About Myself

And here a few personal remarks about me, first about the image:

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Me in Port Aransas in the Summer of 2008

And that’s me in the summer of 2008, in Port Aransas, our favourite place on the Texas Gulf Coast. The coast, btw, is not that far away – only about one and a half hours travelling time [90 miles]. Port Aransas is located on one of the outlying islands [Mustang Island], which – like the Frisian Islands in the North Sea or the spits in the Baltic Sea – are situated here along the coast, from the mouth of the Rio Grande in the south to the west coast of Florida. [And on the Atlantic coast it’s the same.] From the mainland you have to take the ferry [only about 5 minutes across the Intracoastal Waterway and free of charge], or – for us a detour – via the southern end of Mustang Island across a bridge.

And now allow me to introduce myself:

I was born on 5 April, 1947, in Krefeld-Linn. There I attended primary school from 1953 to 1957 and then I went on to the Arndt-Gymnasium in Krefeld,from which I graduated in February 1966. From the summer of 1966 to the summer of 1967 I studied the subjects of English and Latin at the Albertus Magnus University of Cologne, and from the winter term of 1967/68 on the same subjects at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. On July 9, 1971, I married and on December 1, 1971, I moved to Alfter. On January 31, 1972, I took my First Philological State Examination [subject: English]. From 1972 through 1973 I [as a graduate assistant] was in charge, together with Dr. von Köller, of the library of the English Department at the University of Bonn. From 1973 to 1974 I taught Business English at the business school of the private Joseph’s Society in Bad Honnef, before completing – from 1974 to 1976 – my trainee years at the Bezirskseminar Siegburg, while being a trainee teacher at the Ernst-Kalkuhl Gymnasium in Bonn-Beuel. I passed my Second Philological State Examination in 1976 and then held my first job as a teacher of English at the Collegium Josephinum in Bonn from 1976 to 1978. In 1978 I moved from there to the Kopernikus-Gymnasium in Niederkassel, where I stayed until my (early) retirement on May 31, 2003, teaching English to grades 5 through 13. After my divorce on May 29, 2009, I relocated to the United States, to Karnes City, Texas, where I married again on August, 22, 2009. Two wedding pictures here:

wedding

Two Bicyclists to be Wed Soon

wedding

The Happy Married Couple

And as of January 28, 2010, I have my “Green Card“, and thus am a “permanent resident” and do not always have to leave again after 6 months in the country – as before, when I was here on my visitors’ visa.

Why I Write This Blog

On the one hand, I started this blog – or rather the German version of it – to keep my friends in Germany up to date with my life and my experiences in the USA, especially southern Texas. And I started to translate the German version into English here in this weblog so that my English friends can more easily read it as well.

But, come to think of it, there is – on the other hand – a further purpose, both for this and the German version, viz. to tell about my personal experiences in and to explain about my adopted country, the United States of America, so as to hopefully provide a better understanding of this beautiful country that much too often is misunderstood and misappreciated, and to eliminate prejudices.

53 responses to “About Myself

  1. Dear Pit,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Texas, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

    • Joyce,
      Thank you for your interest in my experiences as an expat. I have no problems with being interviewed. But you didn’t attach any questions here. So let me please know how to contact you for the questionnaire. And anoter remark: this blog here has been discontinued. My new one is http://pitsfritztownnews.wordpress.com/
      Have a good one,
      Pit

  2. Hi Pit,

    I really enjoyed reading through your blog posts on {INSERT WEBSITE HERE}. I got a real sense of enthusiasm and passion in each post. Actually, I run Travelingtripster.com, a blog about my travel experiences. If you’re interested, I would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Just shoot me quick a e-mail and we can begin this potentially exciting affiliation together. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Bob Mauer

    • Hi Bob,
      I’m sorry I haven’t answered your comment for that long a time, but I had seriously considered leaving the blogosphere for good. Meanwhile I’m back blogging [Pit’s Fritztown News]. Maybe you’d have a look at that, too? I’d really appreciate it.
      As to your offer of participating in yours as a guest blooger: that’s an exciting proposal. Let me give it some more thought and I’ll be back to you. Meanwhile: have you ever looked at my “Bilderbuch“? There’s quite a bit about my travels.
      As I said, I’ll be back with you soon. Meanwhile, take care,
      Pit

  3. interessant wie es dir da so ergeht… Viele Grüße aus Berlin!

  4. Gorgeous wedding dress and bride!

  5. History of the Ancient World

    Dear Pit, thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. Pleasure to meet you. Have a lovely weekend. Best recards from Finland, Maarit ps. Your wedding photo is very beautiful!

  6. Dear Pit,
    your wedding photograph is beautiful.
    I work as a German and French teacher in England. I started my blog in England for the same reason.
    I wanted the English people to find out about my culture.
    Good luck with your blog.

    Maria

    • Dear Maria,
      Thanks for the comment. Let’s hope we’ll achieve whnat we intend with our respective blogs.
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit

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  8. My husband and I love to kayak down in Port A, and we were just there a few weeks ago do just that. As one “non-native” Texan to another, I believe we share the sentiment, “I wasn’t born here, but got here as fast as I could.”😉 Happy to have found your blog.

    • Thanks for taking your time to stop by visiting my bloog and leaving a comment. We have never – yet – done kayaking at Port A, but maybe we’ll do that some time. Glad we found each other’s blogs. 🙂
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit
      P.S.: The Piney Woods are on our bucket list for travel destinations, too. If only that list wasn’t THAT full and if only we had more time!

  9. Hallo Pit, hier ein erster Besuch auf Deinem Blog – nachdem Du mal auf meinem warst. Ich werde öfters mal vorbeischauen.
    Grüße aus Wiesbaden,
    Philipp

    • Hallo Philipp,
      danke für’s Vorbeischauen und das versprechen, wiederzukommen. 🙂 Freut mich sehr.
      Liebe Grüße aus dem südlichen Texas,
      Pit

  10. I love Port Aransas! Of course I love the Gulf Coast period but from Matagorda to South Padre is my favorite stretch. I’ll be hanging out in the areas surrounding Port Lavaca (family vacation) so if you see me roaming around be sure to say hello.

    • Hi Janna,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂
      Will sure say “hello”, if I see you around there. Maybe we’ll go to Port A. again soon. Btw, I also liked Rockport/Fulton a lot [http://tinyurl.com/knsr635].
      Best regards from Karnes City,
      Pit

  11. Wir Deutschen kommen schon herum in der Welt. Ein Krefelder – meine beste Freundin in Deutschland ist auch as Krefeld and lebt jetzt in Oklahoma mit ihrem amerik. Mann. Ich habe erst einen Mann aus Trinidad geheiratet und dort ein bisschen gelebt und viele Deutsche in der Karibik getroffen (wir sind ja immer von einer gegensaetzlichen Kultur angezogen, und die Waerme und Farben…). Und jetzt wohne ich in den “Bergen” von Virginia mit einem deutschstaemmigen amerik. Mann….Mein Blog ist ausschliesslich auf Englisch da mir nach 30 Jahren das Deutsche nicht mehr so leicht faellt.

    • Hallo Anette,
      ja, die Welt ist schon klein. Und heute, mit den Reisemöglichkeiten und dem Internet ist sie noch kleiner, finde ich. Schön, hier mal wieder jemanden au “good ol’ Germany” getroffen zu haben. Virginia kenne ich selber nich nicht, es steht aber sicherlich auch auf meiner “bucket list” der inneramerikanischen Reiseziele.
      Liebe Grüße aus dem südlichen Texas,
      Pit

  12. Your story inspire me my friend. Your adventures, your zest for life, the love that inspires you. Awesome wedding picture! I hope to see Port Aransas this Summer and nearby beaches. I just need to convince my wife. ha, ha, ha.

    • Hallo,
      And thanks for taking your time to stop by and visit my blog.🙂 I’m glad that my life’s story can inspire you. And thanks for the nice words re my wedding picture(s).
      As to Port A [https://pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com/category/cities/port-aransas/], I can only recommend it. It’s a fantastic spot to relax at the Gulf Coast, as is Rockport [https://pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com/category/cities/rockport/]. If you want to have more attractions to see, though, Galveston might be your choice. I haven’t been there yet, but it certainly is on my bucket list of travel destinations.
      Best regards from southern Texas, and have a great weekend,
      Pit

  13. Wie wunderbar, dass Du dieses Abenteuer erleben darst und sogar noch einmal eine Frau zum Heiraten getroffen hast. Ihr seid ein sehr schönes Paar. Alles Gute aus Apulien nach Texas!

    • Danke, liebe Corinna, für Deine lieben Worte in meinem Blog.🙂 Ja, wenn ich so darüber nachdenke, dann ist es schon fast ein Wunder, so etwas so spät im Leben noch zu wagen und dann so ein Glück zu haben.
      Liebe Grüße aus dem südlichen Texas ins schöne Apulien,
      Pit
      P.S.: In Deinem Blog werde ich jetzt am Wochenende einmal herumschmökern.

  14. Thanks for visiting my orbsdelight blog and introducing me to your life in Texas. Beautiful wedding photos!

    • Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and the appreciative words. Am glad I am able to show you Texas through the eyes of an expat. Hope to see you again here.
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit

  15. sidharthshukla

    Thanks Pit, for visiting my blog, and giving me your observation about the issues I’m facing. Feel glad that you liked the photos.. Thank you .🙂
    – Warm regards, Sid

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog! It’s nice to find a German in Texas! I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your travels. Port Aransas is one of our favorite places to go. I LOVE the beach and the ocean. Thanks for your English translation for your blog.

    • Hi there,
      Thank you, too, for taking yout time to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. 🙂 I’m happy you’d like to learn more about me and my travels. Btw, there’s one more blog [http://pitsbilderbuch.wordpress.com/], with pictures of my travels. It’s in German, mostly, but anyway, I wanted to mention it. Sorry about that shameless piece of self-promotion. 😉
      Talking of Port A, the last time at the coast it was to Rockport/Fulton, and we enjoyed that, too. A lot. Quite different from Port A, though, as there’s no beach worth speaking of.
      Your welcome re my English translation.
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit

  17. Hallo Pit,
    eine sehr aufschlußreiche und interessante Biographie!
    Ein sehr bewegtes und aufregendes Leben, wobei sich mir natürlich sofort noch einige Fragen persönlicher Art aufdrängen würden.
    Aber diese würde ich dann doch lieber auf einem anderen Wege stellen.

    Ganz liebe Grüße aus dem kalten Berlin
    Jochen!

    • Hallo Jochen,
      danke für Dein Interesse an meinem Blog im Allgemeinen und an meiner Biographie im Besonderen. Für Deine Fragen persönlicher Art stehe ich gerne zur Verfügung, dann aber – wie Du ja schon angedeutet hast – lieber auf anderem Wege. Du kannst mich ja gerne per E-Mail [w.vins@gmx.de] kontaktieren.
      Liebe Grüße, z.Zt. aus einem nasskalten Bonn,
      Pit
      P.S. nur als Hinweis: mein Blog über mein Leben in den USA gibt’s auch in Deutsch [http://pitspersoenlichesblog.wordpress.com/].

  18. All the time my dear Uncle was alive he wanted me to try to learn German…I kept telling him I have enough trouble with English! But it does fascinate me how in Germany one word can be stuck to another word and create a whole new word… Here, you have to invoke poetic license to do such a thing. So your blog should be interesting to me to see if I can pick out any German words that seem to mean something to me.

    • Hi Merrill,
      Thanks for taking your time to stop by and leave a comment. Well, I agree: German is an interesting language. And I, just as you, like to compare German and English. You mention the German language’s feature of sticking words together. That’s something Mark Twain commented upon, or rather, joked about in his “The Awful German Language”. If you can get hold of this, it’s fun to read. Btw, we Germans joke about that, too, and use the word “Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaen” [captain of the Danube steamship company] as an example. We have a kind of a funny contest, how many words you can add to this. For example, if he was married and then dies before his wife, he has a widow: “Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwe”. And she, of course, would be entitled to (part of) his retirement money [“Witwenrente” in German], making the whole thing “Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwenrente”, and so on and so on! 😉
      I hope you’ll enjoy following my blog. Btw, if you’d like to compare English and German: I usually have a rendering [not an exact translation, though] in German of every posting in my German blog [http://pitspersoenlichesblog.wordpress.com/].
      Take care, and have a great weekend,
      Pit

  19. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog lately and liking several of my posts. You remind me of previous Texan days and miss the big country. Hope to see you back soon. Bellla

    • Hi Bella,
      Thanks for takin the time and visiting my blog. So you’ve lived in Texas! It’s really a big country and one with ever so many great areas. I need much more time to explore.
      As to your blog: I certainly like your pictures and will be back frequently.
      Have a great weekend,
      Pit

  20. Hello Pit,
    thanks for visiting my blog and all your nice commands.
    Reading about your life’s history and that you finally ended up in Texas.
    All the best from Arkansas, Karl-Heinz

  21. Pit,

    Thanks for being a consistent reader of my blog!

    I too, am an expat, but I was much younger when I left my home. I was born in Manchester, England in 1985. My dad worked for Philips as a computer salesman in the late ’80s; his work took us to places all over the world, including Amsterdam, Nutsford, and of all places, Dallas, Texas.

    We moved to Maryland (just outside of DC) in the ’90s, and I’ve been here ever since. We were on green cards from 1990 to 2008, when we were finally naturalized as US citizens.

    Thanks for sharing your story, and for taking the time to read my blog. I’ve got some backlog to catch up on yours, so don’t mind if you get comments from me on old posts🙂

    Cheers!
    -Oliver

    • Hallo Oliver,
      Thanks for taking yout time to come by, visit my blog and leave a comment. Glad you like it. As to yours: I don’t know that much about beers, but I really like to read up what you write. Just once in a while you might find a remark or two about beer in mine. As you may imagine, I’m still pretty much into German beers, which, luckily, I can get here in the US, too. Even draught Warsteiner at the Friesenhaus in New Braunfels. And then, of course, there are the smooth English ales. Talking of English ales: I had those last year on my narrowboat tour on English canals [http://pitsbilderbuch.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/england-reise-fruhjahr-2011-16/].
      I’ll be back to your blog soon, as I have to do some catching up, too.
      Cheers,
      Pit

  22. Thanks for sharing a part of your life and the pictures to go with it!
    When i first came to German many vears ago, I settled down … well, in Bonn-Beuel!
    Manfred and I celebrated our wedding in Alfter, Herrenhaus Buchholz – small world isn’t it?

    Heartfelt greetings to the two of you
    from Dina
    now on the other side of the Rhine ont the top of the Venusberg🙂

    • Hi Dina,
      Thanks for taking your time to come by and leave a comment. It sure IS a small world. I’m happy I could share part of my life and the pictures here. And more sharing, of course, in my postings here in this blog.
      When I came to Bonn first, to study at the university, I started off with a room in … Bonn-Beuel!
      As to the Herrenhaus Buchholz in Alfter: we went there quite a few times to eat. Delicious food in a great ambience.
      And as to the Venusberg: so you’re living on the “Bonner Balkon” now. Wonderful area, isn’t it?
      Best regards from southern Texas, and heartfelt greetings, too,
      Pit

  23. A quick question for you. Are there foods from Germany that you miss while in the US? Can you find and buy them locally? Can you buy them via the Internet? I’m asking because I’m studying the market for ethnic foods for a business class I’m taking. (AKA. this is not spam)

    I put together a 5 question questionnaire, which will take you less than a minute to complete. I would greatly appreciate it if some German Expats would fill it out!
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N769QPZ

    (feel free to delete this post after the weekend of April 30 as the project will be over)

  24. Hello! I lived in Deutschland (hope I spelled it right🙂 ) from 1980-1982. My uncle was a doctor in the US Air Force and we lived in a small village near Spangdahlem Air Base where he was stationed. I LOVED my brief stay in Germany and from my years of living there I have written some cool short stories.

    • Hi Eva,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you liked germany that much. Well, you lived in a very beautuful area of Germany, didn’t you? And those small German villages are really lovely, aren’t they?
      I’ll certainly visit your weblog soon and look at you stories.
      Best regards,
      Pit
      P.S.: Yep, you did spell “Deutschland” right!

      • Thanks! And to me the only drawback of living in Germany was that I didn’t know the language. Still the village we lived in is where we met some really nice neighbors despite the language barrier. In the 2nd book I have due out soon, I have woven some of those lovely Germans I met there into a few stories. The best part of living in Germany was that is was centrally located to other places so we went often to Paris on week ends and for summer vacations to Spain..At least in Spain I was able to communicate well🙂 Auf wiedersein! ( again, hope I spelled it right🙂 )

        • Hi Eva,
          The advantage of someone who speaks English in Germany is that quite a few Germans speak English well enough for a conversation. Glad you met some nice people there.
          Auf Wiedersehen to you, too, and a happy Easter,
          Pit

  25. Hi, Pit! Just stopped in to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope your holidays are wonderful! Hugs1

  26. @ fourbluehills
    Thanks for the welcome,
    Pit

  27. Hi Sherry,
    Thx for coming by. And yes, Germany HAS changed. All the more it’s worth a trip.
    Best regards,
    Pit

  28. Nice to meet you! I lived in Germany from 1977-1979…Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. I loved it and want to visit again…I know I won’t recognize it! ~Sherry~

  29. Nice to have you here!🙂

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