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Of Cell Phones and Gold Colored Wall Mounts

This telephone business is strange–one that I have talked of before and again here. Jerry’s cell phone has been acting crazy for a few weeks, but he’s put up with it, because our two-year agreement with Verizon was almost up, and some times you get free phones and other perks if you sign on for another term. Not to be this time, though. He went to several places here in Santa Maria where we are at the moment, but could get no satisfaction. Finally, at the Verizon shop, he asked the technician to see if he could repair Jerry’s phone.

“Sir, the phone’s are only guaranteed for a year.”

“A year? Strange isn’t it that the service agreement is for two years, but the phone you sell so that I can talk during those 24 months is guaranteed only for a year,” Jerry protested.

stammer…stammer “Well, yes, but you always can buy an extended warranty, Mister.”

The employee was kind enough to reprogram Jerry’s phone, but after trying to use it for another day, Jerry decided he would just have to buy another one. He went back to the Verizon store. Jerry really doesn’t care about having a fancy phone that costs several hundred dollars, and even the plain ones at the Santa Maria store were $200.00 and more, so Jerry asked:

“Do you have a refurbished phone I can buy?”

stammer…stammer “Well, we do, but we usually save them for a customer who will extend their service contact.”

“Well, I want to buy a refurbished phone.”

“Let me check with my boss, Sir, and see what we can do.”

The upshot was that Jerry’s persistence finally produced a refurbished phone for around $100.00 that is guaranteed to work for a year.

Check out the story below of an 85 year old gentleman, who has been leasing a phone for five decades. He’s paid thousands of dollars for that gold colored phone, not realizing he had other options. The story is illuminating. Read it here.


By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

3 replies on “Of Cell Phones and Gold Colored Wall Mounts”

I remember us having a phone like the one in the picture when I was a kid. The only difference was that our phone was white. Boy, I feel old!

Oh, Carol, how well do I know that feeling. See you soon, I think. sjbuxton


Bro. & Sis. Buxton:

My mom, the Connell’s, the Alvarez’s, several from our church will be at camp meeting. I’ll not be there, but I know several are hoping to see you. Just to let you both know you are in my thoughts and prayers continually. Sis. Buxton’s blog is such that I admit, it is difficult for me at times to keep up with ALL THE GOOD STUFF contained therein, but your labor is not in vain. I’ve probably read more than I’ve commented on. One more thing, and then I’ll be quiet. If you can help me with this, I’ll be happy. My avitar is no longer showing up when I make comments. WHAT DO I DO? Reattach? I tried that, and it doesn’t seem to be working. What am I overlooking? Let me know if you think you know. God bless—Tom Contino

Tom, thank you for the sweet comments…but I’m so sorry I will not see you at camp. As far as the avatar is concerned, I’d probably go to the forum and ask for help there. Someone will quickly come to your rescue. Best wishes…sjbuxton


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