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Friday, July 6, 2018

Wasting Time Between Appointments and Verizon Changes Things Again.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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With a busy day planned and the Alarm set it would surely figure that would be the time that I kept waking on and off throughout the night. Having it set for 7:30, when it went off I was surprised to find that Kathy was already at the Computer trying to get in her morning reading.

It didn’t take long to have a Muffin for breakfast and our Coffees were downed one sip at a time, as we passed by. Between making the Bed, shutting the AC, opening the Windows, because of the drop in temperature,
doing Kathy’s Eyedrops, gathering what we had to bring and taking the Car Wax we’d brought from our Storage Unit from the Car and putting it in the Truck time seemed to be flying by.

We were soon on our way with our first stop being The Windsor Eye Institute for Kathy’s One Week Follow-Up. The assistant first checked Kathy’s Vision which checked out to be 20/25 (Far Sighted) in both eyes, which we knew would happen before the surgery. Then the Doctor checked to be certain there was no signs of Infection and that the Eyes themselves were properly healing. We also left a pile of now Obsolete Eyeglasses that will be sent and used in underdeveloped countries to help those who have vision problems.

With more time on our hands then we expected we stopped at Windsor Gas and Diesel to get Jim’s opinion about something on the Escape. He was busy on the Phone but our friend and fellow Mechanic Don who just moved back to the area after Six Years away came out to see what I meant. He explained that most dealers will automatically replace certain parts on Used Vehicles while others let them go as is until the Customer calls them up on the problem.

The Muffin we had for breakfast was long gone so we headed just down the road to the Backroad Cafe only to find it Closed for Vacation so we stopped at McDonalds. Since we had an 11:00 appointment and didn’t know when we’d have a chance to have lunch we opted to have a Breakfast Wrap and Coffee as a filler. We took our time eating but still arrived at the Credit Union way before our time. Talking with Ashley about our plans we learned a couple more alternatives that we might consider.

We were again running far ahead of schedule for our 1:00 appointment at Vehicle Venture by over an Hour. Instead of just sitting in their small waiting room we crossed the road and walked around Lowes for a while. We looked in the Patio Section then in the Kitchen Area getting ideas and helping us plan for future modifications.

We headed back before 1:00 to find the Escape sitting outside with its new Window Rain Guards already installed. Dave was surprised not to find us sitting in the waiting room when the Car was ready.

We stopped at Walmart mostly to walk around but added a few groceries to our cart before heading out.

With more time on our hands before our 2:45 appointment at Service Ontario we parked at the same McDonalds we were at this morning and went in to have a Fruit Smoothie and just relax for a while. Around 2:30 we went outside to wait for the arrival of Greg. With the Half Inch of Rain that we had last night followed by a Cold Front that moved into our area this morning, even out in the bright Sunshine today the temperature was only 77 F (25 C). Big Difference from the last week.

Greg arrived right on time but so did half the city that had just gotten off work. It took over Forty Minutes before we were finished putting the Intrepid in his name so that our grandson Tyler will have it when he can legally start driving himself to School and Work.

At this point to avoid the Rush Hour Traffic we drove mostly the backroads to our Home in McGregor. It didn’t take much to bring in the single bag of groceries. While Kathy put them away I had a list of calls to make. The first was to make a One Month Appointment for Kathy to see our personal Optometrist. She’ll need Reading Glasses and a Note to say she no longer requires Glasses to drive on her License. Next, I called to cancel our Insurance on the Car now that it is in Greg’s name and covered by his insurance.

I finally called Verizon. Being Canadian Snowbirds, we are only allowed to be in the US for a maximum of 182 Days, Verizon has learned how to make easy money. We used to be able to Suspend without Billing for up to 180 Days saving us a lot of money. We then would simply reactivate our account when we were about to return to the US but that changed in 2017. At that point Verizon decided you could only Suspend without Billing for 30 Days but you could reduce your Usage in order to save a few Dollars. With the Plan we had being advertised that it could be used in Canada, the US and Mexico we thought we had it made but that was a bust. When I spoke to the Verizon Agent today I was informed that they no longer allow Suspension without Billing but still allow us to use a reduced plan. Less money saved for us but more profit for Verizon.

For supper we grilled a Great Canadian store-bought Pizza with Pepperoni, Bacon and Mushrooms on the Weber Q. Since it is not a thin crust we only ate Half and will have the rest tomorrow. It was tasty and we were satisfied.

We watched another Walmart Movie tonight titled Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood. It’ll be nice to sleep with the windows open for the next few nights. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. I see another routine day for you two. There's always something to keep you busy.

  2. Go to Bell Mobility, they have a North American plan that allows you to choose your data amount and you can use your phone here and/or there. No hassle just adjust your data as required.

  3. I've run into the same problems when suspending services. I think you are right ... it's not hard to do, they just want your cash.

  4. Another busy day getting things done! I"m sure Tyler can't wait til he can drive himself to school and work. What a great gift to him. That's too bad about Verizon, but whatcha gonna do especially if you're under contract. Nice that Kathy's eyes are healing well.

  5. I agree with you on Verizon. We ended up closing our account upon our return to Canada and will have to open a new one in the fall. What a pain! It was great when we could just suspend for the 6 months!