Last week I realized the last time that my phone, a Google Pixel 4a, received an update was August of 2023. Google stopped supporting my phone a while ago. It will forever be stuck on Android version 13. For reference, the latest version is 14, with 15 set for release in the fall.

Despite not having any more updates, my phone still runs great. The Pixel 4a is the best phone I’ve ever owned in terms of value for phone, performance, and features. While I won’t get any more OS updates, I continue to get app updates because apps will most likely support phones with version 13 for many years to come.

The lack of OS updates though potentially means I might be subject to security issues but I’m willing to roll the dice on that. I’m not going to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone just because I want the latest version of Android. My phone still does everything I want it to and does it in a relatively speedy manner. Even the battery appears to be in good shape as well.

I’m going to use this phone for as long as I can and I don’t think it’s out of the question to get half a decade of service out of it. I think about people who get a new phone every single year and I just think that’s a complete waste of both money and electronics. There’s no way a phone can be obsolete or slow after a single year. And where do these phones go? In a best case scenario, they’re sold to another person at a massive discount but at worst, it just winds up in a landfill.

Anyways, carry on my trusty Pixel 4a.


Everything costs so much more now, from food to clothing to housing, it all is so expensive. Financially, it’s so rare to catch a break these days but I recently had two minor, minuscule financial windfalls.

The first relates to the special assessment I had to pay off last year. Some of you may recall that all the balconies in my building required extensive repairs last year, which was funded by special assessment. My portion of the bill was a whopping $6,000. All for a balcony that I spend perhaps ten minutes on per year. Anyways, the repair work was finally completed and the final bill came in under budget. As such, I was refunded $267. Now $267 back on a $6,000 bill isn’t great but it’s still better than not getting a refund (or the final bill coming in over budget), so I’ll take it.

The second piece of good news is that I also received a refund on my car insurance this year. ICBC is giving me back about $110. Again, this is better than not getting a refund at all, so I’m not complaining.

I’m not expecting any refunds next month, so I’ll just savour these for the time being.


It’s been an adventure for my teeth for the last several months. It started near the end of 2023 when the dentist told me they’d have to replace a few fillings that were put in just a few years ago. I need to point out that I no longer have any metal fillings anymore. They were replaced with composite ones many years ago and whether or not this really needed to happen, I can’t be sure. What I do know is that these composite fillings appear to be less durable than my metal ones.

Anyways, it took me until March of this year to get around to replacing this fillings. They did three in a single visit and I was hoping this was the end of any outstanding dental work for a long time. A few weeks after the fillings were done, I started to feel some pain when I started chewing and biting with those teeth. Thankfully, it only hurt when I bit down but obviously this was something I needed to get looked at.

When I returned to the dentist, he explained the two fillings were probably rubbing up against each other, causing pressure when I was biting. He took a minute or two to file down the fillings, to make some more space. Things were instantly better and when I got home, I had something to eat and biting on that side was painless.

A few weeks after that, I was flossing my teeth one evening. I was pulling the floss out between two teeth when it caught on something. I felt something hard come out, like it was a piece of bone, and it clattered into the sink and down the drain. I knew it wasn’t food because it didn’t feel like I had a piece of bone stuck in my teeth. It wasn’t painful and I couldn’t see anything wrong with my teeth, so I just ignored it.

Two weeks later, I had a regularly scheduled dental cleaning appointment and the assistant immediately noticed that I had a hole of sorts in a tooth that was right where I was flossing. I told her my story of pulling something out and she said that was a filling that I had pulled out. So now, I had to get this filling replaced.

This weekend, I returned again to get this filling done again. The dentist said this particular filling was done in 2016 and somehow I was able to catch an edge of it and pull the whole damn thing out. Luckily, he wasn’t going to charge me for the filling because the same clinic had put the filling in and they were going to make it right.

This was a bit of a complicated filling that went up to the gum line, so the dentist actually had to involve some gum work. My gums were a bit sore for the rest of the day but were fine the day after.

My next dental appointment is a scheduled cleaning in October and I am hoping for no more dental surprises.


We’re a week into June and so far the spring weather hasn’t been too hot. I’d describe it as mild. There have been some sunny days where the sun pushes the temperature up to 25 degrees in my apartment but it feels bearable to me. What also helps is that it doesn’t stay at 25 through the evening. The temperature drops after the sun goes down.

All of this means that I haven’t brought out my portable A/C unit yet. The forecast for the next week shows that the temperatures won’t even break 20 degrees, so I can probably keep the A/C in storage for a while yet.

I’m not sure what’s in store for the end of June and beyond but so far, no heat domes here.


I bought eight slices of banana bread, 376 g in total, from Safeway last week. After tax, that package of banana bread came to over $7. That’s ridiculous. That’s almost a dollar per slice of banana bread. That makes no sense. How is banana bread so expensive?

To add some more detail, this is banana bread is from the Safeway “Compliments” brand, so not some special bakery. In their own brand, which should be the cheaper option when you look at it. They must bake these in massive quantities, so I’m really puzzled how it could be this expensive.

Food prices are jacked up so high these days that it’s basically a crime how much large supermarket chains are making in profit.