No love from AT&T

Waaay back in 2003 a little company called AT&T took a chance on me.  They gave me a cell phone plan.  It was not the greatest plan but it worked for us.  We stuck with them through thick and thin.  In February 2004 AT&T took bids to buy the company and  Cingular won.  That was okay…..I guess….It really did not affect us at all, we actually got roll over minuets.  We were happy with it.  In 2007 the name of the cell phone company went back to AT&T.  Lots of the “extras” that Cingular gave us stayed with AT&T.

You don’t know how excited I was when I heard that AT&T was the exclusive carrier of the iphone.  It took me about a year to be able to get the iphone. Actually it was not until after the 3G came out tha I was able to buy the first generation from an ebay sale.

That was fine.  I did not mind not having the 3G speed – and the GPS feature that the 3G had.  It was not until I started having problems with my iphone that I started getting frustrated with AT&T.  I brought my phone in to see if it could get fixed and I had no luck.  I decided to upgrade.  I heard that since I was an iphone user that I could upgrade with no problems.  Well that is true if you got your iphone BEFORE the 3G came out…..even though I have been a customer of AT&T for the last 5 years!!!!!

I can’t sync my iphone with my computer which is frustrating, be even more frustrating is reading this article from engadget:

“Been holding on to that now-antique EDGE device to keep from extending your contract with AT&T? Well, if you’ve been experiencing some sluggishness — and not just general EDGE sluggishness, mind you — you might have more to blame than just those recent outages. Open for Business reports that AT&T has been quietly lowering EDGE signal strength to give more 3G love to all you iPhone 3G and Bold users. To add to the shadiness of the situation, AT&T reps are all offering up the same solution — buy a 3G device. Unsurprisingly, AT&T’s Mark Siegel has denied Open for Business’s claims, and says that the mega-carrier is not requiring anyone to switch to a 3G phone. We’ll put on our Sherlock Holmes outfits and try to do some digging, but it’s not like we actually expect these guys to admit to a move that would definitely lead to a lot of backlash.”

Not only is my phone not working, and I can’t get a break on the new 3G phone (only because mine is not working) but now they are basically ignoring the Edge network to spend more time on the 3G network.  That is understandable to some degree because that is the future.   HOWEVER there are a number of us still using edge and we need reliable phone service as well!!!

News like this almost makes me want to ditch AT&T and try out the new Palm Pre

Banner Year

I would have to say that 2008 was a banner year for our family.

This year there was the culmination of my graduate studies which included my graduation from seminary.  We moved from our 2 bedroom apartment in PA to my parents house in VT to our current town home in NY.

I started my job as a pastor.

I was ordained as a Pastor.

And I think that my job as a Pastor has really taken over my life.  I love my job but I have yet to really pick up on some old hobbies that I use to really enjoy.

Health wise I have gone downhill – between my busy schedule of seminary, family, work and life – coupled with the fact of terrible seminary health insurance and my lack of motivation –  my health took a back seat.  Actually it never even made it into the car.  That is changing…..

Blog wise I posted  76 posts for this year.

Reading the many blogs I have in my Google Reader, I have read many “New Years Resolution” posts.  I think that I will post my own goals for the year.

Personally

Like many people in the USA I am going to resolve to get healthy and lose weight.  It is for no other reason than my body seems to be shutting down in some respects. I am not feeling well and I have too many health problems for a 30 year old.  I have gotten some serious wakeup calls. I would like to lose 50 pounds by this time next year.

I would like to have 100 quality blog posts this year.  I would also like to start podcasting and/or video blogging.

I would like to spend more time with my family one on one.   that means to have more date nights with my wife and personal play dates with my children.

I would like to pay down most of our debt and start a significant savings account.

Professionally

I would like to learn more what it means to be a pastor.

I would like to read one book a month on theology or practical pastoral leadershipSpend one day a month in prayer spiritual renewal

Spend 3-4 days in some kind of continuing education

There are 8 goals for the year ahead- four personal and four professional.  I think they are doable and they give me something to work towards.  I know there will be setbacks along the way but I am sure I can overcome them.