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February 2019

Not much happened this month. Had a small mouse problem which it is being addressed. Had an appointment with my anesthesiologist. Tried to go with Google Fi, but the app wasn’t recognizing my SIM card, so never started service.

Because of the government shut down last month, I received SNAP benefits for February in January. At time of writing this entry, I still have some left. Been walking someone else’s dog when I walk Malak. I get a few dollars for walking the dog which helps a bit.

January 2019

Not much happened this month. Had a holiday dinner, went to a doctor’s appointment, and mailed off 4 applications for a new apartment. The reason for this, is I will likely have to have surgery, in the future, and the current place does not support a wheelchair.

Also had a few emails, and someone I know communicated with me for a little while on Hangouts (Google’s IM Service). One thing to note is I do not like the new backend for WordPress. It feels too simplified with no real control.

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December 2018

This month was a little busier than usual. The first week, I went to the post office to acquire a PO Box. I also sent some funds to a PA Able account for my future goals. In addition, I went to get cleats on my shoes, and turned in papers for Section-8.

In the second week, I went to the post office to get no mail, and went to the bank to make a deposit. I also went to the grocery store to get some groceries. 

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November 2018

This month has been much like any other month. I regularly take Malak for a walk except for days with rain, and snow. The TV is working as expected. I usually watch the news, and a few TV shows after they air. I also had some unproductive conversations with my brother. To respect his privacy, that is all I will say about that. Last, I opened a PA Able account which I will be using to save for moving in the future.

October 2018

Not much happened with most of the activity being in the first week. During this time, I had a doctor’s appointment, and I purchased a TV so I can watch the news. This TV has Roku which allowed me to link my Hulu, and Netflix accounts so I don’t have to use the PC to watch video content.

The second week, my food assistance benefits came in. I went to the grocery store to get food for the month. The third week, I went to PAT (Public Transit) Customer Service and replaced my card. No other activity happened this month worth noting. Continue reading October 2018

September 2018

A little bit happened this month. I had a couple of doctor appointments, and a couple of times – had to run errands. Most days, I got to walk Malak, and managed to pay bills a couple of days early because of when the first fell. This month was also spent in managing my music through iTunes.

First, as for the walks with Malak. I had to adjust where I walk him due to increasing pain with long walks. I won’t go into detail of the streets as I like my privacy. Once, I acme across a former friend of my brother’s. We caught up on what was going on for about 30 minutes. I explained that he didn’t see me much because of where he lives being too far for me to walk Malak. Speaking of my brother, he called me for a few minutes and wanted to know some details about security cameras. I don’t know much of them, but I gave him the best answer I can. Continue reading September 2018

August 2018

Not much happened. There were no appointments, or events in the first week. Did some website management during this period to keep everything up to date. As usual, I paid my bills and taken care of my expenses with exception of food. And last during the first week, I closed my AMEX account. The reasons of this was I wasn’t using the card because available credit and interest rates were to my liking. My best card is my Capital One card with $2750 at 16%.

The second week was much like the first week. I did have to get groceries. I also watched some shows on Netflix. In addition, I had to go to the bank to deposit and transfer money to my primary checking account. An acquaintance asked me for dinner a couple of times. While I don’t feel she is in the best position to feed other people, it wouldn’t have been worth arguing with her about it. Also, had to replace my media player. This of course cost money, but I had it to spend, so that didn’t hit me too hard. Continue reading August 2018

July 2018

Not much happened this month. I wrote a few emails to a person, and kept up with Twitter. I am adjusting to the new phone I had for a little more than a month. As usual, I posted my thoughts about it which you could find at http://fsp.cc/1+6. The first week however was spent paying bills, transferring my rent rebate to my savings account, and taking Malak to the vet for his annual checkup.

The second week wasn’t very exciting. I received my food assistance benefits which I then went to the grocery store and bought most of the food I need for the month. As usual, I bought hot dogs, a few TV dinners, bread, coffee, and have some left over to handle the more perishable foods. I also went to the pharmacy to purchase Q-Tips.
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June 2018

Not much happened this month. I had problems with my Moto Z Play1 where the headphone jack and the moto mod pins weren’t working properly. An acquaintance asked if they could have it, which I agreed to it. I however needed a new phone, and I opted for the One Plus 6 which one could read a review on it.

When acquiring the One Plus 6, I added a cellular plan. Since this is a dual SIM phone, I have the newer carrier (with unlimited minutes) in SIM and is default for making calls. My Lifeline provider is in SIM 2 which I have it set to where unknown callers will ring that SIM so the service can remain active. In addition to acquiring a new service provider, I bought a case for the phone to help protect it from bumps, and an accidental drop.
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Review: OnePlus 6

I use the headphone jack on a daily basis, and the jack on my former phone stopped working. I am not likely to buy from that company again. It however does not change the fact that I needed to get a new phone. While I could have used bluetooth headphones, this is not a good solution in rain, and there is a need for battery power. This means that the headphones have to be charged. And while I do use Bluetooth headphones, there are disadvantages to them.

I opted for the One Plus 6. The phone has a SnapDragon 845 CPU with Adreno 630. There is 8GB of memory, and a 256GB Storage. There is no expandable storage, and the phone has a notch. The screen is a 1080p AMOLED panel which allows for black to just be off for pixel lighting. There is 401ppi. The phone is also a dual SIM phone with support for GSM 2G/3G, and LTE. There is no CDMA support. The phone has a 16MP camera with a secondary 20MP camera. The front side camera is a 16MP. There is all of the sensors expected, and the phone has a fingerprint reader and NFC. The model of my phone is $630 which came out of my Savings, and therefore – the savings will have to be refunded. Continue reading Review: OnePlus 6