[Editorial] Why I'm thankful for Android Police, a story of sad and happy coincidences

What you are about to read is unlike anything I have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary ever written for Android Police before. There are no coupon codes, reviews review is an evaluation of a publication, service, or company such as a movie (a movie review), video game (video game review), musical composition (music review of a composition or recording),, leaks, specs, or APK’s in this article. Instead, this is a story that I have wanted may refer to a: Fugitive, a person wanted by law enforcement authorities Wanted poster, a poster put up to inform the public of one or more criminals whom authorities wish to apprehend Wanted may to share with you, our readers, for quite some time. Today, as I reflected on the things I am grateful for in my life, I made the decision to sit down and write the story of one of the most random, timely, and wondrous things or The Thing may refer to that has ever happened to me, all because I was an Android Police reader. If you have few minutes to read a story, then sit down may refer to and I’ll tell tell or tel, from Arabic: تَل‎‎, tall, Hebrew: תֵּל, is a type of archaeological mound created by human occupation and abandonment of a geographical site over many centuries you one. If you want some tech is an abbreviation for technology, and terms that are derived from it technical support, services providing assistance with technology products techno, a form of electronic dance music a technical news is an adjective referring to something recently made, discovered, or created, go ahead and skip may refer to this article or articles may refer to: Article (European Union), articles of treaties of the European Union Article (grammar), a grammatical element used to indicate definiteness or indefiniteness Article and go to the next one – I promise I won’t be offended.

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Four 4 (; /ˈfɔər/) is a number, numeral, and glyph years ago, I entered one of the darkest chapters of my life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased,. I had graduated with a degree in communications a couple of years prior, in the midst of the recession. I found may refer to: Found Aircraft, an aircraft manufacturer based in Ontario, Canada Found (album), a 2009 album by American pop/rock band Push Play Found (band), an experimental pop band from a job in radio advertising sales in downtown Seattle, but the combination of a poor economy and my lack of experience led me leave that job and to look for another.

The new job I secured was as an assistant media buyer to a promising startup in Seattle. I spent six months there, compiling spreadsheets, and generally hating most may refer to of what I did. However, I was happy to have a stable job to help provide for my young family, which at the time consisted of my wife and our first son.

SAMSUNGThings were looking good for us. We decided it was time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future to buy a house, which had been my wife’s dream from the day we were married in August of 2007. After taking a deep breath, we moved in with my parents for a couple of months to save money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context, or is easily converted to for a down payment. By combining my meager salary with my wife wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship’s income as a nurse, we were able to scrape together the remaining money we needed to buy a home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe and soon found one that we liked a few miles north of the city.

We put an offer on the house on a Saturday and anxiously awaited a phone call that we were expecting Tuesday morning at 10AM to let us know if our offer business, an offer is a proposal to sell or buy a specific product or service under specific conditions: a tender offer, an offer to buy company stock from existing stockholders under specific had been accepted. At 9:55 on Tuesday morning I was called into my boss’s office and informed that the company had lost its largest client, and cuts were necessary as a result. My position was one of those cuts.

Fifteen minutes later, I stood on a street corner, waiting for a bus, holding a cardboard box filled with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), the contents of my desk. A cold Seattle rain pelted my face. My face face is a central organ of sense and is also very central in the expression of emotion among humans and among numerous other species and hands were cold and numb, and so was my spirit. My phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly rang, it was my wife calling in excitement to tell me that our offer went through on the home. Telling her what had just happened was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.

A year passed. In that year many of my hopes, dreams, and aspirations died. With little is a surname in the English language practical experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy, such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge,” are used to refer and a meager job market, one job application after another was rejected. Unemployment checks I felt is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together guilty to open replaced paychecks I had felt pride in. What was originally supposed to be a brief stay with my parents parent is a caregiver of the offspring in their own species to save money, turned into an extended stay may refer to to survive on our depleted income.

After a few months month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which is approximately as long as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates of job searching and soul-searching, we made the decision that I should go back to school to find work in a more stable industry; healthcare. I enrolled in the prerequisite programs or programme (British spelling) may refer to to enter the radiology technology program at Bellevue College, across the lake from Seattle.

I took a job at T-Mobile as a sales may refer to rep in a mall to help pay the bills may refer to and to get us out of my parent’s basement and into an apartment. My wife was expecting child a child (plural: children) is a human being between the stages of birth and puberty number two and I had two years of intense schooling ahead of me, with about $15,000 in tuition to pay. I needed to sell a whole lot of phones to keep our heads head is the part of an organism which usually comprises the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, each of which aid in various sensory functions such as sight, hearing, smell, and taste above water.

I was committed to being an honest sales rep, so slick pitches and hard closes were not the tools I wanted to rely on for success. I determined the best way to make sales was to become the most educated rep on the floor, the salesman that could answer every question question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression about every plan and device device is usually a constructed tool, but may refer more specifically to. I started ravenously reading common noun reading (pronounced as /ˈriːdɪŋ/) may refer to: Reading (process), the cognitive process of decoding symbols to derive meaning (“reading a book” or “reading music”) obtaining tech news blogs to learn all I could. I followed more than a dozen different publications, but one soon became my favorite.

Android Police police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder.

They broke stories faster, had in-depth reviews, and shared their honest opinions. I would often check for new articles at AP 7-10 times a day and I read may refer to: Read (process), language acquisition, communication, and learning Read (magazine), children’s magazine Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation, a non-profit charitable everything that the team team is a group of people or other animals linked in a common purpose wrote. Little did I know is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, that one of those articles would quite literally change my life. The article in question was this one, a game roundup. One of the games game is structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool that was listed in the article was a tie-in to the movie Turbo, a Dreamworks film about racing snails. I wasn’t terribly interested in the game or movie, but this part part is a component part of a system of the article caught my eye.

We’re Shelling Out $1,000,000 in Total Cash Prizes! Are You Fast Enough to Win? Our underground racing sport, racing is a competition of speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point phenomenon is no longer a secret! Join the TURBO turbocharger, or colloquially turbo, is a turbine-driven forced induction device that increases an internal combustion engine’s efficiency and power output by forcing extra air into the combustion RACING LEAGUE and drive like you’re shell on wheels! Head down to the Garage where Tito will show you the ropes and help you trick-out your own sweet ride! Qualify for each weekly contest may refer to: Competition Will contest Contesting, Amateur radio contesting (Radiosport) to race RACE or “The Race” may refer to, drift, slide and jump or leaping is a form of locomotion or movement in which an organism or non-living (e.g., robotic) mechanical system propels itself through the air along a ballistic trajectory your way to the winner’s circle in the $1,000,000 Shell-Out Brought To You By Verizon! For 8 weeks, the 10 fastest racers will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance health care directive earn cash refers to money in the physical form of currency, such as banknotes and coins prizes from a pool of $500,000!

Man, I thought, I could sure use some of that prize money, and I’ve always been pretty good at racing games, I should give this a try. I downloaded the game, created an account may refer to: Account (accountancy) A report, and started to play may refer to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals, including humans Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre.

The rules of the contest were simple – each week for eight weeks the racers may refer to with the top 10 times on the weekly track would be awarded money. At the end of eight weeks the first or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1) place may refer to racers from each of the eight 8 ( /ˈeɪt/) is the natural number following 7 and preceding 9 weeks week is a time unit equal to seven days would face off against each other in a final race to determine the grand champion.


I actually have still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor never watched this movie film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon.

The contest closed each Sunday, and the first week the contest started on a Thursday, leaving players only four days day is a unit of time to post or POST may refer to their best time. I knew that if I was going to post a top-ten time, that first week, with fewer players may refer to: Player (dating), a man or woman who has romantic affairs or sexual relations or both with other women or men but will not marry or commit to any one relationship Player (game), a and a shortened schedule, would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) be my best or The Best may refer to opportunity.

So I played, and I played, and I played. After a few hours my best time was in top-100. By Friday I was posting times in the top-20. I had the weekend off from work, and I used every spare moment I had to try again, and again. The game would drain my phone in just a couple or couples may refer to hours hour (common symbol: h or hr, h being the international form of the symbol) is a unit of measurement of time, so I used two phones. I even borrowed an iPad to play on as a third or 3rd may refer to device. When one device would die I’d pick up another and resume. By Saturday I had blisters on my thumbs, but I also finally had one of the 10 best times.

My nerves started kicking in Sunday afternoon as I fought to improve my time and my position in the rankings. To crack the top five I needed a near perfect run, with jumps, power slides may refer to, and combos perfectly executed. My hands would begin to shake as I came around the final or The Final may refer to: Final (competition), the last or championship round of a match, game, or other contest. final (Java), a keyword in the Java programming language Final case, a grammatical corner after may refer to a good run. More than once I screwed up as my anxiety got the best of me.

With an hour to go until midnight, and the close may refer to: Close (surname) of the contest, I had my best race yet, and felt my heart skip a beat as I moved into third place. I tried a few more times to improve, but the contest ended. I refreshed the score list one last time and held my breath as I waited for the results. There was my name, Jeffrey B, still in third place. I couldn’t believe it, I was going to win $10,000.

My wife didn’t believe me when I told her the next morning is the period of time between midnight and noon or, more commonly, the interval between sunrise and noon. She had worked most of the weekend while I was home with our 3 year old son, and thought can refer to the ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking, the act of producing thoughts, or the process of producing thoughts my efforts were a waste of time. When may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse I showed her the scoreboard that morning and told her I was going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface to win money, she still couldn’t quite believe it. Frankly, neither could I. It was just too crazy that something like this could be real.

Two looong days later, I was finally contacted by the Turbo promotion may mean: Promotion (rank) Promotion (marketing) Film promotion Promotional campaign Promoter (entertainment) Promotional recording Radio promotion Promotion (Germany), the German term for the team. In the conversation on the phone they apologized for the delay in contacting me and informed me that an error had occurred. My heart heart is a muscular organ in humans and other animals, which pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system sank hearing this news, as the realization that all this was indeed too good may refer to to be true came crashing in on me.

As it would turn out, the error error (from the Latin error, meaning “wandering”) is an action which is inaccurate or incorrect worked in my favor. The account registered to the person who came in second place was for a someone under the age of 18, and they had been disqualified as the rules stated that you must be 18 or older to participate. Since this was a promotion for a children’s movie, I thought this rule and ruling usually refers to standards for activities was a bit absurd, but I wasn’t about to complain. As the second second (symbol: s) (abbreviated s or sec) is the base unit of time in the International System of Units (SI). It is qualitatively defined as the second division of the hour by sixty, the first place finisher, my prize prize is an award to be given to a person, a group of people, or organization to recognise and reward actions or achievements was now going to be $15,000.


For you, ‘Pic or it didn’t happen’, folks.

A few weeks later my wife went into labor with our second child late one afternoon is the time of the day between noon and evening. As I headed to the car with my wife’s hospital bag, I stopped to check the mail. Inside was an envelope containing a check for 15 grand may refer to. As a man of faith, the timing of the check’s arrival, and the amount, which almost the exact sum I needed for tuition payments, usually known as tuition in American English and as tuition fees in Commonwealth English, are fees charged for instruction during education, seemed to be more than just a coincidence. Opening the envelope envelope is a common packaging item, usually made of thin flat material and seeing that check may refer to: Cheque (“Check” in U.S. English), an order for transfer of money Checkbox, a type of widget in computing Check (pattern) (or “Chequered”), a pattern of squares used on chess boards,, that’s when it finally felt real may refer to: Reality, the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or may be thought to be. Real numbers, in mathematics, extension of the rational numbers (and.

Three and a half year later my wife is pregnant with baby number three. This year we’ll be spending the holidays in our first home that we purchased a little over a year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun ago. The money from Turbo Racing League paid enough of my tuition to make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small it possible for me to go through my program without taking out any student loans.

I now work full time as a surgical radiology is a specialty that uses Medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases seen within the body technologist at a hospital a few miles outside of Seattle is a seaport city and the seat of King County, Washington, United States and my wife works part time as a nurse. That job pays my bills, and this job, as an AP writer, fuels my passion for tech (how I got this job is a story or stories may refer to: Narrative Story (surname) A news article in print or broadcast journalism A news event or topic Story, or storey, a floor or level of a building Stories, colloquial, for another day). My family the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or any other relation ship like is in a much better place now than we were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures (Old English: were, German: Wehr, Dutch: weer, just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a a few short years ago.


I’m happy to work may refer to at the hospital hospital is a health care institution providing patient treatment with specialized medical and nursing staff and medical equipment, unlike this sad, sad, portable x-ray machine.

The check that helped ease the financial stress of some of the hardest years of my life may have been signed by Dreamworks differs from classical dream interpretation in that the aim is to explore the various images and emotions that a dream presents and evokes, while not attempting to come up with a single unique, but I never would have heard of the contest if it weren’t for Android Police. I’m grateful for that. I’m also grateful to Artem for giving me the opportunity may refer to: Opportunity International, an international microfinance network that lends to the working poor Opportunity NYC, a 2007–2012 experimental conditional cash transfer program in New York to write for AP, which I believe is truly one of the best tech blogs out there. Most of you probably haven’t had an experience as random, or as crazy craziness, or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns, as mine with Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human Android (operating system), Google’s open operating system for smartphones, wearable Police, but I suspect many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good of you are also grateful for this blog blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”) and the community we share as writers and readers can mean a person who is reading a text, or a basal reader, a book used to teach reading. If you have a moment, please let me know why you are thankful for Android Police in the comments below, I (along with the rest of the team) would love you hear your thoughts.

Well, it’s time for me to help is any form of assisting others set the table and get ready for a turkey dinner. Let me wish you in farewell a happy Thanksgiving (US Only, sorry international readers); may it be a warm and happy holiday for you, and your family. Make sure you spend some of your day with them, not just reading tech blogs. There will be plenty of time for that later while “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction everyone is passed out from over-eating.

Your resident deal-lover, bad pun distributor, and occasional storyteller-

Jeff Beck

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