Hi, My name's Dan.

My test run is winding down

It’s been almost two weeks since I started using a Moto X on Republic Wireless. Nothing special, a quick internet search shows that a fair number of people do it every day. I, however, am in Missoula MT and we have no Sprint towers here. So, how’s it been?

In short, it’s been perfectly usable.

The long winded version? Texts come through plenty fast and I do most of my communications that way. Calls have been just fine. There is a slight delay but it’s not a problem, especially when you talk on the phone as little as I do. Data has been OK. Searching the web I came across a ‘soft data cap’ of 100MB when roaming (which I have been, using Vzw towers, the entire time). So, it works fine for a bit but then gets basically unusable. This hasn’t been super noticeable for me as I’m on Wi-Fi at home and work. And I’ve found most places I hang out also have free Wi-Fi be it bars, restaurants, friends/families houses, etc. In my internet digging tonight however I found the one thing that will keep me from ditching Big Red and going with RW. To activate cellular you have to be on the Sprint network. That means I’d have to drive to Spokane (3ish hours) just to activate the phone. Sadly, it’s a deal breaker. For now.

The price and quality of the service is so good, I can’t rule it out forever but, I think I’ll survive on my dumb phone just fine for the time being.

If you’re in a Sprint area, I’d seriously give Republic a look. For me, I’ll just add it to the long list of cellular companies I can’t benefit from because Montana is so often overlooked.

We take @instagram very seriously at @missoulabicycleworks #surlybike #1x1 #steelisreal #shoplife #26aintdead

We take @instagram very seriously at @missoulabicycleworks #surlybike #1x1 #steelisreal #shoplife #26aintdead

First ever road ride. Awesome time! #konabikes #ibikemsla

First ever road ride. Awesome time! #konabikes #ibikemsla

Shower beers are great but, what about a post workout shower smoothie?

Shower beers are great but, what about a post workout shower smoothie?

Short Trip

I wasn’t feeling too motivated to get out today. Rivers are high and even though it was sunny there was a definite chill in the air. Posted to the Facebook page (Simple Angler) that I wasn’t going when a fellow Missoulian suggested I hit a little side channel near the University. Sometimes all you need to get motivated is someone telling you to go enjoy the day. Thanks Brian.

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It’s a sleepy kind of day for the dog. #dogsofinstagram #australianshepherd #aussie

It’s a sleepy kind of day for the dog. #dogsofinstagram #australianshepherd #aussie

Jeez, feeling spoiled today. (Super)Early anniversary gift for @shananigans06 and I from my folks. Thanks Mom and Dad.

Jeez, feeling spoiled today. (Super)Early anniversary gift for @shananigans06 and I from my folks. Thanks Mom and Dad.

So this happened… #helmetparty #roofparty #afterparty #afterhours

So this happened… #helmetparty #roofparty #afterparty #afterhours

#helmetparty just got crazy… #toomanydrinks

Pre-work workout. #MUSTFit #HTFU (at The Missoula Underground Strength Training Center)

Pre-work workout. #MUSTFit #HTFU (at The Missoula Underground Strength Training Center)

The #helmetparty is gonna be a good time. @bigskybrewing @pabstblueribbon #WeMakeWaterFun #shoplife

The #helmetparty is gonna be a good time. @bigskybrewing @pabstblueribbon #WeMakeWaterFun #shoplife

Simple Angler

I started a fishing blog awhile back. It’s just pics and trip reports. But it does get some hits. Turns out Tenkara is still a niche enough activity that people seek out literally any source for info they can find. So now I’ve also got a Facebook page for it. And an instagram. And Google+ and… You get the idea. It feels strange to set them all up. But it will be fun/interesting to see if they get any sort of following.

The Bitterroot Continues to Confound

To be fair, I’ve only made four trips to the ‘Root since I started fishing. Each time seems to be under poor conditions (once in extreme cold, once in heavy snow and once it started off snowing and changed to extremely sunny by the end of the float) so, I’m probably not giving it the best chance to be productive for me.

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Picked up my buddy Duncan and we headed down to just above Darby. He had…

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Beautiful day. No fish. This guy threw everything in his fly box to no avail. @duncdunc #flyfishing #simmsfishing #bitterroot

Beautiful day. No fish. This guy threw everything in his fly box to no avail. @duncdunc #flyfishing #simmsfishing #bitterroot