iPhone!

Yes, I’m years behind the curve, but I finally got an iPhone. I am, of course, completely geeking out, transferring apps and music like mad. Surprisingly, we bought our new phones at Best Buy and had an excellent experience. The sales person there (sorry man, forgot your name) was great: friendly, tolerated a lot of stupid questions and us churning through all of our options on Verizon before deciding to go with AT&T.

J– got a new Blackberry Pearl (in red) and is grooving on that, too. Note to Verizon: we had no issues with your service, no issues with billing. Your customer service, however, from the beginning of our experience (since resolved) left a bad taste in our mouth. So much so that you lost two customers today who went from basic voice services to (at least one) voice + data plan. And you Blackberry policy is stupid. J– wasn’t sure she wanted a data plan, but we couldn’t buy or upgrade to a Blackberry without one. But AT&T was happy to let us purchase one with only a texting plan.

But, enough of that. I actually went in intially to get a Blackberry Storm. I’m a sucker for the full touch screens, what can I say? But, when I got to use an activated phone, I just couldn’t get over the screen moving as I typed. Bias in the open, I had a huge start on using an iPhone’s keyboard from having had an iPod Touch already. But the odd feel and sluggish accelerometer drifted me back to an Pearl. When we found we couldn’t get a Pearl without data for one of us, the deal was sealed and to AT&T we went a’porting.

So, I’m in geek nirvana for a while, until the first bill arrives anyway (*shakes fist at activation fees*). Fingers crossed on the service.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Inspired by the Turbaconducken, my first attempt at a bacon-wrapped turkey.

Bacon-wrapped turky, ready to bake

Ready to bake

Bacon-wrapped turkey out of the oven

The cooked bird

Bacon-wrapped turkey, hero shot number two

Another hero shot

Lessons learned: thicker bacon, lower temp (baked this at 325), better covering of the bird to preserve moisture (or add liquid to oven). Overall, not a bad first attempt; even J– liked it (or so she says).

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