Amsterdam! The ATCE and more
22.10.2014 - 31.10.2014
The following blog entry describes a long trip. "Around the World" tickets are cost effective but a little complicated. This trip is both an around the world trip combined with a massive "around the Caspian" trip thrown in. Once again it combines some work for my employer along with a lot of travel with the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Buckle up!
Then off to Amsterdam for the SPE Board of Director's meeting and the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Not becoming the President Elect until the end of this meeting means I did not have an intense schedule as the President (Jeff Spath) or even President Elect (Helge Haldorsen). My wife joined me for the Amsterdam portion of the trip. I was fortunate to be able to speak to the R&D committee Sunday night after the Awards recipient reception and before the Owl's club dinner.
The "Owl's Club" comprises the former SPE Presidents after they have finished as Past President. The name does not come from their inherent wisdom, rather it (allegedly) originates with my mentor, M. Scott Kraemer. He would say "I used so be 'Scott Kraemer, VP of Amoco or Scott Kraemer, VP of Champlin, or Scott Kraemer, President-Elect of SPE, Scott Kraemer, President of SPE or Scott Kraemer, Past-President of SPE ....but now it is just Scott Kraemer...WHO?"
As the names of former SPE Presidents are mentioned, occasional "Who!s" come from the audience. Each year the Owls sponsor a dinner for current SPE Board members and Omega Association members.
My wife came to Amsterdam and managed to do a lot of sightseeing. The Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, Vondelpark, Rembrandt House museum, etc. I had a chance to participate in the new SPE board member orientation, audit committee meeting, board officers dinner, finance & strategy meeting, various luncheons and dinners, board committee meetings all day Saturday, board meetings all day Sunday, the board leadership reception, speak at the R&D committee dinner, more luncheons, banquets, presentations. The Owl's club dinner was excellent. There was still plenty of time to participate in the great ATCE events. Our attendance was lower than many prior years in the US but well above our first overseas ATCE.
I did manage to squeeze in a little sightseeing on Thursday after the conference. My daughter and her husband flew down from Norway to see me receive the Public Service Award and brought my awesome youngest grandson. Jan and I managed to get reservations at Amsterdam's only Michelin two-star restaurant. It was awe inspiring food. We went to the Hague on Thursday.
Since we were staying at the Amsterdam Hilton we decided to revisit a March, 1969 event. The actual room was unavailable---we had no guitar so I borrowed a balalaika--- and we only spent about 10 minutes on it.
Some pictures from the award ceremony
My daughter Sarah came down from Stavanger to see me (and Grammy). She brought my youngest grandson.
Next stop, Frankfurt Germany. This is mainly a travel weekend but not much in the way of Halloween fun for me! Overnight in Frankfurt and a long day flying to Kazakhstan.
Thirty five days, twelve flights, 36,000 miles, six currencies, eight beds, 1 opera.
train to FRA
car to Abu Dhabi