Monthly Archives: September 2015

Kegs, Limos & Ambulances: My First Year of University in Ottawa

It all started the day I walked back into high school for a victory lap year to up my grades and get into University. Well first day back from Summer I was rolling in with a brutally sprained ankle. Like ripe throbbing type deal. Was pretty horrible. So I got to my first class and pull up a second chair. My doctor suggested I keep the foot elevated, so I did. Within moments, a power thirsty Catholic school teacher was demanding I follow her classroom rules and not elevate my foot. Bam sent down to the principles office haha. I left that high school that afternoon and never went back.

From there I managed to get in the back door of a brand new media arts program at a local college. An easy booze ridden year with 75% got me a one way ticket to my school of choice in Ottawa, Ontario. Carleton University. Problem was I had no place to live. So I drove up to my cousins place and began the hunt. After seeing 10 or so houses I got a phone call. The situation: A guy owned a house that he was tearing down at the end of the year. In his words, “Turn it into a fraternity house if you want” I don’t care.

We proceeded to throw a keg party that got bigger and bigger every month. Eventually ending up in a ginourmous blowout party with limos, strippers, kegs and ambulances. Maybe i’ll go into a bit more tom each party but the wildest was probably the very last one. I had posted an add for a topless bartender on a local classifieds site called kijiji for those not in Canada (that’s craiglists equivalent here.) In came a stream of topless photos and I went ahead and added the tag “Topless Bartenders” to flyers that were posted on campus.

That night there was several hinder people packed into a bungalow and a wild party went down. But some jackasses ended up tearing down a portion of the patio. obviously this lead to a big fight and eventually a full street brawl went down. The first group of guys led the party but walked by a dumpster and decided to come back warrior style with pipes and bricks somewhere along Prince Of Whales Dr. in Ottawa. I can tell you at least 2 people needed facial restructuring surgery.

Was pretty brutal, house was demolished, good thing the house was literally being demolished the next month. But most spectacular of all. No fines and no tickets. I pretended to be the sole owner of the Carleton University off-campus student house. Told the cops that I got knocked out early, woke up and my house was being trashed…Can’t believe they bought it, or perhaps they just felt bad, but I never had to pay for those ambulances for any of the list of laws that were broken. Perhaps I’ll find some pictures. and post this up with some visuals of the previous parties. This post was little more real than you’d normally see from a future shop owner but..this is me and working with real people is better anyways.

My Predictions For The Smartphone Industry

I bought my first smartphone in early 2012 and soon after bought the iPhone 4s. At the time of writing this article it is now September 11, 2015. I’ve had this iPhone 4s for nearly 3 years and, surprisingly, it still works like the day I got it. I can’t even explain the amount of whiskey fuelled nights, reckless festival camping trips, getting out the car drops and unexplained dropping of this phone that has happened.

The single only piece of damage that this phone has taken was to the back cover of the iPhone body it’s self. Which I already got repaired when I mailed it into The Phone Lad repair shop in Sault Ste. Marie. I can’t remember how much it was but it was around $60 plus mailing it. I live pretty far north so it was worth just mailing it in. What’s funny is that as soon as I got my phone back, 3 of my other buddies found out about this service and boom they sent there phones down and got them back fixed within a week. Now what does this mean? Well I’m thinking one of the biggest economic industries of 2015 is cell phone repairing businesses. I have no idea how much they make but you what…if I drop my phone again…which is likely to happen within the next 3 years. They’ll be getting my business again through the mail. So let’s do the math. 30 million canadians. Lets be conservative and say that at least 7 millions iPhones. Now, how many beers is that? And how many canucks with a beer in one hand and phone in the other means a phone repair for cell phone repair businesses like this one? Well perhaps the average would be 1/3 cell phone users needs a repair every year. So let’s say 1 million repairs!!! a year. That make the industry worth 50-100 million in repairs alone. All for the simple fix of a silly drop pictured below.

Broken iPhone screen

Pretty crazy to think about just how may cell phones are out there. So what’s my prediction? I think the refurbish industry will outgrow the new smartphone industry as people get tired of signing onto ridiculous plans and worldwide wifi, from guys like Elon Musk become the norm. With worldwide wifi…there not going to be a need to sign up for a contract. Which makes a $700 phone purchase ludacris when a repair or customization is only $100. I’m not sure show long i’ll stick with iPhone 4s but it just keeps going. I guess the new iPhone and iOS update was actually good news for the iPhone4s as Apple decided to make it reasonable “memory wise” to allow. Meaning all of us stuck on the old operating system now have the opportunity to get the full upgrade. I have a 16g, I don’t think it was even possible to have the iOS 8 update put on my phone. A few times, staring at that cracke diphone screen, i did consider the upgrade but us 4sr’s must ride strong! Apparently apple to notice and stopped putting iPhone 4s users at risk of malware attacks for not having enough space for updates. Good guy apple is back!

-Kevin Cook