First, 2 apologies. #1: Sorry for the cross post. #2: Sorry for the
You are all a great group with lots of good suggestions and expert knowledge.
I am hoping someone may be able to help me, or more specifically, my Uncle.
My Uncle lives in Oberbalzheim, Germany. Oberbalzheim is about 1 hour south
of Ulm, between Ulm and Memmingen. A website (with a map) can be found here:
My Uncle and my late Oma were the ones who gave me my first Z Scale stuff back
in the 70's and early 80's. He has also helped me in 2002 with
recommendations of a few shops to go shopping at for more trains stuff. My Mom
and I were visiting him at that time. While there, I was able to help him
with his new computer, answering questions and fixing a few things on the PC.
Being a computer professional, and with a few years of High School German
under my belt (from oh-so-many years ago), I was able to navigate all the
various Microsoft Menus, etc., all in German, but it took quite a while to
find things. I do not have a large Computer Technical German vocabulary!
My Uncle has recently purchased a new PC, and is having problems with it. He
has Muscular Dystrophy, so it is VERY hard for him to get around any more. He
had a family member try to assist him, but that family member decided to steal
some hardware and software from my Uncle. After some neck-wringing, my Uncle
finally got the stuff back, but you can probably guess how frustrated he was.
He wants my help, and believe you me, I would LOVE to help him. But being in
the U.S., with limited $$$ and vacation time, plus agonizing over how to fix
things in German, I don't think I could help him very much.
My query to you all is this: Does any one know of a club, a group, a
reputable company or person who might be able to help him as he needs help? Or
maybe even a student who might want a free meal or a few Euros.
Please email me off-list.
Again I apologize for the Off-topic and cross post, but I'm hoping someone can
Thanks in advance for your time.
- Mark Harrison