Sepp, America and The West is the book #5 in a series of fiction writing describing a section of Sepp’s Odyssey before the turn of the century.
Sepp’s Odyssey started with the deportation of German-speaking citizens of the Sudetenland. A shoeless Erika fell into the arms of a shoemaker. Nine months later she gave birth to a boy and named him Sepp. The boy grew up in Kleinerort, without being enthusiastically embraced or nurtured by the villagers. He thought it was because he was Catholic and they were Lutheran. From a young age on, all Sepp wanted is to get away from Kleinerort. The home of his dreams was always the Wild West of America
Age 13 Sepp’s wish to get away came true. He entered an apprenticeship as a waiter with the owner of a First Class hotel and premiere house in the heart of the historic town of Altestadt and failed. Knowing that he can do it, stubbornly Sepp tried again. He found another apprenticeship opportunity. His parents signed the contract which allowed Sepp to travel to the Hansestadt, a little over 800 km north of Kleinerort. Here successfully Sepp completed a three-year apprenticeship as a waiter at The-Ferry-Restaurant-Café&Bar, followed by two more apprenticeships in hospitality. During the years of the West German Economic Miracle, Sepp was not pampered or cuddled but put to work. Sepp learned the hospitality trade and the germaneness of work. Working 12 to 14 hours a day was normal. To relax, Sepp discovered the value of alcohol. His peers introduced Sepp to occasional sexual adventures just like boys nowadays would attend sporting events. Over the years, from the boy who arrived at The-Ferry-Restaurant-Café&Bar in lederhosen, Sepp rose to be the manager in suit and tie. He was in charge of the main restaurant and several hotel operations. Then after ten years in the Hansestadt, Sepp was forced to look for new work, which he found in Andalusia. His stay on the Costa del Sol was cut short by Generalissimo Franco’s death. From here Sepp migrated to the most southern tip of Africa. Because of his expertise in the hospitality field, based on hotel school, and three completed apprenticeships: one as a waiter, one as a cook and one for hotel management, he landed a job at the 5-star All-Suite Hotel in Goldminecity. During the year in the big city, with his knowledge and work ethics, Sepp set a good example and was well liked by his staff and the superiors. Here Sepp met and took care of local VIPs and visitors from around the world. One of his customers, unbeknown to Sepp, a Walter van Russbourg had an interest in Sepp’s past and future life and wellbeing.
Sepp followed his wife’s wishes and moved to the Cape, for her to see and enjoy the endless beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. On Walter van Russbourg’s recommendation, Sepp accepted an unexpected job offer, too good to be true, from DR an American businessman.
While working for DR and his daughter Nicole, Sepp was in charge of a large enterprise. When the end of Apartheid caused anxiety for many foreign investors, Sepp’s comptroller skills, inventory taking, and accounting know-how landed him in the liquidation businesses. Having Walter van Russbourg’s full support and knowing some important people in the right places, all dating back to his work at the 5-star All-Suite Hotel, came in very handy. Sepp made use of the connections he had to some bankers. Without much effort, Sepp all of a sudden made money hand over fist.
Sepp book #5 portrays a hardworking and risk taking Sepp, who behaves overly pretentious despite having had simple straight down to earth humble parents. He believes in the power of money, and that’s what is coming his way faster than ever before, the money but not the power.