I remember when I drove a Toyota Corolla. I was supposed to judge it. The car judged me instead. The unveiling of the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla this week got me thinking about this story from a few years back. It was my second time being sent out on assignment to review a car at a launch. The way these things work is that when an automaker launches a new model, they invite a bunch of journalists from the world over, gather them all up and have them all drive the car all together, usually only for a few hours. Saves them time and money, I think, and it gives them a chance to control the PR of the car. Carmakers (technically, the PR firms they contract the job out to) wine and dine the writers, put them in nice hotels, and choose roads that flatter the car on test. I’d done the dance once before, with the then-new Volkswagen Beetle. I didn’t really like the car, but I was so pressured by the weight of the launch that I didn’t say anything about it for months. The … [Read more...] about I Left My Heart in a 2014 Corolla
Can i port my number to a prepaid phone
If you're a Verizon customer and having only one phone number isn't cutting it for you, there's a new solution available. Known as My Numbers, Verizon's new service plan lets you add up to four numbers on a single phone. Consolidating multiple numbers into a single device is useful if you travel often, have a work phone or own a business that has its own number. Each new line costs $15 a month and you'll get unlimited domestic calling and texting.Other carriers offer similar services. In 2016, T-Mobile launched Digits, which allowed one device to carry multiple phone numbers. It also let you apply one number to many devices, though at that time AT&T and Verizon provided that capability as well.In a similar but not entirely-identical vein, phones like the latest Palm "phone", which has limited features, uses Verizon's Messages+ app to forward your number and reroute incoming calls and texts from your regular phone to the Palm device. It essentially allows your number to … [Read more...] about Verizon now lets you add multiple phone numbers to a single device
How did my house devolve to this level? This is the question I asked myself last night after returning from a five week stay in Germany to a suburban Michigan home that has become, essentially, a junkyard. Just look at this place! My parents are fairly tidy people; my dad was an Army soldier for over 25 years, and my mom is, well, German. So it’s easy to understand why their house in Bavaria—where I stayed for the past four weeks—is so clean and organized. It’s an arrangement I had gotten used to, which is why last night was such a shock. At 5:30 p.m., I opened my Uber app, and waited at the curb of Detroit’s McNamara terminal for six minutes until my driver showed up in her white Chevrolet Malibu. I popped my luggage into the trunk, hopped into the back seat, and then made an effort at engaging in small talk until my engineering school-honed social skills ran out. Awkward silence ensued for the remaining 45 minutes of the 46 minute drive. … [Read more...] about I Just Came Home to a Junkyard
The Salty Waitress Salty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life. Dear Salty, I’m in a potentially sad situation. I’m a server at a restaurant where an elderly couple comes in for lunch regularly, maybe a couple times a month. Usually they sit at one of the booths in my section. This week, though, the wife came in alone. I don’t think this has ever happened in the entire time they’ve come to the restaurant. My first thought was that, oh god, her husband died. But I didn’t want to ask since that might be rude. Plus what if he’s not dead? So I just didn’t acknowledge his absence at all. Now I’m wondering what I’ll say if she comes in alone again—do I just ask about her husband? And how do I do that without making assumptions? For background, I don’t know the couple super well. We … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: Can I ask my customer whether her spouse died?
The Xbox 360 by Microsoft is a discontinued yet innovative gaming console. It has held a high regard in the eyes of the users and given a tough time to its competitors. Unlike the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 gives users the added features of high-definition DVD and add-on drives. It also has better memory and a central processing unit. It also has a lot of online features such as Kinect, Xbox Live, and webcam. Some of its prominent features include the audio and visual cable, allowing the user to benefit from a high-quality gaming experience. There’s also one hundred and twenty gigabytes of storage space in the hard drive, a built-in Wi-Fi system, and the Kinect system to allow the user to be the ultimate controller by giving commands through hand gestures and their voice. All these features make it possible for the user to play their favorite games such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed. Users can also watch their favorite videos, movies, and whatnot while streaming the … [Read more...] about How Can I Customize My Xbox 360?