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Question for those who know more about cars than I do (which is just about everyone): If a rock hit my windshield, resulting in a star at the point of impact, with no cracks spreading, and nothing coming through to the inside of the glass, does it still need to be replaced or is that something one lives with? How does one go about replacing the windshield? Is that something handled through an insurance agency, or do I call my mechanic, or do I look it up in the phone book and call someone directly?

I have about three months left on my current cell phone contract, which means I am eligible for the upgrade discounts now if I want to renew. I've been poking at my friends' phones a little. I'm envious of people with the internet in their pockets. But I've had mixed results attempting to use iPhones (which is better than six months ago, when I'd had uniformly bad results). My hands just don't always do what I want. So this will require further thought and investigation. Anyway, this afternoon I compared plans at Verizon and AT&T, mostly to see how much more expensive it would be than what I've got now. And the answer is that it would pretty much double my bill, either way, and I'll have to think about whether I want it that much.

Anyway, I was appalled to see that Verizon's only option for a text messaging plan is now $20 per month for unlimited texts. So, for the record, I would have to receive TEN TIMES the maximum number of texts I've ever received in a month to even come close to it being worthwhile to get a plan while still with Verizon. (This is not a challenge.) AT&T does still have a $5 per month plan, although that's not unlimited any more either.

What I'm reading: Just finished The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens. This took me a surprisingly long time to get through. I think the author was trying to do too much with the book, and it suffered. She's one of the most successful current authors of historical romances, with two extensive interrelated series to her credit. With these books (this is the third of four), she's stepping outside the predictable formula of the genre. There's an unfamiliar setting (colonial India) and a fair bit of action, suspense, and even actual plot. I think she must have gotten tired of writing the same thing over and over, and wanted to try her hand at something with more substance. While I think that's commendable, I happen to think she's a better writer than this book demonstrates. Meanwhile, it still has the same general romance plot, the prescribed sex scenes (though not necessarily at the same page counts) and some of the usual themes that go along with the subgenre. This feels like trying to keep all of the same readers, despite changing it up a little. As a result, it doesn't end up being good action/adventure or good romance.

Next up: What Life Was Like in the Jewel in the Crown. Because now I want to get a bit more of the feel of colonial India without sex getting in the way.



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Oct. 15th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Sprint. Sprint. Sprint.

You can get a plan with unlimited data, unlimited text, unlimited nights and weekends at 7 and 400 day minutes for about $70 a month.

They have a lot phones- you may try the black berry or another one with a physical keyboard. I found them so much easier to use than the ipone.
Oct. 15th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Sorry to jump in here, but I assume since you are making the recommendation that you have tried (and enjoyed) their service? I've been thinking along the same lines as Stephanie and Sprint is attractive for the reasons you list. Still, would be nice to hear from a satisfied customer. Thank you!
Oct. 15th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
You're going to want to get the windscreen fixed. Tempered glass is a funny thing. It's relatively shatterproof, so you'll often just get a small chip like the one you see.

Bad news is, it's still glass. Any rapid temperature change (say, when you've had the defogger on for a while and suddenly splash through a cold puddle) carries the chance to make that little crack turn into a really big one. It can also spread if water gets in there and freezes. Needless to say, this would be bad.

Insurance may cover the repair. You'd have to call your agent. I think some mechanics might do that sort of repair, but I think more often I've seen specialists for auto glass. I have heard of places that can do spot repair without replacing the whole pane, but I can't give any recommendations, I'm afraid.

Edited at 2010-10-15 05:26 am (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
When Nathan cracked his, we called insurance (USAA) and they took care of it. They sent somebody to his office and fixed it in the parking lot. Cost us nothing. If you have an EZ Pass, pry it off first - they just take the whole windshield away.
Oct. 15th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
There is a company called Safelite (sp?) that does windshield repair. If you google them you can probably find them and their competitor. Most insurance will cover it. If you don't want to risk higher rates get a quote and figure out if you can handle it without insurance. But there are options.

But get it fixed. That type of chip can turn into a big crack.
Oct. 15th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Figured I jump in here as well...

The history of colonialism in India and the history of the colonial powers and their respective governments is a fascinating one. If you have any questions I'm okay at South Asian History. So happy you are taking an interest!
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
auto insurance is generally happy to fix those little star cracks early - before they spread. i have glass coverage on my car with USAA, but even if I didn't, if I caught it way early when it was small, I'm fairly certain it'd be covered.

if the crack/ding is under a certain measurement across, SafeLite doesn't replace the windshield -- they come with this glue-y stuff that they basically patch the ding with. i've had it done multiple times and while it doesn't restore the windshield to perfection, it prevents those mega cracks that cause you to need a whole new windshield...

as for phone coverage, i have ATT, and contrary to the "evil company lousy service" problems others report, I've had no more trouble with them than I did with verizon (less, in fact). And the $5 text plan is totally satisfactory for me -- the one person who texted me to the point that i went over the 200 texts now texts directly to my email so that i can get the messages that way (iphone, so email is as readily available as texts)

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