Today's activity was the DuPage Children's Museum in downtown Naperville, IL. Being the last weekend before school starts it was, quite naturally, crowded. Not Disneyland style crowded but the parking lot was completely full by mid-morning. This was just an animated sculpture outside the door with moving parts and lots of clanking sounds. After a light lunch, I opted to simply sit in the car and rest rather than battle the multiple birthday parties going on inside of the museum. It was a very nice museum with almost everything interactive.
The weather has been beautiful the last couple of days with sparkling blue skies though the light wind makes it feel colder than the thermometer says. I didn't bring any cold weather gear (coat, gloves, hat) with me on this trip so I haven't spent much time outdoors. Even though it was only in the 20s and 30s (°F), the wind and humidity made it feel really cold. After the museum, we stopped at a Trader Joe's to pick up some snacks for the flight back tomorrow. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both accept NFC payments. I had used Google Wallet now known as Android Pay last year with my Nexus 4 and the only problem was that it needed Internet access when being used and the GCI partner is T-Mobile. Horrible coverage in San Francisco limited it's use.
On this trip I have been using either my Google Wallet card or Apple Pay with my iPhone (AT&T). Using Apple Pay is so quick and simple with the fingerprint reader. Simply double tap the home button with the correct finger and put the back of the phone near the terminal. When the payment is completed, the phone sort of "clicks". That's it. Since the Nexus 4 has no fingerprint reader you had to enter your 4 digit pin when paying. Not quite as convenient. In all cases, I get a notification on the phone very shortly after any transaction. With the Google Wallet card, it's usually within a minute. Apple Pay uses one-time card numbers for each transaction so the vendor never receives your actual card number. Android Pay may work the same way but I haven't heard very many details. I don't know anything about Samsung Pay as I don't have a Samsung phone.