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.


“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

iPhone or Android coverage trouble? Make it work even in the wild!

Hello everyone,

We have a new product that I am really excited about. It’s the DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator, and it’s available on the Mission Repair website at an amazing price! It’s going along well with our Mission Survivor business, but we are offering it at the same low price at Mission Repair.


While your average smartphone is great in places where people drink lattes (the 10% of the world that has cell phone coverage), with inReach you’re connected everywhere. Whether you’re crossing Antarctica or the Sahara, you’ll have reliable coverage on the other 90% of the earth — with the world’s only truly global network. Simply install the free DeLorme Earthmate app, and transform your smartphone or tablet into a two-way text-messaging global communications device and a GPS viewer (with the latest terrain and road details).

Need a better reason to buy an inReach? How about the tracking that is available to your loved ones while you’re out exploring the wild. Great for off-roaders, hikers, campers and anyone else that can be out of touch. Speaking of touch, one touch of a button and you can send an SOS signal to your loved ones so that you’re not deserted. Help can be in the way in a moments notice.

Check out the inReach, order yours today, they are shipping next week!!

Best, Ryan

Meet the Survivorman, or should I say Survivormen?

Hello folks, it’s Sunday afternoon and I’m getting back to work fulfilling orders on Mission Repair that we took this weekend. Just trying to get a jump start on the week, you know?

Last week, we were in Las Vegas a convention show at the Sands convention center, learning and gathering information from some amazing vendors and helpful professionals in the business. Walking around, I ran into Les Stroud, the real Survivorman!! He’s a survival expert best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television series Survivorman.

Mission Repair and Survivorman!

I have to tell you that he was really cool, down to earth and we talked a little bit about my business. As we were talking, he said that one of his first assignments was in Randolph, Kansas and he knows the area that we’re in pretty well. I invited Les to be the spokesperson for our business, but instead I got an autograph…

It was a great meeting, he was a genuinely nice guy and did me a favor talking a little bit about my business and acting interested in what I had to say. I mean, I am interesting right?!? Well nevertheless it was a good meeting and great to meet a real pro in the industry.

Ok, back to work, I’ve got some amazing new products from DeLorme that work with your iPhone- so stay tuned and watch our website grow rapidly in the next few weeks!

Take care, Ryan

Looking for a Christmas Gift for that iPhone lover?

Well hello there folks, it’s that time of year. You know, the time of year that is jammed up with Christmas decorating, Christmas “buying” and giving? Well we here at Mission Repair jammed ourselves up a little extra and we’ve launched a brand new company that is officially open as of December 1st, 2012! Are you an outdoor enthusiast?

Visit us Online or stop by our new location!

Visit us Online or stop by our new location!

The press hasn’t gone out yet on your new business – but we’re taking orders and we’re helping people across the nation with their outdoor needs- Visit

One of our cross-over items that we’re selling at Mission Survivor is rugged outdoor ballistic nylon phone holders made by Maxpedition.

Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 12.22.40 PM

Maxpedition’s tagline is “Hard Use Gear” and these holsters and cases are just what you’re looking for if you’re the outdoor adventurous type that wants to protect their precious iPhone or Samsung Phone. I mean, if you’ve broken your phone before and sent it into us at Mission Repair, you know the heartaches and pains of what it feels like to damage your device. Of course we make it as easy as humanly possible to obtain a phone repair, but let’s face it it’s a traumatic experience that is heartbreaking at a minimum!

So take a look at our new business, it may interest you. It’s in a separate location with a separate phone number, with separate employees – so if you’re in the market for any high quality camping supplies or just looking for some items for your Zombie Apocalypse preparations Mission Survivor will take care of you!

OK, I’m back to work, we are filming several new videos today that I want to release soon!

Take care, Ryan Arter