09 Jan 2013
Copied from ASL, so make sure to head over there. You will find the post event videos there as well.
Next week is going to be exciting! How exciting? Well, I’m stepping up to the plate to be the Rookie of the New Year by partnering with the great people at Uniiverse! I need to explain don’t I?
Alright, first off Uniiverse. Uniiverse is a website that allows everyone to meet people, connect, access the skills of others, learn and even make some money! It is essentially a market place for each other. Someone in your neighbourhood might have a parking spot they don’t use that you can rent by the month. Someone in your building might own an incredible vacuum cleaner you can rent for a day. Someone in your city might know how to lay flooring and can teach you and others in a day. YOU might have a skill you can teach, or something you can rent to people. I’m not even doing it justice in this explanation, so go check out Uniiverse.com!
So, Rookie of the New Year. Uniiverse has five events next week and I am going to be attending them all! AND I WOULD LOVE if any of you are interested in joining me, to sign up as well (especially for the flying yoga, cause I’m going to feel like such a goof). 2013 is all about learning something new, new experiences and trying things!
Monday, January 14: Intro to Flying Yoga class - $28
I am truly terrified for how embarrassing this is going to be! I am so out of shape, and have never done yoga before! I believe this is the only flying yoga supplier in Toronto right now! So if you’re done with that bikram silliness, come give this a shot.
Tuesday, January 15: 3D Printing for Beginners Class - $49
3D printing has to be one of the most fascinating developments in some time. Basically, you can build anything with these printers! I can’t wait to see these in action!
Wednesday, January 16: An Intro to DSLRs, DSLR Basics - $40
Now, I know everyone has a DSLR these days… except me! I’m intending to borrow one for this workshop to learn some basics of how they work. Maybe then I can actually get one of my own! If you received one for Christmas, this is a perfect opportunity to get some info.
Thursday, January 17: An Intro to Silkscreening - $49
I know some of the basics on silkscreen printing, but not exactly how it’s done. So, looking forward to learning all about it here!
Friday, January 18: Molecular Cuisine - $70
Lastly, on Friday I’m soooooo excited for this! An evening of Molecular Dining. Now, if you don’t know what that is… you are in for an awesome, awesome surprise! Check out this video! Honestly, cannot wait to do this class and eat all the creations!
Anyway, I will be shooting some video from all of the events, so if you can’t attend there is something to look forward to! But if you can attend, definitely do as it should be a fun time (yes even the flying yoga!)
Head over to THIS POST to comment about what event you would be most interested in attending or use the hashtag #Rookie2013 and message me on Twitter!
19 Dec 2012
I love the holidays. From December 1 to December 31… it literally is my favourite time of the year. My birthday, Christmas, New Years, time off. It’s basically everything awesome tied up into a single month! It’s also one of the more dangerous times of the year – a little too much egg nog, Christmas cheer or celebration can turn the most wonderful times of the year, into something dreadful.
I’m, of course, talking about the elephant in the room of drinking
too much and driving. I remember back in highschool, 4 of my peers died in a drinking and driving accident (hmm accident doesn’t even seem like the right word because if they had used a bit of common sense, they would still be around). But, it is certainly one of the most horrific things you can do. Even if you do manage to get home safely, you’ve just played a ridiculous and silly game of Russian roulette with your life and the lives of others…. So just don’t do it k?
Okay, lecture over, but here’s a tip… In Toronto, on Saturday the 22nd + 29th between the hours of 9PM to 2AM there’s going to be a bunch of cabs with lit up elephant signs on the roof. If you jump into one of those cabs, guess what… you just saved $10 on your ride! Seems that the LCBO and Co-op Cabs/@CoopCabs decided to partner up on the LCBO Deflate the Elephant campaign this year. You could even win gift baskets just by tweeting a picture with the hashtag #TOElephantSighting.
I’ve even got a gift basket to give away to one of you fine folks! What do you have to do? You comment below with your favourite Christmas/Hanukkah/Qwanza/Festivus MOCKTAIL. You could also follow @CoopCabs on Twitter to maybe be tipped off on where their Elephant cabs are… who knows.
Mine? Candy Cane Hot Chocolate with a marshmellow on a candy cane!
I’ll draw by Saturday the 22nd, so the gift basket should be delivered by the 24th.
30 Nov 2012
December is for Christmas parties right? Well, seeing as I LOVE Chistmas, I have decided to host a small Christmas party! On December 11th the Zach Bussey Show will be hosting a live Christmas episode at our new studio at the BuzzBuzzHome office!
Now, because we’re an audio podcast I wanted to bring the experience of attending our little get together to the listeners… which meant that I had to come up with a way to get the people who come to participate on air… SOOOO… that lead to me coming up with the silly idea that everyone who comes brings a random wacky gift. It can be anything.. like Wind Chimes! Hahaha wind chimes… The premise being, if everyone brings one wrapped silly gift, everyone in attendance, turn by turn gets to open one live on air and we all goof on how silly the gift is!
It’s secret Santa but without knowing who you’re giving it to – so everyone has to just get something random. I think it will be a lot of fun! ANNDDDDD, because what good is a party without booze? So we’re going to have lots of alcohol in studio for the guests to consume! (I believe Meg even said she is going to be making her beloved MegNog… GET IT?! It’s like Egg Not but Meg’s version, cause her last letter is a G and she has an E in there too… and then add an M… So it becomes Meg. But the Nog part stays the same. MegNog. Now you get it.)
I even gave the show a hack radio bit name, the Wacky Zachy Christmas!
So, what I need to know from you folks – is who would like to join us in studio that night! You have to be able to make it to the show for around 6PM! Bring a silly gift (Around $20). And be willing to open your gift on air! I also may or may not have a surprise. We shall see. Spots are limited, so make sure you email me ASAP.
Anyway, if you are interested in joining please sent us an email at email@example.com so I know how much booze to have, as well as set the expectation for our host! I also have a secret instruction I want to give you all haha.
12 Nov 2012
One time, back in grade 5 we had a project. It was a month long project where we focused on living in the middle ages, a time of castles and sieges and wenches and black death. It was one of my favourite class projects of all time – and we capped it off with a day long trip down to Toronto (from Owen Sound) to Medieval Times. Ms. Fritz was an awesome teacher!
Well, it has been all those years since I’ve been despite making a plan with @ValTorontoGal to go around this time last year. So when I was asked if I would like to attend the media launch of their new show, how could I decline?! As you arrive, the show begins immediately. Wenches serve drinks to the Lords and Ladies at several bars, you can buy a sword from the blacksmith, jesters, knights and even the Princess walked around the room… Then we headed in to our seats… Sitting in the blue section, I was into the show immediately. We were told we hated the Yellow knight, and the theatrics began. A merchant from the North, a parade of horses doing tricks, falcon flying and more.
THEN the food came… the garlic bread was delicious, the tomato soup (I had assumed was going to be a Campbell’s Tomato Soup that I hate) was in fact very yummy… and the chicken… well, let’s put it this way. I love Swiss Chalet. Like, I love love it. My former roommate and I, one year had it once a week for 6 months haha. But this chicken, I don’t know what they do to it at Medieval Times, but it was the best chicken I’ve ever had. So incredible! And the ribs are meaty and flavourful. (The pastry was the only down note of the meal).
Meanwhile, as I’m gorging on food with my hands guys are fighting with axes, swords, javelins, maces and flails, both on and off horses. Sparks flying. And most of the time the combat was pretty good. There were a few times where it was bad, mostly when these guys would fall down without being touched. But with swords they got pretty into it and were swinging them pretty fast and aggressively. It was believable.
In the end, our guy died… and I was so disappointed. I wanted to declare war on the king and his silly tournament. Give him the Ned Stark treatment and take everything, including his hot daughter as my wife. I’d even negotiated an alliance with the Red team… and then I snapped back to reality. That’s the sign of a good show!
Also enjoy (or hate) my first ever Vlog with appearances by @KristiGoerz @AlyssaHurst @Janeccman @TheDanLevy + @jylui. I learned about camera shake and have learned to mitigate it for future vlogging attempts.
21 Oct 2012
Yesterday, I was treated to the opportunity to do some winery tours and learn more about wine in the Niagara area with the iYellow Wine Club. This is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time. I know I’m starting to appreciate wine a little bit more, but know very little about it. At 10AM, everyone heading down met up in Liberty Village where we were warmly greeted by the founder of the iYellow Wine Club Angela Aiello (and then understood the why the name was iYellow). I brought my friend Anna along with me, and she’s quite the good photographer – so you get to enjoy some seriously great photos in this post! We were touring three wineries that day (but later, added on a fourth because time permitted it) and were treated to taste 30 wines!
First stop, the Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery, where we sampled many wines including a Cabernet Rose (which is smooth enough to drink for breakfast) – I also purchased a bottle of it I enjoyed it so much. Oh, one thing we learned quickly on… Wineries SOUND like they are in the middle of a war with artillery shells being fired a few times a minute. These are called bird bangers, and are essentially blank shells fired when motion activated to scare away the birds from eating the grapes. Not going to lie, I thought it was the coolest thing haha. Boys and war right?
Next up was the Southbrook Vineyards – an organic and bio-dynamic winery where we tasted three wines, and then went right out to the barrels and were treated to taste two wines that were still aging. (I also learned that while it may smell like Welchs grape juice, wine that isn’t ready doesn’t taste great. To me anyway, others seemed to enjoy the bitter, burnt wood, scratchy taste).
Next we stopped at Reif Estate Winery where we tried two red wines and an ice wine (which was delicious!) And finally we wrapped up at the Vineland Estates Winery, where they store their wine in what I’m convinced is a cold war bunker that they repurposed after deciding nuclear war wasn’t going to happen. There I go again back with the war stuff… Heh.
It was a really great day to be honest. Lots of wine, a nice lunch and learned quite a bit about wine and how to smell/taste properly. Did you know that people hated Chardonnay so much they founded clubs called ABC – Anything But Chardonnay… the reason behind it is people didn’t like drinking 2×4 wood. You see traditional Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels and so it takes on the oak flavour strongly… so now, when you’re in the LCBO you see ‘Unoaked Chardonnay’, which as the name suggests is not aged in oak!
Anyway, you should definitely experience a wine tour with iYellow if you have the opportunity. And they hinted that they might be doing Ice Wine tours this winter, so there’s that to look forward to! And now to finish off the post with a bunch more pictures to enjoy!
05 Oct 2012
Look at me in my puffy Raptors jacket. I didn’t even watch basketball in ’97, but I sure did love that jacket! Being colourblind, I didn’t even know that it was purple and black, always just assumed it was blue. Oh well… The guy I’m with in the photo above is my grandfather. And it’s so far been one of the most long term memorable experiences I had with him. (Cause my grandmother is smart, the back of the picture says 1997 at Talisman, so from that, I can tell you I was 12 years old.)
It’s actually one of my favourite experiences with skiing. I had been skiing every year for a couple years at this point and had zero fears. I’d bomb sections, and then realize I was going a little fast and “Pizza” my way out of it. The entire time, my grandfather would either keep pace with me or be slightly ahead… but always kept within a close enough distance for the eventuality of me falling and rolling down the hill. It always happened. But never deterred me from getting up and getting back up for another run.
I’m excited for this winter because I plan to get back on the slopes. It’s been two years since I’ve hit them last, but this is the year! And what better way to get me into the mindset than partnering up with the Toronto Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show!
The #TorontoSkiShow is on between October 11th and October 14th at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. And as part of the partnership between me and the show, there’s some exciting Zach Bussey Show news! On Friday, October 12th at 6PM, @MegButton and I will be doing a live podcast from the show! This is a first for the show, in that we’re doing a second show next week, and we’re doing it live from an event. It could be something we do more of if this one works and seems fun!
So, back to the #TorontoSkiShow… want some tickets to the show? I’ve got a few pairs to giveaway! I’ll giveaway a pair here, one through Twitter, one through Facebook and one on next weeks Tuesday Podcast! (I’m not the only one giving away tickets, so definitely follow @GirlsOfCNSS @evolvesnowcamps @raymitheminx)
To be entered to win the pair of tickets here… in the comments below, share your best ski/snowboard memory!
If last week could have titled it would have been called “Week 39: Taxis in Toronto,” with Hailo launching their platform and Uber responding to the launch with their own ‘free’ program to steal attention away from Hailo. It certainly dominated my Twitter feed and made for some interesting conversations with friends. The conversation naturally shifted to which platform we were most interested in in the majority of the conversations I’ve had… and while I wanted to try both before I made a decision on which I preferred, a negative experience with Uber has already converted me to Hailo.
Let’s cover the basics for those unfamiliar with the taxi battle… Uber is a taxi hailing service that allows you to get a cab for about 30-40% more than you would pay for a standard cab. Last week, anticipating the Hailo launch, Uber Toronto dug deep into their financial war chest to offer ‘free’ rides ($20 limit). Free is an adored word in the social media world, so I shared the news via Twitter. I was looking forward to trying out Uber for myself (after a bad first experience – where the driver accused us all of being wrong and not using the app properly) and then comparing it to the experience with Hailo.
Here’s the simple run down on Hailo – They are a licensed company with the city. They charge the same prices you would pay in any cab but give you the convenience of the app – which tells you when the cab will be there, who the driver is, and other relevant information. At the end, you’re able to rate the driver – which is then passed on to other riders should they ever get that driver! It’s a similar service to Uber, but much less expensive.
BOTH apps are simple. But Hailo wins overall due to being priced right, licensed and has all the features you could want in hailing a cab. Oh and they operate all over Toronto, not just in the core… well… I guess I should get into that story now huh?
So, last Tuesday I had to run an errand downtown and then had to go do my weekly live podcast at Shoeless Joes. As mentioned, Uber had their free rides.. so I used Uber’s app (which I had previously set up, including a credit card) to hail a cab. Fails. I try again. Fails. I tweet Uber asking what’s up… short answer – Unless you live DOWNTOWN TORONTO, you’re fucked. Cabs don’t operate anywhere outside of the core normally (which quite frankly is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. Your more expensive cab rides are going to be the ones from outside of the core no?) I take the TTC downtown. King and Yonge. Do my errand and then decide to hail a cab, first I add a new prepaid credit card to my account just to be on the safe side. Then hail the free cab annnnndddddd fails – this time banning my account in the process. Oh joy.
So now I’m running late for my show and have to hail my own – non-free cab. BITTER. So then it gets even better…. Later that evening Uber email me to let me know that they’ve decided I’m likely to commit fraud. “Uber Fraud Squad” flagged my account because I added the prepaid credit card to my account. Oh really? Yes, if I want to use their service I need a ‘true credit card’. Oh right, because while I can use my prepaid credit card FOR ANYTHING ELSE I’VE EVER WANTED TO BUY including flights, other cabs and subscriptions to services… for a cab ride, sorry that’s fraud.
No. You know what. Uber is right! I WAS going to defraud them out of that FREE TAXI RIDE. Such a scam artist I am. You know who my next target is? The government! I’m going to set up a Tax Free Savings Account and not pay taxes on the money in there! MUAHAHAHA. Evil genius I am. Maybe I’ll start stealing mints from restaurants after I eat there.
So from there I start to explore Uber a little more. I’m a curious person and like to know things… and what do I find all over the web? Well, lots of stories of cities calling them a rogue business and threats to deem them illegal/block them from operating. Boston, Cambridge, New York and others…. Then there’s the issue that Uber isn’t a licensed taxi company in Toronto (and may be going to court with the city over it) – which, from my understanding means if your driver gets into an accident, you’re SOL in terms of holding anyone accountable – the drivers basic insurance is all you’ve got to stand on. But I could be wrong on that – legal people, let me know so I can be sure.
And finally, there’s the scammers convincing people they are Uber and getting you to sign up with their referral codes. Don’t believe me? Google “UberTorontoDeal” or try “UberFreeRideTO“, or about 50 other “Uber” related signup codes. Or hell, go for broke and game the system to get $200(blog) by again pretending to be Uber. Granted that’s (hopefully) not Uber doing it, but they certainly are doing nothing to stop it.
If we’re all allowed to pretend to be Uber in our signup codes how about a “Uberest Promo Ever: Hot 18 Year Old Russian Daughters Will Blow You if you use this Code “UberBJpromo” on Signup and $10 credit on your first ride!” promotion to run? Because if you give me the ‘OK’ I will do this! I have the image all ready to go. Surely it will get you signups and me a bunch of $10 referral fees.
I understand the ridiculousness of this… but the point is real. And it extends beyond Uber. All these promo code businesses need to be proactive about what they allow for signup codes – and it should be monitored by the businesses that allow it! Otherwise, it’s going to be abused.
Got off on a rant as usual…. but the points are all valid. When your business is based on the user experience Uber, not providing service coverage, banning my account and then calling me a fraud… all for a dumb FREE cab ride is not only ridiculous, but it has ruined your chances of ever getting my money in the future. If you ruin the experience when its free, why the hell would I ever pay for it? I’d be a total moron if I did.
Hailo, I’ve signed up for the service and anticipating my first ride on Tuesday!
But for readers in Toronto… who are you leaning towards?
20 Sep 2012
Bright and early this morning, I was able to join Starbucks Canada and get the first look/taste of the new Starbucks Single Serve coffee brewer, cleverly called “Verismo” which means realism or truth (Italian). Promising the previously impossible, literally, the new launch is coming with the tagline “Impossible Until Now: Verismo,” which allows owners of the machines to make Starbucks Caffe Lattes, espresso and regular brewed coffee from the comfort of their homes.
Apparently the market for single serve coffee machines was up 168% this year, to just over $8 billion. So it was really only a matter of time before Starbucks got into the mix. Well, maybe not a matter of time but rather a matter of waiting for the right time. And the right time is now (considering on September 16th, the patent on the Keurig K-Cup expired).
Which leads us the the product. We had the opportunity to test the espresso pods as well as the milk pods in various combinations to create espressos and lattes. The Verismo we got to use was thin in comparison to the Tassimo and Keurig machines I have used in the past, and wasn’t some weird shape – instead a space efficient rectangle. There are three buttons to control how the drink is made (more on that later). The Verismo’s ‘Pods’ as they call them are pretty similiar to the K-Cups in terms of the construction and how they are pierced by the machine (however are significantly smaller). The espresso/coffee pods contain the ground beans and there are also milk pods, which contain powdered milk. Not going to lie, powdered milk scares me. Granted I don’t like the milk pods on Tassimo either…
So we start the process of making the latte… there are three buttons… One for espresso, one for brewed coffee (or long espresso) and one for milk. You should always do the milk first, because you don’t want to leave milky residue on the exit spout. So, first you open the bar, put in the milk pod, close the bar and press the button. Then pull the bar up, put your coffee pod in, close the bar, press the button (wait for it to warm) then press the button again. Done. Latte. The used pods get popped out and dropped into a reservoir in the bottom of the machine – holds 10-12 used pods.
So what’s the verdict? Well, it tastes good. I didn’t taste the powdered milk taste I was afraid of tasting. So clearly they have worked on developing the powdered milk to make it better. It brewed fast. It’s very easy to do. Overall… it works. I don’t think it is going to change the world or doing anything revolutionary. But it works, and for Starbucks fans it will satisfy if you can’t make it to the store. It makes a good cup of espresso or coffee.
Some concerns… I’m not a fan of the internal storage of the used pods. I like to get rid of them immediately. I also hope they expand the roster of pods… currently they only do Espresso/Latte, Pike Place, Verona and a Blonde blend. No Pumpkin Spice, no Mocha, no Salted Caramel, Peppermint or any other options we come to love about the drinks at Starbucks. Other brewers like Tassimo and Keurig have options like French Vanilla, Egg Nog, Peppermint, Irish Cream etc. So to not have the flavours we know in store, I think hurt the desirability.
Overall, I think it’s a solid product and for someone who doesn’t have a single serve machine, it is a viable option. I think it is a relatively low risk move by Starbucks, it’s not going to change the market and it’s not doing anything different than other machines (besides focusing on their products). It’s kind of like their VIA line – providing their customers with options.
Now some important questions answered…
1. Will they be ending their contract with Keurig?
From what I’ve been told, no they will not be. The Starbucks K-Cups will continue – mostly because it seems the deal works more in Starbucks’ favour than it does in Green Mountains.
2. Will they offer Milk Pods for Lactose Free or Soy?
Not currently. But they will have a ‘frother’ tool coming out soon for those.
3. Can you earn Rewards Stars at StarbucksStore.ca?
Doesn’t look that way – however their PR people are going to look into it and let me know if there is any plan to do that.
4. How much are they and where can you buy them?
The basic unit (580) is $199 and there is a more feature rich version (585) for $399. Both will be available at their online store, at Williams-Sonoma and Home Outfitters. The 580 will also be available in all retail stores but the 585 will not. Pods sell for $11.95 to $12.95.
5. The difference between the 580 and 585?
The differences between the 580 and the 585 are a larger water tank, built-in filtration system, temperature control and LED display.
I will be getting a short term loan with the machine in October, and will put have it go head to head with my Tassimo machine and my mom’s Keurig machine, and will work on a full out features/benefits/disadvantages post which may help you decide what to purchase for Christmas this year! So stay tuned for that.
Oh, and feel free to ask any questions – I’ll answer if I know or get the answers for you ASAP!
14 Sep 2012
Last night I had dinner with @ValTorontoGal compliments of @Buytopia and their latest deal – $55 for a 4 Course Dinner for 2 at Mirto and it was one of the best Italian meals I’ve had in a long time. I’d never been to Mirto before, but my grandfather (who’s deck I cleaned up yesterday, a throwback to my highschool days when I ran a power washing business) said it was a really great place for food. So, I had high hopes going in… the problem with high hopes is it’s rare to live up to them. Well, I’m thrilled to report that Mirto delivered on the high hopes (with top scores on two of the 5 dishes I tried.) So everyone take note right now… go buy that Buytopia deal and then when you walk in hand them this handy card to get the best meal of your life.
This is like a cheat code for what to order there. The Caesar salad is one of the best I have ever had. Clearly the dressing was house made, the lettuce was crisp and in perfect bite sizes (I can’t tell you the number of times you get salad pieces too large and I end up getting dressing on my face… not a pretty sight). I think I should have asked for a little parmesan cheese, but that would have just been another nice layer. Incredible. Top marks for this!
Val had ordered the Caprese salad which was fresh… however, no where near as good as the Caesar… I promise you this.
Next up, Val and I had the Rigatone Gorgonzola… oh man it was the second perfect dish. Again, the right amount of the delicious sauce, nice pieces of asparagus and big bites of prosciutto! It was incredible. Actually considering heading off to the grocery store and getting the ingredients to try and recreate it. So good. Quite frankly, had the meal ended there I would have been a happy man!
The main came next… Val had the Salmon and I opted for Steak (as you all should too!) It was nicely done with a nice chunk of herbed butter on top. The vegetables it came with (Brocolli, Carrot, Green Beans and Potatoes) were also nicely done. I suspect the manager gave us a slightly large piece of steak/salmon than usual (quite frankly, than was necessary… I finished half the steak and couldn’t pack anything else into my stomach haha). But it made for a nice breakfast this morning.
Lastly, a desert of Tartufo… both Val and I agreed on sharing one rather than one each. Definitely the right move! Tartufo is pretty traditional in how it’s made/served and this was no stray from what is to be expected when ordering tartufo.
Overall, great meal! Nice non-pretentious place. Very kind people and a relaxed vibe. Definitely one to check out… and highly recommend the 4 course for $55 from Buytopia! Thanks greatly to them for the hookup, to Val for the invite and to Mirto for the incredible meal!
PS. Also check out Val’s pictures/review.
27 Aug 2012
As a blogger, it seems the only time most of us post anything positive about a company is when we’ve been given something. I don’t know why that is… the opposite is also true, whenever we have a bad experience we’re immediately on our blogs complaining about it. It’s some sort of entitlement culture we’ve all been encouraged to believe in I think… Oh well, that’s not what this is supposed to be about.
I’ll preface by saying, WIND has not given me anything for free. About a year ago, I purchased my cellphone in store, the same price everyone would pay. I signed up for a promotional plan at $29 a month for unlimited local calls, texts and data. (Yes Data! Enjoy your $60 6GB plans Rogers users). The promotional price was going to expire one year later and go to ~$50 a month. Each month I pay for the bill like the majority of other cellphone users. Nothing special here besides the great price. Today, I get an email from WIND, displayed below.
Needless to say I’m thrilled! I’ve been a Bell, Rogers and Telus customer in the past and NEVER did they ever offer me an extension on a promotional plan. When I did try to get it extended, first I had to navigate their customer service and then when asking to keep the promotional price, they would say no and just offer me 25-50 extra minutes a month, or a bigger voicemail inbox. Essentially, it was a no, but here’s some scraps…. meanwhile WIND has sent this email out to a bunch of other people I know who were on the plan.
So WIND, without asking, extending the plan and continuing to give me a great deal is HUGE. As a customer, this essentially has confirmed my ongoing loyalty to your company. You treat your customers like people. You want to make the customer happy. You have great prices, significantly less than competitors at your normal rate, and EVEN THEN go out of your way to extend promotional pricing indefinitely. It’s major. And it’s how it should be!
So, the questions always turns to this whenever I tell people I’m with WIND… “What’s the service like?” And while they don’t mean the customer service, it alone should be reason to bail on horrible providers like Bell, Telus and Rogers. But here’s the honest truth… when I first signed up with WIND, the service was okay. However, they have been expanding their coverage and improving their towers in current markets so fast… they seemingly add new cities every single day. And the service now is BETTER than I’ve had with others. Rarely have a dropped call. I tether my phone (use about 5-6GB a month) and the speeds are always fast (I’ve played Diablo 3 online while tethering). The calls are clear. Texts always go through, and you can use it in a ton of different markets… last month I used it (again unlimited) in Vancouver… it’s just a joy! And the icing on the cake is the price! $30 for unlimited everything!
So, I just wanted to write this to say thank you… It’s very rare that we speak out to thank a corporation for running their business without throwing a party, without sending me a phone or a product, without doing anything other than what you normally do… and it’s refreshing and impressive. Keep this up WIND, you’re going to continue to grow as more people wake up, sick of paying $60-$100 for a cellphone and shitty customer service.
PS. That said, my phones screen is cracked… so if you DID want to send me a phone, I wouldn’t object. Haha. Had to.
28 May 2012
Hey what are you doing this weekend? Oh you’re doing something lame huh? Yeah that’s what I thought.
WELL HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND DO SOME FUN SHIT (for a good cause)!
The summer’s largest outdoor patio party FOAM (Festival of Art and Music) is going down on Saturday at the Evergreen Brick Works! Beer, S’mores, Taxi Guy vouchers and all kinds of other stuff. Yeah, s’mores, alcohol and beer! Molson is sponsoring the event along with Red Bull, Bacardi, Barefoot, and some other companies to make it the event of the summer! Musicians, artists, DJs and more. It’s going to be like a live mixtape. Oh and there’s also going be tons of food too. Fran’s Restaurant crafting the menu.
Charity? You got it! FOAM is held in support of motionball, which is a not-for-profit that introduces the next generation of supporters to the Special Olympics Canada movement. They’ve already donated over $2.7M to the Special Olympics Canada Foundation!
19+ because teenagers at a party is totally lame. Yeah I said it. It needed to be said. Those fakakta all ages events are always the worst.
Get your tickets now though, word from insiders say they are going quickly and at $35 a pop, it’s a great deal. Oh, and did I mention they have a shuttle service provided from Broadview Station AND from Yonge+College?