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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. http://scn.sap.com/community/social-media/blog/2012/09/13/introverts-and-extroverts–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.

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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 http://www.deg-eishockey.de/ [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)”
http://archive.org/stream/schinderhannesro00ritcuoft#page/306/mode/2up

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

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  1. 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

    Regards,

    Kiran

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  2. 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)

    Tammy

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  3. 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!

    Sue

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  4. 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

    Tom

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    1. Uwe Fetzer 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).

      Uwe

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  5. 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

    Hendrik

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    1. Uwe Fetzer 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 😉 .

      Uwe

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  6. 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,

    Moshe

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    1. Uwe Fetzer 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, …

      Uwe

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        1. Uwe Fetzer 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).

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  7. 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…).

    Frank.

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    1. Uwe Fetzer 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…

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  8. 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?)

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  9. Suseelan Hari

    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! 😘

    Regards,

    Hari Suseelan

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