Sunday, March 27, 2011

ALF group

ive spent a nice evening with the ALF group in munich's traditional 'spatenhaus an der oper' restaurant .... well, because of the sad, sad, sad motorcycle accident a friend of mine suffered few days ago (see my blog post below) i simply dont wanna think/write abt stock market & money related issues right now, u understand? of course, the life here on earth has to continue in some way or the other ... i know ;-( ... im soooo sorry for the family left ... anyway, if i shoudda remember anything abt the ALFs in few days i will prolly update some details then. if not? c'est la vie ...

i've lost a friend ;-(

flowers 4 a friend... 

R.I.P. dima ...

the local newspaper report .... http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/dachau/toedlicher-unfall-motorradfahrer-verunglueckt-1.1076945


.... i'm sooo sorry ...

a very last song for you ...

You never had to say goodbye
You must have known I wouldn't stay
While you were talking about our life
You killed the beauty of today

{2X}
You never heard me break your heart
You didn't wake up when we died
Since I was lonely from the start
I think the end is mine to write

We beloved and let go
(People love and let go)

You never see me again
So now is gonna quiet for you
You never see me again,
no matter what you do

na na na na ...

Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever never comes around
Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever's gonna slow you down

{2X}
You'll never see me again
So now who's gonna cry for you
You'll never see me again
No matter what you do

You never heard me break your heart
You didn't wake up when we died
Since I was lonely from the start
I think the end is mine to write

Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever never comes around
Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever's gonna slow you down

{2X}
You'll never see me again
So now who's gonna cry for you
You'll never see me again
No matter what you do

Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever never comes around
Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever's gonna slow you down

{2X}
You'll never see me again
So now who's gonna cry for you
You'll never see me again
No matter what you do

Forever and ever
Life is now or never
Forever never comes around


wednesday, 30.03.2011 ... funerals are sooooo saaaaad ;-(


R.I.P. dima, R.I.P. ...

dima, you will be always in my mind ...
in memory of dima ...

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. ~ George Eliot (1819-1880)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

munich against nuclear power

berlin + hamburg + colonia + munich against nuclear power plants (= AKWs, AtomKraftWerk)

here we go ... well, there was and still is a really bad, bad, bad thing with nuclear power in japan and we have sooooo much resistance against nuclear power plants (= AKW, AtomKraftWerk) in germany again. well, last october there were 50,000 people in the streets on a sunny day, after the fukushima disaster there were 80,000 folks on rainy day 2day ... the resistance grows, is it? of course it is pity that we human beings in general cant imagine two steps in advance and only after catastrophes start to realize how dangerous for the life on the planet our stupid profit + laziness + ignorance oriented actions really are :-(

lets hope at least our children will be more clever and sustainable than my and my father's generation was/is ... is there any hope out there?

folks, dont wait till 'the politics' changes s.th in this or any other direction! we consumers have the power to change the world! finally, we decide which products and which electric power we buy, isnt it? lets #gogreen and switch 2 a renewable power suppliers ASAP ... i did it already few years ago and thus is in my householde no nuclear and even no fossil energy any longer cos my green energy provider greenpeace energy provides only renewable energy, u know? aaand there are many renewable energy providers in germany right now => when will you VOTE AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER in the most effective way, i.e. by buying only clean energy? gonna change the world together?
change your power supplier NOW!

yikes, this time there really were folks among the demonstrators who offered people application forms from eco energy suppliers ... well, there are 75% against nuclear power in germany, but only 3% switched 2 renewable energy providers yet ;-(. folks, lets change that as well, LETS #GoGREEN :-)

of course, ive made few more pictures => enjoy :o)

ps: i hope u didnt forget to switch the lights off for 1 hour 2day ~ folks against waste of energy ~ the eart hour

pps: the life is more than just making money (in the financial markets), u know?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

hamburg ~ the north

sun in hamburg? OMD! it was soooo clever 2 wait with my sightseeing till 2day :-). well, for us land rats is the 'whole north' a huge fish market, so lets go out and check if it really is ... what if not so? well, im not going 2 change my life-long prejudices only cos the reality were somehow different, u see?

gonna find me? city map ;-)

my insights from 'the north'? folks, it is true, hamburg is a fish market! ive told ya yesterday, didnt i? they serve sandwich with fish, pizza with fish, seafood with fish, im not sure abt coffee, but prolly also coffee with fish, who knows? btw, wanna know what do they use instead of trams? ferry boats! unbelievable! ferry boats ...

and hamburg is really cheap, at least compared 2 munich. everything was cheaper 2day than i thought it will be: food, drinks, public transport, entry fees, sightseeing (just sit down on a deck of a ferry boat and watch, watch, watch ... it is really as easy as that in hamburg :o)

whats my overall impression? I LOVE HAMBURG! pls dont tell that too loud abt me when in munich, promised? most positive surprise? the whole city hall from 1897 with its soooo nice facade, inner yard and rooms inside (ive taken a guided tour there) and on top this huuuuge building is constructed on 4000 wooden piles ... hell, am i visiting venice or what? any disappointments? well, the sex district reeperbahn / kiez. it is a busy multi-lane street with cars, busses, sex shops, pubs, gambling halls etc. ... and there was not a single young, pretty, erotically charged lady there who fell in love with me ... hmmmm ... of course, there were few mostly grandma-like prostitutes who would do everything for money, but i only wondered if there are really chaps who would like this kind of 'love' :-( ... well, prolly some drunken sailors at night ... OMG! poor guys ...

ok, lets prepare for the next day of ultimate bridge crossing tour [with approx 2,500 bridges (???) maybe the city with the most bridges in the world] and there is also an old tunnel below the river elbe somewhere in the haven which is awaiting me soooo badly ;-)

coffee with fish? of course, i just had one 4 breakfast 2day ... no wonder that the hamburgers (hamburghese?) consume the most fish per capita out of all 16 german states. anybody surprised?

btw, why the hell hamburg? ive joined my crazy wife for an introduction-seminar on quantum healing by frank kinslow on friday evening ... "healing through pure awareness" ... i liked the guy but decided 2 run through the streets / canals of hamburg anyway ...

dont worry, there will be also some hamburg pictures later on ... unfortunately, hamburg was destroyed few times by fire (esp. 1842) and badly destroyed by british (?) bombing at the end of WW2, so there are not all buildings historical and so pretty old, but there are still many traditional houses left and few were also reconstructed and yes, imho is the city developing itself in a nice style further ... => PICTURES ~ prolly too many ~ just skip few of them ;o)
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Monday, March 14, 2011

pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa

my most interesting insight? my journey started just when i arrived ... its a strange world, that north american continent, u know? but anyway, i liked it ...

why the hell pittsburgh? well, my brother + his family live there for the next few months :-)
pittsburgh = venice of north america? not really, just toooo much snow water out there ;o)

pittsburgh = an old industrial city? yep, it surely was! is steel city still industrial a lot? hmmmm, i dont really know, but i think it is and it still looks like accordingly :-)

wanna more pictures? steel+ketchup city ~ enjoy ... u have told u wanted :-)
even more pictures? on the road ~ enjoy as well

so what was in canada + usa soooo different to old europe? a lot, e.g.:
  • many, many old folks who still have to work … is there no retirement money in usa, canada? 
  • a no alcohol world? well, in both ontario + pennsylvania its not so easy 2 get a beer in supermarket, fast food shop, in the street … hell! the guys are not allowed to drink a beer after their hamburger but they can go as soldiers to foreign countries and kill thousands of people? hmmmmmm … 
  • there are plenty of ATMs everywhere! so i would suppose they pay a lot of stuff cash, crazy me! the (credit) card is king! ive paid even USD 6 via credit card in order to get the needed allowance stamp to enter the usa (visa waiver program). … and forgot/lost my credit card near the niagara falls … lets hope i only withdrawn the money from the ATM and the machine kept my card. well, i will discover soon, my money withdrawal + the possible hostile transactions will be processed in germany on monday or tuesday i think … and yes, i could already block my card. well, it was a loooong and costly phone call from the lake erie to my german bank office cos i wanted 2 block only my card and not the whole bank account, my wife would kill me otherwise ;) … i think this would be in usa/canada much easier, isnt it? most strange situation? if you want to refill your gas and pay cash, you have to give the cashier some card, passport, key or some other stuff 1st, otherwise he fears u wouldn’t pay at all ... craaazy! it is abt 30 dollars or the like :-(. sometimes i just paid some concrete amt of dollars in front and hoped i havent purchased much too much or much too few gas this time … 
  • in general, many thinks seems to work very easy and very fine here, in germany we use to over complicate everything … don’t ask me how difficult it was to figure out in internet + subway station, how much shoudda i pay on top of my regular monthly public transport ticket (~ zone) to get to the munich airport … and ive prolly paid the wrong charge anyway. in toronto it was easy, easy, easy! 3 dollars and you can go by bus + subway as long as you want to without leaving the bus / subway system. no zones + time limits + other complicated crap
  • free ice-skating 4 the public in toronto 
  • soooo many chinese folks + shops in toronto 
  • many (easy) rules of behaviour and controls out there as if the people know what to do otherwise, most rules are concerning security 
  • the two strangest things? 
  • => a) the house prices in pittsburgh are so damned cheap that i don’t know if i still should concentrate my attention 2 the stock market or simply buy as many houses in some nice neighborhoods in pittsburgh as possible (e.g. $180,000 INCLUDING the ground which would cost in a worse neighborhood in munich nearly a million €uros and u still hadnt any roof above your head 
  • => b) yes, i felt the most time like in lodz / poland and i liked it!!! crazy, isnt it? the main reason were the many old red brick houses / factory buildings and huuuge supermarkets beside the ‘exit’ roads in toronto + pittsburgh. hmmmm, maybe look all early industrial cities the same, do they? my familiar places like munich or slovakia look definitely different … last but not least: very, very, friendly + helpful people everywhere :-)
good bye, north america, good bye :-)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

PDAC, toronto, niagara falls / canada

canada is abt ice-hockey, isnt it?

PDAC conference/show ~ sooo many mining companies, u see? well, after 2 hours walking through the show looks every booth the same, so lets show ya only one of them ~ the globex mining dream quartet:

folks, im too busy + too tired 2 post anything, will prolly collect my insights and the remained memories on my flight back :-)
...
wanna know how my vacation begun? ok, after managing all these administrative things like booking a flight + hotel 4 the few 1st nights, packing all needed stuff etc im sitting in air canada plane moving forward 2 toronto. the last time i left the €uro-zone is already few months ago (it was poland / czech republic in december, u know?), so of course i have tried 2 change some money at the airport … a damned mistake of mine! the thieves banks asked for a exchange rate u wouldn’t believe. the fx qoute is 1.35 CAD for 1 €ur. what do u think i got for 100 €uros? 133 dollar or 130? or prolly only 125 cos there is a stupid banking monopoly with 1 (one!) single bank company at munich’s airport? well, it was even less than that ~ 120 CAD, which was 126 minus the 5 euros commission ;-(. i hate these thieves! let them go bankrupt in the next financial crisis a la 2008 …

the flight was fine, anyway … i just wonder abt the mom + dad type of personnel here, the german airlines employ rather the young + pretty model type of stewardess J

well, the PDAC show was interesting and exhausting - soooo damned many companies, soooo many talks to companies' representatives i knew already from the munich precious metals show and also many discussions with companies & folks i didnt knew till now in this four busy days and nights. why also nights? well, ive attended few receptions in the nearby hotels as well (few silver companies together, guyana gold, mcewen capital, 1st majestic silver, ...). but u know what? even if smaller, i like the munich show more, anyway. why? its more attractive 2 me cos there are also many gold&silver coin dealers and thus its more money related than torontos companies' presentations booths  ... and yes, in munich there are many open presentation by well known experts for all attendees and not only (closed) events for invited guests ...

a picture says more than 1,000 words? so what abt few PICTURES? lets move to my picasa albums:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

orko silver

(source: orko silver)

folks, instead of the usual investor lunch event, there was an investor dinner yesterday ... well, there is a lot to say, but its too late now and im leaving tomorrow to toronto for the PDAC show, so gonna post few insights from director's mike devji's presentation later ... btw, orko will also attend the PDAC, so u could speak directly 2 orko's representatives there :-)

still wanna know few details? here we go:
  • ownes one of world's largest silver deposits in mexico
  • strong partnership with pan american silver (PAAS). as agreed, PAAS can get 55% of the projecting  by spending some money on the property and developing the project up to certain level (feasibility study?). well, 45% from 10m ounces of silver isnt bad, is it? u know whats even better? im also shareholder of PAAS, so i dont have to care abt the remaining 55% as well :-)
  • overview abt usage of silver + outlook abt future silver market developments + the shortage of physical silver will prolly continue further, so we neednt worry too much abt the price of silver ... just imagine if silver socks becomed the best selling socks in the world, there are sooooo many feet on planet earth, OMG! lol
  • the current high-high-high price helps orko a lot cos PAAS is prolly going to make an open pit mine and take out all silver available instead of the original plan of mining only few high grade veins underground
  • orko is currently my 4th biggest position, so i dont complian abt the high silver prices either :-)
  • ...
good luck, my dear orko miners, good luck ;-)