HD Kindle Fire HD 6” Update

17 Dec ‘14

I have decided to return this tablet to Amazon.  There are a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, I don’t need another tablet which I knew when I bought this thing.  Second, it’s just too chunky!  I know it’s small and everything but it weights too much for it’s size.  The edges are thick and not very comfortable although it is easy to hold in one hand.  The screen is nice, very nice, and easy to read with.  I did use it to read a book or two and enjoyed doing that but I just didn’t like the tablet that well.  

So I’m send it back to Amazon.  I’ve got a RMA slip from Amazon and I’ve already packaged it up so I just have to put it in the mail.  Amazon is real good about paying for return shipping.  If they hadn’t had to start charging taxes, they would have been the best place to always shop.  

Kindle Fire HD 6″

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I decided to breakdown and buy a new tablet!  Nothing surprising about that, right?  There were just too many ads by Amazon announcing their newest addition to the Kindle Fire line that I couldn’t pass it up although I did until the very last.  They were selling these during Black Friday and Cyber Monday for $79 which was a fantastic price but I just didn’t pull the trigger on one.  Then I saw another add and the price was back up to $99 but with Amazon Prime I can try it out and return it after 30 days.  They are almost asking you to do this, try for 30 days and if you don’t like it, send it back.  So, I forked over $116, Ok, so I had to buy the 16GB version instead of the $99 version, but that was only a $20 uncharge.  Amazon now charges taxes so that’s how we came to the new price. Oh, and I used about $10 of my Amazon charge card cash-back reward credits.

The new tablet is the Kindle Fire HD 6”.  It’s a real small version or nearly a small version of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9” which I previously bought.  This HD 6” is small!  First impressions out of the box were, “Wow, this is really small.”  Then I picked it up and thought, “Wow, this is really heavy!”

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Yeah, it’s thick and heavy.  This isn’t a streamlined, started of the art designed tablet by any means.  That doesn’t mean it’s not state of the art technology-wise because it is.  It’s just that this tablet is very chunky and no light weight.  The sides are thick with only a slight taper.  This is nothing like the Fired HDX 8.9”.

Still, I don’t think I mind holding it since it is so very small.  It’s actually not much bigger than my Galaxy Note 3 but the note almost disappears when placed sidewise with the Kindle HD!  The Kindle HD has a 6” display, duh!  But that 6” display is just as good as the Kindle Fire HDX!  The pixel density isn’t as great and the HDX has a much greater screen resolution but the Fire HD can hold it’s own while looking at it and doing normal stuff.

Once I started it up, it automatically made available all my books and apps that I had on the Amazon cloud storage system.  Now, it didn’t automatically down load everything available since I told it not to do that.  That way I could pick and choose what I wanted on this tablet.  Since this one has only 16GB (normal $99 HD has only 8GB), I had to be somewhat choosey about what I wanted to store on the tablet.  And I had a bunch of crummy apps from the Amazon app store that I have on my Fire HDX that I didn’t want cluttering up stuff on my new tablet.

I’ve been reading on it and it is really, really nice to read with.  You kind of get used to the weight, but because it is small, the weight is no more than say the iPad Air.  Yes, the iPad Air even as large as it is and as light weight as it feels, it sometimes can feel pretty heavy after an hour or so of reading.  Then you have to hold it in both hands.  Not so with this Fire HD.  Holding it in one hand feels natural even though it’s got some square edges.  But back to reading.  I’ve read a few books and I like reading on the Fire HD.  Once you get into a book, you have the entire screen in view and my reading seems to become more immersive.

I haven’t tried looking at any movies or playing any games yet.  I don’t really find the games on the Amazon app store very interesting.  Most seem pretty lame.  I tried a few out on my Kind Fire HDX and usually delete them after a few plays.  I also don’t watch movies much.  I did watch a bunch of Sherlock Holmes shows on my Fire HDX so I might go back and watch these on the Fire HD just to see how they play on the little screen.  I don’t think it’ll be that bad at all.

Now, will I keep it?  I don’t know.  After 30 days I might forget that I can return it but then I would get my money back and could use that on something else.  I’ll just have to play with it and see what I think.  I have way too many tablets now.  I think I’m definitely going to have to sell something if I keep the Fire HD.  I know I’ll never get rid of my Fire HDX since that’s about the best tablet I’ve ever owned bar none, but the others, I don’t know.  I would definitely like to try out a Samsung Galaxy Tab S.  Either the 8.4” or the 10.5”.  Now I’ve just got to find the money.

Visiting the Doctor Will Be the Death of Me!

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I want all the hours I’ve spent waiting and waiting for the doctor, back!  I figured if I were to get all those hours and hours back, it would add at least another 50 years to my life!

Today we went to our heart doctor.  I also have a back doctor, an ear, nose and throat doctor, a foot doctor, a doctor that I can’t figure out what he does (rheumatologist), a doctor that wants to poke things in places he shouldn’t and finally my family doctor who is also a general practitioner and a PCP (Primary Care Physician).

Everyone of these doctors have been taught the exact same thing when it comes to patient care…keep them waiting until they go nuts or die, which ever comes first!  I swear, there must be a course at the doctor school that tells doctors how to train their nurses and administrative staff on how to push patients around from room to room.  These nice people can make us patients think that something very important is going to be done in the very next room so we happily follow them around, room to room, hour by hour!

Now nurses are the nicest people in the world.  I’ve known a lot of them and even one of my young relatives is a super nurse although she’s in-charge of all the nurses in a pregnant women’s hospital.  I hope she never has to see me on a professional basis!

Anyway, the nurses I know are really nice.  They smile a lot and say kind things all the while following their doctor’s orders.  Still smiling, the first thing they tell you is to get on the scales!  Sometimes, I just go in for a shot, so why do I have to be weighed?  I think this is their way of telling you that something is wrong with you right from the start or you wouldn’t be here, right?

Notice, they have replaced the old metal scales you used to weigh on; they broke, not your fault, right!  Well, these new scales are totally electronic.  They can store your weight from now until eternity so if someone in, say 2138, wants to know how much you weighed, yep, it’s right there in the electronic records!  And, did you know, the information on that scale, that tiny little window In front of you now showing an impossibly large number, can be displayed any where they choose!  Now you know why you hear laughing in other rooms!

So still following doctors orders, they bring you in to this room and shut the door so you can’t see what’s going on outside (I’ll get to that in a minutes)!  They make pleasant small talk while taking your temperature, blood pressure and pulse. They never tell you the readings for these vital signs unless you ask and then I think they make things up.  I know that sometimes when I’ve been waiting a particularly long time in the waiting room, I’m pretty hot under the collar if you know what I mean.  So, if I ask about my temperature or blood pressure, how can they tell me it’s pretty close to normal when I know that can’t be true.  Why, the temperature thing was too hot to handle when she took it out of my mouth and I blew the blood pressure cuff clean off my arm and across the room!  Normal, ha!

The nurse then leaves you in a sterile room which by sterile means there’s absolutely nothing to eat in that room which is disturbing since you know you could quite possible die from starvation by the time the doctor actually finds you. Then while leaving, the nurse tells you the doctor will be in to see you shortly.  Why do they say that when they know the doctor isn’t within 50 miles of the place? Of course, they’re hoping he’ll actually show up soon, just depends on whether the movie he/she is watching is over or the basketball/football/baseball game they are attending has finished. I just know the doctor can’t be in the same building I’m in or he/she would be here!  Right?

Now the nurse has to leave you alone in this room because her next duty is to go where the room thermostat is located and start jacking up the temp to 150 degrees or lowering it to freezing.  She has to do this just right so as not to make you get up and open the door!  Oh, no!  You can’t do that or you’d see the party that’s going on right outside your door!  Believe me, it’s true; I’ve peeked!

And those chairs in these exam/torture rooms have to be the hardest chairs ever constructed by man!  And that’s a fact.  History has recorded these same exact chairs in ancient Roman doctor offices and even back to Adam and Eve in the Garden.  Those two were specifically told not to sit in those chairs but of course, they did and that’s why we have them today! Honest truth!  My back side will be sore for a week after my doctor’s visit and it ain’t because of some exam he did, either!

So, eventually, after you have now aged quite considerably, and three days later, your doctor makes his grand entrance.  He’s busy looking at your paperwork trying, for all his might, to find what your names are because he can’t remember in a million years!  Of course, if you introduce yourselves first, like, “Hi, I’m Mrs. Outrageous Bunions or I’m Mr. Sky-High Blood Pressure And No, I’m Not Taking My Medicine”, then he’ll know you immediately.

Your doctor says all your tests came back negative.  You think you’re relieved until it dawns on you that you’ve not done any tests lately so what’s he talking about?

Ok, so I’m not writing about your doctor, I’m writing about all that time you spent waiting just to see him or her.  If you add it all up, you would be amazed at all the millions and millions of hours you could have been doing something else, anything else.

But, I bet you’ve already got your next doctor’s appointment scheduled, don’t you?  Man, oh man, you must have a very good doctor and I hope you live forever!

Deer Me! – Followup

1 Dec ‘14

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Well, I got the Tahoe back on Friday, 28 Nov ’14.  That was just great!  I was home with a house full of guests when Benson Collision called but I didn’t want to keep the rental any long that necessary.  It was about 4 pm so I figured I could get down to the rental place and Benson’s before they closed at 6 pm.

Off I went. I don’t know if I told you what kind of rental I got so I’ll tell you now.  I had asked for a large SUV since I have a fairly stiff back and can’t bend to get into the driver’s side door.  You should watch me try to get in a sedan or small car.  Usually, it won’t happen!  But if I try, it’s probably either pretty funny or very painful.  Sometimes if I have to get in the car, I’ll just dive straight in and than crawl across the seat far enough so my legs can get in.  Other times, I stick my feet in first but that usually doesn’t work very well.

Fortunately, most places will provide a SUV if you ask.  And Enterprise Rental is more than happy to rent you a large SUV, no problem whatsoever!  Yes, Sir, they do, because those large vehicles have large rental fees!  When I called USAA to report the Deer collision, they told me I did have rental car coverage but it was limited to a large sedan.  I told them I knew that but I was prepared to cover the difference for a large SUV.  Then, good old USAA said they had a new feature that would allow me to upgrade my coverage for a large SUV if that’s what I needed.  I told them that was exactly what I wanted so when I was done with the insurance report I got switched over to the policy guy.  He told me that I could get the SUV coverage and it would raise my policy a grand total of $3 and change!  But, and this is a big but, it wouldn’t be applicable for this incident.  So, I told him I could afford the $3 and to change my policy.  I hope I don’t have to ever use it, but who knows when a Deer might decide to try and run over me again!

I took my Tahoe to Tom Benson Collision Center on Monday, 17 Nov ’14.  They then called Enterprise who came and got me in a minivan.  After nearly killing myself getting into that cracker box minivan, we drove to the office right near the airport.  I’ve been to this place before but it’s been about three or four years ago.

1417465622_full.jpegThey knew I was coming since I had called last Friday and asked to reserve a SUV.  Then we discussed the charges.  DEER ME!  They said the SUV rented for $56 per day!  Wow!  Thinking about it, that’s more than I pay for my Tahoe per day by a long shot, but I needed this vehicle and the insurance was actually covering part of the bill.  So, my part was going to be $26 per day but I had to pay for the taxes and “other” which I have no idea what “other” included.  So my total per day charge was going to be $34! Ouch!  There goes everyone’s Christmas presents.  Sorry!

We went out to the lot and I was shocked that they said I had three choices!  Wow!  There was a white plain looking Suburban, a nice looking Ford Expedition, and a slick looking black 2015 Chevy Suburban!  Of course I immediately figured the black Suburban must have been previously used by the FBI because it looked like one they would use.  So, I told the rental agent, that’s the one I would take.  It had about 6,000 miles on it and was fully loaded.  I couldn’t hardly believe that.  Usually rentals are bare bones vehicles with crank handles for the windows.  This one had push buttons all over it!  I had known that Chevy had remodeled their entire Suburban and Tahoe line with a new look on the outside and a re-done interior so I was interested to see what changes they had made.

Initially, I was very impressed with the Suburban’s interior layout.  They had moved the navigation/entertainment screen up higher on the dash and it was much easier to see.  Most of the controls were placed reasonably and in easy reach.  I say most because there was one set of controls that aggravated me to no end.

And those were the seat memory buttons.  Now some of you have no idea what these buttons do, but, if you have them, they are pretty convienent, although I’ll admit, not always necessary.  What these do is store the position of your seat, mirrors, steering wheel, brake and gas pedals.  By storing, I mean, once you have all these things set just the way you want them, you press a “SET” button and then a “1” or “2” and the position of those items will always bee known by the vehicle.  If someone uses your vehicle and messes with the seats, mirrors and other stuff, which I just hate, all you have to do is push the “1” or “2” button and your seat and everything else goes back to the position you had stored!  Magic!

1417466008_full.jpegFor some stupid reason, these particular buttons were set way, way down on the door.  I figured that an average sized gorilla with their long arms could sit in the drivers seat and actually reach those buttons.  The vehicle must be on and in park when you record the memory settings by pushing the buttons I described above.  The only probably I had was I couldn’t reach them!  Even if I scrunched down, I still couldn’t reach them.  All I could do was occasionally hit the “1” or “2” button by accident and that would shift the seat, mirrors, pedals, and steering wheel to some idiotic position used by the previous driver!  I think the previous drive was a midget with very bad eye sight!

And of course I accidentally touched the wrong button!  The drivers seat movee up until my head almost touched the roof, then it slid forward until the steering wheel was crushing my chest (actually my stomach). Next, the steering wheel moved up and towards the front window.  Lastly, the pedals came up from the floor until I could have used my knees to push them!  I was so crunched up in this position that I wasn’t sure I could even get out of the truck!  In fact, I had to ask the rental agent to come to my side and please slide the seat back!

After she did that, I could breath again!  I decided to fix those buttons right now.  But, as I said, they were very hard to touch when sitting in a normal position in the seat.  So, I did the best I could and got the new setting memorized replacing the previous settings that about killed me.  After that, I had minor adjustments I wanted to make but was always having a terrible time getting them set right.  I hope Chevy re-designes the location of these buttons before I have to buy another Tahoe.  I believe they should have another 5 or 6 years to do that, but you never know!

Ok, so I took the 2015 Suburban home while my Tahoe was getting fixed.  Every day I had it, I could only think $34 a day, $34 a day, $34 a day.  That didn’t make for a lot of pleasant drives.  I really needed Benson Collision to get my truck fixed.  One of the things they do is send you a text every so often trying to update the status of your repairs.  I got one on Monday, the day I took it in, saying that they had started work on my Tahoe, then I got one a few days later saying my Tahoe was very happy where it was at and getting a lot of attention!  I just wanted a text telling me that it was fixed!

Finally, as I previously said, on Friday, 28 Nov, I got a phone call from the Benson Collision rep and he said my Tahoe was finished.  I think I’ve already told you about the rental place and everything with that.  When they went to compute my bill, I think it broke their computer system.  They had a lot of trouble getting the right amount and to tell the truth, I still don’t think they billed me right.  Still, I got out of there and was taken to the Chevy place to pick up my Tahoe.

And believe me my Tahoe looked absolutely perfect.  They had washed it which probably was the biggest reason it was looking so good.  I had taken it in very dirty.  But, the repairs to the right side were just fantastic.  The truck looked brand new.  You can’t believe how happy I was to have my beautiful Tahoe back and looking like new.

Now for any Deer out there that might be reading this.  You caused me a lot of trouble, $4,250 worth in damage (Ok, my insurance paid $4,200 and I paid $50, but still!), and $400 in rental charges!  You, Deer, owe me big time!

And finally, Deer, I had put a large and substantial “Bambi” protector (brush guard) on the front of my Tahoe and had covered the rear brake lights the same way.  These steel cages was suppose to be there to protect against Deer collisions.  That’s specifically why I bought them.  So, next time, if there is a next time, you stupid Deer need to get in front of me so you’ll hit that “Bambi” protector and then we’ll see who has the most damage!  I’ll be watching for you, now!