1986 I started working in a Chemical Factory called and it was
actually a very hard labor. getting the chemical mixtures ready for
cooking in the big pot and when these were finished putting them
through the machinery to make them to a powder that we had to then
sack them in 50lb bags and get them ready for shipment. It was also
a very unhealthy job working with chemical such as lead powder,
cadmium powder. We worked with masks (gas or air filter depending on
what we were making).
After about 2
years I started taking a German class to help me in wy writing and
reading in German, this is one of the requirements from the German
Government that they wanted if I wanted to go to school at their
cost. Well I completed this with no problems.
In January 1990
I quit my job and went to a 2 year Information Technology School
full time for 2 years. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy sitting back
down to learn after being out of School for over 15 years. Another
problem was learning the german technical language, pulling back
into by head math such as Algebra, Geometry, etc. It also includes
things that I thought I would never learn but I did. It was 8 hours
of hard schooling everyday, usual equivalent to 4 years of going to
College. Well after the 2 years I passed with flying colors.
Now all I had
to do was find a job, well I started working for a computer cash
register company in June 1992. I was a Field Service Technician and
went from store to store to repair Computer Cash Register Scanning
Systems. Well at first my area was in the east and it sure was funny
as an ex US Soldier to be in the east and be around the Russian
Soldiers (they hadn't moved out yet). Considering that where I was
stationed we were at that time in the cold war and had never thought
that we would see them and that they wouldn't be our enemies anymore.
several years of good work with my boss, he had decided that he
didn't want to be the boss and he said I should become the boss and
he would work for me. Well, I decided that I would take over the job
so he could take my place since if I didn't do it he would have to
leave the company so they could hire someone else, the other
technicians didn't even want to get close to that job.
Well as of
September 1996 I was the boss in our office in Braunschweig with 5
Technicians under me, to include my ex-boss. Well things went well
till about almost 2 years later when I had to make a decision. My
ex-boss had to go since he was a problem for my boss and a couple of
other people. It was one of the hardest decisions for me to make and
he went. Well the job went on and it was not easy for 6 people for
our large service area with over 700 stores. Well it was ok until
the central office took over the control of technicians orders, to
much overtime, long times on the road and I was the dummy that was
responsible. For certain reasons I left the company at the end of
So I started
the new century trying to open a small business with Websites but it
is not easy in Germany so I started looking for another job.
started working for a company out of Frankfurt. I was a Field Service
Computer Technician working from home. My job was to contact
customers make appointments and then go to their homes or business
and repair their computers. It was all Garantie work and strictly the
hardware side. I averaged basically between 5-10 computers and
100-250 miles a day. Well after over 2 years of doing this, my family
life and health were beginning to feel the stress.
for company above I had received an offer from a company here where I
live that sells and installs new windows and doors. I would work for
them down at Rammstein Air Force Base coordinating the projects
between germans and americans. It was an offer that I couldn't
refuse and I started working for them August 2003. This job was
supposed to go on for at least 8 years but after 6 months the
company went broke and that is where I am right now, self employed. Now
at this time, thinking of the move to Colorado.