Thats´s me................


In 1996 I started to discover the Internet. At that time it was quite unusual in Germany to have your own email or even your own homepage. Being fascinated by this new tecnology I started playing around with html and animated gifs. But what should I present on my page ?

The typical homepage usually started with "that´s me" continued with some poor pictures and ended mostly with some boring details about a person, almost nobody knew. So I decided to make a page about my recently bought Volvo C202. In ´96 my page was one of the only two pages about Lapplander existing in the world (according to Altavista). To create the best and most complete tecnical page was my intention. I never came further then the first page. Meanwhile the Volvo community in the net increased alot, I sold my Lapplander and almost all information is available. So I added pictures of my Africa and Mid East tours and of course a page about my "new" Mercedes.

Many, many people from everywhere in the world mailed me and many of them became real good penpals. Isn´t it fantastic to see how Internet helps to improve understanding among the nations of the world ?

By nature I am lazy. But many people that contacted me for tecnical information also seemed to be keen to get some more information about me. So I like to take this chance and and answer all questions in advance. Also I would like to thank everybody who helped me in the past with information about the trucks, countries or just for some nice mails they´ve send. So, four years after my decision to concentrate on   tecnical pages I finally have to present one of these typical, boring pages I never wanted to make......

It´s a shame, but I have almost no nice pictures of me. So for the moment I will add the only ones I´ve got. Last month I won a cheap digicam, so hopefully I can add some more in the near future.

Thomas Dieter Rainer

Born on 27th of February in Hamburg
Brought up in Ahrensburg, a small town north of Hamburg

Left home in 1982 to study computer science at Tecnical University of Berlin

Seen the desert for the first time in 1988, when I went to Autralia for some months after I finished university

Taken in Jordan in ´96 after an 8 hour walk at 40C me in jordan.jpg (13957 Byte)
Joined one of the big german automotive companies in ´89 and moved to Braga/Portugal in ´90 for almost four years.

Returned back to Munich in ´93 and moved to Hildesheim (close to Hannover, EXPO 2000  in northern Germany) in ´97

10 years ago....

Smoking, drinking, enjoying life and 12kg less :-)

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Taken on Cyprus in ´96 on the way back from Israel Tom Cyprus.jpg (8712 Byte)
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Padi Rescue
greetings to Eric, Roland, Naldo and all the others from Atlantis on Curacao
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Diving U1277 in Portugal in ´97
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Business Trip to Athens with Robert
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First we had to fix their compressor
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Then we were treated with oysters and lemon juice :-((((
blausee.jpg (32945 Byte) Some friends who are also in offroad truck driving after a BBQ weekend
(picture taken May 2000 on a former anti aircraft tank)

From right to left:

Astrid, Patrick, Bernd, Marcel, Pia, Marcel, Karsten, Jack, Heike, Akki, me

Missing on this picture is Beltani, the second dog

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