From the Editor's Desk: Home For A Rest

By Kevin Michaluk on 25 May 2014 09:41 pm EDT
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After what's been nearly a straight month of travel and suitcase living, I'm glad to now be home for a rest. This past week was especially brutal. What should have been two easy days in NYC and a day trip to Atlanta had me racking up more travel follies in one trip than I've experienced in the past three years.

I managed to have one of the worst overpriced hotel experiences of my life (I suggest you never ever ever ever stay here - I swear the place is haunted) and out of five flights for the week only one wasn't delayed for over two hours. And you just gotta love when you leave the gate for a 2.5 hour flight only to have to sit on the plane an extra 2.5 hours before taking off (and then of due to the delays you miss your connection home and have to spend an extra night in a hotel and the flight home the next morning is delayed over two hours too). No REAL complaint there though - I'd much rather be delayed for a flight so the mechanics can do their fixes vs. the alternative.

While I'm glad to be Home For a Rest — especially now that winter is over and the weather is nice — I am looking forward to my next trip as I'll be heading to Montreal to cheer on Team Mercedes / BlackBerry at the Canadian Grand Prix! Between now and then I've blocked off a big chunk of my calendar so I can go heads down on writing and producing some fun content, which I'm truly looking forward to. As seems to happen to frequently, I've been a little too quiet around these parts lately. With it being a quiet Memorial Day Weekend, I'm going to get started on fixing that right away and make some noise.

But first, a little Editor's Desk catch up:

CrackBerry Mom

  • Props to my BlackBerry / BBM using Mom, who's one tough cookie - I arrived home from my travels Thursday afternoon, and my mom went into the hospital on Friday for surgery. She was supposed to be in the hospital for three to five days, but everything went super well and she was discharged on Saturday, so she's already at home and resting up. It was interesting to see how different of a hospital experience this was for our family thanks to our always on, always connected smartphones. It's been nearly six years since my mom was in the hospital for surgery, but before that she went through several rounds of hospital visits while she went toe to toe with cancer (colon, liver, thyroid). Back then, you weren't supposed to have cell phones in the hospital - at least that's what all the signs said, and she never had a phone with her. So unless we were visiting, you never really knew how she was doing. This time around she kept her BlackBerry Z10 her. What a difference! With our family on BBM, we were able to communicate back and forth with ease once visiting hours were over, and she kept us in the loop the next day on her breakfast and what the doctors and nurses were saying. And for me personally, it was just a huge peace of mind knowing she could reach me at any moment if she needed anything. When my dad and I picked her up at the hospital to drive her home, the first thing she mentioned to me was how much she loved having her BlackBerry with her all night. Thanks BlackBerry!! And love you mom!
  • Spoiler Alert: JUNE is Fitness Month at Mobile Nations - Some of you noticed that we didn't have Fitness Month this February as we had the past two years. That's because we were putting it off for June! Everybody wants to get in beach body shape for the summer, so the month of June is when we're going to help aid in that process. More details will follow early this week. I'm really looking forward to it this year. I've personally made 2014 about getting my health and fitness in check, and have had great success these past few months. I'm down 20lbs in body weight, and pretty much feel a decade younger. I'm looking forward to having some fun kicking it up a notch for the month and writing about all the cool stuff that's out there in the area of mobile fitness these days. I think we're planning on doing a bit of a Fitness Tracker challenge too, so if you don't have a Fitbit yet, get one! Stay tuned for more details.
  • Montreal CrackBerry Meetup Plans - We'll follow up soon with a post and send an email to everybody who said they're in for the event, but as of now we're aiming for two meet-ups over the course of the weekend. First, I'm thinking we'll aim to get together Friday early evening for some karting action at Action500 (I'll give an awesome prize to anybody who can beat me on the track.. I'm fastttt), followed by food and drinks someplace. Then on Sunday, maybe after the race we'll make our way over to the Casino and hit up one of those delicious F1 weekend buffets (for the sake of Fitness Month, everybody will have to keep me from over indulging). Again, stay tuned for details - more to come. Fingers crossed Montreal can somehow make the Stanley Cup finals. It would be EPIC to be in Montreal during an F1 / Stanley Cup weekend.
  • Buh Buh Buh BlackBerry - Between the announcement of Project Ion and BlackBerry's decision to allow BlackBerry phones be managed by other mobile device management solutions, we're really starting to see an evolution to the company we've been following for so many years. Last year it was all about gunning for BlackBerry's comeback. The thing with that notion though is that it implies BlackBerry is making a comeback in the same game. That they were down and needed to score a bunch of goals. As 2014 continues to roll on, it's becoming very clear that it's no longer about a BlackBerry comeback, but about BlackBerry changing up their tactics to play a whole new game. I like that strategy. Change is good.
  • Forums Help - Looking for a little help from the community on this forum thread. Let's see your answers!

Ok, that's it for this one. Keep it locked to CrackBerry. It's going to be a fun week.

Reader comments

From the Editor's Desk: Home For A Rest

39 Comments

Why so keen for this guy? He has a really nice writing style but doesn't actually say anything new. Perhaps those needing a Jubei fix can follow his bbm channel... where he posts quotes of himself, overlaid on downloadable images of himself... like he's Gandhi or something. Don't mean to be critical but I think he's better suited for Maxim or Rolling Stone or something.

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Sounds like your mom is a straight up soldier!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

Yes, get some rest Bro. US airline travel can down right suck. That's why I drive as much as possible. #BlackBerry4Life

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All the best to your Mom Kevin. Love that your family keeps in touch with BlackBerry and BBM. Mine does same.

BBM CHANNEL - "BB POWERED " C001C1D66

Lol...we stayed at the hotel Penn, not the greatest place...but it is in the Monopoly game...right across the street and to the right of MSG is the NYNY, (think that's the name). Much better and not to hard on the wallet either.

Hope your mom has a quick recovery.

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What was horrible was that NYC was super busy this week with Internet Week or something like that, so all the rooms in the city we're rack rate and then some. We paid over $500 a night for a tiny room with two SINGLE beds (my shoulders were hanging off the sides). Paint following off the ceiling, mould in the bathroom over the tub. Internet was garbage. Mattress was horrible - I woke up in the middle of the night with my right arm completely asleep - like DEAD. I was flopping around for five minutes trying to get the blood flowing again. Maybe if it was $50 a night I'd be ok with it, but at $500 a night I expect to have a mattress that won't cause me to lose a limb.

That is the absolute worst hotel. Stay away from any hotel in that area!

(also NYC is always busy!)

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I Hope your mom gets well soon! Keep us updated. Let her know that her teamBlackBerry and team mobile nation are praying for her.

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Let's wish her a speedy recovery.

Bad luck and bad timing with that hotel. Had a similar experience in Sydney around Christmas, but didn't pay nearly as much. :-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

BlackBerry Z10 an incredible tool for those of us who have had to stay in the hospital. I know mine kept me connected to the outside world for the months I was hospitalized last year.

Could a BlackBerry Meet up be setup in Southern Ontario? Maybe even in BlackBerry's hometown? I don't live in Waterloo but would love to see an event staged.

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

That's an awesome recap of your view on all things considered BlackBerry! I'm also really looking forward to what you have planned.

A huge props to your Mom; way to go Kev's Mom!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Ur mom is amazing. Welcome home and get a well deserved rest. BBM kept me connected with my family too when my mom was in the hospital last year. So thankful for it.

Sent from my Q10 or Z10.

Wishing your Mum the very very best in her health, Kevin. Go Mama Michaluk!!!

Really looking forward to the June challenge. I've pipped you to it by starting out early in May ;-);-). Can't afford a FitBit. Making do, for now, with a free version of Endomondo. Here's to good health in 2014!!!

 'n Arsenal by choice! ;-)

BBM, travel, work, ...etc don't mean a thing as ones health and family always come first! for that, I'm very glad your mom is doing well and I pray that may God always bless her with good health and help her fight and cure any illnesses, Ameen

Posted via CB10

All the best to your Mom - she sounds like an awesome lady. You are so lucky to have her :)
Finally got my hubby to use my Z10 - he's starting to love it! (I knew it would happen)

Glad your mom is okay, and yes, blackberry is awesome. I could never use a non-blackberry smartphone. Lol

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Best positive thoughts for you mom.
Glad to read you home (page) where your DNA still sits (no doubt nor rant here).
Welcome back, CBKevin !

...best wishes of good health for your Mother. your picture shows you @Louvre? I live in Paris. When you drop by will gladly pay you a drink.
Good rest.
Razvan Tasca

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Hope your mom is feeling well!

Can't wait for fitness month, already dropped 15 myself this year! What a difference it makes.

AmaZ30ed

Kevin,

Welcome home. Thanks for sharing what's been going on with you lately. I hope your mom enjoyed our fine hospital food... is it still frozen?

Seems I can never bump into you here in Peg city. But it would be great to meet you someday. Besides, I still want a "BlackBerry by Choice" shirt that you had made a while back. Do Want!!

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On behalf of the Crack berry family wishing you nothing but good health and to get better mom and never leave home with out your BlackBerry. :)

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Props to Mom and as for the rest, all in the adventure of life. Besides, at least you weren't bored.

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