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Mrs. Jordan Allison
Date: 2008-09-03 19:55
Subject: Writer's Block: Ramadan anyone?
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Ramadan begins this week. How do you and/or your family celebrate month nine of the Islamic calendar? How are the events of the month important to you?


My family criticizes me for it because they aren't muslim but during this month I chose to participate in the fasting for spiritual cleansing purposes. I started doing this last year when I was in the Air Force and had met an Arabic family celebrating this holiday. The events themselves aren't important to me as it's more of a personal choice and something I'm doing on my own. It helps me clear my mind, it's my way of relating to the people out there less fortunate who don't get the choice to eat, and it's a reminder that I was once in this position myself not too long ago. I feel grateful every day.
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horny_metalhead
User: horny_metalhead
Date: 2008-09-04 00:04 (UTC)
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Glad to hear from you again. I had no idea you were in the air force or that you were Muslim. The more you know I suppose. Where are you stationed? If you don't mind me asking anyway.

I can't pretend to understand Ramadan, but I can't pretend to understand most religions. I was raised Roman Catholic and sort of gave up on it at some point and never really looked into the others.
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-04 06:16 (UTC)
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Hey hey, how are you? I'm not in the Air Force anymore - I winded up getting an early separation, so I'm living in Georgia but pretty soon I'm moving to Germany and that's where I'm going to stay for a while if things work out. I'm not Muslim either, I don't really claim any certain religion because personally I'm not into organized religion but I do have some independent beliefs. I'd write some more but I need to get ready for bed, it's 2 am here lol.
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horny_metalhead
User: horny_metalhead
Date: 2008-09-07 20:42 (UTC)
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I'd like to move to Germany if I could sometime but it seems unlikely given my current circumstances. I'm not a fan of organized religion either. I don't might religion in general, it's the organized aspect about it that bothers me sometime fierce.
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User: gunslinger316
Date: 2008-09-04 00:31 (UTC)
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I as well didn't know you were in the AF. I just recently got out. In fact today is my out date. I was a cop. My chat is Gunslinger3162005@yahoo.com if you wanna chat or www.myspace.com./Gunslinger316.
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www.charliefordjr.com
User: charlie_ihsan
Date: 2008-09-04 02:21 (UTC)
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It's really awesome that you fast though you're not obligated to. I don't know if you believe in God or anything, but I bet you'll get bonus points! :D
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Prince Alber: Naaarf!
User: prince_alber
Date: 2008-09-04 04:00 (UTC)
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Sounds quite interesting I've traveled in a Muslim country before and really enjoyed the culture. I'm going to have to research the fasting and cleansing a bit.
September is always a wonderful month for me as it's my birth month. This year I intend to celebrate my birthday at Tikal an ancient Mayan city in Guatemala near the Mexican border.
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-04 06:11 (UTC)
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That sounds amazing, I never heard of that specific city but the Mayan ruins has been on my list of places I want to see one day. When in September is your birthday? My mom, grandmother, and two of my friends are celebrating birthdays in September too. It's always been a wonderful month for me too even though my birthday is in August - I love the whole changing of the seasons from summer to fall. I don't know what it is about autumn but it's always been my favorite season, and when you walk outside the world just seems more poetic.
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Prince Alber: AYPWIP?
User: prince_alber
Date: 2008-09-05 13:03 (UTC)
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I went to Honduras on a whim this spring. Had a free plane ticket and bought a flight on Wed for Friday and took off with no place lined up to stay or a bus ticket and went to Copan. That was my first experience with Mayan ruins. They were amazing. Beautiful and there is just something chilling about standing in the middle of a ball court.

September is a wonderful month. Mine is September 28. Happy late birthday to you :) I love change so spring and fall are my favorite times. Plus much more time to get out and enjoy the lakes and mountains around here. Do you do any hiking?

I spent about 2 weeks backpacking around Turkey. Was actually my first time out of the country other than Canada/Bahamas. Did you get to see much of the world in your time in the AF?
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-06 01:28 (UTC)
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I love to hike but unfortunately don't get to do it much around here, and I don't know anyone else who likes to do it either.

I think I know that chilling feeling, I stood in the center of a roman ampitheatre once and I liked imaging all the people there, in a way I could feel their presence.

I really didn't see much in the AF as I was only in a short time and only stationed in Texas. Which state are you from? I did come back from a trip not long ago that I bought partially with my air force money. I went to Albania and brought my mom with me to find out family and see the country, and it was spectacular. I also saw some of London because we had a layover there. Traveling is such an exhilarating thing for me and ever since my first trip into Europe I've been getting urges to travel more and more.

And Turkey? wow, that's another place on my list and it's been there since I was about 16. I heard it's amazing, I can speak a little turkish too because I have a couple of friends from there. Which cities did you backpack through? how are hostels/hotels over there? and were the people pretty hospitable? Because I know when I went to Albania they were beyond hospitable when they found out we were Americans, complete strangers would open their homes to us, it was so nice. I heard it can be the same in Turkey but I don't know.

Why did you all choose Turkey? and did you go to other countries? This month actually I've considered going there to be a private english teacher through this program where you get put up in someones house, teach their children, then after a couple of months you get a free month tour of the whole country. But ironically.... the next day my grandma calls me out of the blue with an offer to live in Germany. I'm still in shock really.
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-06 01:31 (UTC)
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Cool, I see you're from Georgia. I was born in Texas but I've been living in Augusta GA for several years now. What a coincidence! lol
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Prince Alber: Naaarf!
User: prince_alber
Date: 2008-09-06 12:18 (UTC)
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I actually worked in Texas a lot last year. Month and a half in Clear Lake (South Houston) and about the same in Dallas. I liked Clear Lake MUCH better lol...
I grew up in IL but have been in Atlanta 12-13 years now. So it's pretty much home for now. It makes a nice home base with the Atlanta airport.

Turkey is on the list of countries I'd like to return to. I often visit somewhere and don't feel strongly about going back, usually would rather see somewhere new. But Turkey was AMAZING. I love history and there is so much of it there. Efes is in southeastern Turkey and it was a roman city of around 250,000 people. I stood in the large amphitheaters and had that same chill there. In that same area there were ancient christian churches and muslum mosques along with a byzantine castle and pegan ruins. Talk about diversity eh? I learned a bit of Turkish on that trip, enough to get around and be polite. Cappadocia was another amazing place to visit. On par with the Grand Canyon in natural beauty.
The people were very warm too. I've found there are good people all over the world and in the US though all shades and languages, that's one of the things I absolutely love about travel is broadening my perspectives on the world and taking a bit of it back and leaving a bit of my self with every interaction. The states are SO BIG that we often loose track of that world perspective. I don't necessarily fault Americans for that though as you could travel in the US for a whole lifetime and still only see a small portion.
Both Germany and Turkey sound like great adventures. I'd be hard pressed to decide on that split. lol
Have you ever been out into the North Georgia mountains? It's a lil drive from you but well worth it for the hiking.
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-04 20:24 (UTC)
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Oh yeah I also meant to ask which Muslim country did you travel in?
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Prince Alber: Naaarf!
User: prince_alber
Date: 2008-09-05 13:05 (UTC)
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BTW might I join your friends list? ;-)
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-06 01:30 (UTC)
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Sure I don't update much on here anymore though
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Prince Alber
User: prince_alber
Date: 2008-09-06 11:58 (UTC)
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lol I don't either. I have a blog thats less anonymous though if you'd like a link. Do you use Yahoo or MSN? I'll send you there if you want, I don't want to post it and connect it to this more anonymous one ;)
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User: seeds_of_peace
Date: 2008-09-04 05:13 (UTC)
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I think its awesome.. and I know how you feel - I got TONS of criticism from people when I fasted for a week!
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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-04 20:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks & yeah I hate that! I never heard of you fasting, how long ago was this? :)
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User: seeds_of_peace
Date: 2008-09-07 19:54 (UTC)
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mm it was in early June when I was just in summer school and had nothing else going on. Lost about 15lbs and have kept it off since! It was not easy though.. I did break it now and again (to eat like a little piece of fruit, or a spoon of wheat germ or something just to shut up my stomach)
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Le Valet d'Coeur: MIDIEVEL JACK
User: jackofhearts
Date: 2008-09-04 18:39 (UTC)
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In case you don't know the Ramadan fasting is only from sunrise to sunset, so they are miserable during the day but they usually stay up all night eating and drinking whatever they please. Hence why its like a month long holiday where nothing gets done or accomplished. If you don't remember I lived in Saudi Arabia for almost 2 years, so I have some first hand knowledge of this.

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Mrs. Jordan Allison
User: ladyghost316
Date: 2008-09-04 20:23 (UTC)
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I don't think you ever told me you lived in Saudi Arabia before, I think would've remembered that. & Yes that's what I typically do, I just fast while the sun is up, though I'll admit I'm not that strict because I still drink water. I don't know how people can do it without drinking water. The people I knew did it and still went on with normal life work/school ect. They would wake up early like around 5 or 6 to eat breakfast, then eat dinner as soon as the sun set around 7:30. We did this in the Air Force too and people would bitch because we got to go to breakfast before anyone else haha then at night we could leave and go eat dinner at the mosque with the famlies and stay out until 1 or 2 am if we wanted. What else custom wise did you see in Saudi Arabia??
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Le Valet d'Coeur
User: jackofhearts
Date: 2008-09-05 02:03 (UTC)
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When I got out of the Air Force I started working for Boeing on a contract with the Saudi Air Force, working on their AWACS and Tanker planes they bought from Boeing and attempted to train their Air Force with varying results. I left just before Saddam Hussein went nuts and invaded Kuwait, good timing I guess, many of my friends were still there throughout the first gulf war with Scud Missle debris falling down on our living compounds as they were shot out of the sky after Saddam fired them at Saudi Arabia.

I pretty much just worked a lot and spent the rest of my time with family and friends on our 2 Boeing Compounds, we didn't have too much interaction with the locals other than going out shopping and to restaurants and such but did get a glimpse that many don't get of the culture.
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