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Markus is an enthusiastic traveler, who lives in Houston, TX (USA) most of the time, but also spends some time in Saalfelden, near Salzburg (Austria). He is fascinated by travel and also by his experiences gathered by living in two different countries and continents.

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Monday, October 29, 2007
A referee with a sense of humor...

If you have always wanted to meet a referee with a sense of humor, check out my recent blog post on our Ice Dragons hockey blog... ;-)

Happy Halloween!



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Thursday, October 25, 2007
I've Adopted a New Car!

I just got myself a new car! Nope, not a hybrid (although I am kinda feeling bad that I didn't... but I just am not that impressed with the gas milage hybrids get, to be honest...), but an Infiniti FX35. So there it is: It's almost like adding a new family member. "It was born healthy, weighs 2 tons, and has 275hp". We don't have a name for it yet...

Here are the first pictures of the "baby":

Boy, that's shiny! :-)

What's cool about this car is that it drives like a sports car. (I got the sports package... the car is actually based on a sports car...). At the same time, it has a lot of interior space. Not quite an SUV, but almost. I think they call this type of car a "PUV" (Performance Utility Vehicle).

It's got some pretty cool bells and whistles too. Most people will probably say: "...my car does all that!", but since I haven't had a new car in - like - ever, I am very excited about things like "intelligent cruise control" (which allows you to turn on the cruise control at a certain speed, but if the cars in front of you slow down, so does your car), or key-free entrance, automatic seat adjustments as you get into the car, lane departure warnings, satellite radio, an iPod interface, tons of sensors (such as tire pressure sensors), a cool navigation system, and much more...

275hp get the thing moving too! Now if I could only find an Autobahn around here somewhere...

 

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Friday, October 12, 2007
What's Going On?

Buy, I've been busy lately. But as always, lots of traveling is in the picture. I have been back and forth between the US and Europe at least 3 or 4 times this past summer. So there is little time remaining to do any blogging ;-).

My most recent trip was supposed to be a combination of business and a short vacation. I had planned to go to Italy for a week and do some windsurfing. That didn't work out, so I just went to Austria. But that was still OK. I managed to get some more work done. I also managed to fit in a few fun things.

For one, I went to see the Red Bulls Salute hockey tournament in Salzburg. This was an invitational hosted by the Red Bulls (Salzburg's hockey team). This was a very cool event, with the Bulls hosting the L.A. Kings, Faerjestad (the Swedish champs) and HC Davos (the Swiss champs). The Kings won it all, but it was much closer than one would think. In the very first game, the Bulls faced off against the Kings and took a 3:0 lead before the end of the 3rd minute of play. Things really weren't looking so good for the Kings at that point, but they managed to turn it around, mostly because of Kopitar, who played an incredible game.

Another cool think I did was watch a The Police concert at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. This recent tour of theirs is the first time the band is playing with the original lineup, including Sting. This was a very cool event. It was pretty impressive too. I have no idea how many people were really in the audience, but I heard numbers between 50,000 and 70,000.

Other than that, it's been a summer full of work, and for fun, we've been hiking and biking while in Europe. In fact, I don't think I have ever done as much true mountain biking as this summer. While in Houston, I have been playing a ton of ice hockey. I am now on 3 different teams (Ice Dragons, Hornets, and Black Hawks). The Ice Dragons now actually have a web site. Check it out at www.IceDragons.info.



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