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The Global Network

I was talking to my friends last night about recent events in the world, and while I won't comment on any of them directly here, one point that hit me while we were in the middle of our discussion is this: Humans are extremely "fresh" to the idea of a global society. With the invention of the internet and the increased availability and range of air travel, information spreads across the world at an unprecedented rate. While this communication isn't always put to the best use, the cultural implications of free access to the world is astounding. Right now, you can go buy a ticket to London, immediately drive to the airport and in a few short hours you'll be on the other side of the world. And all of this has happened, really within my own lifetime.

So it's no surprise that the global network is expanding as well, and I only bring it up because it brought about a very peculiar first for me. Last Decemeber I got a call from a phone number that looked something like this: 47 894 32 194. Norway. Sweet! Who cares if one phone call costs my $25, I get to talk to someone from Norway! Even better was that they had a job for me with some of the best snowboarders in the world while they would be up in Breckenridge for the Dew Tour.

Now, while I didn't get to hit the slopes with them, and I was almost completely lost the entire time the interviews were going on, being that they were completely in Norwegian, it was a lot of fun working with someone from a different country, and especially being able to see how a crew might function when they're coming from the other side of the world. Turns out: Just about the same as they do here. Just another advantage of a global society.

Like I said before, I'm still kind of iffy on what exactly the video was for, but I think it has something to do with a bank sponsoring a training center which is sponsoring these two athletes. So, brush up on your Norwegian and check out the two videos below!



Thanks (or should I say Takk!) as always for watching.