#N97minitour, Toronto wrap-up.

And I’m back! Still recovering from the whirlwind of the past week but I owe you a post from my home town, so let’s get to it..

Wednesday

After a brief stop at Nokia Canada HQ in scenic Ajax, Ontario we were ready to roll in to Toronto proper. I suggested that we wait out the afternoon rush hour at Pacific Mall, and I’m glad we did — one of the shops had a bunch of dummy N8s like this one:

Wait, what?

I also bought durian candy for the group, and to make up for that got them some much tastier taro-flavoured frozen yogurt.

Back at our hotel the tour was reunited with a sorely-missed Ms. Donna Suffing, which was awesome.

Thursday

First thing in the morning we set out for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, where we were to plant a total of 366 white spruce saplings to offset the carbon generated from the RV’s trip across the country.

Tree planting #N97minitour

If riding roller coasters at La Ronde set the bar for fun this was the most fulfilling part of the trip for me. I had thought of buying garden gloves beforehand but honestly, getting my hands covered in dirt and pine needles made for a tactile interaction with Mother Earth that was satisfying beyond words.

We are grateful to the folks from Nokia Canada who came out to help, and I look forward to revisiting the site in a few years to see how our babies are doing.

Friday

Damn my media training!

While everyone else was sleeping off the mojitos from the night before, I was recruited for an interview with Rogers. But as soon as that finished I was right back in bed, in preparation for the big finale party at Toronto’s Academy of Spherical Arts.

I was both surprised and disappointed that my alcoholic comedian friends didn’t come out — at least for the open bar. But those who did show were definitely Nokia fanatics. And none more so than the blind user we met; thanks to an S60/Symbian app called Talks is able to use her E71 as effectively as anyone else. She also gets a special monthly rate for her Rogers service through the CNIB, so it would seem that carriers are good for something after all.

Saturday

@WOMWorldNokia awesomeness: @missdd, @whatleydude & @adwood1984. Come back soon please! #n97minitour

After a hearty breakfast at a local diner it was time to say goodbye. This marks the second time that yours truly has been blessed by a blogger’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t thank the WOMWorld Nokia folks enough for it. They’re probably the biggest reason I remain loyal to Nokia products, and with all the great work they do around the globe I think there are lots of folks out there who will agree with me.

Remember that I was not paid for my participation in this tour, nor do I get to keep the Rogers-branded N97 mini that I’ve been using. But I do have it in my possession for another week or two, so if there’s anything specific that you want me to test or write about, kindly leave me a comment and let me know…

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for coming, I had way too much fun showing you all my ‘talking Noki’ as I call it, geeking out was lots of fun, I seriously hope I didnt annoy anyone, it was my first time actually going to an event like this, and meeting everyone was so exciting for me.

    Simon geeked on my cell for a bit too, we tried a program on the E71, but it didnt work out, I was bummed out a bit, but I finally got a copy of my old fav’ tone from the 6220 that I used as my alarm clock ‘drill’, (it even wakes up my nearly deaf mother!)

    The food was good too, first time having beef wellington, & the rice rolls were very good, the ‘pizza’ thing was messy but good.

    Take care and have a great summer.

  2. Thank you so much for coming, I had way too much fun showing you all my ‘talking Noki’ as I call it, geeking out was lots of fun, I seriously hope I didnt annoy anyone, it was my first time actually going to an event like this, and meeting everyone was so exciting for me.

    Simon geeked on my cell for a bit too, we tried a program on the E71, but it didnt work out, I was bummed out a bit, but I finally got a copy of my old fav’ tone from the 6220 that I used as my alarm clock ‘drill’, (it even wakes up my nearly deaf mother!)

    The food was good too, first time having beef wellington, & the rice rolls were very good, the ‘pizza’ thing was messy but good.

    Take care and have a great summer.

  3. oi, it was great to meet you too, and yeah, the ‘net is awesome, I have been really chuffed as my Mum puts it, with the NOKIA event and I really liked the meet-up, the finale was fun, I left around 11:15pm, it was still going strong, but with bus service in my area ending at 1am, I had to leave, also Thanks for the swag, my shirt fits perfect, the bag is cool, and the cup, I’ve already had offers for it! lol, (I’m not parting with any of it!)

    going to get a pic, with the jester hat, lol, its sitting on my stereo speaker, so the cats wont attack it!

  4. oi, it was great to meet you too, and yeah, the ‘net is awesome, I have been really chuffed as my Mum puts it, with the NOKIA event and I really liked the meet-up, the finale was fun, I left around 11:15pm, it was still going strong, but with bus service in my area ending at 1am, I had to leave, also Thanks for the swag, my shirt fits perfect, the bag is cool, and the cup, I’ve already had offers for it! lol, (I’m not parting with any of it!)

    going to get a pic, with the jester hat, lol, its sitting on my stereo speaker, so the cats wont attack it!

  5. AC:

    Save the details about your trees somewhere–I must have planted 10-20 trees in Cubs way back in the 70’s, but I don’t know where they are other than somewhere along the Ganaraska River…. I’d love to go back and see how those little saplings are doing today!

    Ed

  6. AC:

    Save the details about your trees somewhere–I must have planted 10-20 trees in Cubs way back in the 70’s, but I don’t know where they are other than somewhere along the Ganaraska River…. I’d love to go back and see how those little saplings are doing today!

    Ed

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