Disc Sports, Sports

Wandering Around Amsterdam

No Comments 19 July 2013

On my way to compete in the 2013 WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships, I had a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam so I decided to take the train downtown and do some exploring.

Now, I’m the type of guy who isn’t afraid to ask directions if I’m lost but I figured as long as I kept my bearings as to where the train station was, I could wander aimlessly and see what happened.

I very quickly stumbled into a souvenir shop where the guy behind the counter looked super baked, and when we started talking, my assumptions were confirmed. When he found out I was from Canada, he seemed to warm up to me. I bought a shot glass, a keychain and a rather, well, novelty product which I won’t mention (no it’s not drugs). He also showed me how he had some nice lines of coke laid out and that he could sell me LSD or marijuana if I so desired. I told him no thanks, as I had a flight in a few hours and I wanted to be sober for that (seemed cooler than saying “I don’t do drugs” and also more neutral). Before I left, he told me that since it wasn’t later in the day, the Red Light District wouldn’t really be an option but if I headed towards the Victoria Hotel and took a left, I could get into the downtownish part of Amsterdam. Basically it was a ton of shops, canals, people biking and overall some great energy.

After some wandering, I started getting hungry and luckily happened to stumble upon Istanbul Petite Restaurant, which was just about to open for the day. The first thing that caught my eye was free wifi, which was perfect because I wanted to check a few messages to see what some of my friends were up to who had already arrived in Sweden a few days prior. But ultimately what drew me into the restaurant was the desire for something not McDonald’s, which seemed to be every few blocks. I ordered the chicken soup and lamb falafel and I have to say that the soup was literally the best soup I’ve ever had. The right amount of creamy with a little bit of spice and the chicken was perfectly cooked, tender and tasty. I’m really glad I happened to find this place and if you’re ever in Amsterdam, I highly recommend stopping in for a bite.

From there, I headed back to the train station and off to catch my flight to Stockholm. Here are some pics I took while wandering:




Exaggeration in Marketing

No Comments 02 July 2013

My biggest pet peeve with marketing is when companies make ridiculous claims or take something that’s real and use it to their advantage to sell a product.

The most recent case of this comes from a commercial for the 2014 Mazda6 in which Mazda claims the new Mazda6 is flipping convention on its head just like the Fosbury high jump technique and its effect on the sport of high jump.

Really Mazda?

Their claim is silly and exaggerated. What Dick Fosbury did for the sport of high jump does no way compare to Mazda’s claim. It’s downplaying Fosbury’s influence on the sport and making Mazda appear as though they’ve been revolutionary in the automotive industry. Perhaps if they were announcing that they were selling a car without tires or something but c’mon Mazda. I wish marketing people would try a little harder with their concepts and develop the ability to take an unbiased look at their own marketing in order to realize just how stupid it is.

In case you haven’t seen the commercial, here it is:

About Rob

Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.


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