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besiktasbob

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  • Birthday 30/10/1962

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  1. I love stories like this! I'm sad to hear about your mothers passing, of course... but it's nice to hope for better tomorrows for those left behind.
  2. Aggie, unless someone else checks for you over the next few days, I will be heading to Adana on Monday and I can ask around when I go to Incirlik village. I'm sure he cannot be too difficult to find. f I make contact with the family, I will get contact information and pass it along to you. I'm sorry to hear about the difficult times you've endured in the past years. My time in Turkey has been a blessing and continues to this day since I have made it my home. Take care. And I will do my best to get the information you need.
  3. I do hope you enjoy Istanbul. It's my favorite city when it comes to history. I can't say that you will have a difficult time as far as communication. Many of the tourist areas always have a few people around that understand English. One more hotel that I recommend is the Sultan Ahmet Palace Hotel located directly behind the Blue Mosque. I've stayed there and I love the location when it comes to quiet early morning walks around the street behind the Hagia Sophia. www.sultanahmetpalace.comEnjoy your stay.
  4. Ever since I came to Turkey in 1994, many of the people I have met have commented on how the Native American and the Turkish are 'brothers' that were separated by time and geographical boundaries. I even had a close friend that resembled an uncle. My sister and I are the 'pale skins' in my family . My mother and her siblings are 100% native being of Chickasaw and Choctaw. In the early 1900s, my great-grandfather moved east from the Oklahoma-Arkansas region and later met my great-grandmother. They raised a family in the Ohio Valley. While many of my relatives still carry much of the eastern Native traits (our roots are originally from the south-east), I tend to possess very little although many Turks often comment that I don't look like a typical American. Whatever the case - I'm a red, white and blue blooded American. We are all brothers and sisters somewhere along the lines of humanity... Now, if we can only work out our differences in this world, and just be good with each other.
  5. I don't want to start this topic off on misguided subject matter, but one of the studies I had in college surrounded how different cultures deal with death. Therefore, I'm interested in hearing what some of you have to say regarding how the Turkish deal with the death of a close friend or relative. One example would be when my mother passed away 5 years ago... We were in the US at the time amidst all of the preparations my wife asked that I leave a light on in the house at all times. I have a difficult time sleeping with a light on, but I obliged and happily left a dim light on in the bedroom where we slept. I asked later why she was insistent on me leaving the light on and she surprised me with an interesting story. She said that when a person passes, heir free spirit will return to familiar surroundings, in this case - home. When the spirit arrives and sees that it's body is no longer there, they move on to the 'next world'. Interesting to say the east. Are there any other stories similar to this, but may have a slight twist or two?
  6. When I was planning to marry my wife (Turkish), there was no question of faith or religion presented to me by her family. They only cared about her happiness with me. Now, we have Emily in our lives, and we strive to guarantee her happiness. My concern was "When should a child be introduced into their first level of religion?" I decided to just introduce different cultures into her life first. Of course I have to guide her along and answer those never ending questions. Facilitating a positive approach to life is most important. That includes talking about religion. The best part is when 'I ask her the questions.' From this point, I can get a better understanding as to what she knows and what she believes. Remember - children say the darnedest things. I'm curious as to what her friends are telling her. The question I always have is "What was Abraham's religion?" "What about Adam, Eve, Noah or Samson?" Hmmm. I don't believe they claimed a religion, yet their belief in God was uncontested. I think I can do that also.
  7. I really appreciate everyone's positive feedback regarding my 'issue'... I will give it a go for sure because I have a goal. Steve, thanks for the advice. I have Rosetta Stone but there seems to be something 'generic' about it. But I did try out the BYKI software and I really like it! I purchased it and it seems to be working a little better for me. Now, if I can only get my computer to electrocute me when I get something wrong... Thanks again...
  8. The perfect solution for a security system in a small, or large, community in Turkey:Solution #11. Have a reputation for owning many firearms.2. Have a reputation for looking for the opportunity to use such firearms. Solution #21. Own a pitbull (or two). 2. Don't feed them as often as they would like. Solution #31. Create a scenario that a dead burglar was found in your flat. Call the police and ambulance drivers over for tea. 2. Have them exit with a gurney covered with a rather 'blood soaked' sheet on what appears to be a corpse. 3. Solidify your 'zero tolerance' reputation for thieves by bragging about it to your neighbors. Believe or not - Word gets around fast! These are just a few of my 'Budget Security Tips', and they're guaranteed to work most of the time.
  9. I was reading the topic 'Scams' that was posted. I loved the pics and they were quite creative - Thanks Ben. It's nice to see that there are counter-scammers out there other than myself. I tend to contact the scammers by using Skype and with the sounds of a busy office in the background, I usually advise them that I 'wired the necessary funds' and they should go to the Western Union or banking institute to pick up the funds. Of course, I've gotten pretty creative about fabricating paperwork to ensure the scammer that I did in fact wire the money. The end results have been pretty good. I can't come close to this guy... you will have to read it on this site:http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/index.htmlIn the process of trying to sell a Powerbook on eBay, he realized that he was in position to become a victim to an experienced scammer. The scammer wanted a Powerbook (left) but what he received is on the right. Like I said, you will have to read the story on the link I posted. It's quite creative.
  10. 'Cue the violins...' When I was in 4th grade I moved to California. I was sent to a school where the number of Hispanic children outnumbered the 'gringos' by a considerable amount. My teacher was adamant about ensuring that each child learn and speak Spanish as well as English - but mostly Spanish. It was a traumatic experience for me. I felt that I was somewhat ridiculed because learning a new language from scratch was an experience I had never been confronted with before as I came from a small town in Ohio. My experience with this teacher was so traumatic in such a way that when I moved to my new school a few months later, I ran from my class after being introduced to my new teacher and found my parents down the hall as they were leaving... "I can't speak Japanese!" I cried out as I ran to my parents. Yeah - my teacher was Japanese, but as time went on he turned out to the be the best teacher I have ever had in my life. Cut to the present - 'Cue the whimsical Turkish music'. I love the Turkish language. I have picked up a few things here and there, a little vocabulary, but when it comes right down to it I have a very difficult time learning any language. Quite strange since I have spent most of my life traveling the world and meeting people from all walks of life. I think that it's rude an arrogant to to assume that everyone "should speak English". I've tried many books, Rosetta Stone and even a tutor whose beauty was quite distracting... But when it comes time to communicate, I'm a mess. Heck! When my daughter was 5 years old, we got into a taxi in Istanbul. We were going to go to Ortakoy to walk around. The driver looked at me, and I looked at Emily and asked her to tell the driver "We want to go to Ortakoy Cami." She smiled and completed the task without blinking an eye... I was such a proud father. I often wonder if dyslexia is my problem. I am dyslexic and I have a slight auditory deficiency... That means I may hear someone speak, but it takes a few more milliseconds to register than that required by the average person. My mind constantly races so I tend to think quickly about many things at once. Now that I've spilled my shortcomings in life, I'm asking you - Is there a recommended approach I should pursue in order to become efficient at learning a language, including Turkish? I do not want to leave this world without hearing interesting stories from people all over the world. But I want to understand and I want to speak with them. Ok.. line up! Hit me with your best remedy. I may be 46, but I can still learn a few things.
  11. Ok... I'm not sure what happened to the replies... but someone did guess this picture before the upgrade to the new server. It's in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It's referred to as the Stele of St Gregory Thaumaturgus. As you walk into the mosque, it's to your left. It is rumored that if a person places their thumb in the hole, and is able to turn their hand a complete 360 degrees and pull their thumb out 'wet', then their wish or prayer will come true. Just to make other tourist happy and think their wishes were guaranteed, I used to give the hole a 'wet willy' on occasion. (Ok... I'm lying about that last part.)
  12. I'm surprised... Ben! You, of all people should know what this is. Before I tell you, let's see if someone else may know what it is.
  13. I've already given the first hint - it's in Istanbul. But what is it? To those of you that know what and where this is located, as a 'tour guide' how would you explain this to your friends if you happen to take them for a visit? Let's have some fun and see some creative responses.
  14. Wow... this is a sticky situation. I think this is one of the main reasons I don't go back to the US. I could not afford health care even on my salary. I was fortunate to get healthcare when I met my wife some time ago. We're using Yapi Kredi Sigorta unless they have changed their name. I'm very happy with this company and I don't balk at the premiums when I compare them to what I could be spending. To be honest, I can't balk at the cost of medical in Turkey's private hospitals when I compare them to stateside hospitals. I use Memorial Hospital in Istanbul. Although they are a little more expensive compared to others, I get that warm-fuzzy when I have to have anything done - such as three stents in the heart. Most hospitals tend to find one person among their staff that speaks English. Most doctors I meet speak English. Coverage is a risk if one waits too long. Pre-existing conditions are the biggest disqualification factor.
  15. Excellent shots! I love the shots of the mosque and the castle. One day I'll have to get up there and get the morning shots I've been wanting.
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