Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Minor Irritant

That would be people like this...



A visit consisting of 22 minutes and 20 page views yet not a single comment.  Our visitor from Adana came looking for photos of Sinop and looked at every single pic I've ever posted of that fair city.  We sometimes feel just slightly under-appreciated.  Ah, well.  That's blogging, innit?

That said... I went and looked at some of my old Sinop pics and found this one, which is one of my favorites:


That would be the lovely Elaine, a woman I once knew and loved.  She was a serious beauty, that girl, even though she wanted to kill me a few years after this photo was taken.  From an old post:
Pictured is the lovely Elaine, a woman I met while stationed in Beautiful Sinop-by-the-Sea. The first pic is a close-up, taken at one of the drunken brawls parties that were the primary source of entertainment and amusement for the crowd I ran with during my sojourn in Sinop. The second pic was taken looking down from the railing of The White Boat on the day I left Sinop. That’s my Buddy Dan In Florida giving me the “thumbs-up.” Dan left Sinop about a week or so after I did.
But back to Elaine. I met her while working at KBOK (the closed-circuit radio station I deejay'ed at) and we became very good friends...but only friends... during our stay in Sinop. We got romantically involved a couple of years later following her divorce. She and I were in the process of making plans for her to accompany me to Japan in 1975, but I had second thoughts about the relationship and ended it in a rather abrupt and uncaring sort of way. Which, in retrospect, may or may not have been “a good thing.” I would have never met The Second Mrs. Pennington had Elaine and I gone to Japan together. There are all sorts of different possibilities associated with that particular line of thought... but ya can’t second-guess your past, eh?

Finally… Elaine is the reason I can never go back to Tucson. I still fear for my life, with just cause. “I did her wrong,” as the song goes, and we both knew it… she much more than I, perhaps. I base that thought on her oh-so-explicit (not to mention graphic) promises of violence to my person should we ever meet again. Ergo: I can never go back to Tucson. For any length of time, anyway.
Big-ass sigh.  Former Happy Days...

20 comments:

  1. Never mind the fair maiden, how do you get that kind of detail out of blogger? I must truly come from the stone ages. When it comes to this blogging stuff I'm definitely still banging the rocks together.

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    1. The image isn't from Blogger, it's from Site Meter. They have two versions... free and cheap... I use the pay version, which is about $30.00 a year, if memory serves. I can't really remember how the two differ as it's been over seven years since I used the free stuff. The pay version's reports are better and you get to see the visitor's full IP address (the free version omits the last three digits). Although I like SM, there are some issues, like the disparity in metrics between SM and Blogger, which can be confounding. Here's an example.

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    2. Thanks. Now I'll just have to ask myself if curiosity really does require more prying into the gizmo. Or not. Right now I'm leaning not.

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  2. Meh, what's the loss of a rock or two? It's not like Ya use 'em a lot now...

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    1. Flugelman! First I see you for the first time at CDR SALs since Lex and now for the first time HERE--ever. What's up with that? Where have you been hanging out? Come over to do a little slumming? Well, you've come to the RIGHT PLACE! :)

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    2. Virgil
      I've been lurking hither and yon, not commenting much, but soaking in the wealth of information and attitudes that are available out on these here interwebs.

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    3. @Virgil Wait. What do you mean by "Well, you've come to the RIGHT PLACE! :)"? Are you sayin' I'm a low-life? :-)

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  3. AAAaaaggghhhhh! I just looked at the other pics from the old post. Now I know why we laughed and laughed whenever we went on liberty in foreign ports and were told not to look too American lest the bad guys kill us. As usual, leave it to the Air Force to take the heat off us. I'll admit I don't see any 20 pound belt buckles or Stetsons but for the rest...... we're safe.

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    1. Half the people in those old pics are Army, Curt. Sinop CDI was an Army installation, we zoomies were a small tenant unit.

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  4. now that anonymous posting works again he didn´t have an excuse not to post. as to Elaine she looks like she could be dangerous. there are a couple of places I can never go back to for similar reasons ;.) Been There, Done That, didn´t get no T-Shirt!!
    Phil USAF RET

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    1. You're right, Phil. On the other... I've found MOST wimmen are pretty damned dangerous.

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  5. Elaine does not look very happy in that pic.

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    1. She was trying to be dramatic.

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  6. She sounds like a stalker, following you to your next assignment. You were right to escape :-)

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    1. She didn't follow me to my next assignment... she was in Tucson and I was in Oregon. But we DID stay in touch and visited each other often. But you're right, Christiane, in many more ways than you know.

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  7. Buck/ The Adana visitor just means that the jocks at the Command Post at Incirlik are bored. :)

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    1. Using Turk Telekom as their ISP?

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    2. I dunno, Buck. all I do know is that even the "secure" land-lines we used to phone the APs guarding the ac on nuke alert from our Command Post to alert them to a launch and allow the aircraft to taxi were ALL routed thru Turk Telekom in the back when.. (which, of course, made the whole "security" bit one large joke, Turkey being a NATO "Ally" or not)

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    3. Noted... but I don't think the peesees in the CP speak Turkish (that in reference to the fifth item in the graphic, i.e., "Language: Turkish")

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