This past Friday I totally forgot that it was the day to pre-order the Apple iPhone 8 and the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE! Normally I set my alarm to wake me up but I was distracted by the fact that I had no internet at my home and my cell signal was barely a single bar and I couldn’t surf the internet even if I wanted to. I’m personally keeping my iPhone 7 and my original Apple Watch (its not a series 1 but an ORIGINAL) but my wife has been in dire need of some tech upgrades. I’ve written how her iPhone 6 has been failing her recently due to the crappy battery issues (it barely lasts 4 hours on a single charge) and she’s been without a watch for a while since her FitBit stopped working (it doesn’t like water).
Apple came out with some decent upgrades so we decided to get her the Apple iPhone 8 with the 256GB of memory (for all the pictures that I demand from her while I’m away for work). The 10 isn’t bad but since she liked the idea of having Touch ID like on her current phone and because it was $200 less it did’t take much convincing to get her that one. I attempted to pre-order the phone at around 10:30am EST (so late!) and I wasn’t able to get an unlocked version. However, since I’m with T-Mobile they give you an unlocked version anyway except they stick a SIM card in it. That seemed like a good win to me in my book since the black one was really hard to come by and thats what the Mrs. wanted. The new Apple Watch Series 3 now has LTE which should be kinda useful. It’s only another $10 a month with T-Mobile and since they’re now paying for my Netflix I can use that $10 for the Watch. The picture in this post is the one she is getting and I think it looks really cool with the white, black, and red. I was considering getting a newer watch but its $599 (I want the chrome face like my current one) but I can’t justify buying it for that much when my current watch works just fine still.
The phone comes this Friday but the watch we have to wait for until sometime in October. Thats not too bad really and I have recent backups of everything too. I think I’m going to try and hold out for the iPhone 11 or 12. The iPhone 7 is plenty fast and the only thing that I can see failing is the battery just like my wife’s iPhone 6. I’ve already sold her iPhone to Gazelle so I can offset some of the cost of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch. Its not a large amount of cash but anything helps. Hell I even sold her old iPhone 4s and I’m getting money for that too! Can’t wait till Friday to see the new iPhone!
Hurricane Irma heading towards Florida
One of the biggest hurricanes in recent memory is heading for the state of Florida and it prompted me to actually evacuate from the state because…. I mean just look at the picture this thing is massive! It covers the whole state almost from top to bottom and right now its not even on top of Florida yet, its still making trouble for Cuba.
Normally I wouldn’t have evacuated for a hurricane but when they said its going to be a category 4 or 5 and directly hitting South Florida, I took my wife’s advice and decided to button up the house as best we could and make for Atlanta. Now when this was decided I had actually been in California for work so that meant I flew coast to coast twice in 2 days (essentially only a day trip) in order to get back home to evacuate. My wife was awesome by doing almost all of the prep work for us to get going on the road, I only had to close up the shutters and pack up my clothes and put them all in the car.
Your typical route going to Atlanta from South Florida
Our road trip consisted of following the Florida Turnpike to I-75 all the way up to Atlanta GA. Now based on Apple Maps, Waze, and Google Maps, that journey should only have taken us 9 hours to complete. Now that definitely wasn’t the case because just about everyone was trying to run away from the hurricane. The entire drive end to end was really closer to 22 hours. Now in that amount of time and with normal and not “holy shit we’re gonna die if we don’t leave FL” traffic I could have made it all the way to CT in the same amount of time. The average speed going up to Atlanta was about 30MPH. Thats slow by any standard and it was really painful. Luckily my wife was kind enough to share the driving but unfortunately my daughter had to stay strapped into her seat for almost the entire way except for breaks.
The strategy that we decided on was to drive until we reached half a tank in the van and then refill the gas tank and keep on going. The reason for this was that it is 676 miles to Atlanta and there was no way I would be able to get there on a single tank but I also didn’t want to run out of gas and get stranded. In most of the gas stations on the turnpike was gas and the attendants were very good at guiding people to pumps. There was only one station near Gainsville where I had to wait because the pumps were being refilled by a tanker truck. As soon as I made it to my destination in Atlanta, I decided to fill the van up again just to be sure we had gas. Since we were going so slow almost the entire way, I wouldn’t be surprised if I have to replace the brake pads on the van soon even though I just had that service done a few months ago. I’ve never been in such crazy stop and go traffic in my life.
Now me and the family are just waiting it out in Atlanta to see what happens with Irma. Right now its heading towards the west coast but thats only the eye. I’ve been getting email updates from Broward County of curfews and tornado warnings. I’m hoping theres not a lot if any damage so that we can go home this coming week. The biggest challenge will not be having any gas, food, water, and power at home. Also there might be gas shortages heading back south so we might not even be able to make it all the way to South Florida in a day. Since we’re here in Atlanta, might as well take advantage of being here by hitting up some attractions and taking the family to some spots I’ve eaten at while I’ve been here for work. And the first attraction for us was….. Georgia Aquarium! But thats for another post.
Family trip to the Georgia Aquarium