Born and raised in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, I grew up bilingual with early exposure to American English due to the minimum 3 times a week Church going practice of my Dad, while I was sent to German schools to get the best possible education, as far as my Mom was concerned, since she was a History & German teacher. I had 2 attempts to move to the US, the first time for 3 years during High School visit, and the quite a few years back to finally hook up w. my Dad again after not seeing him for a long time, while my Mom was still alive in Germany.

I am happily married now for some years now and worked for the last 10 years as a Computer support technician in a Help Desk Roll, and as Phone Support Technician for Dell’s Gold / Pro Support team.

Due to my European upbringing I am making a lot of efforts to conserve energy, and be considered of the environment. I have owned a 2004 Prius hybrid for 2 years, and now own the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid. These Hybrids reduce the smoke forming emissions by nearly 90%. Since April last year we are running our Geothermal Heat pump system from Waterfurnace, and enjoy some incredible savings from it as well.

One of my many hobbies is model train, I favor European Trains, and created a small layout that I call “my little Germany” you can find it here: www.ralphshotrains.com check it out.