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Mothereffing joy of joys

(Started writing this about 8:30 am)
Temporarily given up on sleep because for the past hour and a half, Alex has been ranting at me inside my head and would not shut the fuck up. Granted, the things he was saying were excellent points, about the options for cell phones, but they're things he should have thought of earlier when we at the Verizon store. (Though he wasn't the only issue... my CPAP mask was hurting me enough that I couldn't have slept anyway, and I have come to begin realizing that's a sign that I'm not going to get any sleep any time soon, because when it happens I'm not actually tired enough to ignore the pain. And there's always pain; motherfucking mask always hurts. Doesn't fucking matter how I adjust it, it always either hurts or it makes loud fart-like noises every 10 seconds or so. There is literally no way to wear the fucker that doesn't hurt or make fart noises, and the only sleep I can get is when I'm so fucking tired my body ignores the pain.)

I suppose I might as well give y'all the gist of his rant:

So basically these are our options, cell-phone wise:

1. Place a bet that my life and financial situation will remain stable for two years, to get a phone for "free."
A. If I lose that bet by, for instance, the new manager they hire being a homophobe/transphobe and making up some bullshit to get me evicted (as the current manager of the last place I lived at attempted to do and failed) and moving somewhere I can barely afford again, then I either have to shell out a $200 early termination fee (and the resultant umpteenth black mark on my already poor credit), or continue paying the monthly rate and risk getting into a situation where my electricity would be shut off for non payment, or threatened with eviction for not paying the water bill or whatever.

B. Even if I do win the bet, I still get the shaft because my poor credit basically ensures that I will be charged a several hundred dollar deposit - and I use that term loosely because it's been my experience from working for cell phone companies that nobody ever gets that money back, so that's basically a lose-lose situation, and all I get out of it is 2 years of phone service. Whoop dee fucking doo. They get several hundred dollars out of me and several hundred more over the course of two years via the monthly fee, and all I get is something that I'm no longer sure is worth being financially fucked up the ass with a proverbial cactus for.

2. Shell out $80 or more for a pre-paid Verizon phone, only get 10 minutes of talk time at that price, pay an extra $35 to get the plan's full minutes and text messages, for an initial first-month's total of $115, and that's assuming there's no deposit on that bullshit, because I don't actually know if there would be a deposit on that or not. Only up-sides: A. Slightly cheaper. B. No early termination bullshit.
3. Buy a new Tracfone, or reactivate my old one and pay absurd amounts of money for "units" from which both talk time AND text messages are taken. Last I knew, 120 "units" cost $60. That's 120 minutes of talk like for $60. So that option is complete bullshit. CORRECTION: 120 minutes for $29.99, actually. And if I took the time, effort, and money to find one of their fabled "triple-minute phones," it would actually get me 390 minutes. There's also the 1-year card for $99.99, with 1050 minutes total if I put it on my old double-minute phone, and 1450 minutes if I bought a triple-minute phone. Which is the same amount of minutes as 4 and 5.8 months worth of my Assurance Wireless phone's time, respectively.
4. Keep the piece-of-shit free phone I have now and just add money to the thing in case I go over the free allotment.

Of these four shitty options, I *think* a pre-paid Verizon phone is the least objectionable, assuming there isn't some other bullshit I haven't found out about yet. After all, the ones I was looking at were like, either 500 or 700 minutes per month plus unlimited texting for $35/month. So despite a potentially high initial cost, which may force me to drop some things from my budget for the month, that may be the best bet. Because I really don't feel like paying them hundreds of dollars for a fucking deposit they'd charge me for bullshit I really had no fucking control over, money I will never fucking see ever again, and then risking shelling out hundreds more if my life goes down the shitter again for some reason. I do hope for the best, but I don't bet on it.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and I also need to find room in the budget for some thick black curtains, because I have two fucking windows in my tiny bedroom and if I don't get some fucking curtains, I am going to have to nail goddamn plywood sheets to the inside of my windows because that bright-ass piece of 1000% pure bullshit in the daytime sky is leaking its filth all over me when I'm trying to sleep. I have blinds, but blinds suck ebola-infected donkey cock.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1223981.html
You can comment either here or there.

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fayanora
Mar. 31st, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
I am restricted to 250 of each with my current (free) phone, and find it totally inadequate some months, and other months I have a bunch left over. I am currently down to 3 text messages and 7 minutes of talk time until about the 6th or 7th.

I'm really only considering the unlimited texting because it's cheaper on this one new Verizon "More Everything" plan. If not for that plan, I would have been planning on getting maybe 400 talk minutes and 1000 text messages, at least to start with.
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fayanora
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:05 am (UTC)
WOW. Looks awesome!
kengr
Mar. 31st, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
There's another option you've overlooked. Sign up for the prepaid plan with one of my old phones (a pain to text on, but doable) Live with that for a month or two *then* get the Cosmos.

And for the curtains bit, what you want are called "blackout curtains". Originally intended to keep lights inside from being seen outside, they work just fine the other way.

Only problem is how to mount them. That'll probably require some negotiation with REACH.

ETA: there's a policy about not putting things up in windows, but I think that's more about signs and things. Maybe you can get permission to cover the windows with black construction paper or something.

Edited at 2014-03-31 07:13 am (UTC)
fayanora
Mar. 31st, 2014 07:14 am (UTC)
Why is that?

There's another option you've overlooked. Sign up for the prepaid plan with one of my old phones (a pain to text on, but doable) Live with that for a month or two *then* get the Cosmos.

Cool. I'll think on it.
kengr
Mar. 31st, 2014 07:16 am (UTC)
Why is *what*???
fayanora
Mar. 31st, 2014 07:18 am (UTC)
Why would it be an issue with REACH? It's just curtains. They've already said we can have curtains.
kengr
Mar. 31st, 2014 07:31 am (UTC)
Covering the *window panes* with paper or something could be an issue because rules they made a few years back (I suspect they were prompted by folks putting "too weird" shit in their windows")

Curtains will require installing stuff on the walls (by their handyman) to *hold up* the curtains.

That reminds me. When I get the file storage box/boxes, if you'd give me a hand with sorting and filing papers, you can look thru all the stuff from REACH over the last few years. (I actually have stuff going back to when I moved in, but much of it ain't easily accessible.)


zoolwers
Apr. 1st, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
That totally stinks about your phone! I use a prepaid phone, and I find it super easy to deal with. No contract, no fees. When the minutes are running low, I go to any drugstore or grocery store, buy a minutes card, scratch off the silvery film, enter the code, and I'm all set. More minutes. My phone has no Internet, though, because that would cost money, and any time I'm waiting with other people in a public place (like in a waiting room or something), I'm the only person who's not messing around with their phone, iPad, et cetera. I feel a bit self-conscious about that, but I can't complain.

Anyway, I don't remember how much I paid for that phone (it was in 2010, I think), but if you can get past the initial cost of a prepaid phone, it's a nice thing to have. I use T-Mobile, though.

And about your lighting situation - would it help at least somewhat if you wore one of those cheap little eye masks?
fayanora
Apr. 1st, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I have an eye mask, been using it for years, but it doesn't work very well with my CPAP mask. Can't put it under the mask without breaking the seal, and it isn't terribly effective over the mask.

I have been putting the cover over my head, since the CPAP gives me an air supply, but I still feel like I'm suffocating after a few minutes. Pretty sure it's psychosomatic, but still.
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