Long winded musings brought on by repressed tensio

Trip Start Apr 09, 2004
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Friday, April 9, 2004

ohmigosh only 2 more hours until i have to go to the airport. last night, right before my home computer gave it's last indications of death, i saw that my good pal cindy king is going to greece. i felt a few pangs of guilt or lowliness (is that the word for feeling lowly?) that she knows three things more about greece than i know about Turkey. She mentioned feta cheese, the birth of the courts and intellectual thought, (i believe is what she said). i know so little about turkey. when i tell people i am going to turkey, they say something very similar when i told them i was going to Haiti. "Haiti? Oooh, good god, why Haiti?" Now it's; "Turkey, what's in Turkey?" Someday i will go someplace normal. "Spain! Awesome! Spain rocks, man!" But my only connections to Turkey date back to "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" where Edward was seduced by the Queen with Turkish Delights. Turkish Delights were described as being warm and delicious chocolate delicacy as well as addictive. No wonder as a kid was i totally intrigued by them. now here is my opportunity to live out that dream. (sad that i remember my dream of experiencing Turkish Delights rather than becoming president or something more lofty.) Hopefully i will not suffer the same fate as Edward after he stuffed himself silly and was held captive by the Queen....in a Turkish prison perhaps?

okay so Turkish Delights sound good. what else do i know about Turkey? tobacco. not interested. turkish prisons? bad media. i remember the elderly grandmother in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" who was suffering from delusions that "those ugly Turks" were invading her home and caused her to flee into the backyard. not such a great impression. Rugs? too heavy. coffee? could be cool.

i think i overpacked. i have a vague idea of what the weather will be like, and i brought conservative dress just to be on the safe side. shopped at target to get travel clothes. all the clothes super cheap were made of some new fabric i have not heard of. telcon? sounds like a phone company. my luck it will require dry cleaning and love to wrinkle. i bought miniaturized versions of all my health and beauty products. i'm kind of okay with running out of my own stuff. i think i'd like to have like hair products written in Turkish.

anyone knows the most important part of packing is the music. it will serve to be the soundtrack for this trip. tried to find stuff that is not too sad (fighting a little homesickness already...keeping it at bay, but i certainly would not benefit from any Coldplay bringing it out). i realized as i looked through my music, 3/4 of it would NOT be appropriate for "on-hold" music for a crisis line. as i drove away from my house to my parents house with my pup riding shotgun, the sun was in our eyes, and Bardstown Road was vacant. 88.1 WNAS (the best kept secret in FM radio) played Oasis's Wonderwall, and i was inspired. this trip will be great. The 6710 division of Kentucky Rotary Club is going to ROCK!!

i know i have not explained a lot about what my trip is really supposed to be (rotary club, speeches, cultural and vocational exchange), but that at the moment is taking a backseat. i'll give more details next time.
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