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Blog It Forward – Uwe Fetzer

A couple of weeks ago, Hendrik Neumann, a colleague at my current client, BIF’ed me. Thank you for that. No, really, thank you. No sarcasm… 😉

If you don’t know the “Blog It Forward Community Challenge” by xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) yet (isn’t true, is it?), read more here and the whole chain you can find here .

First I thought about writing about Introverts (because I think the word is invented for me), learning English the hard way (never used the language for 20 years before I became a SAP Mentor last year) or time management as IT professional (how to handle professional life, self-education, family, me, and in which order). Finally I’ve decided not to do so, because either there are already well written blogs about these topics (e.g.–who-cares ) or the topics deserve own blogs.

Home town(s)

Düsseldorf, Germany

My first 30 years I’ve lived in the beautiful small capital of North Rhine Westphalia, Düsseldorf.


The city is famous for its Carneval (Dusseldorf does carnival like no other), for its music (Kraftwerk, Die Toten Hosen, Propaganda and many others), home of my favorite sports clubs (Fortuna Düsseldorf [football] and [icehockey]) and has of course the worlds best beer.

Fun fact: Düsseldorf is (probably) the only city in the world with a train station called “Zoo” without even having a zoo.

Neuss, Germany

Twelve years ago I’ve moved to the other side of the Rhine River in the even smaller city called Neuss, founded by the Romans in 16 BC, the home of Tempo (the inventor of paper tissues, the European version of Kleenex) and Maoam.

From “Schinderhannes, the robber of the Rhine (1833)”

The band of Creveldt, or of Neuss, as it was
afterwards called, although almost as strong in num-
ber as that of Mersen, was quite different in tactics.
Force was no part of their plan when it could possibly
be avoided ; and, till they were joined by Mathew
Weber, surnamed Fetzer, the ram was never used
at all.

Fetzer was executed at Cologne, and would have
died, to all appearance, penitent, but for the fol-
lowing brief conversation he held with his confessor,
a few moments before the fatal ceremony.

” O that I had my liberty but for two hours !”
exclaimed the bandit-chief.

” And what would you do with it, my son ?”

” I would commit the finest robbery that ever
was heard of ! — But you do not know for what pur-
pose,” added he, his eyes glistening, and his voice
quivering. ” There is a child — a little girl — the
only being I love in the world, who will fall into
ruin and beggary when I am gone. If I could but
leave enough to secure her a good education among
the Ursulines of Cologne!”

The execution took place on the 21st of Novem-
ber, 1803, when twenty heads were cut off in
twenty-six minutes.

Exactly 199 years later on this date, my son was born (the goalie below).

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Fun fact: everybody (at least in Germany) knows the Inbus-Key (or the wrongly pronounced shortform “Imbus”), but just a few people know what the name stands for. It is the tool which is delivered with all the Ikea furniture (in the rest of the world you know it as Hex Key or Allen Key).

The tool was patented 1936 by the Neuss based company called Bauer & Schaurte, and “Inbus” is just the Acronym for „Innensechskantschraube Bauer und Schaurte“.

BIF questions by Hendrik Neumann

If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

1. Thomas Jung : because he has the superpower to absorb all the interesting projects (and to teach us the stuff he learned the fun way)

2. Marilyn Pratt : if I would be Marilyn, I wouldn’t have to think about “What would @marilypratt do?”, I would just do it

Favorite activity that has nothing to do with SAP?

Skaterhockey (see above photo).

What gives you inspiration for your professional live?

Motorbiking. Why? The silence. No radio, no phone, no people. Just me and my mind, my thoughts, or sometimes just nothing.

Blog it forward

The question I want to ask my friends and project team mates Ivan Femia and Abdulbasit Gulsen is coming from my beloved wife Doris and has nothing to do with SAP:

What has your Mum cooked for you as a child (the everyday meals, not the special ones)?

See you at #sapteched Madrid

You can reach me via Twitter or G+

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      Author's profile photo Kiran Kumar Valluru
      Kiran Kumar Valluru

      Hi Uwe,

      Nice blog.

      Same pinch 🙂

      If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?.

      >>Thomas Jung

      While reading this question, the same answer in my mind too.. as according me Thomas Jung is the super hero



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      That's quite a Fetzer story. 

      Thanks for the blog and the pictures/background of Dusseldorf.

      Thanks for blogging it forward - from a fellow introvert (me)


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great blog Uwe, really interesting. Your son is a goalie? Very brave! I look forward to seeing you at TechEd Madrid again.


      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Uwe, it is so nice to read your #BIF.  I recently had the opportunity to look up 'introvert' because I was discussing this with my 12YO (#harrytheninja).  I was convinced he is an introvert.

      Now I know better!

      Thank you for the informative blog - although it's scary to read the Felzer was such bandit-chief.

      I also agree with your answers to 'If you could be a super hero' - Thomas Jung and Marilyn Pratt - Superheroes indeed!


      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Hello Uwe

      Great post, I'll see you at TechED!

      They don't use a puck for skater hokey? (my eye caught the ball in the picture)

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Tom,

      yes, see you in Madrid.

      There are two kind of Inline-Hockey-Rules: Inlinehockey (with puck but no bodychecks) and the "real" 😉 Skaterhockey (with ball and icehockey rules).


      Author's profile photo Hendrik Neumann
      Hendrik Neumann

      hi Uwe,

      great blog. Didn't know that the Düsseldorfer have to go to cologne to visit a zoo with animals... 😉

      I especially liked the superhero answer. But then again, aren't all SAP Mentors (spare time) super heroes?

      Viele Grüße


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Hendrik,

      as we Fetzers are not very welcome in Cologne (you know, bandits and such things), and especially me who was born in Düsseldorf, I was never in the Cologne zoo.

      It's hard enough for me to see the dome from my office window every day 😉 .


      Author's profile photo xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)
      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)

      Hi Uwe!

      Thanks a lot for joining #BlogItForward 🙂

      It's so nice to discover that we have more Bikers on SCN 🙂 (The specified item was not found. Audrey Stevenson )

      What do you ride? Does it/her/him have a name?:)

      My uncle lives in Dusseldorf. I loved the city and visiting him.

      Thanks again,


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Moshe,

      I know at least two more bikers on SCN: The specified item was not found. (be careful, he is a fresher 😛 ) and Neil Gardiner

      Currently (and hopefully a lot more years) I'm driving a BMW K1200 GT. No, it/she/he has no name yet.

      Regarding your uncle: that reminds me, that I have totally forgot a whole chapter in my blog: "The world is a village". Planned but not delivered, ...


      Author's profile photo Audrey Stevenson
      Audrey Stevenson

      Hi Uwe,

      A K bike, nice! Wonderful blog post.

      I love your reasoning for choosing Marilyn Pratt. It really would  make it so much easier to know #WWMD if we were all Marilyn!


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer
      Blog Post Author

      Audrey, yes, I'm some kind of infected with the K-Virus. It's the third one in a row (K100RT, K1100LT and now the K1200GT). They are perfect for daily use, like I do (not just for weekend biking).

      Author's profile photo Twan van den Broek
      Twan van den Broek

      Hi Uwe, great blog, especially like your "What would @marilynpratt do" statement. Fully agree.


      Author's profile photo Frank Koehntopp
      Frank Koehntopp

      Nice one - like the Schinderhannes reference - the guy lived in the town I grew up in, and was jailed in the town I went to school (how appropriate...).


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer
      Blog Post Author

      I'm also always interested in where the names came from. I've recently got a book with ancient professions. The first entry (alphabetic order) was "Abdecker" (knacker), also known as "Schinder" or "Fetzer". Not really reputable jobs in these days, the outlaws...

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Uwe,

      Great, honest blog post. Love superhero nr 2 (Marilyn Pratt ) + reasoning 🙂 .

      Thanks for sharing not only the pics but also a bit of history/folklore.

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Will see you in Madrid and thank you in person for the nice mention (blushing).  Question: How does Tammy Powlas read and respond to each and every one of the post here and still do her day job.  New meme #HDTDI (How Does Tammy Do It?)

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Uwe,

      Good Day!

      I am happy to see you that you are from Great Germany! 😘

      Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. It was very interesting and different to read you BIF. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing exceptional blog. Keep rocking and sharing new innovation and ideas. I love to read your blogs and happy to comment it.

      Have a nice day! 😘


      Hari Suseelan