Thanks for the warm welcome to the new job!
I'll see if there is a reason to congratulate me
I was quite surprised, felt honoured and a bit frightened, when Sandy contacted me yesterday.
I'm by no means an "old hands" in the forum, I'm on board just a little bit longer than three years .
I recognize this forum as a great place and I appreciate the tone and style, how members communicate here, well for the most time, forget the few exceptions
One reason that I was hesitating first to accept Sandy's offer, is the language problem. I'll do my best, but you'll recognize quite often that English is not my mother tongue. It happened to me many times during the three years on the forum that I read new words or phrases and I couldn't understand anything.
Especially the more subtle aspects of English language can escape me sometimes.
For those who do not know me so far, here is a bit of personal background:
I'm a retired manager for computer developments, 66 years old and live with my wife in a little village in Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern), Germany.
Three adult kids are spread over the world. Two little granddaughters require much of the time of my wife and me.
The father of the grandchilds works in the U.S. and the mother has a full time job as a medical doctor in Munich.
This makes the current life of the family a bit complicated and that's why we help so often.
Naturally, our daughter will go the U.S. as well somewhen in the future and our life will become quieter again. We are not really looking forward to this quiet time, though.
I got hooked to the Rubik's Cube in the old ages, when it was called "Zauberwürfel" (Magic Cube) in Germany.
I never lost contact to twisty puzzles, but I was really astonished what developments had taken place, when I found this forum in 2008. I was a regular guest for a year or so and joined in September 2009.
The forum had half the number of members as of today.
My collection has exploded since as well. OK, it is still small compared with others, but my wife has little understanding for the fact that puzzlers need always "just one more puzzle".
EDIT: As you could see, darryl felt honored and I felt honoured
So, yes, my orthography is British English by intention. I learned old Greek and Latin at school and the litle bit English was BE.
Additional remark to our common hobby: I'm not a builder at all, I have only assembled and stickered DIY kits.
I had once the idea to look into 3D design, but I gave up when I recognized that Solidworks is so expensive for private use. Is this different in other countries?
I guess most designers here get access to Solidworks via university or school, right?
So I'm just a collecting solver or solving collector. My golden rule is: I'll buy a new puzzle only, if I have solved all I have got.
My puzzle count is 436 as of today and a few are on the way. (I used the Black Friday discount on Shapeways!)
EDIT2: I just looked up my member number (1401). It's only a bit higher than darryl's