Long Distance Relationship Costs May Surprise You – Orange County Register

What is $1.99 among friends?

According to Verizon Wireless, it costs exactly $43 for 21 1/2 minutes of transatlantic calling. That’s when you’re speaking in prime time.

So why was I chatting to my boyfriend in England at the busiest time of the day as if money were no object? The answer is I didn’t know I was doing it. If this sounds strange to you, imagine how I felt when I found out.

Marian, my boyfriend of over 50 years, and I call on WhatsApp, the mobile app that allows free calls. So I thought nothing of calling her to meet up one afternoon the other day. It had been a while since we had spoken, so we had a lot to talk about. Family. covid. Politics. The rising cost of everything.

Little did I know at the time that our phone call would be on that list. Then a few days ago I got a hefty bill from my cell phone provider. Whatever mistake I made that neither Verizon nor I could figure out, I definitely didn’t call them on WhatsApp.

Not that Marian’s friendship isn’t worth the hefty phone bill. I still owe her a debt of gratitude for rescuing me from the hallway of my building when I locked myself out of my apartment. Actually, it wasn’t exactly a house. It was a few floors up from the old Press Box restaurant in Manhattan.

Two young women from opposite ends of the world, we had both followed our dreams of living in the big city and ended up as next-door neighbors who would become lifelong friends.

On hot summer nights we would walk over to the Seagrams building on Park Avenue and dangle our feet in the fountain to cool off. Sitting there we shared our dreams and secrets.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/12/the-cost-of-a-long-distance-relationship-can-surprise-you/ Long Distance Relationship Costs May Surprise You – Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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