Because I’m an obsessive worrier over details, I already have a to-do list for the Tall Kid’s trip to Quebec City in April. Yes, April. At the rate I’m already fretting about this trip, I anticipate spending much of March in the fetal position.
The top two items on my to-do list: 1) Getting Mr S a passport. If TK sends an SOS from Canada, I don’t want any red tape keeping us from getting to him. Since I never intend to leave the country again, but Mr S snowmobiles up around the border, he’s the one with the bad Walmart photo. And 2) the cellphone situation.
Because I apparently put the owner’s manual in a Very Safe Place, I’m not sure if TK’s Tracfone works in Canada. I don’t think it does, which would make it very difficult for him to send an SOS. I very much hate the Tracfone because of the sheer amount of of sales pitch crap it bombards the phone with, but the price is right. $20 every three months is one helluva bargain that works for his usage.
Because he doesn’t like talking on the telephone, his usage consists of the occasional to text to me. What does he text?
That’s all his text says, but let me translate it for you:
History Club is meeting after school, so I’ll be late getting home. I love you. You’re the best mom ever and, even when I’m grown and have a wife and kids of my own, I’ll still come home to you every Christmas.
Isn’t he a great kid?
I could solve the problem by adding him to our Verizon plan, of course. But since he’s a texter (even if it’s only 2 letters), that’s $20 per month instead of $20 every three months. Because of three days in Canada. If it was only a Saturday and Sunday, he could maybe take his dad’s phone, but they’re leaving Friday and that’s when all the contractors and customers call with last minute, before-the-weekend crap.
He sure as hell ain’t taking mine. First, because it has a data plan and setting a teenage boy loose in a foreign country with a data plan doesn’t sound like a good idea. (Even though I have no idea if the data plan’s even active in Canada because I haven’t checked because I don’t intend to ever leave the US again.) Plus, he’s just not taking my phone.
By April, I’ll have a shiny awesome phone. As a matter of fact, by the middle of December I’ll probably have a shiny awesome phone. Between my absolute hatred of this stupid BlackBerry Curve 8530 and my disgust at chasing Verizon iPhone rumors around like an Apple Kool-Aid slurping lapdog, I’ve started thinking of December 13th (upgrade date) as Droid X Day. Plus, my husband thinks the creepy, robotic voice saying “Droid” is cool, so maybe his head won’t explode at another round of Ring-Around-the-Gadget.
Fifteen-year-old boy taking my Droid X to Canada? Not bloody likely.
So that’s my current obsession. Any US Verizon folks with experience traveling to Quebec out there? How does the phone situation work?