Thursday, November 27, 2003

Another post from Lake Louise. This time with a link from my good buddy Dan McMahon.

Dan's band Shenanigan played at the Westjet Home for the Holdiays Ceilidh(TM)

The "party in the kitchen" included the new leader of the Conservative Party, Peter McKay, who drew the ticket for the 50/50 draw (#704212).

Even with a 44.0 Kbps connection, the webcast was a blast. Access to an event via the web that was indeed top-drawer.

Thanks for the heads-up Dan, the Ceilidh was a blast!

Hope you can make it out to Lake Louise for another.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Today was a dream at work.

I got to set-up the 3000i in the lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise following a stint with the Communications team at the hill.

I'd awaken at 5:20 -- ten minutes before the alarm -- much as I do when "on the road" w/ SMART. Perfect. Finally I was going to be early (knowing I'll be in one place for 19 days, and this mountain air have been conking me out ) then I awoke at 7:24, a full 24 minutes after scheduled opening. YIKES!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Rick Elves; Brett and Sheena Holt; and Dale Plum for having my back in the Communications trailer this morning. It's been a long while since I've had a jolt like that ;-)

Notwithstanding the startling start, my day was great. The afternoon at the Chateau was really something. In the lobby of a rail-baron-built castle, surrounded by snow-covered mountains. That and the fact that our stuff is so cool I had to interrupt my set-up three times to answer questions and requests for demos.

And while there's no doubt our hardware is truly "state-of-the-art" our software's even more amazing.

I often talk about how lucky I am for the work/school connection I have; I'd say the work/volunteer one's even better ;-)

For those of you "in the hood," the snow's better in the Canadian Rockies than it's been for a long time.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

A post from Lake Louise -- as indicated in my last post, I'm here again working the World Cup ski races. This year I'll also be doing work on behalf of my employer, SMART Technologies Inc., providing technical support and training for the equipment we've donated to be used to post race results in the lobby of the Chateau Lake Louise.

For those of you in the area, the snow is FANTASTIC. This is by far the best start to the season, in terms of snow accumulations, that I've seen in the five years I've been involved as a World Cup volunteer. I'd definitely recommend a trip out -- there's some good coverage on all runs and certainly worth the trip.