- Merhaba, Monire, it's all the same. . . .
I can't believe it takes an e-mail club to hear from Choka Kernani, but I'm
so happy about it, I guess I can forgive you, Bill. At least now I have
your address and can harrass you in private!
As Pete reported, I am doing well, also living in Turkey (16+ months).
'Tis true that Pete and I have yet to see each other even though we only
live 50K apart and I don't have to rely on local transport to go see him. .
. . someday, Pete, don't worry. I am a civilian employee of the United
States Air Force as an Exercise Physiologist at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
Working for the government is frustrating no matter where you may be, but
it has been a great career opportunity. I've learned a lot about the
military service, and realized yet again that I am too much of a free
spirit to be shackled by the Air Force. But the perks are great, and I can
hardly complain! In a nutshell, I put people on exercise programs: people
in the AF who are forced to "make weight," people in the AF who failed
their aerobic fitness tests (which I am also in charge of -- the testing
part), and other people who are not in the AF but want to lose weight, get
buff, or otherwise improve their health. I am the only person on base
(Pop. 3500) quailified to do all this, so I am one busy woman! I like my
job very much and hope to continue on with this, but in a more developed
country, like Germany. Moving up the development scale is important to me.
In fact, yesterday I said to myself, "I'm really glad I'm not in Africa
anymore!" Turkey is like an urban PC experience, except that I make 150
times more and have my own car!!
Turkey is a really cool country; I've been lucky to see all parts of it.
The people are wonderful, if not the world's WORST drivers, and the food is
fabulous. I, too, have the Carpet Disease, but much worse than Pete.
Eight and counting, and I don't see an end to it yet! Turkey is rich in
history, ruins, artifacts, and varying geography. I have enjoyed every
minute of being here and could probably stay a while longer if needed. For
now, I plan on being here until this August, at which time my contract is
up for renewal. Like I said, I have my car here, and all of my own
household goods. I live in a beautiful apartment (one of the few with
central heat), many friends my age, and access to the base movie theatre,
commissary, BX, gym, etc. I have been really lucky and really happy in
As I was doing my Christmas cards this year, I realized that I had very few
RPCV addresses. Can we get an address list started, please? Whenever you
write in, include your address and phone number, and any alternate e-mail
addresses. As to my side, you can send food or money to:
PSC 94 Box 907
APO AE 09824 (regular 32 cent stamp!)
work e-mail: rebecca.mueller@...
I am glad to have this group thing going because, as you know, it's hard to
keep in touch with everyone you want to. I long for the days of having my
work day free to write letters, go to the market, and read good books. . .
.this new job of mine gets in the way of my social life!! If you are
passing through Turkey or just want to come and visit, please do!