Turkish spiders were larger and more aggressive than Virginia spiders. Once I was in my tent studying, and a Wolf Spider ran at me. I hate spiders (they frighten me), so I chased him off, and he came back. I chased him off, and he came back again! Being merciful, I didn't want to kill the monster but was amazed at how he seemed to 'want' me. So I popped him and left his dead body in the entrance of the tent as a detterent to the spider kingdom. We didn't have another spider for the rest of my deployment. Turkish Spiders are tough...when I rolled him over he had a tatoo of a Biker on his chest.
This is the view I had from my bicycle on the back side of Incirlik Airbase, Turkey. This is the city of Adana, about the size of Richmond, Virginia, and just off the right side of this shot was the world's second largest mosque (stay tuned for more on this). We'd wake every morning to the Muslim chants coming over the loud speakers on base.
I had a very bright yellow Incirlik Airbase T-shirt which I'd usually
wear over my jersey so the hair-trigger Turkish guards in the towers wouldn't shoot
me when I rode at dusk. I'd heard they were a little antsy. We had some
bombings in Adana over the past few months, and tensions were high.
I waved and smiled to as many guards as possible and made sure they
knew who I was.