Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
I have been to Louisville many times, but I haven’t really crossed the river to the Indiana side before. So this time, we drove across the river and stopped by Rocky’s Sub Pub. After a nice pizza, we continued on the Ohio River Greenway. It wasn’t a long drive and it’s quite similar to Newport on the Levee. The Ohio River got really wide here in Louisville thanks to that dam. We actually walked on the dried rock bottom of the river and it was pretty cool.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I have had Motorola phones before and as much as I would love to have them, they always disappointed me. Long story short: so after having this Motorola Defy XT from Republic Wireless for less than 2 years, it finally stopped working. Well, technically I could still use it to browse the internet and do text massages, but I cannot hear any sound when someone calls me or someone cannot hear me if I use the headphone to hear them. So I wouldn’t call it a cellphone if I cannot make a normal phone call. It happened a few days ago, but I never realized that until I have been expecting important calls. It was very frustrating. And this is the not the only issue. I don’t remember how many calls I missed in the past, and how many times it crashed or froze for no reason. The internal storage is ridiculously less than 300M, so that means you cannot install some apps like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at the same time. It was about $240 at that time. The only good thing is Republic Wireless charged $20 for its monthly fee. Compared to almost all the other carriers, it was indeed cheaper. But you got what you paid for, and at the end of the day, it turned out that it was not worth it to sacrifice so much user experience to solely have a low monthly fee.
Monday, July 21, 2014
After attending the Apple Grand Opening in Dayton, we drove to Columbus for Columbus Zoo. It was my first time to go to a zoo for many years. Voted as one of the best zoos in the nation, Columbus zoo is huge and it also has an aquarium. When I was a kid, I thought it was so exciting to see those animals and those animals should be excited too. But compared to their wild habitats, the zoo is pretty much like a prison to those animals. I cannot read their minds, but I guess some of them are not very happy to be restrained so much. The part that I liked most was that Arica section where zebras, ostriches and giraffes are running free on a vast grass land. It was so big that I could not see the other side of the fence. On another side of the fence, though, was lions and cheetahs. They were well fed, and they didn’t bother to do anything but napping. Kids love the zoo, and it’s the same everywhere in the world. It is very informative and educational to let the kids know that the world is not just about human beings. I think Columbus Zoo did a great job doing that.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Thanks to the polar vortex, the average temperature this year in July is lower than previous years. It’s a good thing in summer since nobody likes that humid and hot July weather here. It was actually quite chilly this morning when I took Faye to the bus stop station. The long weekend passed very fast, and once again, we went to see the capital building because it’s beautiful and symbolic. The only thing that I could not forget for a long time is that my car got hit by a careless driver. She was probably on the phone when she was backing her car from the parking spot without even looking behind. It was so fast that I couldn’t do anything to avoid it. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but it was no fun to have an accident. Now I have to drive my poor damaged car for some time before the insurance company contacts me for the damage. I was quite upset when it happened especially since I never had an accident before, but I guess I have to admit that these things are really inevitable sometimes, and it was just pure bad luck. Other than that, everything was great: local pizza at Red River Gorge, nice movies, dumplings, shopping at Whole Foods Market, etc.