Tino Donderwinkel, will you marry me?

I got an e-mail a while ago, a question about a braindump site, that has me doodling hearts and humming Pachelbel's Canon. The e-mail came from a customer named Tino Donderwinkel. Now, is it just me, or is this Cupid's work: Mrs. Trika Harms zum Spreckel-Donderwinkel.

The truth is--Tino, maybe you shouldn't read this--the truth is that my first name-love was one Ravi Bahamidapati, with whom I spoke briefly at a supply chain re-engineering seminar in Philadelphia, years ago. Try this on for size:

Mrs. Trika Harms zum Spreckel-Bahamidapati

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I've never quite gotten over it.

But Harms zum Spreckel-Donderwinkel; I could live with that.

Comments (10)

  1. And thus further defines beyond certification geek, the reasons we love you so, Trika!

    – Certified Trika Evangelist!

  2. I was informed by a friend recently, that the Promo Code is no longer valid, but with only 32 certified, I’m sure we’re still all in the running for a jacket!


  3. Oops says:

    Oops – disregard that mis-post to the wrong area! 🙂

  4. Martin says:


    now I am disappointed. I thought, you’d marry ME!


  5. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Martin, these things don’t always last. There’s still hope!

  6. Guido says:

    He is an dutch guy (so am I). So, If you marry Tino, you will gain the dutch nationality :).

    Hope you like the dutch people :D.

  7. trikah@microsoft.com says:


    That is unfortunate. I loathe the Dutch.


  8. trikah@microsoft.com says:


    I take it back, I do not loathe the Dutch. I love the Dutch!

    I loathe the Canadians.


  9. hfrmobile says:

    Kiss from Vienna (Austria) 😉

    PS: "Donderwinkel" sounds "funny" for German speaking people *lol*

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