Shameless Nepotistic Promotion
Since it seems that I've actually got a few readers in Europe, and specifically Germany, I thought I'd link to my cousins business web site in Germany ART & Graphik
. Call it free marketing, Armin
. He's a real good guy, as pretty much all of my cousins are. We were talking about putting together a newsletter/bulletin board for so all the cousins could stay in contact. Our grand-parents have passed on in recent years, and w/o a consistent focus. It's hard enough to keep up w/ your day to day contacts, but it's hard when their across they Atlantic. Add to that, my German has become pretty rusty since I left the last time, and the English they learned in school is a pretty distant memory. [Of course, Armin, you might not want to be associated with the site, but such is the price of kinship].
I think I'll eventually get this project up and running in spite of the difficulties. And it helps feeling that you are connected w/ other parts of the world. While I'm get the German-American relationship going, I'll include all of my cousins 'here'. We're in like three major pockets on the North American continent, scattered, but primarily grouped regionally in Ontario in Canada, and Philadelphia, Atlanta with outliers that include Colorado Springs, and DC (and an undisclosed location in somewhere in Rhode Island last I heard).
This particular group association is probably a statistical aberration due to the large numbers of current and former military and/or government civilians. Obviously all my German male cousins served under the German universal draft system (I don't think any of them got a deferment), but here in the US, if I add in three moderately extended generations living here (include husbands and wives of cousins, aunts and uncles), I come up with about 8 active or ex-military/government (7 military, and one government was medically disqualified between junior and senior year of ROTC due to an training accident) among the 'cousins' group. And 4 out 4 in the 'uncles' group. I guess I should point out that only one of the uncles is US born, and non-of the aunts.
[I would have put all of my cousins' sites here, but some I don't know about, and some I lost when we had to re-install everything. So, they are lucky until I find their site addresses.]
I don't know what comes over me to make me share these kinds of things???
I was here to promote ART & Graphik.