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This personal homepage addresses everyone who seeks information about me. On the one hand I like to address those interested in my professional career as a teacher. On the other hand I have designed this website to provide information and pictures for friends and family.

The CAREER pages contain my curriculum vitae and references to download.

TRIPS is a collection of several vacations I have done over the years. Each continent is broken down in countries or states and the cities I visited with links to more detailed information and pictures.

The CASUAL section provides an overview about several places I have called home in the last years from the beginnings to the present.

The "PERSONAL" section gives you some insight in my private life and important people - my relationship, my family, and friends.

The CONTACT page provides you with basic contact information. If you want to contact me by phone or write me, please send me an email.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my website and you find the information you are seeking. I am looking forward to your comments and improvement suggestions.

Yours sincerely,

 

Oliver Grundmann


News - July 2015

As my last post indicated, the issue of same-sex marriage has been moving much faster than expected in the United States. Shortly after we married in January 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, the highest court in the country, heard oral arguments in the case Obergefell vs. Hodges. This case will likely become historic in its ruling and its consequences. The case challenged the constitutionality of state laws banning civil same-sex marriages and was set out to clarify two questions: can states deny same-sex couples marriage licenses and do states have to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? On June 26, 2015, 2 years after United States vs. Windsor and 12 years to the day after Lawrence vs. Texas, the Supreme court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriages across the United States. In the majority opinion, justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the concluding paragraph:

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

Following this landmark decision, same-sex marriage - or a better term would simply be marriage - is now legal in all 50 states of the United States of America. If this is the final word on this civil rights issue remains to be seen - the opposition appears to be ready to try and amend the constitution or find another way to reverse this decision. But for now, Bob and I together with many other couples - straight and gay - are rejoicing in celebrating this win for equality. Even the White House was lit in rainbow colors following the ruling.


News - February 2015

Some of you may have heard that marriage equality in the United States has been advancing at a rapid pace since the landmark Supreme Court decision in United States vs. Windsor in which part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been ruled unconstitutional thus letting stand lower court orders to grant civil marriages to same-sex couples. Since that ruling, more and more states through the judiciary branch have been striking down same-sex marriage bans across the country - and in October 2014, the state of Arizona in which we live has joined the wave. That made us think - now we can no longer say that we cannot get married in the state where we live, no more excuses to drag our feet. It was a rushed decision but at least we were able to get married exactly on our 10-year anniversary on January 14th 2015 with a few family members and friends at our home. A friend of ours officiated the wedding and we celebrated with BBQ and cupcakes. So hooray - we finally tied the knot.


News - September 2014

Time flies - everybody is busy and quite a few things have happened over the past years. It has now been 10 years since I came to the US and 7 years since I graduated from the University of Florida. These have been amazing years with so many great memories to be thankful for. But most importantly - for almost the entire time Bob has been with me, endured quite a bit of obstacles, first the physical separation while I was still in Gainesville and he started his career with Intel in Phoenix. Then the various relocations for his work that brought us to Portland and Sacramento. And the ups and downs of everyday life - last year was not easy in that regard when I got a pacemaker. But what does not kill us - makes us stronger! Our relationship is the greatest gift to me and I am incredibly lucky and thankful to have Bob in my life.

Aside from that - more nerdy news with another two celebrity shots during our visit to the Phoenix ComiCon this summer. John Barrowman is probably best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood". He was such a great guy to get a picture taken with. And we always liked him for his incredible charm and easy-going nature. The second celebrity we were able to catch a snap shot with is Manu Bennett, a hunky New Zealand actor who played a gladiator in "Spartacus" and is currently starring in the CW show "Arrow". He was also incredibly nice and easy to get along with.


News - July 2014

Ever since I can remember, my grandmother Hedi was always there for me. As a little boy she often rode her bike up to our house to cook meals for my brother and me and tuck us in for bedtime - after she had warmed our PJs on a radiator while we were splashing in the bath tub. She often was adamant about cleaning our rooms - which in my mind undoubtedly had a profound impact on me (not that I am OCD today ...). All through these years, she never asked much of us, never put herself in the center, but instead was always there with advise, a good meal, and the love and dedication that only a grandmother can give. At the age of 91, she passed away this month. I am lucky to have seen her again on a trip to Germany in May of this year and sit at her bedside. I will always carry her in my heart and strive to be an as good soul as she is.


News - May 2011

So my husband and partner Bob and I attended the Phoenix ComiCon, being the nerds that we are (well, he kind of got me interested in that area although the seed was planted a long time ago - I always loved SciFi and fantasy movies). The Phoenix ComiCon attracts between 30,000-40,000 visitors and we only went for one day in preparation for the upcoming trip to attend the San Diego ComiCon in July (estimated attendance between 250,000-300,000 people). The hall was packed with all kinds of nerdy people, some very creatively dressed in their favorite hero/heroin or villain costume. Of course, when we noticed that there was a photo shoot with George Takei ( for the non-nerds: he played Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek Series and happens to be gay) we could not resist. He is a really nice person - and Bob surprisingly noticed "he talks like George Takei". Oh my!


 

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