Last Friday, I dropped my cell phone (yet again) rushing to shoot film at a client compound. As I retrieved it, my heart sunk. The device’s face was gone, replaced by a hundred cracks and a hint of its digital past life. I didn’t go nuts as I was on client turf, convincing myself I would obtain contact with humanity again one day. I continued filming, clients keeping watch in case I had a coronary.
To my surprise I was able to receive calls on my Blue Tooth; so, able to explore my options with loved ones, I drove to the Quinte Mall. The familiar chorus of nubile, cellular droids began: “breaking contracts” KACHING!, “signing a new contract” KACHING!, “buying a new device”, KACHING! My pulse raced with each iteration. My amygdala said, “RUN!”. So I did. I packed my lifeless S3 and rode five minutes away to a residence rumored to be the answer to my dilemma. The sign at entry states, “Don’t panic, the Doctor is in”. I entered, gladly.
Once in, a high counter revealed a perfect row of cell phones, awaiting to be picked up by “others like me”. I felt I belonged. I don’t remember if I said, “hello”, to the many persons inside. In a trance-like state I released my cell phone to the man sunk-down behind the counter who took the little corpse without a word and began surgery. No words were exchanged about the state of my phone.
Twelve minutes or so later, my phone was handed to me, reborn and flawless. My gait was changed from Eyeore to Tigger. I had to restrain myself from hugging all the strangers in the room. I was back in business!
ABOUT THE MYSTERY MAN BEHIND THE COUNTER
Paul Holley is on call seven days a week, working alongside his daughter Hailey who handles clients, calls and invoicing. Family members enter and exit the business quarters of the house, including pooch, Whiskey, to partake of the energy within. It seems the room has gravity pull, drawing everyone to it.
This happy family moved to 241 Bellevue Drive, Belleville, two years ago. “Your Local Cell Doctor” was launched a year later. Paul was formerly an auto mechanic in Hillier; yet, he continues to tinker on a smaller scale, no de-greasing required. The bills are smaller now and the smiles are bigger.
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