Why I Switched from Verizon to T-Mobile

I was on the road, traveling up to my favorite range near Austin, Texas when the Verizon sales rep called me. They had finally processed my cancellation request and ported my number over to T-Mobile, and Verizon was trying one last ditch effort to continue their leech-like relationship with my wallet. It felt like I was breaking up with someone, and they were desperately trying to “fix” whatever was driving me away. I only had a few minutes and was pretty distracted when they called so I wasn’t able to articulate exactly why I was dissatisfied with Verizon, but I’m bored and near a computer so I figured I should vent a bit.

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Traveling Without a Safety Net

I knew it was going to be close when I packed the bag, but I didn’t expect it to be quite this close. The bag read 53 pounds as it sat on the scale at the check-in desk, but the agent didn’t seem all that bothered. I didn’t even want to think about what the rifle case weighed, but my guess is somewhere in the 80 to 90 pound range. Needless to say, I didn’t let that one anywhere near the scale. I had barely squeaked under the weight limits, but in doing so I left behind a relatively crucial piece of equipment — my laptop computer.

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The Hidden Cost of Volunteering to be Bumped

They reel you in with promises of $400 in free travel and food vouchers, and that’s all fine and dandy. There’s a lot of things I’m willing to endure for a free trip to a destination of my choosing, and the prospect of being on an oversold flight isn’t very appetizing to begin with. But the real price of volunteering to be bumped from a flight is measured in the mind-numbing boredom you experience waiting for your new flight. Which explains why I’m sitting at an airport bar at 7 in the morning.

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