Archive for March, 2006

The Golden Ticket; I didn’t win :(

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Seems that Adam Curry & Podshow have found a new way to attract listeners to their shows…the Golden Ticket concept!

Adam (per mail): "In short, it’s a great way to run fun contests and promotions."

This is done by having the podcast-server providing a specialized/customized podcast mp3-file to a random (or selected?) person or group who is downloading that podcast!!

Interesting stuff…taking things to a next level, again! 🙂

I listened to yesterdays and todays DSC and…..DIDN’T win, amazing! 🙁 🙁 🙁

Well, better luck next time, guess that’s the whole point of it. 🙂


Thursday, March 30th, 2006

We made it! A clean 3-0 win last night made us season-champion of our division!!

Our biggest fans over the past months (Wieke & Ingrid) gave us this trophy:


Nice, eh? 😉

Championship match

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Tonight is the big night, a draw is enough for the championship!!!

Wish us luck! 🙂

Pohoda 2006 program

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Some artists performing at Pohoda 2006 are confirmed…among them the Pixies and Stereo MCs…YESSSSSS!!!!!

The complete story of our return trip…

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The earlier post already mentioned that the journey from Banff was quite tiresome, here’s the complete story;

We planned to fly back on Friday from Calgary to Vancouver, then with KLM to Amsterdam, scheduled to arrive nicely on Saturday end of the morning…in order to do so we woke up earrrrrly on Friday morning (before 6am), drove the car from Banff to Calgary Airport (still a good 1.5 hour drive) and delivered it back to AVIS. Plan was to take an early flight so we would have more than enough time in Vancouver to hop on the KLM jet. As we were flying on standby, it’s always better to have enough time…

Well, what we didn’t know was that following the start of springbreak in British Colombia (Vancouver), which was rally convenient for our trip two weeks before (NOT!), this weekend was start of the springbreak in Alberta (Calgary)…..aaaahhhhhhh!!!! That meant that we again were surrounded by 100’s of teenagers with valid tickets to Vancouver…ggrrrrrr!!! After trying to get a seat on any plane for some hours, we felt it wouldn’t work out this time…the number of people on standby grew with every flight (40+ people on the waitlist per flight!!!) and our rank was last of the last 🙁 🙁

What to do; well we could ofcourse get the car back from AVIS, since it officially still had one day left on the rental period and drive it to Vancouver, ‘just’ a 900km drive. Or take the Greyhound overnight…either way we would miss the KLM flight on Friday and would anly be able to take it on Saturday…that is *if* there were seats available, still a gamble.

Luckily we saw the light (that was just before we started banging our heads against the wall); perhaps we could trade in our Calgary-Vancouver and Vancouver-Amsterdam ticket for a Calgary-….Europe (Frankfurt or London) ticket?!?!

It turned out that this actually worked out and so we were able to leave Calgary with the 17:45h Air Canada flight to Frankfurt!!!

The flight itself was OK, arrived late Saturday morning in Frankfurt, booked tickets from Frankfurt to Amsterdam and finally arrived home little after 3pm!

Last thing (actually expected since we seem to have a subscription on it) was our luggage.

Two weeks before things got mixed up as the luggage stayed in Vancouver while we nearly made it on the flight to Calgary…this time it *was* sent to Vancouver while we stayed in Calgary…thank you Air Canada for screwing this one up, again!

Actually this was not too bad; as we couldn’t check the luggage in for the Frankfurt flight from Calgary, we travelled light and made arrangements for the luggage to be delivered to our home…great service, and free! 🙂 🙂

Back home again

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

It was quite a journey (travelled over 24 hours!), but…we’re back again!!

On our way out!

Friday, March 24th, 2006
On our way out!

On our way out!,
originally uploaded by raymondpoort.

It was heaps of fun, again…we’ll probably come back some day.

See y’all back in NL…we’re off!!

Gone skiing :)

Friday, March 24th, 2006
Gone skiing :)

Gone skiing 🙂,
originally uploaded by raymondpoort.

It is not mine…

Last day

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Yesterday we enjoyed a fabulous last day of skiing, we did some runs together with Sharon, who is also staying in the Bed & Breakfast. She knows the area pretty well and is a good laugh, so we really enjoyed the last day.

Today we’ll do some hikes around Banff near Lake Minniwanka with Claire and Scott. Tonight could be BINGO-night (we missed out on the bingo at the Legion last week)…then again; uuhhhh, will I really go to bingo?????? 🙂

New iPod

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Am sooooo happy, got the 60Gb iPod with video, obviously the black one…COOL!!!

Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

While hiking through Kananaskis last Sunday, we met some people who are ‘professional’ eagle-watchers…basically they’re counting the eagles flying by through this pass. On a random Sunday they counted 300 of those birdies!!!
They’re member of the Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation.

Quite a nice alternative to fishing, eh? 🙂

Having fun with Flickr :)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Am playing around with Flickr…on the right you’ll see a random photo from my Flickr-page, clicking on it will bring you to the photostream…funky, eh?

Lake Louise skiing

Monday, March 20th, 2006

New week, new skiing; got my gear yesterday, so Lake Louise…here we come!!!

Relaxing weekend

Monday, March 20th, 2006

A pretty relaxing weekend has come to an end…it was filled with sleeping in and some beautiful hikes.

Dined in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel last Saturday evening, lovely food but the ambiance wasn’t too good (mainly the lights/lack of candles).

Today we went to Kananaskis, an area we both hadn’t been before…*AMAZING* nature…pictures on my Flickr-page!

Photos uploaded

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Some of the pictures we took are posted on my Flickr-page.

I actually have the Flickr-account for quite a while but haven’t use it till now…it was the easiest way to get a bunch of photos uploaded on the net fast 🙂

Skiing at Sunshine

Friday, March 17th, 2006

The skiing at Sunshine was GREAT. We had a three day lift pass and I changed my skis for a snowboard today…heaps of fun and went quite good actually.

Tomorrow we’re off to Calgary with Claire and Scott, gonna do some serious shopping 🙂

New header graphic

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Got rid of the ‘sushi’ header graphic, I made a more appropriate one for these weeks! Nice, eh?

At the movies tonight

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

We went to the movies tonight, saw ’16 Blocks’ and sneaked ourselves into the movie after; ‘Eight Below’…having fun times in Banff. 🙂

First day skiing

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Just one word: FABULOUS!

(pictures to come)

Lost volleyball match

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Just to keep the records straight…the day before we left we played DEO, the number 2 in the competition and our biggest threath to a possible championship…we started off perfect, but couldn’t hold up and lost 3-1 🙁

The only positive thing about this is personal; I will not miss the championship match! (then again, I’d rather have won the game and secure the championship…)