I hate feeling Naked in Public

FYI – this post is not contradictory to my previous post titled I Love to get Naked in Public

I believe in simplicity and practice it regularly.

I carry the simplest of eye glasses.  Replaceable with a spare in the car or a quick visit to any drug store (1.5X is easy to purchase).

I don’t carry cash or change in my pockets.

I have 2 credit cards, a Starbucks card, my insurance card and drivers license in a very thin simple wallet.

I don’t use a wrist watch. I don’t care much about what time it is unless I have an appointment somewhere. My Iphone alerts me of my schedule with sounds and vibrations as needed.

I don’t carry a bunch of keys, actually the only key that I carry is the one that starts my car. I do have other keys, I just refuse to carry them with me all day long.

I have always had a Smart Phone (since the first Palms and Blackberrys). Today I have an Iphone. It has all of my contact information, calendar and access to all of my important information.

When I leave my bedroom in the mornings I have the following with me:

  • My glasses in my shirt pocket or hanging from my collar
  • My Iphone in my right front pocket
  • My car keys in my right rear pocket
  • My wallet in my left front pocket

I have become very accustomed of checking that I have all of my stuff from the moment I leave my house until I end my day.

I can quickly and efficiently grab all four locations to “check” that I have everything.

I am not supposed to be anywhere (repeat ANYWHERE) without my stuff.

If I leave the house and don’t have an item in it’s appropriate pocket, I feel Naked and this is a very uncomfortable feeling.

I need my keys because I have to go places

I need my wallet – the world demands access to my money and identification

I need my Iphone, well, just because I NEED MY IPHONE!

If I find that any of these items are missing, an immense feeling of dread and even fear overtakes my body. Almost like being Naked in public.  Feeling Naked in Public is a very unsettling feeling. Do you agree?

I refuse to feel Naked in Public

I have driven 10 miles away from my home, realized that I failed to bring my Iphone. This is a freaky feeling. I have driven across the median on I-40,turned around and driven home to retrieve my Iphone.

I few weeks ago I left a restaurant in Greensboro NC, drove the 30 miles back to Winston-Salem and discovered that I left my wallet on the table in the restaurant. With no second thought, I got back in my car, drove back to Greensboro and with a small tear in my eye, retrieved my wallet.

Thru out the day if I grab or pat down each of my pockets to confirm I am fully dressed.

I live a simple life and carry only the basics with me.  Not having any of them with me makes me feel Naked in Public.

And I am sure, you don’t want me to feel Naked in Public. Have you ever felt Naked in Public?

Blocking SPAM Text Messages on an Iphone

Today (03/22/11) I got another unsolicited text message to my Verizon IPhone.

The message was from phone number “(786) 353-4199” and included the following text: +14242647221 – Need a quick and easy payday loan up to $1500? Visit
www.iamastupidmarketor.com for INSTANT approval, get money in minutes!(2optout rply stop)

Note – I changed the URL so that you don’t end up supporting them with even a single click thru.

I called the 786 phone number and then the 424 phone number. They both rang directly into the same voice mail greeting (unanswered) and the mail box was “full”.

This was exactly as I expected. They did not want to talk to anyone or solicit via the telephone. They want me to click on the URL which I refuse to do.

I did not reply back with “Stop” as instructed if I want to optout, because I am not sure of the result that will create. Will they honestly opt me out, or will this just validate my phone number for future text messages from other hidden and secretive organizations who want to Spam my cell phone with waste of time text messages.

I decided to try to find a way to block them without contacting them.

Verizon Wireless has a way to do this for any phone except the IPhone.

What’s up with this – The IPhone is the only real smart phone that Verizon has, in my humble opinion.

Non IPhone users can go to MyServices once you login to your account on the Verizon Wireless website and block unwanted calls & text messages from specific phone numbers.

Again – Except for the IPhone.

I talked with a very nice lady named Tammy in Technical support. She was very aware of what I was asking, but had no solution to the problem.

Here are the two options she offered for blocking unwanted Text Messages:

1 – Reply back to the text with STOP and hope they adhere to the rules of OptOut. I did this just to see what would happen.

2 – Disable Text Messaging on my phone. And we all know I am not going to do this – I need my text messaging. While I wrote this blog I got 3 text messages that I am glad to receive.

Anyway – Let’s see if the reply of STOP will work. Hopefully it will.

Otherwise I may have to revert back to faxes and the US Postal Service.


Update – as of 3/1/2012 I have not had any new SPAM text messages to my Iphone on Verizon.  All looks good now.