It’s that time again! The Same Ten Questions We Always Ask. This time, we’re interviewing Kevin R., an avid outdoor enthusiast with a heart dedicated to serving his community. Despite being a cat person, he has the “sole” of a greyhound on the trails.
Oh yeah, he also owns a tiny house. Like…literally. A tiny house.
With that amazing fact out of the way, let’s get straight to the questions!
Name: Kevin R.
City, State: Richmond, Virginia
1. How did you hear about Republic before becoming a member?
My siblings and I used to share a plan through Sprint. It was a bit of a nuisance coordinating payment each month, and we were definitely paying too much for basic talk and text. So, after a lot of research into no-contract plans, we stumbled across Republic on Clark Howard’s blog . It fit perfectly into our price range and gave us a lot of useful features that we didn’t have before. Plus, we didn’t have to worry about sending checks to my brother for the phone bill each month anymore.
2. What was your WiFi vs. cellular data usage last month?** How do you stack up?
7 MB data. I’m all about that WiFi!
3. What have you done with your Republic savings?
I left my job in 2014 to enter seminary for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. As a student and seminarian, I have no significant income, so it’s been very important for me to watch my finances. However, with Republic, my monthly phone bill is almost inconsequential, even without an income! That’s one less thing I have to worry about, which is pretty awesome.
4. What’s the coolest/best spot where you’ve connected to WiFi (i.e. the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro — it happened!)
I help out with an annual “work camp” that my church organizes for teens to get experience helping fix up houses for elderly and low-income folks. Our last trip was to the heart of Appalachia, in far southwest Virginia- an extremely rural place with very limited cell service due to the tall mountains and deep hollows. There was one jobsite in particular that had absolutely no service, with any carrier, within a ten-mile radius, which made it really difficult to order materials and coordinate schedules. Finally, on the last day as we were rushing to wrap up a plumbing job there, I remembered that I could call out over WiFi, saving us a two hour trip to the hardware store. Thanks to that technology, we were able to finish the project in time for inspection and the residents have a new walk-in bathtub!
5. What’s your favorite app on your Republic phone?
I haven’t gone too crazy with apps, but I guess my favorite one would be Backcountry Navigator- a GPS-enabled mapping tool. I just did a month of backpacking in New Mexico on the Grand Enchantment Trail. Large sections of that trail have either been obliterated by wildfires or involve unmarked cross country travel, so maps are essential. The Backcountry app’s topo maps and waypoints were essential to staying on track every day.
6. Who do you stay connected with the most?
Hmm…probably my friends Daniel and Bobby, as well as my siblings. Most of them are fellow Republic members.
7. Where’s your happy place?
I grew up in Rappahannock County, Virginia, just a few miles from Shenandoah National Park. Every time I drive back to my parents’ house, I’m amazed and grateful that I got to grow up in such a beautiful place. There and at my tiny house in Richmond. It’s in the middle of the city but surrounded by trees and shrubs, which the songbirds love and makes it feel like I’m back home in the country.
8. What’s your spirit animal? Why?
That’s a tough one! Long-distance hikers are generally given a “trail name” that they go by in the backcountry. Mine’s “Greyhound” since I normally hike long days and travel by bus around the country. So I guess it would be a dog? (Even though I’m more of a cat person)
9. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My Moto X? One of the only things I dislike about my phone is that it’s responsible for waking me up earlier than I’d prefer! Beyond that, the call to serve God’s people is pretty good motivation to get out of bed each day.
10. What’s the next item on your bucket list?
I’ve been to every state in the continental U.S., so it’s about time to make a trip to Alaska and Hawaii!
Keep up the good work, Kevin! I hope the hike to Alaska doesn’t take too long. Hawaii might be a struggle, what with all the water.