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  • The Green Knight: Team Poken
    been blogging much is that life has been pretty routine recently hectic but routine In June my two favorite beach volley partners of all time who also happen to be my two favorite wine consumption partners of all time will come visit though so I expect plenty of bloggable stories to be generated then Posted by Bryan Hassin at 07 46 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Lausanne Poken volleyball No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December

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  • The Green Knight: Long Time, No Blog
    the time zone I got some beach volley in today and will again tomorrow The annual Carnaval de Lausanne is going on right outside my apartment This means that the streets are packed live bands are playing and vendors are set up all over the place Thank goodness for ear plugs at night Over the past couple of weeks I ve had the chance to enjoy some leisure entertainment Via the Wii Virtual Console I reconnected with Military Madness one of my favorite games for the Turbo Grafx 16 back in the day It was ahead of its time in terms of strategy game sophistication but I love how timeless it has turned out to be I have as much enjoyment out of it now as I did in 6th grade All the flights have also given me the chance to watch a few movies Valkyrie ok The Curious Case of Benjamin Button not bad Taken ok Liam Neeson was an interesting casting choice and The Wrestler good I think there were a couple more in there but clearly they weren t all that memorable All this of course is just a distraction while I m waiting for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince to open in July Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 21 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Harry Potter Houston Lausanne movies video games volleyball No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June

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  • The Green Knight: Back in Lausanne
    The evening featured what was for me one of the highlights of the trip Naturally it involved food The caretaker of the villa Anna Maria and her daughter who both live just down the road spent all day cooking for us We gave them a broad mandate The only criterion was to stay away from hearty red sauces since we had had that the night before and we were not disappointed with what they turned out For antipasti we had roasted sauteed and fried vegetables spinach pie artichoke pie olives fried balls of prosciutto and provolone As a primo piatto we had pasta with a light tomato basil sauce As a secondo we had two kinds of fish both marinated and baked to perfection And finally for dessert we had traditional Napolitana pastiera Oh what a meal Wednesday morning I arose before the rest of the group and hopped on the bus to the Naples airport I was excited to have arrived on time until I learned that my flight to Rome had been canceled Alitalia strike 2 As one may imagine this caused a great deal of consternation with all the passengers and I stood witness to classic examples of Italian non queueing Italians seem to believe that lines are made to be broken Anyone who has ever set a toe in Italy will understand what I am talking about At the airport with rope defined lines up to the ticket counter I thought perhaps I would find an exception to this rule Oh how mistaken I was The passengers in line seemed to think that roped line boundaries were meant to be deconstructed and that the louder they yelled at the poor customer rep who was trying to help the one person at the front of the line at a time the better faster service they would receive Oy This spectacle was repeated when it came time to load our baggage into the bus almost crushing the poor driver in the process Oy The bus ride was nice though and I met a nice Napolitana girl who was on her way to London She asured me that Alitalia wasn t all bad and that they had recently acquired Air One which was actually quite good It turned out that my flight from Rome to Geneva was operated by Air One and sure enough it was great So I suppose the lesson learned is that if flying Alitalia make sure to choose Air One operated flights Good to know Although this trip to the Amalfi Coast was short it was great It was a little surreal hanging out with the friends of my parents parents of my friends from back when I was in preschool kindergarten but it was a lot of fun Many thanks to them for organizing the trip and for welcoming me along I have fond memories of living in Huntsville It was a good time in my life I had a mother who took great

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  • The Green Knight: Auburn Engineering In Italy
    tasting menu but I just stuck with a few appetizers asparagus deep fried lobster and roast duck in cacao orange sweet wine reduction Even still I found myself incredibly full after all the breads cheeses and other inter course palette cleansers that were brought out One of our group captured it aptly when he said I m so full I can t even swallow Fortunately we had 5 hours of dinner so plenty of time to digest The service was excellent including choreographed presentation of entrees and coordinated removal of their silver covers Despite their 25 000 bottle wine list of the best of the best of Italian and French wines we kept it simple We began with a rose champagne moved on to a Rhone mix from Liguria and wrapped up with Tenuta dell Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2000 the second wine of this Super Tuscan which was superb I will have try the Ornellaia 2000 Some of us also had the opportunity to visit the restaurant s cantina which is an underground system of caves and tunnels dating back to the 1500s Disguised as a well these passages were used for nobles escaping Sorrento I was never clear on what exactly they were fleeing but now house Don Alfonso s wines and aging cheeses at naturally perfect temperature and humidity What a great day Hopefully the weather will clear up tomorrow so that we can explore the coast Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 34 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Auburn engineering food Italy wine 2 comments Anonymous said Greetings from Texas Hope that you and your mom had a great time Carolyn may end up at Auburn in the next 2 years as she explores an executive international MBA

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  • The Green Knight: Bell'Italia
    find a little bread cheese other shop though where they sold freshly made ricotta and mozzarella They got a big kick out of the random Americans dropping in and they loaded us up with lots of extra food for free despite our attempts to compensate them They insisted that we needed nourishment for our drive and I think it all would have gone bad anyway over the holiday weekend Grazie It s a good thing we had extra food too because we didn t arrive at our villa in Sant Agata sui Due Golfi until nearly midnight On our way we missed several turns due to poor signage and were stuck in an hour of traffic due to an overturned potato truck Driving these huge vans nicknamed by the locals grandevans insead of minivans through windy coastal and mountain roads turned out to be no small feat either Finally though we made it dined on wine bread and cheese then collapsed around 2 AM Benritornato in Italia Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 27 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Italy No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2

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  • The Green Knight: A1A
    to please through and through except for a brief dearth in the late 80s and I look forward to continuing the journey It does make me miss back home though After all I ve got a Caribbean soul I can barely control and some Texas hidden here in my heart Posted by Bryan Hassin at 16 33 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Jimi Hendrix Jimmy Buffett music No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November

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  • The Green Knight: Sand and Snow
    have to re learn from scratch I figured I might as well try something different so I rented a snowboard instead of skis The Swiss version of a bunny slope is much much steeper than what you would find on the east coast of the US or maybe they just don t even have bunny slopes so my first trip down featured many many falls Fortunately Guillaume one of our investors and a certified snowboard instructor swooped in to teach me the basics After a few more runs I was making it down decently if not quickly and steering intentionally I must have become giddy in my excitement about not falling though because somehow I lost my phone on the slopes I retraced my path a couple of times but was unsurprisingly unable to relocate it Oh well it usually takes me forever and a day to respond to voicemails now at least I have an excuse Saturday night we were treated to real Swiss fondue and raclette courtesy of Le Chalet After a day in the sun practicing a new sport and an evening of heavy cheese and wine I was wiped Most of the company went out to an afterparty but I called it a night I really AM old now What a great weekend though My traps are sore from volleyball every other muscle is sore from stabilizing on the snowboard Real snowboarders probably don t contract every muscle in their bodies simultaneously but I never claimed to be a real snowboarder my butt is sore from lots of falling down and my skin is sore from sunburn I wouldn t have it any other way The juxtaposition of sun sand and snow this weekend was cool but I m honestly most excited about the increasing availability

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  • The Green Knight: Taiwan!
    very appreciative of all the calls cards emails and facebook messages people sent Thank you very much for reaching out even from far away Our next day was filled with meetings discussing new product versions and our ability to scale up production to address Poken s worldwide stock out We have far outpaced our original growth projections so modifications must be made to increase our manufacturing capacity The meetings went well and I am very impressed with the professionalism of our Taiwanese partner Tuesday night we went out for Japanese food and then walked around local night markets We also wandered around the outside of Taipei 101 but it was already closed so we couldn t go up Stephane and I turned in relatively early before 1 AM but then stayed up for hours answering email backlogs Our body clocks hadn t adjusted yet and we were energized We shared a room Yay startup life but this time we had come prepared enough not to have to wear our underwear inside out Wednesday s meetings were more of the same Korean BBQ for lunch and again went very well Then it was back to the airport through Bangkok and Amsterdam and finally back in Switzerland It was a real whirlwind but a great experience for my birthday and first time in Asia Now I can t wait to go back learn the local languages better and spend more time soaking up the culture Posted by Bryan Hassin at 02 39 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels birthday Poken Taiwan 1 comment Andi said Happy birthday Yoour post gave me food envy Wednesday April 1 2009 at 10 40 00 AM EDT Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments

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