Triskaidekaphobia.

I just realized that’s it’s Friday the 13th. Not that I’m overly superstitious at all, but because when this day comes up it’s talked about all over the world.

I had my first Friday the 13th experience when I was riding with my dad in his 1969 Corvette and we were in the middle of nowhere for some reason. We were driving normally and talking abut the day when the car suddenly and inexplicably died. We pulled off to the side of the road and had to sit and wait for help. This was in 1980, so remember there were no cell phones and we weren’t within walking distance of anything. That experience just slightly got my attention on this day.

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The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia”.

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).

I’ve read that this day is actually more particularly safe to travel, because so many people are conscious and overly aware of their surroundings, actions and driving habits…that they take more time to get places, use their blinkers more, and in general make better decisions when faced with the possibility that the day may cause some kind of harm to them.

I’m not saying that nothing bad happens on Friday the 13th. I’m reasonable enough to understand that coincidental things can happen; but this is one of those urban legends that has stuck around for a long time quite possibly from the middle ages.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. “It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business” on this day! Holy smokes.

Well if you check the lobbies of our stores today, you would think that MORE people are heading out because we are very busy at Mission Repair. Thanks for venturing out and we are here for you.

Safe travels, but if you’re affected negatively by Friday the 13th, you’re only about 12 hours away from the 14th. Hang in there.

Take care, Ryan

Let’s try to calculate 2 miles worth of gas…

Hi there,

So I’m not perfect. If I’ve ever lead you to believe that I am, let’s clear it up now. I make mistakes. I think that most of the time I live a life that’s pretty spot on, but heck I’m only human like the rest of us.

I was driving my 2014 Toyota Tundra and snapped this picture – of course I knew I was getting close to needing gas on my way into work:

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2 miles. This is when I started to sweat, I haven’t done this since I was 16. I had about 2 miles to the gas station so I put it into “super-gas-sipping-mode” where I dropped my speed and tried to time the stop lights so I didn’t come to a complete stop.

So since my truck gets a measly 15 MPG, and if the price of a gallon of gas is at about $2.20, that 2 miles worth had a value of about $.29 worth of fuel I was running on. I love living life on the edge I guess.

To tell the truth, I’m normally a “keep the tank at least half full at all times” kind of guy, but life got in the way and I took the risk.

The big question is: “Did I make it without running out of gas?”

Yes I did – I coasted right into pump #6. I got in there and filled up and and even snagged a cup of coffee while I was at it. Yes, I’m also a “need a cup of coffee in the morning” kind of guy as well.

To all those that like to live dangerously, nothing gets your adrenaline up like getting down to $.29 of gas. Give it a try sometime – or don’t 😉

Vroom-vroom. Ryan

A little common sense goes a long way.

Good morning friends,

A couple of months ago, my spa/hot tub stopped working. I know – poor Ryan, his spa stopped working. This blog post is not about the fact that I own a spa, but that anyone that owns one need to know that after about 5 years the main pump will fail. I found that out at 5 years and 4 months…

The breaker for my spa keep tripping, and all I was getting was a loud buzzing from the spa when I did try to turn it on.

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Since I’m in the business of electronics repairs, I was able to dignose the issue myself. It was a bad main pump, which is just essentially a large motor with a pump assembly mounted on the front of it. I ordered a replacement.

Once I received it, I made sure the breaker was turned off and drained the hot tub to get to the disassembly. It was pretty straight forward…one “water in” and one “water out” pipe connection and and electrical connector that had a pre-installed molex plug that fit perfectly into the heater box connection. Not rocket science.

I got the old motor and pump out, installed the replacement unit, reconnected everything and ~voila~ it turned right back on! No leaks and it’s running perfectly again.

Moral of the story; I’m a DIY repair guy. It’s how I started my business Mission Repair almost a decade ago. Is it time for me to open up a spa repair business? I do know that I saved about $400 doing this repair on my hot tub myself. That’s $200/hour. Frankly, if I can make $200/hour anywhere I’m going to do it!

Ok, the spa repair business will probably not materialize anytime in the near future, but for all of you spa owners out there don’t be afraid to tackle a job on your own. It might just be worth doing yourself!

Take care, Ryan

iPhone 6S Parts are hitting the market!

Good morning!

Just as a finished a blog and a tweet a few minutes ago about iPhone 6S repairs, I received an email from one of our trusted vendors stating that they have the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus screens in stock. They are ready to ship…and don’t be fooled, the iPhone 6 screen is far different than the iPhone 6S screen even though they look similar!

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The only caveat is that these are some of the first in the market to be released and the price is outrageous. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to buy one of these “first release” screens, even if your phone is broken. Just hang in there for another couple of weeks for the price to simmer down and you’ll save hundreds of $$.

So I’ve got my finger on the pulse here with the iPhone 6S parts, and as soon as we land (and I mean the collective “we” of the entire repair industry) on some reasonable pricing, I will active the repairs on our website.

Thanks again, have a good afternoon.

Ryan

The millionth day is coming!

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I’ve been talking abut it all year and it’s probably true that this is more important to me that anyone else, but we are approaching 1 million unique visitors and reads on the Mission Repair Blog (that you’re reading right now!) and as of today we are getting very close:

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This month marks a very special place in our history, and our Repair Blog will reach 1 million unique visitors sometime in the next few days. At the inception of the blog several years ago, I didn’t realize the time commitment and dedication it takes to reach such an astounding number of people. These are people just like you, and I thank you for reading it. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can preview the blog here and subscribe if you’d like!

On the “Millionth Day” (as I’m calling it), we will be celebrating with some great specials, announcements, and prizes. I will be watching closely and as of today, October 7nd, 2015, we are currently at almost 998,000 reads and counting. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to write and you’ll have to check the blog for the never-before-seen specials and giveaways that will appear very shortly. See you there, it will be a cyber party and I’m going all out!

So I’m still contemplating about a giveaway. What would you be most interested in? An iPad maybe? How about a new iPhone? Recently we donated a GoPro camera to a worthy cause and that seemed to be a huge hit. No matter what it is, I’ll announce it soon so check back here often if you want to get in on the action!

Take care, Ryan