Back in 2013 I wrote about the pain of changing my mobile phone. Back then I bought a Blackberry. It has served me well but time has now caught up with it. It has had a couple of cranky moments in the past year. The weekend before last I found it had totally flattened the battery while in my pocket and deleted all my contacts 😦 Sadly, that was the last straw – time for a change. Blackberry have just recently turned off their servers (not a part of my issue) and the rumoured Blackberry smart phone has never materialised. In those circumstances, I was going to be looking at a new manufacturer.

The good news is that my Son has been using smartphones for a number of years now and I could draw on his insight while choosing my replacement. He has used Motorola almost all the time and currently has the g10. He did have a brief flirtation with Nokia but that didn’t work out. As he seems very happy with Motorola, I decided that would probably be a good option for me and Epi. Alasdair and I spent some time comparing specifications and prices over the last days of the Christmas break before he went back to Uni and by the time he departed I’d narrowed down the shortlist to the Moto g9 or the g50. When the Blackberry bowled its last googly, I checked the prices again. As luck would have it, several outlets had the Moto g50 reduced, so I opted for that.

As you may imagine, Epi and I are now getting up to speed with our new phones. It’s been a blend of confusion and enlightenment as facilities gradually get tried out πŸ˜‰ Trying to answer the first incoming call was fun – I thought you just had to press the virtual button but no – you have to swipe up! I rang back and was pleased to find Noel at the other end – a lost contact reconnected πŸ™‚ One thing I did notice is that the phone warns you if a number that’s calling is suspected to be spam – big thumbs up for that πŸ™‚

Since I bought the Blackberry all those years ago, one thing that has improved beyond recognition is the phone camera. Last night I tried it out on the way home from the football match – photographing an oversize load convoy that we were passing…

..Not quite as good as I would expect with the Canon but not too shabby either. This morning I took a stroll in my local area to try out some less challenging shots on a gloomy winter’s day. Here’s a selection…

Just crops and resizes, nowt else done on all of the above. Colour rendition and clarity seem very good and I shall be happy to use the phone when I haven’t got one of my cameras with me πŸ™‚

Today Transportes Martin (US) got into the Halloween spirit. Normal driving standards were cast to the four winds as Rolled Gold, Angel and Nightshade went out to trick or treat! Rolled Gold started the fun by delivering a load of mouldy cheese to Walmart while dressed up in a pumpkin paint job…Then Angel shed her inhibitions and became a dark angel ‘Straight Out of Hell’ to flour bomb Fresno……and deliver some electronics of a dubious nature (you’ve all seen the movie) to Oxnard…All the time we were engaging with the ai drivers who entered into the spirit of the day by being even more crazy than normal! The Blue Meanies……hit us with volleys of speeding and running stop light fines so they obviously didn’t get with the programme 😦
Nightshade picked up the Sugar Plum run delivering a load of Trick or Treat Candy to Las Vegas……in a suitably Halloween Themed trailer – looks like one of our customers got into the spirit too πŸ™‚ Probably the most fun run of the day as we had some real excitement as we blasted through Barstow. A car came off the slip road in front of us doing, I guess, 20mph! It looked like I was out of options – emergency braking would not prevent a collision and there was a car alongside in the fast lane. Split second decision – I cut onto the end of the slip road behind him and passed him on the right taking a little bit of the grass before gaining the hard shoulder and then cutting back into the lane in front of him! I somehow contrived to miss a telegraph pole and the Armco barrier. I didn’t touch the ai either and I swear that when I looked in the mirror that ai had a totally bemused look on its grill πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow we’re back in our normal clothes and driving professionally but today has been a day to have fun! Rolled Gold, Angel, Nightshade and I would like to wish all my readers a Happy Halloween πŸ™‚

Boo! Indeed πŸ™‚

Despite all the shananigans, all loads were delivered undamaged and on time although some truck and ai fenders did get bent πŸ˜‰

Elvira trailer skin is available from Steam workshop and was created by Hurkulez