iPhone 6. Will it bend?

Good morning iPhone fans!

It’s not unusual that I ask my technicians to take a few pictures of phones that are severely damaged…but it is unusual that an iPhone 6 would come into us in this bad of shape!  Check out the “before pictures” below:

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Of course, this iPhone 6 needed a lot of TLC…but once we replaced the back case and the glass, the rest of the phone was still working.  This is a testament to the “ruggedness” of the rest of the phone even though we all know that the glass can break very easily.  Obviously this phone was run over or caught in a car door or something.  Normally they don’t look this bad.  Once repaired, they typically tend to look this good!

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So when people ask “can you fix my iPhone?!?”, just take a look at the pictures above and judge for yourself…if it’s not as bad of the first two pictures, there’s a good chance that Mission Repair will be able to help you out.  I mean, there’s not much more someone can do to try to test our skills, right?  Thanks to my technician Casey for handling this one.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon!  Ryan

 

 

 

it’s graduation time, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Good morning friends,

It’s starting to hit me that I’ve got my youngest son Casey graduating from High School, and today is his LAST DAY of school. In fact, by the time I’m done typing this blog, he’ll probably be done altogether…his last two finals were in Gym and Physics and he gets to run.

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Wow. All I can say is that I’m in a little bit of a depression because this is a life changing event. And I love my life the way it is! 😉

He’s got his enrollment paperwork for college, and he’s working through the summer like usual. However, he’s definitely in a different stage…and from a father’s perspective it’s a big change. I remember my last day of high school like it was yesterday.

Congratulations to all of 2015’s graduates…and I’m sure that I’ll tie this into a special here at Mission Repair in our newsletter tonight. (SIGNUP HERE!) I’ll reward all of those students and parents with a special to have that broken iPad or iMac repaired. Just give us a call at 866-638-8402.

Proud parent,

Ryan

On a personal note…

Good morning,

I try not to post my family vacation videos or talk to too personally here on the Mission Repair blog, but I’m just going to break a few rules today 😉 After all, it’s what I feel like writing about this morning!

My son Casey turned 18 years old yesterday. Here he is as he arrived home from his Police Explorer program last night, and we surprised him with a few gifts. Of course, he’s holding up his Lego “Police Car” that he received at the PD station in his group.

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The fun part about this birthday was a little about me, because I’ve been saving several items from BEFORE he was born, through his birth, and a few years into his life, and put them all into his “Time Capsule” that I’ve been hiding for 18 years.

So we cracked it open last night and found all of the goodies that brought back a ton of memories and gave him some insight as to what I was thinking and doing around the time he was born in 1997.

I had a couple of newspapers saved in there headlining Princess Diana’s accident (yup, that was 1997, 18 years ago, wow), some old coins from the early 1900’s that I’ve been saving, some memorabilia from my grandfather from WWII, and several other personal items and pictures for us to talk about.

The night was fun filled and eventful. I feel great that I was able to raise this kid and he is my youngest…but now he’s a “man”. I put that in quotes because that point is debatable 😉

For all the parents out there: I highly recommend the “time capsule” if you have the option. It worked out great!

OK, back to work for me. If you saw my blog post from last night, you know that I’m heading out to Denver today after dinner. Here’s to a new chapter in Casey’s life, and at Mission Repair. A lot is happening right now!

I’ll talk to you again soon, Ryan

Sorry, I took a long lunch…

Hello friends,

My buddy Troy Harris is out of town and has been for several weeks on a business trip. His son, Brae, turned 5 while he was (is) away, so I thought that it would be fun to take Brae out to lunch. Just me and him. Just the guys.

Brae is going to start Kindergarten next week, his birthday was a couple of weeks ago, his dad has been out of town, so I figured we could hang out to give his momma a break. Not that she was asking, but it seemed right. I want to blog about our lunch because it made me remember what it was like to have a 5 year old and it was fun!

We ended up at our local bar and grill. Brae and I took a selfie:

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He wanted spaghetti- well they didn’t have actual “spaghetti”, but after a small sales pitch on my part, we ended up with penne pasta and red sauce. He ate a ton!

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I had a surprise for him. I buckled him up and drove over to Toys R Us. I mean, a kid can’t have a birthday without a gift, right?

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We hunted high and low. I let him take his time…and he ended up with a couple of gems! He got the Ninja Turtles Swimming Set, and a “Leonardo” Ninja Turtles Desk Lamp. I was proud of his purchases, and he was a happy little turtle:

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After about an hour and a half I needed to get back to work. His momma met us up at Toys R Us with his sister (he picked out a small gift for her too!), we got him buckled up, and sent on his way:

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It was a great long lunch and I am appreciative of the Harris’ for letting take control of their son for a bit. I had a great time, got to relax, and was able to remember what it was like to be a parent of a youngster again. That reminds me; my son Casey stopped by the office this morning after he had an interview at the Olathe Police Department- I’ll shoot a quick blog out about that next!

I’m feeling pretty good – take care, Ryan

On a personal note, Casey and I did a little camping last weekend!

Hi again everyone –  I have a lot of business to talk about today, but I wanted to break it up with a little personal blog so I don’t go “Smartphone” crazy 😉

Last weekend, my son and I went to Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch in Seymour, Missouri and spent 4 days camping and 4-wheeling. Since Casey is now 16, I gave him the opportunity to get behind the wheel (which he inevitably took over for the entire first day) as I showed him the ropes on the different trails that have been established there.

Casey making his off-roading debut!

Casey making his off-roading debut!

In fact, SMORR is a 1,000 acre park with excellent amenities, trails and even a cafe if you want fresh and hot biscuits and gravy in the morning if you’re too tired to cook for yourself! Casey and I disciplined ourselves to eat what we brought – oatmeal. MMMMMMMMMM yum 🙂

There are many levels of trails, and we were able to tackle some of the most difficult ones in our Land Cruiser, and had a ton of fun doing it. I took over some of the more technical parts of the trail, like this short video shows…I mean I really did want to keep most of the paint on our truck!

Casey was my cameraman in this video and he did the narrating. My buddy Marty was the spotter and together we made several runs each day with success! I wish I had more videos…but the memories with my son are still there.

OK well, that’s enough “fun” for one day. I’m back at it and you’ll see some more interesting posts for my crew at Mission Repair today.

Take care, Ryan

Casey, call 911!

Hello everyone, how was your 4th of July?

I ran the full gamut of emotions, and we’re going to talk about my last 2 days of experiences. It all started Wednesday night (July 3rd) after work…let me set up the scenario.

My son, Casey is in high school and he works part-time for me at Mission Repair. He’s a great worker, and stayed until the end of the night with me and we decided to drive home together, following one another, in separate cars.

My wife Dandra was out of town so I had nice thoughts of staying at home with Casey and having a “boys night”. Maybe I’d cook some steaks, we could play a little xBox together, maybe even watch a movie as well. You know the kind of stuff that you don’t do on a daily basis with your son, alone, unless you’re really lucky.

So I’m leading us home putting together a fun filled night in my head and I see a fireworks stand – and pulled him with him following me.

“Casey, let’s get some fireworks and we can light them tonight together in the backyard!” We both agreed that this would be a great way to start our night off right. Fireworks are legal for sale and for use in our county so we went for it. We spent a few bucks on several different assorted devices and toted them home.

We couldn’t even wait to go inside the house. Casey and I were drooling over the assortment, so we decided to start with the Black Cat “Missile Base 50 shots” box. This is 50 whistling “missiles” that shoot in succession into the air…and sounds great.

Here’s where the story gets good. Remember that it’s only about 6:30pm, so it’s still very light outside…also off in the near distance I see dark clouds and the threat of thunderstorms heading our way. The responsible dad in me would have said “Ok bud, we’ll just stop here. It’s going to start raining any second, so let’s go in and make dinner.”

Instead, I said “Hey man, it’s going to start to rain, so let’s hurry and get one more going before we have to dodge the rain.” In addition, like it was predestined, the wind started gusting heavily.

So we chose the “8 flaming balls with report” firework and Casey lit it. You could count them – 1…fire, shoots up, bang! 2…fire, shoots up, bang! Well it ran through 7 “flaming balls” until the wind knocked the box over, and the 8th flaming ball shot straight into our field behind our house! Fire, shoots, bang!

Instantly there were about 10 separate small fires in the dry grass.

Casey yelled “Fire!”

I dropped my soda, ran out there in my work clothes, and started stomping out fires. I soon realized that there was no way I was going to be able to stop this. I ran back to the house and grabbed the hose and a bucket. I was getting nowhere. Now each of the fires that I was not able to stop were are big as a car, and the wind was blowing them into huge proportions.

Fire at the Arter house.

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“Casey! Call 911! Now!”

Within a few minutes we had 3 fire trucks, police officers, Casey and I with our buckets, stomping out the fire that was spreading out of control. Remember that it’s just about 15 feet from my fence, so all I could imagine was the my house was going to be engulfed within a matter of minutes.

Just as firemen do, they put out the fire. I cannot tell you the amount of stress that this instantly on Casey and I. The police officers handled us well too…when they asked “who lit the fuse?” – naturally I pointed at Casey and said “he did it” 😉

I got into a little bit of trouble for that one.

So what did we do next? We went inside, warmed up some leftovers, and went to bed. Boys night was over!

The next day wasn’t as bad, but there’s an interesting tale there too…I’ll follow up with that story shortly and a brand new blog coupon code for all of our customers.

Take care, be safe, Ryan