The Raccoon Got Into The Copier Again.
By on Oct 23, 2012

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Helloooo! I wrote this post last week, but just got around to posting it today, so times might be a bit off.  I do warn you it’s ridiculously long, and the title is 100% irrelevant.

I’ve been on a pleasurable business trip for the past 3 weeks. This post is just a little journal, as well as a chance to thank a few people.

Man it was eventful.

Here goes…

Day 1. Arrived in Prague. Met with Besmir my Italian/Albanian business partner for the first time. He doesn’t really read this blog so I can freely talk smack about him. Haha no but seriously it was a relief to find he was a super cool chill guy. Rumours hinted of sketchy cartel activities plus more.

We came across this awesome street performer in Prague.

Day 2. Met up Jordan our other Canadian business partner a.k.a Bad Juju a.k.a World’s worst immune system. We strolled around Prague city center, talked shop and hunted for the best goulash in town.

Day 3. We played in a mini football tournament set up for the conference. Let’s just say the silverware has been taken down to the South Pacific. Thank you Vlad for organizing it!

That night there was an party organized. At this point we discovered that there was a prohibition set on alcohol 20% +. It was illegal to sell anything other than beer, wine, martini and baileys. The black market spirit producers got greedy and added all the extra nasty stuff that shouldn’t be in vodka, rum etc. This ended up killing around 30 people and permanently blinding many others. Shizen.

Day 4. Conference day. I was a little underwhelmed. it was very small, and seemed very unorganized. It was hard to tell what was a booth, and what was just a group of people chilling around a couch. I did however pick up a few interesting tips and industry trends (sorry confidential info :D). One thing I noticed was that the conference brought a noticeably older audience, then the typical US conferences. At night there  was another organized party, twas very strange being at a nightclub only serving beer and wine. Also, I noticed that people danced like they had all been taking dance lessons, was an interesting combination for sure.

Day 5. Conference was on again. We did a few tourist things, saw some really cool art, including some creepy big bronze baby statues.

Creepy baby sculptures in Prague

That afternoon we flew out to Amsterdam. Then checked into the apartment we booked from airbnb.com. It was perfect, right in the middle of town, quiet, good work space. The only odd things were that the bedrooms didn’t have doors, and the lounge was street level so everyone walking past were checking out what we were working on. Supposedly in Amsterdam if you close your curtains in before it gets dark it means you have something to hide.

The house we rented was just on the right…perfect for peeping tom’s

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At this point my recollection of what happened on certains days mash into one big mess.

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After a day or two of settling in, we managed to start a routine:

  • Wake up do a few hours work.
  • Head out to brunch (I don’t think we ever got out for breakfast time)
  • Back to work.
  • Get a sneaky sandwich from the most awesome deli ever. (so fracking delicious it was ridiculous)
  • Hit the gym. ( I strongly believe this is one thing that kept me from driving my partners crazy)
  • Work a few hours.
  • Dinner.  (this trip made me hate tripadvisor, every top rated place was always booked out).

It was so productive being in the same timezone and same office space. Damn son.

The crew doing their thang.

STM & F5 Boat Meet Up! So…we hired a boat that was ridiculously large. I think there were 3 floors, huge dinning areas and outdoor areas. The meet up was awesome, around 50 people turned up from all corners of the world, Was great to put names to faces, and meet a tonne of new people. We cruised around for 3 hours, then headed out to Amsterdam town. We will definitely be hosting another one of these!

The Amsterdam version of Titanic we had for meetup.

We didn’t end up doing many touristy things, but managed to walk the streets everyday…most times longer than expected, due to our navigating incompetence.

Amsterdam was beautiful, the houses, the canals, the atmosphere, I even met a real life rice dog. I definitely want to visit again.

Next stop NYC!

The reason I was there was because mainly thanks to you guys, you readers!  Thank you! I won a contest hosted by Revenuewire. The prize was return flights to NYC, hotel, racing Ferraris for an entire day, and a whole lot more.

Day 1: I got in, jet lagged as hell, confused and disorientated. Went out for a scrummy dinner with the guys.

Day 2:  Race day! Woke up 5.30am. Went to the “heliport” (never knew airports for helicopters existed, we even got to chill in the VIP lounge!). Flew over NYC to the race track, it was stunning.

helicopter new yeork

Heading to the chopper loaded with a special package.

Side note: Found out the day before that the reason we were moved from an LA race track to an NYC race track was because a guy died whilst racing, so they closed the track. Nerves we a little shaken.

I dawned my pedobear outfit, took some photos. Then hooned round in the Ferraris for hours. Definitely got my heart pumping as the co-drivers kept trying to push me to go faster and faster.

pedobear-ferrari

Nuff said.

pedobear-ferrari

Hunting for prey.

That night we went to a Yankees game. Bryce (another winner) hussled for scalped Yankees tickets in the Bronx…that was an experience.

Day 3:  Went for lunch with local hipster entrepreneur Mr Wasserman. Then went to out to dinner with Revenuewire and crew to a swanky steakhouse. After dinner we hit broadway to see “The Book of Moron” (a show created by the guys from South Park), it was hilarious.

Thank you once again to Breanne from Revenuewire! She with went with every suggestion we had for the few days. The perfect host!

Day 4: Back to kiwiland!

It was awesome to meet everyone on the trip! Sorry if I didn’t mention you all. Hope to see you again!

I’m done writing…1000 words is ridiculous.

Comments (39)

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  1. Hyperactive says:

    Mr Green when are you not travelling!!!!? See you in Vegas!

  2. Marco says:

    thank you for hosting the meet up lorenzo it was great to meet everyone. It was also lot of fun :)

  3. mrgreenam says:

    Glad ya had a good time Marco! And catch ya soon Hyper!

  4. You got a life to be envious of good sir.. but still pretty skuxx as

  5. wtfbro says:

    how the hell is he doing that?

    • mrgreenam says:

      I assumed his cane was metal, which was supporting some kind of small platform he was sitting on. And the leaves on the ground were covering a metal plate.

      I definitely got a shock when I first saw it.

  6. pedopolarbear says:

    World's fastest Pedobear right here!

  7. Jax says:

    looks unreal boss!
    Can't wait to get to Europe now even more, and such mad props for the pedobear suit in the ferarri, that's living bruh! Skuxx as it comes!

  8. That pic of street performer. is it real. Great it is. He might be doing this all the day and i have seen professional who cant do it even for minutes.

  9. Josh Todd says:

    Wow man, sounds like an amazing trip! Hope to join you guys in Spamsterdam next time.

  10. Joe says:

    Nice man. And yeah, looking closely at that performer, looks like the cane actually goes up right into his sleeve, so probably then forming a platform from there.

    Went to Amsterdam in November, you need to see the xmas celebrations – Golliwog dolls and people blacked up all around you, it's incredibly difficult to not laugh.

    Slight typo at the end by the way, should be Book of Mormon (at least that's what the show's called here) :D

  11. Joel says:

    Looks like quite an adventure you've been on. How does that guy in the first pic do that?

  12. Andrea says:

    I saw that same guy with the stick on my recent trip to Prague. It's such a fairy tale city, I think I fell in love. Beware of the pickpocketers though. It happened to me!

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