Sunday, December 04, 2016

Replacing your iPhone 6s Battery? Maybe call first.

My iPhone 6s suffers from unexpected shut downs. From what I can tell it happens when it is cold and when my battery has a good chunk of it expended. The last time this happened was yesterday when I was at the Reindeer Dog Parade in St. Joe. I had just under 70% left and my phone died. Once I got back to my car and plugged it in, it came right back.

Apple is aware of the problem and has a battery replacement program for limited batches of iPhones—ones made around September and October of last year. My phone qualifies for a replacement so I made an appointment with my local Genius Bar at the direction of Apple’s own website.

If you happen to have a qualifying iPhone 6s, go get that battery replacement but learn from my experience. Call the Apple Store and ask if they are going to be able to service your phone there at the time you go. It will save you a car trip. I made my appointment, drove forty minutes to Mishawaka (It was our first snow and you know how everyone freaks out), and checked in. The Genius looked over my phone, asked me a couple questions, checked the eligibility, had me sign a work order, and told me to come back in a couple of days. They didn’t have the replacements. Perhaps Apple could have saved us both some time and told me this before I drove all that way.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Reindeer Llamas

St. Joe had a parade of reindeer dogs and I joined my friend Stacey and her two boys up there to watch. It’s a short parade consisting of people dressing up their dogs in Christmas outfits and parading them down historical State Street. 
🎶Logan got ran over by a reindeer.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any pictures of dogs. I present to you llamas, however:
I tried taking more pictures but my phone died even though I had about 70% charge. Turns out my iPhone suffers from a defect. Read about it here or here. I am taking it in tomorrow evening for service.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stone Cold Bitch

That's what Zac calls me.

Ever since parting ways with Kurt, I've kept to myself for the most part. The lone exception to this was last week when I went on a casual ride with a guy named Rob. I wanted us to get to know each other. I think he wanted to be a little too casual if you get what I mean. I haven't heard from him since.

I'm in this weird... funk... where I want to keep things light (to prevent another Kurt) but I don't want to meet guys that will lead to nowhere. The vibe I give off seems to be that of indifference to people who are interested in me. It's not intentional but when I say that I'm not interested in a hookup, it doesn't mean that I'm not interested in more chatting or a date.

Far from being stone cold, I think I may be too much of a romantic.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gilmore Girls Viewing Party

Erin and I are friends that used to live together back when we were juniors in college. We got an apartment together. She got me watching one of her favorite shows: Gilmore Girls. At first I resisted but it grew on me and became one of my favorite shows. I'm nowhere near as much a fan as Erin was but when she told me that she was having a viewing party for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I took her up on it.

If you haven't seen the show just stop now.

As you might have guessed, I was the only guy there but whatever. For over six hours we watched the four new episodes and when the fourth one was starting, I had some pretty irritated women on my hands. First of all everyone was #TeamJess and was upset that she was spending so much time with Logan. Personally, I was on #TeamWookie. Also, it looked like the show was heading for a split between Luke and Lorelai. Aaaaannndddd, where the hell was Sookie?!

The biggest shocker that everyone went on about was that at the very last moment of the show, Rory turns to Lorelai and reveals that she is pregnant. There were demands that this necessitated another season. To me it made a much better ending than what happened with the series. Quite frankly, I love that the Palladinos returned to produce these four episodes. And although there is a certain disturbing element to repeating the mistakes of your parents, there is a sort of parallel of sorts going on.  She's about to go on a similar journey as her mother. Logan is her version of Christopher. Jess is her version of Luke. I don't know why, but while they are up in arms, I'm leaning back in my chair, satisfied.

Friday, November 11, 2016

He's My President

The results of the election were not what I had hoped. There have been so many woulda shoulda couldas running through my head these past few days. From bad polling, to lack of voter turnout, --all the way back to choosing Hillary over Bernie. It no longer matters. What matters now is the reality of the situation.

Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States. He will be my President. I bear in the collective responsibility that has brought forth this man upon ourselves and the world. For that, I am truly sorry. However, I will not wish failure upon him. Make America-not great again-but greater still. The Democrats should do everything in their power to work with him on policies that will bring us forward and everything in their power to obstruct his policies that will push us back.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

When the World Around You Seems Insane

Lately I have been feeling a bit alienated from a good number of my friends and acquaintances. Sometimes I think, "what the fuck is going on? Is everyone batshit crazy?"

I have had to block a friend on Facebook because of his constant posting about the new Philippine president. He is a strong supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte. He and the vast majority of Filipinos (at least in the Philippines) are supporters. While I can overlook Duterte's colorful personality, it is the policies that he is pursuing that are worrying to me. His foreign policy is becoming misaligned with the United States' interests--particularly over the South China Sea. That isn't my problem with him though. It is his willingness to forgo liberal democratic principles for political expediency. In his fight against drugs, he is willing to abrogate Due Process and neglect his duty to protect citizens. Thousands have died in his goals of eliminating drugs. Not only does vigilante crime have his explicit encouragement, there are accusations that he is directly involved with them.

I would have hoped that Filipino Americans would see how destructive Duterte is but even my mother has noticed that many of her friends here are also supportive of the Philippine President. With some relief, she is not one of them but it seems that mom and me are in a minority. Perhaps that shouldn't be at all surprising since many Americans are hellbent on getting Donald Trump into the White House.

The polls are tightening in the US Presidential Elections. Hillary Clinton's commanding lead in the national polls have slipped to only a couple of points. However, she still holds an advantage when it comes to the Electoral College and Donald Trump has a narrow path to victory. If the trend continues where Trump continues to climb in the polls, we could very well see some of those battleground states flip from lean democrat to republican wins. While I understand why some of my friends are supporting Trump, I just can't even comfortably fathom why I would or could.

Perhaps the most distressing is the increasing xenophobic posts by one person that I highly admired. His constant attacks on Islam and muslims have caused me to de-friend him. It is one thing to criticize a religion (I do that constantly) but his posts have crossed into hatred of the Islam and those who follow it and advocated policy positions of open discrimination.

I used to believe that I could get along with anyone who had differing beliefs. Then again, I didn't have lines in the sands that I do now.