Wednesday 17th August
It was grandson Chris birthday today. Happy 12 th birthday Chris.
We drove to Brisbane to have a birthday dinner with Chris, his mother Regelyn and a family friend.Mai.
Saturday 20th August
I like to give credit where credit is due.
I have a longish story to explain something worthwhile which happened to today.
For starters Samsung Mobile Phones Australia can take a bow. To me they went above and beyond what my expectations of what customer service they would give.
Here’s how the story begins.
I have a Samsung Galaxy A3 Smart Phone. It is one of the more basic phones in the Samsung stable.
I also have a Hyundai i30 motor car.
Both the car and phone are Bluetooth compatible.
When the phone connects to the car it then disconnects and after awhile it connects and disconnects.
Frustrating? You betcha.
I did an update on the phone. No change. I took the car and phone to Hyundai who tested both and advised the car Bluetooth works fine and it must be the phone as all the phones we tested, including my old non smart Telstra phone worked fine.
I contacted Samsung and they checked what we had done to update last month decided there may be a software and or hardware issue and they need to have it sent back for testing. I was given the address of Samsung at Robina Shopping Centre which has a drop off and pick up service. Before driving there I backed up my phone using the Samsung Smart Switch on-line service. I fully expected to drop off my phone and have to wait a couple of weeks. In the meantime I thought I would change SIM cards from the new to the old phone.
“No way!” Said the staff at Samsung. We can do better than that. We will give you a loan phone, a bigger version of your current phone, the A5. We will transfer all your data and Apps from the A3 to the A5 immediately. Once that is done we will wipe the old A3 and send it to Brisbane. “Immediately” ended up being an hour but I walked out of the store with a bigger more powerful phone with all my Contacts, Apps, Photos and Music. The staff kept apologising that I had to wait. While waiting I looked at their new Virtual Reality headsets which works on any Samsung Galaxy S6 or better. Wow! What an amazing bit of technology. I loved the surfing VR and felt absolutely ill in the Roller Coaster VR.
Today Samsung are promoting the new flagship phone the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with Stylus and Iris Scanning Security. The base model has an internal storage memory of 64 Gb with expandable memory up to 256 Gb. (For comparison, my first computer, about the size of a medium suitcase had a storage memory of 1.2Gb! The only expandable memory were “floppy discs” which had storage of 880 Mb. I had a giant collection of floppy discs. The computer had cables running to power, a printer, the mouse and keyboard. Cables everywhere.)The new Note 7 phone has lots of accessories including the Gear 360 for the camera which allows you to take your own VR video. This phone is packed with features more than I could use and far, far, outside my price range but it was nice that Samsung spent the time to show me and to take care of my Bluetooth issue.
Thanks Samsung. I enjoyed my time with you this morning.
In the afternoon we went bowling.
Lawn bowls that is.
On our own green here in our village.
Our old green was torn up last week and a new synthetic grass was laid down and today it was officially ready to be tested. Donnis and I are both rank amateurs, basically beginners. In fact the other seasoned bowlers were at a bit of a disadvantage having to re-learn a new bowling method. We are beginners anyway and do not have to unlearn anything.
Sunday 21st August
Last week we travelled to Brisbane to watch Grandson Chris play a semi- final game of Ruby League. The team won and Chris received a Man of the Match Award. This week we went to watch a finals game between Chris team and the undefeated team of the competition.
The game was played at Sunnybank Hills Magpies Rugby Leagues Club. Long story short,
Chris team won, 28 to 10, Chris scored a try and carried out a few try saving tackles.
The team gets to play in the grand final in two weeks. Two of Chris teammates received Man of the Match Awards,
one for scoring two tries and the other for his solid defence, putting his body on the line to stop tries.
Well done Springwood Tigers JRL team.