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Before 17, all weeks were: 40hours school, 60hours metaldetecting and 20hours pissing off mom and dad.
Made it in the papers, tv and radio. Didn't do me much good though.
I'm still working with my hands...

When I was 18, I had to do my 12 months army service in the Dutch Army. I asked to go to engineering, but ended up in the medical corps. Only good thing with that was that I carried a Browning pistol instead of an Uzi or Fal.
I got to appreciated the army structure so after 12 months I applied for a contract.

and I bought an old '50s jeep...

The first 3 years of my army contract I was a truckdriver, transporting Explosive Ordnance through Europe.
Two drivers, two handguns and a shitload of ordnance.
Nice trips to East- and West germany, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia and even Russia.
No sleeping in the field, but nice and less nice hotels...
Great job that paid good and brought me to nice places.


I did one tour of 6 months in Bosnia (UNPROFOR-'95) transporting goods for UNHCR.
Hell, a nice time.
Got to see some nice places, some of them actually still existed. Loved the difficult transport and the mines beside the road.
Provided the poor people with wheat, stoves and gifts. In return they gave mud, bricks and SAA. Thank you.
But that seemed ages ago. No hard feelings. Got back home on 28-11-1995.

After Bosnia I reported back and continued transporting Ordnance throughout Europe.
My transfer (which I asked for in Bosnia) was approved, and I had to report at the Dutch EOD for training and duty.

In May 1996 I went to the Dutch EOD as a driver/helper, and drove around Holland to clear the stuff that farmers and builders found on former battlefields. Perfect job on 2 special trucks. One for "blowing up" old ordnance, the other for IED tasks.
Got to work with nice people, fine equipment and good documentation.
Great experience in methods and hardware.
I was able to gather a lot of information on my interest in grenades and mine/de-mining equipment.
The "blowing-up-old-stuff"-part of the job was the best. Again I got to see the most unknown places around.
The 3½ years there helped me to succeed in the job I have now.

During my time at Ordnance Disposal I got the time to fully qualify for all truck-transports.
After leaving the army I drove for two years in civ. life but no satisfaction.
No good for Lex. Went back to Explosive Ordnance Disposal, a civilian company this time.

Maybe in the future I get to do this same job abroad, preferably Europe.
Hope to get the chance to see, or better, run a job in France or Belgium in a way that I have learned here in Holland.
Must be a tough job clearing a ww1 battlefield, seems like a great challenge...
Hope to find my way to an international job in the future.
For now I rather see my kids every night.