When he tells you is name is Socrates (like the founder of Western Philosophy) you just have to believe him. Who would tell you his name was Socrates if it were not?
He was born in Dusseldorf, Germany (to Greek Immigrant parents) which is likely a fortunate happenstance for him.
Had he been born in North America, he would have had to have been (simultaneously) very bright and very handy with his fists. (They call him “Soc” for short.)
In Germany he works in Information Technology (IT) which is Geek Speak for “Computer Specialist”. He’s visiting Canada because he is an avid outdoorsman and loves the “wilderness” and there is plenty of that here.
He does have a remarkable facility with languages and could easily pass himself off as a native speaker of German (which he is) or Greek or even English (the North American variety.)
I have managed to inveigle him into replacing the keyboard on my laptop. So, if you don’t read anything in this blog for some time, you’ll know he screwed it up.
And if he does that, I’m going to take him out and buy him a drink – of Hemlock, of course.
(Update: August 7th. I spoke too quickly and too harshly! Sorry “Soc”. Computer fixed; working perfectly. I bought him beer!)