Test, Test, Answer, Answer

Good Afternoon Everyone,

After talking with Dr. Schmittmann, the tests that he was conducting with the principals we were dealing with, seemed to be taking forever. It was because of the lengthy time the tests were taking in Germany that we thought we should attempt to try some similar tests in the states. With the Schmittmann’s agreement, we moved forward. We located a company, in our local community that processed Poly Urethane foam for the Transportation Industry and the Office Furniture Industry. In both instances the objective was to create an effective Industry Standard for a Fire Retardant Poly Urethane Foam. Achieving the new standard, both here and Germany was to be a difficult task requiring much patience and a lot of prayers.

One would certainly find out that it was one thing to talk about the objective and another thing to achieve it. The real test would be testing one’s faith and the faith of the Schmittmann’s. In both cases success was not to be achieved easily. It seemed that in both instances success was not being achieved. Test, test, and more tests was the activity of the day. With such a large amount of money at risk, we would question our efforts, and further were the results sought, a realistic achievable goal. After, what seemed forever, we achieved a level of success in the states. Germany was somewhat slower in achieving any level of success, but eventually a level of success was achieved in Germany also. We now could say that we saw the effectiveness of our proposed technology purchase.

The success we and the Schmittmann’s achieved determined our next meeting in Germany for the closing of our purchase. We set our schedule and began to get ready for our anticipated trip. Now reality set in, test, test, answer, answer. Never give up.

Remember, it wasn’t works, it wasn’t faith, it was Grace

Until Next Time

In His Service,

Opa

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THE NEXT IDEA

Good morning everyone,

Another new day at home and as previously promised, I was about to telephone the Schmittmann’s. The details of my trip home were of less importance than the awaited telephone call of the Schmittmann’s so I proceeded accordingly. The Schmittmann’s had received their anticipated telephone call and the decision to sell the technology, except for it’s potential sales in Germany, had been made–they wanted to sell. One of the terms of sale was that the technology would achieve a class 5 rating by the German Fire Brigade, a very high rating that would require testing with recorded results. The Schmittmann’s said that they would follow through with this test, since we were in the States and they were in Germany where the tests were going to take place. This would take some additional time before we could proceed, about 30 days. To achieve the class 5 level, a new procedure would have to be put in place without the disclosure of formula or list of ingredients. This was necessary to maintain secrecy for the future. A procedure called “Endothermic Fractional Technology”. Waiting for the next month would be difficult, but necessary.

Advising the Schmittmann’s about the flight home was nothing more than telling them it was non-eventful. With more discussions about the upcoming test, we covered the points of interest and proceeded. We decided that we would attempt to do some testing in the States and keep the Schmittmann’s informed as to our results. This procedure would continue for the next two weeks. These tests would keep us very busy, both in the States and Germany. After our talks, all parties decided to proceed until the next discussion.

Thought: A well used Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to a person who isn’t. Author Unknown

Until We Meet Again,

Opa

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Do Not Doubt The Future

Good Morning Everyone,

Once again the news is good on a personal level, no immediate surgery, the Drs. will keep things in check until September at which time more tests will determine if surgery can be set aside for another six months or surgery will be required.

And now back to the trip from Germany:
The Airline Captain alerted the passengers that we should prepare to land. Even though I enjoyed my visit to Germany, it was good to be back home again. The welcoming smile of my wife greeted me upon entering the airport and after securing my luggage we proceeded home. More smiles awaited me when we arrived home, my daughter and my father eagerly awaited an update and additional news of my travels. After the update, my father left to go home and I prepared to get some sleep, the trip had taken its toll and some rest was welcomed.

When the next morning arrived, with the ringing of the alarm, the old habits for the preparation for the day once again started. Having coffee with friends was welcomed before heading to the office to start the day. Meeting at 6:00 A.M. was earlier than what I was accustomed to on my travels, but still it brought back old habits and friends. As I had discussed with the Schmittmann’s, before I departed, I was to telephone them regarding my flight and arrival back home. In addition the SChmittmann’s were to hear from a company, they had advised previously, regarding their desire to sell. This included a recent patent that Dr. Schmittmann had authored, and they were assigned ownership, along with all other assets except the marketing rights to the technology in Germany. If they made the determination to sell, the President and owner was getting up in years and his son was not interested in continuing the business, except what was to be determined in Germany. Upon my call to the Schmittmanns, they informed me that they had not received the call yet, but anticipated they would receive the call in the next few days. I was to wait for their call as to the details. Another test of one’s patience.

Remember, “Hope Springs Eternal”

Until next time

In His Service,

Opa

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Fear Not

Good Morning Everyone,
There isn’t an excuse, but a number of reasons for the delay in this communication. If you remember, in a previous blog, I took the privilege of a diversion and had mentioned that a cousin of mine had cancer and his brother was just diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Not news anyone would like to hear, but surely news that tests one’s faith. Well, my cousin passed away, a man of faith, who now is with his dad and Father in heaven. His brother is putting up a valiant fight and time will tell if and when he could be told the word healed. His family is carrying on with the resolve only a family of faith can –our prayers and best wishes are with you all.

I just returned from the hospital, another reason for the delay, and by the time you read the next blog, I will know if another surgery for me will be needed. As always time will tell and one must never forget that it is not my plan or yours, but His. Now, for the continuing story of travels, business and faith.

My recent time in Germany passed far too quickly. Before you knew, it was time, once again, to board the airplane. Although not all the business was completed as hoped for, enough was, and with unforgettable memories I proceeded home with great anticipation to tell my story. Dr. Schmittmann and his brother Dieter were wonderful hosts and hopefully, their cooperation was evidence as to what the future would hold. As my flight was nearing its first and only stop, I would be anxious once again to be home. New adventures await. See you on the way.

The past weeks reminded me of the Biblical promise – “Fear not for I am with thee” now and always.

Until We Meet Again

In His Service,

Opa

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Get Ready and Go

Good Afternoon Everybody,

With only two more days left, this visit brings on a new and deeper meaning. Remember what you see, write down the important memories, and listen to the words spoken about business matters The ride was most enjoyable; each comment made by Dr. Schmittmann was like a new book written just for me. Each new sight and each new business was a new continuing chapter in a book that will continue to be written with each upcoming visit—what memories! It was a beautiful crisp fall day and I took special note of each moment—like a new day dawning. The clean forests and all the orderly situated businesses, located in the Rhine Westphalia Area, the Hilly District, will leave everlasting impressions on an eager mind to learn. How different than what one remembers about the United States. Much smaller and what seems to be more orderly. Showing how the German People were able to deal with a much smaller land mass on which to build and function on, a visual story that tells one just how the German People live a life that was a representative picture of their thinking.

Each day was filled with new sights and a visit to new restaurants that offered new insights as to what the German People ate. One evening offered another new experience—Steak Tartar. I had never eaten this dish before, but I would be an Adventurist and give it a try. It was a meal to be shared with Dr. H.B. Schmittmann and me. The meal consisted of raw ground steak, much like hamburger, formed on a wooden platter, and along the side, a basket of toast with pads of real butter. Following the lead of Dr. Schmittmann, I proceeded to eat my first, and certainly not my last, Steak Tartar. A small amount of butter, spread on a piece of toast, followed by spreading an amount of raw steak on the toast, with all its spices and seasonings and proceed to eat it. One would follow this procedure, intermingled with a sip of fresh Pilsner Beer, until finished. I soon learned that this meal required a learned taste appreciation, one I soon learned and enjoyed. After finishing dinner we proceeded to the hotel—tomorrow at mid-day I would be leaving for home. I must say that my time in Germany was an enjoyable experience and I look forward to returning to new friends, a new country, and new adventures.

Thought: I felt that the time spent in Germany was by divine appointment.

Until Next Time,

In His Service,

Opa

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