I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me much sooner, BUT using zoom.us to visit meetings online is costly. I always knew that ‘streaming’ online was costly but didn’t think of zoom.us-online-meetings as being ‘streaming’ events data-usage-wise. For instance, I knew that a movie online would consume up to 4 Gigabytes (GB). 

I ‘just happened’ to check our monthly usage with our internet service provider day before yesterday and was greeted with the news that, based upon our 13 days of usage to date (May 20 to June 19 time period) this month, we had 6 days of estimated data left before we go over our monthly limit of 15 GB yet we still have 17 days left in our billing period.

Translation : We’ve already used 10.333 GB of our 15 GB limit leaving us with 5 GB available until we exceed our limit and begin to incur additional costs. 

Yesterday we did not publish a post here on dot.net and hardly used our laptops. Result : Our usage yesterday was 0.14 GB.

Compare this 0.14 GB usage yesterday with 1.25 GB and 1.16 GB that we used last Saturday and Sunday, days we did zoom.us-online-meetings.

Only one time in the 10+ years we’ve had internet service, have we ever exceeded our 15 GB usage allowance and that one time was minimal. 

BAM! Just like that! Patti yelled-out-loud from our kitchen! For no reason at all, Patti just fell! She said she just lost her balance and fell backward into our wall-mounted spice cabinet and was able to grab onto the kitchen counter to keep herself ‘upright’ so-to-speak! I leapt up, saw the commotion, and helped Patti into the bedroom. So far her right ankle is the only known casualty along with her back hurting where the spice cabinet kept her upright. I checked our kitchen floor and it was bone-dry.

Falls In The Home. A serious situation for senior citizens.

Four people I know / know of , have fallen in their own homes, hit their heads, and died. Instantly, on-the-spot, no warning.

Suddenly I-am-out-of-gas. Patti falling was stunning. Instantly, with no warning, she is hurting and in bed gathering her wits.

Gigabyte usage and monthly data-usage overages fade into the reality they are : Small Stuff

Cap and Patti


  1. Ginny

    Oh Cap and Patti, this is devastating news! It seems so small to say I’m praying. But my God is a mighty healer! Cap call when you can, wish we were with you. We love you and care so very much! Love Ginny and Tom

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thanks Ginny. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. Thanks to the two of you. The good news is that Patti did not suffer any ‘really serious’ injuries. The bad news is we did not learn anything to prevent it from happening again in the future. She was just standing and fell backward. You are so kind and caring. Patti and Cap

  2. Gullible

    Whoa! Not good. Hope all is well.

    Cap, I know you want to avoid overages, but if attending meetings via Zoom is something you enjoy, then just pay the overages.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      You ARE correct. Not good. The sad thing is we did not learn one lesson. Patti was just standing and fell backwards. She did not slip. She was not moving.

      Yes on just paying the internet-data-overages. No problem there at all. One day (we hope soon) the public library will reopen and voila! End of problem. Thanks for you interest and comment. Cap and Patti

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      One time, one single time, in all the years here, have we gone over our allowed data limit. Then it was minor. A non-issue. We are not willing to suddenly began to pay an additional THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS ($35.00) each and every month forever (there is no turning back if we were to go to higher limit data plan). To begin to pay an additional FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY DOLLARS ($420.00) a year forever when only one time have we ever gone over our limit. This too shall pass and we hope soon when the library reopens. Smiles and Hugs and thanks for your interest Gullible. Cap and Patti

        1. Cap Chastain Post author

          Yes, we feel the additional cost of a data upgrade certainly is a lot, especailly in light of our past history of basically never have gone over our 15 GB limit. Ah yes, but now with the Covid-19 situation, even our internet usage has changed because of the zoom meetings. Stay tuned and thanks. Cap

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