Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Roger Holzheimer: Blog

well, back in Istanbul . . . .

Posted on August 23, 2014

 

 
 

roger holzheimer

back in istanbul . . . . .

Well, hello from Istanbul!!  back in Turkey after a few weeks back in my homeland, the good old U S of A . . . . Always a great place to be . . . .  My wife had been planning for four months a surprise visit to coincide (somewhat) with our son and daughter's birthdays without anyone knowing.  Somehow, in her usual way, she pulled it off . . . .  To recap . . . .

i flew from Istanbul to London to Las Vegas where our son lives.  My wife was flying Sara and her boyfriend Chuck to Sin City to celebrate Sara's 21st birthday.  Of course it was perfect since our son David happens to live in Las Vegas and it was about a week from his 27th birthday.  The only problem is I had a day and a half in Vegas alone to "rest and recuperate" from the long flight.  Well, of course, what better way to "rest and recuperate" than at a BlackJack Table :)  Kenny Rogers best line is "you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold em.  Know how to walk away, know how to run".  So as any red-blooded American I knew when the cards were falling they would keep falling . . . .  Twice I believed that, so instead of walking away when the winnings were very good, I stayed . . . . and stayed . . . . and stayed . . . . and you know the rest of the story, the casino has the odds . . . .

So, back to the story . . . .  So the next day as Sara is getting out of the taxi at the hotel I surprised her . . . . many tears and a lotta love.  You see, I haven't been back there since New Years Eve 2013 . . . .  So then we call David to come visit, and of course he is excited that his mother and sister have surprised him in Vegas.  After arriving and getting settled, I adressed his back saying "excuse me young man but do you have identification?".  His response (being my son) is one which I can't repeat on  a family blog, but suffice it to say it was language normally only heard on cable tv or the streets of any major city . . . .  So, surprise finished, a great time was had by everyone.

Seemed as if every slot machine Sara touched couldn't wait to reward her for sitting down.  Chuck?  Well, a different story . . .  every machine he touched took his money as fast as he could put it in.   And David so likes the sound and fury of the machines so not sure how he did.  After my losses Kathy in her infinite wisdom chose not to add to the casino's employees retirement fund until a little later.  We all enjoyed the time immensely, as well as Emily and Eli (my son's fiance and her 3 year old son).  We sent David, Emily, and Eli to see the dolphins and lion cubs to ensure no further losses were incurred . . . .

A little background . . . anyone who knows me knows that I am and have always been a true Beatles fan.  The children heard their music before they were born and then again until they were ready to form their own choices.  They went their own way but have maintained an appreciation and love for the music of the four lads from Liverpool.  Saturday night we went to see LOVE, the Cirque du Soliel Beatles performance and it was INCREDIBLE!!!  How incredible to be enjoying the music of my early teens back in the early '60's with children who appreciated and knew every song.  Now, Chuck was a casual listener, but over a few hour performance became a true fan, loading his playlist with The Beatles for his drive from Colorado to Wisconsin to get ready for another university year.  Our children have such great taste in music, and for them to share an experience like that with their "old man" is a memory I will always treasure.

So, back to Colorado, weather wonderful, and I made sure to partake of all my great state of Colorado has to offer while relaxing, relaxing, and making sure I took some time to relax.  It was a bit unsettling.  While in Turkey our house and home of over 15 years sold, so I was returning to my state but to the new apartment my wife had rented.  Kathy did show me the storage unit where guitars and all my "precious" stuff was stored in a climate controlled locker. . . :)  But, it was very, very weird . . . .

Needless to say, the trip was wonderful, necessary, and, I believe, well-deserved.  It was nice to fit it in between Ramadan and Kurban (two of the most important Muslim religious periods), perfect timing.  Now, back in Turkey, lost an entire day traveling (as well as a bag . . . . thanks British Air) and gearing up for a very busy time as well as looking forward to a Christmas return to Denver.  

I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work abroad, to travel, to experience the cultures of both Turkey and Russia the past four years.  My regret (besides being away from family for extended periods of time) is that I didn't choose to become an ex-pat years ago.  My good friend Tom Oakley did as a much younger man and I know how he values his time abroad.  I recommend it to any who may have experienced wunderlust in their lives.  As I have said, seems I am looked as at an "older" worker in the USA.  In Europe and Asia age, experience, and knowledge are valued and respected, but don't get me going. . . 

Nothing earth-shattering in this blog, I just wanted to share how wonderful it was to be with family for a short period of time, to let you know that gambling is called gambling for a reason, and that children can really share their father's taste in music . . . . .

So, until later, that is it from the crazy guy living, working, and playing his sad songs out of tune many miles away from his homeland.  Many thanks to all of you have put up with my verbosity the past five or more years . . . thanks to all who have come on board during various periods . . . everyone of you is special to me, more than you will ever know.

So, after all of the above "kittens and puppies and ice cream cones and cotton candy" kinda message I leave you . . .

But remember . . . . if you want a pet, visit your local animal shelter and save a life . . . brain freezes are not a terminal disease . . . .there will always be people who are needier and sadder than you . . . . kind words and acts of courtesy are remembered more than you can ever realize . . .support your local team (GO BROWNS) . . . and . . . . there is no right way to do a wrong thing . . .

For now . . . . LOVE

Roger

www.rogerholzheimer.com

roger@rogerholzheimer.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roger-Holzheimer/52057053321

www.itunes.com/rogerholzheimer

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/holzheimer

and many, many, more . . . . just GOOGLE :(