Archive for July, 2011

Dentist Match

July 28th, 2011

If my tennis club is anything to go by, then approximately 25% of doctors in Israel are dentists. I played this evening with Dr. Zeev (‘Wolf’) Meidan, one of 3 members known to be a dentist (perhaps some are hiding the fact).

Despite the heat and the high humidity, we had a good game.

That’s all you need to know about news from Israel this week. You do NOT need to know about tent city, about a housing price crisis that is threatening to bring down the government. Obama is not the only one in trouble.

Smile – Promote Your Dentist

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More Fun in Montana

July 19th, 2011

Wow, There’s someone out there reading my blog! I’ve received a complaint from one of the participants in the ‘sales bonus trip’ to Montana that pictures were missing which illustrate the fun side of the visit.

Well, we can’t allow that, can we?

Here’s Fred Kriek, one of the Schein Holland’s sales team, either jumping out of the water onto the dock, or vice versa …

And here is yours truly, childishly trying to prove that he is as young as everyone else….I am the one with the beard. The other is Krystian Sadowski, from the Loser Co. out of Germany. (He was among the first to congratulate me afterwards on my stupid ability to survive)…..

And finally, a rare picture of Brad Heckerman, CEO of American Eagle, dancing on his boat (with Karin Englert, also from Loser Co.), while floating on Flathead Lake….

Montana really is a very beautiful part of this dental world.

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Beautiful Montana

July 15th, 2011

I am so lucky to be working for a company that is located in the middle of Nature. American Eagle Instruments is in the little town of Missoula, Montana. There are others who are pretty happy about that. Here’s some of the sales team from Henry Schein in Holland…

And here are some of the inside and outside staff from the Loser Co., out of Germany (another group came during the Winter).

Montana is known as the Big Sky State, and this is the reason why….Just look at these wonderful cloud formations.

We spent time on famous Flathead Lake, with homes you only can dream about. We lazed on boats, skimmed on tubes and picnicked on board.

We hiked through the wonderful Glacier Park. A black bear crossed the road in front of us as we entered the reserve.

We ate bison burgers prior to taking some stunning pictures at the Bison Range..

The dental business is wonderful…

Smile – Promote Your Dentist

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Beware Transit in Chicago

July 11th, 2011

My apologies to my fans for my extended absence. To make it sound dramatic – although absolutely untrue – I had an accident while swordfish-hunting on a catamaran belonging to the Spanish royal family, when it capsized off the coast of Bora Bora.

My travels have brought me to the States, and by chance, a flight via Chicago. A warning for those whose connecting flight is in Chicago: there is only one immigration area, and the only ‘separation’ line they make is between US citizens and us others. They do NOT separate those in transit and those whose final destination is Chicago. They tell me that at peak hours, they use more staff. But this was a morning arrival – around 10 a.m. Out of 20 available counters, only 5 were functioning. And there were hundreds of us.

Notice: if you are sitting towards the rear of the plane, you will be among the last to disembark. Despite having just over 2 hours transit time, I missed my flight.

Notice: if it takes 2-3 minutes to check someone through, it will take the same time to check 5 persons through when 5 officers are on duty.  100 of us will take about 20 times 2-3 minutes, which is 40-60 mins. If there are hundreds of us, we shall miss our flights.

And there is no way to avoid this, if there are hundreds of us. They do NOT allow you to ‘jump’ the line. They are NOT interested (or not allowed to be interested) in our problem. ‘You need at least 1 hour for transit’, she said.

‘I had over 2 hours’, I responded.

‘I’m sorry, that’s the airlines’ problem’, came back the answer.

When, on the other side, I was directed to the airline transit desk to handle the flight re-scheduling, they told me that it was the government’s fault.

Yet another dent in Obama’s armour…