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RIP, MyTouch 4G.

I woke up late for work today, which doesn’t happen often. I woke up to the sound of my dog barking at the window instead of my standard alarm, because for some reason my phone was off. That was really odd, because it had been on an hour earlier when I woke up before the alarm was set to go off. So I tried to turn my phone back on and got no response.

Like any good techie, I removed the battery for a few minutes and put it back in. Huzzah, the phone turned back on! But, 20 minutes later when I went to check something on it, it was off again. Rinse and repeat about 4 times (once in the middle of trying to factory reset it), and I found myself at T-Mobile being all like, “WTF mates”.

They were able to successfully reset the phone, and it stayed on for a whole hour, yay! But then it started doing the same thing again, booo. Took it back, got a new battery, didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before the phone shut off.

So now I’m waiting for a replacement. Chances are it’ll be a refurbished phone, which sucks cause mine is still pretty new. But if it works, whatever. The problem is that the new phone probably won’t be here until Thursday at best, possibly Friday, but with my luck, more likely not until Monday. Until then, I don’t really have a phone.

Karmimi… we need to have words. They start with, “I hate you so much” and end with “die in a fire”.

Cruise Ship Calamity

I read an article today on CNN about a Carnival Cruise that got stuck at sea off the coast of Mexico after a fire in the ships engine room took out most of the power.

Based off the article, it sounds like it’s been a pretty rough few days for the passengers and crew – no hot food, no hot showers, no lights, etc. It’s an awful way to spend a vacation, and I sympathize for the guests on the cruise. It’s also a nightmare for the crew, who is trying to do everything they can to make these guests as comfortable as they can, while enduring the conditions themselves.

All in all, it sounds like a place I’m glad I’m not.

However, because I like to have opinions about things that have no bearing on me, I’d like to say that this part kind of  annoyed me:

And while Carnival Cruise Lines said Wednesday that most passengers knew that the Carnival Splendor’s crew was doing the best it could, there were reports of passengers pledging not to take up the company’s offer of a free replacement trip.

Carnival has offered to refund the original cruise cost to everybody, give them a free replacement trip, and pay for people’s travel arrangements since the boat is docking in San Diego instead of Long Beach like it was planned, and yet people still have a fit about it. Bad things happen sometimes. Yes, it’s a bad few days, but this is pretty much the epitome of a First World Problem. You think that was a bad three days? There are people that LIVE like that, all the time.

I’m not saying that I wouldn’t be unhappy about what happened if I was there. I’d do my fair share of grumbling for sure; it’s the people saying “You’ve ruined cruises for me forever!!! I’m never going to have a good vacation or take a cruise again!” that I think need to relax. It’s not the end of the world, especially since it sounds like nobody got injured or seriously ill, just inconvenienced. This is the first time something like this has happened in Carnivals 35 years, and it’s not likely to happen again. Take the money back, go on your free replacement cruise, and have a great time then. Chalk this one up to “one hell of a ride!”

What do you think? Are you “OMG never going on a cruise” because of this? Do you think I should shut my big mouth cause I wasn’t there (of course you do)?