Aylar: Temmuz 2009

Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da

“Ben Şehid-i badeyem dostlar demim yad eyleyin
Türbemi meyhane enkazi ile bünyad eyleyin
Gaslolunmaz ma ile gerçi şahidan-ı vega
Yıkayın meyle beni bir mezheb icad eyleyin
Kabrime kandil için köhne sağer vakfeyleyin
Şu’le-i nar arakle ruhumu şad eyleyin
Neyle meyle bir alay mhbub ile her dem gewlin
Bezm-i cem ayinini kabrimde mutad eyleyin
Yadigar olsun bu nazmım evliyayı sağere
Per açıp gitti Rıfat ardınca feryad eyleyin.

Rıfat Dede

Şair şarap şehidi olduğunu belirterek, türbesinin meyhane kalıntıları ile kurulmasını, cenazesinin içki ile yıkanmasını, kabrine kandil yer,ne kadeh dikilmesini ve mezarı başında içkili tolantılar yapılmasını diliyor.

Rıfat Dede’nin gazelinin bu dizelerini, Tahir Abacı’nın “Bir zamanlar Anadolu’da” isimli kitabında okudum. Kitap Anadolu’daki medeniyetleri anlatıyor, farklı yazar düşünür ve hatta mitolojiye atıfta bulunuyor.

Anadolu’ya dair bir tür değişik rehber aslında.

Tavsiye ederim.

Trip to the Past

Miles away by the water, children are getting their first fishing experience by the shore, I am inside to read a little. An older lady who is town aso for highschool reunion starts the conversation. They had a tour to Istanbul stayed in a hotel called Ataka in old town. She highly reccomends it as reasonable prices location. Later they took a cruise in a small ship sailing through egean finishing in Athens. The ship has 3 masts. Should have been a big gulet. It is a small world to run into people so far away from Istanbul.

20 years ago I was finished with my studies here. Flew back home, done with the military. Looking back this was one good idea after all. The city and surroundings look all green and great. But we are for the reunion organized by the highschool not the university. I can see the city is growing. So is the uiversity. There are new buildings added. There are 7.000 students and number is up from past years I am told.

We took a short ride to Calumet. What a nice old town with many beatifull buildings with lot of history. The Schuties bar is closed unfortunately. There is a fire station turned into a museum with old fire engines inside across the street. The Calumet teather is operational. They have concerts through the summer.

There are many bikers around for what is called “Ink run”. Mostly Harleys, Goldwings, few old BMW twins and occasional Vstroms. The weather was great until saturday which was rainy and cold.

Dog House had live music in it. Same bar, same paintings on the top of the street window. Bubba the bar tender was out for the weekend though. Library has been fixed after the fire of many years ago. Has become more of a restaurant and serves good food actually.

They have micro brewery in there as well. There is a new place called Kewenaw Brewing company. They called the dark beer widow maker. It is smooth. The
regular pick axe blond is also good. I liked their beers.The Ambassador, is alive and full good pizza and selection of sandwiches.

Of cours great view to the Portage lake. The Downtowner has grown outside with a big deck. It was the most popular place of them all. Very crowded and rather noisy, I guess you have to be in the mood for that.

FM station Wolf (used to be great 98) is frozen in time. They play the rock from
70’s and 80’s. Actualy it is better now. Used to be top 40.

I will add some pictures later.

Boğazda Santana

Kuruçeşme Arenada Santana konser verdi. Farklı bir şey yaptık ve tekne ile denizden dinledik. Öncelikle Dolunay’da boğaz çok güzel. Işıltılı ve davetkar.

Santana ise, dinlediğim kadarı ile, hep aynı. Belki biz ayrıldıktan sonra doğaçlama çalmışlardır, bilmiyorum.
Amma illaki “I’ve gotta a black magic woman”……

Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel

Bu seneki festivale katılma fırsatım oldu. Dostlarla geçen 4 gün. Virajlı yollarda yapılan sürüş çok hoştu.

Yayla’da ilk gece yağan yağmurda çadırda damlaları dinledim. Yaylada hava hem daha serin hemde daha az rutubetli idi.

Bu senede oldukça geniş bir katılım vardı. Farlı illerden sürekli gelen vardı.
Dönüş yolunda Yenişehir’de köfte yedim, tavsiye de ederim. Bir ara yağmur yağdı ise de sonra açtı. Meğer Istanbul’da belli semtleri su basmış!