Is Your Smart Pedometer Dumber Than My Dumb Pedometer?
The smart meter is a device which measures your daily steps. You may have heard about it before from friends or family members, but never really paid much attention to it until recently when the smart meters were installed all over the country. There are two types of these devices:
1) The “smart” type, which uses radio waves to determine how many steps you take each day;
2) The “old style” type, which simply tells you how many steps you’ve taken in the past month. (You don’t need a smart meter if you’re using a traditional analog watch.)
When I first learned about the new technology, my initial reaction was one of annoyance – why does everyone else get free energy?
! But then I thought about it, and realized that I’m not getting any younger! When I think about it, the only thing keeping me alive right now is my wits. And since my brain isn’t working very well at the moment, maybe this new technology will give me some extra time to enjoy life.
So what’s wrong with having a little fun while I still can?
Obviously, the company doesn’t want you to know exactly how much energy you’re using every day. But, like everything else that people try to keep secret nowadays, there are ways of finding out what they don’t want you to find out…
The meters are installed on both sides of your house. One measures the electricity used for cooking and heating, while the other measures the electricity used for lighting and computers. There is also a smaller one, which measures the energy needed for any kind of machinery plugged into the wall. In total, there are eight meters at every house: two for each side, and one small meter for any machinery.
The larger, double-sided energy meter has a top limit of 40 watts per hour. It can measure up to 200kWh every month, but most people only use half of that. The smaller machine is always on, no matter what, and it measures how much energy you’re spending on your electronics. You can use as much electricity as you want, but every device must be turned off before accessing the other side of the house.
Whenever you access one side of the house, the energy consumption meter on the other side of the house changes to zero. This is kind of a strange quirk with these new meters, but I’m sure the company will fix it soon.
You don’t have to do anything special for the smart meter to work. It automatically detects when you’re sleeping, and it starts counting your steps. This information is sent directly to the power company, and they send you a monthly bill. The best thing about this new system is that you don’t have to track your own energy usage every month!
Isn’t technology great?
The walkthrough is over now. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you found it interesting. See you next time!
You wake up around 8:00 AM. After getting ready, you go downstairs to have breakfast. You have some milk and a bagel, and then you’re off to the bus stop. The bus arrives at 8:30, and soon you are at your school.
You do your homework in class, and then it’s time for lunch. You buy a chicken sandwich and an orange juice from the cafeteria. Your favorite teacher, Ms. Klemper, lets you sit at her table in the cafeteria.
She is discussing the next chapter of Romeo and Juliet with two other teachers, Mr. Navarro and Ms. Swanson. It’s a very interesting conversation, and you’re sad when the bell rings, signifying that it’s time to go to your next class.
Classes end at 3:10, and you go to your bus stop at 3:15. You are again fortunate, as the bus comes five minutes later. You sit by yourself for the rest of the ride, and then you are back at your stop. It is 4:00.
You try to think of something to do. You could go play at Jennifer’s house, or you could spend the night at your own house. Closing your eyes and thinking long and hard about it, you decide it would be fun to stay at your own house tonight.
If you want to play at Jennifer’s house, go here.
If you want to stay at your own house tonight, go here.
You decide to go out and get the things on your list. You’ll need to get crackers, milk, ice cream, cookies, and fruit. You hop in your car and head to the grocery store.
The grocery store is huge, with endless isles of food. You’ve never seen so much food in one place before! You gather all the items on your list and go to the front of the store to pay. The total comes to $73.42, which you pay for with your debit card.
Now you just have to hope Jennifer has enough ice cream to last you until the weekend. You leave the store and get in your car.
On your way home, you think about what you should make for dinner to impress Jennifer’s family. You need to find something that will fill everyone up, but that doesn’t require a lot of cooking skills. You decide to stop at Burger King and get a few burgers for everyone. You arrive at Burger King and order five Whoppers, which will be very delicious after a long day of work.
The man behind the counter finds your American accent amusing, and when you return to the car, you find that he has given you an extra Whopper. Now you’ll have enough burgers for everyone!
Along the way home, you decide to call Jennifer on your cell phone to see what movie she wants to see while you’re there. Unfortunately, she does not answer. You get voicemail, and leave a message asking her to call you back.
You get home and begin unloading the car. Your plan of action is to make everyone’s food as quickly as possible, clean up, and sit down to watch the movie. You go inside and begin to set the food out on the dining room table. This is when you realize that you don’t have enough plates.
Quickly, you go into the kitchen to see what you can find.
You open the first cabinet you see, and you see many boxes of cereal. Perfect! You take out 4 bowls and arrange them on the table. Now, all you need are some spoons.
The next cabinet has lots of utensils. You grab four sets of silverware and bring them to the table. Now, all you need are napkins.
The last cabinet has lots of napkins. You grab four sets and bring them to the table. It looks beautiful. But something is missing…
salt and pepper! You look through the cabinets again, but you can’t find any. You check the drawers, but there isn’t any there eiter. You go back to the table, annoyed that you can’t find it. That’s when you see it… a shaker of salt sitting in the middle of the table.
How did it get there?
If you want salt and pepper on your food, go here
If you don’t want salt or pepper on your food, go here
You decide to call Jennifer back and see what movie she wants to see. You redial her number and listen as it rings through. After only a few rings, someone picks up. It’s an unfamiliar voice.
“Uh, yes. I’m trying to reach Jennifer Sacks.”
“She doesn’t want to talk to you.”
“Wait… is this her brother,
“Yeah, it is.”
Is Jennifer there?”
“No, she’s not here,” he says angrily. “Now stop bothering us.”
He hangs up the phone. You’re confused.
What’s going on?
You redial the number, but this time you get their voicemail. “Sorry, the cell phone you are trying to reach is turned off or outside the service area.”
You shrug and decide to just watch a movie with your friends. When you arrive at Stan’s house, you see that he already has several others there, including Kenny, Kyle, Butters, Wendy and Bebe. You invite Craig as well because you hadn’t seen him yet and wanted to.
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