Parts is Parts . . .

I’ve had a little more time to spend getting familiar with my new Samsung Galaxy S5, and the more I use it, the more I like it.

One of the things I did when I bought it  was to also get the Otterbox protective case

Ottor Box Defender

Otterbox [Defender Series] Samsung Galaxy S5 – Black

I heard about how tough these are, and after seeing one, I can believe it. One thing I like is the fact it has a very tough plastic cover over the screen, protecting it from damage. No more cracked screens. Yet it doesn’t seem to interfere with the touchscreen operation.

The thing that really impresses me is the battery life. I last charged it up night before last, and as of this morning it was still at 83%. I downloaded about 30 apps this afternoon, and it’s still at 63%. Nice!

I also like the fact that it can operate as a TV/DVR remote control. Just download the app, tell what it TV and DVR you have, and it’s programmed. And it shows up as a widget on the unlock screen, so you don’t have to unlock the phone to use it.

The other button that’s on the unlock screen is for the camera. So you don’t have to unlock the phone and then press the camera icon to get a quick shot.

Another neat thing is Google Search. My Samsung Charge had Voice Search, but you had to press the icon first to start it up. Now you just say “OK, Google” and you’re ready to tell it what to search for. Also it seems more and more the answers to your search are given verbally as well as on the screen ala Siri.

I also like the ‘Eyes’ feature. If that feature is turned on, then as long as you’re looking at the screen, it will not time out on you.


Earlier in the afternoon I helped Nick and Terry get their old Splendide Washer/Dryer out of their rig in preparation for their new one being delivered tomorrow. We did have to remove the passenger seat to get it out, but then pretty much just let it slide down the steps.

Now getting the new one UP into the rig tomorrow will probably be a whole ‘nother story.

About 5pm, Nick and Terry, and Jan and I headed over to Mancino’s Pizza for dinner. Well, we headed over there, but didn’t eat there, because we once again forgot they were closed on Sunday. Hey, RV’ers never know what day it is, anyway.

So we decided to give Wings etc. a try. Nick and Terry had eaten there before, but it was our first time. And everyone thought it was really good. My only complaint was that the sauce I ordered – Spicy Hot Honey – was spicy and hot, but there was not much in the way of honey, either taste or sweetness.

So I don’t know if I just didn’t get the right sauce, or they’re just chinzy on the honey. I also got a side of their ‘Wall’ sauce, their hottest one. Made from ground habanero chilies, it was hot but not as hot as Buffalo Wild Wings ‘Blazin’ sauce, or the Atomic Wings from Quaker Steak & Lube.

Getting back to the rig, everyone sat outside and kibitized while I parted out the old Splendide.

Splendidie Parts 1

These parts are from l to r, the computer board, the timer switch, and the other two control switches. If the computer board or the timer go out, your Splendide is toast, as they are not longer available. So I was glad to have these.

Splendidie Parts 2

These are the dryer overtemp switches and the control knobs. I had to replace an overtemp switch last year, and found they were about $40 from the company. Being excessively cheap, I found one locally at an appliance parts place that I made work for about $1. But it’s nice to have the originals for next time.

Splendidie Parts 3

These are the water inlet solenoids, and the dryer fan motor and the water pump. The dryer fan motor is one that I had to replace last year and was about $100. So it’s nice to have a spare too.

Tomorrow’s probably a Wal-Mart run, but don’t know what else. We’ll see.


Thought for the Day:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. – Miss Piggy