27th August 2014

Turning 50 - Now What?

I turned 50 this year. So what was up this half century of life?

Half of my life I was educated in school and university.

I traveled through a couple of western European countries, like Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, either privately or sent by my employer. I traveled to USA, Israel, and Mexico.

I witnessed when the Soviet Union collapsed, when Mikhail Gorbachev was celebrated as a superstar in Germany, most notably in West-Germany. When he traveled through West-Germany newspapers printed their headlines in Russian, people were cheering at him like a prophet.

I witnessed when Berlin wall went down.

I am married and have three children. All three children show interest in society and technology, and will likely find their way through life. Being a husband and father of three is a story on its own, meriting a separate blog post.

I witnessed when Germany's own money, the Deutsche Mark, was substituted with the Euro. My children only know the Euro, and term the Deutsche Mark as "old money".

I own a house and a car.

I owned a couple of PCs, laptops, workstations, smartphones, and tablets, as can be guessed from the title of this blog.

So, pretty ordinary mid-class life.




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Author: Elmar Klausmeier