. This past week, Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn visited “another” US National Park, this time Yosemite National Park in California. It looked like a great time!

Click for a larger map and definitely click for larger photos below

Brenda and I thankfully took similar hiking and beach trips (Taylor and Megan early in April 2019 – although a friends private home in the Bahamas wasn’t an option for us!) when we were younger and have never regretted the occasional inconvenience and monetary trade-off it required. Looking back and realizing that the idiom “time flies” is so true, as well as time does seem to pass quicker with age, makes me appreciate every trip we prioritized; I’m glad my children are doing the same.






The weather is not to my liking, but it is a “Good Friday”

Posted By on April 19, 2019


After a first cutting of the backyard, the flowering phlox and Redbud trees make even a cold and gloomy “Good Friday” worth taking a panorama photo.

But let’s keep our focus on what Jesus did for us and the reason we refer today as “GOOD Friday” – I like what Rev Franklin Graham shared on Twitter (embedded below).

Tech Friday: VirginMobile and iPhone 7-plus microphone issues

Posted By on April 19, 2019

All who have been through computer and cellphone issues know what a headache little glitches can become. For me, ever since having my battery replaced on my iPhone 7-plus back in January,iphonesevenplus the front facing microphone has not worked. After a couple back and forth evening phone calls with Apple Support, we set up an appointment to have the phone looked at in the local Apple Store. I was not overly concerned since I have AppleCare and my phone still functional when using a bluetooth headset … but I definitely wanted to get it fixed (I still love the phone).

So, over lunch this past week one of Apple’s nonconformist gurus from the “genius bar(they all look eccentric to me, IMHO) took a look at it. He powwowed with his fellow geniuses and concluded Apple would just replace my phone with a new iPhone 7-plus. iPhone7plusMicrophoneIssueUnfortunately, 2 hours later and after signing the agreement for the new phone (and watching it update from the cloud over WiFi), I was still sitting there with him struggling to get the VirginMobile SIM to activate on the new phone. Three phone calls to different VirginMobile reps later, he was totally exasperated, as was I (FYI, a good deal was why I switched to VirginMobile). No matter how hard he tried, he could not get my old SIM to work in the new phone OR a new SIM from Apple to activate on the phone either. The customer service mistake was that the AppleStore sent me home without resolving the issue and with my old phone wiped clean; thankfully my phone number was still active on my old phone. Of course I still have the same defective microphone that I came in to resolve 2-1/2 hours previous … and a promise someone from Apple would call me.


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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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