I am so sorry I have not been keeping up my responsibility to make you all giggle. However, the entire power of my brain has been used to write a portion of a sniper textbook on camouflage (I will upload it sometime- even put my “Chia Cop” photo in the article).
I also have been in the country of Turkey. My wife and I took some time off to go and visit some friends from our church who are missionaries there in the city of Diyarbikir. I suppose that I could tell about some of the adventures on that trip, and share some photos.
The first night after we arrived, we took our friends out to their favorite restaurant. The waiter in the photo is an ex-Hezbollah member, who became a Christian. Obviously this has caused some problems with the Hezbolla homies, who came for him one Sunday while at church. The pastor, a Turkish national and a really great guy, talked them out of blowing the place up, and letting their ex-member continue to attend and work at the restaurant.
The food was good; as soon as we sat down, the waiters started throwing plates of appetizers on the table, and of course I started eating them. I ate something that seemed like a small, squishy lump of cold meat loaf with lots of curry; as soon as I finished it, my friend pointed to the dish and said "Don't eat that". It seems that RAW lamb is a delicacy here.
My diet (in spite of the raw lamb) was killed here, as they have bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. And it is a very good bread, baked in these oblong, flat loaves that sort of resemble Big Foot print castings.
The next day was an adventure; I went into a Turkish bathroom (water closet) for the first time at a market, and I was not with my friend (who speaks Turkish). I noticed something that looked like a long, community urinal, and stepped up. Just as I was reaching for my zipper, someone came up to it, squatted down, and started washing in it. It seems that this water closet was just outside a mosque and the trough was used for "ceremonial washing".
They probably would not have looked kindly upon the western infidel pissing in their holy washing place. You might have read about the incident on the AP wire services....