Desta vez não vou falar muito em português não. Se puder se aventurar pelo idioma preferido dos seriados e enlatados americanos divirta-se 🙂
Caso contrário curta os vídeos e as fotos. Foram feitos em Montreal durante minha estadia por lá para conhecer de perto o projeto do domo deles.
This week I went to Montreal for three days to test the SAT dome first hand and get know the Dome team.
It couldn’t have been better. Louis-Philippe St-Arnault is doing a great job coordinating this part of their project. Then we have Dominic (a very nice film director) co-coordinating it, Gabriel Morin (XSI talented artist) producing 3D content and Jean Guillemette (a Blender artist and instructor from Montage Studio – who recently wrote a way too flattery post in his blog about this project) working as a Blender consultant and Blender instructor. For the occasion we had also the company and assistency of Martin “teeth” Poirer (a great Blender developer who I had the pleasure to meet before in the Blender Conference).
As a result of the tests I did some videos that I hope you like it. There is also another nice thing. In May the LGM – Library Graphic Meeting is going to happen in Montreal. Also some activities may happens in the SAT using the dome. I think it will depend if the developers/artists at LGM are interested. For example. it would be nice to have some assistance of a gimp coder to help developing a dome/fisheye gimp plugin (to input 4/5 images and have a fisheye output).
I’m finally back from Montreal, and I’m starting to get tired of airports.
In fact a funny thing happened this time. I got their at 6:15, and my flight was at 7:00.
I did the check-in online, but I went to the airport in the hope to print the boarding pass there.
However the machine refused my reservation code and gave the message: “please contact one of our operators” (or some similar sad text).
The AirCanada employee told me to get into the (huge) line.
The line was so big that I thought the flights were delayed. However when it was my time to “check-in” (in fact just print my board pass) it was already 6:45, and the lady told me I had lost my flight.
She told me I could try to buy another ticket for the next fly, but I was unlikely to find a sit (they were really having troubles with Toronto’s flights today)… C$ 120 + tax… OMG
It’s fine(ish) for I didn’t pay to get know Montreal, but c’mon!
I don’t forget her words: “When you pay for a cheap fare (Tango), you must be here in time” (2 hours in advance for a domestic fly? are you kidding?)
After wasting some time and energy complaining I said:
“I’m not blaming you, I’m asking for your help. What are my options?”
Sweet, don’t you think?
Of course it didn’t work, haahahha. Then I asked for trains and she told me to ask in another place in the airport.
I thought: “well, if I take a train it’s not going to be that expensive, and I can use the time to work/study/draw/sleep”
After getting there … no way. The last train left the airport at 6:45 and I would need to go to downtown to MAYBE find a sit tonight.
When I asked the price of the train ticket another discussing surprise: C$140.00 + tax . WHAT? It’s cheaper to fly than to take a train?
After considering that the taxi to Downtown was C$38.00 and I didn’t know where to go, I gave in and joined the “Ticket Purchase” line.
Believe-me, if wasting money is not good at all, wasting dollars is completely awful. (even worse it’s to waste Euro or Pound, but this is a story for another day 🙂 )
At this time I was wondering: “Where did my luck go to? what God (or AirCanada) is trying to teach me here? :p”
So on, desolated I went into the new line.
While waiting there, promising myself to try hard to get in time for my next flight(s) I listened to some people talking about booking a hotel, or how hard it was to go to Toronto. It was really strange because I wasn’t the only one trying to go from Montreal to Toronto that night (ok this is obvious, what I mean is: I wasn’t the only one trying to get a final hour ticket by all means).
In the mean time I tried to use some of the Buddhism “techniques” I have in hand for extreme cases like that. Basically I tried to accept the fact that I would spend more money and there is nothing else I could do. Therefore it didn’t help to get pissed off with AirCanada or blaming myself for being
Brazilian late. In the end I was calm and I was only thinking about how neat would be to get a fly before 10:00 so I still could get at York University by subway.
Now the incredible part. When it was my time to go to be attended, a new employee shift started (not that this add much to the story but however ;). The new woman asked me how she could help me.
Here is our dialog:
She: “Bon soir” (oui, ils parlant en Francais a Montreal 🙂 )
me: “Bon soir. I lost my flight, and the woman at the check-in told me to come here to get a new ticket“. (in English because it was such a long time I don’t study French).
She: “Did you missed it? Or you couldn’t make it for the line?” (she really said something like that)
me: “well…” (here my well-trained self-pitty face does help :p) “I did the check-in but my reservation code wasn’t working. The AirCanada employee told me to get in the line. It took so long in the line that I missed the fly. For the woman at the check-in told me to come here to get a new ticket“. (the fact that she told me to pay for it was implicit, or so I thought).
She: “ok, any luggage. No? Well here is your new ticket. You fly at 9:00“.
What? it’s easy like that? no extra fees? no “I will never again fly by AirCanada” empty threatens?
A new ticket and a smile? I should get off before she changes her mind …
hey, I even got a sit by the window ! hahahahaha
And here I am. Still chocked at this episode. I really had a lot of problems with AirCanada since I got here, but I’m glad some of their employees can be that nice. I wonder if this was luck, or misinformation from the other employee. Even though I was late, their line was worse than what you commonly find even in Brazilian airports.
Late for a flight? never again 🙂
* a big thank you for the SAT team. I’m really glad to help it and get involved with this project. I’m learning a lot in the process.
* this time AirCanada didn’t allow me to bring my shaving cream in my hand baggage. I foreseen a loooong beard growing up.