Daily Archives: April 16, 2010


So the airspace over the UK and a lot of Europe is closed.  Volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano eruption.  My flight back to Europe isn’t scheduled until Monday, arriving in Europe Tuesday morning.  As yet, I don’t really think I need to worry, but I will be keeping an eye on the situation.  If it worsens or continues through Saturday, I will perhaps be effected.  The aircraft will simply be in the wrong places at the wrong times, and getting everything back to normal will take forever.

It is a strange feeling.  Normally I have a safe little thing, filed away in my head.  I know, that no matter where I am in the world, I can get home.  I just need to grab the plastic and I will be able to fly, short notice (should I need to) to anywhere.  At the moment, for the first time, I just can’t do this.  The option has gone.  So I am trapped.  My get out of jail free card is useless.  I don’t like that feeling.


Sea Otter Day One

The Sea Otter festival is situated in a lovely part of the World.  Reason enough for come here for many people.  Certainly it doesn’t put me off.  It is at Laguna Seca, in California, a famous race track, about 5 miles inland from the coast, and a lovely area.  The event today was really quite slow.  Crank Brothers unvieled their new bars and stems, but I didn’t get any photos.  Hans Rey and Richie Schlay popped by to say hello and showed me theirs though.  The products look great (did we expect anything else?) and I hope to get my hands on the product within the next few days.

For me, this event is about being customer facing.  I get to talk to the end customers about our products – this is something in the normal day to day business I never get to do.  It helps me gather feedback about our products, and also helps me gather arguments to pass on to all of the distributors – I actually have a feel for selling the product myself.

Here are a couple pictures of the area…. tomorrow I hope to get more product related stuff….