Today I'm trying my first blog post from my beloved Crackberry, we'll see how this turns out. On a completely unrelated note to my last post on Sustainable Design tools, I"m writing today in the middle of my vacation in Istanbul, Turkey. Why Istanbul? Well my wife and I wanted to make a trip to Europe, she has a friend from grad school (she's a BC Double Eagle), and Istanbul is a great city with tons of history. So we've been having a great time thus far checking out the sightsn including; the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia, and a huge underground cistern (picture included). The most unique experience by far has been the Turkish Bath. since it was "one of those things you just had to do." The turkish bath is a tradition extends back to the Ottoman Period, and thew one we went to was over 300 years old. A hulking Turkish man delivered a brutal massage that went to my core. As he manhandled be on a heated marble slab that Sultans had used, I really questioned why this was a "must do." Nonetheless an interesting experience. That's it for now, I'll check in later.