About Peter – A Small Introduction and Description Regarding this Website.
About Peter – Hey everyone, I’m Peter, and welcome to my “Top Fishing Gadgets” website.
I’m a Belgian citizen and at the age of 14, I was already interested in various gadgets. Now I am 58 years old and nothing has changed yet. I am constantly looking for the most suitable gadgets for me. In my case, these are mainly technical gadgets.
Family situation (About Peter)
As a Belgian, I was born on May 10, 1962, in Diksmuide, a city in the province of West Flanders. At that time there was still a “mother house” there as it was called in Belgium and one did not have to go to the clinic especially. My mother was given the “honor” of having the very last delivery happen there because then the institution would close its doors for good.
So I am somewhat of a local unique. My mother stayed at home to take care of the children while my father was a painter/decorator and worked many hours, even on weekends. Because of course, there had to be bread on the table. I have another sister who is one year older and then a younger sister and a younger brother.
My school days and further studies
We all had carefree childhoods, but the school was different! Ever since kindergarten, I loved “going to school” and cried because I had to go back home with my mother. This was the opposite of my older sister. It is not for bluffing but I was a very good student and I learned while playing. Many children had to study hard to get the material processed, but I went outside with other children to play football or we went fishing.
When I reached the age of 18 and had to decide whether I wanted to continue learning, it was difficult for me to choose. Of course, I would like to, but I thought of my parents who were a bit difficult financially …
But then my father said that I had more to offer and should go for it. That was the best gift I received from him. And I have not disappointed him! Computer science seemed like something to me, so I went to college to study there for two years.
It soon became apparent that I would no longer get there while “playing” … It was tough and especially the boring dry, theoretical fare was sleep-inducing for me.
The other courses were really great for me: the programming languages Basic, Fortran, Cobol, and Assembler (sorry, but I’m talking about the years 1980-1982) and the various mathematics courses: integrals and differentials, numerical mathematics, boolean algebra, etc. There were 16 hours a week teaching math which was enjoyable for me and hell for others.
I also learned English there because everything that revolved around computer science was not yet in other languages. I’m not saying that my English is perfect, but I do my best as a small Belgian. Did you know that most Belgians read/speak 4 languages: Dutch (or Flemish), English, French, and German. And when Windows, for example, came on the market in Dutch, I had to translate the terms into English in my mind to know what they meant.
Bachelor’s degree “Informatics – System analysis” / The Army
And then finally I could get my bachelor’s degree in 1982 without having to retake exams … I especially liked it very much for my father and that I hadn’t disappointed him! He was so proud because no one in the family beside me had gone to college. And by that, I mean not only our family but also those of his brothers and sisters.
When I graduated, I first had to do another 10 months of active military service because it was still mandatory in Belgium at the time. There I was a clerk at the captain’s office. I still call that a lost time in my life because you can’t go to work and you don’t earn anything!
So I started working in September 1984 and in 1986 I married my first wife and we had two beautiful daughters, Evi and Eline.
My Professional Past
My very first job was at a computer company where I started working as a programmer. I have done this for 17 years and never got bored! It was mainly software for invoicing and stock management, but mostly it was customization. That is why I had to go out to do a thorough analysis on-site for potential customers.
My second job was as a clerk/programmer in a wholesaler for catering products. There I was allowed to start from scratch by building a network and writing a program that had to be specially developed for them. At the time this was done with “Novell” software for the connections and I programmed in the language “Clipper” (a variant of Dbase), which was then compiled. It was also an experience for me because the program had to be used simultaneously on about 10 workstations and so I mainly had to build in the system of file locking and record locking in the software. That was a really wonderful time!
My third and last job was something completely different. I started working as a technician for the Samsung company (the department in Belgium of course). It turned out that the fuses in certain American refrigerators had to be replaced because they were not sufficient. That is why all customers throughout Belgium had to be deported. We, therefore, worked with 40 technicians. For me, I was especially pleased to be on the road and I had to visit about 6 customers a day, but I sometimes had to make several detours. Then I wrote a planning program that could draw up the best planning between the various customers of the day, starting with the furthest customer and returning home.
My current situation (About Peter)
Now fate has struck and I have become incapacitated for work, but that does not mean that my eagerness to learn has diminished, on the contrary! Now I have even more time to be self-taught.
Hobbies and interests (About Peter)
I’m crazy about all kinds of gadgets. The last product I bought was a “Magnetic Charging Cable For Mobile Phones”. But there are thousands of gadgets for all kinds of applications. Currently, I will focus on the “latest fishing gadgets”.
I also love the sport of fishing that my grandfather brought to me as well as all the other things he taught me such as: completing crosswords, carbine shooting, woodworking, building bicycles from an empty frame, etc… I vividly remember catching my first little fish and my grandfather going to tell everyone what a great fisherman I was, how I miss that man!
Maybe you are an angler and are you looking for a new rod, casting rod, reel, bait, lure, or other accessories? Then you’ve come to the right place. I still work on my site every day, so it will change quickly. So be sure to come back regularly and maybe what you were looking for might be on the site.
This website will be updated several times with the latest novelties. I really hope I can show you something interesting you are looking for.
Best regards and a good search.
Founder of “Top Fishing Gadgets”.